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Oblate Youth Events 2017

Camino de Santiago
Easter Pilgrimage
10th – 18th April


Taizé Pilgrimage
July 30th – August 8th
15 – 17 years old


Summer Camp
July 31st – August 4th
12 – 14 years old

For further details, please contact:

Padraig Corcoran
087 7723255


A new year and a new beginning

And now we welcome the new year.
Full of things that have never been.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Papal prayer intention for February

Statement by the Oblates (Ireland) in response to the review by the NSBCCI

The Report by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland on the review of Child Safeguarding Practice in the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Ireland) was published on 2nd December 2015 and is available on the Oblate website. 

The review focus was on Child Safeguarding and in particular case management and prevention based on the NBSCCCI’s Standards.The review made a total of 3 recommendations for improvement in the area of safeguarding, including the induction of staff and volunteers, communication and the provision of information in relation to local statutory agencies. The review has endorsed the Oblates in the essential components of Safeguarding. The Oblates are committed to continuing to encourage the participation of children and young people and ensuring their safety in all aspects of their participation in the Parishes, Pilgrimage, Youth Service and other activities.

We apologise for the pain experienced by those who have been hurt by the abuse perpetrated by our members, and acknowledge the deep suffering of the survivors. We are committed to continuing to support survivors and their families now and in the future.

Help is available from the church funded counselling service  Towards Healing  Freephone Ireland 1800-303416 email:  
Towards Peace is a service which offers spiritual support for survivors of abuse by Church personnel. The service is for those whose faith has been damaged by abuse and who wish to continue their search for meaning and for God.
Phone: + 353 (0)1 5053028 or Mobile: + 353 (0)86 7710533

We encourage anyone who has not previously reported their abuse to come forward at this time.
The Oblates have a dedicated independent person to receive the reports, Suzanne Phelan Tel: 085 1146391.
Reports can also be made to the relevant statutory authorities  - Tusla the Child and Family Agency and the Gardaí.

Pause for Thought

Creation Time

Pope Francis’s Environmental Encyclical Responding to the Pope’s invitation to dialogue on the subject of environmentalism, the Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation group (JPIC) invite you to join in a series of reflective evenings on this subject, and how it applies to our local environment.
Meeting in the House of Retreat (Oblates) on Tuesday, 13th October at 7.30p.m.

St Francis of Assisi

His feast day is October 4th and he was designated the patron saint of ecology and the environment by Pope John Paul II.

His early life was certainly not that of a saint and he enjoyed partying and drinking. However after a battle, he spent a year in prison during which he started to receive visions from God. After release from prison, he heard God telling him to repair the christian church and live a life of poverty. He felt a great bond with nature and animals and considered them part of his brotherhood.

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The following prayer is ascribed to him  - composed while recovering from illness and called the Canticle of the Sun.

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.
To You, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and You give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens You have made them bright, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which You give Your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Water;
she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You brighten the night.
He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth,
who feeds us and rules us,
and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of You;
through those who endure sickness and trial.

Happy those who endure in peace,
for by You, Most High, they will be crowned.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Bodily Death,
from whose embrace no living person can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Happy those she finds doing Your most holy will.
The second death can do no harm to them.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks,
and serve Him with great humility.


Thought for the Day

If the only prayer you ever say
in your whole life is
‘Thank you God’,
that would suffice.”

Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)
German theologian, philosopher & mystic

Caring for Creation – Prayer Day September 1st

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has designated September 1st as a day of prayer for Catholics to ask for God’s help to protect nature and to ask forgiveness for damage we have done to our environment.

At the end of his recent encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis includes this prayer:

A Christian prayer in union with creation


Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!


Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!


Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!