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Conversations in Ennismore @ Ennismore Retreat Centre
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 16 @ 9:15 pm

Conversations in Ennismore, Cork, is a weekly forum hosted in the Dominican Retreat House, each Monday from 7.30pm – 9.15pm. The Conversations host a series of Conversations in theology, spirituality, psychology, current issues, minority voices, scripture. Here you will see our Conversations for 2019-2020.

All are welcome. Donation of €10.00 per Conversation.

Mondays 7.30pm – 9.15pm Donation: €10.00 info: 021.4502520 [email protected]

Oct 7th – Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction John Cummins, Psychotherapist
Oct 14th – Stress: friend or foe? Patrick Sheehan, Psychotherapist
Oct 21st – What René Girard would say to Mr Trump! Michael Kirwin, SJ, TCD
Nov 4th – Ethical Formation: being formed for the Good Life. Archie Byrne, OP Ennismore
Nov 11th – Is Democracy under threat? Ian Hughes, Environmental Research Institute, UCC
Nov 18th – Immigrants: Gift or threat? Piaras MacEinri, Dept. of Geography UCC
Nov 25th – Invasion by democratic untruth: the fallacy of universalism Arpad Szakolczai, Dept. of Sociology UCC
Dec 2nd – Does God Feel? Wilfrid Harrington, OP, Priory Institute
Dec 9th – Salvation through Christ alone? Conor McDonough, OP, St. Saviour’s, Dublin
Dec 16th – JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: a Christian epic? Philip Cremin, Dept. of Humanities WIT

(We will resume our Monday night’s Conversations in Ennismore on January 6th 2020)

Novena to Saints Therese, Louis ; Zelie Martin with Visit of their Relics @ Church of the Holy Family
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm

A Special Event:

Praying for Our Families with a Family of Saints.
During the Extraordinary Month of Mission called by Pope Francis, a Special 9 Day Novena will take place in the Church of the Holy Family, Rathcoole, from 15th to 23rd October.

From 7pm to 8pm each evening we will gather to hear reflections on different aspects of family life and faith from invited speakers, to include:

12 lay people (5 married couples, a lay Evangelist and a lay woman)

An international theologian Fr. Thomas J. Norris and

Fr. Michael McGoldrick O.C.D, Provincial of the Discalced Carmelites in Ireland.


Intercessions, Reconciliation Service, and
Novena prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux, and her parents Saints Louis and Zelie Martin.Therese's parents


On the final 2 days of the Novena, the relics of the 3 saints (above)will be present in the church during adoration and

a final mass on the 9th day will be offered for the intentions of all who participated. All welcome!

For more information call Fr. Colin Rothery at 01 4011753.

Alpha Ireland, AIC19- Abbeyleix Manor Hotel,Co. L @ Abbeyleix Manor Hotel
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 2:06 am

Hosted by Alpha Ireland, AIC19 is a two-day event in which church leaders can come together, learn, and network. We want to equip you to lead the change in your community.
Alpha is a tool that is made for the Church and we’re really looking forward to a conference that will show us all how to build a new culture of mission around Alpha and the parish.’
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.
Alpha is run all around the globe in a variety of venues including cafés, churches, universities, and peoples’ homes. Alpha series usually include food, a talk and an opportunity to converse with others searching for a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.

This is Alpha Ireland’s first national conference. We welcome priests, parish teams, key church leaders, and vibrant servants who want to see their churches revitalised, their youth evangelised, and mission prioritised again.

Why come? World-class speakers, expert seminars, great networking opportunities. Join us to receive knowledge, support, and necessary tools to unlock the potential of your church.

The Programme:

Friday 18th October

19.00 Doors Open
19.15pm Welcome from Dominic Perrem, National Director of Alpha Ireland. Praise and Worship with Ryan Ashley and band
19.35pm Introducing , Ron Huntley, Director of Coaching, Divine Renovation Network
19.45 Alpha in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore
19. 55 Jasper Rutherford, European Director of Christ in Youth and Barna Report Author ‘The Shifting Spiritual Landscape of Teens and Young Adults in the Republic of Ireland’
20.30 Prayer + Prayer Ministry Introduction
20.40 Praise and Worship
20.50 Nicky Gumbel, founder of the Alpha Course – a specially recorded video interview with Dominic Perrem
21.00 This Is Alpha Youth in Ireland…onstage interviews and testimonies, contexts, experiences, prayer spaces
21.25 What to Expect Tomorrow…Meet The Alpha Ireland Team
21.30 Networking Social

Saturday 19th October
08.45 Doors Open. Tea and Coffee
09.30 MORNING SESSION ONE Praise and Worship with Ryan Ashley and band
09 40 Introduction and Welcome

Dominic Perrem, Alpha Ireland National Director (left) and Nicky Gumbel, Pioneer of Alpha and VIcar of HTB in London

09.45 Nicky Gumbel, founder of the Alpha Course – a specially recorded video interview with Dominic Perrem
10.05 Ron Huntley, Director of Coaching with Divine Renovation Network, Halifax, Nova Scotia ‘Unlocking Your Parish, Raising Up Leaders with Alpha’ – Part One
10.50 Talking Head Video
11.30 MORNING SESSION TWO Praise and Worship
11.35 Talking Head Video
11.40 Louise Jones, Assistant Pastor at St Catherine’s Church, Dublin‘Rebuilding From the Rubble’
12.10 Talking Head Video
12.15 Amanda O’Shea, National Director of Alpha Youth
‘Creating A Space for Youth’
12.50 Prayer + Prayer Ministry
13.00 LUNCH
14.00 AFTERNOON SESSION ONE Talking Head Video
14.05 Called to more…Alpha Ireland
• Building Up Leaders – Ron Huntley
• Alpha Youth – Simon Marriott, National Director of Youth for Christ and Alpha Midlands Team
• How to Run A Holy Spirit Day – Southern Alpha Team with Susan and Rev Roly Heaney
• Alpha Taster Session – Dublin Alpha Team
15.45 AFTERNOON SESSION TWO ‘The Use of Alpha in Ireland’…A Conversation With…Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore and The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough
16.30 ‘How to …..’ Register Your Course Using Alpha Builder
16.45 Ron Huntley ‘Unlocking Your Parish, Raising Up Leaders With Alpha’ – Part Two
17.30 Q and A – Ron Huntley
17.50 Closing Worship
1800 Closing Prayer
Friday and Saturday

Prayer Spaces Open – Annette Evans, Alpha Midlands’ Regional Coordinator Alpha Shop open in the Entrance Foyer, (Footprints Bookshop, Dun Laoghaire (01) 663 7883)

Overnight Accomodation

list of places near the venue that you can book.
Abbeyleix Manor Hotel – Please contact hotel reception for details as rooms blocked online for conference attendees.
Maldron Hotel Portlaoise – 15 mins drive
Midlands Park Hotel – 15 mins drive
The Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise – 15 mins drive
Ballyrider House B&B – 24 mins drive
The Gandon Inn – 23 mins drive
Ashbrook Arms Townhouse – 9 mins drive
Weir View B&B – 12 mins
Traditional Farm Hostel – 14 mins ( 25 euro a night includes breakfast)


To be a Christian today- 3 Saturday Morning Workshops – SFX-Gardiner St Church -Dublin 1 @ Gardiner St Church
Oct 19 @ 9:45 am – Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm

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Gardiner St S.J. Church

Saturday 19th October, Registration 9.30-10

Workshop: Accompanying the young in the creation of a hope-filled future

During this workshop we will look at how young people engage with faith; what interests them and empowers them in their search for God.

