16 Jul 2018

100 years on: The murder of the Russian Tsar and his family

July 17th is the anniversary of the execution of the Czar Nicholas II of Imperial Russia and his family in 1917 at Yekaterinburg. The story of the fall of the Romanov family and the murder of the royal family at the hands of drunk soldiers in a dark and dank cellar has fueled mystery and speculation since the event happened and was badly hidden by the Bolsheviks in 1917 right up to the present day when there is still a dispute about the remains of the royal family found in 1992 and 2007.

BBC Witness - 100 years on: The murder of the Russian Tsar and his family
The Independent - Tsar Nicholas II's murder 100 years on: The terrible fate of Russia’s imperial family
The Atlantic (March 1928 edition) - The Last Days of the Romanovs
National Geographic - Tsar's Family Death

In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church canonised the royal family. Strictly speaking, of course, the Tsar, his wife and their children did not die for their faith. Renouncing their religious beliefs would never have saved the Romanovs from the Bolshevik firing squad which executed them in July 1918. But the Russian Orthodox Church saluted the Christian humility with which the family met their death by making them saints.

NYT - Nicholas II And Family Canonized For 'Passion' 
Telegraph - Romanovs move from tsardom to sainthood

But still today, their history and their killing still inspires passions across some sectors of Russian society including within the Kremlin and the higher levels of the Russian Orthodox Church.

BBC - The legacy of the Romanovs: how is the last Russian royal family remembered in Russia?
TASS - Patriarch Kirill leads prayer at site of execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family
Pravmir - Patriarch Kirill to lead 21-km Procession in Memory of Nicholas II’s Family
Catholic Herald - The Russian Orthodox believers who treat the Tsar like a God

15 Jul 2018

July 16th - Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel with St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila
- Terry Nelson (iconographer)

July 16th is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid 13th centuries. They built a chapel in the midst of their hermitages which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, whom they conceived of in chivalric terms as the "Lady of the place"

Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel also known as the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Mary's special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer. Traditionally, Mary is said to have given the Scapular to an early Carmelite named Saint Simon Stock. The liturgical feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is celebrated on 16 July.

"Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is bound to the history and spiritual values of the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and is expressed through the scapular. Thus, whoever receives the scapular becomes a member of the order and pledges him/herself to live according to its spirituality in accordance with the characteristics of his/her state in life."

"The scapular is a Marian habit or garment. It is both a sign and pledge. A sign of belonging to Mary; a pledge of her motherly protection, not only in this life but after death. As a sign, it is a conventional sign signifying three elements strictly joined: first, belonging to a religious family particularly devoted to Mary, especially dear to Mary, the Carmelite Order; second, consecration to Mary, devotion to and trust in her Immaculate Heart; third an incitement to become like Mary by imitating her virtues, above all her humility, chastity, and spirit of prayer."

Dr Lillis has a reflection on Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Blessed John Paul II.

Letter of the Prior General (OCarm) on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2018

WMoF2018 - July 2018 Updates and News 2

WMoF2018 - July 2018 News and Updates

For the most recent updates on WMOF2018 check out their social media sites (listed on the right hand side bar!). The following is the most recent email news letter from the WMoF2018 office:

Booking has now Closed for Final Mass in Phoenix Park!
Over 500,000 tickets have been booked for the Final Mass of WMOF2018, which will be celebrated by Pope Francis. All tickets have now been reserved and booking has closed for this event. The Mass will take place at 3pm in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 26 August.

Requests for tickets for WMOF2018 have been overwhelming and we are delighted to announce that each of the events is now fully booked. Within a week of tickets being released to the public, 400,000 tickets for the Closing Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park were booked, all 45,000 tickets for Knock Shrine were booked within the first 4 hours and the Pastoral Congress in the RDS is now also fully booked, with a record-breaking 37,000 registrations.

We are delighted that so much interest has been expressed and, with over 10,000 overseas bookings, we look forward to welcoming many pilgrims and families from all over the world. WMOF2018 is a record-breaking Word Meeting of Families with the highest number of people registered to the Pastoral Congress, the highest number of international pilgrims attending and the highest amount of children and young people attending! Thank you to all of you!

