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Community Connected In Spirit

As our gatherings in person are restricted at the moment, we can still take this opportunity to gather together in Spirit.

For each day that we cannot gather together physically as a faith community, something new will be posted here.

Join the Faith Community in Spirit.

All contributions of a spiritual nature are welcome.

If you have: a refection, a piece of music, a prayer, a hymn, an inspirational/spiritual quote, an inspirational photo/picture

- please email it to [email protected] so we can share it with others.

It would be nice to acknowledge the person who sent it in, but if you prefer not please state this on your email.

Let’s make this an opportunity to build further connections with each – if not physically, we can certainly do so virtually and spiritually!

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Tuesday 26th May 2020

A Mhuire Mháithair – Hymn

Entry contributed by Róisín Long

A Mhuire Mháthair

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Monday 25th May 2020

Live it! Love it!

Entry contributed by Máire Ní Shiodhail


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Sunday 24th May 2020

The Hawaii Blessing

Entry contributed by Chris Needham

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Saturday 23rd May 2020

God of Providence – Prayer

Entry contributed by Sr. Sheila McNamara RSCJ


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Friday 22nd May 2020

Ubi Caritas Ola Gjeilo, CWU Chamber Choir

Entry contributed by Damon McCaul

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Thursday 21 May 2020

Thought for the Day

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan


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Wednesday 20th May 2020

All God’s Creatures Have a Place in the Choir

Entry contributed by Máire Ní Shiodhail & Newcastle Bridge Club

All-Gods-Creatures

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Tuesday 19th May 2020

Teach Me Lord – Prayer by Cardinal Newman

Entry contributed by Roisin Long



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Monday 18th May 2020

When My Heart is Overwhelmed

Entry contributed by Frances Stephenson


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Sunday 17th May 2020

The Parting Glass Performance by Gospel Choirs

Entry contributed by Siobhán Parsons

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Saturday 16th May 2020

A Candle For You is composed by Marie Dunne CHF
and sung by Patricia Bourke D’Souza

Entry contributed by Fr John Daly

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Friday 15th May 2020

When The Dust Settles…

Entry contributed by Anon

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Thursday 14th May 2020

Christians Have a Power- EWTN

Entry contributed by Marie O’ Byrne


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Wednesday 13th May 2020

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Entry contributed by Anon

The Lord Is My Shepherd – Musical Reflection

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Tuesday 12th May 2020

Quote from Albert Camus – dedicated to a Father

Entry contributed by Anon


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Monday 11th May 2020

Prayer for a Pandemic

Entry contributed by TCG

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Sunday 10th May 2020

12 Things to Remember in Life – Anon

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

12 Things to Remember in Life

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Saturday 9th May 2020

O Holy Spirit Prayer Bookmark

Entry contributed by Sr. Noreen Gallagher, O.S.B.

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Friday 8th May 2020

Dreaming by Ola Gjeilo, Night Album 2019

Entry contributed by Damon McCaul

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Thursday 7th May 2020

Life Is Measured By Love – Pope Francis

Entry contributed by Frances Stephenson

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Wednesday 6th May 2020

Holy Is His Name – John Michael Talbot

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Tuesday 5th May 2020

There’s A Reason For That – by Mel Murphy

Entry contributed by Mel Murphy


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Monday 4th May 2020

Patience

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan

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Sunday 3rd May 2020

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman

Entry contributed by TCG

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Saturday 2nd May 2020

A Spring Prayer By Michael Leunig

Entry contributed by Rachel Kerrigan

Dear God,

We rejoice and give thanks

for earthworms, bees,

ladybirds and broody hens;

for humans tending their gardens,

talking to animals,

cleaning their homes

and singing to themselves;

for the rising of the sap,

the fragrance of growth,

the invention of the wheelbarrow,

we give thanks.

We celebrate and give thanks.

Amen!