The workshop will generate ideas as to how we, as church can facilitate that search and discern paths for future development in parish and faith community

Our Speakers

Padraig SwanDirector of Faith and Service Programmes at Belvedere College SJ. Padraig has been leading the pastoral team at Belvedere College since he moved from the Jesuit Centre for Young Adults in Gardiner Street. He coordinates faith programmes and service projects at home and abroad as well as accompanying the boys in their faith development.

Callum Douglas: An aspiring writer Callum leads and assists on retreats and faith programmes for young people. He seeks ways of translating the richness of our faith tradition and bridging the gap with younger generations. He will share this vision during our workshop.


9.30 – 10.00 Registration
10 – 11 Talk
11 – 11.30 Tea/Coffee
11.30 – 12.15 Workshop 1
12.15 – 1.00 Workshop 2
1.00 Soup & Sandwiches (optional)

A voluntary contribution would be appreciated.


Saturday 26th October, Registration 9.30-10

Workshop :  Walking with people in poverty

Our Speakers

During this workshop we will:
¨ Listen to the vision of two practitioners of Social Justice
¨ Explore links with the Gospel message
¨ Explore what this means for us

Fr Peter McVerry SJ For a generation now, Jesuit, Fr. Peter has been a champion for Dublin’s Homeless People, advocating their rights before the State.  Now, through the Peter McVerry Trust, he is providing housing for an increasing number of persons in need. Fr. Peter’s vision is rooted in the Gospel and responds to the ever-changing needs of homeless people.

Sr Bernadette McMahon Sr Bernadette is a Daughter of Charity and Director of the Vincentian Partnership. She leads a team of professionals and volunteers who since 1996:

  • Promote an Active Citizenship/Voter Education Programme with communities in disadvantaged areas
  • Raise awareness of the impact of poverty in an affluent Ireland by examining the minimum essential budget standards.


9.30 – 10.00 Registration
10 – 11 Talk
11 – 11.30 Tea/Coffee
11.30 – 12.15 Workshop 1
12.15 – 1.00 Workshop 2
1.00 Soup & Sandwiches (optional)

A voluntary contribution would be appreciated.


Saturday 2nd November, Registration 9.30-10

Workshop :  Showing the way to God through prayer & discernment

During this workshop we will:
¨ Learn about the fundamental assumptions about our relationship with God
¨ Experience the practice of prayer in the Ignatian tradition
¨ Encounter God through creative prayer, savouring your experience, journaling and the journey of pilgrimage

Our Speaker: Fr Brendan McManus SJ Fr. Brendan has been a spiritual director, retreat and pilgrimage guide for a number of years. His book “Redemption Road” has been published in Ireland and the USA to great acclaim. He has followed this with “Finding God in the Mess” and “Deeper in the Mess”.

The search for God
Everybody can find God, and perhaps surprisingly everybody can show God to others. God is to be found in the most unexpected people and situations.

Help and Guidance
Jesuits and their partners in mission seek God in quiet prayer, the Sacred Scriptures, life-experience, community and communion.

Find your way to God


9.30 – 10.00 Registration
10 – 11 Talk
11 – 11.30 Tea/Coffee
11.30 – 12.15 Workshop 1
12.15 – 1.00 Workshop 2
1.00 Soup & Sandwiches (optional)

A voluntary contribution would be appreciated.



Pastoral Reflection Mornings for People in Christian Ministry with Dr Anne Francis @ Galilee Spirituality Centre
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Pastoral Reflection Mornings
for People in Christian Ministry


Dr Anne Francis

A regular opportunity to reflect on ministry together in the light of scripture and theology.

Open to ordained and lay ministers in Christian traditions.

10.30am coffee and closing with lunch.

Numbers limited, booking essential.

Tuesday 22nd October
Tuesday 26th November
Thursday 6th February
Thursday 26th March
Wednesday 13th May

Castledaly GAA Monster Auction @ Community Centre Moate,
Nov 3 all-day

All resalable goods and services or donations greatly appreciated for
this cause that provides valuable services and amenities for young people to
channel their energies,
and develop great social skills
and learn the importance of team work, discipline, sportsmanship, and many other life skills, in a safe supervised environment.

