The diocese is inviting parishioners to attend one of three meetings being held to continue the dialogue begun after the Popes recent letter to Irish Catholics.

Diocesan Meetings following Papal Letter

Click on link for Report on first two Diocesan meetings March 25th

In the course of the recent diocesan meetings, held after the publication of the Popes letter to the Catholics of Ireland, many people expressed the wish that these meetings would be repeated in more venues across the diocese. In light of these requests the diocese is hosting three further meetings as follows:

  • Tuesday 27 April: Goresbridge Parish Centre – Guest Speaker Anne Kelleher, CEO CEIST
  • Wednesday 5 May: Scoil Bhride, Sallins Road, Naas – Guest Speaker, Ned Prendergast, Director of Faith Development, CEIST
  • Thursday, 13 May Killeigh National School – Guest Speaker, Brenda Drumm, Catholic Communications Office

Each meeting will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will conclude with light refreshments at approximately 10:00 p.m. Once again Bryan OReilly (Principal of Newbridge Primary School) will act as chair. All are welcome to attend.

Participants will have an opportunity to hear about safeguarding children practices in the diocese, to reflect on and discuss the letter, and to be part of the process of moving forward together to deepen the mission of the church in Kildare and Leighlin.

As we prepare for these meetings we might remember the words of Pope John Paul II to young people attending World Youth Day event in Toronto in 2002 and quoted by Bishop Jim Moriarty at the recent Chrism Mass:

“Although I have lived through much darkness, I have seen enough evidence to be unshakably convinced that no difficulty, no fear is so great that it can completely suffocate the hope that springs eternal in our hearts. Do not let that hope die! Stake your lives on it!”

At the Chrism Mass Bishop Moriarty also reminded us of the following:

We have the opportunity now to build a renewed and more humble Church a Church of openness, transparency and accountability, a Church which treasures each and every person and sees in them the face of God. This new vision challenges us to walk our talk and live out our convictions and live the truth outlined in the Gospel, the rest is in the hands of Jesus Christ.

Together let us embrace this opportunity and walk united to build a church in Kildare and Leighlin founded and grounded in Jesus Christ.