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Friday 1st May 2020

‘Bring Flowers of the Rarest’ sung by Canon Sydney MacEwan

Entry contributed by Fr. Gerard Tyrrell

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis To The Faithful for The Month Of May 2020 – click here

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Thursday 30th April 2020

There will be Time – by Mary Napier

Entry contributed by Mary Napier

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Wednesday 29th April 2020

You Are Mine – David Haas

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Tuesday 28th April 2020

Time is the coin of your life

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien


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Monday 27th April 2020

Social Distancing in a Monastery Without Walls

Entry contributed by Paul Thornton


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Sunday 26th April 2020

Now The Green Blade Riseth

Entry contributed by Lorcan Bourke

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Saturday 25th April 2020

Bike Ride To Work:
“Fresh as the Morning, as sure as the Sunrise, the Lord is all I have, and so I put my hope in Him.” (Lamentations 3: 22-24)

Entry contributed by Rachel Kerrigan


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Friday 24th April 2020

No Words Express… Julian of Norwich

Entry contributed by Sr. Noreen Gallagher, OSB


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Thursday 23rd April 2020

Though We Are Many – IEC2012 Hymn

Entry contributed by Maura Walsh

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Wednesday 22 April 2020

A Moment of Reflection

Entry contributed by David Walsh


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Tuesday 21st April 2020

Shelter Me – Marie Dunne CHF

Entry contributed by Frances Stephenson

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Monday 20th April 2020

Prayer for Creation – Laudato Si’

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan


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Sunday 19th April 2020

Cornerstone

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Saturday 18th April 2020

Podcast: Another Name for Every Thing Universal Christ Values (Part 2)
22 Feb 2020

Richard Rohr, in conversation with Paul Swanson and Brie Stoner, continue the discussion on the values inherent to the The Universal Christ and how one might be able to live them out in their day to day life.

Entry contributed by Paul Thornton

To access and listen to the Podcast click here

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Friday 17th April 2020

Podcast: Another Name for Every Thing Universal Christ Values (Part 1)
15 Feb 2020

Richard Rohr, in conversation with Brie Stoner and Paul Swanson, discuss the values inherent to the The Universal Christ and how one might be able to live them out in their day to day life.

Entry contributed by Paul Thornton

To access and listen to the Podcast click here

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Thursday 16th April 2020

Be Still from the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue

Entry contributed by Frances Stephenson


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Wednesday 15th April

Lord Help Me This Day Prayer Bookmark

Entry contributed by Sr. Noreen Gallagher, OSB


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Tuesday 14th April 2020

Kathleen O’Meara’s poem ‘And People Stayed Home,’ written in 1869, after the famine, reprinted during the 1919 pandemic.

Entry contributed by Tina Bambrick

And people stayed home
and read books and listened
and rested and exercised
and made art and played
and learned new ways of being
and stopped
and listened deeper
someone meditated
someone prayed
someone danced
someone met their shadow
and people began to think differently
and people healed
and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,
dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
even the earth began to heal
and when the danger ended
and people found each other
grieved for the dead people
and they made new choices
and dreamed of new visions
and created new ways of life
and healed the earth completely
just as they were healed themselves.

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Monday 13th April 2020

Easter Version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah by Reasons for Hope

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Sunday 12th April 2020

Shine Jesus Shine by Hillsong

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Saturday 11th April

Prayers from the Community

Entry contributed by Various People
(The image is from the Garden of Olives in Jerusalem, Jan, 2020)

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Friday 10th April

Easter Version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Thursday 9th April 2020

Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est / Where charity is true, God is there – Zero8 Chorus

Entry contributed by Lorcan Bourke

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Wednesday 8th April

Today I Pray

Entry contributed by Róisín Long

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Tuesday 7th April 2020

The Lord Bless You and Keep You – John Rutter

Entry contributed by Mel Murphy

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Monday 6th April 2020

A Prayer for these Days: Donal Neary S.J

Entry contributed by Barbara Thomas

Be with us Lord, in times of darkness: may you be our light;
In times of isolation, may we support each other,
In times of illness, heal each one.
Be with our nurses, doctors and all medical staffs,
And all who keep life going at this time,
Those who care at home for the elderly
and look after our children,
And those who look out for the poor.
Remember Lord in your kindness, all I remember this day,
Especially those away from home.
Father God, Brother Jesus, Mother Mary,
Let me not lose hope in your love, now and always.
Holy Spirit fill us all with serenity and hope. Amen.

