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Digitally proclaiming the Gospel in the diocese of Ferns and beyond

‘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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MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 53rd WORLD DAY OF COMMUNICATIONS: 2nd JUNE 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Ever since the internet first became available, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons, and of solidarity among all. With this Message, I would like to invite you once again to reflect on the foundation and importance of our being-in-relation and to rediscover, in the vast array of challenges of the current communications context, the desire of the human person who does not want to be left isolated and alone. The metaphors of the net and community Today’s media environment is so pervasive as to be indistinguishable from the sphere of everyday life. The Net is a resource of our time. It is a source of knowledg

REQUIEM FOR GOD'S CREATURES

The results of the local and European elections last weekend confirmed that the Green wave has risen and will only rise further as the environmental crisis deepens. We post here an article by Fr Sean McDonagh who was one of Pope Francis’ chief advisors on climate change for the writing of ‘Laudato Si’ – his first major encyclical on care for the earth. WE NEED A REQUIEM FOR ALL THOSE CREATURES WE MAKE EXTINCT By Fr Sean McDonagh, Columban priest and president of An Taisce The publication in Paris of the Global Assessment Report on May 6th last confirmed that we are now living in the sixth-largest extinction in 3.8 billion years of Earth’s history. The 1,800-page study shows that we and futur

PRAYERS TO ST JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO FOR SUCCESS IN EXAMINATIONS

As many of our young parishioners begin exams this week, we pray for them for the next few weeks. We pray that the Holy Spirit of wisdom and peace may guide them through the days of intensity and especially at moments of stress. The patron saint of students at exam time is St Joseph of Cupertino – an Italian 17th century Franciscan. The following prayer to him is often said by students and we offer it here: ‘O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. T

THE FAITH OF LIVERPOOL MANAGER JURGEN KLOPP

As Liverpool play Spurs in the Champions League Final this weekend, have a look at this video of an interview with Jurgen Klopp as he talks about his faith in Christ. One of Klopp’s great qualities as a manager is his belief – belief in his players, belief in what is possible and belief in never giving up. Such faith was in full display after Liverpool’s stunning 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final at Anfield. But here Klopp talks about his religious faith which empowers his faith as a leader for whom the players play for and fight for. In this interview he invites us to join with him in renewed belief in the power of faith.

HOMILY FOR FEAST OF THE ASCENSION

The unusual phrase ‘The Hook of Faith’ is intended to remind us that faith in Jesus can and should capture our interest and commitment as it provides us with a profound and satisfying understanding of human life, giving that life a deeper meaning and significance by proclaiming the God of love incarnate in Jesus our Lord and Saviour. In that context the Ascension of the risen Jesus to the fullness of divine life with the Father in heaven has an important part to play in the mystery of Jesus’ resurrection. One has to admit, however, that our culture in Ireland these days has become strongly secular and makes it very difficult for our Christian faith to be as attractive and powerful as in ear

ON THE STARS

The heavens proclaim the glory of God - Psalm 19:1. And the data presented to us by astronomers and astrophysicists deepens our understanding of the starry wonders. There are over 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. There are galaxies beyond counting. Psalm 147:4 affirms that God has a name for each of the stars. There is an extravagance about creation. This expresses something of the nature of God, God’s extravagance. God’s pouring out of wonder is unlimited. If billions of stars can evoke wonder and awe, and praise of the Creator, how great must this amazement be if one star, just one, can itself be a source of amazement. The star which gives life to planet earth is the sun.

VIDEO ON THE UNIQUENESS OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Fr Billy Swan explains the incredible gift of First Holy Communion. To welcome the source of love into our lives is a very special moment in the lives of young people. Click here to access this short video:

MARY’S VISITATION AS MODEL FOR EVANGELISTS

For us who have a fire in our bones to evangelize and make Christ known and loved, there are certain feast days of the Church that add fuel to that fire and connect its energy to the missionary zeal of the first Christians. Today’s celebration of Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth is surely one of those feasts. Why? Because the story connects us to our Blessed Mother who was the first to share the Good News about her Son and who teaches us how to evangelize by presence, action and word. First and most importantly, Mary is the first evangelist because she carries within her the presence of Christ. Long before the Church gave her the title, at that moment of encounter with Elizabeth, she is the ‘T

HOMILY FOR SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)

The Gospel today is preparing us Pentecost, and the sending of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us wisdom and understanding and invites us to meditate on the Word of God so that we can understand how that Word can change our lives. Our first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, challenges us to consider again how decisions are made in our Church and how we make big moral and ethical decisions and really all decisions in our lives. We Catholics now have a very highly developed understanding of authority in the Church, but that understanding is clearly based in these early developments of authority and the guidance of the Holy Spirit at work in the Church. One can see from t

ONE YEAR AFTER THE REPEAL OF THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT

This weekend marks a year since the majority of the people of Ireland voted to repeal the 8th amendment and remove the right to life of unborn children under 12 weeks old and unborn children up until birth who have an abnormality deemed to be fatal. This vote by the public has led to legalisation of abortion in Ireland with the first terminations being carried out in January of this year. As we pass this milestone, it is imperative to pause and reflect. No doubt, many will mark the anniversary in a celebratory tone and repeat the distasteful exuberance that we saw in Dublin Castle once the vote was announced last year. But such celebrations must surely be toned down or even cancelled given t

