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Lenten Promise

During this Lenten Season as part of our preparation for the World Meeting of Families we are inviting you to commit to keep a promise each week so that you can live the “Joy of Love “ in a practical way.

This week’s promise is ‘‘‘Keep us safe in your love; make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share’

I promise this week to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the joy of God’s love reflected in the world and nurtured in my faith community.

Lord, bless us with the Joy of Love.

Week 4.

Promise: “Increase our faith, strengthen our hope’

I promise this week to make time for prayer and reflection to feed my faith and strengthen my hope.

Lord, bless us with the Joy of Love.

Week 3.

Promise: ‘Help us to live your forgiveness and peace’

I promise this week to let go of anger and strive to forgive others, and myself, for past wrongs.

Lord, bless us with the Joy of Love.

Week 2.

Promise: ‘Welcoming those in need’

I promise this week to reach out to those in need and undertake an act of charity.

Lord, bless us with the Joy of Love.

Week 1.

Promise: ‘May we be patient and kind, gentle and generous’

I promise this week to spend more time face to face with my family and friends, talking to them and listening to their concerns.

Lord, bless us with the Joy of Love.

Blessings for Mother’s Day

Father, we give you thanks for the many gifts you have given us; the gift of life, the gift of those who love us.

We thank you today for the gift of our mothers.

We give thanks for our Mothers who have died and for the unique way they have revealed for us your love. We ask that you bless them and keep them in your care until the time comes for us to join them in your Kingdom.

We ask your Blessing upon the Mothers who are unable to be with us here today. May they know how much we love and care for them.

We pray for birth mothers who have loved their children so much they have shared the gift of their child with those who could better care for them and their needs, and give them a secure home. And we pray for adoptive mothers, that they may always know their special role of being a true mother, a revelation of God’s love for their children.

We ask your blessing upon Mothers who have lost children through stillbirth, crib death, accident and tragedy, war and violence that they may have your continuing strength and courage.

We ask your blessing too, upon those who would very much like to be mothers but who are having trouble having a child.

We ask your Blessing upon all Mothers. Give them the strength to live the faithful and loving lives you call them to live. Protect and guide them. Keep them in your care.

We ask this Blessing in the name of Jesus, our Lord.

Technical Difficulty with our Webcam

ANNOUNCEMENT 9th March:

Unfortunately, due to a technical difficulty the webcam is not working properly at the moment in Holy Rosary Church.

This is being investigated and should be resolved within the coming week. Apologies.

If you wish to view Mass – the following parishes have webcams where you will be able to join a faith community in prayer. Click on the parish name to view.

ProCathedral

Sunday Mass Obligation in Current Weather Situation

Message from Archdiocese of Dublin

“Where weather conditions make it unsafe or where road conditions make it dangerous, imprudent or difficult, there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass this weekend.

When people are unable to attend Mass it is recommended that they view or listen to the Mass on-line, on television or radio or that they spend a time in prayer as individuals or as a family.

Where serious conditions of access or safety arise regarding a Church building, the Parish Priest or Rector may decide that a Church may remain closed even on Sunday.”

Liturgies will be held as normal in all areas of the pastoral area EXCEPT for Newcastle. Each priest is staying in their own area to stop unnecessary travel and for safety issues.

You can view Mass online through the Greystones parish webcam

Please be sensible and adhere the weather warnings and recommendations of the authorities about going out.

We can still be together in prayer – although remotely!

Be Safe! Stay warm and say a prayer for all those who need it during this cold spell.

Beauty of Winter Snow

Although we are experiencing bad weather, there are certainly moments of beauty about the place too.

Why not send in your images to communicationsgroup@greystonesparish.ie

Beauty of Winter

God of creation, thank you for the beauty of winter – for snow, icy window panes, evergreen trees, warm coats, sledding, and hot cocoa. Let us enjoy Your creation in all its glory, this winter and always. – Author Unknown

Click on each a thumbnail to see full image and progress by clicking ‘Next’, or click on ‘Show Gallery as Slideshow’ to progress through images automatically.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this record of beauty and wonder on this winter’s day.


Snow Prayer

If we will listen, O God, you speak to us in ways we miss,
Such as the ways you speak to us through the snow
In the quiet after the snowfall, you remind us to be still, and know that you are God
In the beauty of the snowfall, you remind that trees are your ornaments, hillsides your canvas,
In the black slush beside the road, you remind us all the ways we pollute your world,
And you remind us of all the spiritual toxins we too easily allow to settle in the purity you had in mind for our souls.

In the cold upon our faces, you remind us of people whose work or lack of a home makes for long hours ducking away from bitter winds.
In the slight sliding of the car, you remind that life is never quite within our control.
Open our souls, Lord, to all the ways you wish to speak to us:
The honest word of a friend,
The more honest word of an enemy,
The things we watch that call us upward,
The things we watch that drag us downward,
The soaring of the bird,
The purring of the cat,
All these things, if we look through the lens of your Spirit, can call us in your direction.

We wish at times it were simpler, that you could just gently reach out your staff and lead us in paths of righteousness,
But we know this is not how you have chosen to work.
We know yours is the still small voice, seldom heard in earthquakes, or fires, or mighty winds.
So in this loud, clamorous world in which we live, teach us to watch, and to listen.

Help us Lord, not so much by disclosing yourself to us,
Rather, when you are there to be seen, or there to be heard, or there to be felt,
Help us not to miss it.

