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May
15
Sun
Ecumenical Bible Week – Dundrum @ Methodist Church.
May 15 @ 3:00 pm – May 22 @ 7:30 pm

Ecumenical Bible Week

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Sunday 15th to Sunday 22nd May 2016

through Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare area.

 

This Special Week is a great opportunity for collaboration to focus on the Sacred Text, the Bible, that all Christian churches share in common and its relevance for today’s society.
This Ecumenical Bible Week, is now in its third year and with an even great variety of talks, a theological symposium and Special Launch event for ALL THE FAMILY as well as featuring 45 events, across 13 locations in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow, with over 40 presenters.

There will be four special events including a Launch Event for All the Family, a Theological Symposium on the Gospel and Caring for the Environment, a Thinking Allowed Forum and a Musical Closing Eve

We have spent hours of time and work over the past three months working on this exciting week involving representatives from the many Christian churches and organisations and I have been part of the small planning team representing SU.

I am particularly keen to promote and encourage attendance at two events: Special Launch event for ALL THE FAMILY on Sunday 15th May afternoon and the three evenings of talks at Dundrum Methodist Church from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th. I have also been working on the Primary Age Pentecost Project, in three new schools in Ballyfermot and Chapelizod.

Special Launch Event for ALL THE FAMILY – Dundrum Methodist Church Sunday 15th May form 3pm. Please note because numbers are limited and there are workshops for specific age groups REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL on the web site www.bibleweek.ie

Evening Talks at Dundrum Methodist Church – Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th May at 7:30 pm – ALL WELCO

FULL BIBLE WEEK PROGRAMME, EVENTS & SPEAKERS. – Look up the web site www.bibleweek.ie it is packed with information and all the details

Special Family Event on Sunday 15th May 2016 in Dundrum Methodist Church.

 

 

May
18
Wed
Understanding the Biblical Story of Creation as a Basic Story about Humanity -Margaret Aylward Centre -Dublin @ Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue, Holy Faith Convent Grounds
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Understanding the Biblical Story of Creation as a Basic Story about Humanity -Margaret Aylward Centre -Dublin @ Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue, Holy Faith Convent Grounds | Glasnevin | Dublin | Ireland

Join Pastor Stephen Arras in a journey through the first eleven chapters of the bible. Stephan has studied Protestant Theology in Mainz, Heidelberg, Jerusalem and Munich. Supporting his colleague pastors and representing the parishes and different church offices in ecumenical affairs and in local civil contexts, preaching almost every Sunday and being involved in counselling.

May
19
Thu
Mystics: 13th – 15th Centuries @ Manresa
May 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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This series of talks with Brendan Comerford SJ will examine the lives and writings of some of the famous religious movements and individuals from the Dutch, Flemish and German schools of Christian mysticism. Participants will be introduced to the Beguine Movement, Hadewijch of Antwerp, Jan van Ruusbroec, Meister Eckhart, the Devotio Moderna Movement and to Thomas à Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ.

May
22
Sun
Come to a Refreshing and Renewing Day’s Reflection based on Mt 13:45 – Sr Sally Hyland-Emmaus Centre-22/5/2016 @ Emmaus Retreat Centre
May 22 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Come to a Refreshing and Renewing Day’s Reflection
“The Kingdom of God is like a merchant in search of fine pearls……”
( …Mt 13:45 )

with

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– Sr Sally Hyland-

Emmaus Retreat Centre

“The Kingdom of God is like a merchant in search of fine pearls……”
Sally Hyland is a Sr of St John of God. She has an MA in Applied Spirituality, and is a trained and experienced Spiritual Director and Facilitator. Sally has also worked in Dublin and Cameroon as a Secondary teacher, University Chaplain and Pastoral Animator. She has extensive experience in retreat giving, in Ireland and abroad. She teaches spirituality in All Hallows College. She is an accredited member of AISGA (All Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association).

Sally is passionate about bringing God’s love to people, thus enabling people grow in loving freedom and hope.

