March 15, 2017 St Patrick Special

Celebrating 8 Years Online

Website will update again on March 22, 2017

~Return to the Lord Your God~

Did You Know?

THAT…St. Patrick wasn’t Irish, and he wasn’t born in Ireland. Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Scotland or Wales (scholars cannot agree on which). He was born in 385 AD. By that time, most Romans were Christians and the Christian religion was spreading rapidly across Europe. Read nine more fascinating facts about this great saint!


Good News

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is Ireland’s largest national animal welfare charity, and represents 19 affiliated member societies.  Our role is to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare and to proactively relieve animal suffering in Ireland. Together the ISPCA and our members help, rescue, treat and responsibly rehome tens of thousands of animals of all different species. ‘The Society Cares for all Animals.’


In the News

Prince William calls for end to illegal wildlife trafficking

Britain’s Prince William urges representatives from 54 countries attending a wildlife conference in Hanoi to step up the fight against illegal trade, saying that trafficking is a ”global challenge”.


Picture of the Week

The Irish Moiled

The Irish Moiled is one of our most distinctive breeds of cattle native to Ireland and more specifically they are the only surviving domestic livestock native to Northern Ireland. They are a hornless breed, red in color and characteristically marked by a white line or ‘finching’ on the back and white under parts with red ears and red nose. But they can vary from white with red ears and nose to nearly all red. The face is often roan or flecked.

The name Moile (or Maol) is derived from the Gaelic language and relates to the distinctive dome or mound on top of the head.

Ask Susi

Q: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?

A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.


Susi’s Weekly Column

Patience Is Peace

~by Susi Pittman

The path to peace is simple, it’s how we journey there that matters.


Catholic Journeyman

God’s Debt

~by Louis Templeman

How could God possibly have a debt?


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Weeding For Sinners

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Virginia’s gardening moves to new heights as the simple task of “weeding” the garden becomes a Lenten spiritual act of mercy.


Weekly Commentary

Jesus Loves You With An Intense Thirst

~by Amanda Evinger

During the years I spent living with the Missionaries of Charity, St. Teresa of Calcutta’s spirituality felt like anything from the most gorgeous spiritual revelation to the most biting poke in the spine of my soul – it was, clearly, a spirituality born from the deepest, most entangled roots of Catholicism. To this magnanimous Saint and her followers, serving Christ meant answering His cry of Thirst from the Cross – even if it meant laying down one’s very life in the most grueling fashion.


Catholic Writers

Janice T Connell

Janice T. Connell is a Catholic and the author of “Angel Power” and eight other amazing books.

Janice is an attorney and financial consultant with a Master’s Degree in Public and International Administration is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. A recognized authority on Marian apparitions, she is an international speaker and frequent radio and television commentator. Married, having children and grandchildren, she is the best selling author of Meetings With Mary, Praying With Mary, The Secrets of Mary, Queen of the Cosmos, Queen of Angels, The Visions of the Children, Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, Angel Power, Prayer Power, and The Spiritual Journey of George Washington.

She is a prolific and dynamic lecturer who speaks all over the United States and abroad. She has addressed the World Bank, the Pentagon, and numerous conferences throughout the US and UK. She lives in Arizona.

Connect with Janice on FACEBOOK…

A Recommended Read


~by Janice T Connell

Comprised of scripture, brief essays, narrative encounters, meditations and prayers concerning angelic beings, Power claims as its source material Summa Theologica by the “great Angelic Doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas,” as author Connell refers to him. Summa, one of the great works of the Western World, is a sophisticated, exquisite doctrinal opus that, 700 years after it was completed, still underpins Roman Catholic Christianity. Connellpularization of Aquinas’s system of the Nine Choirs of the Angels (Seraphim, Cherubim, etc.) does provide a paradigm of heavenly creatures, but the pedantic, choppy, pedestrian prose (e.g., “Earthquakes are great teachers”) does not do justice to the rich mind and legacy of Aquinas. While not devoid of merit, this is a far cry from a substantive, worthwhile and accessible interpretation of the richness of Aquinas’s conception of the heavenly hosts.


Quote of the Week

I never considered a difference of opinion, in politics, in religion, in philosophy as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

~Thomas Jefferson~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Patrick of Ireland

Geology & Archaeology

Irish Archaeology

Sharing Ireland’s amazing archaeology as well as interesting sites from around the world. Through on-line articles and images.


Global Weather

Snow science in support of the U.S. water supply

“This is the most comprehensive campaign we have ever done on snow,” said Edward Kim, a remote sensing scientist at NASA Goddard and the SnowEx project scientist. “An army of nearly 100 scientists from universities and agencies across the U.S., Europe and Canada are participating. Our goal is to find and refine the best snow-measuring techniques and how they could work together.”