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Sunday 5th April 2020

O God You Search Me and You Know Me – Bernadette Farrell

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Saturday 4th April 2020

Everything Seems Just The Same To Me.

Entry contributed by Mel Murphy

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Friday 3rd April 2020

Be Still for the Presence of The Lord

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Thursday 2nd April 2020

Heart Warming Statements – Charlie Chaplin

Entry contributed by Róisín Long

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Wednesday 1st April 2020

We Come to Your Feast – Michael Joncas

Entry contributed by Maura Walsh

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Tuesday 31st March 2020

Frontline Prayer

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan


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Monday 30th March 2020

Isolation Angel

Entry contributed by Rachel Kerrigan


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Sunday 29th March 2020

I Will Be With You by Kathryn Crosweller

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Saturday 28th March 2020

Psalm 27-5

Entry contributed by Marian Farrell


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Friday 27th March 2020

Serenity Prayer

Entry contributed by Fr. Eamonn Clarke


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Thursday 26th March 2020

Christ Has No Body Now But Yours
Words based on Teresa of Avila

Entry contributed by Paula McNamara


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Wednesday 25th March 2020

Ignatian Wisdom for Covid-19

Entry contributed by Damon McCaul

As the Covid-19 virus continues to cause chaos around the world, Belgium Jesuit and author Nikolaas Sintobin SJ has been reflecting on what wisdom St. Ignatius might want to share with us regarding our response to this pandemic.

Click here to read what Nikolaas thinks the founder of his order would write in a letter from heaven which contains down-to-earth advice.

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Tuesday 24th March 2020

A Prayer for Peace of Mind

Entry contributed by Paula McNamara


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Monday 23rd March 2020

I Watch the Sunrise by Kathryn Crosweller

Entry contributed by Karen Purcell

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Sunday 22nd March 2020

Mother’s Day Wishes

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien


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Saturday 21st March 2020

The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This

Entry contributed by Barbara Thomas

Musical Video: The Kingdom of Heaven is like this

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Friday 20th March 2020

Prayer

Entry contributed by Marie O’Byrne

“Christians have a power because we have a presence who is always with us.

We are happy because we possess the only source of real joy.

We are serene because we live in the changeless one.

We are strong in our weakness because we give room for

Infinite strength to work  through HIM.

Amen”

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Thursday 19th March 2020

The Four Candles

Entry contributed by Róisín Long

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Wednesday 18th March 2020

So Beautiful by Pope Francis

Entry contributed by Cecilia O’Neill

“Tonight before falling asleep

think about when we will return to the street.

When we hug again,

when all the shopping together will seem like a party.

Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar, the small talk, the photos close to each other.

We think about when it will be all a memory but normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.

We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us. Every second will be precious.

Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.

We will go back to laughing together.

Strength and courage

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Tuesday March 17th 2020

I Arise Today

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Monday March 16th 2020

Act of Spiritual Communion

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan



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Sunday March 15th 2020

In My Garden
from a book called Circle of Life

Entry contributed by Mel Murphy

Last night after sunset
I put my flowers to bed
Covered their cheery pink faces
With blankets towels and sheets.
Said I to them…..

Goodnight… stay warm
Don’t let the frosty bugs bite
Hoping when I arose today
The cold night had not nipped
Their spring noses and
Frightened them to death

How carefully I care
For my flower garden.
Protecting all I can from harm.
Yet
When the green shoots of my own inner growth push their way out
I seem to leave all to chance
And little to care.

Keep warm take care of yourself through these strange days.

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Saturday March 14th 2020

3-Minute Retreats
by Loyolapress

Entry contributed by Anne McElheron

These 3 minute retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.

https://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer

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Friday March 13th 2020

Lockdown
By Brother Richard, Franciscan Capuchin

Entry contributed by Anne McElheron

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

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