A Five Retreat Introducing Centering Prayer – Denis Gleeson @ Emmaus
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
A Five Retreat Introducing Centering Prayer - Denis Gleeson @ Emmaus | Dublin | Dublin | Ireland

Centering is a non-verbal and non-conceptual method of praying. This silent retreat is suitable for beginners and will provide a truly comprehensive introduction to Centering Prayer. It will include sessions of Centering Prayer, powerpoint presentations, group discussions and DVDs featuring Fr. Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk who is an authority on Centering. Establishing a practice of Centering Prayer has proved to be a major step in spiritual development for many people.
Facilitator Denis Gleeson is an Irish member of the European Province of the Christian Brothers and over the years has gained qualifications in education, theology, spirituality, spiritual accompaniment and counselling.

He has worked at all levels in mainstream education in Northern Ireland and now he works from Dublin. His focus is on working with people who are on a spiritual search and who seek to do this through exploring areas of spirituality, personal development and education.
Cost: €450 residential or €320 Non-Residential

4-day Directed Retreat @ Manresa
May 22 @ 8:00 pm – May 27 @ 9:00 am

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Four days offer the opportunity to meet with a director daily and to allow time for prayer and reflection. This retreat may be particularly suitable for priests in parishes as it begins on Sunday evening and finishes on Friday.

The directed retreat is intended to create an environment where you can meet God intimately and discover that you are uniquely loved and called by God. There are several key factors in the directed retreat which help you on this journey of discovery: personal prayer, reflection, silence, daily meeting with a director and participation in the Eucharist.

May
23
Mon
Six Day Individual Guided Retreat @ Avila Carmelite Centre
May 23 @ 7:30 pm – May 29 @ 1:00 pm
Six Day Individual Guided Retreat @ Avila Carmelite Centre | Dublin | Dublin | Ireland

Places are now available on our six-day individual guided retreat from Mon 23rd to Sun 29th May, with Elizabeth Garvey and Noel O’Connor OCD.
This is a fully catered, residential retreat allowing time for personal prayer and reflection. Please note: this is a silent retreat.

May
27
Fri
Festival of Faith – Arklow @ Catholic church, Ark
May 27 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 4 @ 7:30 pm

 

 

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Festival of Faith

27th May to 4th June, 2016

Fri 27th May,8.00p.m, Opening Mass.
Celebrant: Papal Nuncio,
His Excellency Archbishop Charles John Brown

Sat 28th May, 6.30p.m.
Speaker: Abbot of  Abbot, Glenstal
Dom Mark Patrick Hedderman

Sun 29th May, 7.00 p.m.
From  RTE (working with refugees / displaced people)
Valerie Cox

Mon 30th May 8.00 p.m
. Healing Mass & Anointing of the Sick.
Speaker Mary O’Brien, Arklow Cancer Support Group

Tue 31st May 8.00 p.m.  ‘The Joys and Challenges of Family Life’,
Speaker:  Harry Casey, Accord

Wed 1st June 8.00 p.m. Service of Mercy & Reconciliation with several priests available.
Speaker: Sr. Helena O’Donoghue (Religious Sister of Mercy)

Thur 2nd June, 8.00p.m. Inter Church Service.
Celebrant:  Church of Ireland, Archbishop of Dublin.
Most Rev. Michael Jackson

Fri 3rd June, 8.00p.m.
Speaker: Author ‘The God I believe in’
Fr. Peter McVerry S J.

Sat 4th June, 6.30 p.m. Closing Mass.
Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

All Welcome.

Arklow

May
28
Sat
Oasis Day @ Manresa
May 28 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Oasis Day

An Oasis Day presents an opportunity to take some time apart – a little time to catch up with yourself, to meet with God. You can decide which of the elements on offer are most helpful to you, choosing from reflections, guided prayer, silence and an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director. Mass is celebrated at the end of the retreat.

