EVENTS IN IRELAND - CL IN IRELAND

Holy Rosary during the month of May

Guided by the Shrines around the world, all the faithful during the month of May unite in the recitation of the Holy Rosary to ask for the end of the pandemic and the resumption of social and work activities

Pope Francis has invited everyone to join in the prayer of the Holy Rosary this month of May 2021 to ask for the end of the pandemic, which has afflicted the world for more than a year now, and to ask for the resumption of social and work activities.

“At the beginning of this month dedicated to Our Lady,” the Holy Father said, “We join together in prayer with all the sanctuaries spread throughout the whole world, with the faithful, and with all persons of good will, to entrust into the hands of our Holy Mother the whole human race, sorely tried by this period of pandemic.”

With some friends, we will pray the Rosary every evening at 9.00 pm on Skype: everyone is welcome. In particular, we invite everyone to join in prayer on the 10th of May when the Holy Rosary will be lead from Knock Shrine at 5.00 pm, Irish time. Live stream on the Knock Shrine website, Knock Shrine Facebook page and on Vatican Media channels.

You can find the press release from the Pontifical Council for promoting the new Evangelization here.

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Good Friday 2021

Way of the Cross organised by Communion and Liberation Ireland

As every year, Communion and Liberation Ireland organises a Way of the Cross on Good Friday. As the current Covid 19 restrictions won't allow us to physically follow the cross through Phoenix Park as we have done so many times in the past, we invite everyone to join us for a moment of reflection on the stations of the Way of the Cross online from Donnybrook Parish, Dublin at 12.00 pm.

The Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell will join us, leading the meditation at the beginning of the Way of the Cross.

It will be possible to view the recording of the event at this link. To help following the celebration please download the booklet with the readings and the songs.

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Booklet Way of the Cross 2021

Easter 2021: The Poster and the Videoposter prepared by CL

This year, Fr. Giussani's words are accompanied by a seventeenth-century work by Giovanni Francesco Romanelli of the apostles John and Peter in front of the empty tomb

Ultimately, people–young and not so young–need one thing: the certainty of the positivity of their time and of their lives, the certainty of their destiny.

To say “Christ is risen” is to affirm that reality is positive; it is to lovingly affirm reality. Without Christ’s Resurrection, there is only one possibility: nothingness.

Christ makes Himself present as the Risen one in every period of time, throughout the whole of history. The Spirit of Jesus, that is to say the Word made flesh, becomes an experience possible for ordinary man, in His power to redeem the whole existence of each person and human history, in the radical change that He produces in the one who encounters Him and, like John and Andrew, follows Him.

You can read an article by Giuseppe Frangi presenting the picture that was chosen for the poster 2021 here.

You can watch the Videoposter prepared by CL here.

Easter Poster 2021

Pope Francis honours Ireland’s Knock Shrine with special status

The Pope on Friday 19th March delivered a special message via video link recognising Knock Shrine as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine.

Pope Francis highlights devotion to Our Lady in a video message on Friday as Ireland’s Knock Shrine, which has held the status of national Marian Shrine for decades, is elevated to the status of an International Sanctuary of Special Eucharistic and Marian Devotion.

These are the words the Holy Father sent via video message (you can watch the original video message here) to the Irish faithful:


Brothers and sisters, good evening!

I wish to take advantage of the media to be with you at such an important time in the life of the Shrine.

Ever since the apparition of 21 August 1879, when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to some villagers in Knock together with Saint Joseph and Saint John the Apostle, the Irish people have expressed their devotion wherever they have been. You have been a people of missionaries. It is good to remember how many priests left their land to become evangelisers. Nor can we forget the many lay people who emigrated to many lands and kept alive their devotion to Our Lady of Knock. How many families, over the course of almost a century and a half, have passed on the faith to their children and gathered their daily labours around the prayer of the Rosary with the image of Our Lady of Knock at its centre! The arms of the Virgin Mary in a praying position still show how fundamental the life of prayer is, which comes as a message of hope from this Shrine. You know that in the apparition of Knock the Virgin does not say a word. But even her silence is a language; indeed, it is the most expressive language that is given to us. The message from Knock is the great value of silence for faith.

