30 Mar 2011

Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre Resource Email - 30th 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 week’s email but if you would like to be included on Noirin's distribution list drop her a line to NLynch@ldpc.ie:

A Lenten retreat day:  Sat, 2nd April.  Glenstal Abbey. All welcome.
“One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!(Jn 9:25b)”

An afternoon of reflection and prayer in the lovely setting of Glenstal monastery.
Participants can choose to participate in some or all of the day. Booking in advance would be appreciated (Call 061 400133).

12.10pm - Glenstal Abbey midday Mass
1-2pm - Lunch available in local restaurants (e.g. Croker Bar in Murroe)
2:15 - 4.45pm "One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see" (Jn 9:25b) Speaker: Noirin Lynch. (2 x 40 minute reflections on scripture  with time for personal and, if desired, group reflection.)
4:45 – 5:30pm - Tour of the Icon Chapel
6:00pm - Glenstal Abbey Vespers, all welcome.
Sedar Meal:    Tues, 5th April. 8-10pm. Pastoral Centre. 12 places only
"I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer" Lk 22:15
The Passover Dinner, with all of its symbolism, was used by Jesus to explain his ministry one last time. And, at the end of this dinner, Jesus asked his disciples to “Do this in remembrance of me”. The early Church took this request seriously. The Seder Dinner was the basis of their Christian Lord's Day Service for the next 300 years. More and more Christians are including the Seder Dinner into their Holy Week activities, in order to learn the significance of this ceremony and the connection we all have with our Jewish heritage.  This Seder Meal is being offered to those who would like to learn about, and experience it, with a view to then offering it in their parish during Holy Week this year.

Lent on Line: A talks series free to watch on your computer
These 15 minute talks tackle serious topics and would be great discussion starters for a group, or points of reflection for an individual. You can now view the following three lectures free online:
Week 1: Can God be found in human suffering? Prof. Eamonn Conway
Week 2: Talking to, for and about God in dark times.  Dr. Jessie Rogers
Week 3: Wherein lies hope? Dr. Rik Van Nieuwenhove

In this week’s talk Rik challenges us about HOPE, - and about the sin of presumption and despair, which cause us to feel we have no need of God or that God has no interest in us. He also speaks of hope in the face of death, something we both trivialised and made taboo, in the face of our struggle to let go and let God.
An interesting and challenging talk  - the text is available to print out, and some group discussion questions are also included. Interested? – to find out more or join this free service please e-mail mary.t.martin@mic.ul.ie or see http://www.nostra.ie/news/lol-lent-on-line

Lenten talks series in Limerick – a reminder
Dominican Biblical institute 
Thursday, 31st March – Fr Noel Kirwan
Faces of Forgiveness. Fr Noel is PP of St Michaels Church, Director of the Pastoral Centre, and Director of Vocation for Limerick diocese.

Tuesday 5 April  - Mark Anthony O’Donnell
The Story of the Universe: What scientists have discovered in the past 100 years . Mark Anthony is a Christian Brother who taught science and more recently studied Cosmology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Tuesday 12 April  - John O’Shea                    
All that's lacking is the will: Surviving and enabling others to survive in a time
of crisis. John is the founder and director of the aid-agency GOAL which works in 12 countries.

Glenstal Abbey
April 3rd Fourth Sunday of Lent
Prof. Liam Tracey OSM, Professor of Liturgy, St Patrick’s College Maynooth

April 10th Fifth Sunday of Lent
Br. Martin Browne OSB, Headmaster Glenstal Abbey School.

Each presentation is at 4.30pm followed by Vespers at 6.00pm.

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