Archive Notices

Our May Altars in the Pastoral Area 2020

During May, we invited people in the Pastoral Area of Greystones and Kilquade to create a May Altar in their home to honour Our Lady.

May is the Marian month when Catholics give special praise and honour to Jesus’ mother Mary, gifted to us as our mother too.

Many people created a small altar dedicated to Mary, the mother of God. See some of these in the video below.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the making of this video.

Community Connected In Spirit

Join the Faith Community in Spirit.

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

Please email all contributions of a spiritual nature to [email protected] so we can share it with others (using Community in Spirit in the subject line.)

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! Connected in Spirit.

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Friday 3rd July 2020

Reflection

Entry contributed by Paul Thornton

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Thursday 2nd July 2020

Music: Here I Am To Worship / The Call – Hillsong Worship

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan

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Wednesday 1st July 2020

Reflection

Entry contributed by Corrymeela Community

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Tuesday 30th June 2020

Reflection

Entry contributed by Elaine Flynn

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Monday 29th June 2020

Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Sunday 28th June 2020

Prayer: Diarmuid O’ Murchu

Entry contributed by Valerie Murray

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Saturday 27th June 2020

Reflections: Memories

Entry contributed by Catherine Clarke


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Friday 26th June 2020

Prayer: Teach Me Lord, Ignatius of Loyola

Entry contributed by Róisín Long


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Thursday 25th June 2020

Karl Jenkins - Benedictus

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan

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Wednesday 24th June 2020

Prayer – Dear Lord…

Entry contributed by Áine Lp


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Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Let Me Wrap My Arms Around You - Deirdre Ni Chinneide

Entry contributed by Catherine Clarke

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Monday 22nd June 2020

Listen To Our Hearts – Casting Crowns

Entry contributed by Maura Walsh

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Sunday 21st June 2020

Blessing – Father’s Day

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien.


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Saturday 20th June 2020

A Nurse’s Prayer

Entry contributed by Anon.



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Friday 19th June 2020

Reflection – Look Closely – Rebecca Baxter

Entry contributed by Sr. Sheila McNamara RSCJ


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Thursday 18th June 2020

Though We Are Many – Official International Eucharistic Congress Hymn 2012

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Wednesday 17th June 2020

Flower of the Holy Spirit – Reflection

Entry contributed by Mary Ó Murchú


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Tuesday 16th June 2020

Bi a Iosa im Chroise – Margaret Brennan

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Monday 15th June 2020

Blessing

Entry contributed by Róisín Long


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Sunday 14th June 2020

The Moon and The Sun – Reflection

Entry contributed by Máire Ní Shiodhail


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Saturday 13th June 2020

Deus Meus, Adiuva Me · Skip Cleavinger · The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Friday 12th June 2020

A Prayer for an Increase in Love – St. John Henry Newman

Entry contributed by Róisín Long


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Thursday 11th  June 2020

Reflection

Entry contributed by Elaine Flynn


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Wednesday 10th June 2020

God of Grace – Reflection

Entry contributed by Sr. Sheila McNamara RSCJ


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Tuesday 9th June 2020

The Cloud’s Veil – by Liam Lawton

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan

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Monday 8th June 2020

When Will Our Dream Come Through

Entry contributed by Mel Murphy

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Sunday 7th June 2020

Whisper by Jason Upton

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Saturday 6th June 2020

Prayer to Persevere In the Love of God – St. John Henry Newman

Entry contributed by Róisín Long

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Friday 5th June 2020

Two Sides – Reflection

Entry contributed by Anon

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Thursday 4th June 2020

My Guiding Light by Marie Dunne CHF – A Tribute to Grandparents

Entry contributed by Maura Walsh

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Wednesday 3rd June 2020

A Blessing

Entry contributed by Damon McCaul


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Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Benedetto Marcello, Sonata no.1, Largo - Annette Cleary & Sarah Byrne, recorded in The Holy Spirit Oratory, Newcastle

Entry contributed by Maura Walsh

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Monday 1st June 2020

A Smile to Start your Day

Entry contributed by Josephine Dowd

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Sunday 31st May 2020

The Irish Blessing – over 300 churches from our island sing a blessing over Ireland and beyond …

Entry contributed by many who saw it!

See background to this initiative: https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0531/1143647-ancient-irish-hymn/

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Saturday 30th May 2020

We are One in the Spirit

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Friday 29th May 2020

‘Be The One’ by Kevin McCormack

Entry contributed by Eamonn Foley

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Thursday 28th May 2020

The Pessimist, the Optimist, the Realist – a Reflection

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Wednesday 27th May 2020

Buddhist Wisdom

Entry contributed by Damon McCaul


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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.

Fr. Seán Canon Smith

Fr. Seán Canon Smith celebrates his Diamond Jubilee on 29th May.

We are delighted to have an interview with Fr. Seán about his ministry during those 60 years.

Congratulations to him on this great occasion, from everyone in the Pastoral Area.

Trócaire: Return your Donation

Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world.  This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way.

This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:

  1. Online at www.trocaire.org
  2. By phone: 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
  3. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare (ROI)

The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.

Thank you.

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Beginning on Friday 22nd May, we offer you a resource page each day to follow a Novena to the Holy Spirit.

“Where the Spirit is there is creation and new life. Where the Spirit is, there is the living Christ. The Spirit is the breath of God’s creative love, so that whoever lives in the Spirit lives in the ever newness of God.” Sr Ilia Delio OSF

We offer you a resource page each day to follow a novena to the Holy Spirit.

We invite you to follow it at 3pm each day so that as a  community we are praying it together

However, if 3pm does not suit then choose another time.