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW WITH FR CHRIS HAYDEN, EDITOR OF INTERCOM MAGAZINE

This week we are delighted to chat to Fr Chris Hayden, a priest of the diocese of Ferns who is currently based in the curacies of Coolfancy and Shillelagh in the north of the diocese. Chris is also editor of 'Intercom' magazine which is a Catholic pastoral and liturgical resource of the Irish Catholic Bishop's Conference. Here Fr Chris talks about his work as editor, the mission of the magazine, the importance of communications and how people can order a copy. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/chris-haydenmp3

HOMILY FOR FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C)

Aristides, a non-Christian, defended Christians before the emperor Hadrian in the second century with these words: “Christians love one another. They never fail to help widows; they save orphans from those who hurt them. If a man has something, he gives freely to the man who has nothing. If they see a stranger, Christians take him home and are happy, as though he were a real brother. They don’t consider themselves brothers or sisters in the usual sense. They consider themselves as having the same father, which is God. If they hear of someone in jail or persecuted for professing the name of their Redeemer, they give him what he needs… This is really a new kind of person. There is something di

THIS WEEK'S VIDEO - BISHOP ROBERT BARRON ON THE MEANING OF EASTER

This week, Bishop Robert Barron of 'Word on Fire' explains how our attempts to domesticate Easter empties the message of its power. In this Easter season, the Church proclaims that Jesus Christ truly did rise from the dead and is alive. And because that's true, we who believe in him are made new and share in his life. All of the Christian life needs to be understood in this light.

GOD'S LOVE AND THE MASS

I remember an occasion in our parish school having a lively discussion with teenagers on the Mass. Naturally, I was encouraging them to take part each Sunday and was trying to help them understand what it’s about. At one point, a young man blurted out his frustration: ‘but Father, the Mass is boring! It’s the same thing every time!’ Boom! How does one respond to that? In a moment of inspiration from the Holy Spirit, I responded with something like this. ‘Well, in one sense you are right. It is the same thing every time. But let me ask you a question. If you were a husband and as you went out to work every morning you told your wife that you loved her, would she say something like ‘please sto

HOW RE-DISCOVERING MY FAITH IS HELPING ME COPE WITH A CHAOTIC WORLD

The first time I went to church as an adult, I had been up all night drinking in a friend’s living room. Tumbling home as the morning mist enveloped the common near my flat, almost nothing was visible but the church spire on one corner. Going to bed seemed a let down: I had finished a book on the bus and felt wired and awake. Instead, I crept into the church and sat at the back, intermittently burning myself on a hot radiator and feeling the effects of the unholy volume of wine I had drunk drift away. The bell rang, the congregation stood and a cloud of incense delivered the priest. The next hour passed in a haze of kneeling, chants and actions built into my muscle memory. Growing up in sout

MARKING THE DEATH OF JEAN VANIER

Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche community died on 7th May during the night at the age of 90, in the Maison Jeanne Garnier in Paris, France. A Canadian, he was given palliative care a few days earlier. In his last message, a few days ago, he said: “I feel profoundly at peace and in trust. I don’t know what my future will be made of, but God is good and whatever happens, it will be for the best. I’m happy and I say thank you for everything. From the bottom of my heart, my love for each one of you.” According to his biography, published by the Catholic Church in France, Jean Vanier was born on September 10, 1928, penultimate of a sibling of five children. While destined to a military career

HOMILY FOR FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Now a days you rarely if ever see a hitch-hiker on the road. But back in the 80’s and 90’s you would see many people hitch-hiking around the country and even on the continent. Many people used to pick the hikers up and give them a lift to wherever they were going or some part of their journey. For some reason as I was reflecting on today’s readings for Good Shepard Sunday the idea of Hitch-hiking came into my mind. In a sense, the person who hitched a lift is saying: “you provide the car, buy the fuel, look after the maintenance, the insurance and tax and I’ll take a free lift from you. But if you have an accident, I’ll sue you for damages". Now I’m sure back in the day, few hitch-hikers tho

VOCATIONS SUNDAY

This Sunday, the fourth of Easter, is the day of prayer for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. It is a day to pray for our priests, to pray for vocations and to encourage anyone who is discerning a call to priesthood or religious life. The following are short promotional videos for vocations that we encourage you to share with your friends and contacts. The reflection and prayer below were written by Fr Karl Rahner SJ and capture the gift of a vocation where a divine treasure is housed in human clay. ‘The priest is not an angel sent from heaven. He is a man, a member of the Church, a Christian. Remaining man and Christian, he begins to speak to you the word of God. This word

HOMILY BY POPE FRANCIS TO FIRST HOLY COMMUNICANTS

At this time of year, many parishes celebrate First Holy Communion. For priests, the challenge is to communicate a message of simplicity without watering down the meaning of the sacrament and the gift of Christ himself in the Eucharist that the children receive for the first time. On 6th May this year, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Rakovsky, Bulgaria, on the second day of his apostolic visit. Included was first communion for many of the boys and girls from around the country. Here is the full text of the Pope’s homily. Hopefully it will be of help to priests as we prepare our homilies for the celebration of First Holy Communion. Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am please

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW - MARKING THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOOK OF FAITH

This week, on 8th May, we marked the first anniversary of 'The Hook of Faith' website and mission to 'Digitally proclaim the Gospel in the Diocese of Ferns and Beyond'. In this interview Sean O'Leary chats to Billy Swan about the year just past and the ongoing mission to share the Gospel on the digital highway. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/hook-of-faith-first-anniversarymp3

 
 

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