What to do for the Newly Evangelised – Sisters of Charity- Donnybrook, D4 @ Mary Aikenhed Centre, Sisters of Charity,
May 28 @ 9:45 am – May 29 @ 6:00 pm

 

Summer School 2016

May
30
Mon
Festival of faith – Arklow-Talk: Mary O’Brien, Cancer Support Group @ Catholic Church
May 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Mon 30th May 8.00 p.m.
Healing Mass & Anointing of the Sick.
Speaker Mary O’Brien, Arklow Cancer Support Group

Tue 31st May 8.00 p.m.
‘The Joys and Challenges of Family Life’,
Speaker:  Harry Casey, Accord

 

Wed 1st June 8.00 p.m.
Service of Mercy & Reconciliation with several priests available.
Speaker: Sr. Helena O’Donoghue (Religious Sister of Mercy)

Thur 2nd June, 8.00p.m. Inter Church Service.
Celebrant:  Church of Ireland, Archbishop of Dublin.
Most Rev. Michael Jackson

Fri 3rd June, 8.00p.m.
Speaker: Author ‘The God I believe in’
Fr. Peter McVerry S J.

Sat 4th June, 6.30 p.m. Closing Mass.
Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Arklow

All Welcome.

May
31
Tue
Sing of the Lord’s Mercy @ Venue: Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue
May 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

 

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Join Marie Dunne CHF for an evening of music and prayer during which Marie will draw on her own music compositions. It is hoped that the evening will allow for renewal and refreshment through reflection on the word of God in a setting of meaningful music.

Festival of Faith–Arklow-Tues- ‘The Joys and Challenges of Family Life’, Speaker: Harry Casey @ Catholic Church
May 31 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Tue 31st May 8.00 p.m.  ‘The Joys and Challenges of Family Life’,
Speaker:  Harry Casey, Accord

Wed 1st June 8.00 p.m. Service of Mercy & Reconciliation with several priests available.
Speaker: Sr. Helena O’Donoghue (Religious Sister of Mercy)

Thur 2nd June, 8.00p.m. Inter Church Service.
Celebrant:  Church of Ireland, Archbishop of Dublin.
Most Rev. Michael Jackson

Fri 3rd June, 8.00p.m.
Speaker: Author ‘The God I believe in’
Fr. Peter McVerry S J.

Sat 4th June, 6.30 p.m. Closing Mass.
Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Arklow

All Welcome.

Jun
1
Wed
Festival of Faith-Arklow-Reconciliation -Sr Helen O’Donohue @ Catholic Church
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Wed 1st June 8.00 p.m.
Service of Mercy & Reconciliation with several priests available.
Speaker: Sr. Helena O’Donoghue (Religious Sister of Mercy)

Thur 2nd June, 8.00p.m. Inter Church Service.
Celebrant:  Church of Ireland, Archbishop of Dublin.
Most Rev. Michael Jackson

Fri 3rd June, 8.00p.m.
Speaker: Author ‘The God I believe in’
Fr. Peter McVerry S J.

Sat 4th June, 6.30 p.m. Closing Mass.
Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Arklow

All Welcome.

Jun
2
Thu
Silent Vipassana / Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat – Marjo Oosterhoff @ Emmaus
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 6 @ 2:30 pm
Silent Vipassana / Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat - Marjo Oosterhoff @ Emmaus | Dublin | Dublin | Ireland

Meditation is a journey of bringing the mind into the heart. ‘Vipassana’ means clearly seeing, with mindfulness, the true nature of all that we experience. ‘Metta’ practice cultivates our capacity for kindness and non-contentiousness. The combination of mindfulness and loving kindness is a powerful way to develop clarity, contentment and compassion, in the quiet environment of retreat as well as in the midst of the chaos of our every-day lives, and helps us to tap into our inner sources of kindness and wakefulness.
Marjó Oosterhoff will be facilitating this retreat. She is manager and resident teacher of Passaddhi Retreat Centre in West Cork (see www.passaddhi.com). She has been practising mindfulness and loving kindness meditation for many years, and in 1995 was authorised by her teacher in the Netherlands (Ven. Mettavihari) and her teacher in Burma (Sayadaw U Janaka) to teach retreats in the West.
In her teaching style Marjó emphasises that there is nothing we need to add to or take away from what is already here. She will gently guide the participants to a place of compassionate awareness, which will manifest not only on the retreat but also in every-day life.
This retreat will be suitable for beginners and non-beginners, for people of all religious backgrounds or none, and offers an introduction to mindfulness and compassion practices, and a deepening for those who already practise meditation, in whatever form.
Cost: residential €470 Residential or €325 Non-Residential

Festival of Faith – Arklow-Inter Church Service. Celebrant: Church of Ireland, Archbishop of Dublin. Most Rev. Michael Jackson
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

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Thur 2nd June, 8.00p.m. Inter Church Service.
Celebrant:  Church of Ireland, Archbishop of Dublin.
Most Rev. Michael Jackson

Fri 3rd June, 8.00p.m.
Speaker: Author ‘The God I believe in’
Fr. Peter McVerry S J.

