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Dreams The Real Agenda with Fr Paddy Greene SJ @ The Emmaus Centre
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – May 21 @ 2:30 pm
Dreams The Real Agenda with Fr Paddy Greene SJ @ The Emmaus Centre | County Dublin | Ireland

Discover the way dreams point us to places of growth, healing and surprise. Learn the language of dreams and how the symbolic images reveal possibilities; see the connections between the dreams during a given timeframe and discover the real agenda of your life.
Discover the way dreams point us to places of growth, healing and surprise. Learn the language of dreams and how the symbolic images reveal possibilities; see the connections between the dreams during a

Topics also include the recall of dreams, dreams in the Old and New Testaments, dreams in other cultures, death in dreams, dreams and health and much more. There will also be time to work on dreams in a group settinggiven timeframe and discover the real agenda of your life.

Paddy Greene SJ has been conducting workshops on Dreams in Ireland since 1988.He combines input with a group process which enables individuals to work on their dreams in a way that is safe and enlightening. He also works in spiritual direction with a focus on dream work and in adult education and creation spirituality.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE SEASON 2017 – 1 June-15 Aug @ Lough Derg
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am


1ST June – 15th August 2017 (last day to commence the Three Day Pilgrimage is 13th August )

For over 50 generations families have carried forward the faith of their families who made their way to Lough Derg.

Lough Derg offers families a unique connection with their ancestoral family whose spiritual footsteps down the generations awaits them in this sacred Island. The Lough Derg Pilgrimage season connects us with the flame of faith, hope and love lit in Ireland by St Patrick in the fifth century and continues to give light to families today.

Fr Owen McEneaney, Prior of Lough Derg extends a personal invitation to one and all to come and walk in the spiritual footsteps of your family – parents, grandparents, relations – walk the same ground where they walked and prayed, reconnect with their prayer for their family and future family. Today you are that family; come and be touched by God’s grace in the sanctuary of St Patrick. A sacred place where we look to God – Father, Son and Spirit – that communion of love to guide us on our faith-filled journey.

From the time of St Patrick right up to today, experiencing this communion of love at the heart of God has a particular resonance for pilgrims to Lough Derg, leaving the Island as they often do with a deep, deep sense of God’s presence, closeness and love. It is as if they have been taken into the communion of love that is Father, Son and Spirit.

If you have thought about coming to Lough Derg but never managed to get here or if you have been here in the past and thought you will come back some day – let that some-day be this year.

It is our hope that you will say yes and come as you are, come home to the love of God’s family and connect with your family prayer here on Lough Derg.

Linking with the World Meeting of Families in Ireland next year

As Ireland gets ready to host this momentous event Lough Derg extends an invitation to family groups, the parish family and the diocesan family to come and prepare for this occasion, to be part of the unbroken link of Lough Derg as a place of continuous prayer for families over the generations.

The Lough Derg team can be contacted for more information on 071 9861518 daily from 8.00am until 9.00pm during June, July and August. Full season details on loughderg.org


C/f Sharon Hearty
Communications Office
Lough Derg, the sanctuary of St Patrick
Co Donegal, Ireland

T 00353 (0) 71 9861518

E [email protected]



Fota X International Liturgy Conference- Cork, Ireland
Jun 8 @ 9:30 am – Jun 10 @ 4:30 am

St. Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy is pleased to announce that the Fota X International Liturgy Conference, to be held in Cork, Ireland, 8-10 July 2017, will be opened by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military and Hospitellar Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.

The subject of the conference is Resourcing the Prayers of the Roman Liturgy

Patristic Sources and will be explored by a panel of experts drawn from the United States, Germany and Ireland, among them Prof. Manfred Hauke (Lugano), Prof. Dieter Boehler (Frankfurt), Prof. Joseph Briody (Boston), Dr. Lauren Pristas (New York), and Gregory DiPippo (New Liturgical Movement).

His Eminence will deliver a paper entitled:
Early Sources of the Church’s Liturgical Discipline.

Spirituality in Poetry and Song – Manresa @ Manresa
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirituality in Poetry and Song - Manresa @ Manresa | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

These workshops will involve prayer, silence and sharing. Participants will have opportunities to consider favourite poems and music and to reflect on them prayerfully. Guided by the insights of Ignatian spirituality in an atmosphere of attention to what inspires, these meetings will help to recognise and appreciate what inspires and invite light into life.

