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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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WHEN GRIEF AND GRATITUDE EMBRACE

In this month of November when we think about and pray for the holy souls, our thoughts are also with those in our community who are struggling with grief. Grief and gratitude seem like polar opposites when we are mourning the loss of someone but we pray and hope for the time when they come together and embrace in the depths of our memories and hearts. Facing death - our own and the loss of loved ones - is one of life’s most difficult tasks. Whether we believe or don’t, have great faith or little, the challenge to make sense of it remains for everyone. Perhaps that is your challenge right now as you struggle with grief. Christians believe in life after death, that life is changed but not end

LETS TALK ABOUT SEXUALITY AS PART OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN

In recent months, the government, through the agency of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, have led a review of Relationships and Sexual Education undertaken in State schools. This will means changes to what students are taught in school as being normal and appropriate. But what if parents are unhappy with what is being taught to their children in school? What if it clashes with the values that they are teaching their children at home? Where do the values that underpin the new curriculum come from? In this video, Kate Liffey and Wendy Grace discuss these and other questions that every parent should be concerned about. CLICK HERE TO WATCH: https://www.icatholic.ie/retv-rse-re

A TRIBUTE TO FR KEVIN SCALLON CM

Fr Kevin Scallon was a Vincentian priest and was known to many of the priests of the diocese of Ferns and indeed all over the country from the Intercession for Priests that he conducted each year with Sr Breege McKenna at All Hallows in Dublin. Fr Kevin passed to his eternal reward on 25th June 2018, aged 83. Here I include some of his quotes about the priesthood and prayers that he composed. May Fr Kevin who loved the priesthood of Christ and loved and served his brother priests, rest in peace. May these prayers of Fr Kevin inspire all priests who read these words to do the Lord's work and draw people to a deep friendship with him. 'I thank our Saviour that he allowed me to experience his p

ALLSAINTS AND ALL SOULS

In the Christian tradition the feasts of All Saints and All Souls point to the continuation of life here-after. The resurrection of the body is proclaimed, and life everlasting promised. It is a matter of Faith. Nowadays the spiritual power of this time of year has been diluted by commercialised ghosts and ghouls, skeletons and witches, bats and zombies and various shades of Dracula figures. You could say that Hallow’een, the evening of the Saints has been hollowed out and its meaning scattered. Let the children have fun indeed, with trick or treat, but there is more to the season than carnival. Reality breaks in when we are faced with sudden and unexpected death. We are pulled up shor

HOMILY FOR THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (C)

Most of us have found ourselves at one time or another as an authority figure, whether in the family as parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle or in the workplace at different levels. We know how difficult it is to get the balance between correcting and ensuring good practice or behaviour and at the same time making sure people know they are valued and loved. Today’s readings address this problem and give us clear guidelines. In the reading from the book of Wisdom the prayer addresses God in this way: ‘You overlook people’s sins SO THAT they can repent.’ So often we get it the other way round ‘repent first and only then can you face God’. Yet from our own experience we know how the assurance tha

THE FEAST DAY OF ALL SAINTS - 1ST NOVEMBER

The annual Feast of All Saints is a celebration of our communion with men and women over the centuries who are joined with us in the spiritual communion of the Church. Here is how the Catechism explains the deep ties between ourselves and previous generations of Christians who have followed Christ to the end: 'It is not merely by the title of example that we cherish the memory of those in heaven; we seek, rather, that by this devotion to the exercise of fraternal charity the union of the whole Church in the Spirit may be strengthened. Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its

TOASTING CONSCIENCE FIRST - THE POPE AND ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

One of the better known quotes from the newly canonised saint John Henry Newman is when he was once asked to toast the Pope and replied that he would prefer to toast conscience first. This quote is often used by some to drive a wedge between the moral judgments of the individual and the moral authority of the Pope and the magisterium of the Church. Last week, we had another example. Speaking in the Dáil, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar rejected Archbishop Eamon Martin’s recent comments that Catholic politicians are obliged to support laws that uphold the dignity of every person from conception to natural death. The Taoiseach said he was reminded of some words of St John Henry Newman. “When he lea

EXPRESSIONS OF HOLINESS

Three recent [end of September / early October ] cultural events in Wexford town, one at the Arts Centre, a second in Dún Mhuire, and the other at The Street in the Co. Council buildings, prompted this reflection on holiness. The Arts Centre hosted a literary/musical event based on the words and songs of the late Leonard Cohen. The production is touring Ireland since 2017. Between your love and mine – a REQUIEM was compiled in collaboration with the writer John McKenna. It is a meditation on bereavement and loss. It extended hope and light in the face of darkness, even as it let the darkness be. Billy Roche’s latest play, A LOVE LIKE THAT was premiered in Dún Mhuire. Among the characters

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW WITH MR. SEAN MC CARTHY - GENERAL MANGER OF THE HOPE CENTRE, ENNISCORTHY

This week we caught up with Sean McCarthy who is just a few months into his new role as General Manager of the HOPE Centre in Enniscorthy. Sean is a native of Enniscorthy and brings with him years of experience working with the HSE in the very important area of suicide prevention. Here he shares his story and his hopes for his time at the HOPE Centre that continues to provide hope and support to people who have suffered from cancer. Sean also looks forward to the annual Liturgy of Hope and Healing that takes place this year on Friday 1st November 2019 at 8pm at St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy. The theme of this years liturgy will be 'From Darkness to Light'. All are welcome to this annual

HOMILY FOR THE THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (C)

