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Mary, Mother of God, pray for all mothers

10.March 2018.

Dear Lough Derg friends, have you noticed how Mothers Day always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent? In fact its roots are entangled with this time in the Christian calendar. In medieval Britain the Fourth Sunday of Lent was observed as a pilgrimage day to the cathedral as the ‘Mother Church’ of the diocese. […]

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On Passover pilgrimage to the Temple Jesus saw much that needed to change.

03.March 2018.

The Gospel this 3rd Sunday of Lent finds Jesus on pilgrimage. He has come to the Temple in Jerusalem for Passover. But his pilgrimage is a disappointment. He sees so much that needs to change for God’s holy Temple to be what it’s meant to be. For us too, both as pilgrims to Lough Derg […]

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Second Sunday of Lent – In Lent Jesus invites us to come apart with him

26.February 2018.

The bare feet that are the tradition on the Lough Derg Pilgrimage are a token of penance. But they also speak of reverence for holy ground.  They come to mind as I ponder Mark’s story of the Transfiguration of Jesus for the second Sunday of Lent.  Like Moses before the Burning Bush and Elijah at […]

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Pope Francis invites us to unite in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace – Fri 23rd Feb 2018

22.February 2018.

Pilgrims of the Three Day Pilgrimage on Lough Derg are familiar with the power of prayer and fasting. We invite you to read more about the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on 23rd February 2018. Pope’s Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace, Friday, February 23, 2018  

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First Sunday of Lent – when we are put to the test

18.February 2018.

“In the gospel this first Sunday of Lent Jesus finds himself put to the test by the Evil One. What a victory for evil if Jesus had gone down at this first fence!  As our Lenten pilgrimage begins, we must expect to have our resolve put to the test even in these first days. An […]

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Healing stone at the lakeshore at Lough Derg

16.February 2018.

Today, 16 Feb 2018, is a Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse. The stone from the Liturgy of Repentance and Healing celebrated at the 2012 Eucharistic Congress has a permanent home on the lakeshore here at Lough Derg. It continues to challenge us all to play our part to create a […]

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Fr La links Lent with Lough Derg

14.February 2018.

Fr La links Lent with Lough Derg. May God bring you safely through the journey of Lent, with every good wish and blessing this Ash Wednesday.

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Happy St Brigid’s Day Beannachiaí na Féile Bríde

31.January 2018.

Happy St Brigid’s Day!     01 February This year to mark the occurrence of the Feast of St Brigid, we thought that it might be of interest to draw  your attention to some of the saint’s associations with the Lough Derg Pilgrimage. Here at Lough Derg the name of St Brigid makes several appearances, including these: […]

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As Christian Unity Week closes, in the tradition of several churches, this day commemorates the Conversion of the Apostle Paul

25.January 2018.
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The importance of Friendships

22.January 2018.

Fr La shares a lovely little insight on Pope Francis’ way of engaging with people, courtesy of The Irish Catholic’s Letter from Rome column by John L Allen Jr (Jan 18, 2018).  On the list of those scheduled for an audience with Pope Francis, Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian […]

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