December days can be dark and cold but last December was brightened by evenings of beautiful music. Father Philip McGovern, Parish Priest in Our Lady’s Church is a member of the Oriel Singers and he invited the Choir to perform Advent and Christmas songs in the Church after Mass on Saturday December 2nd. It was an event the parishioners and friends looked forward to as the Choir had given a concert of Lent and Easter music earlier in the year.
It’s a very common sight to see homeless people sleeping rough in our UK towns and cities. There are many charities throughout the country which aim to support homeless people in various ways. New initiatives are growing up beside long standing ones as the problem of homelessness and poverty grows in our society.
This year Earth Hour is at 8:30pm on 25 March 2017. Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks will be setting aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. But it is so much more than just an hour… over the years, Earth Hour participants have helped make some pretty amazing things happen. From changing laws to funding solar-powered homes they have made a real, positive impact on our planet.
Preparations for the big feastday began in December when the Friends came together to plan. The first item on the agenda was ‘food’ which is so important in our area where food is scarce. It was decided to have goat and nshima, the local staple food. The purchase of a goat and those who would slaughter it was organised.
Meanwhile in California….our Sr. Mary Beausang, who turned 90 in January, celebrated her Birthday in style. She has been living at Seacrest Nursing Home since May 2016, where she is a loved and appreciated resident. She is the only religious sister there and she considers it part of her ministry to talk to and pray for the other residents. Her friendly kind presence and sense of humor has brightened up the lives of many of the women and men in residence.
Sr Nuala McGinley shares her experience of celebrating the Feast of the Presentation at Westminster Cathedral in London last month.
“The 2nd February Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple is an important day for all Religious to celebrate the consecration of their lives to God through their Vows. Our community here at St Joseph’s honours this by attending the special Mass which is held at Westminster Cathedral annually....
On the afternoon of Saturday, 28th January 60 Sisters gathered in the Mary Aikenhead Day Centre in Donnybrook to celebrate the annual New Year’s Party for our senior Sisters. The afternoon began with a creative Prayer Reflection led by Sr Lorraine McCarthy. This was followed by a delicious high tea which afforded time for old friends to chat and reminisce. Then the entertainment began...
On the 19th of January four postulants entered our Congregation in Nigeria and three weeks later, Sr Geraldine Hamukale, who had travelled to Nigeria for an International Formation Team meeting had the privilege of meeting them. She asked them what attracted them to religious life and in particular to our Congregation. When Geraldine returned to Zambia she asked two more sisters in formation the same question and here she shares all six responses.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster has agreed to become Patron of St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney. St Joseph’s, one of the oldest hospices in the UK, was founded by the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1905. They were invited to Hackney by the then Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vaughan, to help and care for the poor of East London who were dying in terrible conditions, mainly from tuberculosis.
Many of us give up something during Lent. We invite you to join with some of our sisters who are participating in a “carbon fast” which was sent to us by the Catholic Climate Covenant. The carbon fast helps us to take steps to reduce our carbon footprint. This Lenten Creation Care Calendar can assist you, your family, parish, school, or religious community be more mindful of the ways that our daily habits impact both “our common home” and those most impacted by our neglect.
The Tuesday Club provides an opportunity for elderly people in the Fairview/Marino area of Dublin who may have difficulty getting out and about to meet with friends and neighbours and take part in gentle exercise and other activities that support their health and wellbeing. Sr Margaret Ivers and other members of the Fairview and Marino Parishes have been instrumental in setting up and running the Tuesday Club, which operates entirely with the support of local volunteers.
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