16 Jun 2012

17th June 2012 - 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B) - Review of IEC2012 and Upcoming Summer Events

On this weeks programme we have a panel discussion and reflections on the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which was held in Dublin from 10th to 17th June 2012 and which concludes with the Statio Orbis (final Mass) in Croke Park on 17th June. We are joined by Noirin Lynch to discuss the Congress and also to give us a run down of events coming up over the summer as well as our celestial guides of the upcoming weeks and some other local notices.

This weeks programme podcast is available HERE.

Gospel - Mark 4: 26-34

As we were spending the entire programme discussing IEC2012, we didn't do a gospel reflection on this weeks programme, but for those that are interested, here are some links to reflections on this weeks reading from the gospel of Mark:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy

50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012

On this weeks programme, we give our reflections and thoughts on the Congress which was held in Dublin. Generally a very positive, joy filled experience where the experience of being in community with pilgrims from around Ireland and around the world which for many may have been more beneficial than all the workshops and talks put together.

"When tirelessly the Church listens, heals and reconciles, it becomes what it is at its most luminous - a communion of love, of compassion, of consolation, a transparent reflection of the Risen Christ. Never distant, never on the defensive, freed from all harshness, it can radiate the humbles trusting of love right into our human hearts" - Br Alois, Taize Community
"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament… There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires.” - JRR Tolkein quoted by Fr Paul Murray OP
While it was a great week of sharing and a refreshing experience, the important thing to remember coming out of the Congress is not that it was a once off event, but rather that it is the beginning of something which we are asked to join in with.
For those who may not be computer-literate but want to find out further information and resources arising from the Congress, you are invited to contact the Limerick Diocesan Website on 061 400133.

Upcoming Summer Events

Choir Workshops

Any of these workshops or schools would be an excellent gift for a parish to offer a dedicated choir leader, or a great resource for a teacher, parishioner or choir leader who wants to grow their choir skills. Lets support those who lead us in music at our liturgies by offering them access to great support and resources.

Irish Church Music Assoc - 43rd Annual Summer School - 'Become what you receive' - Mon 2nd - Fri 6th July

For all choir leaders & choirs. Guest director: Marty Haugen. Workshops: Cantor training, Organ, Special Choir, Liturgical composition, Parish & contemporary music, Schools/youth choir, conducting, Vivaldi's Gloria from scratch, Irish in the liturgy. For more see

 Lets Get Singing workshop - 23rd & 24th July. UL, Castletroy.

Led by Choral Music Education Practitioner Anne Barry along with a specialist faculty, this practical two-day course is open to anyone currently working, or interested in working, with children’s and youth choirs in a range of teaching and learning environments. Come along to this ‘hands-on’ participatory course which will provide a practical toolkit of supports and resources. Click
HERE for more

Organ workshops - August 7-9 and 10-12th. Glenstal, Murroe, Co Limerick.

Ansgar Wallenhorst. Tuesday 7th August to Thursday 9th August. Group sessions in the mornings and individual lessons in the afternoons. Evening sessions will include a short recital and an exploration of Gregorian Chant.

Douglas Hollick. August 10-12th. Individual lessons in a group context. Private lessons are available for an extra charge.Recital with works from 17th century Hamburg illustrating something of the music J S Bach would have experienced during his visits to that city, together with music by Buxtehude, Tomkins and Guilain. Bach’s lovely chorale prelude on ‘An Wasserflüssen Babylon’, possibly inspired by his famous improvisation on this chorale in Hamburg in 1720, and his ‘Dorian’ Toccata and Fugue, complete the programme. Full details

Some Youth Events this summer

We often say that we'd like more youth ministry in our parishes. Well summer is a great opportunity to create or build on parish youth ministry. Consider sending young people to these positive events happening in Ireland and beyond. Don't wait for someone else to organise youth ministry in Limerick - here's your opportunity!

Lourdes diocesan pilgrimage
- The youth section of the pilgrimage has been booked out since November - 90 young people will participate. Details HERE.

Muinteareas Iosa - Brú na Graige
27 July - 5 August. Brú na Gráige (Between Ballyferri​ter & Dunquin), Co Kerry.
Muintearas Íosa hosts ten days of “Creideamh, Cairdeas, Cultúr agus Craic” for young people in the beautiful and rugged Gaeltacht of Corca Dhuibhne in West Kerry. More details, including booking forms are available HERE

'One'. The Knock Summer festival. For info click HERE
- Saturday 28th July. 18-30yr olds. Over 600 young people gathered last year for this event. Many groups will opt to continue onto Croagh Patrick on Sunday for the annual 'Reek Sunday' climb.

Knockadoon Music & Liturgy Camp, Cork. Click HERE
- Every August for one week, teens and young adults gather in Knockadoon in east Cork for a joyful, relaxing summer school. Participants learn new music, have small tutorials in their chosen musical instrument, and participate in a fun concert at the end of the week. The website is down for maintenance, but will soon be available HERE

European Youth Forum - Keep the faith. Altötting, Germany. 3rd -8th August 2012
For over 1250 years the city of Altötting is the spiritual heart of Bavaria, Germany, and for more than 500 years, the most important Marian pilgrimage place. Altötting is also one of the six most important Marian shrines in Europe. The Forum, a word taken from latin and meaning something like ‘marketplace’ takes place the heart of the town, in the central square, in the open air.

Come with us, and celebrate in Altötting. The European Youth Forum is a Catholic summer meeting for young people! The Forum will be in English and German with translation to several other languages.

Do you like celebrating, people and other cultures, good music, sharing with others who also seek real truth.

Do you want to be happy, be really free, to love and be loved, to have more respect, more tolerance, a future for yourself, your ideas and ambitions.

Are you looking for a sense of meaning for your life, yourself, your questions, fears, troubles and failures. Click HERE for full details and click HERE for a poster

Other Events and Suggestions for the Summer

  • Limerick Solemn Novena - Friday 15th - Saturday 23rd June @ 7am, 8am, 10am, 11.30am, 1.10pm, 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm & 10.30pm Redemptorist Church, Mount Saint Alphonsus, Limerick
  • The Irish College in Rome is offering a number of retreats in Rome this summer including A retreat for Music Ministers (details HERE) and A time for priests (details HERE).
  • Glenstal Abbey has a number of summer schools, day retreats and workshops happening: Summer Schools (details HEREGlenstal Ecumenical Conference, June 26-28th (details HERE) the final of three Saturday workshops on 'Women of Spirit and Faith' will take place on June 23rd (details HERE)
  • Manresa, Dublin offer a variety of retreat opportunities from Oasis Days HERE to 3 day retreats for lay people HERE to 30 day Ignatian Retreats HERE
  • Moyross Woods in West Cork offer a full programme of week long retreats in a very beautiful rural location. HERE
  • Lough Derg has long been a traditional Irish pilgrimage site. Now one day pilgrimages are also possible. Click HERE for more
  • All Hallows College has a number of summer schools. Fr Donal O'Leary will lead a weekend in September - details HERE
  • Holy Hill Hermitage in Co Sligo
  • Mt St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea
Further information and links are available from the Limerick Diocesan website upcoming events and newsletters. A list of Retreat Centres in Ireland is available here.

Liturgical Odds and Ends

Psalter - Week 3

Saints of the Week:

June 18th - St Juliana Falconieri
June 19th - St Romuald (in Limerick diocese it is also the anniversary of the Dedication of St John's Cathedral)
June 20th - The Irish Martyrs
June 21st - St Aloysius Gonzaga SJ
June 22nd - St John Fisher and St Thomas Moore
June 23rd - Eve of the Nativity of St John the Baptist (John's Eve)

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