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.
|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.|
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.
Under the direction of: Ann Mc Nulty
Organist: Ronan Mc Nulty
Soloist: Elizabeth Woods
John’s Lane Church, Thomas St, & Choir and Holy Spirit Church, Balyroan
Voluntary collection for the little Flower Penny Dinners
will arrive in from the cold
to sing traditional carols in the
Royal Marine Lounge.
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
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
runs this year from January 18 to 25. In Dublin & Glendalough the inaugural service for WPCU 2019 takes place in the Church of St John the Baptist, Seafield Road, Clontarf on Friday January 18 at 8pm. This service is organised by Dublin Council of Churches and all are welcome to attend.
The theme is ‘Only Justice’ based on Deuteronomy 16: 18–20: “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue”. Materials have been prepared by Christians from Indonesia.
There are numerous services and events taking place around the United Dioceses during the week.
On Sunday January 20 in Sandford Church, Ranelagh, there will be an RSCM workshop at 2pm led by Blánaid Murphy, chairperson of RSCM Ireland and director of the Palestrina Choir at St Mary’s Pro–Cathedral. This will be followed at 4pm by an ecumenical service.
All are welcome to both.
Those interested in attending the workshop should contact [email protected] for further information.
Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise and Pobal an Aifrinn will hold their annual Interdenominational Service on Friday January 25 in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin at 8pm. The service will be led by the Revd Gary Hastings.
Why the Theme :Only Justice
Indonesia is the largest country in South East Asia. About 10 percent of Indonesians are Christian with 86 percent of its 260 million people estimated to be Muslim. Indonesians have lived by the principle of gotong royong which is to live in ‘solidarity and by collaboration’, regarding all Indonesians as brothers and sisters.
But Gotong Royong sits ill at ease with the neo–liberal approach to economics that has led to economic growth, and corruption infecting politics and business, often with devastating effects on the environment. Meanwhile those who are supposed to promote justice and protect the weak fail to do so. As a consequence, a country rich in resources bears the burden of many people living in poverty. Particular ethnic and religious groups are often associated with wealth in ways that have fed tensions.
The Christians of Indonesia found that the words of Deuteronomy, ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…’ spoke powerfully to their situation.
The resources place a strong emphasis upon the need for unity in Indonesia’s ethnic and religious diversity. The resources also highlight issues of economic injustice and how religious pluralism can face challenges in the face of radicalisation. Resources can be downloaded from www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer
You can share details of events in your parishes on Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Twitter wall – simply add the #wpcuwall hashtag to your Twitter post. You can also find updates about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Twitter by following the #wpcu2019 hashtag.
Christian Aid provides Go and Do action points for each day of the week, linking into its work in the relief of poverty and advocacy of justice:
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: [email protected] 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.
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
– 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
All Night Vigil for the Unborn
8.30pm – 5.30am (Please arrive before Midnight.)
Expostition of the Blessed Sacrament all night.
Readings every hour from Evangelium Vitae.
Our special intention is to take under our spiritual care all unborn children in Ireland who are in danger from abortion this month, and their Mothers.
Mother M Catherine OSB Prioress, Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of Montmartre, Order of St. Benedict
The word Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The programme offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of married couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the programme. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again as well showing God’s mercy in the healing and forgiveness that can take place in a marriage. The main emphasis of the programme is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.
The programme is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, nor is it counselling or a social gathering. You will not be asked to share your problems with anyone other than your spouse. You will, however, be encouraged to deal with the past, to look beyond the hurt and pain in order to rediscover each other in a new way.
“Just discovering that others have shared our road of pain and made it through gave us courage. Retrouvaille has helped me to save the most valuable thing in my life.”
The Retrouvaille Programme consists of a residential weekend experience combined with a series of 4 Sunday post-weekend sessions over 3 months. The emphasis is on a new technique of communication between a husband and wife. During the weekend, a series of in-depth presentations are given to you and other couples like yourselves. Each presentation, given by one of three married couples and a Catholic priest, focuses on a specific area of a marriage relationship. The presenting couples have known disillusionment, pain, anger and conflict. They have sat where you will sit. They offer hope as they share their personal stories of struggle, reconciliation and healing in this peer ministry.