It is silence before the mystery, which does not mean renouncing understanding, but understanding sustained and assisted by the mystery of the love of Jesus who offered himself for all of us, as the Lamb sacrificed for the salvation of humanity. It is silence before the great mystery of love, which finds no possible response other than to surrender oneself with trust to the will of the merciful Father. Finally, it is the silence that Jesus asked for when he taught us: “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Mt 6:6-8).

Dear brothers and sisters present in Knock, and all of you who are following this solemn moment through the new communications media! To have raised the national Shrine of Our Lady of Knock to an international Shrine of special Eucharistic and Marian devotion is a great responsibility. You commit yourselves to keeping your arms always wide open in a sign of welcome to every pilgrim who reaches you from every part of the world, without asking him anything, only recognising him or her as a brother or sister who wishes to share the same experience of prayer in mutual fraternity. May welcome be combined with charity and become an effective testimony of a heart that opens to receive the Word of God and the grace of the Holy Spirit that gives strength. May the mystery of the Eucharist, which unites us in communion with the Risen Lord and with each other, always be the support for us to live faithfully our vocation to be missionary disciples, as was the Virgin Mary, who made herself a pilgrim of the Gospel of her Son. May she protect us and console us with her merciful face.

I greet you, I greet you all, imploring a blessing for you, and I ask you, please, to pray for me!

Source: Vatican.va

Notes of Nostalgia

Prof. Pier Paolo Bellini introduces Chopin’s Rain Drop Prelude and Ballade N. 1 through the poems of G. Pascoli

On the 13th March at 9.00 pm, we invite everyone to an evening of Music and Poetry with Prof. Pier Paolo Bellini

"Life lies beyond the music, in the foreground: it is a single note, from the beginning to the end. Once you become conscious of that note you never lose it again: it remains as a fixation, a fixation that makes a person a person: It’s the desire for happiness".
Luigi Giussani

Contact us if you wish to access the recording of this event or if you wish to have more information about similar events we will organise in the future.

Mass for the 16th Anniversary of Fr. Giussani's Death

Joining the prayers offered all over the world, in Ireland, we celebrated the Mass in memory of Fr. Giussani on the 2nd of March at 7.30 pm

Masses are celebrated all over the world for the 16th anniversary of Fr. Giussani's death and the 39th anniversary of the pontifical recognition of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation.

In Ireland, the new Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Farrell, lead us in the celebration from Holy Cross parish in Dundrum, Dublin on Tuesday the 2nd of March at 7.30 pm. In respect of the regulation for Covid19, it was possible to join the live streaming event via the parish webcam.

The intention for Mass, shared with more than 200 other celebrations around the world, was:
“In the difficult circumstances we are called to share with all our brothers and sisters, we ask the Lord to grant us the watchful and grateful awareness of the gift received in our encounter with Fr. Giussani’s charism, that we may continue to better serve the Church, recognizing that Christ dwells in every passing instant and, therefore, nothing is useless; everything is a sign of an indestructible positivity”.

A full list of Masses around the world is available here.

Lent Retreat 2021

Every year at the beginning of Lent, we propose a moment of reflection to help us fully live the 40 days of Lent

On the first Sunday of Lent 2021 (21/2) at 3.00 pm we propose a moment of reflection to step away momentarily from our busy routines and be recalled to the meaning of Lent and Easter in our lives.

This year the Lent Retreat will be held online on Zoom. We welcome again Mgr Paul Callan V.G. to lead us in the reflection. The retreat will conclude with the celebration of Holy Mass online.

Everyone is welcome. If you wish to join us for the Lent Retreat, contact us.

New York Encounter 2021: WHEN REALITY HITS

An annual three-day public cultural event in the heart of New York City, offering opportunities for education, dialogue, and friendship.

The Weekend of the 12- 14 February 2021 New York City will host the annual New York Encounter Special Edition.

The 2021 edition will be entirely online and will be broadcasted live and visible on the Encounter YouTube channel. It is, therefore, possible to join from all over the world for a weekend of public discussion, exhibits and performances to sustain our desire to live fully here and now.

