24 Mar 2012

25th March 2012 - 5th Sunday of Lent (Year B) - Emmanuel Community

On this weeks show we are introduced to the Emmanuel Community with an interview with Geraldine Creaton. We also have a short interview about "Lourdes - the Musical" which is being produced and presented by youth of Limerick diocese who are involved with the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

This weeks podcast is available here.

Emmanuel Community

On this morning’s programme we are introduced to the Emmanuel Community by Geraldine Creaton. The Emmanuel Community is present in Ireland, and in fifty six countries around the world, and on every continent. The Emmanuel Community was founded in France in 1972 by the Servant of God Pierre Goursat and Martine Lafitte-Catta.

The mission of the Community is to reveal to every man and woman the presence of the God of Love in our lives, Jesus Christ, who is “Emmanuel”, ”God With Us”, and wants to be close to us.

The Community consists of members with different states of life (families, singles, priests and celibate brothers and sisters) having the most different professions and trying to live a fraternal life in the world. It sees its aim as to respond to God's call to holiness addressed to each person, mainly through intense personal prayer, Eucharistic adoration, compassion for the spiritually and materially poor and evangelization. Members are helped to grow spiritually in various ways: "household meetings" (small groups of members, meeting regularly for prayer and reflection on God's action in their lives), "spiritual companionship" (personal meeting with a more experienced member), monthly meetings of all the members in a country or region.

Geraldine talks to us about the work of the community and how people become involved and members of the community. Belonging to Emmanuel or wanting to become part of Emmanuel means responding to a call from Jesus to bring into being and live out a new form of holiness in the Catholic Church, and to do this as a community. This holiness is rooted in the graces of adoration, compassion and evangelisation.

Emmanuel Community on mission in Dublin

The Irish Emmanuel Community is spread throughout Ireland and is made up of people of different occupations and backgrounds. There is one diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Dublin and one seminarian at the Seminary, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The Emmanuel Community is an International Catholic Public Association of the Faithful. Activities include mission and evangelisation with parishes and in cities. A special emphasis is placed on participation in World Youth Days and pilgrimages to Paray Le Monial, France, the Shrine of the Sacred Heart.

Lourdes the Musical

On this weeks show we hear about "Lourdes - the Musical"! A show with a difference!

At heart, every good story is about love, and "Lourdes the Musical" is no different. Ber has a crush on Joey, the boy next door. She travels to Lourdes with the youth pilgrimage in the hope that he'll notice her. Along the way she meets the workers and patients who travel with the pilgrimage each year and discovers that Lourdes isn't the freaky Jesus camp she expected but someplace where people can find peace, where they feel cared for, valued and loved. This story is told with a mix of humour, meaning and music and we hope that you'll join us as we follow Ber, Joey and the rest of the cast as they learn about the things that really matter ... and why sunscreen isn't something to be sniffed at!


- Thursday, March 29th 2012. Matinee (12 noon)
- Thursday, March 29th 2012. Evening (8:00pm)
- Friday, March 30th 2012. Evening (8.00pm)


Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Lmk. The Lime Tree Theatre is located in the new Tara building. The main entrance to Mary I is now on Courtbrack Ave, and there is ample parking in front of the Tara building here. You can see a map of the college HERE


€10 per person for evening shows. €5 per person for the matinee. Tickets will be available from March 1st, and can be purchased at the following locations:
- Limerick Pastoral Centre, Denmark St. 061 400133
- Parish Office, Newcastlewest.
- Friars Gate Theatre, Kilmallock
Tickets can also be reserved, (to be collected and paid for on the night), by booking through the Limerick Pastoral Centre on 061 400133.


Our Cast:
  • Clíodhna McCoy plays Ber Murphy, a young girl whose mother convinces her to travel to Lourdes with the diocesan Youth Pilgrimage. Cliodhna us from Clonlara and is a student in Scoil Carmel.
  • Philip Desmond plays Joey McMahon, the boy-next-door and the other reason that Ber decides to go to Lourdes! Philip, from Adare, is a past pupil of Ard Scoil Ris, and is currently studying in Limerick Senior College.
  • Other cast members include Lorna Murphy, Nicole Timmons, Mai Burke-Hayes and Claire Treacy from Raheen; James McMahon and Joanne Tierney from Patrickswell; Aine Hogan and Brid Madigan from Ballyneety; Graham McNamara from Fedamore, Jade Dillon from the parish of Bruff - Grange - Meanus and Aoife O'Dwyer from Monaleen.
Our Crew
  • There is also a chorus of 20 young people from all over Limerick city and county as well as many Lourdes volunteers who will be helping backstage with sets, costumes, make ups and props!
  • The show is being directed by Sadhbh McCoy, who is also head of Mary Immaculate College Dramatic Arts Society. It is being choreographed by Rebecca Ward form Abbeyfeale and the musical director is Ríona Curtin, Abbeyfeale.
  • The show was written by Clare Bowman, Sadhb McCoy, Aoife Walsh & Fr Chris O’Donnell.
Gospel - John 12:20-33

We didn't get around to reflecting on this weeks gospel on this weeks show, but for our regular readers/listeners, some reflections on this weeks gospel are below:

Word on Fire
Sunday Reflections
Renewal Ministries
English Dominicans
Sunday Homilies with Fr John Coughlan
Centre for Liturgy - St Louis University

Saints of the Week

Psalter - Week 1

March 26th - Feast of the Annunciation (Solemnity)
March 27th - St John Damscene
March 28th - Blessed Donal O'Neylan (one of the Irish martyrs)
March 29th - St Jeanne Marie de Maille
March 30th - St Fergus of Downpatrick
March 31st - St Machabeo of Armagh
April 1st - Palm Sunday

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