Sat 4th June, 6.30 p.m. Closing Mass.
Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

All Welcome.

Arklow

Jun
3
Fri
Festival of Faith – Arklow- A talk: Fr. Peter McVerry S J. @ Catholic Church
Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

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Fri 3rd June, 8.00p.m.
Speaker: Author ‘The God I believe in’
Fr. Peter McVerry S J.

Sat 4th June, 6.30 p.m. Closing Mass.
Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

All Welcome.

Arklow

Jun
4
Sat
Vigil for Life -Celebrate the 8th – Dublin @ Molesworth St
Jun 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Ireland’s Right to Life,
the 8th Amendment

right to life campaign

Invite Family, friends and colleagues

Bring a car load or fill a bus

placards will be provided

To organise a bus or find one in your area phone

Katie: 087 266 8702

Maria: 085 761 9297

Michael: 085 871 1100

Organised by the Pro Life Campaign

Festival of Faith – Arklow- Closing Mass-Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin @ Catholic Church
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Final Day

Sat 4th June, 6.30 p.m. Closing Mass.
Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Arklow

All WELCOME

Jun
5
Sun
5-Day Preached Retreat – Praying mindfully, loving discerningly, living reflectively @ Manresa
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 9:00 am

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In the Spiritual Exercises, Saint Ignatius of Loyola proposes the Examen as a way of prayerfully reviewing one’s life, the better to grow in understanding how God is present and active. The talks of these days will consider who God was to Ignatius and how the steps he proposed retain their vitality for the modern Christian who seeks God in all things. With Laurence Murphy SJ.

Jun
8
Wed
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND, JUNE 2016 from /CORK @ ISRAEL
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hi Folks,

Carpe Diem Tours is delighted to announce our 2016 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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In conjunction with Premier Travel, Cork, the Pilgrimage specialists, we have an exciting new itinerary next year which we hope will enhance the experience for all our pilgrims. 

We will depart Dublin Airport with Turkish Airlines on June 8th and return June 18th.  We begin our pilgrimage with 4 days in Tiberius which is near the Sea of Galilee, which gives us the opportunity to explore all the places in Galilee associated with the early life of Jesus.  We will stay in Bethlehem for 2 nights and our hotel is within walking distance of Manger Square where the birth of Jesus took place.  Finally we will have 4 nights and days in Jerusalem following the last days and journey of Jesus there.

Fr. John Newman will again accompany us as Spiritual Director.  Fr. John is a Bible scholar who has lived in Jerusalem and his passion is to disclose the Scriptures and the Land of the Bible to all our pilgrims.  (Read some of the comments from former pilgrims on our website, www.culturaltoursireland.com)

I am attaching the full itinerary for your perusal.  Please let me know if you would like a booking form or any further information.  You can ring me at +353868337681 or email to this address.  The deadline for deposits is Dec. 8th 2015 and early booking is advisable as numbers are strictly limited.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Beir bua is beannacht,

Mícheál

 

Jun
9
Thu
A talk by John Waters – Dublin @ Davenport Hotel
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A talk by John Waters

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‘Ireland and the End of Debate’

We are very pleased to invite you to our next talk which will be given by commentator and author, John Waters.

John will discuss how, in Ireland today, debate on many of the most important issues has been brought to a virtual halt. Token gestures are made in the media at having a ‘debate’ on issues like religion, but usually only in the context of a current controversy.

Aside from that, he will argue, so-called ‘liberal’ assumptions are almost entirely unquestioned and those who do question them are demonised. This drastically reduces the range of opinions ‘respectable’ people are allowed to hold. If they do not hold them, they are expected to be silent.

