Weekly Bulletin-29th August 2021

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Archbishop Farrell is asking for people and priests to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life on a regular basis.   As you are well aware, the need is great, so let’s answer God’s call and “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest”



Thursday Evening Course for Adults

Venue: DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, (MDCCE), Drumcondra, Dublin, 9. 

Exploring Faith as an Adult The Pathways Programme is geared towards those who wish to explore issues and questions of: faith; ministry; the Church today and the nature of belief, in an environment appropriate to Adult Learning and Adult Faith Development.

About the Course

The programme is run by the Archdiocese of Dublin, over two years, from late September to late May each year.

From September 2021, Pathways will take place on Thursday evenings from 7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. 

There are three optional Saturday sessions each year.

The next starting date for the programme will be on Thursday 30th. September 2021 (Covid permitting).

Applications are now open. See contact details below.

Early application is advisable as places will be limited.

Who is the Course for?

This course is suitable for men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who are looking for an opportunity to consider questions about belief and Church today.

Course Aims

The course values the life experience which the participants bring and, accordingly, group sharing is an integral part of the learning process each year. The course also offers the spiritual and theological formation which will enable participants to explore their faith with greater confidence. It also helps assist people to prepare themselves to respond to the needs of the Church and community and to work in partnerships and parish teams. Participants have an opportunity to take part in various liturgies, retreats and times of Directed Prayer during the year.

Course Entry Requirements

The main requirements are: a desire to explore faith; openness to participation; a willingness to listen and an interest in new ideas and approaches to ministry. No academic qualifications and no previous study in theology or spirituality are necessary. There is no required written work and there are no exams. There is a short application form in the programme brochure. Copies of the brochure are available from the Programme Director (contact details below).

Course Cost Fees are €400 each year.

Fees may be paid in full at the beginning of the year or in instalments throughout the year. Part or full sponsorship may be available from some parishes.

Course Content

First Year – In the first year the emphasis is on the personal experiences and the faith journeys of the participants. Subjects include: How Adult Learn; Stages of Faith; Images of God; What Happened at Vatican II?; Introduction to Scripture; Celebrating the Church’s Year; the Person of Christ; Personal Journey; Sacraments; the Moral Life; Spirituality and Prayer.

Second Year – The focus of the second year is on Christian living, the Gospel call and how we respond to it. Subjects include: Visions and Models of Church; Teachings of Pope Francis; Approaches to Ministry; Bereavement and Loss; Family; Pastoral Issues Today; Justice and Peace, Ecumenism; Ecology; Caring for Yourself.

For further information please contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, D03 P2E7. Tel: +353 1 8087594 Email: ehoulahan@dublindiocese.ie; pathways@dublindiocese.ie


Study Theology Online, the Priory Institute provides online Theology courses to degree level.

Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home.

 Register now for Autumn 2021. Find out more on  prioryinstitute.com 


If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone In and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. These services provide support, coping skills and information – and most importantly help people who are in distress to know and feel that they are not alone in their experience.  For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie


ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.