Although it is not essential, please feel free to bring a poem or piece of music which helps us explore something of this theme – especially if it is a piece of your own creation.

Church Leaders’ Mental Health Awareness Event Dublin -15-6-17 – Dublin @ The Church of Ireland Theological Institute
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

mental health awareness seminar for church leaders

The Church and Society Commission (CASC) of the Church of Ireland is issuing an invitation to clergy, and church leaders from all denominations to attend an information morning addressing issues surrounding mental health on Thursday 15th June from 9am -12.30pm in the Theological Institute, Braemor Park Dublin 14. It will conclude with a light lunch at 12.30pm. Attendance is free and there will be free parking available onsite for attendees.

  • Dr Eilis Hennessy, Senior Lecturer in developmental psychology in UCD School of Psychology,
    ‘Challenging stigma to improve young people’s mental health’
  • Dr. Regina Mc Quillan, Palliative Medicine Consultant, St Francis Hospice and Beaumont Hospital, ‘Supporting the Mental Health of People Living with a Life Limiting Illness’
  • Rev James Mulhall, Social Worker, Career Guidance Counsellor and Church of Ireland Curate in the Lismore Union of Parishes as well as being the Safeguarding Trust Child Protection Officer for the Cashel, Ferns and Ossory Dioceses, ‘Faith and Mental Health’.
  • The introductory remarks on the day will be made by The Most Revd Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin .

Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come/first-served basis. To secure a place, please email [email protected]ireland.anglican.org or contact Caoimhe Leppard in Church of Ireland House, Dublin, 01 4125608.

Portglenone Prayer Group Day of Renewal – Sat. 17th JUNE 2017 @ Cistercian Monastery,
Jun 17 @ 9:30 am


Directed by Fr Tom McConnell  (Kiltegan)

A Retreat with Father Jim Cogley – Emmaus Centre @ The Emmaus Centre
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 22 @ 2:30 pm
A Retreat with Father Jim Cogley - Emmaus Centre @ The Emmaus Centre | County Dublin | Ireland

This retreat is available also on a daily basis Non-residential and the costs on a daily basis would be as follows:
Sunday €25.00, Monday €65.00, Tuesday €65.00, Wednesday €65.00 & Thursday €40.00

Father 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.

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.

The Global Rosary Relay – 23/6/2017 @ see below
Jun 23 @ 12:00 am

The Annual Global Rosary Relay 23 June 2017

The Global Rosary Relay for Priests begins at the stroke of midnight on 23 June (the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) this year, commencing in South Korea as it begins its journey around the world.   We now look forward to the world sharing in a greatly enhanced event for 2017, when over 125 lead shrines in more than 55 countries will pray the rosary for priests in their local language at their allocated time.

Ireland has five lead locations this year namely, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock who pray The Glorious Mysteries local time (14.30).

Father Patrick Peyton Centre Attymass. County Mayo. Who pray the Luminous Mysteries local time (14.15)

Our Lady of Dublin Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church who pray the Joyful Mysteries local time (15.45)

Poor Clare Sisters, Saint Damian’s, Dublin 4. Who pray the Joyful Mysteries Local time (18.15)

and Our Lady’s Island, Wexford.  Who pray the Glorious Mysteries local (20.00)

We urge you to spread the word about this eighth Rosary Relay for Priests that continues to gain in strength and popularity with each passing year.  Please contact all the religious and lay groups in your area and tell them how everybody can add their voices to this unique global event that once again will encircle the world to support the work and ministry of our devoted priests. Remember without priests we do not have the Eucharist and without the Eucharist we have no Church.

So here is the perfect opportunity for you to play your part in this immediate call to action as the Global Rosary for Priests prepares to go local in your area.

This event is the perfect way for the laity in Ireland and all over the world to recognise the blessings bestowed on all of us by those thousands of priests working tirelessly on behalf of millions of Catholics and to thank Our Lady for the gift of these priests.