Click here to follow it.

Protect Each Other… Pray For Each Other

Guidelines for Access to Churches for Private Prayer

Which church buildings will be open?

All of the churches where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved will open from Wednesday 20th from 11am until 5pm,  These are:

  • St. Kilian’s, Blacklion
  • St. Patrick’s, Kilquade
  • St. Joseph’s, Newtownmountkennedy
  • St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole
  • The Holy Rosary, Greystones (2pm – 6pm, from Monday 25th May)

On Sundays: all of the churches will open from 1pm to 5pm.

The later opening of The Holy Rosary Church is to allow for continued streaming of morning Mass at 10am, praying the Rosary at midday and funerals at 1pm.

Full details of Phase 1 are available here.

How to manage ourselves….

4 simple messages to keep each other safe:

  • Only 4 people at a time inside the Church
  • USE hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit
  • STAY 2 metres apart
  • KEEP to designated areas

A Roadmap to Re-gathering

The pastoral area is working on a roadmap for reopening our buildings and resuming our church services in line with the government roadmap.

Phase 1 for the Pastoral Area, begins on Wed. May 20th.

Details of Phase 1: “Opening the church buildings for private prayer” is documented here.

(This will redirect you to the Kilquade Parish Website)

A Time For Everything

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Book of Ecclesiastes, 3, verses 1-8

Ecclesiastes reminds us so well about the nature of change, and the inevitability of change in all our lives.Each major transition in our lives requires our undivided time and attention for successful passage. Each one also presents a gift—if we’re open to receiving it.

Some of these gifts are easy to identify: right now we can clearly see the spring moments of new beginnings all around us.

Other gifts are not so easy to identify, such as the transitional storms that often usher in a new season, the oppressive heat of summer, or the bitter cold of winter. These other gifts require us to look beyond the appearances and peer much deeper for their significance.

Although new beginnings are usually preferred over endings, we should remember that every new beginning requires an ending—sometimes even a death.

The flow of life is a process of change. We must learn to accept the process and go with it. There’s no stopping it anyway.

We all prefer our life changes to occur smoothly and naturally. But when they come at us with all the force of a perfect storm, we can remember that these are intense opportunities for transformation. If we respond to each storm from the “eye” of God’s presence within, where perfect peace and wisdom dwell, we will emerge even stronger, wiser, and freer than before. We will be transformed.

GAELIC BLESSING

God be in my head and in my understanding

God be in my eyes and in my looking

God be in my mouth and in my speaking

God be in my heart and in my thinking

God be at mine end and at my departing

Come Pray With Us

Our family is our first church and where our faith was nourished.

Our faith community is where we can sustain this.

These days offer us a great opportunity to come together and pray.

See some of the resources available through this website.

Morning Prayer:

A prayer to start the day. Click here.

Daily Mass:

To help us in our prayer and solidarity as a faith community daily Mass will be streamed each day at 10am Monday to Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday morning. It is available to view on the Greystones Parish website by clicking here.

Angelus and Rosary at Midday

Each day we will gather at noon to say the Angelus and The Rosary together via our webcam.

Night Prayer

We will have night prayer of the church taking place each evening from at 8pm using Zoom Video Conferencing. You are invited to join and listen each evening at 8pm. Details here.

Resources for Reflection on Sunday’s Gospel, for Children and Grown-ups

Each weekend we offer you resources for reflecting on the Gospel either individually or as a group. Here you will find resources provided by the Children’s Liturgy of the Word group for parents to use with their children. In addition you will find resources aimed at ‘grown-ups’. Click here.

The Pope Video:

In a special edition of “The Pope Video”, the Holy Father asks us to pray for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who, united and regardless of their religious tradition or convictions, pray for those affected. Click here

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, a new spiritual contribution will be posted here.

Mindful Moments – Taking it Step by Step with God

Being mindful as we engage in everyday tasks, duties and events is a practice where we enjoy the awareness of our actions and are open to God’s revelation. See some here.

Pray As You Go:

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time. Click here.

3 Minute Retreats:

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

Resources from Holy Week:

Triduum Resources for Children are available by clicking here.

There are many online video depictions of the Stations of The Cross available. We offer a selection to choose from here.

During our Morning Prayer on Holy Thursday, Fr. John used this video, click here.
During our Morning Prayer on Good Friday, Fr. John used this video, click here.
During our Morning Prayer on Holy Saturday, Fr. John used this video, click here.

Darkness into Light…

Some Moments of Reflection

A Prayer

Loving God,

At the beginning of Creation, You calmed the chaos of the world. Be present now to those whose lives are suddenly filled with chaos. Grant them the grace of calm in the midst of confusion.

We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

You have always shown us the way from darkness into the light. For those struggling now to see the light, we ask that You shine it a bit brighter in our world. Grant us all the grace to see a way forward through the present darkness.

We pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Psalm 4

When I call, answer me, O God of justice;
from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!

O men, how long will your hearts be closed,
will you love what is futile and seek what is false?

It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;
the Lord hears me whenever I call him.

Fear him; do not sin: ponder on your bed and be still.
Make justice your sacrifice and trust in the Lord.

‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord.

You have put into my heart a greater joy
than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.

I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once
for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety

Gospel – John 14

Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’

Jesus said:

‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one can come to the Father except through me.
If you know me, you know my Father too.
From this moment you know him and have seen him.’

In the words of St Francis:

“Lord, makes me an instrument of your peace….:

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light.

Come to visit us, Lord, this night,
so that by your strength we may rise at daybreak
to rejoice in the resurrection of Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

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