1 Jul 2017

2nd July 2017 - Lough Derg: Reconnecting with our family history

On this weeks programme, the full SS102fm team are back on air and we have an interview with Sharon Harty about St Patrick's Sanctuary at Lough Derg and their plans for the 2017 pilgrimage season. We have our regular reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel as well as our liturgical odds & ends and some notices.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

Lough Derg - 2017 Pilgrimage season

John interviews Sharon Harty about Lough Derg this morning. They explore the history of pilgrimage to this sacred isle which has with stood the ravages of the centuries and persecution.

Sharon shares about the experience of pilgrimage at Lough Derg and what it can mean to link in with the history of the spirituality of the pilgrimage and the opportunity for people to take a moment out of the busy lives that we live

You can listen to Sharon's interview excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Lough Derg is not about escaping life but about getting to the heart of what life is all about

Lough Derg offers families a unique connection with their ancestral family whose spiritual footsteps down the generations awaits them in this sacred Island. The Lough Derg Pilgrimage season connects us with the flame of faith, hope and love lit in Ireland by St Patrick in the fifth century and continues to give light to families today.

Fr Owen McEneaney, Prior of Lough Derg extends a personal invitation to one and all to come and walk in the spiritual footsteps of your family – parents, grandparents, relations – walk the same ground where they walked and prayed, reconnect with their prayer for their family and future family. Today you are that family; come and be touched by God’s grace in the sanctuary of St Patrick. A sacred place where we look to God – Father, Son and Spirit – that communion of love to guide us on our faith-filled journey.

From the time of St Patrick right up to today, experiencing this communion of love at the heart of God has a particular resonance for pilgrims to Lough Derg, leaving the Island as they often do with a deep, deep sense of God’s presence, closeness and love. It is as if they have been taken into the communion of love that is Father, Son and Spirit.

If you have thought about coming to Lough Derg but never managed to get here or if you have been here in the past and thought you will come back some day – let that some-day be this year.

Linking with the World Meeting of Families in Ireland next year

As Ireland gets ready to host this momentous event Lough Derg extends an invitation to family groups, the parish family and the diocesan family to come and prepare for this occasion, to be part of the unbroken link of Lough Derg as a place of continuous prayer for families over the generations.

The Lough Derg team can be contacted for more information on 071 9861518 daily from 8.00am until 9.00pm during June, July and August. Full season details on loughderg.org

Gospel - Matthew 10:37-42

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 1; 13th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week
July 7th - St Maelruain (First Friday)
July 8th - St Kilian

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