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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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ARCHBISHOP EAMONN MARTIN WELCOMES IRELAND'S MOST POPULAR ADVENT CALENDAR

This Sunday, 1 December, marks the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year and also marks the launch the 2019 online Advent Calendar, which will go live on www.catholicbishops.ie. Now in its sixth year, the popular online Advent Calendar offers resources for the parish, school and home which can be accessed behind a virtual door each day during the season of Advent. The content is aimed at assisting people to pray and to reflect on how best we can keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season. The unique interactive Advent Calendar has family prayers and suggestions for #LivingAdvent - acts of kindness or charity that all of us are encourage

REVITALISING THE CHARACTER OF IRISH SCHOOLS

In this feature video, we learn about how the diocese of Kildare & Leighlan has partnered with the University of Notre Dame in undertaking a ‘School Culture Initiative’. To find out more about the work of the Alliance for Catholic Education – University of Notre Dame, see – ace.nd.edu/ireland CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO: https://www.icatholic.ie/retv-notre-dame-school-culture/?jwsource=cl

ADVENT, CHRISTMAS AND JOY

This season of Advent is known as one of ‘Joyful expectation’. In the Church we name the third Sunday of Advent as Gaudete Sunday or ‘Joyful Sunday’ as our waiting for the Saviour is almost at an end. Then, we wish each other a ‘Merry Christmas’ as we share meals, exchange gifts and treasure loved ones at this time of year. Yet, the irony is that for many, the joy of Advent and Christmas is hard to come by. Yes, Christmas can be a time of joy for some but it can be a time of sadness for others for a variety of reasons. It is not the same for everyone. Where then, can joy be found? When we look into the Bible and our faith Tradition, we discover a number of important points about the experien

BRINGING THE UNAFFILIATED BACK TO THE CHURCH

The U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore recently for their annual general assembly. Part of their discussion on the first afternoon, Nov. 11, centered around how the Church can work to get back the “nones” — a rising portion of Americans who say they are religiously unaffiliated. A little background, which we also have reported on here: We know that only 20% of the population is now Catholic, and we know that 26% of American adults identify as religiously unaffiliated (a 10% increase since 2007). And 40% of millennials, or those born between 1981-96, identify as unaffiliated. In his presentation, Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary of Los Angeles and chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bisho

ETHOS OF A CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME LAUNCHED IN FERNS DIOCESE

At a meeting in the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy on Thursday 14th November 2019, Bishop Denis Brennan - speaking to a gathering of primary schools principals and chairpersons of Boards of Management of Catholic Primary Schools in Ferns Diocese - launched the document Ethos of a Catholic Primary School. The document outlines a programme of understanding and action to be rolled out within Catholic Primary Schools within the Diocese over the next five years. The programme is designed to deepen understanding of the Catholic ethos, to highlight awareness of the current strengths within schools and to effect a programme of basic discussions and actions across the whole school community that

HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)

Happy New Year!!! Today marks the beginning of the cycle of the ecclesiastical or liturgical year, the sacred time in which we are exposed to the integrity of the mystery of Christ, and find the opportunity to again rediscover the true face of Jesus, the person of Christ, the Word made flesh that now dwells among us. In this journey through chronological time, the daily, weekly and monthly cycles are touched by the Holy Spirit, sacramentally becoming a Year of Grace, God’s time. In the celebration of the Liturgical Year, we are made present to the entire Mystery of Christ. The prayer of the Church contemplates the Person of Jesus. In Biblical reading, prayer, chant and sacred song, His pers

'WEEK OF WITNESS - 25TH NOVEMBER TO 1ST DECEMBER 2019

The following short film records how the magnificent new statue of St Oliver Plunkett in Armagh Cathedral honours all those persecuted for their faith. These are our brothers and sisters we stand by this coming week which has been assigned the 'WEEK OF WITNESS' to mark the courage of Christians around the world who suffer for the practise of their faith. St Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy will be illuminated in red for the evenings of the 'Week of Witness' and there will be a special Mass at the Cathedral on Thursday 28th November at 10am in prayerful solidarity with the suffering Church. Following the Mass, people from 'Aid to the Church in Need' will give a talks and presentation on the

