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The Evangelium Project @ DCU All Hallows Campus, Dublin 9
Jul 13 all-day
Knock Shrine Novena-14-22 Aug- 140 Anniversary-high profile speakers @ Knock Shrine, Knock
Jul 14 – Aug 22 all-day

Wednesday, 21st August marks the 140th anniversary of the apparition in 1879, and a special day of celebration is planned to mark the occasion.

A host of high-profile speakers from the worlds of politics, media and faith are lined up for this year’s National Novena in Knock.

The Novena marks the 140th anniversary of the Knock apparition in August 1879.

This year’s theme is “Continuing Our Journey”. The schedule of speakers opens with former Taoiseach, John Bruton, speaking about “Faith, Future and Europe” on Wednesday, 14th August.

The former Fine Gael leader served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997. He was also the EU Ambassador to the United States and held various other leadership and ministerial roles throughout his career.

The next day, Knock will host Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation in the Vatican.

He has served as President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and as President of the International Council for Catechesis since 2013.

Previously, he taught fundamental theology for 20 years at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He also served as an Auxiliary Bishop of Rome, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University and in various curial positions.

He will speak on the theme, “Mary in the life of the Church”.

On Friday, 16th August, Olive Foley, wife of the late Anthony Foley, the Munster rugby coach who died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 42 in 2016, will speak on “Family and Faith”. The mother of two is an ambassador for the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick, which offers support services for children who have lost a loved one.

Other speakers lined up for the Novena, which continues until 22nd August, are Bishop Alan McGuckian of Raphoe who will speak on “What Knock means to me” on Saturday 17th August at 3pm.

Irish geologist, botanist, author and broadcaster Dr John Feehan will also speak on Saturday 17th August at 12pm and 8pm on “God in Creation – learning to read the other Book of Revelation”.

Dr Feehan was a senior lecturer in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin, where he taught for 20 years up to his retirement in 2012.

In recent years he has devoted his attention more particularly to the interface between religion and science.  His book on creation spirituality, The Singing Heart of the World, won a Nautilus Book Award in 2013.

Sunday, 18th August is a special family day at Knock Shrine which begins at 12 noon. Activities will include drumming, kite design, face painting and games.

At the 3pm Novena, Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin will speak on “A joy that lies ahead of us.”

At the 8pm Novena, Msgr John Armitage, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, will speak on “Mary and the reality of family life”.

RTÉ Journalist Carole Coleman is set to addresses the Novena at 3pm and 8pm on Monday, 19th August. A former Washington correspondent for RTÉ, she is currently a presenter and reporter on This Week on RTÉ Radio One. She will speak on “Motherhood, media and me”.

Former leader of the Green Party, Rev Trevor Sargent, will speak on the theme, Faith in Action on Tuesday 20th August. Rev Sargent served as Minister of State for Food and Horticulture from 2007 to 2010 and as leader of the Green Party from 2001 to 2007. He was ordained for the Church of Ireland in 2018 and serves the parishes of the Waterford Union.

Wednesday, 21st August marks the 140th anniversary of the apparition and a special day of celebration is planned with Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam. The theme for the day is “The message of the Knock apparition, then and now”.

At 12pm a seminar will be held on the theme “19th Century Mayo – place, people and the Knock apparition” and it will be given by Nollaig Ó Muraíle and Tom Neary.

Mr Ó Muraíle is an Irish scholar. He published an acclaimed edition of Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh’s Leabhar na nGenealach in 2004. He was admitted to the Royal Irish Academy in 2009.

Mr Neary served as head steward of The Knock Shrine Society for many years and is the author of many books and publications on the Knock apparition.

The Knock village model will be unveiled at the seminar. The village recreation depicts Knock village as it was in 1879. The model is filled with miniature details of the old church, the houses the witnesses lived in, schools, people, animals, roads, pathways and farmland. It offers a fascinating insight into village life in Knock and into the historical and social context of the Knock apparition.

At 3pm, a new processional statue of Our Lady of Knock which was carved by Stuflesser Ortesei in Italy will also be unveiled, while at 7pm “Witnesses’ walk – meeting heaven at harvest time” will celebrate and commemorate the apparition witnesses by following in their footsteps as they made their way to the gable of the parish church on that wet August evening in 1879.

The final day of the Novena will see renowned Jesuit social justice and homeless campaigner Fr Peter McVerry speak on the theme, “Following the dream of Jesus”.

In 2017, the Peter McVerry Trust worked with over 4,900 vulnerable youths. As a social activist, Fr Peter is a strong advocate for those who have no voice in society.

He has written widely on issues relating to young homeless people such as accommodation, drugs, juvenile justice, the Gardaí, prisons and education.