This is how the theme for this year's edition, entitled "When reality hits", is presented on the New York Encounter Website:

In 2020 reality hit us hard. [...] Reality is still hitting. It has elicited the best in us: an urgency to respond, admiration for the caregivers, solidarity with those in need and for the victims of injustice. But after so many months, tiredness and a sense of rebellion are sinking in. Ultimately, the events of the past months have exposed our radical neediness and debunked our illusion of control. A deeper, truer core of our humanity is emerging: expectancy. Expectancy of a vaccine, of the end of racism, of political change or … of something else, more radical. It is this expectancy that pushes us towards the future, igniting the desire to continue to walk. We want to move forward. But we do not want our experience of these events to be muddled by ideological interpretations. We do not want to waste the sorrow we have suffered and the lessons we have learned, as if they had been in vain.
What happened in 2020 indeed changed and is still changing us. What is the nature of this change? What are we looking for? Will life ever be the same? Can this change be a milestone in the journey of life?

You can find more information, the program of the 2 days and more updates here. Also, you can read an interview with Riro Maniscalco, chairman of New York Encounter here.

Etty Hillesum: Uninterrupted Dialogue with God

Some members of the CL community in Dublin have prepared an exhibition on Etty Hillesum


On Saturday 6/2 @ 8.30 pm, we invite everyone to listen to an exhibition on Etty Hillesum prepared by some members of the CL Community of Dublin. The title of the exhibition is: "Etty Hillesum: Uninterrupted Dialogue with God".

Contact us to receive access to the presentation

Growing and Helping Others Grow during a Pandemic

A CL public event on "Education: self-communicating one’s self". January 30, live on YouTube, a dialogue with Julián Carrón on the questions provoked by the situation of education, which concerns us all.

On the initiative of some teachers from Communion and Liberation, on Saturday, January 30 at 8 p.m Irish time there will be an online public meeting entitled: "Education: Communicating one’s self. Growing and helping others grow during a pandemic.” It will be a dialogue with Julián Carrón on the many provocations that are emerging during this time, starting from the situation of education: it is an emergency that concerns us all, not just “insiders”.

It is possible to re-watch the event in English here.

Meeting on Education Flyer

30th January 2021

"Everyone who follows me will have a hundredfold here on earth"

Once again, this coming January we will have the opportunity to spend time with Fr. Carron together with the other European English speaking communities.

The annual meeting of the European English speaking communities with Fr Carron will go ahead this year in a new format.

We will spend 2 evenings together connecting via Zoom:
Friday 8 January, 7 - 8.30pm - Assembly
Saturday 9 January, 6 - 7.30pm - Assembly
Saturday 9 January, 8.30 - 10pm - Evening


The title fo the moment is:
"Everyone who follows me will have a hundredfold here on earth" Within the challenging circumstances we are living, is it truly possible to experience a "gusto for life"? What attempts have we made to face the situation, dramatic as it is? What have they yielded?

To prepare for the weekend, we invite you to send your contribution to secretary.cl@gmail.com by 27 December 2020. All contributions will be sent to Fr. Carrón.

To register for the event please contact the Secretary Team.

AVSI TENTS 2020: Expand your Horizons. Share your Life with Those in Need

Like every year, in the weeks coming up to Christmas, a fundraising event takes place to collect funds for the projects of the NGO AVSI. This year it will be organised online by AVSI friends from Ireland and the UK.


The AVSI Tent Campaign 2020-2021 is titled "Expand your horizons. Share your life with those in need". Friends of AVSI from Ireland and the UK organise an event online to raise funds to sustain the AVSI projects around the world. During the event, there will be a witness of a friend who works for AVSI in Uganda.


Maria Laura Conte, AVSI Communication Director, describes in this way the 2020-2021 campaign: "The AVSI 2020-2021 campaign aims to draw new motivation from these unprecedented times: AVSI sees these times as an opportunity to be present and active, close to the needy, even more so today, than throughout the past fifty years of its activities. The more times are challenging and urgent, the more those who work for development focused on the dignity of the person, feel compelled to respond. That word “close” is the pivot of our journey: it expresses the idea of a respectful and steadfast nearness".


AVSI, a non-profit organization founded in 1972, implements development and humanitarian aid projects in 33 countries, including Italy. You can discover more about AVSI here.

Also, you can discover more about the different projects for the 2020 Tents Campain in the PDF below or here.

It is possible to make donations here.

In order to attend this event, it is necessary to send an email to avsitents2020@gmail.com, expressing the interest in participating in the event.

Those who sent an email to avsitents2020@gmail.com will receive a confirmation email including:

* Details to make a donation - in case they haven't done it already.
* Details to join the event (date, time, Zoom link).
* Details of the AVSI projects we are supporting.
* Bingo card.