After each presentation, you will have a chance to reflect on it by yourself, then discuss it with your spouse in complete privacy.
The weekend is not a ‘miracle cure’, therefore, post-weekend sessions have been designed to continue the marriage renewal begun on the weekend. These follow-ups review earlier concepts in greater depth, present new ones and help you apply these concepts to your own marriage. The post-weekend phase is as crucial, maybe more critical, to the healing of marriage problems with in-depth reviews of many concepts and stages, including family of origin, early independence and marriage.
Do I have to be Catholic?
Retrouvaille is Catholic in origin. Couples of all faiths and those with no faith tradition are welcome and encouraged to attend for the benefit of their marriage. No attempt is made to convert anyone to a religion but we will ask that you respect our Catholic ethos. Retrouvaille is faithful to the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching that marriage is a covenant that exists between one man and one woman. Any reference to marriage or couple made by Retrouvaille is in this context.
All Retrouvaille trained presenters and team are unpaid volunteers who have themselves experienced pain and disillusionment in their own marriage. Having restored their relationship with the tools taught by Retrouvaille they wish to pass on the gift of healing.
All contacts are held in the strictest confidence. Please see our Privacy Statement for further details.
LET US NOT BE PUT TO THE TEST (Mt 6:13)
This years list of speakers:
FR HAYDEN WILLIAMS OFM (CAP)
I was born on 9th July 1977 in a family of five and was raised up in Malta. From a young age I was active in my parish as an altar boy and later on as a member of the Legion of Mary. At the age of 13 I was introduced to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
In my teenage, I developed an interest in medicine and wanted to pursue my studies to become a medical doctor. However, during a Catholic Charismatic Conference on 10th April 1994, Divine Mercy Sunday, I felt Jesus calling me to become a priest.
Influenced by St Francis of Assisi and St Pio, through a process of discernment I embraced the call for priesthood in the Capuchin Order. On 9th October 1996 I joined the Capuchins and on 21st July 2005, I was ordained a priest by the Archbishop of Malta, Mgr Joseph Mercieca. I continued my studies at the University of Malta. After finishing my studies I was involved in the ministry for vocations and ministered as a hospital chaplain. Then I was appointed as the guardian of the Capuchin fraternity at Kalkara. After that, I answered to the Lord’s calling to start off the Franciscan Apostles of Jesus and Mary on 7 October 2010, a fraternity of young men who live on providence and are dedicated to Jesus and the new evangelization in the power of the Holy Spirit. Alongside this fraternity, the Franciscan Disciples have been born.
I have also served on the council of my Capuchin province between 2013-2016. Currently, I minister to prisoners as assistant prison chaplain, in the Capuchin fraternity at Paola. I have written two books. I have also recorded the rosary and the divine mercy chaplet on a cd and YOUTUBE. I speak maltese, English, italian. I love the sea, countryside and animals. I am devoted to Mary, St Joseph and my guardian angel. My saint companions include Francis and Claire of Assisi, Therese, Padre Pio, Leopold Mandic, Solanus Casey, Louis Mary de Montfort, Faustina. I am actively involved in a preaching ministry both in Malta and abroad.
FR. EUNAN MCDONNELL
Rev. Dr. Eunan McDonnell,SDB is the Provincial of the Salesian Order in Ireland and Malta.He has worked on the missions in Ethiopia,Africa before returning to Ireland to take over running St. Catherine’s House in Maynooth from our beloved late Fr.Michael Ross SDB, who is with us in spirit at our conference.
He was Principal of the local Secondary School while rebuilding St Catherine’s and at the same time completing his Doctoral studies. He lectured in the seminary in Ethiopia and also on his return he lectured in Spiritual Theology in Milltown. He succeeded Fr. Michael Ross as our new spiritual director to the conference. He has widened the focus on mercy which makes it more applicable to a wider audience.
FR. BRENDAN WALSH
Fr. Brendan Walsh is leading the healing Service on Saturday night, a member of the Pallotine Order now based in their Thurles Retreat house. He spent nearly 20 years in the USA. Part of his ministry is in Healing of the Family Tree.
