Fr. Paddy's Blog

Fr PaddyFr. Paddy Byrne writes a column in the Carlow Nationalist and provides this blog as a way for parishioners and others to read and comment on the themes discussed there.

His regular contributions entertain, educate and provide insight and hope. Comments will be moderated.


May 29th, 2012 by abvadmin

Since Pope Benedict XVI announced that the 50th International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Dublin 10th – 17th June 2012, people have been asking “what exactly is a Eucharistic Congress and what is its purpose?”
A Eucharistic Congress is an international gathering of people which aims to:
promote an awareness of the central place of [...]

Roberto Mancini – Miracle Prayer

May 22nd, 2012 by abvadmin

Candle shrines, burn brightly in churches when we are in need or in crisis, from exams to health issues even for soccer matches!!!!Catholic soccer manager Roberto Mancini has made no secret that he prays to the Mother of God. Six weeks ago the Manchester City coach took himself on pilgrimage to Medjugorje, the world famous [...]

The difficulty of the Irish Church

May 15th, 2012 by abvadmin

“For the good of the church, I am of the opinion that I think Cardinal Brady should resign”. This statement was given by, Fr Vincent Toomey, Professor Emeritus, of Moral Theology at St Patricks College, Maynooth. Fr Toomey, renowned for his wisdom and common sense arrived at this statement in the context of the recent [...]


May 8th, 2012 by abvadmin

As we move through the month of May thousands of students anxiously prepare for exams. Exam-time brings with it many mixed emotions and feelings. Soon it is time to sit the Junior, Leaving Certificate and Third Level exams. Exams can be stressful occasions when young people can feel pressure and anxiety. The Leaving Certificate [...]

Sharon Freeman: an inspirational life

May 1st, 2012 by abvadmin

THE recent death of Sharon Freeman has left an enormous sense of loss, not just for her immediate family but to the wider Carlow community.
Sharon’s life personified hope, courage, resilience and determination.
Her life was all about ability: her ability to overcome physical restriction, to be determined, to engage in friendship and community, to share, to [...]

A voice silenced

April 18th, 2012 by abvadmin

OUR VOICE is a wonderful gift, not just its ability to communicate, but every voice has a unique and powerful potential to add to the chorus of humanity’s constant yearning to find purpose, fulfilment, relevance and contentment in life.
Last year’s award-winning movie The King’s Speech tells the true story of England’s King George VI, struggling [...]

Confirmation and First Communion: a one-day wonder?

April 4th, 2012 by abvadmin

DURING the coming weeks, most parishes will be celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
Hopefully, theses moments hopefully are joyful ones, when families gather to celebrate and give thanks.
A lot of effort and preparation from the parish and school is given to these young candidates.
However, every year, more and more, I find myself [...]

The Apostolic Visitation Report

March 27th, 2012 by abvadmin

LAST week, the Vatican, published its findings in a summary report from its recent pastoral visitation to the Irish Church.
The report speaks about the Irish Catholic Church, which finds itself reflecting “with a great sense of shame that innocent young people were abused by clerics and religious in Ireland.
Those who should have exercised vigilance often [...]

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