God with us makes all the Difference!

God with us makes all the Difference!    When I was in Rome studying for the for the priesthood, a priest friend used often say to me that no amount of theology, or rector’s talks or books read could ever prepare us enough for parish life when we were ordained. “Give it a few years”, […]

“The treasury of Mary’s heart” – a Christmas reflection by Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath   The Scripture texts that tell the story of the birth of Jesus take us into an unfamiliar divine world, one featuring annunciation by angels, visions of angelic choirs, people breaking out into canticles of joy and so forth. […]

Joseph the Just

  Joseph the Just You might already know the story about a woman who once went to confession to Saint Philip Neri and told him that she had been gossiping a lot lately. The Saint is reputed to have given the poor lady a very unusual penance: “Go to the market, buy a chicken, and […]

Patience! Even for Five Minutes!

Patience! Even for Five Minutes! Pascal, the famous 17th Century philosopher used to say that all our troubles came from not being able to sit quietly in a room on our own for five minutes! In other words, each of us needs silence and solitude in our lives…yet despite solitude being so enriching and necessary […]

Advent Waiting

Advent       Anyone fortunate enough to have visited the Holy land will know that Mount Sion in Jerusalem and the place where the Temple once stood is by no means the most impressive mountain in the region. When compared with the mountains of Galilee, the Golan Heights or the breath-taking, snow-capped  Mount Hermon, […]

Christ, a King like no other

Christ, a King like no other What could possibly make an army of 400,000 soldiers afraid of one woman? How could one of the cruelest military regimes in the world be so terrified of a frail 65 year old womanwith a gracious smile and a garland of fresh flowers in her hair? The woman they […]

Mass for Fr. Liam Swords and Annual Lecture 2016

On Sunday 20th November mass will be offered for Fr. Liam Swords. On the 21st November, the annual Liam Swords Lecture will take place at the CCI at 19h30. The title of the lecture is “Daring to be European: Synge & Parisian Ireland”. For further information please visit the Centre Culturel Irlandais website at www.centreculturelirlandais.com

Nollaig-sur-Seine 2016, An Ghaeltacht-dur-Seine

Nollaig-sur-Seine 2016 All are very welcome to the annual Irish language festival from An Ghaeltacht-dur-Seine. Fáilte mhór roimh gach duine ! There are ten events over four days from Saturday 26th to Tuesday 29th November 2016. Events include conferences, films, social evenings, visits to marché de Noël and Salon des Vins, and Aifreann. Sunday 27th […]

Advent Carol Service 2016

On Saturday, December 10th, the Advent Carol Service will take place at 17h00. As usual, after the service, refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Another November

Another November. What we see all around us during these November days is anything but resurrection, anything but new life. We see the dying leaves falling from trees everywhere and the fading of the day-light too into what feels like one long night of winter… That’s November, the month of the Holy Souls. November, a […]