Dear friends. Three years ago, our parish went on pilgrimage to Krakow where we spent six wonderful days of prayer, travel and lots of fun! Reflecting back on our time in Poland, one of the blessings our parish and many others enjoy is the presence of so many Polish friends who have made Ireland their home. We came home with a real sense of the culture and history of that beloved country whose story has many similarities to our own. Where Poland is unique is the extent the nation suffered during and after the Second World War. One fifth of Polish people died at that time. Those years were times of darkness, the hour of Satan as we felt it when we visited the infamous Auschwitz concentration

TOWARDS REVIVAL IN IRELAND

Matthew Rudolph is a Messianic Jewish Leader of Gateways Beyond International, a family of messianic missional communities with ministry bases in Israel, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany and the US. Messianic Jews are Jews who believe that Jesus was the Christ or the Messiah but who have retained their Jewish identity and heritage. Towards Jerusalem Council 2 is a movemnet working for the reconciliation of Jews and Christians. The movement in Ireland hosted Matthew in Dublin two years ago and he was a real blessing at all the meetings and churches he spoke at. One of these was All Nations Church in Dublin. Enclosed are his key points from All Nations - the theme was the Inspiration of Irish Ce

THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL ADORATION, BRIDE ST. - IN APPRECIATION

DEPARTING IN HOPE (in gratitude to the Sisters of Adoration ) And so it came to pass that time for leaving, the time for closing. Like a death. And after - you bring nothing with you but your soul, your essential self, with your capacity to pray ceaselessly, to adore, with your history of giving and serving and resting before God. 12 x 12 years of attending brought to its fulfilment in this place. Press on, faithful sisters. Pull that door behind you; another opens.

FEAST DAY OF ST JOHN PAUL II - TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER

As we celebrate Mission Sunday this weekend, we also prepare for the feast day of St John Paul II on 22nd October. St John Paul II will be forever associated with the term 'New Evangelization' and his efforts to mobilize the whole Church to be missionaries with new 'ardour, methods and expression'. In this video, seven key points are explored why St John Paul II was a great Pope.

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW WITH BR. MAURICE FINN

Br Maurice Finn is a Christian Brother who hails from Cork but who has spent most of his life working as a missionary in India. For his holidays, Br Maurice spends his time with his sister Kitty Murphy from St Aidan's Parish, Enniscorthy. During a recent visit home, we caught up with Br Maurice and asked him about his life, his work in India and his relationship with Mother Theresa of Calcutta whom he knew personally. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/br-maurice-finnmp3

HOMILY FOR TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – MISSION SUNDAY (C)

Dear friends. Today is Mission Sunday and for the homily this week I would like to share a few thoughts on St John Henry Newman’s wonderful reflection on vocation and mission. He is the newest saint of the Church, canonised by Pope Francis last Sunday. He was also a man who was ahead of his time in insisting that all the baptised are called and sent on mission where our faith becomes active and real. ‘God has created me to do Him some definite service’. God created me and you intentionally and blessed us with a unique set of gifts and talents that he wants us to use for some service or good. So never think that you are just a product of evolution or devoid of any gifts. You are wanted, wille

'TOGETHER WE ARE MISSION' - A MISSION THAT HAS WIDENED AND DEEPENED

In this Extra-ordinary Month of Mission, it is interesting to notice how our understanding of mission has developed over the past fifty years or so. When I was growing up, supporting the missions meant praying for and financially supporting Irish missionaries working abroad. Almost every parish knew of someone who had volunteered for the foreign missions and who was working or had worked abroad. The vast majority of these people were priests and religious. This was the focus for Mission Sunday. Then there was a shift in our understanding of how everyone is called to mission from their baptism. This change was closely linked to the idea of vocation and the universal call to holiness outlined

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW WITH FR BILL DAILEY, DIRECTOR OF THE FAITH AND REASON CENTRE AT UNIVERSITY

On Wednesday 9th October, the Church celebrated the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman. He was beatified by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on 19th September 2010 in Birmingham, England during the Pope’s visit to the United Kingdom. On Sunday next, 13th October, Pope Francis will declare John Henry Newman a saint of the Church at a ceremony in Rome. On Newman’s feast day, I visited the Church Newman founded in Dublin 1856 – University Church in St Stephen’s Green – during his tenure as Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland that later became known as University College Dublin. During my visit, I caught up with Fr Bill Dailey who is the Director of the Faith and Reason Centre based at Unive

'CALM THE SOUL' - A NEW SONG RELEASED BY THE POOR CLARE SISTERS IN GALWAY

The Poor Clares of Galway have released a song 'Calm the Soul' with the hopes it will help others. The song was released on Thursday last and was produced in collaboration with professional vocalists and musicians. An offline launch took place at the monastery in Galway earlier in the day. Sr. Consilio Fitzgerald, the founder of the Cuan Mhuire addiction treatment centres was invited by the nuns to launch the song. She said some of the people the nuns work with found it deeply moving. Sr. Colette, Abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery in Galway said “it’s God’s business what happens with the song and if it makes the charts it would be great. "If it goes viral that would be great too. Our hope i

CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN MIGHT WELL BE THE PATRON SAINT OF ECUMENISM

Theologian, scholar, educationalist, poet, novelist, convert, cardinal and blessed are some of the outstanding titles of John Henry Newman we can celebrate on the occasion of his canonisation in Rome next Sunday (October 13th). Yet, 174 years after he converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism, it is his conversion that we remember as the great watershed moment of his life. Newman, the convert, created a huge stir at the time as did those of his contemporaries who became Catholics in the Oxford Movement. There is no doubt but that the church then, and oftentimes since, saw Newman’s conversion as a boost to Catholicism that evoked a measure of triumphalism in the church. But there should be no

 
 

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