Diocese of Limerick Newsletter 22 October 2013

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October 22nd 2013

A chara,

Many parishes have celebrated harvest or autumn liturgies, and we congratulate you all on your work this September and October.

It has been a busy time for us all – almost 70 parishioners attended workshops in the Monday parish ministry series across October and many parishes sent groups to last Thursdays Family Faith workshop with Fr Chris and Noirin …. rumours of forty page resource booklets and action songs cannot be confirmed 😉

No less than four ‘good news’ stories this week, with more held over to next week for rooms sake – and the photo gallergy of the diocesan website is full of new pictures from schools, parishes, pastoral areas, conferences, launches and celebrations!

Please continue to send us your good news stories as we inspire one another when we share!

God bless


Sunday reflection: A radical call to holy humility!

Luke 18: 9 – 14: `God, be merciful to me a sinner!’

This week we are invited to consider the Pharisee who sits up front and thanks God that he is not as bad as others, and the tax collector who stays back and prays ‘God be merciful to me a sinner’.

We are not one man or the other – we are all, at varying times, a bit of both!

We get smug, we get humble, …

we assume, we realise, …

we take for granted, we recognise Gods mercy ….

If you have time, I invite you to consider this article, (from http://www.odysseynetworks.org), about Pope Francis’ call to humility in the community this week. If you have less time, this quote might be helpful:

“Holiness is not something one can achieve on one’s own through perfectionist practice, however earnest such practice may be.

Holiness—justification before the One who calls us to be holy as God is holy (Leviticus 19:2)—is lived in love alongside other flawed, struggling human beings who seek to know something of the sacred.

And it is lived in solidarity with the suffering poor.

A radical call indeed!”

Nov 2nd: Advent play the Godly Play way

Jessie Rogers offers excellent workshops on this theme and if you are involved in family faith groups or Masses, I recommend attemnding her workshops on Godly Play.

Tues: 5th Nov: Nurturing Faith in Ireland: Today and Tomorrowe

Nurturing Faith in Ireland: Today and Tomorrow

5th Nov                Love Tenderly, Live Justly,

Walk Humbly with your God

– Fr Joe Tynan

( 12th Nov. Bible readings proposed by the Church for key moments of life – Fr Gerard Norton OP

19th Nov. Parish is a Lifelong Learning Community – Adult Religious Education  – Sr Clare Slattery RSM)

For more see http://www.dbclimerick.ie/

Request for volunteers: Irish Guide Dogs

Dunnes Stores in Parkway Shopping Centre in Limerick have given Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind 3 days to bag pack in their store. The dates they have given IGDB are 24/25/26 October. We are looking for volunteers on each day and the times are from 10-6

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national charity providing services to the people who are visually impaired and families of children with Autism. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind has clients participating in their communities in every county. All Services are provided free of charge to the clients. The Programmes include; The Guide Dog Programme, The Assistance Dog Programme, Orientation & Mobility Training, Independent Living Skills Training, The Next Step Programme, The Companion Dog Programme. These programmes are run at the Headquarters & Training Centre in Cork and are residential. It will cost Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind over €4 million to provide these services in 2013. 80% of funding comes through donations and volunteer led fundraising activity in communities nationwide. The cost of a working dog over its lifetime is €38,000. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind trains more dogs and more clients every year and it is constantly developing its programmes. The organisation is in its 38th year.

If you can help please contact me Margaret O’Sullivan

Fundraising Administrator, National Headquarters and Training Centre, Model   Farm Road, Cork, 021 4878238, Email margaretosullivan@guidedogs.ie

Thank you

November Parish Project: In Memoriam

A parish project to celebrate priests, who have served, blessed and led us.

In working through our Diocesan Archive, it has become clear that we have very few pictures of our priests from across the last hundred years. Many men didn’t want fuss, others didn’t have a photograph to pass on. So we have the very real problem of not being able to see, and be reminded, of those who served us so well.

One place where photos do remain are in Memoriam cards – those prayerful reminders of someone who has died. These cards – often in people’s homes, prayer-book’s or bedsides – are often the last link in a chain of memory and prayer.

This November we are inviting you to keep the chain of memory and prayer alive.

