Current Notices

The Great Virtual Creation Walk or Cycle Pilgrimage

October 4, 2020

To get involved in the Care of Creation on Sunday 4th October, all you have to do is:

  • Ditch the car
  • Walk or Cycle instead
  • Take a photo of you, your fellow Pilgrims, and your Bike(s) or walking sticks!
  • Calculate how many kilometres you have clocked and register your pilgrimage kilometres… here
  • Email your photo to us here
  • Show support for this initiative by:
  • Share your ideas us here on how we become a Green Church
  • And/or by making a voluntary donation to support any future projects here.


A PILGRIMS CREATION PRAYER FOR CYCLING

Dear God

We pray for another way of being, another way of knowing

Across the difficult terrain of our existence

We have attempted to build a motorway and in doing so, we have lost our cyclepath

God, lead us to our cyclepath!

Lead us there, where in simplicity we move, emission free

And feel the earths love beneath our wheels

Lead us there, where kilometer by kilometer, we may feel the movement of creation in our hearts

And lead us there, where together we may feel the embrace of the common soul

Nothing can be loved at speed

Lead us to the slow path

To the joyous insights of the Cycling Pilgrim!

Another way of being, another way of knowing.

AMEN

A PILGRIMS CREATION PRAYER FOR WALKING

Dear God

We pray for another way of being, another way of knowing

Across the difficult terrain of our existence

We have attempted to build a motorway and in doing so, we have lost our footpath

God, lead us to our footpath!

Lead us there, where in simplicity we move, at the speed of natural creatures

And feel the earths love beneath our feet

Lead us there, where step by step, we may feel the movement of creation in our hearts

And lead us there, where together we may feel the embrace of the common soul

Nothing can be loved at speed

Lead us to the slow path

To the joyous insights of the Walking Pilgrim!

Another way of being, another way of knowing.

AMEN

Commit to caring more about the Earth we live on and
how our actions can affect others less fortunate then we are.

Creation Calls…

Calling you to come celebrate creation around us.

Be inspired by the words of the song Creation Calls or the Canticle of the Creatures St. Francis of Assisi, the canticle that inspired the title of the Laudato Si’ encyclical. The words of both are below.

Choose a phrase or word from either the song or the canticle and send in a photo or short video clip of some aspect of local creation that speaks to a line from one of them.

We will combine these as our own praise of Creation.

So be creative in capturing creation around you.

Email the fruits of your inspiration to us here with the subject line of the email: Creation Calls.

Be sure to tell us what phrase of the song or canticle inspired you!

Try and have your email to us by Wednesday Sept 30th so our creation can be shown for the Feast of St. Francis on Oct 4th.

Watch this space for the creations that follow!!

Creation Calls by Brian Doerksen

(listen here)

I have felt the wind blow
Whispering Your name
I have seen your tears fall
When I watch the rain
How could I say there is no God
When all around creation calls
A singing bird, a mighty tree
The vast expanse of open sea
Gazing at a bird in flight
Soaring through the air
Lying down beneath the stars
I feel Your presence there
I love to stand at ocean’s shore
And feel the thundering breakers roar
To walk through golden fields of grain
Neath endless blue, horizon’s frame
Listening to a river run
Watering the earth
Fragrance of a rose in bloom
A new-born’s cry at birth
I believe
I believe
I believe

The Canticle of the Creatures by St. Francis of Assisi (1224 A.D.)

Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures,

especially Sir Brother Sun,

who is the day and through whom you give us light.

And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour;

and bears a likeness of you, Most High.

Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,

in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind,

and through [Brother] Air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather

through whom you give sustenance to your creatures.

Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water,

who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire,

through whom you light the night,

and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth,

who sustains and governs us,

and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.

A Layperson’s Calling…

“We need lay people who take risks, who get their hands dirty, who are not afraid of making mistakes, who go forward. We need lay people with a vision of the future, not confined to the little things of life. ”- Pope Francis

This leaflet on the vocation of the laity was recently published by Tine Network. (lay-vocation-leaflet-2020)

Every Catholic has a call or vocation.