Thank you.

Seeking the Face of God – Tuesday evenings- Tintagh, Co. Roscommon @ Galilee Spirituality Centre
Nov 5 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 26 @ 9:00 pm

Four very special Tuesday evenings
to explore how we can discover

God in personal faith, 


creation and


Nov 5th:   Bishop Kevin Doran:      The God of My Life Nov 5th
Nov 12th: Rev Molly DeatherageGod of the Word 
Nov 19th:  Sr Patricia Lynott:           The God of all the Earth 
Nov 26th  Dr Justin Harkin:             The God of Us 

We begin at 7.30pm, closing with tea at 9.00. All welcome!

Family Solidarity’s Annual General Meeting- Sat. 9th Nov.-Ely House, Dublin. @ ELY House,
Nov 9 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm


Laws can make decent living for the young more difficult or less difficult and a change in the law can deceive people into thinking that the morality has changed also. By means of the law it is possible to supply conditions which facilitate the growth of goodness and to remove conditions which obstruct it.

In view of all this, it is not surprising that when Pope John Paul II urged families to remedy the present situation, he mentioned political activity, the activity which brings about changes in laws and regulations. “Families should grow in awareness of being ‘protagonists’ of what is known as ‘family politics’ and assume responsibility for transforming society…” “They should be the first to take steps to see that the laws and institutions of the state, not only do not offend, but support and positively defend the rights and duties of the family…otherwise, families will be the first victims of the evils that they have done no more than note with indifference.”

What we must face up to is that the structures and institutions of our society must draw their inspiration either from Christianity, or from the ‘religion’ of secularism; there is no middle way, no neutral path that can be followed.

Fortunately, we are not without advice, indeed directives, coming from the highest sources. Firstly, people, lay and religious, must get rid of their inhibitions about what is popularly called ‘lobbying’. In his final address in Ireland in 1979, Pope John Paul II said “May the Irish people always support marriage through personal commitment and through positive social and legal action”.

When the pope says ‘positive social and legal action’ he means, amongst other things, lobbying for good laws and regulations and to change bad ones. Lobbying is part and parcel of the working democracy everywhere. To neglect it would mean allowing our opponents complete freedom for their destructive activity in this area.

Archbishop McNamara set out the position clearly for Catholics in April 1986 when he stated: “It may happen even in a predominantly Catholic country that a legislative assembly will pass and immoral law. The duty of Catholics with regard to such laws is clear. They should make their disapproval known and try to ensure that sooner or later, the laws in question be rescinded”. He adds: “…it cannot be stressed too much that it is not enough to campaign against immoral laws. Action must be taken with a view to changing society for the better, so that no reasonable excuse will remain for advocating such a measure”.

So the directive to Christians in Ireland is clear; ensure, by all the legitimate means at our disposal, that our laws are such that they will genuinely promote the common good for our society.

We can do this individually or in association with others. Family Solidarity was established to stimulate Irish families to do what is right in these matters and to facilitate them by providing and organised structure. As the Rights of the Family Charter says…”Families should form associations with other families and institutions in order to protect their rights”. An increasing number of Irish families have found Family Solidarity helpful, and are joining.

The family has the most important function in the state. It is the primary, vital cell of society where human development takes place and it is the natural setting in which almost all our young people grow and develop.

As declared in Vatican II, “The family is the first school for social human virtues, which all societies need”. Virtues such as love, forgiveness, justice, truthfulness, respect for rights of others, concern for those in need, are rooted in family life.

When family life is undermined, society has many evils with which to contend.

Some of the new trends and ideologies that have developed in recent times tend to undermine the family unit based on marriage, not only in Ireland but throughout most of the world.