FR. PATRICK CAHILL
Gelncomeragh House is the brainchild of Fr Patrick Cahill, Maura Garrihy and Patrick Reynolds. The founders have a broad range of experience in youth ministry and evangelisation and want to help young people become effective, modern day disciples of Jesus Christ. Mission Director Maura Garrihy, 26, said: ““In order to be effective in sharing the Gospel we must know it and live it. Holy Family Mission is the first of its kind in Ireland and is a response to a deep desire in the young people we meet to know the beauty of what our faith is about. They (the young people) have seen and experienced how it helps them to live lives with purpose and they desire to share this with others.’’
DR. DIARMUID MARTIN DD, ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN
During his service at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Archbishop Martin represented the Holy See at the major United Nations Conferences on social questions in the 1990s. He also participated in activities of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, especially on the theme of international debt and poverty reduction.
In March 2001, he was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio and undertook responsibilities as Permanent Observer of the Holy See in Geneva, at the United Nations Office and Specialised Agencies and at the World Trade Organisation. He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Dublin on May 3rd 2003. He succeeded Cardinal Desmond Connell as Archbishop of Dublin on 26th April 2004.
ARCHBISHOP JUDE THADDEUS OKOLO, PAPAL NUNCIO TO IRELAND
Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo was ordained a priest in 1983, but following postgraduate studies in Rome he was called to the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1990, serving first in Sri Lanka, then in Haiti, the Antillean Islands (which include Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas and Jamaica), Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Australia. In 2008 he was promoted to the role of Apostolic Nuncio and served as the Pope’s representative in Chad and the Central African Republic, two countries racked by civil war.
Since 2013, he has served as Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate in Puerto Rico. He is now Papal Nuncio to Ireland
MS. NIAMH NI BHROIN, PRO-LIFE SPEAKER
Niamh Uí Bhriain has been a pro-life and pro-family advocate for more than two decades, and appears regularly on national and international media outlets as a commentator and campaigner. In 1995, she met with St Pope John Paul II who warned that Ireland was “under attack” and urged pro-life advocates to “continue in your aposolate and be courageous”. Niamh is Director of the Life Institute, and is working with other commentators to establish a new media platform for all Irish people who feel unrepresented by the mainstream media.
A half-day of pastoral reflection for those in Christian ministry, ending with lunch. This is a part of our series of opportunities for full-time Christian ministers to find nourishment and support and a gentle and relaxed environment. With Dr Anne Francis. If you would like to find out more, do get in touch. Places limited, booking essential.
Day of reflection and prayer guided by the writings of the Servant of God Mother Marie Adele Garnier.
Begins with Mass at 9.00am
followed by tea and Adoration.
First talk 11.00.
Ends at 3.30pm
Reflect on the lives of some courageous Christian witnesses from very different eras in the history of the Church – Saint Jane de Chantal; Mary Ward; Brother Roger of Taizé; St John XXIII and the recently canonised Saint Oscar Romero. Brendan Comerford SJ will give two talks each day and offer short quotations to help your prayer and personal reflection.
These evenings create a ‘sacred space’ for you to open your heart to the Word of God, helping you to prepare to celebrate God’s great love for us. You can come for any one evening, or all seven as you wish. No need to book – just come along.
Every Tuesday from 5 March to 16 April, from 7:30pm to 9pm.
Deirdre Ní Chinnéide guides us on a journey of light through darkness as we listen to
the invitation Home to the presence and guidance of God in our everyday
lives. Drawing on our Celtic Christian Heritage, this evening will weave
together an experience to inspire, nourish and prepare us for the Easter
Message of Hope. Deirdre will be accompanied by Musicians Orla
Cunningham and Tony Hogan.
The event will run for approximately 1 hour.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find our voice in the crowd and today we might look at this, reflecting on some of the characters of the Easter Days and the story that takes us there. We will examine our voice through Scripture Passages, songs and stories.
10.30-4.00 Booking essential
Exploring the inner self through Images
– Using paintings and photographs to get to know ourselves more fully.
Workshop facilitated by Joey Feeley.
Tea and coffee available from 10am
Please bring your own lunch, cooking facilities available.
