6 Apr 2013

7th April 2013 - Second Sunday of Easter - Croi Nua Progamme

On this weeks programme, we are joined by Monica Brown and Hilary Musgrave to share about the Croi Nua renewal programme which is being introduced to Limerick Diocese on April 17th. 

We have our regular saints of the week update and on the blog this week we also provide some links to help reflect on this Sunday's gospel.

This weeks programme is available to listen to HERE.

Croi Nua Programme - Monica Brown and Hilary Musgrave - Emmaus Productions.

Hilary Musgrave & Monica Brown

We are joined this week on the programme by Monica Brown and Hilary Musgrave who talk to us about their ministry and the promotion of the Croi Nua programme.

Information and promotional literature about the Croi Nua programme HERE and HERE.

You can listen to Monica and Hilary speaking about the Croi Nua renewal programme HERE.

Monica is a composer, teacher, facilitator, story teller and community animator. "Her workshops, retreats, faith celebrations and concerts leave people wanting more of the God she somehow manages to make real and tangible through her songs and creatively integrated presentations. By maintaining an empowering link to the Christ of Scriptures, Monica has pioneered a creative approach to spirituality, bringing on board mime, story, ritual and imagery, to embody the Jesus that truly liberates." Monica has composed and recorded 16 collections of songs for children, youth and adults (including the universally appealing "One People One Land") and has written and produced videos and other resources in the area of faith formation, liturgy and ritual. Monica is the founding director of Emmaus Productions and is also the creator and editor of Emmaus Productions liturgy websites www.liturgyplanning.com and www.liturgyplanningimages.com which provide images, creative rituals, liturgies and meditations for schools, parishes and communities.

Hilary Musgrave is a Sister of Charity from Ireland. She has worked in Education both as a teacher and a principal for many years. In more recent years, following her studies in a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry and Spirituality, at Boston College, Hilary works as a facilitator in creative spirituality and integrates sacred clowning into her ministry. She also uses photography and imagery by way of engaging people in their appreciation of the sacred in their lives. Hilary is currently the Director of Croi-Ruah Creative Spirituality Centre, Dublin

To make further enquiries about Croi Nua:

Emmaus Productions, 3 Main Street, Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland
Phone: +353 51391784 Email:

Sr Dympna Clancy - Westbury parish centre 17th April 7.30pm - 086 3708652

Gospel - John 20:19-31

"Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe".......Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Despite the locked doors, the risen Jesus stands in the midst of the disciples. This is a beautiful icon of the Church, the community gathered around Jesus and filled with his spirit. When the Lord, first appears, Thomas is not there and hence does not believe. Only when he returns to the apostolic circle does he encounter Jesus and make his great confession. This detail reminds us that we see the risen Lord only in the church and through its mediation.

Other reflections on this weeks gospel:

Blue Eyed Ennis
English Dominicans
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections

Liturgical odds and ends

Divine Office - Week 2

Saints of the Week

April 8th - Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
April 9th - St Mary of Clephas
April 10th - St Bede the Younger
April 11th - St Stanislaus (bishop and martyr)
April 12th - St Teresa of the Andes
April 13th - St Martin I (pope and martyr)

Popes Intentions - April 2013

Reflections from the Apostleship of Prayer here.

Liturgy, Source of Life. That the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful.
Mission Churches. That mission churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.

Local Notices

Retreat Weekend for Young Adults: - with prayer, input and discussion which will take place at Spanish Point, Co. Clare from April 19thto 21st. Cost is € 30 or a donation. More information and booking form is available from Sr. Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.comor Sr. Brid fcJ at 11 Priory Walk, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12 (01-4924075).

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