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May
5
Sat
Down to Earth: An Introduction to Dreams @ The Emmaus Centre
May 5 @ 9:20 am – May 6 @ 2:00 pm

Our dreams have fascinated us since the dawn of history. Where do they come from? What do they mean? Is it possible to work with dreams? Should they be taken seriously? Should they ever be taken literally? Are they merely the exhausted wanderings of the nocturnal mind? These are some of the questions dealt with in this fun and very down to earth introduction to dreams and to dreamwork.

We start with the Bible and ask how is it that dreams went out of fashion so early in the Christian story? Then we explore the surprising part that dreams have played in the history of science. Inevitably, we take a look at the work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and their consideration of the interpretation of dreams. Symbolism in dreams is another topic that is touched upon, along with dreams and spirituality and dreams and personal development. Finally, we look at very practical ways we can work on our dreams.

Dreamwork can make an enormous contribution to our psychological and spiritual growth. However, it involves a long-term commitment to work and it is not a shortcut to perfection. It is work that can be done alone, but undoubtedly, it is work that is best done with a competent and qualified person. Sometimes people wok on their dreams in groups and this too has proved to be an effective approach. During this program, however, it is unlikely that we will have much time to spend on the dreams of individual participants.

May
8
Tue
Muire na mBard – Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Bunófar an tsraith seo cainteanna ar ábhar an leabhráin Muire na mBard. Léirítear stádas na Maighdeana Muire san fhilíocht chlasaiceach sa leabhrán seo. Pléifear gnéithe éagsúla den gcur chuige sna cainteanna. Beifear ag díriú ar an dtaobh is sothuigthe agus is coitianta den ábhar seo.

This series of talks will address material published in the booklet Muire na mBard. In that book the presentation of the Virgin Mary in classical Irish poetry is examined. Various simple and commonly met with elements of the literary depiction of the Virgin in examples of that poetry will be discussed

Muire na mBard Series – Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bunófar an tsraith seo cainteanna ar ábhar an leabhráin Muire na mBard. Léirítear stádas na Maighdeana Muire san fhilíocht chlasaiceach sa leabhrán seo. Pléifear gnéithe éagsúla den gcur chuige sna cainteanna. Beifear ag díriú ar an dtaobh is sothuigthe agus is coitianta den ábhar seo.

This series of talks will address material published in the booklet Muire na mBard. In that book the presentation of the Virgin Mary in classical Irish poetry is examined. Various simple and commonly met with elements of the literary depiction of the Virgin in examples of that poetry will be discussed

May
19
Sat
John Henry Newman: One Day Retreat – Manresa House – Clontarf, Dublin 3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

 

This one-day retreat offers an opportunity to engage prayerfully with John Henry Newman. The motto he chose when named a cardinal in 1879 was “Cor ad cor loquitur.” (Heart speaks to heart.) This is a day to allow the heart to rest and to hear, to be encouraged by the wisdom of Newman as we seek God.

The day will consist of talks, time for reflection and the celebration of Mass. The retreat will be directed by Dermot Mansfield SJ, author of Heart Speaks to Heart: The Story of Blessed John Henry Newman (Veritas, 2010).

This retreat will be attended by members of the Newman Society of Ireland. All are welcome to attend.

Jun
23
Sat
Oasis Day – Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Jun 23 @ 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.

Jun
27
Wed
The Church and Society Commission (CASC) of the COI-Climate Change Awareness SeminaTrinity College
Jun 27 @ 3:38 pm – 4:38 pm

The Church and Society Commission (CASC) of the Church of Ireland is issuing an invitation to church leaders and their congregations from all denominations to attend an information morning addressing issues surrounding climate change.

 It will conclude with a light lunch at 1pm. Attendance is free.

  • The Science of Climate Change Professor John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography, Maynooth University
  • Joining the Dots on Climate JusticeDr. Lorna Gold, Trócaire
  • Theology and Environmental Ethics in a Changing ClimateDr Cathriona Russell, Dungannon and Beresford Assistant Professor in Theology, Trinity College Dublin
  • Hosted by the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Revd Michael Jackson and Archdeacon Andrew Orr, Chair of Eco-Congregation Ireland

Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come/first-served basis. To secure a place, please email [email protected] or contact Caoimhe Leppard in Church of Ireland House, Dublin, 01 4125608. Information on how to find the Science Gallery, Trinity College, can be found here https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/find_us.

