Prayer to Pen – Confirmation

By Father Frank Ryan We refer to Confirmation as being a sacrament – a real encounter with the Divine. Sacraments give us strength for those stages in our life that bring identifiable challenges. The Apostles were given the power of the Holy Spirit as they were being sent to live and proclaim the message of the risen Christ. That same […]

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Sheila Johnson

Occasionally when I go into the hospital (Glan Clwyd) to visit some parishioners, I bump into Sheila Johnson. She is the R.C. Chaplain to the hospital, and is a parishioner at St. Mary’s, Rhyl.  I am extremely grateful for her dedicated service to the ill and indeed the dying in the hospital.  Trying to negotiate the frequent blockages on the […]

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Thoughts on the Abortion Referendum in Ireland

I well remember the 2002 referendum in Ireland on abortion. On the day before (5th March 2002) I was present at a meeting in which Cardinal Desmond O’Connell, leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, spoke to a gathering of Catholic School Administrators in St. Patrick’s Training College in Dublin. Addressing the subject of the Referendum he said “The referendum […]

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