In 1983 Family Solidarity was founded by a number of concerned family people, to protect, to protect and promote family life. It was formally launched on 15th August, 1984. Since then, many branches have been established throughout the country.

Family Solidarity is a national organisation with committees at national, constituency and local level.


Our event on Sunday 9th Nov.

11.30 am (Mass) till approx 4 pm in ELY House,

Finger food lunch at 1 o’clock,

Short addresses from Petra Conroy (about the Faith on Fire project) and Niamh Uí Bhriain and others (about GRIPT.ie)

(Please advise us by leaving a message on 01 6611113 or [email protected] if you wish to partake of the finger food lunch)

Winter in the Quiet Garden @ Galilee Spirituality Centre
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Seasons of the heart: exploring winter in our lives.

With the Galilee Spirituality Centre team.

Closing with a hot drink at 4.00pm. Wrap up!

Light Up a Memory Mass 2019 @ Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Church, Cork
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Church in Cork are celebrating their annual Light Up a Memory Mass this Saturday, November 30th, at 6.30pm. All welcome.
Watch it live here:



Advent Retreat: The Wonder of Creation, The Miracle of Life – Sr Nellie McLaughlin @ Galilee Spirituality Centre
Dec 7 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Advent Retreat:

The Wonder of Creation, The Miracle of Life

with  Sr Nellie McLaughlin

An invitation to walk with God in self-discovery within the mystery of the unfolding universe. Drawing on the wisdom of the earth, scripture, mystics and poets we will make a journey of exploration in the light of both privilege and responsibility in our common home.

Sr Nellie McLaughlin, BA, M. Div. is a native of Inishowen, Donegal and a member of the Sisters of Mercy. Her background is in education and she works in the areas of Creation Spirituality, Cosmology, Ecology and Sustainable Living. She is founding member and director of Green Sod Land Trust , Ireland (2007), author of ‘Out of Wonder, the evolving Story of the Universe (Veritas 2004) and Life’s Delicate Balance(Veritas 2015) – a response to Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si.'”

All welcome

Habemus Christmas Concert @ St. Anne's Parish
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
LIVE Christmas Triduum of Masses @ Sacred Heart Church Cork
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
LIVE Christmas Triduum of Masses @ Sacred Heart Church Cork

Watch it LIVE here:

Live Stream



LIVE Parish Carol Service @ St. Peter's Hazel Grove Stockport
Dec 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
LIVE Parish Carol Service @ St. Peter's Hazel Grove Stockport

Watch it LIVE here:



LIVE Carols 11.30pm + 12 midnight Mass @ St Anselm's Roman Catholic Parish
Dec 24 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 25 @ 12:30 am
LIVE Carols 11.30pm + 12 midnight Mass @ St Anselm's Roman Catholic Parish

Watch it LIVE here:



12nd International Youth Conference-Clane, Co Kildare-27-30/Dec @ Clongowes Wood College
Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm – Dec 29 @ 4:00 pm



Draw near to God anD He will draw near to you


Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo (Apostolic Nuncio)

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan (Bishop of Waterford&Lismore)

Bishop Stephen Chpirappanth (Bishop of ther Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Europe

Plus  other priests and Laypeople

All Young people welcome(+16) to this 4 day event



2019 Balally Baptismal Baby Celebration! @ Church of the Ascention of the Lord, Balally Parish
Jan 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Next Sunday 12th January 2020 is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Mass at 12noon is the annual Mass to celebrate the children who were baptized on our Church during 2019. All those baptized during the year, are invited to bring their baptismal candle, their parents and Godparents, family and friends to this celebration.

Ecumenical Worship Service in Sligo Cathedral @ The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Ecumenical Worship Service in Sligo Cathedral at 7:30 pm.