This month, we have news and updates on the programme for the Pastoral Congress and the Host a Family project, information on the WMOF2018 Pilgrim Walk, an outline of our sustainability theme, ‘Our Common Home’, an introduction to our ‘Humans of World Meeting of Families 2018’ Facebook page, resources to encourage preparation in the home for WMOF2018, as well as links to our latest blogs.

With only a few short weeks to go, we are all looking forward with great anticipation to August and a joyful exploration and celebration of love and family life today.
 Photo Credit: WMOF2018 
Pastoral Congress Programme released
The programme for the three-day Pastoral Congress in the RDS, Dublin has now been released and is published on the WMOF2018 website. We have an exciting line-up of keynote addresses, panels, presentations and workshops, with options for everyone, young people and adults alike. We have a varied and interesting schedule in the main arena which reflects on the theme, ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. This was chosen by Pope Francis, offering families the opportunity to have a way of deepening their reflection and their sharing of the content of The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)’.

The Congress will also offer fun and prayerful activities for individuals and families, including a tailored programme for children (4-12 yrs) and teenagers (13-17 yrs). The highlight of each day will be the celebration of the Eucharist in the Family Arena. Fun activities for all the family will run throughout the day in the Conference venue, except during the celebration of Mass in the Family Arena.

Listen to Speaker Manager Hannah Evans discussing the range of workshops, talks and discussions featuring speakers and panellists from across the world.
Meet Eirinn, the WMOF2018 Mascot!
Éirinn is the official mascot for World Meeting of Families 2018! She loves to play, sing and dance and would like to say a big “Hello” to all the boys and girls attending the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, 2018! She will be present with us during the events, inviting children and families to participate in our activities.

Éirinn means ‘Ireland’ in our native Irish language and this is our mascot's name as Ireland is home to the World Meeting of Families 2018. The Sheep is a very special animal that appears in the Bible. The Parable of the Lost Sheep is one of Jesus’ great stories in the Gospels. It is about a shepherd who leaves his flock of ninety-nine sheep to find the one which is lost. Just like each sheep is a member of the flock, each one of us is an important member of God’s family.

Read more about Éirinn here.
Embark on a seven-Church Pilgrimage in Dublin: The WMOF2018 Pilgrim Walk!
From Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August, we invite pilgrims, in a single day or over the period of the week, to undertake the WMOF2018 Pilgrim Walk. This will involve visiting seven designated churches, spending time in prayer in each of them for a special intention related to families and finishing the visit with the WMOF2018 prayer.

Each pilgrim will be issued with a pilgrim walk passport, which will be stamped at each station, in the ancient tradition of the Camino of St James. A pilgrimage certificate of completion will be stamped when they arrive at the last of the seven churches. The churches can be visited in any order. Families, groups, individuals, adults and children are all invited to participate in the pilgrim walk. There is no charge to participate.

This is an event organised by the Dublin Diocesan Preparatory Committee and supported by the WMOF2018 Office.

The route for the WMF2018 Pilgrim Walk includes seven Churches in the city:
  • St Teresa’s Carmelite Church, Clarendon Street. The theme for this station is the gift of parents to the family.
  • St Francis Xavier’sGardiner Street. The theme for this station is the role of teachers in enriching the children of our families.
  • St Saviour's, Dominick Street. The theme of this station is ‘God walks with families when times are tough.’
  • St Michan’s, Halston Street. The theme for this station is the gift of children to the family.
  • St Michan’s, Church Street. The theme for this station is fostering the gift of forgiveness among families. This is an Anglican Church, and its inclusion is part of the ecumenical dimension of the Pilgrim Walk.
  • St Audoen’s Church, High Street. The theme for this station is the gift of grandparents to the family.
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Whitefriars), Aungier Street. The theme for this station is love at the heart of the family.
We also invite pilgrims to visit the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Dublin: St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street. The theme for this station is the gift of brothers and sisters within the family. Please note that The Pro-Cathedral will close after 12:45pm Mass on Thursday 23 August until Sunday 26 August in the morning.