Christmas 2020: The Videoposter

This year, Fr. Giussani's words are accompanied by Jean-François Millet's "Winter Evening"

“He is present here and now: here and now! Emmanuel. Everything flows from this; everything flows from this, because everything changes. His presence requires flesh, something material, our flesh. The presence of Christ, in the ordinariness of life, increasingly involves the beat of our heart: being moved by His presence turns into being moved in our daily lives. Nothing is useless, nothing is extraneous. We start to have an affection for everything, everything, and the magnificent consequences of this are respect for what you do, precision in what you do, loyalty to your concrete work and tenacity in persevering to the end; you become more tireless. Really, it is like as if you were outlining another world, another world within this world.”

You can watch the video here.

The video is also available in multiple languages on the Communion and Liberation official Youtube channel.

If you would like to know more about the picture chosen for this year's poster, Jean-François Millet "Winter Evening", you can read the article from December Traces by Giuseppe Frangi here

Christmas Poster 2020

Advent Retreat 2020

Every year at the beginning of Advent, we propose a moment of reflection as we await for the birth of Christ

The first Sunday of Advent 2020 (29/11) at 3.00 pm we propose a moment of reflection to step away momentarily from our busy routines and be recalled to the meaning of Christmas in our lives.

This year the Advent Retreat will be held online on Zoom. We welcome again Mgr Paul Callan V.G. to lead us in the reflection. The retreat will conclude with the rosary.

Everyone is welcome. If you wish to join us for the Advent Retreat, contact us.

"Cántame algo que me hable de la vida"

The EncuentroMadrid, Saturday 21st November proposes a concert with contributions from singers from Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico, Colombia, USA, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Uganda and Spain

The EncuentroMadrid is an event organised by the community of Communion and Liberation in Spain. This year title is "En quién podemos confiar?" (In whom can we trust?). It will take place online 19-22 November with meetings, round-tables, performances... You can discover more about the event reading the interview to Fr. Ignacio Carbajosa, national responsible for Communion and Liberation in Spain here or an interview with Rafael Gerez, president of the EncuentroMadrid, here. Also you can read an article by María Serrano here.


There will be a bit of Ireland this year at the EncuentroMadrid as on Saturday 21st November at 9.00 pm Irish time the organisers propose an evening of songs from all over the world: "Cántame algo que me hable de la vida" [Sing to me Something that Tells me about Life]. Members of the choir of Communion and Liberation Ireland have sent a video of "Cavan Girl" that will be played together with the other songs from Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico, Colombia, USA, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Uganda and Spain.

You can watch live the evening (and access to the lyrics and the introductions of each songs in English) EncuentroMadrid website.

Songs lyrics and introductions (ENG)

Beginning Day 2020

Every year the movement of Communion and Liberation proposes a meeting at the end of September to start together the social year. This meeting is called "Beginning Day".


This year we will meet on Zoom to watch together the translation of the Beginning Day 2020 held in Milan by Fr Julián Carrón on the 03 October 2020 at 3.00 pm. The title of the meeting is You only see what you admire

As part of the Beginning Day, we will watch together a video interview with Mikel Azurmendi produced by Fernando De Haro for the Meeting 2020 Special Edition, on the occasion of the Italian translation of The Embrace. Towards a culture of encounter.

You can watch the video and download the full text here.

Book Presentation of "Reawakening our humanity"

An English presentation of the book by Fr Julián Carrón "Reawakening Our Humanity", with Fr. Julián Carrón and contributions from Rebekah Lamb and Arlene Gallagher, moderated by Giuseppe Pezzini.

Starting from "an unforeseen and unforeseeable interruption of reality, wearing the face of the coronavirus," Julian Carrón, in his ebook "Reawakening Our Humanity - Reflections in a Dizzying Time", describes how this circumstance offers the great possibility of the rediscovery of the self: from solitude to silence, from sharing to friendship, to the consciousness that we have of ourselves and of the world.

Thursday 25 June, 8.30 pm

Way of the Cross 2020

The Way of the Cross will take place in Dublin's Phoenix Park on Good Friday, 10th April 2020 at 12pm and will be led by the meditations of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and accompanied by the choir of Communion and Lib

The Way of the Cross, in the heart of a city where thousands of people carry their daily cross, most of the times dreadfully alone: If God exists, He has nothing to do with my daily life. This is the true cross of every day, the cross of a person abandoned only to himself in his most inner need for a never-ending love, truth, beauty, and justice.