We would like you to search out and share any Memoriam cards you have of Limerick priests and religious. We don’t want to take them from you, but rather we would like to make a copy of any Memoriam cards that you have. We are also of course delighted to take care of any Memoriam cards that you wish to donate to the Diocesan Archive.

A personal invite:

Do you have Memoriam Cards of Limerick priests or religious? These might be in a family prayer book, by a bedside or in a drawer.  Would you allow us to scan (copy) these so that we develop a digital diocesan archive

Just call Noirin (061400133), or David (061315856) to arrange to call in with your cards. We will copy the cards there and then and return them to you safe and sound.

If you wish to donate cards to the Diocesan Archive, call David on 061315856

A parish invite:

Why not create a display this November celebrating those who have left this parish to serve, within the diocese or beyond. Ardpatrick Community Council, working with Bishop John Fleming, have created a beautiful book on this theme.

You might have a display case of Memoriam cards in the church porch or in a prayer space – including a book for people to add names of those they want remembered, and a prayer for those who served.

A joint initiative of the Diocesan Archive and Pastoral Development teams.

061 400133/NLynch@ldpc.ie    061315856/David@ldo.ie

Resources for Halloween, All Hallows, All Souls and All Saints.

This is a good time to encourage families to visit graves. Let parishioners know of any November events planned and ask them to invite those who might not know or might not have a car. Consider the November project for your parish – or a similar local project to hoonour those who have died this year.

Halloween is the eve of All Saints day (Hallow’ eve’n). As such prayers for All Saints Day are appropriate.

Traditional Scottish Prayer

From ghoulies and ghosties

And long-leggedy beasties

And things that go bump in the night,

Good Lord, deliver us!

From http://www.churchyear.net/hallowsprayers.html

Plenty of creative Christian ideas on the internet, including at http://www.americancatholic.org



Lord God,

you are the glory of believers

and the life of the just.

Your son redeemed us

by dying and rising to life again.

Since our departed brothers and sisters

believed in the mystery of our resurrection,

let them share the joys and blessings

of the life to come.

Prayer from http://www.beliefnet.com/

Resources for November

The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of November 2013

• General: That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity.

• Missionary: That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches.

You can find a list of all the feast days of November, and all Sunday Gospels for the month HERE at catholicculture.org.

Galway Diocese has a number of nice November resources to share this year at http://www.galwaydiocese.ie/resources/liturgy

– A liturgy of remembrance HERE

– Beautiful prayers for Autumn Days HERE and for loss HERE

– A resource for funeral preparation is also available HERE

Good News: Visit of the Relics of St Anthony

Great affirmation of faith as estimated 30,000 welcome Relics of St. Anthony to St. John’s Cathedral

Young and old flock to Cathedral from not just Limerick but from across Mid-West and South

Limerick became a crossroads for a vast faithful yesterday as they flocked in endless droves throughout the day to St. John’s Cathedral to venerate the relics of the world’s most popular saint, St. Anthony of Padua.

An estimated 30,000 people visited the Cathedral from 9am yesterday morning through to 10.30pm last night, many queuing in rain outside the Church for long periods to get their chance to venerate the sacred relics.

The relics were welcomed to St. John’s as part of a six-location visit to Ireland to mark the 750th Anniversary of their discovery by St. Bonaventure.

The Cathedral was packed to capacity for both Masses – at 10am and 7pm – while there was a constant flow of people, frequently out onto Cathedral   Place, throughout the day as they queued, often in rain, for their chance to venerate the relics of the much loved saint.  Large numbers of volunteers also gave their

time throughout the day and night to keep the celebration running smoothly.

Reflecting on what he described as a ‘humbling affirmation of faith’, Bishop of Limerick Dr Brendan Leahy, who concelebrated the 7pm Mass, said that the numbers that turned up at St. John’s was way beyond what was expected.

“When we accepted the kind invitation from the Franciscans to welcome the relics to Limerick, we knew instantly the privilege this would be for the faithful.  What we didn’t expect, however, was that they would turn out in the numbers they did.  It was way beyond our expectations and a great lift for all involved in the Church.  It was an edifying, humbling and comforting reminder to us that people’s faith is still so precious and strong.

“It was so heartening to see not alone the huge numbers but the great mix of generations as well. We had the very old down to the very young, in some cases infants just a few weeks old.  We also had very big numbers of schoolchildren, particular in the evening after school finished, and then a very large mix of young people for our 7pm Mass.  We had people not just from the Limerick Diocese but from Clare, Kerry, Tipperary, Cork and Kilkenny.

