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Nov
3
Sat
Knock Basilica – Handel’s Messiah-3rd November 2018 @ Knock Basilica
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm

Following last November’s unprecedented sell-out performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Knock Basilica, the trumpet shall sound once again on Saturday 3 November with the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the second  performance at the Basilica  of the world’s most famous and beloved oratorio, renowned for stunning choruses and arias.

Knock Basilica Presents

Handel’s Messiah

featuring

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Proinnsías Ó Duinn, Conductor

Anna Devin, Soprano

Kate Allen, Alto

Peter O’Reilly, Tenor

John Molloy, Bass

with

Our Lady’s Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo and the Mayo Chamber Choir

Presented by Liz Nolan, RTÉ lyric fm

Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 7.30pm

Doors open 6.30 pm

 

 

Nov
4
Sun
Castledaly GAA Monster Auction fundraiser on Sunday November 4th at 2pm in Moate Community Centre. @ Moate Community Centre,
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Castledaly GAA Monster Auction fundraiser on Sunday November 4th at 2pm in Moate Community Centre. @ Moate Community Centre, | Athlone | County Westmeath | Ireland

Monster Auction fundraiser on Sunday November 4th at 2pm in Moate Community Centre.
Something for everyone and all kinds of everything. Toys Books Music DvDs Hardward Homeware Cookware Bric A Brac Antiques Furniture Sports Equipment Bicycles Gym Equipment, vouchers for local goods and services, plants and shrubs, cakes, bakes, teas and coffees,

Nov
6
Tue
Like a tree, planted by water: Reflecting on roots and nourishment in ministry. @ Galilee Spirituality Centre
Nov 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Galilee Spirituality Centre will provide regular opportunities for reflection and nourishment for those in ministry: clergy, chaplains, sisters and lay ministers.

In a prayerful and supportive environment we will attend together to our experience of ministry and actively seek growth and flourishing.

This first event will offer a foundation to this process. With Dr Anne Francis.

Booking essential by Nov 2. Numbers limited. Lunch is included.

Follow Me: Living a Life of Faith @ Galilee Spirituality Centre
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm

An opportunity to explore what it means to follow Jesus, and the life of faith in a changing world.

Four evenings (Nov 6,13,21,28) with Dr Anne Francis. All Welcome.

Nov
8
Thu
‘Humanae Vitae’ at 50 – St Saviour’s, Dublin – Dec 6th 2018 @ St Catherine's Chapel
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm

 ‘Humanae Vitae’ at 50

with

Fr Alan O’Sullivan, OP

Thursday, the 6th of December, 2018

Nov
9
Fri
Good Relationships and Sexuality Education courses -Alex Hotel , Dublin-Dr Olwyn Mark-Iona @ Alex Hotel (behind the Davenport) Dublin 2
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm

‘What a good Relationships and Sexuality course looks like’.

 Dr Olwyn Mark

Alex Hotel (behind the Davenport)

When: Tuesday, November 20, 8pm

We are pleased to invite you to our next talk which will be delivered by Dr Olwyn Mark of Love for Life, Northern Ireland and author of ‘Educating for Sexual Virtue: A Moral Vision for Relationships and Sex Education‘.

Dr Mark’s topic will be giving his review of the way RSE is taught in schools is currently underway and it promises to be very far-reaching and radical with profound implications for faith-based schools.

A Christian view of RSE seeks to put sex in a proper relational setting that goes beyond consent only, whereas the view increasingly favoured by the State is far more utilitarian and relativistic.

The Christian approach to sex and relationships is often condemned as ‘moralistic’, ‘judgemental’ and ‘unrealistic’. How do we answer these charges and show our vision is more positive and more realistic, especially in the age of the MeToo movement, which highlights some of the problems of the sex revolution?

Olwyn E. Mark is Head of Research and Strategic Partnerships at Love for Life, a Christian charity specialising in the development and delivery of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) programmes.

She is also a Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the London School of Theology, where she completed her PhD. She has an MA in Bioethics from St Mary’s University, Twickenham and an MA in European Politics from Brunel University. She has been involved in the development of numerous faith-based RSE projects, both nationally and internationally.

If you would like to attend please email: info@ionainstitute.ie.

Tea and coffee will be served after the talk.
Admission: Free

Nov
10
Sat
Oasis Day- Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Nov 10 @ 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.

