12 Oct 2013

13th October 2013 - 28th Sunday in Ordinary time (Year C) - Interview with James Kilbane

On this weeks programme John and Ann are joined by special guest James Kilbane to discuss faith and music. We have a reflection on this weeks gospel from Sr Ann Shields from Renewal Ministries. We have our liturgical odds and ends including Saints of the Week and some local notices.

You can listen to this weeks full radio programme on our podcast HERE.

You can listen to the James Kilbane interview excerpted from the programme HERE.

Interview with James Kilbane

John and Ann are joined this week by singer James Kilbane who shares his story of faith and music and also about an up coming event in the Augustinians in Limerick on 17th October.

James Kilbane is a multi-platinum selling Christian, country gospel and Irish singer. James Kilbane was the runner up in Ireland's national talent television show You're A Star in 2003 / 2004. Since then he has established his career with his mix of gospel, Christian, country and folk music.

Since his success in You're a Star, Kilbane has gone on to record and release a number of well received albums including King of the Road, Close to You, Hymns of Praise, Divine Love, Life's Miracle, Heart to Heart, Glory and Grace, and Songs Of Ireland, as well as his Christmas album titled The Christmas Collection. For the Year of Faith James is the voice of Veritas. The album was released to celebrate the Year of Faith and presents 20 tracks giving a flavour of 200 years of Irish Christian and faith based music that many have held dear in prayer and in their spiritual lives.

A very unique partnering will take place at St. Augustine’s Church, O’Connell Street, Limerick on Thursday 17th October when country singer James Kilbane and popular journalist and writer John Waters present a presentation together at the city centre church for the Year of Faith. The early evening event will commence with Holy Mass at 4pm followed immediately by the Year of Faith presentation with John Waters and James Kilbane. The theme for the evening will be Opening doors for the Year of Faith. Fr. Liam Ryan commented, “This year is so much about openness. The opening of new doors of faith, the doors of the heart and the doors of the mind, for God”. It is felt that this event will contribute to this theme as the city centre church and the Augustinians play an very open and an important part to the life and faith of Limerick always believing in existing without frontiers as the church is always open to all walks of life in the city and surrounding parishes of greater Limerick and serving the community at hand.

As part of their contributions to the Year of Faith, James Kilbane and John Waters have decided to become partners in a short tour of communities, churches and venues over the Year of Faith and are joining the Augustinians on Thursday 17th. In these presentations James and John will share their faith and stories that will explore through their music and the spoken word some of the most fundamental questions facing faith, Irish culture and those who inhabit it today: on subjects as, openness, freedom, reason, hope, certainty and overcoming adversity. The evening that promises to be an enjoyable, inspiring and thought provoking evening of faith sharing.

Roscommon native, John Waters is a well known Irish personality and writer. He has been a journalist since 1984 and currently writes for the Irish Times, The Irish Mail on Sunday and The Irish Catholic. He also wrote for The Hot Press Magazine for many years. Waters has published six books and several plays as well as public speaking around the world. In his writing and life Waters has specialised in raising unpopular issues of public importance, including the repression of Famine memories, the denial of rights to fathers and, more recently, the conundrum of maintaining faith in an increasingly secular Irish and global culture. He was recently a guest speaker on the theme of “addiction and grace”, alongside Pope Francis, to an audience of 200,000 in St Peter’s Square, as part of the Pentecost Vigil of new Catholic movements. Commenting on the Year of Faith and his tour with James Kilbane, “For me, faith is knowledge of reality. There’s no need to make any great leap from the world as we encounter it every day. I’ve learned to look hard at reality, and, when I began to do that, I soon noticed that the manmade world had been working very hard to convince me that there’s nothing beyond it I needed to be bothered with. I’m sufficiently astonished by the mysteriousness of my own existence to be unconvinced by most of the supposedly rational analysis emanating from secular sources. Human beings need to stay in touch with their mysterious nature and origins, which for me is the essence of religion. Now I try to share my understandings and experiences with people. That’s that I see this Year of Faith as being about: to wake ourselves up to the fact that we are hooked into God as much as any human being who ever stood on the earth. And this is the best news you’re ever going to hear”

