Following church-based women’s ministry in London, Helen is now working with Calvary Mission, Mayo, in the west of the Republic of Ireland.
Helen spent a year and a half in Westport, her father's home town, working with Calvary Church Westport. She transferred to a sister church within Calvary Mission - Calvary Church Castlebar - in April 2018.
Calvary Church Castlebar was planted in September 2013 and seeks to reach the town with the gospel (population 12,000) where the majority would identify as Roman Catholic. As the women's worker she engages in the evangelism and discipleship of women, youth and children through bible teaching, events and door-to-door ministry - sharing life and the gospel.
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I thought I’d share some extracts from a Cork journalist who wrote very insightfully of our culture here in the Irish Republic.
Like many registered Catholics of my generation, I find myself attending mass these days only when protocol requires: weddings, funerals and Christmas… The atrocities of the Catholic Church as an organisation are well documented and unsurprisingly have brought the numbers of practicing Catholics in this country to an all-time low… Ireland as a nation has not only freed itself from the dogma and control of the Catholic Church but somehow has detached itself from a religious belief entirely… My own generation has largely lost that belief and we grapple with alternatives to help us cope. We practice mindfulness, meditation and struggle try to find peace of mind in an often unsettling world… Yet largely we continue to marry in church, baptise our children and allow them to receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation… Many of us float in the grey area of not practicing our religion yet not turning our backs on it completely either.*
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