Thanks to Sarah Mac Donald  of our news staff

Celtic Pilgrimage 2019 @ Based in Teach Bhride Education and Spirituality Centre, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Jul 22 – Aug 1 all-day
Celtic Pilgrimage 2019 @ Based in Teach Bhride Education and Spirituality Centre, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Let the Celtic landscape speak to you – Celtic Spirit

Experience the beauty of the ancient landscape of Ireland, touch its sacredness and stand in its richness and solitude; be present,
mindful, open, attentive…

Walk in the footsteps of the Celtic mystics and saints and allow their spirit of courage and trust give you strength and healing.
Hear the stories that shaped their lives and journeys. Listen to the music and songs that moved them to dream, fired their
passionate longings and brought them to stillness. Imagine and reflect by megalithic tombs and high crosses where they found
meaning, comfort and peace. Be silent on the sacred pathways that will give you space to awaken to the dreams and longings of your own heart. Enjoy relaxing times by the fire with a ‘drop of cheer’ as well as special evenings in the company of local
musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers.


Hilary Musgrave and Monica Brown will facilitate this 10 day pilgrimage that will take you to Glendalough, Newgrange, The Boyne Valley, The Hill of Slane, Jerpoint Abbey, St Brigid’s Centre Kildare Town, Kilkenny City and County Carlow, visiting ancient ruins and old burial sites, high crosses, holy wells, medieval cities and sacred places. Through music, song, story and myth, imagery and scripture  – storytelling, Hilary and Monica will invite you to listen to your own story in this Celtic Landscape where you can come home to yourself and to your God.


Accompanying us on the journey through the Celtic Landscape will be Irish story tellers, Celtic singers, historians and Irish dancers.
Mary Minihan – Solas Bhride, Kildare,
Mary Teresa McCormack – Iontas, Co Tipperary,
Niamh Brennan – writer, Co Waterford,
Tony O’Dwyer – Co Wexford,
Stefan – Co Tipperary.


Date: Monday 22nd of July – Thursday 1st of August 2019
Venue: Based in Teach Bhride Education and Spirituality Centre, Tullow, Co. Carlow.
Cost: From €1,850 (Euro) …Cost includes: courtesy coach from Dublin city centre – to and from venue – accommodation and all meals; all pilgrimage travel; entrance fees to sites and presenters fees.

HIV survivors – Retreat Weekend – Douai Abbey-England -2-4/8 @ Douai Abbey
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day

A retreat weekend for those who are HIV+ is held every year at Douai Abbey on the first weekend of August. This year the retreat is open to anyone from Ireland

The cost is £20 (Non refundable deposit ) +a donation according to your means. IrishBookings accepted until 20th July.

Limited financial assistance is available to cover travel expenses.

c/f  [email protected]

Online prayers: Matins and Lauds (Morning Prayer)
Aug 14 @ 6:35 am – Aug 17 @ 7:35 am
Feast of the Assumption of B.V.M. – Online Mass @ St. Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Solemn Conventual Mass of the Assumption @ Glenstal Abbey (Benedictine Monks)
Aug 15 @ 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm
Sunday Mass online: St. Anne’s, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Online daily mass @ St. Joseph and St. Benildus, Waterford
Aug 21 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 am
‘Seek Beauty; Find Truth’ – Young Adult Catholic Conference – Dublin – Aug 31-1 Sept. @ All Hallows' College,
Aug 31 @ 9:45 am – Sep 1 @ 4:15 pm


Join the Legion of Mary for our two day Young Adult Catholic Conference in All Hallows College from Saturday 31st August to Sunday 1st September. This year’s theme “Seek Beauty, Find Truth; Mary guide our hearts” looks to evangelize our young people through the beauty of our church.

The best evangelical strategy, according to Saint John Paul II, tells us that“Leaning on God, they continue to reach out, always and everywhere, for all that is beautiful, good, and true”. With this in mind the ultimate goal of the conference is to bear witness to the truth which leads us to the timeless beauty of the Catholic Church offered to every soul.

Through a vast selection of speeches and workshops over the weekend the conference hopes to inspire our young people on topics such as Catholic femininity and masculinity, truth in post-modern society, understanding the beauty of the Eucharist and exploring Catholic art.

Join us in spreading the joy and beauty of our Catholic Faith and bring the hope and truth of Christ to our modern world. The conference, through the grace of our Blessed Mother Mary, hopes to raise up young daughters and sons to become the next generations of Catholic leaders, that our Church so desperately needs.

Holy Mass, Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available allowing people to witness the beauty of our faith on a personal level. There will be numerous opportunities to socialize and interact with other young Catholics throughout the weekend (ensure to bring your runners!!).

Help us proclaim the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith which will lead souls to the knowledge and love of Christ.

Weekend programme available on our website

(Strictly 18-40 years )


Novena to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart @ Sacred Hear Church in Cork
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – Sep 8 @ 9:00 pm

Masses take place daily at 10:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Convent Caminos – @ OLA Sisters, Ballintemple,
Sep 14 all-day

There are many meanings of ‘Camino’ – one of them is ‘journey’. On Saturday 14th September 2019 journey with us on the Convent Camino and experience a glimpse of Convent Life through the eyes of four different religious Congregations in Cork.

Starting at 10am in the OLA Sisters, Ballintemple, followed by visiting Ursuline Convent, Blackrock; Poor Clare Monastery and Sisters of Bon Secours, College Road.

Booking essential for catering purposes.

For more information and booking contact: Anne-Marie at [email protected] or Sr Karen 087 7910785. Transport provided if required for our journey.