Nov
17
Sat
Candlelit Vigil and Symbolic Walk from the Famine Statues-Sat 17th Nov @ The Famine Statues
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Candlelit Vigil and Symbolic Walk from the Famine Statues
to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone,
Custom House Quay – Dublin 1

Citizens of Dublin mark the first anniversary of the adoption of
the European Pillar of Social Rightson the eve of the Catholic World Day of the Poor.

On Saturday 17 November 2018, Ireland 5pm to 5.45pm and all other EU Member States will mark the first anniversary of the adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar calls among others, for protection of the right to Housing, Health Services, Education or Minimum Income.

This very day is also special in 2018 as it is the eve of the 2nd Catholic World Day of the Poor initiated by Pope Francis in 2017.

We walk to remind the Government and in particular Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister Regina Doherty TD that they both made a “Social Rights Promise” at the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017, as well as to call on members of all churches and faith people, christian or non christian, to join the global movement to End Poverty by 2030 (main goal of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development),

All Together in Dignity Ireland (www.atdireland.ie) and other members of the Irish Committee for the UN End Poverty Day (www.17october.ie) citizens from Dublin to attend a symbolic candlelit walk from the Famine Statues to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on Custom House Quay.

Church and Spiritual Movement Leaders including Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Diarmuid Martin will attend the walk.

During the 40 meters long symbolic walk, we will stop three times and read some short extracts of “Voices for Dignity” a book launched one month ago on the 2018 UN End Poverty Day.

ALL WELCOME

Nov
20
Tue
‘What a good Relationships and Sexuality Education course looks like’ – Dr Olwyn Mark-Alex Hotel, Dublin- Nov 20 @ Alex Hotel
Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We at Iona Instute are pleased to invite you to our next talk which will be delivered by Dr Olwyn Mark of Love for Life, Northern Ireland and author of ‘Educating for Sexual Virtue: A Moral Vision for Relationships and Sex Education‘.

Dr Mark’s topic will be ‘What a good Relationships and Sexuality course looks like’. A review of the way RSE is taught in schools is currently underway and it promises to be very far-reaching and radical with profound implications for faith-based schools.

A Christian view of RSE seeks to put sex in a proper relational setting that goes beyond consent only, whereas the view increasingly favoured by the State is far more utilitarian and relativistic. The Christian approach to sex and relationships is often condemned as ‘moralistic’, ‘judgemental’ and ‘unrealistic’. How do we answer these charges and show our vision is more positive and m ore realistic, especially in the age of the MeToo movement, which highlights some of the problems of the sex revolution?

Who is Olwyn E. Mark?
She is  is Head of Research and Strategic Partnerships at Love for Life, a Christian charity specialising in the development and delivery of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) programmes. She is also a Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the London School of Theology, where she completed her PhD. She has an MA in Bioethics from St Mary’s University, Twickenham and an MA in European Politics from Brunel University. She has been involved in the development of numerous faith-based RSE projects, both nationally and internationally.

Tea and coffee will be served after the talk.

Admission: Free

Dec
1
Sat
Advent Retreat day with Carol Barry @ Galilee Spiritulity Centre
Dec 1 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

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This Advent Retreat day offers an opportunity to pause and reflect on the Christmas mystery in our own lives. It creates a relaxed space to explore the Advent themes of waiting, wonder and fulfilment by the ‘God of perpetual surprises.’ (Pope Francis). All welcome, no previous experience necessary.

Carol Barry is a retreat director, lecturer, spiritual director and practitioner of Bibliodrama, Godly Play and Deep talk; ministering here in Ireland and abroad.
Soup and brown bread will be served.

Combining a close reading of biblical texts with searching, imaginative questions,

Bibliodrama offers people of all ages and levels of knowledge and opportunity .

Booking essential.

 

Mindfulness for Christmas- Teresa Larkin-Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24- Sat.Dec. 1 @ Dominican Retreat Centre
Dec 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

How to get here:  From the terminus of the Luas [Red Line], a 10-15 minute walk. If you are travelling by Car leave the M50 at the junction 11. Take the N81 towards ‘Tallaght and Blessington’. Turn right at the first small roundabout, and left at the next. Continue for about a mile, passing Lidl on your left. Go straight through a set of traffic lights and after about 100 metres take the first right. After another 100 metres you will see the entrance on your left. If you need further directions on how to get here ring us, or ask us to email or post them to you. If you are travelling by Bus from the city, the most convenient numbers are the 65 from College Green, and the 27 and 77A from Dane Street.

