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‘The Hook of Faith’ is brought to you by ‘FERNS C.A.F.É’ (Catholic Adult Formation and Education) – a group in the diocese of Ferns, Ireland who are committed to the work of evangelisation and adult faith formation. It seeks to bring the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to bear on all sectors of society in a way that offers life and meaning to everyone. We recognise the challenge of this task at a time in the Church that needs healing and hope. The mission of ‘The Hook of Faith’ is to ‘Digitally proclaim the Gospel in the Diocese of Ferns and beyond’. Our hope is that the light that comes from our faith will reach a wide audience through this new age of digital media and will help transform lives through the joy of the Gospel.

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FEAST OF OUR GUARDIAN ANGELS - TUESDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2018

Next Tuesday, 2nd October, is the feast day of our Guardian angels. As children, we learned to pray that beautiful and simple prayer: 'O angel of God my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side to light and to guard, to rule and to guide. Amen.' We believe that God, because of his love for each of us, has assigned to each of us a guardian angel to be our companion and friend. As the Catechism puts it: 'From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of a

FEAST OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX - PATRON SAINT OF 'THE HOOK OF FAITH' - Monday 1st October 20

ST THERESE OF LISIEUX (1873-1897) Along with St Aidan and St Patrick, St Therese of Lisieux is the patron saint of the ‘The Hook of Faith'. She was chosen for she is also patron saint of mission. Therese Martin was born on January 2, 1873. She was the youngest child of Louis and Zelin Martin. Thérèse felt an early call to religious life, and overcoming various obstacles, in 1888 at the early age of 15, she became a nun and joined two of her elder sisters in the cloistered Carmelite community of Lisieux, Normandy. After only nine years as a Carmelite religious, she died at aged 24, on 30th September 1897 following a slow and painful fight against tuberculosis. Therese was canonised a saint on

THE NEED FOR AND MISSION OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT IN IRELAND AFTER THE REFERENDUM

Last Thursday evening, 20th September 2018 in the Davenport Hotel in Dublin, Maria Steen, a Pro-Life advocate, barrister, mother, wife and member of the Iona Institute, gave a talk on the need and the mission of the Pro-Life movement in Ireland now that the 8th Amendment has been repealed from the Irish Constitution. Listen to how Maria argues persuasively and decisively how the unborn need voices to defend them more than ever as the language of abortion becomes sanitised and normalised on par with other medical procedures. CLICK HERE TO WATCH:

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW WITH FR SEAN KELLY OFM CAP ON THE POPULARITY OF PADRE PIO

Last Friday evening, 21st September, Fr Sean Kelly, a Cappuchin friar based in Kilkenny, was the main celebrant at a special Mass in Ferns parish Church at which were present the relics of St Pio, otherwise known as the much loved Italian saint, Padre Pio. The Church was packed to capacity as St Pio's popularity remains strong among the people of God. After the Mass, we caught up with Fr Sean and asked him why he thought Padre Pio remains a much loved saint for so many. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/sean-kelly-ofmmp3

HOMILY FOR TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)

Dear friends. If we were to take every word of Jesus in the Gospel literally there be a lot of blind, lame and maimed people about. ‘If your hand, or your foot or your eye should cause you to sin, tear them off’ - so says Jesus in today's gospel reading. Clearly, we're not intended to take these words to the letter. But not taking words literally doesn't mean not taking them seriously. It doesn't actually take too much effort to get to the meaning of these strong words: Jesus is telling us that if something that is part of our life is causing us to sin, or has become a problem we may need to cut it off. An alcoholic doesn't need to drink less but to quit drinking, to amputate any part of hi

FEAST OF ST MATTHEW - 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018

Who was St Matthew the Evangelist and Apostle? Watch this video to find out more about how the life of one tax-collector and sinner was transformed by the mercy of Jesus. This is the same grace that can change your life and mine. Below is an image of the famous 'Calling of Matthew' by the Italian artist Caravaggio. It hangs in the Church of San Luigi Francese in Rome. In it we see Jesus calling Matthew to follow him by the customs desk. This is the scene that inspired Pope Francis' episcopal motto 'Miserando atque eligendo', which means "because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him." The phrase comes from a homily by St. Bede -- an English eighth-century Christian writer and d

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE

Science teaches us about energy and matter which are the building blocks of the universe. Science also teaches us about DNA and cells which are the building blocks of life on our planet. Science also helps us to understand the building blocks of humanity, such as water, fire, farming, tools, writing, story-telling, art, religion and spirituality. Did all of these incredible building blocks just occur by random chance? Did the forces of nature simply develop as happy accidents in a cosmic lottery of existence? This is what atheists ask us to believe, that our existence is purely accidental. But we must ask the questions: Why did life occur on our tiny planet amidst the vastness of the univers

INTERVIEW WITH BISHOP DENIS BRENNAN

In his first interview for 'The Hook of Faith' Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns shares his thoughts on the recent World Meeting of Families and the historic visit to Ireland by Pope Francis. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/denis-brennanmp3

ROSARY AROUND THE COAST - 7TH OCTOBER 2018

On October 7th, Ireland, together with the UK, Australia, the USA, the Lebanon, Canada, Poland amongst other countries, will form a Holy League of Nations. We will all gather on our coasts/borders to pray the Rosary for Life & Faith Together we are calling on God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our wounded nations and return them to holiness For more details of where people will gather at a beach near you, see www.coastalrosaryireland.ie/ for more details.