“So many people reach out at a spiritual level to St. Anthony on a daily basis and this was their opportunity to have a tangible moment with the Saint.  They came here to worship, to make petitions and, for many also, to simply say thanks.  It really was such a wonderful day of celebration and created such a great buzz in the City itself.”

Bishop Leahy also expressed his appreciation to the Franciscan’s for the privilege.  “Limerick is just one of six locations across the island that the relics will visit on this tour.  We were delighted and very grateful when they offered us this opportunity as when the Franciscan’s closed here in Limerick, the weekly Tuesday novena was moved to St. John’s, as was the statue of St. Anthony.  And we also have the annual Novena here as well.

“The fact also that we had the relics here of one of the very first followers of St. Francis at the beginning of the current pontificate is also not lost on us given, of course, that the Pope chose the name of Francis.

“We must also thank everyone who made this event happen, the Franciscans, of course, the team at St. John’s, and the volunteers who helped out on the day and helped make this a really special moment for everyone who turned up.  We also thank the media for helping us publicise this event as without this many, many people would missed this very special opportunity to celebrate this great moment in Limerick,” said Bishop Leahy.

The relics were accompanied by Fr Mario Conte, OFM Conv, Editor of the Messenger of St Anthony magazine (international edition).  Addressing the faithful, Fr Conte said that while St. Anthony  is widely revered as the Saint who helps find lost things or people, we can also come to St. Anthony asking God’s help when we lose work, lose hope, lose direction or any aspect of our life that needs replenishing.

Good News: Pobal Nessain Pastoral Area Pilgrim walk

Participants in St Nessan’s Pastoral area team Pilgrim Walk on Sunday 29th September, as part of the Year of Faith celebration.

Many thanks to all who greeted us at the various venues, The Dominicans priests,Rev. Sandra Pragnell at St.Michael’s Perys square,Una Mc Carthy ,sacristan at St.Joseph’s church and Fr Seamus Enright, Frances who led us in the hymns and the ladies who supplied the tea at the Redemptorists.

It was an enjoyable spiritual experience for all who attended.

Good News: Book launch

On Tuesday October 15th @ 7.00 Fr. Michéal de Liostún launched 2 books in the newly refurbished reception area of Mary Immaculate College Limerick.

The first book was a new Irish edition of the New Testament and the Psalms. This edition edited by Ciarán Ó Coigligh is in a handy user friendly format: An Tiomna Nua Agus Leabhar na Salm Eagrán nua den Tiomna Nua agus de na Sailm a foilsíodh den chéaduair ag an Sagart. Tá said foilsithe in aon leabhrán soláimhsithe amháin mar aon le na brollaigh mhínithe tógtha as Bíobla Mhá Nuad. Tá na brollaigh mhínithe seo curtha againn leis na codanna ar leith le go mbeidh siad ina gcabhair ag an léitheoir príobháideach. – curtha in eagar ag Ciarán Ó Coigligh.

The second book is An tOideachas Caitliceach – Inné agus Inniu le Helen Ó Murchú . This is basically a history of Christian Education. Cuntas ar an oideachas ó thus ré na Críostaíochta go dtí an am i láthair.

PICTURES from the event are on the Photo Gallery of the Diocesan website HERE Just click on a picture to enlarge it.

Good News: Pastoral Action Conference

Last Friday 48 representatives from diocese across Ireland gathered in the Clarion Hotel in Limerick for a free workshop on ‘Leadership Skills for Pastoral Actin’.

18 Limerick priests, staff and pastoral area team members attended. The day was hosted by Sr Anne Codd and Julieann McInrey from the Pastoral Renewal dept of the Irish Bishops Conference. It was the third of a free series offered this year (in Dublin, Sligo and Limerick)

Dr. Bobby Moore (www.bobbymooreconsultancy.com) facilitated the day and offered very challenging and inspiring insights into leadership and pastoral action. There was a very strong positive response to his vision of leadership and to the practical applications of this.

As one participant said ‘it will take me months to process the excellent material I heard here today’. We hope that the learning offered here will inspire and support Pastoral Area and Diocesan conversation across 2014.

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