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Day for Life 2015

Day for Life 2015 pastoral message: ‘Cherishing Life, Accepting Death’

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‘How great a lie … to make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!’ – Pope Francis

Kathleen, a much-loved grandmother, collapsed at home one Saturday morning and was rushed to hospital. Early signs pointed towards a stroke. The doctors talked about the next twenty-four hours being critical; it seemed like Kathleen might not even survive. The priest was called and Kathleen received the anointing of the sick. Doctors were talking about brain damage and whether interventions might be possible. Suddenly the family was faced with big questions. What would Kathleen have wanted and how could the Church help guide any decisions? How do we accept death when it comes and cherish life while we can?

There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We can be truly thankful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision-making about appropriate treatment for those who are gravely ill.

At the end of life, there are two thoughts that can help guide us all.

The first is that we love life. Every person is loved by God and every life is a precious gift never to be destroyed or neglected. It is wrong to hasten or bring about death. God will call us in his own good time.

The second is that we accept death. This means there is no obligation to pursue medical treatment when it no longer serves its purpose – that is when treatment is having no effect or indeed harming the patient.

We need to prepare to face life-threatening crises. Ideally these difficult and important decisions need to be faced with others – our spouse, our siblings, our extended family members. The family, after all, should be the privileged place where mutual support and understanding occurs.

Sometimes difficult decisions need to be made and the views of family and experts should be taken into account. In such situations these two basic questions can guide our decisions:

  • is this decision loving life?
  • is this decision accepting the inevitability of death?

Depending on the situation we should seek ways to answer yes to both, as life itself is a gift from God, and death but the gateway to new life with him

 

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Confirmation dates 2016

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Dates for Confirmation in the Dicoese for 2016 are availble here to download

 
Pathways Adult Faith Development

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Pathways is a two-year, one day a month course for adults who wish to explore their faith. It runs from October to June each year. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an opness to listen to others and participate. Each day consists of input from excellent and engaging speakers and the opportunity for discussion.
The cost is €250 for the coming academic year. Booking is now open.

The programme begins this year in Gallagher's Hotel, Letterkenny on Sat 3rd October 2015 (10am-4.30pm)to book contact Grainne, details below


Grainne Doherty contact details: Mobile: 087-9119426/07491 21853, e mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Diocesan Appointments 2015

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Most Rev. Philip Boyce, OCD, Bishop of Raphoe, has announced the following clergy appointments
in the diocese to take effect from 25th July 2015.

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Fr Philip Kemmy, CC, Convoy/Drumkeen to be CC, Conwal and Leck

Fr Stephen Gorman, CC, Cowal and Leck to be CC, Convoy and Drumkeen

Fr Liam Boyle, CC, Ardara to be CC, Arranmore Island

Fr Johnny Moore (Archdiocese of Birmingham) to be CC, Ardara

Fr Brendan Ward, newly ordained, to go to Rome for further studies.

Fr Francis Ferry, CC, Arranmore Island, after sick leave, will be CC, Massmount

 

 
World Youth Day 2016

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Diocese of Raphoe

In July 2016 a group of young people from the diocese will travel to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day with the pope and millions of other young Catholics.

Any young person who would like to take part in this pilgrimage should contact Tim Jackson (Diocesan Youth Director) by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 087-6457302 as soon as possible.

All those intending to travel must be 18+ by July 25th 2016. For more information on World Youth Day please visit the Raphoe Youth Ministry Facebook page.

The Official Website has further details

 

Click here for Diocesan booking Information

 
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