HOMILY FOR TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)

Dear friends. I saw a funny T-Shirt once that pictured two dogs on the front. One was a small terrier who was looking up at a very big Rottweiler. The T-shirt said: ‘Always have the courage to say what you think’. A bubble came from the terrier’s mouth with these words addressed to the Rottweiler: ‘Go and get stuffed!’ (The actual words used were not as polite but you get the picture!). Today I would like to share with you a few thoughts on the importance of having courage and the gift of courage we have from our faith. I begin with the experience of life itself. At times it isn’t easy. It is tough. Everyone faces challenges. No one escapes, young or old. Faced with these challenges, it is n

TALK GIVEN AT THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES BY BISHOP ROBERT BARRON, ON FRIDAY 24TH AUGUST AT THE RD

Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the United States. He is founder of 'Word on Fire' Catholic Ministries (www.wordonfire.org) and is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author on the Catholic faith, mission and evangelisation. In this inspiring talk, Bishop Barron comments on chapters 7 and 9 of Pope Francis' 'The Joy of Love' and reminds us that the family is the school of virtue where we begin to learn the basics of being good people. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

POPE FRANCIS IN IRELAND

ALL HIS HOMILIES, ADDRESSES AND SPEECHES ADDRESS BY POPE FRANCIS AT DUBLIN CASTLE Saturday, 25th August 2018 Taoiseach, Members of Government and of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen, At the beginning of my visit to Ireland, I am grateful for the invitation to address this distinguished assembly representing the civil, cultural and religious life of the country, together with the members of the diplomatic corps and guests. I appreciate the friendly welcome I have received from the President of Ireland, which reflects the tradition of cordial hospitality for which the Irish are known throughout the world. I likewise appreciate the presence of a delegation from Northern Ireland. I

HOMILY FOR TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)

Dear friends. The world of advertising is fascinating. Every year, companies spend millions on trying to convince us that we need the product they are selling. If you observe closely how they do this, a key strategy is to appeal to a less disciplined life as a way to greater contentment. If we have this or that, then life will be easier and we will be happier. This is the key to their commercial success. If Jesus wanted to advertise Christianity as an attractive way of life, he could not have chosen more ill-suited words than he does in the Gospel today. Instead of promoting a way of life free from discipline that avoids inconvenience and suffering, he asks his followers to renounce themselv

I SWEAR...…..

On Monday last, 3rd September, Mr. Drew Harris was sworn in as the new Garda Commissioner in Kevin St., Dublin. It was interesting to watch the ceremony unfold, especially the part where he placed his hand on the Bible as he promised to uphold the Constitution of the State and to fulfil the duties of his office to the best of his ability. The use of the Bible is not uncommon in other swearing-in ceremonies. It is also used at the inauguration ceremony of the President of the United States. Two things struck me on seeing this. The first is the connection between what Drew Harris promised to uphold and the values and virtues upheld in the Word of God on which his hand rested. He spoke of honou

INTERVIEW WITH FR JIM COGLEY PP OUR LADY'S ISLAND

As the pilgrimage season draws to a close, we got the chance to catch up with Fr Jim Cogley, Parish Priest of Our Lady's Island. Here he tells us a little of the history of Our Lady's Island as a sacred place of worship and pilgrimage and what makes Our Lady's Island special for the thousands of people who travel there each year. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/jim-cogleymp3

FOCUS ON THE SAINTS: ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM – FEAST DAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

Saint John Chrysostom was a bishop Bishop and a Doctor of the early Church. He is know as ‘John of the Golden mouth’ because of the eloquence of his preaching. John was born in Antioch in the year 349 to Greek parents from Syria. His mother was a pagan and his father was a high-ranking military officer. John's father died soon after his birth and he was raised by his mother. His mother not only instructed her son in the faith, but also sent him to the best schools of Antioch. At the time of his birth, Antioch was the second city of the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. During the whole of the fourth century religious struggles had troubled the empire. John began his education under the paga

FEAST OF OUR LADY'S BIRTHDAY: 8th September

On this feature are found beautiful photos taken at Our Lady's Island here in our diocese by Mr. Lorcan Brennan. Many thanks Lorcan for your permission to publish them here on 'The Hook of Faith'. To celebrate Our Lady's birthday, printed below is the beautiful poem by Fr Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ entitled 'Mary Compared to the Air we Breathe'. Enjoy. Mary Compared to the Air we Breathe by G.M. Hopkins SJ Wild air, world-mothering air, Nestling me everywhere, That each eyelash or hair Girdles; goes home betwixt The fleeciest, frailest-flixed Snowflake; that ’s fairly mixed With, riddles, and is rife In every least thing’s life; This needful, never spent, And nursing element; My more

 
 

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