Amen

Chris Caldwell, Broadway Baptist Church, Louisville

Parish Events Cancelled

Due to the severe weather warning the following events have been cancelled this week:

  • Social, Hobby and Craft Afternoon Sunday Mar 4th 3-5.30pm – next gathering is on Sunday Apr 8th

Taizé Evening of Prayer

As our Taizé liturgy is cancelled this week due to the extreme weather, you might like to take time to follow the planned liturgy through these texts and pieces of music.

A leaflet to accompany this is here: taize-leaflet-1st-march.

“>Bless The Lord

Welcome and Introduction

A very warm welcome one and all to our Taizé prayer for Lent.

We continue our prayer evenings as part of the parish preparation for the World Meeting of Families.  Our icon at the centre of our focus is the one written specially for this event this year.

This week the preparation looks at ‘God’s dream for love’.  If we accept that God’s love is unconditional, then we will become capable of showing boundless love and forgiveness. We give thanks for the experiences of love we receive in our families.

In our Scripture last week we went onto the mountain with Jesus. Tonight we experience his anger in the Temple.  It may be difficult for us to see him angry and yet it is a natural reaction.

The invitation tonight is to come into the experience and to reflect on what it calls me to become.

Opening Prayer
Let us pray,
Lord, help us to really SEE you,
as someone really in love with us,
intensely present wherever we are:
working , playing, creating,
there at the desk, in the kitchen,
checking the smartphone,
watching the game, shopping,
chatting with a friend, drinking in the pub.

There is no place where you are not
accompanying us; nothing separates you from us.

You want us to sense, feel, taste and touch
Your love for us.

Help us to stop being afraid to believe this.
Let us give you delight by trusting you completely. Amen

Join in our music now and allow it to draw you deeply into a place of stillness in this presence of our God: Bonum est confidere in Domino …… It is better to trust in the Lord …

“>Bonum est Confidere

“>The Lord is My Light

Scripture: John 2:13-25

Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting at their counters there.

Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money-changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.’

Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?’

Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?’

But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.

Pointers For Reflection

Take a period of quiet to allow the words to resonate and to reflect on this scripture passage:

1. Jesus sees the temple trading as a distraction from the real activity of God’s house. What is the true activity of God’s house today?

2. Who is like Jesus in our country, in our world, in our Church, disturbing, disrupting what we take for granted?

3. Who in our lives and in our Church is like Jesus and consumed with passion and zeal for the things of God?

4. How are we like the disciples for whom the penny drops? What insights about the Lord and about life have we eventually come to see?

“>Adoramus Te Domine

Responding to Period of Reflection through prayer of intercession

We address our intercessions directly to God, who is present here among us as we gather.

For the Church, your people oh God:
that your covenant with us will move our hearts to a deeper relationship with you and greater service to our neighbours.   We pray to you Lord

For an openness to your Word:
that our family life will be renewed by the life giving teaching of your Gospel, and help us to follow the example of your son, Jesus, more closely.  We pray to you Lord

For a deepening of hope:
that your Spirit will lead us into a deeper experience of the length and breadth of your love and renew within us the call to discipleship. We pray to you Lord

For refugees, for those held unjustly and for those fleeing danger:
that you will lead them to safety and stir others to provide for their needs.   We pray to you Lord

For an end to violence:
that our hearts may be stirred to take action to free those bound unjustly and lift the burdens from those who are oppressed. We pray to you Lord

We gather all of our prayers from this night and place them in the tender care of you God, our Father, as we say together:

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Bringing towards a Close – Invitation to action

Let us, this week, be open to hearing the voices in our country, in our world, in our Church, disturbing, disrupting what we take for granted?

Do we listen?

We will take a few moments of quiet to internalise what it is that we are taking away from here this night.  What did you hear, what are you taking away with you?

We met an angry Jesus in our scripture this night. He sees the trading taking place in the Temple as a distraction from the real activity of God’s house.

“>Our Darkness is never darkness (La Tenebre)

Closing Prayer

Let us pray,
God, we come to you through our unknowing, because you are always greater, greater than our minds, greater than our hearts.
Help us to stand before the bright darkness of your mysterious Being that we may come to know you as you really are.

We make our prayer through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen

The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end, Amen.

“>Wait for the Lord

Keep Warm!

Preparation Programme for Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation

A significant amount of the preparation work with children preparing for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation is carried out through the school, however the home remains the primary place of nurture for Faith development.

We, the pastoral team of the parish, recognise the role we have in supporting families, especially at these times of preparation for the Sacraments.

We put in place a preparation programme for parents as a means of achieving this.

Details of the ongoing preparation programme, including dates of the various Sacraments are available here.

Preparing for the Sacraments

We are delighted that your family is taking part in the preparation for one of the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.

We are here to support you in that preparation.

The purpose of the preparation is to help you, the parents, in growing in your own faith so that you can feel confident in sharing your faith tradition within your family.

The aim is to prepare the children for a Sacrament and to assist the family to grow in understanding of what is taking place.

This is not only a moment but it is a further step on the way for each person in the family, now and in the years to come.

On these pages you will find information and resources to help you on this journey of preparation.

Information Meetings and Resources

Dates for Sacramental Ceremonies 2018:

If you require further assistance on anything related to the preparation of these Sacraments please contact Paul Thornton, Parish Pastoral Worker, the Parish Office or any Priest in the pastoral area.

Confirmation 2018

The following are the various elements of the preparation programme to date:

Information Evening held in November 2017

Resources on Advent and preparing for Christmas

Commitment Ceremony

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