Dec
5
Wed
Sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent at Christmas Fairs in Ireland @ Galway Continental Christmas Market
Dec 5 all-day
Sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent at Christmas Fairs in Ireland @ Galway Continental Christmas Market   | Galway | County Galway | Ireland

Sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent (Minsk, Belarus) would like to invite you to visit the stalls of the Convent at Christmas Fairs in Ireland. Сolourful Christmas gifts are made with love and prayer in the workshops of St Elisabeth Convent. These items will be both beautiful presents for you as well your loved ones, and your contribution to the charitable projects of our Convent.

Dec
6
Thu
Extended Advent Retreat Donagh O Shea O.P. – Dominican Retreat Centre – Dublin 24- Dec 1 @ Dominican Retreat Centre
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm

Extended Advent Retreat

 

N.B. Check time of beginning and end of retreat with the Secretary

Dec
7
Fri
Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat 2018 -Newbridge College @ Newbridge College,
Dec 7 @ 4:19 pm – Dec 9 @ 5:19 pm

The next Youth 2000 Christmas retreat will be taking place in the Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare between 7th-9th December 2018.

 

Dec
8
Sat
Oasis Day- Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Dec 8 @ 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.

Dec
9
Sun
A night of Song, Story and Recitations-The Cobblestone, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7- in aid of the Capuchin Day Centre-Dec 9 @ The Cobblestone
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

 

Great Night

Great Cause

Great People

All we need is you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec
13
Thu
2018 Black Santa Sit Out – Dawson St. Dublin 2- @ St Ann’s Church,
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm

Launch of the 2018 Black Santa Sit Out

St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Thursday 13 December 2018 at 1pm

 

 

The 2018 Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, will be launched this Thursday, December 13, at 1pm by the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson and the Lord Mayor of Dublin. They will be joined by the Choir of Kildare Place National School.

The appeal will run outside St Ann’s right up until Christmas Eve with volunteers joining the Vicar, Canon David Gillespie, to collect funds for a wide range of charities.

This is the 18th year that the Black Santa Sit Out has been held in Dublin and in that time well over €600,000 has been raised for local good causes. All the charities supported by Black Santa do invaluable work and every cent donated to the appeal is divided among them. There are no administration charges and all the collectors give their time for free.

Among the charities to benefit from Black Santa in the past are Alice Leahy Trust, the Salvation Army, the Simon Community and the Peter McVerry Trust, all of whom work with people who are homeless. Other charities include Protestant Aid, Barnardos, St Vincent de Paul, the Laura Lynn Foundation and Solas Project. Cheques are distributed in St Ann’s in February at a special service which celebrates volunteers.

The St Ann’s team will be outside the church each day from 10am to 6pm collecting donations. This year they will be joined by a huge number of choirs who will sing festive songs and carols each lunchtime. These include Castleknock National School, St James Primary School, Francis Street CBS, St Stephens Church Choir, Catholic University School, Taney Parish Junior School, Alexandra College, Kildare Place National School, Cornucopia Brass Group, Irish Life Choir, Revenue Choir, AIB Choral Society, Permanent TSB Staff Choir, John Scottus School, Loretto College, Seafield Singers, Dublin Male Voice Choir, the Line Up Choir, Steadfast Band and the Brook Singers.

The Black Santa sit out is modelled on a similar appeal, which has been run by successive Deans of St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast for many years. It became known as the Black Santa appeal because of the long heavy black cloaks worn by the clergy to keep out the cold.

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Dec
15
Sat
Oasis Day – Manresa House – Clontarf, D.3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Dec 15 @ 7:30 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.
Bereavement and Loss workshop- Sat. 15/12/18- Patricia Wilson-Resurrexit @ Resurrexit Centre
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop will be on this Saturday in Resurrexit from 10.30am until 4 pm, and will be given by Patricia Wilson from Kilkenny, who has over 30 years experience in dealing with this bereavement and loss. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

Dec
16
Sun
Gala Free Concert-John’s Lane Church, Thomas St, Dublin @ John's Lane Church,
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Christmas Music Concert

Under the direction of: Ann Mc Nulty

          Organist: Ronan Mc Nulty

                           Soloist: Elizabeth Woods

Choirs: 

John’s Lane Church, Thomas St, & Choir and Holy Spirit Church, Balyroan

Voluntary collection for the little Flower Penny Dinners

Dec
21
Fri
Carols for Concern-Concordia Singers-Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire-21/12 @ Royal Marine Hotel
Dec 21 @ 9:15 pm – 10:00 pm

Concordia Singers
will arrive in from the cold
to sing traditional carols in the
Royal Marine Lounge.
Míle fáilte!

