Pastoral Letters and Reports
From the Diocese
Bishop William Lee , our local bishop (now retired), regularly communicated with the people of the diocese by issuing open pastoral letters. He did this for various reasons such as instruction, consolation, or direction. Such letters were also issued at particular ecclesiastical seasons. Our newly appointedÂ bishop, Fr. Alphonsus Cullinan, will no doubt continue this practice.
These letters are usually read out at Mass by a priest. However, some of the parishioners might be on holiday or in hospital or at work so they don’t get to hear them being read out. Those of the congregation who do hear them might not remember them very well twenty-four hours later or a week later, and might not have understood them properly.
For these and other reasons we have decided to make the bishop’s pastoral letters available to you on this web site. We do not have a complete collection of pastorals going back to the foundation of the diocese but we will endeavour to collect them for you from now on.
We will also make available any reports or other communications from the diocese.
From the Irish Bishops
The Irish Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference is the assembly of the bishops of the whole island of Ireland. The Conference enables the bishops to exchange views and share their wisdom and experience in order to promote the common good of the Church in Ireland. The current membership of the Conference comprises the twenty-six bishops of the dioceses of Ireland together with the seven auxiliary bishops.
The Conference seeks to build effective consensus among the bishops, thereby contributing to the unity of the Church in communion with the pope. At the same time, the Conference fully respects the personal authority, responsibility and ministry of each individual bishop within his own diocese.
The Irish Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference maintains a web site (see the Links page) which provides much information about the bishops and their dioceses, many articles and publications, and interesting images and videos. From time to time, for your convenience, we will present some of the information on this your own parish web site.
From Pope Francis
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis, the 266th Pope, on 13th March 2013. He is the Bishop of Rome, the head of the Catholic Church, and Sovereign of the Vatican City State.
Born in Buenos Aires as the son of Italian parents, heÂ worked briefly as a chemical technician before entering seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1969. From 1973 to 1979 he was Argentina’s Provincial superior of the Society of Jesus, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and cardinal in 2001. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 13 March 2013, the papal conclave elected Cardinal Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first from the Southern Hemisphere.
Throughout his life, both as an individual and a religious leader, he has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.Since his election to the papacy, he has displayed a simpler and less formal approach to the office, choosing to reside in the Vatican guesthouse rather than the papal residence.
Pope Franccis’ publications may be found on the Vatican web site.
In 2010, Pope Benedict wrote a pastoral letter “to the Catholics of Ireland” concerning “the abuse of children and vulnerable young people by members of the Church in Ireland, particularly by priests and religious”. An abbreviated letter was read out at Mass on Saturday/Sunday 20th/21st March and copies were given to the congregation after Mass. The complete pastoral letter is available by clicking the appropriate link opposite.
Webcasts and Video Streaming
Video streaming is the technical term for the distribution of presentations over the internet to people who view them on their computer screens. Presentations of this type are called webcasts.
Webcasts of church services are now widely available, many of them live. Here in Ireland, Church Services.tv provides live webcasts from a number of churches and cathedrals at all hours of every day.
Why would I want to view a webcast of a church service?
There is nothing like the real thing, of course. It’s much better to be present at the service than to watch it on television or on a computer – except that you do avoid the collection! But what if you cannot be present because you are ill, or there is no transport, or you are trapped indoors because of severe weather conditions? Perhaps you are on holiday in a strange land or camping on the top of a mountain. Wherever you are you can still hear Mass as long as you have access to a computer and the internet – and you can take a lap-top almost anywhere.
Which services are available as webcasts, and when?
Church Services.tv provides streaming twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week from thirteen churches. All the services in those churches are available for viewing, including Mass, morning and evening prayer, funerals, weddings, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Church Services.tv web site gives the dates and times of all the services as well as “What’s on now”.
How do I use the service?
The service is very easy to use. Just visit the Church Services.tv web site by clicking HERE and then click on a picture of a church and you will probably figure it out easily enough. If you think you could have problems you might like to view this explanatory video first (don’t forget to turn your sound on). If you still have problems, send an e-mail to us (the communications team) and we may be able to help you. You can get to us on the Parish Administration ContactsÂ page.
Your Communication Team needs you!
If you would like to become involved in any aspect of parish communications, you could consider joining the communications team.
Why not contact Fr. Paul or one of the people already on the team? Or send an e-mail to the Communications Team. To get in touch, just click HERE
Lend Me Your Ears
There is some information that we need to communicate to you on a regular basis – every week, every month, every year, etc. We do this in several ways:
from the pulpit,
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â through the parish newsletters
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â that areÂ handed to you after Mass,
and by this web site.
One advantage of having a computer is that you can now read the parish newsletters on your computer screen while sunning yourself on the beach in Gran Canaria. Also, what if you are snowed in and unable to get to Mass? What if you are restricted to the bed and it’s a holy day? You have two options.
- Listen to the broadcast of Mass from the Fenor or Dunhill churches on FM radio (107 MHz).
- Watch and hear Mass (and other services) on your computer. You can do this from a number of web sites. Click HERE for more information.
Communication is a two-way process so you can contact us, too. There is a Parish Administration Contacts page with names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.
To contact God you must use the old-fashioned knee-mail.