Bar food 9 minute drive
Invite a friend.
This afternoon will focus on how Lorna’s positive vision for the world, passed on to her by God and the Angels can transform the world into a more loving place b promoting peace and hope.
What is prayer all about?
What do we mean when we talk about communicating with God?
This series will explore prayer through conversations and practical experiences in a relaxed atmosphere.
All welcome, no expertise required! With coffee…
With Ian Neylon and Anne Francis
Donation €10 per person or couple. €40 for the five sessions.
MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT COURSE 2019
Is your marriage due a check-up?
Do you think you could benefit from a few helpful tips?
Comprising four sessions Mar 14th; Mar 28th; April 4th and April 11th 2019.
• Effective Listening
• Feelings and how we express them
• How to handle an argument
• Being true to yourself while being a good spouse and parent
For further details or to register, contact Foxrock Parish Office at 01 2893492
or Maeve Davidson at 087 6904814. Early booking advised.
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig! Pobal Dé ag guí agus ag déanamh ceoil in onóir Dé inár dteanga fhéin. Come and celebrate , pray and sing to God on Saint Patrick’s day in Irish…le creideamh, ceol agus buíochas.
The Mass is followed by a cup of tea/ coffee and a chat.
A practical and prayerful evening for liturgy groups and all who are preparing the liturgies of the Easter Triduum. With the Galilee Team
Bring your camera along for a time to notice what is happening around you – and take some time to see what is seeking life within you.
These spring days will use light as a metaphor for life, evoking ancient wisdom from the Christian tradition. Led by Steve Radley, an award winning photographer and Anglican priest, characteristics and qualities of light will be explored and participants will be invited to find, reflect on and share images.
Finding the Soul’s Song in Later Life
Facilitated by Una Agnew SSL
Una Agnew has lectured in the Spirituality Department of Milltown Institute. She is a founding member of the All Ireland Spiritual Guidance Association, and is an expert on the spiritual dimension of the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh
The Spiritual Journey for the Second Half of Life
– Finding the soul’s song in Later life
Facilitated by Una Agnew SSL
Una Agnew SSL has lectured in the Spirituality Dept. of Milltown Institute. She is a founding member of the AllIreland Spiritual Guidance Association, and is an expert on the spiritual dimensions of the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.
Tea and biscuits from 9.45am
Please bring your own lunch, cooking facilities available in Resurrexit
At a time of difficulty for the Church in Ireland, it seems that the Holy Spirit is raising up special places and people to help with the restoration of the Catholic faith. One of these is the ancient site of Clonfert, which has once again become a place of pilgrimage and renewal for people from all over the country. Clonfert, which means “Meadow of Miracles”, was founded in 580 AD by St Brendan. It was a famous place of learning, culture and mission for a thousand years. At one time three thousand monks studied there. But during the Reformation, it was razed to the ground and the site lay dormant and seemingly forgotten for 400 years.
Almost immediately Divine Providence began to work, however, and people began appearing offering their support. This ranged from the offer of a wooden tabernacle to a £50,000 gift for a chapel.
Eddie Stones had helped out at one of the Camp Jesus’ at Clonfert. It was thus natural that they should both be present at the first Mass that was celebrated in the Clonfert oratory on 17th July 1987.
Eddie Stones had a traditional Catholic background. A very sociable and gregarious man, he had developed a good business as a butcher in a small town. He was married with three children and had a nice home. A regular Sunday Mass goer, but not particularly devout, his life had changed drastically, when one Saturday night as he and his wife were having tea, Our Lady suddenly appeared to them both without warning.
Eddie comments, “We were amazed. We both saw her at the same time, as it was an exterior vision, but she didn’t say anything.” They spent most of the rest of the night in prayer, and in the days that followed prayed fervently for God to show them his will. “We couldn’t believe that it could happen to people like us and wondered what it all meant? For the last 25 years Eddie has been involved in the healing ministry.
Friday 29th at 7.30 pm Healing Service
Saturday 30th Eucharistic Healing service at 6.00 pm led by the Dominican Community
Sunday 31st 4.00 pm Rosary, Preaching and Benedicton