Dec
25
Tue
Free Christmas Day Dinner-RDS-For those who need it @ R.D.S. Ballsbridge,
Dec 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

 

The Knights of St Columbanus

invite the needy among our people

to a Free ChristmaDays Dinner

At the RDS

from 10.30am – 1.00pm

There will be Free Buses running every 20 mins to the R.D.S. from 9.30 – 11.30.

Pick up location: Mansion House, Clery’s, O’Connell S, and Four Courts (Inns Quay

Return buses from 12.30

A great Chrismas Event

Jan
21
Mon
‘The Benedict Option: a Strategy for Christians in Post-Christian Societies’- University Church. D.2 -Rod Dreher @ University Church
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm

 

We are very pleased to invite you to our next talk which will be delivered by one of America’s leading Christian writers today, Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option, described by New York Times columnist, David Brooks, as ‘the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade’.

‘The Benedict Option’ examines the current highly secular and individualistic nature of US society and how Christians might best respond to this. What it has to say is equally applicable to other Western countries, including Ireland.

Rod’s thesis is that we must become better at forming self-consciously Christian communities that have a better chance of saving Christians from being absorbed into an increasingly hostile surrounding culture.

Rod  is a senior editor and blogger at The American Conservative and author of several books, including How Dante Can Save Your Life. He has written about religion, politics, film, and culture in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He was chief film critic for the New York Post. His commentaries have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Court TV, and other television networks.

If you would like to attend please email: info@ionainstitute.ie or phone 01 6619 204. (This give us an idea of how many to cater for on the night).

Refreshments will be served after the talk.

 

Jan
22
Tue
A combined Cork & Ross/Cloyne diocesan launch of YOUCAT Companion–Fr Seán Corkery and Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin.SMA Parish Centre, Wilton, Cork City- Tues 22nd Jan. 2019 @ SMA Parish Centre, Wilton,
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Tuesday 22ndJanuary 2019

SMA Parish Centre, Wilton, Cork City

7:30pm – 9:00pm 

(Eucharistic Adoration 6pm – 7pm, SMA Parish Church)

 

We would be delighted if you could join with us for a combined Cork & Ross/Cloyne diocesan launch of

YOUCAT Companion
– A Study Programme of YOUCAT in Twenty Sessions
co-authored by Fr Seán Corkery and Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin. 

Please see attached invitation which can also be used to promote this event locally on notice boards and on various social media platforms. 

We encourage you to invite colleagues and friends whom you know to be keen to promote the mission of faith formation – as ever, personal invitation remains the most effective means of promotion.

Click here for further detailed information on YOUCAT Companion.

During his recent visit to Ireland in August 2018, Pope Francis highlighted the pressing need for all of us in the Church to prioritise faith formation within our families, our parishes and our schools:

Sometimes we can think that faith formation means teaching religious concepts, and we don’t think of forming the heart, shaping attitudes. Yesterday the President of the nation told me that he had written a poem about Descartes and said, more or less: “The coldness of thought has killed the music of the heart”. Forming the mind, yes, but also the heart. And teaching how to pray: teaching children how to pray from the very start. Prayer. The training of such teachers and the expansion of programmes of adult education are essential for the future of the Christian community, in which a committed laity will be increasingly called to bring the wisdom and values of their faith to their engagement in the varied sectors of the country’s social, cultural and political life(Pope Francis, Meeting with the Bishops of Ireland, 26 August 2018).

This is the same vision that inspires YOUCAT Companion. Anchored in Sacred Scripture and in prayer, participants share and discuss their religious questions. In a group setting, participants exchange their experiences, their doubts and their life stories, thereby being formed as ambassadors for Christ in both mind and heart.

We sincerely hope you can join us on 22ndJanuary next. It has taken three years to bring this faith formation project to fruition. We look forward to explaining how YOUCAT Companioncan now be an effective means of furthering the mission of the Church in our time.

Thanking You, Sincerely in Christ,

Máirín and Fr Seán