We saw this in last year’s marriage referendum when the nearly three-quarters of a million people who voted No were practically invisible in the referendum and in the run-up to it. The Yes aside almost completely controlled the public space.

John was for many years a national newspaper columnist. He wrote for The Irish Times, The Irish Daily Mail and The Irish and Sunday Independents.

He is the author of numerous books including Jiving at the Crossroads;  An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Ireland; Lapsed AgnosticBeyond Consolation: or How We Became Too Clever for God… and Our Own Good; and Was it for this? Why Ireland lost the plot.

If you would like to attend please email [email protected]  or phone 01 6619 204. 

Jun
11
Sat
Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom – Denis Gleeson cfc 2 Day Retreat @ Emmaus
Jun 11 @ 9:30 am – Jun 12 @ 2:30 pm
Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom - Denis Gleeson cfc 2 Day Retreat @ Emmaus | Dublin | Dublin | Ireland

Many people today are disillusioned with God and with religion, so, why is that so and what is it that really holds us back from accepting God into our lives? What are the beliefs, ideas, assumptions, misconceptions that would be helpful to unload? How can we move towards a religion and spirituality that is inspiring and vibrant and helps us embrace our humanity to the full?
These two days are a gentle exploration of these and other questions. They are also a look at why the Gospel is still very Good News for everyone today.

Facilitator Denis Gleeson is an Irish member of the European Province of the Christian Brothers and over the years has gained qualifications in education, theology, spirituality, spiritual accompaniment and counselling.

He has worked at all levels in mainstream education in Northern Ireland and now he works from Dublin. His focus is on working with people who are on a spiritual search and who seek to do this through exploring areas of spirituality, personal development and education.
Cost: €135 Residential or €95 Non-Residential

Jun
12
Sun
8-day Directed Retreat (12-21 Jun) @ Manresa
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 9:00 am

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The retreatant is offered the opportunity to meet with the director every day, to be accompanied their review of the prayer and reflection. There are several key factors in the directed retreat which help you on its journey of discovery: personal prayer, reflection, silence, daily meeting with a director and participation in the Eucharist. The retreat’s days of Individual guidance help you to recognise and attend to where God is in your life. The directed retreat is intended to create an environment where you can meet God intimately and discover that you are uniquely loved and called by God. ‘Directed’ or ‘individually guided’ retreats have become part of the core ministry of Manresa.

Jun
18
Sat
Living Authentically as a Citizen of the Cosmos – 2 day retreat with Dee Hennessy and Fr. Des O’Grady SJ @ Emmaus
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – Jun 19 @ 2:30 pm
Living Authentically as a Citizen of the Cosmos - 2 day retreat with Dee Hennessy and Fr. Des O'Grady SJ @ Emmaus | Dublin | Dublin | Ireland

Ours is a time of radical on-going change that often leaves us uncertain about how to find meaning in our lives, where to find our peace and joy. Living in this time of change we may find ourselves stuck, motivated by fear, and disconnected from the joy that is ours as citizens of the cosmos.
Our desire to live authentically often involves us in a struggle between accepting responsibility for responding honestly to the promptings arising from our experience, fidelity to the received wisdom of our culture, ‘the right thing to do’, and the tension between social norms and inner direction in the drift of contemporary life – the values of contemporary society.

We are caught between the urge to be ‘good’ – as defined by contemporary society, and our longing to be free and authentic. This retreat will be an opportunity for each of us address this existential in ourselves.

This silent retreat will be conducted through a simple daily routine of mindfulness, short inputs, and individual, and group process time.

The sources of the retreat material are leaders in the fields of mindfulness and cosmology/ecology, namely, Tich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Berry, Judy Cannato, Ilio Delio, and Richard Rohr.

The Eucharist will be available each full day, and there will be scheduled opportunities for on be- one meetings with Dee and Des.

