Current Notices

Catholic Schools Week

January 26, 2020 to February 2, 2020

“The Catholic school must be a community that witnesses to the power of the Spirit to overcome anxiety and fear and accompany those entrusted to our care on a passage to true hope and peace.” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

“How does school help you to grow? It helps you not only in the development of your intelligence, but by an integral formation of all of the components of your personality. The principle element of education is to learn to be generous.” – Pope Francis

Catholic Schools Week 2020 will take place this year from Sunday 26 January – Sunday 2 February on the theme ‘Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God’s Creation’.

During Catholic Schools Week families, parishes and schools, North and South, are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic schools and on their contribution to the common good of our society.

This year’s theme ‘Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God’s Creation’, encourages us to see that we all have a responsibility to care for the earth, not just for our own future, but for the future of every one of God’s creatures.

On each of the five school days of CSW2020, there are csw-2020-thoughts-for-each-day resources as well as audio thoughts for each day.

Kate Liffey, National Director for Catechetics with the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, will voice each of the five audio pieces.

She will expand on each of the daily themes for CSW2020 which are:

Daily themes for CSW2020:

Monday: Living in Harmony with God
Tuesday: Living in Harmony with our Neighbours
Wednesday: Living in Harmony with All Generations
Thursday: Living in Harmony with the Earth
Friday: Living in Harmony in our Catholic School

Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God’s Creation

Between 2015 and 2017, Trócaire’s Lenten campaigns focused on ‘Climate Change, Climate Justice’. In 2015, Pope Francis’ wrote his encyclical Laudato Si’, which was the basis of Catholic Schools Week in 2017.

This year, we re-echo the messages of that encyclical, but also present the apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit. It highlights key issues in society and gives us a clear direction on what to do. Pope Francis has very clearly delivered the message to Catholic people all over the world: ‘The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change’ (LS, 13). Part of this change is to recognise that we live in this world in harmony with the world and those around us.

If we are conscious of our relationships with God, our neighbours, all generations, the earth and our Catholic school, we can identify the steps it takes to live in harmony. Pope Francis challenges us to look at our lifestyles. We must become aware of the impact our lives have on the lives of others. He asks for justice and equality, as it is clear that the vulnerable all around the world are further impacted by our actions here in the first world. The hope of Catholic Schools Week 2020 is that we realise how powerful each and everyone of us is and that even the smallest changes can have the biggest impact.

Social, Hobby and Craft Afternoon

February 2, 2020 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Free Craft, Hobby and Social afternoon from 3pm to 5.30pm.

This will run every first Sunday of the month (Jan – 2nd Sun). Over 18’s only.

Great activities from flower arrangement, knitting, embroidery to art classes take place on the day.

Bring a friend or find a friend and enjoy learning a new skill.

Tea, coffee and biscuits available for nominal charge with all donations going to local charity.

Hope to see you there at this fun and very popular event.

Learn more by watching here: Social Hobby & Craft Afternoon

Soup and Sandwiches

January 29, 2020 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm

Why not come along and join in for lunch on the last Wednesday of the month in Kilian House Family Centre.

It is a gathering for a chat and some delicious food. All welcome!

See photos here.

Come and See…

NEW CHRISTIANS: We welcome Conor, John & James recently baptised children into our faith community. As they join our community through the waters of Baptism may they also continue to grow strong in body, mind and spirit in the years ahead.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! In February we will be looking closely at the call to ministry each of us have as a result of our Baptism. Maybe this new year is your time to get actively involved. There’ll be a warm welcome and plenty of work to give you whatever your calling!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2020 will take place this year from Sunday 26 January – Sunday 2 February on the theme ‘Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God’s Creation’. During Catholic Schools Week families, parishes and schools, North and South, are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic schools and on their contribution to the common good of our society. This year’s theme ‘Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God’s Creation’, encourages us to see that we all have a responsibility to care for the earth, not just for our own future, but for the future of every one of God’s creatures.

HOLY ROSARY SOUP & SANDWICHES : 29 January 2020 Kilian House Family Centre; 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

HOSPITAL VISITATION: If you know of anyone who is sick in hospital or at home and would like a visit, please don’t hesitate to call one of the priests of the parish or the parish office.

CHARITY TAX REBATE: A big thank you for all who support the parish through the Planned Giving Collection. This is the only collection that stays in the parish. You can further support the parish by completing a CHY3 form. This permits the parish to claim the tax back on your donations to the parish. It is a simple process that can yield extra funds to support parish initiatives. Contact the parish office for further details. Thank you.

BECOMING A CATHOLIC?: Are you or someone you know interested in finding out more about the Christian Faith and the Catholic Church. If so please contact Fr. John after Mass or make enquiries to the Parish Office. We will begin our preparation for Adults wishing to be baptised or indeed make their 1st Communion or be Confirmed in the Catholic Faith at the Easter Vigil next Easter soon during the month of September.

All this news and more, available and in further detail on the Parish Information Sheet.

New Year Prayer

Heavenly Father, bless my resolutions for the
coming year. May they be in accordance with
your will and direction for my life. Bless my
resolutions and promises. Give me the strength to
carry them through. Fill me with hope, confidence
and positivity.
Lord, remind me of my truest values and deepest
desires. Help me to live in the goodness that
comes from doing what You want me to do.
Help me to put aside anxiety about the future and
regret of the past, so that I might live in peace
with You now, one day at a time. And help me
exercise my faith to bring it all to fruition in 2020.
May my efforts be to sincerely bring many to
know You and to believe in the Lord Jesus, the
way, the truth, and the life. May the lost be found,
the ones living in darkness come to light through
my intercession, outreach, guidance and prayers.
I pray this New Year is blessed with
Your presence in all I do.
Amen.

Feast Day of the Epiphany

Mass for the Feast Day of the Epiphany 5th/6th: The Holy Rosary 6.30pm (Vigil); 10am; 12noon (schools); St. Kilian’s 8pm.

Blessing for the New Year…

Let the year go
into the night
the joy and the pain
the dark and the light

the endings
the beginnings
the thresholds crossed
the glimpses of heaven

the children birthed
the dear ones passed
the welcoming hearth
the closed door

the hope
the fear
the friends gained
the ones lost

the regret
the guilt
the bad days
the good days

Starbursts of light
like flowers in the garden sky.

May you be blessed with

gratitude
- for past and present
peace of mind
- in uncertainty

acceptance
- in resistance
great love and strength
- in fear

forgiveness and compassion
- to mind you
childlike trust
- in the benevolence of creation

wisdom
- to embrace life as it is
understanding
- that every soul has its own course to follow

discernment
- to hear the inner voice of truth
courage
- to learn to be still

And may there be
peace on earth
for
one whole day

©Hilary Oxford Smith

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