Online Sunday Vigil Mass Folk Group @ St. Pius X Church ST. PIUS X, TEMPLEOGUE, DUBLIN
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

St. Pius X Church, Templeogue, Dublin 



Online Mass in Irish – Rathfarnham @ Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:15 am

Sunday Mass in Irish



Lectio Divina intro with Fr Joe Ralph, OP, Newry, Sat 28.Sept. @ Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre
Sep 28 all-day

Lectio Divina introduction

to the Ancient Church practice


Fr Joe Ralph, OP,

The Transformation Game @ Resurrexit
Sep 28 @ 10:15 am – 12:05 pm

                                    THE TRANSFORMATION GAME

Are you searching for a new direction or a deeper meaning in your life? Is there a personal or spiritual issue that you would like to explore? This one day workshop offers you the opportunity to engage in a deep spiritual
exploration in a safe environment. The workshop invites you to identify your gifts and strengths. You will learn ways of drawing creatively on your intuitive abilities and of confronting blocks that hinder your spiritual
development. Hopefully, it will help you to develop trust in yourself, in others, in the movements and inspirations of the Spirit, and in the flow of life. It can help you to discover a Providence at work in your everyday life. The whole process is grace-filled and can lead to deep spiritual growth. The experience can at times be quiet intense, yet it also has an air of lightness, ease and humour.

Fr Donal Dorr will facilitate this day on Saturday September 28th.
He is well known as a writer, lecturer, and facilitator.
For many years he has been exploring spirituality and experiential learning. He is the author of books on various aspects of holistic spirituality. His most recent book is The Pope Francis Agenda. As this is a one day work shop it is essential that participants complete the full day. It would be disruptive for the group if some people want to leave early and really awkward if some want to come later.


Starting at 10.15 am sharp and finishing at 5.45pm.
With 50 minute for lunch break.Please bring your lunch.
Teas and coffees provided.
Suggested investment €15 (Concessions available.) Booking is essential for this workshop.
Contact Eileen on 087-2592525.


Novena in Ballyfermot, Our Lady of the Assumption @ Church of Our Lady of the Assumption
Oct 4 – Oct 12 all-day


Novena Masses: 10 am and 7 pm weekdays / Sundays: 9:30 and 11 am.

What does it mean to be a Christian –
Oct 7 @ 11:33 am – 12:33 pm


1.   Saturday 5th October

Workshop 1
Working together to care for our common home

Our planet is threatened by human induced climate change. Can we ignore it?

Explore the options with Dr Ciara Murphy and Fr. Brian Grogan SJ and our response to human-induced climate change.

· Learn about the major challenges

· Be converted to care for the earth

· Explore practical steps

This workshop opens with some quality input by
Fr. Brian Grogan:  has been a retreat director, spiritual guide, speaker and writer for many years.His latest book Finding God in a Leaf – The Mysticism of Laudato Si explores a way of opening our spirit to nature and responding interiorly to the challenge to keep it safe for the next generations.
Dr. Ciara Murphy.Ciara Murphy is Environmental Policy Advocate with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. She works on influencing policy change at a national level as well as focusing on local initiatives. Ciara holds a BSc. in Environmental Biology and a PhD. in Environmental Microbiology which have equipped her with a broad knowledge on environmental and biodiversity issues.

Then you are invited to meditate on the issues and pool our wisdom.


2. Saturday 19th October
Accompanying the Young in the creation of a hope-filled future (download brochure)

Saturday 19th October

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.

Saturday 12th Oct

Registration 9.30-10

Optional soup & sandwiches at 1 pm

Our Speakers

Padraig Swan

Director 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.

3. Saturday 26th October
Walking with people in poverty in a mission of reconciliation and justice (download brochure)

4. Saturday 2nd November
Showing the way to God through prayer and discernment (download brochure


What can I expect?

The morning begins with solid input from our speakers followed by coffee and then a chance to deepen a question or a text in a simple prayer exercise and finally discuss our findings before a simple soup & sandwiches lunch for those who wish it.


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.

Solemn Novena to St Gerard Majella @ St. Joseph's Redemptorist Church
Oct 8 – Oct 16 all-day
Climate Change Symposium @ Bush Hotel
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Climate Change Symposium @ Bush Hotel | Carrick-On-Shannon | County Leitrim | Ireland

Our third annual climate change symposium will explore the key issues for Ireland, nationally and locally. With presentations from Hildegarde Naughton, TD, Michael Ewing, The Environmental Pillar; Ben Malone, Biodiversity Data Centre Ireland and Damian Jackson, Irish Council of Churches. There will be opportunities to discuss with others and to get involved with local climate action groups. Vegetarian lunch provided. All welcome.

Harmony in our relationships @ Resurrexit
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

This workshop will lead us on an exploratory journey to discover the psychological building blocks which are needed to be put in place, in order to have harmonious
Facilitated by Joey Feeley
Saturday 12th October, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Tea and coffee served from 10am.
Investment € 40 ( concessions available)
Please bring your lunch, cooking facilities available,
bar food 9 minute drive.

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: