The Christmas double issue of Intercom, a Catholic pastoral and liturgical resource magazine, is now available. On the cover of the new issue is an image of the Holy Family taken from Saint Finbarr and Holy Angels Church, Inchigeela, in Cork, designed by Abbey Stained Glass Studios.
The Holy Family is the central image of the new double issue, which covers both December and January. In the issue, author Francis Hogan offers a meditation on the Holy Family and the Birth of Christ, and editor Father Chris Hayden asks if Christmas might be our ‘humanist’ celebration.
Also, in preparation for next year’s World Meeting of Families, Intercom welcomes mother Clare Cromie-O’Toole who writes on family as ‘a model for peace in the world’, and offers a Family Liturgy to welcome the New Year.
The new issue also features an interview with Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, founder of Focus Ireland, on her life and the ongoing housing crisis in Ireland. In her interview, Sister Stan says of the Holy Family, ‘It is so pertinent that this woman with a child and a father don’t get a place to stay on Christmas night. It is so relevant today. If we listen, it speaks to us all. It is happening every day. These people are Jesus coming today and not having a place to stay.’
Other features in the new issue highlight the Advent and Christmas seasons, and look ahead to the New Year, with articles on Catholic Culture at Christmas by Father Paul Murphy, and a reflection for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by Reverend Roy Cooper, former President of the Methodist Church of Ireland, along with all the usual Intercom resources for December and January.
Intercom magazine is a Catholic pastoral and liturgical resource of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference published by Veritas Group. Intercom is published ten times per year, including double issues for both July-August and December-January.
Many of the resources from Intercom are made available free on their website. These resources, along with information on subscribing to the magazine can be found on www.intercommagazine.ie.