The Details of the organisers:


Jesuit Conference Centre, 

1st Floor,

Milltown Park, 

Sandford Road, 


Dublin 6,


Tel: 00 353 1 2314600

Fax: 00 353 1 2315202

M: 00 353 86 8190785

E-mail  [email protected]

W: www.worldpriest.com

HALLELUJAH – An Evening of Inspirational Music – the Palestrina Choir +++N. C. Hall @ National Concert Hall
Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm


HALLELUJAH is a new show portraying the lives of three saints who visited Ireland and inspired the nation:
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux,
Mother Teresa of Calcutta &
John Paul Ⅱ.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is a model of sanctity to Catholics throughout the world. When her relics were brought to Ireland in 2001, more than two million people knelt in prayer before the saint at over fifty locations.  Saint Thérèse was elevated to ‘Doctor of the Church’ by John Paul Ⅱ in 1997.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta stayed at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham as a young nun when she came to Ireland in 1928 to study English.  She returned many times, declaring “Ireland will always have a special place in my heart.” She was given the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 1993, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 and was canonised in 2016.
Pope John Paul Ⅱ. The second half of the evening is devoted to the life of John Paul Ⅱ, who visited Ireland in 1979.  He was the first pope ever to visit this country and his Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park was a truly historic occasion, attended by millions. He was canonised in 2014.

The evening will feature some of the finest spiritual music ever written:  Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Pie Jesu, Queen of the May, Sweet Heart of Jesus, I’ll Walk With God, You Raise Me Up & Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ to name only some.  Tenor Sean Costello returns after his hugely successful run of sold out performances as Mario Lanza in “The Loveliest Night of Year”. Much-loved soprano Sandra Oman is joined by the incredibly talented vocalist Melanie McCabe.  With a musical ensemble, organ, choir and very special guest star singer Mary Coughlan, this uplifting evening will be one of the highlights of 2017.  Early booking advised.

Large screen – narration – historical images and archive footage

Presented by Pat Egan Sound Ltd.

‘Save the 8th’ Rally for life – Garden of Remembrance, D.1 – @ GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE,
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm

Annual Rally for Life is coming up on Saturday, 1st July 2017 in Dublin, be there!

The Rally for Life is always an amazing, colourful, celebration of Life, and it’s incredibly important message to SAVE the 8th must be heard loud and clear this year.

We need YOU to  make that happen – to make sure the country sees that the truth and the momentum is on the side of the pro-life message, and that when it comes to this vote, we will raise the pro-life majority UP for life.

Save the 8th campaign is having a real impact on public opinion and can succeed in protecting life.

The Rally is a crucial part of showing the country why we must Save the 8th. Be part of it! Save the Date for July 1st!!

“How can we hope today?-Timothy Radcliffe OP-The Priory Institute, Tallaght, D.24 @ ST MARY'S PRIORY TALLAGHT VILLAGE DUBLIN 24
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

“How can we hope today?

The lessons of our Dominican brothers and sisters in the Middle East”.

Timothy Radcliffe

speaks at the Priory Institute, Dublin on

July 4th.

Timothy Radcliffe OP is a Catholic priest and member of the English Province of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). He currently lives in Blackfriars, Oxford, where he is Director of the Las Casas Institute, which focuses on the promotion of social justice and human rights. He is a prolific writer and internationally acclaimed lecturer, teaching and preaching in many countries.

Timothy was born 1945. He joined the Dominican Order in 1965 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1971. Subsequently, he served as Master of the Order from 1992 until 2001. He is the only member of the English Province of the Dominicans to have held the office since the Order’s foundation in 1216.  He was appointed as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in May 2015.

Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm




JULY 7-9


 Young adults (18 to 35) are invited to attend the 4TH Irish Evangelium weekend residential conference on the theme of explaining the Catholic faith in the modern world. The conference will feature:
dynamic talks by excellent speakers
opportunities to socialise with other young people who share your faith
discuss and talk informally with our speakers
daily Mass and Divine Office
opportunities for sport and evening entertainment
The Conference is organised by Evangelium Ireland.


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Centenary of Fatima Apparitions – Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo @ Knock Shrine
Jul 9 @ 2:30 pm


The Faithful of Ireland are invited to celebrate
 the centenary of the Fatima Apparitions at Knock Shrine.

2.30             Blessing of the Sick

3.00pm      Celebration of the                                         Eucharist

Main Celebrant: Most Rev Eamon Martin DD, Archbishop of Armagh

A time of prayer and reflection to coincide with the centenary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima to Jacinta and Fancisco Marto.


All Welcome

Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family’ Conference-Cardinal Schönborn- Mary Immaculate College, Limerick-13/7 @ Mary Immaculate College
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm


Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family’ Conference

The Church must apply ‘mercy’ to families, particularly those that find themselves in difficulty, including second unions, a leading theologian has said. This conference a key moment in build up to World Meeting of Families 2018

Speaking ahead of a major gathering in Limerick next week that will be attended by the cardinal chosen by Pope Francis to present Amoris Laetitia – the papacy’s letter on the ‘family’ – Rev Professor Eamonn Conway said that under Pope Francis, the Church will still hold onto ideals of what family should be but is very much, at the same time, reaching out to those “on the margins”.