Host a Family/Pilgrim Programme prepares for 1,700 Overseas Guests
There will be over 15,000 oversea pilgrims coming to Ireland for WMOF2018, many of which have applied to stay with other families in Ireland. We have almost reached the target of 1,700 beds for overseas visitors and the call-out for pilgrims has now closed. We are delighted with the enthusiastic and positive response from potential host families. Now we are in the process of visiting our hosts, talking through the plans and matching hosts and overseas pilgrims. Several large-group parish meetings are scheduled in Parish Centres around Dublin to brief hosts and finalise details. It’s wonderful to be able to give this accommodation offer to pilgrims who otherwise might not have been in a position to attend WMOF2018. We look forward to welcoming them, and all our overseas pilgrims to WMOF2018!

Read how the hosts are preparing to welcome thousands of pilgrims on our latest blog! 

How We Can Prepare At Home for WMOF2018
As preparations continue for all the different events of WMOF2018 and as we get closer to August, we encourage families to make their own prayerful preparations for our great event.

We are delighted to have many families with young children registered for WMOF2018. Along with the various resources for adults for use in the parish and at home, we have also created materials to engage our younger family members. As excitement builds for WMOF2018 and the visit of Pope Francis, why not encourage children to visit our resources page, where our Pray-a-Thon can be downloaded. This is an invitation to reach out to family members/friends and pray for them and any special intentions they might have. The Pray-a-Thon card has space for up to 20 names and the children write down the names of family members/friends for whom they will pray on each day of their Pray-A-Thon. Read more about and download the Pray-a-Thon here.

Our “Prayer Space at Home” initiative invites us to share pictures of the spaces where we pray in our homes, as an opportunity to explore how we pray, where we pray at home and how we transform everyday spaces into places that serve to remind us of God. Follow the link to upload your photos here.

Finally, as young children love to ‘colour-in’, we have created colouring pages of different figures in the Icon of the Holy Family and of our St Patrick's Day window stickers. This offers a good opportunity to discuss together the meaning and messages behind the images, as the children create their works of art!
Check out our Colouring-In pages here.

And of course, visit our Amoris; Let's Talk Family! Let's Be Family! Programme, which has been running since August 2017 leading the preparations for our event.

If you are an international visitor, access the International Catecheses for WMOF2018, available in five languages on the website of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
Care of Our Common Home
“In the family too, we can rethink our habits of consumption and join in caring for the environment as our common home.” (Amoris Laetitia, 277)

In response to Pope Francis' call for families to care for our own environment, WMOF2018 is inviting all pilgrims attending in August into a conversation about ‘Our Common Home’.

People can visit ‘Our Common Home’ eco-spaces and join in discussion, prayer and action in caring for our beautiful planet. They can hear some of the eco-stories of families from around the world and discover more about how we can care for our beautiful world and live more sustainable lives; they can visit some of our eco-exhibitions and participate of various workshops dealing with how to care for our planet.

The ‘Our Common Home’ Project at WMOF2018 is being offered in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Trócaire & Laudato Si' Ireland.

Read more about ‘Our Common Home’ spaces at WMOF2018.
Humans of WMOF2018
The original ‘Humans of…’ project was started in New York City in 2010, to share the stories of a cross-section of the city’s inhabitants. The portraits and accompanying stories were shared on a Facebook page which now has over twenty million followers and the phenomenon has spread worldwide.

With the Humans of World Meeting of Families 2018 Facebook page we capture and catalogue family stories and anecdotes about family life, past and present, from WMOF2018 staff, volunteers, diocesan and parish participants as well as those preparing to travel to WMOF2018 from other countries. These stories are linked by the theme of faith. Check out the Humans of WMOF2018 on our website here or follow us on the dedicated Facebook page here. We hope you enjoy them!