GALAXIES, GEESE AND GOD'S GRACE

A 2nd Century map by the Greek cartographer Ptolemy labelled a point along the South East coast of Ireland as the Sacred Cape, an inspired name that ignites our imagination and enlarges our faith. So in Wexford, we have every opportunity to witness first-hand the breadth and depth of creation, a celebratory contemplation of God’s glory reflected in the creatures around us. The Sacred Cape In County Wexford, our three nature reserves hug the sandy coastline. Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve is a nine-kilometre-long shingle spit near the coastal village of Kilmore Quay harbouring features, such as sand dunes, mudflats and salt marshes. It is home to wild grasses, delicate flowering plants, ra

ENGAGING ATHEISM - FACING THE ARGUMENTS HEAD ON. PART 2

Joe Rogan, host of the one of the world’s most popular podcasts, recently interviewed Richard Dawkins about Dawkins’ new book, “Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide.” It’s a follow-up book to Dawkins’ bestselling “The God Delusion,” although this one is aimed at younger readers. The Rogan/Dawkins interview went immediately viral, drawing over a million views within 48 hours. In this interview with Brandon Vogt, Bishop Robert Barron responds to arguments raised against God and religion. This is the second part of the talk. For first part, see last week.

'FAITH ON FIRE 2': SHARING THE GIFT OF FAITH WITH CREATIVITY AND BOLDNESS

On Saturday morning next, 30th November, Ferns CAFÉ will host the second ‘FAITH ON FIRE’ conference at the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. The conference begins at 9.30am and ends at 12.30pm. The conference will be opened and addressed by Bishop Denis before the two main speakers. The first is Dr Fainche Ryan who is the Director of the Loyola Institute at Trinity College Dublin. Fainche is involved in teaching the faith to adults and preparing them for ministry in their communities. The second speaker is Fr Martin Pender who is currently based at Ballymitty. Co. Wexford. Martin is a native of Wexford town but has spent many years working as a missionary in Stockholm in Sweden and also in

HOMILY FOR FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING (C)

Poets have always attempted to put words on the inexpressible and they do it very well. Elizabeth Barret Browning saw ‘Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God And Joseph Mary Plunkett, in his poem, sees all creation as the Body of Christ. Christ is present in all that exists. ‘I see his blood upon the rose And in the stars the glory of his eyes, His body gleams amid eternal snows, His tears fall from the skies. I see his face in every flower; The thunder and the singing of the birds Are but his voice-and carven by his power Rocks are his written words. All pathways by his feet are worn, His strong heart stirs the ever-beating sea, His crown of thorns is twine

ENGAGING ATHEISM - FACING THE ARGUMENTS HEAD ON

Joe Rogan, host of the one of the world’s most popular podcasts, recently interviewed Richard Dawkins about Dawkins’ new book, “Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide.” It’s a follow-up book to Dawkins’ bestselling “The God Delusion,” although this one is aimed at younger readers. The Rogan/Dawkins interview went immediately viral, drawing over a million views within 48 hours. In this interview with Brandon Vogt, Bishop Robert Barron responds to arguments raised against God and religion. (Check back next week for our discussion of the second half!)

THE HOLY SOULS AND PURGATORY

The Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to purgatory as follows: ‘All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven’ (1030). As a priest who presided at many funerals, I often found myself in a dilemma when preparing the homily. On one hand the intention was there to offer as much support possible to the grieving family and to assure them that their loved ones were now with God and at peace. On the other hand I sometimes felt that this was done at the expense of inviting the community to pray and to make sacri

THIRD 'WORLD DAY OF THE POOR' - 17th NOVEMBER 2019

This Sunday marks the third 'World Day of the Poor', instituted by Pope Francis in 2019. Here we have the Holy Father's Message in full in which he again puts the poor at the focus of the Church's concern with the theme 'The Hope of the Poor Shall Not Perish Forever'. 1. “The hope of the poor will not perish for ever” (Ps 9:19). These words of the Psalm remain timely. They express a profound truth that faith impresses above all on the hearts of the poor, restoring lost hope in the face of injustice, sufferings and the uncertainties of life. The Psalmist describes the condition of the poor and the arrogance of those who oppress them (cf. 10, 1-10). He invokes God’s judgment to restore justice

THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW - 'BELIEVE IN SCIENCE AND GOD OR BELIEVE IN SCIENCE INSTEAD OF GOD?&#3

This week ending, 10th 17th November, we celebrated Science Week. This was a week to celebrate all things to do with science including the tremendous advances in medicine, space exploration, our knowledge of the weather and climate change. The slogan of 'Science Week' given by the Science Foundation of Ireland was 'Believe in Science'. In this interview with Dr Sean O'Leary, we discuss this ambiguous title, the achievements of science and how faith in science and in God are not mutually exclusive. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/user-297441672/sean-oleary-on-science-weekmp3 For more material and articles from Sean, please visit his website at www.thesacredcape.com For an approxi

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

Next Sunday we will celebrate the feast of Christ the King and the end of the Liturgical year. The focus today is on the end of the world as we know it and the second coming of Christ. Life seems to be a series of endings and beginnings. Letting go and making space for something new. In all this, we are not carried along as driftwood but as active participants. We have responsibility for what happens. All three readings this Sunday point this out. Endings can be painful. It was unthinkable for a Jew at the time of Jesus that the Temple would be destroyed. God’s presence was in the Temple, it was the centre of worship and the Law. Yet it had to go to make way for the message of Christ that we

PRISONERS SUNDAY - 10th NOVEMBER 2019

This Sunday, 10th November is Prisoners Sunday - a day when we remember and pray for people who are detained for crimes. Visiting and helping prisoners is one of the corporal works of mercy for it is included in the great discourse of Jesus in Matthew 25: 32ff: 'I was in prison and you visited me'. Here is information on how the Irish Church is helping Irish prisoners overseas. PRAYER FOR PRISONERS 'Father of Mercy, the secrets of all hearts are known to you alone. You know who is just and you forgive the unjust. You alone are the Almighty Judge. We are not worthy of judging anyone. Your mercy is enough for sinners. Hear our prayers for those in prison. Give them repentance and let them beli

'TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!'

Thirty years ago this weekend, I remember vividly watching the TV as a student in Dublin as the Berlin Wall came down on 9th November 1989. It was one of those moments when you knew history was being made, one of those defining events that stand beside the day Kennedy was shot, or when Mandela was released from prison or September 11th 2001. Since it was build in 1961, the Berlin wall came to symbolise the great gulf between the Communist East and Capitalist West, between America/her allies and the Soviet Union. This wall was the iron curtain and the battle line of the Cold War. Now it came tumbling down. The collapse of the wall may have happened that day but change was taking place long be

UNPACKING ONE OF ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN'S GEMS - 'THE MISSION OF MY LIFE'

As you know, on 13th October last, Pope Francis canonized John Henry Newman a saint of the Church. Like so many others, I have long admired the depth and breadth of Newman’s thought and insight. Yet my first introduction to Newman was not one of his lengthy books or classic works. It was a short but inspiring meditation he wrote on ‘The Mission of my Life’ that I came across by chance at a time when I was discerning my vocation. Here I try to unpack a genuine spiritual classic that deserves to be widely shared to all who are trying to discern their calling or perhaps have forgotten ‘The Mission of my Life’. ‘God has created me to do Him some definite service’. God created you and I intention

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED - WEEK OF WITNESS - 25TH NOVEMBER TO 1ST DECEMBER 2019

Stand by Christians who suffer persecution, torture, and death for the sake of their faith. From 25th November until 1st December, the charity organisation 'Aid to the Church in Need' have organised a 'Week of Witness' in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world. Did you know that: 80% of all acts of religious persecution are committed against Christians; 245 million Christians are facing extreme persecution for their faith; Christians in more than 95 countries face persecution for their faith everyday. Here at St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy, we are proud to participate in the 'Week of Witness'. To mark the event, the Cathedral will be illuminated by a red light for the even

 
 

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