Partnering John on the evening is award winning singer James Kilbane who has become a leading voice for Christian music in Ireland. Ten years on since You’re A Star, James has continued to develop in music with the release of ten albums and against the odds of commercial secular based music he held to his beliefs and is now a multi-platinum selling artist. In recent times Kilbane has been involved in a variety of faith based music endeavours, including attending Grafton High Security Prison, Ohio where he was invited to perform a concert at the Death Row prison. He was a guest performer at the International Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin where James and his country band performed to thousands on the main arena stage. A very important part of Kilbane’s belief is to work with other Christian traditions and he regularly is invited to perform and work at cross denominational faith events along the border regions and in America. Not forgetting home James is a regular soloist at Knock Shrine. As a producer, promoter and songwriter he is a visitor to Nashville where he has co-written songs which have been included on several of his albums and include the anthem for Mary's House in Ephesus, Turkey. For the Year of Faith James is currently the voice of Veritas and earlier this year Veritas and James co-released a popular compilation album titled “The Songs of Faith Collection”. In 2012 James was voted “Irish Gospel Singer of the Year” and today his music is popular on radio and television at home and abroad. For the Year of Faith James is working with parishes, groups and organisations at grass roots with concerts and faith events that include this tour and audience with John Waters. Waters final comment on James and him working together is “That is why both James and I decided to do these events – because we believe the two of us have come to the same conclusions from different directions and experiences.”

For further information on this A Year of Faith Audience with John Waters and James Kilbane at St. Augustine’s Church, O’Connell Street, Limerick on Thursday 17th October then call Augustinians at 061 415126

Admission is free with however a freewill offering will be collected. This is an open faith event and all believers and non-believers are all are very welcome. The evening is expected to be completed by approximately 6.15pm

Gospel - Luke 17:11-19

"On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Sama'ria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."
Renewal Ministries is dedicated to fostering renewal and evangelization in the Catholic Church by helping people know the personal love of God in Jesus and grow in holiness. They seek to proclaim Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit through their weekly television program, The Choices We Face, our daily radio programs, Food for the Journey and Fire on the Earth; through parish missions, seminars and conferences, books, tapes, CDs, and videos, and through mission work in more than 25 countries. Their aim is to strengthen and equip Catholics for evangelization and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. The gospel reflection this week is Sr. Ann Shields who is an internationally noted conference and retreat speaker and author of Deeper Conversion, To Be Like Jesus and other books on Catholic spirituality. She is a member of the Servants of God’s Love, a charismatic religious community established in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. She is currently the host of the daily radio program Food for the Journey.

Other reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds and ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 4

Saints of the Week

October 14th - St Callistus (Pope) - patron of cemetery workers
October 15th - St Teresa of Avila OCD  (Virgin, Doctor of the Church) - Reformer/refounder of the Disclaced Carmelite Order - Patron of Headache sufferers, Spanish Catholic Writers
October 16th - St Margaret Mary Alacoque (Visionary of the Sacred Heart) 
Also St Gerard Majella (patron of expectant mothers)
October 17th - St Ignatius of Antioch
October 18th - St Luke (Evangelist)
October 19th - St John de Brebeuf & Companions


Songs of Faith: - As part of the Year of Faith celebrations, you are invited to attend an hour of scripture reflection, silence and congregational hymn singing in St. John’s Cathedral on Sunday, October 13th from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. This was a very beautiful celebration when it was held last May and promises to be the same this time. Please come along if you are free.

Book Launch: - Tuesday, October 15th at 7pm, Bishop Brendan Leahy will be launching an Irish language version of the New Testament and the Psalms in the Reception Area of Mary Immaculate College. There will be a display of 18th and 19th Century Irish Manuscripts from the Diocesan Archive to accompany Launch. Catechetical and other Irish language resources for schools and parish will also be available on the night.

Reminder: Monastic Experience Day: - will be held at the Poor Clare Monastery, Nuns’ Island, Galway from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 19th for those aged between 20 and 40 who are discerning a religious vocation to experience first hand what the Poor Clare way of life is like. Pre-booking is essential. Contact vocations@poorclares.ie

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