We need the presence of “God-with-us,” Jesus, every day. And Jesus, because of the sacrifice of His cross and because of His resurrection, dwells among us, every day.

Fr. Luigi Giussani Anniversary Mass: "Christ, total horizon of our lives"

Celebration of the annual Mass for Fr. Giussani and the recognition of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation

19th February
7.00pm
Newman university Church on 87A St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2


Fifteen years after the death of Fr. Giussani and thirty-eight years after the pontifical recognition of the Fraternity of CL, the intention for masses celebrated throughout the world.

“That, in being faithful to the charism of Fr. Giussani and living our belonging to our Holy Church, we may follow Pope Francis’ invitation to ‘follow Jesus’ and ‘listen daily to His call’ which reaches us through His witnesses. Offering our lives for the Pope and for all our brothers and sisters in humanity, we ask the Holy Spirit that the encounter with Christ become more and more the total horizon of our lives and what truly forms all our relationships.”

Referring to the context in which Christians are called to live out their faith, Fr. Julián Carrón (President of the Fraternity of CL) recently wrote, “Many times over the last few years, we have said–echoing the words of Pope Francis–that we are living a real ‘epochal change’. The signs of a radical shift in relationships at a personal, social and institutional level can be seen more and more clearly, all over the globe. In addition, in traditionally Christian countries, it is becoming ever more clear that societies are no longer capable of sustaining the Christian values that have shaped their people’s lives for centuries. These profound changes we are passing through are a great provocation, reminding us not to take anything for granted. They force us to ask ourselves daily where our hope lies, what makes it possible for us to get up in the morning, go to work, continue to love, not be scandalized by our shortcomings, and face life without fear or violence overshadowing our relationships. (…) Let us support each other with our reciprocal witness, that this circumstance not weaken our passion to communicate Christ, letting His beauty shine forth to the many young people who are seeking, at times clumsily, for something that responds to their most human needs.”

Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, celebrated Mass for the anniversary of the death of Fr. Luigi Giussani.
Read the full homily on the Archdiocese of Dublin website

After Secularism: The Future of Catholic Education

Dr. O'Malley is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. O'Malley will ground his lecture in the work of Luigi Giussani



Dr. Timothy P. O'Malley will present a lecture titled "After Secularism: The Future of Catholic Education."

Wednesday the 12th of February at 7:30pm
Newman Church, 87A St Stephen's Green, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2




Event organised by Notre Dame - Newman Centre for Faith and Reason.
For more information, please follow the below link:
http://newman.nd.edu/uncategorized/after-secularism-the-future-of-catholic-education/

I Want It All

Encounter with Marta's father Giorgio Bellavista and Emanuele Polverelli, curator of the book on her short life



We'd like to invite everyone to the book presentation of "I want it all"with Marta's father Giorgio Bellavista and Emanuele Polverelli, curator of the book.



2nd February 3.30pm
Newtownpark Pastoral Center, Guardian Angels Parish, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock

Way Of The Cross 2019

The Way of the Cross will take place in Dublin's Phoenix Park on Good Friday, 19th April 2019 at 12pm and will be led by the meditations of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and accompanied by the choir of Communion and Liberation

The Way of the Cross, in the heart of a city where thousands of people carry their daily cross, most of the time dreadfully alone: If God exists, He has nothing to do with my daily life. This is the true cross of every day, the cross of a person abandoned only to himself in his most inner need for a never-ending love, truth, beauty, and justice.

We need the presence of “God-with-us,” Jesus, every day. And Jesus, because of the sacrifice of His cross and because of His resurrection, dwells among us, every day.

Referendum: A great divide or an impossible unity?

Referendum 2018

It is very hard not to think of a referendum as a conflictual moment. After all,
people are often called upon to take a decision regarding matters considered decisive.
In Ireland, as in other countries, referenda have too often been synonymous with
division, conflict, bitterness and a “culture of walls”. The outcome inevitably produces
joy as well as tears, mockery or resentment. The proposed referendum on repealing the
Eight Amendment seems no different. It ticks all the boxes: a highly controversial
question with a bitter history and parties well entrenched in their positions, their nonnegotiable principles.

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