6 Feb 2016

7th February 2016 - Interview with the Nashville Dominicans - 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On this weeks programme the SS102fm team are joined by a special guest all the way from Nashville, Tennessee - Sr Mara Grace Gore who introduces us to the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some liturgical odds and ends and notices.

The podcast of this weeks programme available HERE.

Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia (Nashville Dominicans)

(left to right): Sr. Rose Miriam, Sr. Mara Grace, Sr. Beatrice, Sr. Caitriona,
Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia who are coming to Limerick in Aug 2016
Sr Mara Grace joins us on this weeks programme to introduce us to the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia.

The Nashville Dominicans are establishing a community in Limerick diocese from August 2016 with the plan being for them to take up residence in the Dominican Friary on Glentworth St as the Dominican Friars will be withdrawing after over a 750 year association with Limerick.

Sr Mara Grace tells us about their order, the work that they do and reflects also on the meaning of consecrated life in the world today.

Our interview with Sr Mara Grace was recorded on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which is also the World Day for Religious Life and this year also marked the end of the Year for Consecrated Life.

Previous post from SS102fm including a couple of YouTube videos about the Nashville Dominicans.

The interview with Sr Mara Grace is excerpted from the main programme and is available here.

Gospel - Luke 5:1-11

From Limerick Diocesan Weekly Newsletter:

This Sundays gospel account sees Simon and ther fishermen listening to Jesus. They must have been impressed, for when he asked to go out in their boats they willingly let him. From Simons boat, Jesus taught the crowd and then afterwards he encouraged the disciples to put down their nets for a catch.

We have been on a special Synod journey in this diocese. Maybe you have watched from the shoreline, maybe you were in the boat or maybe you were encouraging others to listen .... no matter where you were up to now, now you are invited to put down your nets. 
  • Have you an opinion on what we should vote on in this Synod? If so speak to your delegates this week (not next week)
  • Did you intend to pray for this Synod, but forgot. Start again this week
  • Are you struggling to think of proposals for the Synod? Ask for help and ideas, this week not next week! 
Let no one say next Autumn that 'someone should have ...' or 'where is the thing I thought was important'. Simon was not invited to lower everyones nets for them - every fisherman was called to work. And every Limerick parishioner, staff member, cleric or religious is called on this Synod jounney now.  
‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch’. ‘Master,’ Simon replied ‘we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets for a catch.’ And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.
If we are willing to step our of our comfort zone in prayer, word and deed - we know that God will bless our work, a thousand fold.
So let us be brave and reckless and confident this month.
Let us engage and discuss and propose and listen. 
Let us be disciples not observers on this Synod journey.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours -  Psalter - Sunday - Tuesday - week 1
                                                   Wed - Sat - Week 4

Saints of the Week
February 8th - St Josephine Bakhita
February 9th - St Ronan of Lismore
February 10th - Ash Wednesday - Day of Fast & Abstinence
February 11th - Our Lady of Lourdes  also St Gobnait
February 12th - St Ethelward of Lindisfarne
February 13th - St Catherine del Ricci also Bl Jordan of Saxony

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