4 Mar 2011

Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre Resource Emails - 2nd March 2011

Each week Noirin Lynch from Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre sends around an pastoral resource email for use of parishes within Limerick diocese. Below we have some of the items from this weeks email but if you would like to be included on Noirin's distribution list drop her a line to NLynch@ldpc.ie

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In this weeks email:
(i)     Up coming Events in the Pastoral Centre – Rainbows, Pancakes and more!
  • Training for Rainbows Co-ordinators - Thursday, 3rd March. A one night training is offered to Rainbows facilitators who are to who wish to become site coordinators. Topics covered include: Site establishment, child protection policy, publicity, support for facilitators, fundraising, etc. Places must be booked, please call Noirin on 061400133 or email NLynch@ldpc.ie
  • Muinteareas Iosa – Pancake Party - The now annual Pancake Party is planned for the afternoon of March 8th – See the Muinteareas facebook page for more details!
(ii)   Other events of interest
  • Glenstal Lenten Series 2011 - Presentation 4.30pm followed by Vespers at 6.00pm. Contribution at your discretion. The inspiration for the Glenstal Lenten Series 2011 comes from W.B. Yeats’ poem To Ireland in the Coming Times. Yeats is concerned with Ireland and her future. Because life is short, he encourages us to make room for meditating on God, time and love. We invite you for the Sundays of Lent to the following presentations:
  1. March 13th First Sunday of Lent - Prof. Margaret Harper, Glucksman Chair in Contemporary Writing in English, University of Limerick.
  2. March 20th Second Sunday of Lent - Abbot Patrick Hederman OSB, Abbot of Glenstal.
  3. March 27th Third Sunday of Lent - Hibernia, artistic director, Óscar Mascareñas. An ensemble formed by the students at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (Concert of Chant and Poetry in the Abbey Church).
  4. April 3rd Fourth Sunday of Lent  - Prof. Liam Tracey OSM, Professor of Liturgy, St Patrick’s College Maynooth
  5. April 10th Fifth Sunday of Lent - Br. Martin Browne OSB, Headmaster Glenstal Abbey School.
  • Dominican Biblical institute – Lenten talks series 2011 - Dominican Biblical Institute, Upper Cecil Street, Limerick. Tuesdays at 7.30 pm Lenten Talks Series (Admission Free, Donations invited.)
  1. From Crisis to Hope: Nicola Rooney - Tuesday 15 March - Nicola is Research Coordinator of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Episcopal Conference,  which has just published a reflection on the current political, social and economic crisis.
  2. The Hope that is in You – There are no hopeless situations, only hopeless people: Donagh O’Shea - Tuesday 22 March Donagh is a Dominican, writer and Director of the Dominican Retreat Centre in Tallaght.
  3. Working Together to Help Prevent Suicide - Minding Yourself and Others : Bernie Carroll - Tuesday 29 March - Bernie is Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE West (Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary).
  4. The Story of the Universe – What scientists have discovered in the past 100 years: Mark Anthony O’Donnell - Tuesday 5 April - Mark Anthony is a Christian Brother who taught science and more recently studied Cosmology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
  5. All that's lacking is the will – Surviving and enabling others to survice in a time of crisis: John O’Shea - Tues 12 April - John is the founder and director of the aid-agency GOAL which works in 12 countries.
  • Pancakes  - Next Tuesday the 8th of March is pancake Tuesday and we are having all the pancakes that you can eat free just leave a donation for Trocaire and Milford Hospice but no more than two pancakes to take-away in St. Munchins Community Centre Kileely Court Kileely from 9am to 1pm.
(iii)  Pastoral Resources  for Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
Last week we had information about the Bishops Pastoral, the Liturgical calendar, and Lenten prayer resources; as well as resources for St Patricks day. The previous week saw resources for Temprance Sunday (this Sunday), Ash Wednesday and the begining of Lent. This week, we offer some resources for Pancake (Shrove) Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. If you would like these resources, drop Noirin an email at the email address given above.
(iv)  Good News stories from Limerick Diocese
Liturgy course
In Raheen over 20 people gathered again on Tuesday evening to prepare to form parish liturgy groups. This week we explored the liturgical year and the variety of opportunities that Catholics have for prayer: from devotions like novenas, confraternaties and the Rosary, to pilgrimages and holy wells. From Communion services to the Liturgy of the hours. From Easter to Christmas, From Sunday to Sunday! This 4 week program is promoting a lot of discussion and new resources for these groups. And the program is available to any Pastoral Area who wishes to offer it to its parishes.
Trocaire workshop
A small group gathered last Wednesday for an excellent workshop by Janet Twomey from Trocaire.  Janets personal committment and awareness of the family involved in this years Trocaire stories meant that we all went away full of enthuasism and ideas! (and most also got extra resources and props from kind hearted Janet!). This annual workshop is really invaluable for parish liturgy groups, and we are so grateful to Janet for her enthuasism, committment and joyful encouragement of each person.
Rainbows
Rainbows sites across the county are finishing their January – March programs, or mid way through February – Easter courses. Hundreds of children across the county have been blessed by the generousity of those who offer Rainbows in local schools. This week alone, Noirin has been to see the lovely children of Corpus Christi as they start their Rainbows club, the facilitators of Newcastle west and Abbeyfeale as they plan their ‘Celebrate Me’ Day, trained 11 new facilitators in a county Clare school, and spoke to 2 other schools considering the program.  

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