Jun 27 @ 3:52 pm – 4:52 pm

49th Irish Church Music Association Summer School

opens in Maynooth this week

  • Theme: Faith, Hope and Love
  • Workshops and classes will reflect the events planned for each of the three days of the Congress of the upcoming World Meeting of Families in the RDS from August 22 to 24.

Over 100 singers and musicians from around the country are expected to attend the 49th  Annual Irish Church Music Association’s Summer School in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth from tomorrow Wednesday 27 June to Saturday 30 June.

The theme of this year’s summer school is Faith, Hope and Love and will reflect the events planned for each of the three days of the Congress of the upcoming World Meeting of Families in the RDS from August 22 to 24.

Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry will celebrate Mass on Friday evening at 5pm and afterwards will launch a collection of Mass settings in Irish by Irish composers.

Commenting ahead of the summer school Father Turlough Baxter, chair of the Irish Church Music Association, said: “This year we are building up to the historic visit of Pope Francis in August. Many of those involved in preparing the liturgy and music in parishes around the country will be preparing various events to prepare for this and the World Meeting of Families, and we hope that what we have to offer will be of help to all.

“The Summer School will begin tomorrow, and the Evening Prayer that day will be based on the liturgy that is to be celebrated in each Cathedral throughout the country to begin this historic event.

“On Friday Derek Mahady will give a workshop to introduce the music that will be used for the Morning Prayer and Masses in the RDS, as well as at the Papal Mass”.

To add to this organisers are delighted to welcome John Bell from the Iona Community and also Philip Stopford, who will be present each day and will lead a standalone masterclass on Saturday. Those who wish to only attend this will just have the music for that day as part of their pack.

Last year An Leabhair Aifrinn (the Roman Missal in Irish) was published and to mark this initiative the ICMA school has invited John Jones to present a workshop of music in Irish. Some of this will be used for the Eucharistic Celebration on Friday evening.

Tomorrow evening, in conjunction with Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth there will be an Organ Recital with Sebastian Heindl.

On Thursday night Our Lady of Victories Gospel Choir, directed by Ciaran Coll, will perform. The choir is ten years old this year and has just launched a new CD.

On Friday night the school is hosting a “Come and Sing along Messiah”.  This will be directed by Philip Stopford.

Jul
11
Wed
Knock Shrine – Family Focus Week -16-21 @ Knock Shrine
Jul 11 @ 7:24 am – 8:24 am

 

From Monday July 16th to Saturday July 21st

there will be a special week

focusing on the family held at Knock Shrine.

 

It will include four events each day.

The morning and evening workshops at 12 noon and 8.30pm will explore

the message of Pope Francis to families, as we prepare to celebrate his visit to us in August.

Prayer times will include Mass at 3pm and Holy Hour at 7pm.

The blessing of young children will take place on Saturday morning July 21th at 12 noon.

Further details are available from www.knockshrine.ie/familycentre. Tel 094-9375320

Jul
14
Sat
Oasis Day- Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Jul 14 @ 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.

 

Jul
24
Tue
Knock Shrine – Jesuit Week / Week of Ignatian Spirituality 24-31 July @ Knock Shrine
Jul 24 @ 10:45 am – Jul 31 @ 7:30 pm

 

 

Your Life, Your Story, Your Pathway to God’

Facilitated by

Eddie Cosgrove SJ, Terry Howard SJ and Dermot Mansfield SJ

There will be two 20-minute sessions daily at 11.05am and 7.05pm and also a preached retreat each day in the Prayer Guidance Centre and Mass at 3pm in the Basilica. Each day will focus on a different theme. No booking necessary, all welcome.

Jul
26
Thu
Our New Earth Awareness – Donal Dorr-26/7/18-Manresa @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality,
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm

Our New Earth Awareness

This weekend will be led by Donal Dorr and will guide participants in experiencing and expressing their faith and commitment in a way that takes account of our new earth awareness. Donal will lead the group through a reflection on how the ‘ecological conversion’ which Pope Francis has called for, will influence the way in which we express our faith in God, in Jesus, in the Holy Spirit, in the Christian Community, the Human Community, and the Community of the Earth – and how we commit ourselves to live out our ecological conversion.

Donal’s hope is that this reflection and sharing will energize us all in living out a spirituality which we find personally inspiring and nourishing, and which we can share with all with whom we come into contact. Participants will be offered time to consider, reflect, notice and respond to the material offered.