‘Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family’, which will be held at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on July 13th, is the first major conference to be held as part of the build up to the World Meeting of Families next year in Ireland.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna – recognised as one of the Church hierarchy lead reformers – will be guest speaker at the conference. He was selected by Pope Francis to present Amoris Laetitia (the joy of love) following two Synods on the family, in 2014 and 2015, and is among the Pope’s closest confidants. He will speak at 2.30pm during the conference and 7.00pm in the evening.


Prof Conway said Cardinal Schönborn’s attendance is hugely significant and he will give a deeper insight into how the Church under Pope Francis is changing in the context of the family.

“Pope Francis has said that marriage and the family is in crisis and that the ‘culture of the temporary’ is seeing many people give up on marriage when there is so much to fight for. So, in that context, the conference, and attendance of one of Pope Francis’ closely confidants at it, is incredibly timely, not least with the World Meeting of Families here next year.

“There is a very clear movement taking place under Pope Francis’ guidance.  I think the change or the development is that we really need to bring the concept of mercy.  Pope Francis is really challenging the Church and challenging us as Ministers; challenging us all to say how can we be more supportive of families, particularly those that are vulnerable and are fragile.

“I’m talking about people who find themselves in circumstances that they mightn’t have set out to, in some situations what we call irregular unions or second unions. How do we apply the concept of mercy while still holding to the ideal of how God wants us to be as family?  How do we reach out and touch the hearts of and be supportive as a community to those on the margins. I think we are getting new energy and new insight into how as Church we need to go about that.”

Speaking specifically of Cardinal Schönborn’s attendance at next week’s event, Rev Conway, a professor at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, said that he is not alone one of Europe’s leading theologians and among the Pope’s most trusted cardinals, but brings a particular experience of the complexities of family through his own circumstances. The event is being organised by MIC’s Institute for Pastoral Studies and, according to its Director, Fr. Eamonn Fitzgibbon, will be a timely opportunity through one of the Pope’s closest confidants to get a deeper understanding of Pope Francis and the Church’s direction on the family.

“We’re really, really grateful that Cardinal Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, will be with us at our conference in Mary Immaculate. It’s really a great honour as he is in huge demand. He was chosen by Pope Francis actually to launch the Joy of Love, Amoris Letitia. And one of the interesting things about him, and he spoke about this at one of the synods, is that he himself comes from a broken family, as we would call it.  His parents divorced when he was quite young.  So he knows at a personal level, in a sense, the challenges that families can face and the challenges young people can face growing up in a family that is not necessarily the ideal circumstance.

“There has been quite an amount of controversy about Amoris Laetitia, with some hardliners in the Church arguing it has gone too far.  Others say it hasn’t gone far enough. Some say it is ambiguous.  Cardinal Schönborn will be able to give clarity to us in a way that no one else can other than Pope Francis.  We’re very much looking forward to his visit.” Fr. Fitzgibbon said that the need for a reforming Church and the leadership of Pope Francis and the likes of Cardinal Schönborn, has never been greater in the context of the family as we know it. “Over many years as chief pastor of the diocese of Vienna, he has worked hard to integrate and support and care for those in vulnerable situations, while also obviously trying to hold before people the ideal of the Church’s teaching on family life. So he is a very experienced pastor.”

In addition to the Cardinal’s involvement, other speakers at ‘Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family’ include Martin Kennedy, a freelance trainer and facilitator with church and community groups who has recently been appointed as Pastoral Programme Coordinator for the World Meeting of Families, and Jessie Rogers, a Limerick based lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, a Godly Play trainer and on her way to qualifying as a spiritual director.

P.S Please recheck the time of Conference when enquiring about this event

Oasis Day – Manresa – Dublin @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Jul 22 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm


Step aside from the ordinary into the lovely surroundings of Manresa for an Oasis Day. Each day takes place in an atmosphere of silence and comprises a number of elements: reflections, guided meditations, prayer and an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director; a celebration of the Eucharist concludes each day.
Jesuit week at Knock Shrine– 24th -31st July -Your Life, Your Story, Your Pathway to God @ Knock Shrine
Jul 24 @ 10:30 am – Jul 31 @ 4:30 pm

Jesuit week at Knock Shrine

God takes an interest in each one of us, in every life – a personal interest in the ordinary daily realities and in our deepest longings. Each of us has a story to tell and in that story God is present, calling us to listen and learn. Prayer is about listening as well as speaking. It doesn’t do away with the struggles of life, but it helps us to see that the One who created us wants to guide us and to give us courage and a sense of peace. This is what the Jesuit way of prayer is all about. Join us for this special week of Ignatian Spirituality at Knock.

This week will be facilitated by Rev Terry Howard, SJ & Rev Edmund Grace, SJ.

Daily in the Prayer Guidance Centre:
Preached retreat – 10.30am
Talks on prayer – 11.05am, 7.05pm
(Talk & Retreat approx. 20 mins)

Daily in the Basilica:
Mass – 3pm

For more information, contact the Prayer Guidance Centre:

(094) 93 88100 /E: pra[email protected]

T: +353 (0) 94 93 88100 Ext. 164

Direct Line: +353 (0) 94 93 75355

E: [email protected]

W: www.knockshrine.ie

Resting and Reflecting: Weekend Retreat- Manresa House-Dublin @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 30 @ 2:00 pm


A quiet weekend with some gentle input for prayer and reflection using images and music, poetry and scripture. There will opportunity, for those who wish, to share with others and a chance to meet individually with one of the retreat leaders. With Tom McGuinness SJ and Magdalen Lawler SND.

These quiet days from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon will be an opportunity to enjoy Manresa’s lovely surroundings. We are also near the sea and the extensive grounds of St Anne’s Park.

Advance booking required for all events
Bishop Brendan Comiskey-6 day retreat-The Way of Jesus to oblige or invite? -Tallaght, Co Dublin @ Dominican Retreat Centre 
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm

Tallaght Retreat Centre

Bishop Brendan Comiskey
(6 day retreat-Fri 28/7 – Thurs 3/8)

The Way of Jesus, to oblige or invite?

Music Ministry Together – 8-13 August – Cistercian College, Roscrea @ Cistercian College
Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 13 @ 2:00 pm

MMT 2017

We are delighted to announce our line-up of Guest Speakers and Workshop presenters. This year we are delighted to be welcoming
Bishop Fintan Monahan,
Fr Liam Lawton,
Cara Davey,
Padraig Meredith,
Fr Timothy Bartlett and
Gavin Byrne.
You won’t want to miss these events.

We are also delighted to announce that this year MMT will be in concert on the Friday night with special guest Fr Ray Kelly. Fr Ray came to prominence when a video of him singing Leonard Cohen’s Alleluia became a YouTube hit, reaching over 46 million views to date. Be sure to mark this.

Music Ministry Together is a new five-day summer school held at Cistercian College Roscrea, for youth and adult leaders who have a passion for liturgical music and the desire to serve as ministers in their parishes, schools and communities. We do not have a minimum or maximum age to attend the course. However those wishing to bring a group under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised at all times by adults.

Music Ministry Together is led by internationally known composer, teacher, and liturgical musician Ian Callanan and a dynamic team of adult directors and tutors (all volunteers). The program seeks to fulfil its mission of engaging and empowering music ministers with a particular emphasis on contemporary church music and liturgy. It is an experiential course, where the participants not only learn new music but are also introduced to various styles of Liturgy, the Eucharist, Sacraments and Catechesis.

The course runs form the 8th-13th August. Participants can attend the full course or part of it.

July 24th – Spaces still avalable


The cost of the 5 day course is €320 euro. This includes: course materials, accommodation and all meals. You can book online or download a booking form here. Day rates are available from €70.


You can find more information on our website www.musicministry.ie or by calling Ian on (086) 249 0779.


You can book on-line or by filling out the booking form and posting it back to us. Be sure to have a look at our Special Guests.


Music Minsityry Tiogether safeguarding policies are available on our website. We follow the policies and procedures set out by the Killaloe Diocese. For more information click here.

An Introductory Directed Retreat – Manresa House – Dublin @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 16 @ 9:00 am


Manresa is blessed by the many people who come on directed retreats each year; this retreat offers a first step to that precious experience by taking time to introduce and support those wanting to explore the individually guided retreat experience.