July 15th - Feast of the Translation of the relics of St Swithun of Winchestor

St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare

St. Swithin was a beloved ninth-century bishop of Winchester, England, who requested that he be buried in the churchyard–some say to be close to the common people, whom he loved; some say so that he could enjoy God’s gift of rain for all eternity. When he died in 862, his request was honored. About 100 years later, however, it was deemed unseemly that so holy a man should rest in a common grave. On July 15, the saint’s feast day, the people attempted to enshrine his remains in his church. Legend has it, however, that St. Swithin caused torrential rains to fall for 40 days, until the intended transfer was abandoned. This is the source of a very old Scottish weather proverb regarding rain on July 15: “St. Swithin’s Day if thou dost rain, / For forty days it will remain.”

15th July 2018 - Amoris : Lets Talk Family - Parish Conversations

Emer Williams joins John and Shane on this weeks programme to introduce the Amoris programme which is the preparatory programme which has been running in parishes across the diocese and country as preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2018. In addition we have our regular run through the saints of the week plus our reflection on the Sunday gospel.

You can listen to the full podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Amoris - Let's talk Family! Let's be family - Parish Conversations

Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) is a post-Synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis on love in the family. It was signed on 19 March 2016 on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, and brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015. It frequently cites their final Reports, documents and teachings of his predecessors, and his own numerous catecheses on the family, as well as contributions of various Episcopal Conferences around the world.

Amoris Laetitia is the document under penning the preparations for WMOF2018 and in parishes across the diocese and country since last year groups have been gathering to read and explore this document from Pope Francis.

On this weeks programme Emer Williams introduces the programme and we play a clip from the introductory video which was used to facilitate to discussions across six sessions.

In each session of this six–session parish conversation, the participants are be invited to take part in a process which is designed to be interactive and participative. They are helped to reflect on and articulate their experience of family life and their response to Pope Francis’ reflections in The Joy of Love. The programme takes, as its starting point, people’s experience of love and their hopes and fears with regard to marriage and family.

The programme’s first and second sessions deal with the reality of family life in the world today. It explores how Pope Francis recognises the widespread desire for permanence in love and his challenge to us as Church to communicate more effectively the Good News of the Gospel of the Family, which is supportive of that desire. It looks at the challenges posed by consumer culture to stability in family life, and the foundational role of God’s love in our teaching on the permanence of married love and its openness to new life.

In sessions three and four, the programme goes on to explore how love is lived in the family and how children are nurtured.

In session five, the programme explores Pope Francis’ understanding of human fragility in the reality of family life, the importance of reaching out to all, regardless of their circumstances, and the priority of God’s mercy in how we approach that fragility. This challenges all pastoral agents and all families to reach out to people on the margins, which Pope Francis refers to as the peripheries. This session also explores the role of discernment in the concrete application of mercy.

In the final session, the programme explores a spirituality of hope in regard to love and marriage. This session gives people the opportunity to listen to the experiences of older couples and to hear their advice to younger couples. It also includes Pope Francis’ own practical advice on how families can be places of joy in the midst of human fragility.

You can listen to the podcast excerpted from this weeks programme HERE.

The Amoris website has resources to explore in depth including pdf's of the Parish Conversation programmes, short videos to view and download as well as ideas for supporting family life and faith.
  • You can find about about the Amoris programme HERE
  • The six week programme is HERE
  • Amoris Laetitia can be explored HERE by clicking the tiles to access the full text of each chapter of Amoris Laetitia. A short video guide for each chapter also included
  • WMoF2018 channel on iCatholic has many short video resources also with the Amoris Parish programme HERE.
Gospel - Mark 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by twoand gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journeybut a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandalsbut not a second tunic. He said to them,“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,leave there and shake the dust off your feetin testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons,and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
St Louis University Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 3

Saints of the Week

July 16th - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
July 17th - Pope St Leo IV
July 18th - St Daminh Dinh Dat
July 19th - St Macrina the Younger
July 20th - St Apollinaris
July 21st - St Lawrence of Brindisi

For whom does the bell toll?

