Life Issues


Rally for Life – 1st July 2017

Some parishioners from St Mark’s took part in this Rally in Dublin. Photos can be seen if you go to About > Gallery

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Meditation – 7th May 2017

‘8th Amendment’ Listening to some of the commentary on the recent Citizens’ Assembly and the campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment you would be forgiven for thinking that abortion is not even a moral issue, let alone a hugely important one which will impact on the lives of thousands of people, born and unborn, into the future. It is difficult for a ‘pro-life’ perspective to be even heard in the…

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Meditation – 30th April 2017

The Deep End – Didn’t our hearts burn within us? Today’s Gospel finds Jesus’ friends downcast and confused at all that happened in their world. His death had devastated them; rumours of his resurrection amazed and confused them. Into their sadness and confusion Jesus comes; walking with them, talking with them even though they didn’t recognise him and yet they said later ‘didn’t our hearts burn within us as he…

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Meditation – 16th April 2017 – Easter Sunday

THE DEEP END – Easter Sunday In today’s Gospel Mary Magdalen is highlighted as the woman who is the first witness of the resurrection. Mary and the two disciples must have been very confused and upset as they tried to understand what had happened to Jesus’ body. Reading this story can bring many emotions for us: fear and confusion at death, or even a feeling of euphoria and joy at…

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Meditation – 2nd April 2017

Fifth Sunday of Lent: John 11:1-45 (Come Forth Lazarus) In today’s gospel, Jesus is surrounded by a culture of death. The disciples are afraid to go back to Bethany, the Jews want to stone Jesus to death, Mary and Martha are distraught over the death of their brother Lazarus, and Lazarus himself lies bound in the darkness of the tomb. It appears as if there is no hope. We are…

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Meditation – 26th March 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent: John 9:1-42 Some Pharisees who were present said to him, ‘Surely we are not blind, are we?’ (Jn 9:40) The richest 20 per cent of Hondurans receive two thirds of the national income. Inequality is the biggest characteristic of poverty in Central America and Hondurans struggle even more due to environmental and political challenges. Extreme weather events have made the water supply unreliable for farming and…

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Meditation – 19th March 2017

Third Sunday of Lent: John 4:5-42 John, more than any other gospel, emphasises the personal encounters that people had with Jesus. A real encounter with Jesus meant that life would not be the same again. At the well, Jesus’ request for water sparks a conversation that is soon going in several directions at once. Jesus leads the woman on a wonderful journey towards a deeper, more human life. He meets…

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Meditation – 12th March 2017

Second Sunday of Lent: Matthew 17:1-9 Have you ever seen someone transfigured before you? It might sound like a crazy question but think about it. Think of someone you know well and imagine that one day suddenly you realise something about them, something wonderful and beautiful. They seem to have changed right in front of your eyes and you notice a quality in them that you hadn’t seen before. And…

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Newsletter 18th December 2016

News 18th December 2016

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Choose Life: Prayer for the Child in the Womb

Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life. Reawaken in us respect for every human life. Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator. Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift. Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives. May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected. Help…

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Rally for life 2017