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(i) Up coming Events in the Pastoral Centre: Rainbows, Faith formation, A new Spring talks series, and training for pastoral chairpersons.
(ii) Other events of interest Doras Luimni are running intercultural awareness training in February (details below). This free course is of benefit to all who deal with migrants regularly.
(iii) Pastoral Resources
The last week of January and the first weeks of February are rich times for us – saints abound and spring beckons! Catholic Schools week ties in with the feast of St John Bosco, founder of the Salesians who have been a great blessing for us in Limerick. St Brigid, and St Blaise offer tradition, story and depth to our Spring rituals. The Feast of the Presentation beckons us out of Christmas childhood and into a re-consecration of our lives to God. The snowdrops are peeping out – God is at work in our midst!
(iv) Good News stories
25 people from 7 parishes gathered during the week in Limerick city and Newcastle west to consider liturgy resources for Lent 2011. Thanks to all who travelled, encouraged and came up with great ideas for us as we plan ahead. One strong theme for our Lenten desert garden was the knots we have been tied up in – personal, economic, as church, family and state - and how Lent is a time for recognising this knotted-ness in ourselves, time for unravelling what is restricting us, a time for asking God to set us free of all that which binds us up in dark knots of fear, hurt or judgement. The Sunday Gospels for this Lent have much hope to offer into this struggle.
Adult/Parish Faith formation: Resources from the Eucharistic Congress - These are simple positive resources that can be used in a parish over 2 – 5 sessions (after morning Mass? Weeknight evenings? As prayer for the Parish Pastoral Council, etc). The journey to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in 2012 is an opportunity for country-wide, parish-wide and personal enrichment and renewal. A variety of resources for group and individual use have been made available and this workshop offers an accessible summary and practical ideas for using the resources.
- City Tuesday, February 1st, Pastoral Centre. 7:30 – 9pm
- County Thursday, February 3rd, Newcastlewest Parish centre. 7:30 – 9pm
- Cost: 10 euros per parish
- 2nd Feb - Pope John Paul II,
- 9th Feb - Maximilian Kolbe,
- 16th Feb - Catherine DeHueck Doherty,
- 23rd Feb - Fr Rick Thomas,
- 2nd Mar - Charles de Foucauld.
Training for Chairpersons of Parish Pastoral groups
Part One: The role and responsibility of pastoral chairs Monday, 7th February. 7:30 – 10pm
Part Two: Making pastoral decisions together Monday, 21st February. 7:30 – 10pm
- Feb 16th– 10-4pm
- May 17th– 10-4pm
- Sept 13th– 10-4pm
- Nov 22nd– 10-4pm
- Feb 17th– 10-1pm
- May18th– 10-1pm
- Sept 14th– 10-1pm
- Nov 23rd– 10-1pm
Rabiya Ali Panezai, Capacity Building Officer
Abed Aldakar, Intercultural and Integration Officer
Phone: 061-310328, 087-1775845, 087-1775860