Fr Des O’Grady SJ is currently chaplain in the Central Mental Hospital Dublin. He previously lectured in philosophy in the Milltown Institute, and was pastor in Glasthule Co Dublin and Ballyhahill Co Limerick. Over the years he has given a variety of retreats.
Dee Hennessy is a facilitator, coach and retreat director, with a passion for supporting individuals and groups to benefit from Mindfulness, as a support to developing a spirituality that fits the reality of their particular life circumstances. Dee is a trained theologian and spiritual director. Dee works with individuals and groups throughout Ireland and online, and delivers retreats in several retreat centres in Ireland. To learn more about Dee and her work please visit: www.mindfulfacilitation.com
Cost: 190 Residential or €145 Non-Residential

The Messenger’s Day of Joy-Mt St Anne’s, Portarlington @ Mount St Anne's
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Sacred Heart Messenger

Special day for promoters, readers and friends

MESSENGER DAY OF JOY, 2016

St Anne’s Retreat and Conference Centre

Mt St Annes

18th June 2016

10am – 5pm

Free Buses from Train Station both ways.

Free Soup and Sandwiches, snacks, tea and coffee included

Talks, Guided Prayer and Mass

Keynote Speaker: Bishop Denis Nulty

Messenger writers, lay and Jesuit in attendance on the day

Jun
19
Sun
A Retreat with Father Jim Cogley-A deeper connection with themselves and with God-Emmaus Retreat Centre-19/6/-23/6/2016 @ Emmaus Retreat Centre
Jun 19 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 2:30 pm

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A Retreat 
-A deeper connection with themselves and with God-
with
Father Jim Cogley

Fr Jim will facilitate this very special retreat that will gently and sensitively take participants on a journey to a deeper connection with themselves and with God.

Preacher
Father Jim is a Parish Priest, a Wood Turner, a Psychotherapist and he has trained in the Jungian Tradition. It is with this range and depth of knowledge that Father Jim will create a unique and sacred retreat experience. Some topics that will be concentrated on during this retreat will be overall healing including Generational Healing, self-reflection to help participants deal more effectively with their relationships, awareness and empowerment exercises and methods for finding strength for overcoming insecurities. Father Jim’s “Wood You Believe Series “will be an integral part of the retreat schedule.

Cost
This retreat is available also on a daily basis Non-residential and the costs on a daily basis would be as follows: Sunday €20.00, Monday €60.00, Tuesday €60.00, Wednesday €60.00 & Thursday €40.00If you wish to book on a daily basis you will need to call Emmaus on 01-8700050 as it cannot be booked online.

 

Jun
20
Mon
Six Day Individual Guided Retreat @ Avila Carmelite Centre
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm
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Places are now available on our six-day individual guided retreat from Mon 20th to Sun 26th May, with Christina Gordon and Vincent O’Hara OCD.
This is a fully catered, residential retreat allowing time for personal prayer and reflection. Please note: this is a silent retreat.

Jun
22
Wed
Archbishops of Armagh lead young people on Somme Centenary Pilgrimage-22-24 June @ Somme
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am

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Archbishops of Armagh lead young people on Somme Centenary Pilgrimage from 22-24 June

  • Pilgrimage to begin at the new Memorial Wall in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, and concludes at Peace Park in Messines, Belgium

 

 You, or a representative, are invited to join with Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Richard Clarke and thirty pilgrims today for the first part of a special centenary pilgrimage to significant sites at the Battle of the Somme.  The archbishops are leading this pilgrimage which will begin this morning with a photocall of the pilgrims praying at the Memorial Wall in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Details:

Time and date             11.00am today Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Venue                              Main car park in Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11, for guided tour followed by prayers and time of reflection at the new Memorial Wall.

In attendance             Archbishop Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh; Archbishop Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh; Bishop Denis Nulty, Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin; Bishop John McDowell,Church of Ireland Bishop of Clogher; Canon Shane Forster, Archbishop Clarke’s ExecutiveChaplain; Mgr Gearoid Dullea, Executive Secretary of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference; Revd Barry Paine, Rector, Diocese of Armagh, Father Ryan McAleer, Archdiocese of Armagh; and Father Ruairi O’Domhnaill, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.

Background            The pilgrimage to the Somme also includes a delegation of young people from across the island of Ireland, including pilgrims from the Archdiocese and Diocese of Armagh; pilgrims from the Church of Ireland dioceses of Clogher, and Cork; and pilgrims from the Catholic diocese of Kildare & Leighlin. All will be present in Glasnevin Cemetery before the entire pilgrimage departs for Dublin Airport.

