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
JOHN O`DONOGHUE – CELTIC MYSTIC
Come and spend a day in the company of the writings of
John O`Donoghue. During the day we will be exploring what he has to say about the old Celtic idea of the soul
friend or Anam Cara. In addition, we will re-discover how appreciation of the natural world and stillness, can allow
us to find shelter from the sense of being homeless in the modern world. There will be time for reflection and medi-
tation, and a chance to share with like -minded seekers on the spiritual path.
The day will be facilitated by Dominic Cogan, Soul Empowerment Coach and Inter-spiritual Mindfulness
Saturday March 30th. 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Tea and coffee from 10am.
Suggested investment €40. Concessions available. Please bring your own lunch, cooking facilities available in Resurrexit.
Bar food and deli within easy reach.
No booking required, come and bring a friend.
HEALING AND THE ARCHANGEL RAPHAEL
This will be the theme for two evening workshops to be given by Fr. Jim Cogley, on 2 Friday evenings, the
5th + 12th of April, at 8pm.
All are welcome to one or both evenings.
Suggested investment €15 (Concessions available).
As well as being a priest, Fr Jim is a psychotherapist, woodturner and author of the book series, “Wood You Believe”.
A one-day workshop to explore the origins and steps of BioSpiritual Focusing presented by John Keane.
BioSpiritual Focusing teaches us how to connect with our bodies’ consciousness through the ‘felt sense’ which is common to all humanity.
During the workshop we will experience how ordinary, everyday living, experienced in the body, can be a source of spiritual development. This lived experience links us to a process that is more than just ourselves, connecting us to the One ‘in whom we live and move and have our being.’ (Acts 17:28)
This day is open to both beginners and those who wish to renew their engagement with this bodily form of healing, discovery and discernment.
The day will include
* An overview of the origins of BioSpiritual Focusing
* A review of the major steps of BioSpiritual Focusing
* An opportunity to participate in guided BioSpiritual Focusing experiences
* Full lunch in surrounds to nourish body and spirit
No prior experience with Focusing is needed.
A day of reflection on the mystery of transformation at work in the Universe story and in our Christian journey from ashes to alleluia!
Monica Brown and Hilary Musgrave.
Monica and Hilary will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on the scripture imagery and themes of this Lenten season, enlightened and enriched by the mysteries at work in the Universe Story. Through imagery, ritual prayer and music, participants with be drawn into a prayerful space to ponder the grace of transformation at the heart of the Paschal Mystery and its meaning in our own journey.
Bookings are essential.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes Church a Gala Concert has been arranged featuring Liam Lawton writer and has delighted audiences wherever he has performed. Fr Liam is an internationally renowned singer. Fr Liam will be joined with special guests Our Lady of Lourdes Youth Choir who have really made a name for themselves as a result of their dedication and stunning performances both locally and further afield. Truly a night not to be missed.
Tickets are now available from St Peter’s Church Shop on West Street, in either Church Sacristy, from Ticketweb.ie and from the Barbican Theatre, William Street priced at €20 (€15 concessions). A wonderful gift for mothers day or as a special treat for yourself.
A gentle time exploring your experience in a safe and healing environment. A spiritual approach to grief, loss and life. For people who have experienced the death of a baby/babies. People who have been recently or long ago bereaved are welcome to attend.
We are happy to welcome Ann Charlton for this event. Ann is Chaplain to the Rotunda Maternity Hospital, Dublin and has worked as a chaplain in maternity services for over ten years.
Lunch included. Numbers limited.
Booking essential before April 10th
Did you know that Galilee has joined the Quiet Garden Movement? We invite you to join us for an afternoon in the beautiful setting of our garden, with an opportunity for reflection and prayer, and to stop and smell the flowers. Closing with refreshments. Please let us know if you are coming. (It’s not going to rain!)
A MEETING OF MEN
Our annual meeting for men takes place as usual on Easter Saturday, the 20th of April, when we will have an opportunity to listen, share and be supported in all aspects of our spiritual life.
The day will be facilitated by Fr. Jack Finnegan,
Coffee from 10.30 for 11am start, finishing at 4.30pm
Please bring your lunch, cooking facilities available, pub food 8 minute drive
All men welcome, no booking required, bring a friend.
IRELAND: The Future is Pro-Life
Fighting to restore a culture of life a year on
Alex hotel, Dublin 2 / https://www.thealexhotel.ie/find-us/
Saturday May 25, 2019
Cost: €30 (see link below to register)
(The conference is sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need)
09.30 Introduction and welcome – David Quinn
09.45 Maria Steen
Where we find ourselves as a pro-life community
10.30 Senator Rónán Mullen
Rebuilding the culture of life in the public square
11.15 Tea and coffee
11.45 Aid to the Church in Need
12.00 Niamh Uí Bhriain
Where does the pro-life community go from here
13.45 Emma O’Connell
Being pro-life means practically supporting a culture of life
14.30 Deputy Carol Nolan TD
Why we need to keep up the political pressure
15.15 Panel discussion with questions and answers
Moderated by David Quinn
To register for the conference click here.
This day is for families (adults) of people in addiction, including family members in recovery. It will focus on helping all members to understand addiction and how it impacts on a family. We will seek to explain how family members adopt coping mechanisms in order to absorb the impact of the addiction on the family and explore new ways of managing the addiction. Throughout the day there will be an emphasis on the spiritual dimension both to addiction and to the solutions.
Mick Devine MA is a therapist and has been an addiction treatment practitioner for over 20 years. He is the Clinical Director at a leading addiction treatment agency based in Cork. He has a particular interest in the role of the spirituality of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in the treatment of addicted persons.
Numbers limited. Booking essential. Light lunch included.
The Wonders of Creation
The Miracle of Life. An Invitation to walk with God In self-Discovery within the Mystery of the Unfolding Universe.
The retreat will be a journey of exploration.
Who am I? Where did I come from?Where are we going? What is the meaning of Life?
The Evolutionary story of the Universe will be the context for the retreat as we explore together how the universe in all its manifold relationships, shows forth the inexhaustible richness of God
The journey from hurt to healing, freedom and peace.
Des Corrigan, SMA,
An opportunity to reflect on ways to deal with life’s hurts and disappointments,
so we can move forward and find peace and contentment
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
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.
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.