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The Messenger | October 2020


Supporting our Readers and Promoters:
The monthly Messenger continues to be despatched to subscribers and promoters as usual. Please note that we do not expect promoters to distribute copies unless it is absolutely safe for them to do so.



The theme of Inclusivity runs through the October Messenger. We all have a shared responsibility to become participative members of the Church and not rely on the hierarchical separation of clerical and lay people. We have a duty of care also for our natural environment, our ‘common home’ as Pope Francis says. And we should recognise that an inclusive church takes many forms, all rooted in a recognition of and identification with our shared humanity with others. Plus, a recent survey concludes that great as digital technology has been for parishes during recent months, a webcam service will never replace the value people place in an active and physical engagement at mass. Plus regular gardening, prayer, cookery, crosswords and Art features.

A pull-out supplement for teenagers and younger readers that addresses the subject and concerns of Catholicism today. RE:LINK supports the Junior Cert curriculum and is an educational resource for all teachers of Religion Studies.

This month RE:LINK chats with Revd Tim Irvine, rector of the Mountmellick community of parishes in Co Laois, about his role, his background and the Anglican faith.