The most significant moments on the pilgrimage will be: the visit and prayers at the Memorial Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery; the visit to the Ulster Tower in Thiepval, France; the wreath laying ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium on Thursday 23 June; and the visit to the Irish Peace Tower, Messines, Belgium, on Friday 24 June. See details on these places in notes to editors below.

The following is the full itinerary for the centenary pilgrimage (all times are local)

Wednesday 22 June – Visit to Glasnevin Cemetery

  • Guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery at 11.00am
  • Prayers and time of reflection at the new Memorial Wall.
  • Departure for airport

Thursday 23 June – Visit to sites significant to the Battle of the Somme

  • Graveyards and memorials linked to the 36th Ulster Division and 16th Irish Division including Thiepval Wood and Guillemont.
  • The group will visit the Ulster Tour at 11.00am, as well as Newfoundland Park and Lochnagar crater.
  • Later that day the group will travel to Ypres for the Menin Gate Last Post ceremony including a wreath laying ceremony at 8.00pm.

Friday 24 June 2016 – Visit to Ypres Salient battlefields and cemeteries

  • Christmas truce, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Essex Farm.
  • Prayers and time for reflection at the Peace Pledge in the centre of the Peace Park.
  • Visit to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
  • Depart for return flight to Dublin

Speaking ahead of the centenary pilgrimage, Archbishop Eamon Martin said, “I am looking forward to being part of this special pilgrimage with Archbishop Clarke and with young people from across the country. The Battle of the Somme has left us with a haunting image we are all familiar with – the thousands of pale, white gravestones dotting the ground which symbolise the lives of the many who were lost. We go there, one hundred years after one of the bloodiest battles in human history, on a pilgrimage of prayer and remembrance. I hope that our shared pilgrimage will offer us time and space to reflect with our young people on the importance of peace in our country and in our world.”

Archbishop Richard Clarke said, “I am very much looking forward to this journey, which will I believe be far more than a purely physical journey for all of us. Coming as we do from very different contexts (both spiritually  and geographically) and also carrying very different understandings of our history, we have much to share with one another and much to learn, as we travel and pray our way through places that carry such huge symbolic importance for us all”.

 

Points of interest

  • The Battle of the Somme also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. It was the largest battle of World War I on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
  • The Island of Ireland Peace Park and its surrounding park (IrishPáirc Síochána d’Oileán na h’Éireann), also called the Irish Peace Park or Irish Peace Tower in Messines, near Ypres in FlandersBelgium, is a war memorial to the soldiers of the island of Ireland who died, were wounded or are missing from World War I, during Ireland’s involvement in the conflict. The tower memorial is close to the site of the June 1917 battle for the Messines Ridge.
  • The Ulster Memorial Tower is a Somme battlefield memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division. It commemorates the heavy losses suffered by the 36th Division on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Every night at 8.00pm a moving ceremony takes place under the Menin Gate in Ieper – Ypres. The Last Post Ceremony has become part of the daily life in Ieper (Ypres) and the local people are proud of this simple but moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defence of their town.

For media contact:

Ms Brenda Drumm, Catholic Communications Office 00353 (0) 87 3104444 and Dr Paul Harron, Church of Ireland Press Officer 0044 (0)7787881582, who will both be offering communications support and acting as media liaisons during the Somme Centenary Pilgrimage.

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8-day Directed Retreat (23 Jun-2 Jul) @ Manresa
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 2 @ 9:00 am

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The retreatant is offered the opportunity to meet with the director every day, to be accompanied their review of the prayer and reflection. ‘Directed’ or ‘individually guided’ retreats have become part of the core ministry of Manresa. The directed retreat is intended to create an environment where you can meet God intimately and discover that you are uniquely loved and called by God. The retreat’s days of Individual guidance help you to recognise and attend to where God is in your life. There are several key factors in the directed retreat which help you on its journey of discovery: personal prayer, reflection, silence, daily meeting with a director and participation in the Eucharist.