by Mary Kearns

pope-massIn many parishes the majority of people are quite happy and at home with the liturgy which is understood to be a “community meal” or some sort of memorial celebration of the Last Supper. Sacrosanctum Concilium or The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on December 4th 1963 and published along with the other fifteen documents that make up the Constitutions, Decrees and Declarations of the Second Vatican Council.  

by Sister Helen Weston SJC

The Will of God! Four small words, none of them containing more than four letters but, together, impacting on the attentive mind and listening heart with the magnetic  force of something awesome, intangible, immutable, all-encompassing, all-creating but uncreated, shaping the life and destiny of all men and women in time and in eternity, terrifying yet utterly true, loving and good.

by Luca Volonte

It is a strange and interesting experience to be a human being in the 21st Century. We often read or hear paradoxical and contradictory statements, we have absurd laws and political decisions, which are so bizarre, that if they weren’t dangerous, we would be joking about them all the time.

by Matthew McCusker

The National Health Service in Britain has announced that it has successfully persuaded around 111,000 women to use so-called ‘long acting reversible contraceptives’ (LARCs) since the launch of the Quality and Outcomes Framework in 2009. The QOF linked doctor’s pay to meeting certain targets, including an increase of women on LARCs.

by Matthew McCusker

Shocking figures revealed last month showed that of women aged between 18 and 29 who had abortions in England and Wales during 2012; 38,893 had already had at least one abortion. 9,256 of these women had had at least two previous abortions 591 at least five previous abortions. 17 of the women had had 7 previous abortions.

by Patrick Hayes

A disabled County Mayo man has undertaken a tandem skydive to raise money for his favourite charity, Mary’s Meals.

Brave Padraig Keogh took the plunge on April 6th at Clonbullogue Airfield in Offaly (Irish Parachute Club), the day before his 45th birthday.

In recent editions of the Catholic Voice we have seen examples of the increasing number of warnings from senior figures within the Church calling the attention of Catholics to the increasing threats to our basic freedoms. In a homily last week Pope Francis spoke on the same subject.