Yet another war has destroyed homes and lives in Gaza. Hundreds of men, women and children have died in the past few weeks. Entire families have been wiped out, while many others have been left injured, homeless and without any means to provide for themselves.
The situation must end and peace must be built. Trócaire’s partners are delivering medical aid and we are campaigning to tackle the underlying injustices which are sustaining the cycle of conflict in Palestine.
Trócaire met with the Irish Government about the crisis last week and this coming week Dáil Eireann will convene to discuss the crisis. Our politicians must know the truth about what is happening and be urged to take action. We invite you to sign our online petition urging the Irish Government to take necessary action –https://www.trocaire.org/gaza-in-crisis/
You can also read stories written by our friends and colleagues in the community at Gaza about what is a happening. The following is one account from Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei who leads the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme – https://www.trocaire.org/news/this-must-end/
Join with Trócaire in a Prayer Vigil for Gaza in your home
The nights are hardest in Gaza due to the fear of bombardments. It is dark and people are scared, hungry, and cold. As we look on with pain in our hearts, it is all too easy to feel hopeless, so Trócaire are inviting you to join us in offering light in the dark, to create connection, solidarity, and support for the people of Gaza.
Please light a candle and hold space in any way that feels right for you during the coming weeks. You may sit in quiet reflection, play some gentle music, read a little about the Palestinian people and their plight for justice, draw, write, pray, meditate. There is no right or wrong way, simply the intentional moving into connectedness with people in Gaza.
If you would like to share an image or a message of support, we will collate these and share them with our colleagues and friends in Gaza. Contact Janet Twomey at Trócaire (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the people of Palestine.
REMEMBERING Theresa, and a life so well-lived, and someone who contributed to many and varied aspects of our society, local community, St.Michael’s and the broader Oblate Family over a long number of years.
A fervent and dedicated Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Pastoral Council, the Finance Committee, and choirs to name but a few. And of course she was at the heart of her family in every way. May her courage and determination, her strength, faith and sense of life and indeed her elegance and style bring to all who miss her, and knew her, consolation at this time.
Hi there! Here is some information about Ash Wednesday and Lent in our Parish!
1. Ashes will be blest at 10AM mass on Ash Wednesday. Small bags of Ashes will then be available to collect in the porch at St Michael’s church from 10.30AM – 7.00PM. Fr Louis will also administer a virtual blessing for anyone who has clay or ash at home during the mass.
2. A small Lenten Prayer Card will also be available in the porch of the church.
3. Please find a list of some Prayer and Reflection coursesfor Lent here. Click the link below to download it!
On 13 May 1992, a number of years following an assassination attempt on his life, that led to a time of suffering and the experience of being seriously ill in hospital, Saint Pope John Paul II launched a World Day of the Sick – which coincides each year in the Church across the world with the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes on 11 February.
Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have continued this special World Day – an occasion during which the whole Church bears witness as always with special concern to the tender mercy and love of God towards all who suffer. It is a time to reflect on the needs of all who suffer, to pause and be prayerfully in solidarity with those who experience illness and with all who care for those who are facing sickness.
Pope Francis always encourages us to experience the merciful face of Jesus, showing his mercy and tenderness to those who live through sickness and suffering, respecting their own inalienable dignity and mission in life, as we serve life and health.
“The celebration of the XXIX World Day of the Sick on 11 February 2021, the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes, is an opportunity to devote special attention to the sick and to those who provide them with assistance and care both in healthcare institutions and within families and communities. We think in particular of those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, the effects of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. To all, and especially to the poor and the marginalized, I express my spiritual closeness and assure them of the Church’s loving concern”
Pope Francis, 29th World Day of the Sick 2021
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Mary, Mother of God, full of mercy, pray for us. Blessed Joseph her Spouse, pray for us.
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Go raibh mile maith agat.
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