It's morning when I go to sleep
In the distant dawn a church bell rings
Another day is coming on
A baby's born, an old man dies
Somewhere young lovers kiss good-bye
I leave my soul and just move on
And wish that I was there to sing this song
 - Jon Bon Jovi

Glenstal rings bells for feast day of St Benedict
July 11th 2018

The Benedictines at Glenstal Abbey celebrated the feast of Saint Benedict with the ringing of new bells.

“Thanks to a generous gift, we are installing a set of four brand-new bells this week,” stated the monks as they issued an open invitation for the public to attend the celebration.

The set of four bells has been manufactured by the Jan Felczyński Bell Foundry in Przemyśl, Poland. The bells have been cast in bronze and, following tradition, each one has been named:Benedict, Scholastica, Joseph and Columba. The obverse side of each bell is adorned with an image of the saint whose name it bears. In the cases of Saints Benedict, Joseph and Columba,the images are based on the carvings of the saints in the abbey church. A short phrase connected with the saint or with the bell’s function of calling the people of God to worship is placed beneath the image. These phrases come from the Rule, the Psalter, the Missal and the Antiphonale. The inscriptions are in Latin, apart fromthat for Saint Columba, which is in Irish. The reverse side of each bell is adorned with the abbey coat of arms, the title of the abbey and the year.

They were hoisted into position on the library on July 11th (feast of St Benedict), from where they rang out to call the monks and all others who heard them “to give honour and glory to God in the sacred liturgy,” the monks stated.

Fr Brendan Coffey, the sixth and current Abbot of Glenstal, spoke during the Mass, stating that bells have the important task of calling people to pray. “But bells do more than just summon, they ring out a particular message, and for us that message is summed up in the life of [St] Benedict of Nursia,” he said.

“As we face the challenges and difficulties of living in the 21st century, our temptation today is to rely more than ever on power – something which is conspicuously absent from Benedict’s list. Our leaders tend to be powerful people with big personalities. We can see it around the world today,” he said.

He highlighted how all over the world people spend huge sums of money to keep “safe” and “to keep the stranger out”. But this goes against the second beatitude: “Blessed are the gentle”.

He explained that that this is a world view built on fear, and which is not a very happy place in which to live.

“Benedict’s world is built on hospitality, the search for God and mutual well being and in the end it is a much safer place to live,” he said. “Change begins with me. This is the Christian message which rings out from a Benedictine monastery, the call which summons the Christian people everywhere to pray, the clear pure resounding chime of peace.”

The details of the new bells of Glenstal:

Weight:290 kg
Diameter: 78 cm
Pitch: C
Inscription- Mens concodet voci (That the mind may be in harmony with the voice)
From the Rule of Benedict, ch. 19 –‘On the Manner of Saying the Divine Office’.

Weight:150 kg
Diameter: 61 cm
Pitch: E
Inscription - Magnificare praeconiis (To give you fitting praise)
From the Roman Missal, Preface for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph.

Weight:90 kg
Diameter: 51 cm
Pitch: G
Inscription - Téanaigí,a chlann ó agus éistigí liom (Come, children, listen to me)
From Ps 33 [34]:12. (In ch. 23 of bk 3 of the Life of Saint Columba, Saint Adomnán records that these were the last words written by Saint Columba before he died. The verse is also quoted in the Prologue of the Rule of Benedict.)

Weight:70 kg
Diameter: 46cm
Pitch: A
Inscription- O potensvistus amoris (Oh, the power of the power of love!)
From Antiphonale Monasticum,Vespers Hymn for the Feast of Saint Scholastica, Te beata sponsa Christi. (The line refers to the account in ch.33 of bk 2 of the Dialogues of St Gregory the Great, when, three days before her death, in response to Saint Scholastica’s prayer, a sudden storm prevented her brother, Saint Benedict from returning to his monastery after their annual meeting. At the end of the story, Gregory comments, ‘She was more powerful who loved more).

8 Jul 2018

Some web browsing...............

