New Look for Trocáire box

Posted on 24. Mar, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Easter, Fundraising, Schools, Seasons of the Church Year

This year’s Trocáire box comes with a difference. Instead of focusing on the people who will be receiving the money it will be focusing on those who are giving money. They also talked about why in particular they have been focusing on climate justice and why it is the most important issue of the day. […]

Pope Francis – three years on

Posted on 17. Mar, 2016 in Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Holy Week, Pope Francis, Seasons of the Church Year, Vatican

March 13th 2016 marked the third anniversary of the accession of Cardinal Bergoglio to the Papacy as Pope Francis. He laid out his mission statement for the future of the Catholic Church on November 24th 2013 in his inspirational letter Evangelii Gaudium. In May 2015 another major development occurred with his issuing of his encyclical on […]

Remembering 1916

Posted on 18. Feb, 2016 in Church of Ireland, Community, Easter, Holy Week, War / Civil Unrest

On Wednesday Feb 17th, The Church of Ireland Historical Working Group marked the centenary of the Easter Rising with talks from noted historians. Entitled ‘A state of chassis – Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstances in Dublin in 1916’, the talk featured Dr Fearghal McGarry (Queen’s University Belfast) as well as Dr Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library), […]

Abstinence in Lent

Posted on 11. Feb, 2016 in Alcohol, Christian Values, Lent

Lent is a time when everyone makes an effort to give up something. For many of us the ideal thing to give up is alcohol, something with impacts on the lives of many Irish people. James Shevelin is president of the Pioneer association of Ireland and he is based in Galway. Miriam Gormally phoned him […]

Retreats in Emmaus

Posted on 11. Feb, 2016 in Christian Values, Community, Education, Lent, Nature, Pilgrimage, Schools, Spiritual, Young people

  The Cloisters Walk in Emmaus Emmaus is a retreat centre in north county Dublin that has been offering residential and non residential retreats to people from all over the country for many years. To celebrate the launch of their 2016 programme, they will be holding a complimentary open day from 2pm to 5pm on […]

A Christmas Truce Carol

Posted on 24. Dec, 2015 in Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

Happy Christmas to all from Soul Waves. This Christmas we remember this story from James O’Halloran, author of A Christmas Truce Carol. He said that there were two Christmases of major significance to mankind. One was the birth of Christ and the other was the Christmas Truce of World War One in 1914.  James O’Halloran’s new book is a piece […]

Seeing God in a Secular World

Posted on 24. Dec, 2015 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Prayer

“Let everything secular about Christmas remind us of its Holy meaning.” says Donal Neary SJ, i in his most recent book of reflections of Luke’s Gospel. Donal is  well known as the parish priest of Gardiner Street in Dublin and prolific author who was  recently appointed editor of the Messenger. He talks about why he published […]

Trócaire Gifts

Posted on 17. Dec, 2015 in Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Fundraising

Christmas is a time of giving, but sometimes we end up giving presents that people neither need nor want. One way around that is to give someone one of Trócaire Gifts – gifts that are much needed and is in keeping with the true spirit of Christmas. Miriam Gormally met with Éamonn Meehan, Director of […]

Advent and Expectation

Posted on 17. Dec, 2015 in Advent, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings

Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The word Advent means “coming” or arrival and it symbolises the spiritual journey of waiting. It was also traditionally a time of fasting. Prof Siobhán Garrigan, the Loyola Chair of Catholic Theology and Director of the Loyola Institute, […]

LBGT Christmas Carol Service

Posted on 10. Dec, 2015 in Christian Values, Christmas, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Mass, Sexuality

The 17th Annual LGBT Christmas Carol service will take place on Saturday the 12th of December. The guest speaker will be Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International and money collected with go to the Peter McVerry Trust. Music will be sung by the Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus. Brian Glennon is organising it this year. […]