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

FAMILY SOLIDARITY 

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.”

CHRISTIANITY OR SECULARISM
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.

WHAT ARE CONCERNED IRISH PARENTS TO DO?
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)

Nov
17
Sun
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!

Nov
30
Sat
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:

http://www.mscmissions.ie/spirituality/sacred-heart-live-services/ 
https://www.churchservices.tv/sacredheartcork

 

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

Advent Retreat:

The Wonder of Creation, The Miracle of Life

with  Sr Nellie McLaughlin

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

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

All welcome

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

Watch it LIVE here:

Live Stream

https://www.churchservices.tv/sacredheartcork

 

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

Watch it LIVE here:

https://www.churchservices.tv/stockport

Webcam

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

Watch it LIVE here:

https://www.churchservices.tv/dartford

 

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

 

Theme:

Draw near to God anD He will draw near to you

Speakers:

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo (Apostolic Nuncio)

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan (Bishop of Waterford&Lismore)

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

Plus  other priests and Laypeople

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

All are welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Symposium on the Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith

Dei Filius and Theology Today

More information: https://maynoothcollege.ie/

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

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

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

Jun
19
Fri
The Limerick Novena – Online @ Mount St. Alphonsus - The Redemptorist Church
Jun 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Jun
20
Sat
The Limerick Novena – Online – Day 2 @ Mount St. Alphonsus - The Redemptorist Church
Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Jun
21
Sun
The Limerick Novena – Online – Day 3 @ Mount St. Alphonsus - The Redemptorist Church
Jun 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Jun
22
Mon
The Limerick Novena – Online – Day 4 @ Mount St. Alphonsus - The Redemptorist Church
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Jun
23
Tue
The Limerick Novena – Online – Day 5 @ Mount St. Alphonsus - The Redemptorist Church
Jun 23 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Jun
24
Wed
The Limerick Novena – Online – Day 6 @ Mount St. Alphonsus - The Redemptorist Church
Jun 24 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Jun
25
Thu
The Limerick Novena – Online – Day 7 @ Mount St. Alphonsus - The Redemptorist Church
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm