Christmas Blessings – Beannachtaí na Nollaig 2021


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and wishes you a happy and peaceful Christmas.


Le coinnle na n-aingeal tá an spéir amuigh breactha,
Tá fiacail an tseaca sa ghaoith on gcnoc,
Adaigh an tine is téir chun an leapan,
Luífidh Mac Dé ins an tigh seo anocht.

Fágaig’ an doras ar leathadh ina coinne,
An mhaighdean a thiocfaidh is a naí ar a hucht,
Deonaigh scíth an bhóthair a ligint, a Mhuire,
Luíodh Mac Dé ins an tigh seo anocht.

Bhí soilse ar lasadh i dtigh sin na haiochta,
Cóiriú gan caoile, bia aguis deoch,
Do cheannaithe olla, do cheannaithe síoda,
Ach luífidh Mac Dé ins an tigh seo anocht.

© 2011, Máire Mhac an tSaoi
From: The Miraculous Parish / An Paróiste Míorúilteach
Publisher: O’Brien Press / Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Dublin, 2011, 978-1-84717-300-3


With candles of angels the sky is now dappled,
The frost on the wind from the hills has a bite,
Kindle the fire and go to your slumber,
Jesus will lie in this household tonight.

Leave all the doors wide open before her,
The Virgin who’ll come with the child on her breast,
Grant that you’ll stop here tonight, Holy Mary,
That Jesus a while in this household may rest.

The lights were all lighting in that little hostel,
There were generous servings of victuals and wine,
For merchants of silk, for merchants of woollens,
But Jesus will lie in this household tonight.

© Translation: 2011, Gabriel Fitzmaurice
From: The Miraculous Parish / An Paróiste Míorúilteach
Publisher: O’Brien Press / Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Dublin, 2011, 978-1-84717-300-3


Our website – – has liturgical resources, especially homilies and prayers of the faithful, alongside interesting articles, notices and posts.

Link to AGM 2021, including Kieran O’Mahony OSA, on the Synod with Peter McLoughlin and Patricia Melvin on the Killala Experience; and Tim Hazelwood on Priests in Crisis.


Link to Christopher Lamb’s Zoom (10 Feb) on the Reform of Pope Francis

Link to Gerry O’Hanlon’s Zoom (25 Feb) on The Synod on Synods

Link to James Alison Zoom (27 April) on Pastoral Care of LGBTQ+

Link to Massimo Faggioli Zoom (12 May) on The Church in America

Link to Luca Badini Zoom (6 Dec) Papal Teaching on Same-Sex Relationships

Link to The Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research Academic Statement on the Ethics of Free and Faithful Same-Sex Relationships

Link to Seán McDonagh article (19 Nov) on COP 26 in Glasgow


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Liamy Mac Nally (ACP Admin Secretary)

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Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise

Gerry O’Connor, Roy Donovan, Tim Hazelwood and John Collins.

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