Watch the service online here: https://www.churchservices.tv/sligocathedral or https://sligocathedral.ie/live-feed-from-cathedral/

Mass to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life 2020 @ Sligo Cathedral
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Celebration for Consecrated Life 2020 @ Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Feb 2 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
International Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking
Feb 8 all-day
International Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking

8 February, feast of St. Josephine Bakhita- International Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking

On 8 February 2020, we mark the 6th World Day of Awareness and Prayer against Human Trafficking. Join us in Prayer, Action, and Advocacy to prevent and end Human Trafficking & Exploitation. A number of resources to assist our work together are available as follows: The Talitha Kum Prayer Vigil ”Together against Human Trafficking,” is accessible at: 2. The 2020 National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention month & Day of Prayer Toolkit created by the US Catholic Bishop’s Conference, is available at: 3. The US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

More information: https://www.aptireland.org/

Related article, written by Anne Kelleher, Patricia Mulhall and Imelda Poole, President RENATE: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/1355/st-josephine-bakhita-and-the-fight-against-trafficking


Watch online Mass for the Sick @ Different churches
Feb 11 all-day

On the World Day of the Sick watch online masses here: https://www.churchservices.tv/

World Day of the Sick @ https://www.churchservices.tv/
Feb 11 all-day

Watch masses online today here: https://www.churchservices.tv/



Parish Lenten Retreat @ Marley Grange Parish, Rathfarnham
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 11 @ 8:45 pm

All are welcome.

A Lenten Journey with the Word of God @ The Emmaus Centre
Mar 14 all-day
A Lenten Journey with the Word of God @ The Emmaus Centre

Lectio is for people like you. Join us to deepen your appreciation of the living word.

In preparation for the season of Lent, Fr Joseph Ralph invites you to attend a practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer: Lectio Divina. Together participants will Read, Recognize, Respond, Rest-in and Reflect on the Living Word.

Monastic Day Retreat @ St. Benedict's Priory
Mar 21 all-day
Monastic Day Retreat @ St. Benedict's Priory

Retreat with Talks on Monasticism, Monastic Saints and Life in a Contemporary Monastery. Participate in Divine Office and Adoration. Lunch Provided. Donation only. All Welcome. Booking Essential as space is limited.

Directed Holy Week Retreat @ The Emmaus Centre
Apr 5 – Apr 12 all-day
Directed Holy Week Retreat @ The Emmaus Centre

This week long Guided Retreat will be facilitated by Fr. David Larkin, a Kiltegan priest and experienced retreat facilitator, who will guide the participants to a deeper understanding of themselves in light of the gospel. The day will include Eucharist along with time for spiritual direction or a chat with Fr. David.
Non-Residential: €385 Lunch Included
Residential: €560 – All meals + Accommodation Included
Time: 4 pm (Sun) 9:30 AM – 2:00 pm (Sun)

Monastic Experience @ St. Benedict's Priory
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day
Monastic Experience @ St. Benedict's Priory

Opportunity for women discerning a Religious Vocation to experience life in our monastery.
Please apply to Mother Prioress.

150 years after Vatican I 1870-2020 @ Renehan Hall, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
Apr 27 – Apr 28 all-day
150 years after Vatican I 1870-2020 @ Renehan Hall, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth

A Symposium on the Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith

Dei Filius and Theology Today

More information: https://maynoothcollege.ie/

Raised on Songs and Stories: Finding Our Place in God’s Plan @ The Emmaus Centre
May 10 – May 15 all-day
Raised on Songs and Stories: Finding Our Place in God's Plan @ The Emmaus Centre

Using songs, poems, stories from life, passages from Scripture and our Church’s liturgy, participants will explore the stories and events that have shaped us and our call to be story-tellers, people of faith, and rooted in kindness. With accompaniment from Fr. Vincent Sherlock, author of The Enchanted Way and Let Advent be Advent, these days will be relaxed and flexible, allowing time for input, reflection and sharing. Nothing will be written in stone.

Non-Residential: €275 – Lunch Included
Residential: €400 – All Meals and Accommodation Included
Time: Sunday 6:00 pm – Friday 2:00 pm