Encounters

Pope Francis to visit Chile and Peru

                                                                            Chile and Peru are getting ready to welcome Pope Francis and so too are the Columban Sisters. “I want to meet with you, look into your eyes, see your faces and experience God’s closeness, his tenderness and mercy that embraces and consoles us,” the pope said in a video message released by the...

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Nollaig na mBan.  Women’s Christmas.

Nollaig na mBan.  Women’s Christmas.   Greetings on this the Feast of the Epiphany, also known in Gaelic as Nollaig na mBan!  Nollaig means Christmas and Ban means women. The old Gaelic tradition of “Nollaig na mBan” or “Women’s Christmas” celebrates Epiphany on January 6th and closes the Christmas season. It was not unusual for another...

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Happy New Year 2018.

New Year Resolutions. The New Year comes, and we are full of good intentions and resolutions.  Some resolutions only last a week, some a month and luckily those which last, becomes our friend.  What is the secret? We must pick the right resolution that will give us the best shot at success, provided the goal...

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“Do not take Jesus out of Christmas!”

“Do not take Jesus out of Christmas!”   Pope Francis on 81st birthday: On December 17th twenty-five thousand people from many lands came to St. Peter’s Square to wish Pope Francis a happy 81th birthday. On this occasion Pope Francis made an appeal to the world: “Do not take Jesus out of Christmas!” He said:...

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Advent Blessings

Advent Blessings. ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’ and the Advent Season for Christians is liturgically set four weeks before Christmas, to wake us from our sleep and invite us into a time of quiet and reflection, as we await anew, for the coming of Jesus into our lives at Christmas.  The readings and the liturgies during the...

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Saint Columban.

                                                                St. Columban.   Columban was Ireland’s first European. The Irish missionary St. Columban (543-615) traveled throughout Europe, preaching and founded influential monasteries in...

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Happy Feast of St. Columban

                                                               St. Columban.   Columban was Ireland’s first European. The Irish missionary St. Columban (543-615) traveled throughout Europe, preaching and founded influential monasteries in France,...

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World Day of the Poor

Message of Pope Francis for the first World Day of the Poor   Explanation of logo  Pope Francis has designated that the first World Day of the Poor to take place this Sunday, 19 November 2017. The below image is its official logo and it emphasises the dimension of reciprocity which is at the core...

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All Saints’ Day/All Souls’ Day in the Philippines.

All Saints’ Day/All Souls’ Day in the Philippines. All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are two important days in many Catholic countries as people remember Christian saints, martyrs and loved ones who have died.   The Philippines is the world’s third largest Catholic country and it celebrates these feasts with great devotion as they...

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Samhain / Halloween

                                                                      Samhain / Halloween Samhain marks the Celtic New Year and can be seen to the equivalent of New Year’s Eve. As...

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