The weekend will be guided by Donal’s theological insight and its setting of the weekend in Manresa will draw on the opportunities of the biosphere reserve, places of prayer in the retreat house and the Ignatian tradition of spiritual conversation.

This weekend will reflect on themes of the greatly appreciated 2016 weekend “Our Common Home” which Donal offered in Manresa in October 2016.

Donal Dorr is a theologian and missionary priest who has served as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and as a resource person for the Irish Missionary Union.

 

 

These quiet days from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon will be an opportunity to enjoy Manresa’s lovely surroundings. There will opportunity, for those who wish, to meet individually with one of the spiritual directors.

We are also near the sea and the extensive grounds of St Anne’s Park.

 

Jul
29
Sun
Féile na Laoch – Festival of Heroes
Jul 29 all-day

A chairde,

As part of the festival celebrating our heroes Féile na Laoch, including St Patrick, Seán Ó Riada and of course many others, next Sunday 29th July 2018 In Cúil Aodha is given over to many exciting holy events…beginning with Mass at 10 in the famous church of Cúil Aodha, birthplace of the world-renowned choir, Cór Cúil Aodha with Peadar Ó Riada leading.

Pilgrimages to the local holy sites associated with Saint Gobnait and Saint Abáin and to Guagán Barra, linked to Saint Finbarr in the 6th century, will take place in the afternoon. Vespers and” Ceol den scoth” or top class music follow.

Check out Peadar O Riada’s website for details of the entire Féile na Laoch on Clár Féile na Laoch.

Sunday’s events at Féile na Laoch  should not be missed by anyone lucky enough to be in the vicinity of  Ballyvourney or Cúil Aodha, Co Cork this weekend.

More information: http://feilenalaoch.com/2018/01/feile-na-laoch-2018-what-is-it/

http://www.peadaroriada.ie/

Just thought this inspirational series of holy events needed publicity!

Beannacht Dé oraibh!

Pauline Uí Argáin

Aug
18
Sat
Oasis Day- Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Aug 18 @ 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.

Sep
15
Sat
Oasis Day- Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Sep 15 @ 10:01 am – 11:01 am

 

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.

Sep
29
Sat
Vincentian Lay Missionaries-Dublin Castle-29 Sept. @ Hibernia Conference Centre
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Volunteering Fair 2018

VLM
The Vincentian Lay Missionaries, based  at St Peter’s Church, Phibsboro will take part in the
Irish Aid Volunteering Fair 2018,

Thinking of volunteering abroad, or just curious about Ireland’s role in international
development? Every year, the Irish Aid Volunteering Fair gives you a
unique opportunity to meet and chat face-to-face with the main organisations in
Ireland that offer overseas volunteering placements. It’s a chance to discover
the many opportunities out there and pick up advice and tips from experienced
overseas volunteers. It can be the start of a hugely rewarding journey.

About two thousand Irish people travel abroad annually to volunteer on development projects, mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These placements can be one month or longer, and are tailored to all different skill sets.

Thirty five organisations will exhibit at the Fair, including Concern, VSO, Goal, EU Aid Volunteers and many others. The organisations attending have signed up to a set of volunteering standards, ensuring that the contributions of volunteers have a positive impact for the local project and community, the volunteer and the sending organisation. These organisations offer many opportunities: find one that interests you!

Quotes from attendees of the 2017 Volunteer Fair

It was a great day showing the passionate work of so many organisations who work in solidarity with many communities worldwide”. Jane Mellet, Savio

We had an amazing day at the fair, looking forward to next year, thanks for a great day”. Duane Holden, DINIT

The IA Fair is a great opportunity to meet with past volunteers, VSAs and get informed about potential volunteer placements”. Áine Lynch, EUAVI/Comhlámh

CNCF was glad to be a part of this great opportunity to meet with a variety of potential qualified volunteers. Also it was exciting to see the wonderful work being carried by other non-profits. We are looking forward to next year”. Hélène Bassinet, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation

It’s a great chance to get to know all sending organisations in Ireland and see what overseas volunteering opportunity fits best for you”. Pia Kersten, AIESEC

 “The volunteer fair was a great opportunity to tell interested people about our overseas volunteer opportunities for 2018, and the people I met were on a mission to find the right placement to fit their skills and the place in the world they want to go to and the time they have available”. Rose Hennesy, Brighter Communities Worldwide.