Oasis Day @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Aug 19 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Step aside from the ordinary into the lovely surroundings of Manresa for an Oasis Day. Each day takes place in an atmosphere of silence and comprises a number of elements: reflections, guided meditations, prayer and an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director; a celebration of the Eucharist concludes each day.
The Divine Dance -5 day-Silent Retreat -Bishop Brendan Comiskey 27-8 – 1-9 2017 @ Emmaus Centre,
Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm

The Divine Dance Silent Retreat

The Way of Jesus: inviting or obliging?

Nothing in the Christian life is more important than my idea of God. On this will depend whether my life will be a series of obligations to be fulfilled or a life of responding to a gracious invitation to live the transformative life of the Trinity (the Divine Dance).

Advent Centering Prayer Day – Fionnuala Quinn O.P. –
Sep 2 @ 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm


The presence of the Divine in us is the permanent self-giving of God to every human person. 

As we journey to Christmas deepen your awareness of the Divine within yourself – for that is what Christmas is all about.

Come and taste the silence.


Fionnuala Quinn O.P. is a Dominican Sister. She opened Contemplative Outreach Dublin in 2007 and presently serves as International Coordinator for Contemplative Outreach Ltd.  She resides in Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Booking essential

Fatima Centenary Conference 1917-2017-The Drummond Hotel-Ballykelly, Co. Derry @ Drummond Hotel,
Sep 8 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm


Fatima Centenary Conference 1917-2017

Fatima and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God!

*Friday, September 8th* (6.45-9.45pm Evening)
*Saturday, September 9th* (All day-9.45am-6.30pm)

Fr. John H. Walsh O.P., Prior, Black Abbey, Kilkenny The Rosary Priest

Professor Fr Ailbe O Reilly ORC. Professor of Theology, Newman College.

Professor William A. Thomas, of the PontificalMarian Academy,
Director of the Pope Saint John Paul II Institute of Marian Studies,
President of the Mariological Society of Ireland

Professor Fr John Harris O.P, Doctor of Sacred Theology.
Newbridge College, Kildare

Venue; The Drummond Hotel-Ballykelly, Co. Derry
+44 28 777 [email protected]

Registration opens Friday in the Hotel Conference Centre from 4pm- and Saturday from 8am
With the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady from Fatima, and the 1st Class Relics of Saint John Paul II.

Sponsored by
the World Apostolate of Fatima, (Ireland)-Newman College Ireland-
The Marian Institute-(USA) The Saint Pope John Paul II Institute of Marian Studies-(Fatima)
The Pontifical Marian Academy-(Vatican) –
The Mariological Society of Ireland

Celebrations include:
Investiture with the Scapular,
a Plenary Indulgence to Delegates,
Holy Mass,
Consecration to Our Lady and the recitation of the Holy Rosary,
Fatima and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God!


School of Prayer – Avila 2017-2018-D.4. @ Avila Retreat Centre
Sep 9 2017 @ 10:00 am – May 26 2018 @ 4:00 pm

The School of Prayer is intended for those who realise the importance of prayer in their lives and are seeking a deeper relationship with God and support and encouragement in their search.

The School of Prayer will be led by members of the Avila Retreat Team and invited speakers.

It will take place on Thursday evenings, a number of Saturdays and a week in November.
The School of prayer opens on Saturday 9th September 2017
And ends on Saturday 26th May 2018

Thursdays 7.30pm—9.30 pm
2017: Sept 21 & 28, Oct 12 & 26
Nov 9 & 30,
2018: Jan 25, Feb 8 & 22, March 15 & 22
April 19, May 3 & 17.
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Saturdays 10am—4pm
2017: Sept 9 & Dec 9
2018: Jan 13, Mar 3 & 24
April 7 & May 26

Introduction to Centering Prayer with Br Denis Gleeson cfc and Revd Robert Lawson- Emmaus Centre @ The Emmaus Centre
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 15 @ 2:00 pm
Introduction to Centering Prayer with Br Denis Gleeson cfc and Revd Robert Lawson- Emmaus Centre @ The Emmaus Centre | County Dublin | Ireland

“Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
(Mt: 6.6 NRSV)
Sometimes we are lost for words. The words we need just will not come. We are reduced to silence. Silence, however, can be eloquent. This can sometimes happen in our relationship with God when the words just dry up. We have to go beyond words and we have to listen. Centering Prayer is one way of doing this.
Centering Prayer is a non-verbal and non-conceptual, Christian method of praying. Ideas and words are not needed. As a prayer of silence, it draws upon the rich Christian heritage of contemplative prayer. It differs from some others forms of silent prayer in that it is a prayer of intention more than a prayer of attention.
The prayer has its roots in the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew:
“Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
(Mt: 6.6 NRSV)
In the early centuries of Christianity, the desert Fathers and Mothers withdrew from society to contemplate and deepen their relationship with God. Eventually, monasteries began to appear and contemplative practice flourished. In this contemplative tradition, Centering Prayer, as we know it, is based upon the anonymous fourteenth century English spiritual classic, “The Cloud of Unknowing”.
This introduction is based on the writings of Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk who is an authority on Centering. It defines prayer as a relationship with God. The method of centering is introduced and the prayer itself is practised. The use of a sacred word is explained. Dealing with thoughts, feelings and distractions is dealt with and participants are shown how to read the signs of a deepening relationship with God. Centering is a stress free prayer in which we allow God to transform us. God does all the work. All we need to do is to consent.
This programme is suitable for beginners and will provide a clear and very gentle introduction to Centering Prayer. They will include a number of twenty minute sessions of Centering Prayer, PowerPoint presentations and, if time allows, DVDs featuring Fr. Thomas Keating. Establishing a practice of Centering Prayer has proved to be a major step in spiritual development for many people. It transforms lives. It is a prayer that everyone should, at least, consider.

Vipassana Retreat with Korko Moses SJ – Dominican Retreat House, D.24 @ Dominican Retreat Centre
Sep 13 @ 3:04 pm – Sep 17 @ 2:30 pm


Vipassana Retreat with Korko Moses

A Meditation retreat by Swami Sharanananda Korko Moses, SJ, an Indian Jesuit priest, and founder of Dhyanavanam, an Ashram inspired by Christian & Eastern spiritual traditions.

Sep 14 @ 10:52 am – 11:52 am


The fourth annual novena to Mary, Untier of Knots, will take place from Monday 25 September to Tuesday 3 October 2017 inclusive, in the Cathedral of SS. Patrick & Felim, Cavan, with a Novena Mass each evening at 7:30p.m. except Sunday 1 October when there will be Novena Devotions, also at 7:30p.m.

Pope Francis has a very special devotion to Mary, Untier of Knots.  When he was studying in Germany, he was stunned by a Bavarian painting of “Holy Mary, Our Lady Untier of Knots.”  He acquired a copy of the painting and brought it to Argentina to promote devotion to Mary under this title.

In an address given in October 2013, Pope Francis said: ‘“What are the knots in my life?  Father, my knots cannot be undone!” It is a mistake to say anything of the sort! All the knots of our heart, every knot of our conscience, can be undone. Do I ask Mary to help me trust in God’s mercy, to undo those knots, to change?  She, as a woman of faith, will surely tell you: “Get up, go to the Lord: he understands you”.   And she leads us by the hand as a Mother, our Mother, to the embrace of our Father, the Father of mercies’.

The first night of the Novena, Monday 25 September 2017, will celebrate the countdown to the 2018 World Meeting of Families in the Cathedral of SS. Patrick & Felim, Cavan, at 7:30p.m. This will be a diocesan celebration with all 34 parishes in Kilmore been invited to send representatives to the ceremony at which Bishop Leo O’Reilly will preside.  Everyone is welcome to attend this special event.

The guest speaker will be Fr. Timothy Bartlett, Secretary-General of the World Meeting of Families.  The new icon of the Holy Family, commissioned for next year’s event, will be present in the Cathedral in Cavan from Monday 25 to Friday 29 September when it leaves after the 10:00a.m. Mass that morning. The combined choirs from the Crosserlough parish will lead the music at this ceremony with Conor Kiernan as organist and choir director.

The theme of this year’s Novena is “We are Family”, in preparation for the forthcoming World Meeting of Families in Dublin next year.  The Novena is being organised by the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre with the assistance of the priests and staff of the Cathedral Parish of Urney and Annagelliff in Cavan.

A specially commissioned World Meeting of Families 2018 icon of the Holy Family,which was unveiled and anointed on the 21st August 2017in Knock during the launch of the one-year programme of preparation, will be present in the Cathedral from Monday 25 to Friday 29 September.  The icon, written by Mihai Cucu with the assistance of the Redemptoristine Contemplative Community in Drumcondra as part of their ongoing prayer for families, is meant to encourage both reflection and prayer as part of the journey of preparations to World Meeting of Families 2018.  It will remain in the Cathedral until after the 10:00a.m. Mass on Friday morning when it will move to Belfast.