Our Time Running Out

Christian presence in Middle East under threat, says Pope

Peace cannot be built with walls, Pope Francis says in Bari

15-year-old “computer geek” declared Venerable 

Pope Francis sets two teenagers on path to canonisation

If you feel lazy about going to Mass, meet Paddy the Iraqi 

The unusual shapes of post-colonial Indian churches 

Pope appoints first lay man to head up a Vatican dicastery 

A Lay "Cardinal" – In Media Reform's Take Two, Francis Makes History

Death of Fr Kevin Scallon founder of the ‘Intercession for Priests’ 

Catholic education in Ireland is in trouble. Can it survive the end of the “Baptism Barrier?” 

Lessons Found in a Traditional Russian Icon Corner 

The Saints and Shrines of England 

Thinking Faith reflects on priesthood as Jesuits in Britain prepare to celebrate the ordination of two new priests 

8th July 2018 - Reflections from Limerick's Novena 2018

This weeks programme has some of the reflections from the 2018 novena at Mt St Alphonsus in June during the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. John and Shane have our regular run through local notices and our celestial guides for week and we have our reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel.

You can listen to the full podcast of the programme HERE.

Reflections from Limericks 2018 Novena

From June 15th - 23rd, Limerick celebrated its solemn novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Again this year family was a focus of the novena with the theme of this year’s Novena being “Celebrating Family”. 

On this weeks radio programme we share two of the reflections recorded from the novena:
  • Fr Peter Hill gives us his reflection on a just household
  • Ann Walsh gave us her reflection on family and understanding family.
You can listen to these reflections excerpted from the main SS102fm programme podcast HERE.

Gospel - Mark 9:18-26

He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 2

Saints of the Week

July 10th - St Cuan
July 11th - St Benedict
July 12th - St Louis & Zelie Martin
July 13th - St Henry 

Visit to Ireland of the Relics of Saints Louis & Zélie Martin and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux August 4 to September 9, 2018

Louise & Zelie Martin

In conjunction with the organisers of the World Meeting of Families, the Irish Carmelites have arranged that Relics of Saints Louis, Zélie and Thérèse will come from Lisieux and be in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. The organisers consider the presence of the Relics in the country to be an integral part of the Meeting. The Relics will be at the Opening Ceremony in the R.D.S., Dublin, on Tuesday, August 21, and they will also be in the sanctuary in the Phoenix Park for the Papal Mass on Sunday, August 26.

The Relics will also travel to several places across Ireland before and after the World Meeting and this gives a much wider group of people who cannot the Congress in the R.D.S. or the Festival of Families in Croke Park or the Papal Mass at the close of the World Meeting to participate in the Meeting in a different though tangible way. Given the short time the Relics will be in the country it is not possible to visit every diocese and every part of the island, but the hope is that given the time available, that as many people as possible will be able to spend time with the Relics and to consider the life of this saintly family. The journey of the Relics through Ireland is a form of pilgrimage leading up to the World Meeting itself and leading away from it afterwards.

Each place that will receive the Reliquaries will organise their own liturgical celebrations and times for veneration and these will be made known over the coming weeks. Information regarding the preparations in each place can be had direct from each place.

You can find more information from the Carmelites website here.


The Dominican Church, Glentworth St, Limerick will be hosting the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux, and of her parents, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, on Saturday 18 August, beginning with the 1pm Mass. Blessing of roses, veneration of relics, and reflections by the Dominicans will follow, with sung Vespers concluding the event at 5pm.

Popes Prayer Intention - July 2018 - Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

Your parish priest is always available for you, to celebrate Mass, visit the sick, speak with someone who doesn't have anyone else who will listen to him, and much more. 

But he's not a superman. He's a person who, like everyone else, also feels alone sometimes. During those moments of loneliness, you can do a lot for him. Listen to him, visit him, smile at him. He needs it.

“The tiredness of priests... Do you know how often I think about it? Priests, with their virtues and defects, work in many different areas. Working on so many active fronts, they cannot remain inactive after a disappointment.

At such times, it's good for them to remember that the people love their priests, need them, and trust in them.

Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.”