Oct
5
Fri
Faith Fest – for teenagers – Holy Cross College, Dublin 3. 5th October @ Holy Cross College,
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Faith Fest (a Dublin Diocese event for teenagers)

‘Teens need teens to grow in Faith.’

Pastoral Worker Kirsten Mahon, offers  teens a community to explore faith, and a creative
and fun atmosphere.  Secondary school-age teenagers are invited to attend Faith fest.

It aims to help build spaces where teenagers have an experience of a peer community, explore faith, and encounter an experience of Welcome, 

Each young person is asked to bring
€2,
walking shoes,
a warm jacket
and a signed consent form, which can be downloaded from: www.evangelisation.ie.

It takes place on Friday, 5 October from
6.00pm – 9.00pm in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.

 

Oct
13
Sat
Oasis Day- Manresa House – Dublin 3 @ Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality
Oct 13 @ 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.

Oct
20
Sat
Miles for Mission-5K run, jog or walk -Phoenix Park – Sat 20th Oct @ Papal Cross,
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Do you want to help make futures brighter for girls and boys living in some of the poorest communities in the world? Then pull on your runners and join World Missions Ireland and Vincentian Lay Missionaries as we get moving for compassion, hope & love! Funds raised will help children from Atse Primary School, Ethiopia (a Daughters of Charity project.)

The girls and boys from Atse Primary School are from some of the most challenging neighbourhoods in Addis Ababa. Atse & the Sisters’ mission is to provide free, high-quality education – so that these children can have better, brighter futures. By running, jogging or walking in Miles for Mission you’ll directly impact the children of Atse. You’ll help to give them the opportunity that every child deserves – the chance to learn. Your generosity will also support WMI and VLM in serving those who are in need in our world today. Runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities welcome – see you at the Papal Cross! On the day registrations start at 10am opposite the Papal Cross. Race starts at 11.00am.

 

VENUE:   PAPAL CROSS, PHOENIX PARK               11.00am

  • Run open to all abilities & ages (children under 16 accompanied by an adult)
  • Registrations open from 10 am
    First 100 will get a technical t-shirt
    First 50 over the line will receive a medal
    Register on the day – cash only
  • Funds raised will go towards the life-changing work of World Missions Ireland and Vincentian Lay Missionaries

World Missions Ireland is Pope Francis’ official charity for overseas mission. We are part of a worldwide network of 120 (Pontifical Missions Societies) charities. Many of our fellow international offices go by the name of Missio.

Dreamtime of the Old Irish Year – Celtic Culture-Dublin 24, 20/10/18 @ Dreamtime of the Old Irish Year
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Reclaiming the Spirit of Samhain

(Samhain is a Gaelic cultural, pre-christian, pagan, festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter …or the darker half of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinoxand the winter solstice.

Woman Spirit Ireland is currently putting the final touches to our planning for a Study Day on Samhain, to be held October 20th 2018 at the Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre, Greenhills Road, Dublin.

Aim of event: To reclaim the Spirit of Samhain from the clutches of commercialism, as well as from other destructive forces which can run riot at this time of year, and to offer resources to parents, teachers, community activists, artists, dramatists, poets reflecting on the ancient spirit of Samhain as a major turning point of the Old Irish Year.

Proposed Programme: Our programme will include Stories of the Grandmothers (Wise Women of Old Ireland — living and dead); reflecting on Images and Symbols of the Cailleach and recuperating her from the negative images portrayed in commercial venues; exploring the multiple symbolism and artefacts associated with Samhain; ritual, poetry and dance reflecting on the darkness of the year, and preparing to enter into Dreamtime or hibernation (in whatever form it takes) for the period between Samhain and Imbolc.

Timing: We aim to start in the afternoon with various forms of input. We will then break for a pot-luck supper, and then enter into our final ritual space.

Provisional timetable: 14:00 to 20:00

 16/10/18 Update

Places are still available for our forthcoming event, but please register in advance  so that we can be sure to have sufficient resources available for all who come. To register, you can use the “Donate” Button on our website, or register through Eventbrite.

For the potluck supper, please bring something COLD  sweet or savoury. We do not have heating or cooking facilities.

For those coming by pubic transport: The 27 bus stops at the Cuckoo’s Nest on Greenhills Road, and the KFRC is across the road, surrounded by trees, with plenty of parking facilities.

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: [email protected].

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.