Met Eireann

(The Irish Meteorological Service)

The dominant influence on Ireland’s climate is the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, Ireland does not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitude.

Average annual temperature is about 9 °C. In the middle and east of the country temperatures tend to be somewhat more extreme than in other parts of the country. For example, summer mean daily maximum is about 19 °C and winter mean daily minimum is about 2.5 °C in these areas.

Mean annual windspeed varies between about 4 m/sec in the east midlands and 7 m/sec in the northwest. Strong winds tend to be more frequent in winter than in summer. Sunshine duration is highest in the southeast of the country. Average rainfall varies between about 800 and 2,800mm.

With southwesterly winds from the Atlantic dominating, rainfall figures are highest in the northwest, west and southwest of the country, especially over the higher ground. Rainfall accumulation tends to be highest in winter and lowest in early summer.



Ireland: The Hollies

The Hollies is a centre for training in Practical Sustainability on about 30 acres near Enniskeane, in West Cork, Ireland. It is owned by An Baile Dulra Teoranta, a company with charitable status for the eduational work it promotes. It aims to create working examples of what a sustainable society might look like in the areas of housing, energy, gardening, economics and community development.

Since 1999 we have been developing educational programs and putting in place examples of various natural building techniques. The Hollies is particularly known as the prime place for the revival of cob building in Ireland.



The Most Difficult Place To Get To In The World


Ireland: Green Bee Education

We are a vibrant consultancy who specialise in developing unique environmental projects across Ireland, particularly those with a youth audience. We run some popular national environmental projects such as Biodiversity in Schools and Green Careers Ireland, as well as working on smaller-scale community projects for clients all over the country. We pride ourselves on the passion, innovation and creativity we bring to absolutely everything we do!

​Take a look at some of our work….


God’s Green Earth

Clair de Lune

Farm News

2/3 of Irish Farmers Are Victims of Agri-Crimes

People in rural Ireland are outraged at the lenient approach to agricultural crime, according to the ICSA Rural Development Chairman, Seamus Sherlock.

Sherlock was speaking after a National Agriculture Crime Survey by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) indicated that two thirds of Irish farming families have been affected by crime relating to their farming enterprise.


Steward Alerts

7 of History’s Most Brilliant Scientists That People FORGET Were Catholic

The next time someone accuses the Church of discouraging intellectual exploration that could benefit humanity, one would do well to bring the following thinkers to bear upon the discussion:


Steward Activities


Catholic High School, College and Film students! This is your chance to get your work seen in over 250 million homes around the world and show your passion for our Catholic faith.


A Song Before The Lord

Jesus Remember Me


9 Beautiful Gardens to Visit in Ireland

Ireland gardens are mainly open in the summertime. Ireland is blessed with a mild, moist climate and zero atmospheric pollution which is paradise for plants and in some cases balmy micro climates, which allows tropical species to flourish. Another strange anomaly is a limestone plateau of approximately 365 square kms which is carpeted with Alpine flowers, including gentians, edelweiss and orchids in early summer which don’t ordinarily grow at low altitudes.


Wellness & Nutrition

Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival

Shanes Castle, 25 – 26 June

While much of Northern Ireland today consists of major cities and conurbations, the rural way of life remains close to the heart of its citizens. Each year, the country’s rich pastoral heritage is celebrated at the Irish game Fair & Fine Food Festival, an action-packed two-day event for anyone with a keen interest in the Irish countryside, young or old. Held in the beautiful surroundings of Shanes Castle, a ruined fortress near Randalstown in County Antrim, the festival serves to promote all things rustic, including country sports, farming and conservation. The programme features an array of entertainment and educational activities, such as hunting, shooting and fishing displays and competitions, as well as a wide variety of food stalls. If you can’t make it June, there’s also a sister festival, held at Birr Castle, which takes place in August. (Photo: Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival)


Under a Celtic Sky

The mythology of the night sky is generally tied to a culture that had great influence: the Greek civilization, which gave Western cultures its standard philosophies, methods of science, democratic process and many other gifts. Its far-reaching influence pervades our modern world to such an extent that when astronomers and students of astronomy wish to learn the origins of the constellations, it is the Greek myths that predominate. The beginnings of science fiction and fantasy start with such tales as well.

Stories and myths became encapsulated into the everyday lives of ancient peoples, giving them a sense of purpose and binding them closer to the natural world around them.



There’s a Pot Of Gold at the end of a rainbow…and other rainbow myths

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