The diocesan petition box, which was presented to the diocese at last month’s event in Knock, will be brought to the Chapel of the Holy Family where it will remain for the duration of the Novena. The petition box will then go around the 34 parishes in the diocese over the coming months.  Contemplative communities around Ireland have agreed to take petitions collected from families and to pray for them during the coming year.

Other confirmed speakers for this year’s Novena include:

Tracy Harkin of the Iona Institute Northern Ireland and Every Life Counts who will speak on “Communicating Truth with Love” on Tuesday 26th;

Rose McGowan, National Vice-President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on Wednesday 27th;AogánO’Fearghail, President of the GAA on Thursday 28th;

Fr. Donal Neary SJ, Editor of The Sacred Heart Messenger, who will speak on “We are Family – The Church” on Friday 29th;

Fr. Patrick Cahill, co-founder of the Holy Family Youth Ministry on Saturday 30th;

Davide Barbieri from the Cenacolo Community in Knock who will speak on the impact of addiction on the family on Sunday 1 October;

Catherine Wylie, founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association on Monday 2 October; and Senator Ronán Mullen on Tuesday 3 October.

There will be individual confessions available after Mass on Tuesday 26th.  The Happy Notes Choir from Cavan General Hospital will provide the sacred music for the Mass on Thursday 28th during which there will be the liturgy of the Anointing of the Sick.  There will be a blessing of babies and young children after Mass on Wednesday 27th, a blessing for grandparents on Monday 2 October and one on Tuesday 3 October for couples celebrating significant anniversaries .

There will be a special emphasis on youth on the Saturday of the Novena.  Young people from across the diocese will gather in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre at 1:30p.m. for a special youth event, entitled “Food for Soul and Body”, facilitated by the Scala Redemptorist Youth Ministry Team from Esker in Co. Galway.  At the end of the event, the participants will process to the Cathedral to join the local parish community for the 7:30p.m. Vigil Mass.  The “I am Worship” team from Belfast will help to prepare the music for this Mass.During the course of the Novena, a number of young people participating in the Diocesan John Paul II Awards will have an active role during the Novena liturgies.

All are welcome to participate in the Novena.

For further information on the Novena, please contact:
Oliver Tormey, on 049 4375004, or by email to [email protected]

Oasis Day -Manresa House – Dublin3 @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Sep 16 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm


Step aside from the ordinary into the lovely surroundings of Manresa for an Oasis Day. Each day takes place in an atmosphere of silence and comprises a number of elements: reflections, guided meditations, prayer and an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director; a celebration of the Eucharist concludes each day.
Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom – Br Denis Gleeson cfc -Emmaus -Dublin @ Emmaus
Sep 23 @ 9:30 am – Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm

Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom


Course Director;
Denis Gleeson cfc Spiritual Direction, Adult Christian Spiritual Development & Education Ethos

Course description
Our understanding of life and of creation constantly evolves. In response to that, our understanding of the Gospel and of Mystery has also to evolve. It must do so. We cannot freeze-frame our understanding of the mystery of God or the mystery of Jesus. Mystery demands exploration. Mystery demands ever new and ever fresh articulation.

Jesus came to tell us that God was to be found in all of life and that the fullness of our human life was to be found in God. We need to unbind our Christian faith so that we can tune in and can listen to the music in our own hearts and all around us we. This programme helps us to do that. Our lives would be so much different if only we could bring ourselves to let God in.

“Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom” examines some of the things that hold us back from truly accepting God into our lives. It looks at the beliefs, ideas, assumptions and misconceptions that it might be helpful for us to unload. It asks how can we move towards a religion and spirituality that are inspiring and vibrant and that free us to embrace our humanity to the full. It explores why the gospel of Jesus is still very Good News for everyone today.

In gentle conversational style, it will address such issues as the relationship between science and religion; divisive thinking; the question of suffering; how to interpret the Bible; the meaning of the gospel and the relationship between consciousness and the Divine. The programme will also look at personal and social transformation today. It will try to frame a context for looking at complex moral questions and it will suggest some of the crucial issues for religion and contemporary society.

The two background contextual issues will always be those of trusting in God and embracing freedom. So, participants will be helped to frame these questions for themselves and to come to their own conclusions. Finally, although this programme is based upon a book written by the facilitator: “Unbinding Christian Faith: Free to Be”, but participants need not have read the book to take part.