“As disciples of Christ who, by force of their baptism and their nature inserted ‘in the world, ’ are
called to animate every space, every activity, every human relation according to the spirit of the Gospel.” – Pope Francis (2015)

Read more about this on The Lay Vocation Website and check out the leaflet.

“Cheque-mate” by the Social, Hobby and Craft Group

On Wednesday, 9th September, the Social, Hobby and Craft Group, represented by Joan Jones with Fr. John, made a presentation of €1500 to Meals on Wheels.

Father John and Joan Jones presenting cheque to Geraldine Mooney of Meals on Wheels

This was the result of the face masks initiative where the sewing group, led by Joan Jones and coordinated by Susan Armstrong, made and sold over 400 masks to the local community, a fantastic achievement. Well done to Joan, Susan and all the team.

In addition, each year, the Social, Hobby and Craft Group also raise money for charity from sale of tea/coffee and raffles at the monthly events.

This raised a total of €700 which was also presented on the day to Greystones Cancer Support by Delia Barry and Fr. John.

Father John and Delia Barry presenting the cheque to, Eileen Morris and Anne Doody of Greystones Cancer Support

Another visitor popped in, to see the presentation and sure wasn’t there a cuppa going too!

Having a cup of tea...

Special thanks to Fr. John, Louise Fenlon and Vincent Hanley for their help and support with both activities.

Sadly, due to COVID restrictions, the Social, Hobby and Craft Group will not resume until February 2021, COVID restrictions permitting.  Further updates to follow!

The Season of Creation – A World of Resources

The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The Season of Creation or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.

Week Ending 13th September: You may like to investigate some of the following resources:

  • Check out the Activity Calendar for Children

and for Adults:

Download them here: Children’s Calendar and Adult’s Calendar

  • Watch this 1 minute video about Laudato Si’, narrated by Bono, before we start learning about Laudato Si’.
  • Read the brief introductory chapter of the Laudato Si’ encyclical . It is the initial 16 paragraphs, in which Pope Francis explains why he decided to write the encyclical, while describing St. Francis of Assisi as the model to guide us in this journey.
  • Take time to watch this video and reflect on the words within – giving thanks to the Master Painter.

Week Ending 6th September: You may like to investigate some of the following resources:

  • Watch Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for Sept which is on caring for our planet.
  • Pray the Season of Creation Prayer 2020
  • Read a message from Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
  • Meditate using the Earth Meditation Sessions following Ignatian Spirituality practices from Pray As You Go

Details of the online programme of liturgies and talks are available here. Registration is free but is required.

As a Pastoral Area we will be planning some initiatives also. Watch this space…

A Touch of Lourdes Here…

Dr. Sharon Lyons from the Dublin Lourdes Choir singing in Lourdes.

Sharon will be singing on Friday at the Lourdes Mass in Holy Rosary Church at 7.30pm.

Please join us via the webcam.

Lourdes At Home 2020 – Join The Virtual Pilgrimage

September 11, 2020 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Due to travel restrictions, for just the second time in over half a century there will be no Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this year.

A virtual Pilgrimage will run in the Diocese from Tues. 8th to Sat. 12th Sept. instead, including the Opening Mass, Holy Hour, Mass of Healing Stations and more… Details are available here.

Activities locally include the Rosary and Angelus at 12 noon Tues – Friday in The Holy Rosary Church. If you are in the locality you are welcome to attend in person. (The self regulation of numbers (max. 50)  and seating will apply).

On Friday 11th Sept. at 7.30pm a Pastoral Area Lourdes Mass will be celebrated in The Holy Rosary Church, Greystones.

Those who travelled on pilgrimage in the past are welcome to attend in person. Booking is essential.

Others are invited to participate through the webcam

A Returning to School Blessing

A special video was shown at Mass.

This involved a number of people from the Pastoral Area that are returning to education following the extended break. See it below.

This is the blessing – no matter what age you are and no matter what size your schoolbag!

Listen and view the Prayers for Returning to School:

Sacramental Ceremonies

The Sacramental ceremonies for the parishes of Greystones and Kilquade are being live streamed so as to enable family members, who cannot be physically present in the church for the ceremonies due to COVID 19 restrictions, to take part in a meaningful way.

Click here for details of the links for the different ceremonies this week.

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