Responding to the Hunger for God in Our Time
And in these later September weeks
I hold the consciousness
of Back-to-School days,
of darkening evenings
pushing summer into memory
and hinting of the winter that will come.
I hold,too, the indelible truth
that 9/11 has forever scarred this month
for those of us who know the reality
of unbridled intolerance;
that sees all 'others' as the enemy
and cannot embrace the difference as enriching.
Great God of All
bless the hearts
of those who live with passion;
may they see in others
the commonality that binds each to each;
the beauty of alternative perspectives
and the gift of each new day
to be a presence of love
in what ever corner of Your earth
where You have called us into being.
GOING DEEPER (Series 1) Six short retreat days, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius for those seeking to attend to the inner life of prayer. This series will foster a process of engagement with Ignatian Spirituality. There will be a mix of input, interaction and prayer as well as a commitment to reading material during the week.
It is suited to anyone who seeks to deepen their capacity for prayer and discernment in their life.
DATES: Monday Mornings 18 September - 23 October TIME: 9:45 am - 1:30pm
It is necessary to book as resources have to be prepared for this experience.
"STIRRINGS" An afternoon for those who have begun to sense a stirring within, perhaps calling them to a religious vocation. If you would like to attend to an inner stirring and are uncertain how and where to begin, then this gentle afternoon may be a help. Please email or phone to indicate a possibility of attendance. Sunday 15 October 3:o0 pm - 5:30 pm
Suggested Offering £5
SUPPORT FOR CHURCH MUSICIANS - A helpful support programme for anyone involved in Church Music. This is aimed at assisting those who provide music in their parish and who would like to be updated in relation to guidelines and current norms in providing music at Mass. It will also allow church musicians an opportunity to connect with one another, to explore the variety of roles within the music ministry, to locate useful resource materials and to look at strategic planning in the development of music for parish and to foster a deepening sense of this special ministry in the Church.
DATES:Tuesday Evenings TIME:8:00 - 9.15 SUGGESTED OFFERING: £20
Part I: 26 September + 3 October Part II: 17 + 24 October
SITTING WITH 'THE WORD' - An opportunity to allow the Word of God to find a home in our hearts, this gathering has as its focus a Scripture passage from the in-coming Sunday's Liturgy. A Prayer Guide will lead us through the context and preparation of the passage to help us enter into the sacred space within where God speaks. Many people are now familiar with 'the Jesuit resource Sacred Space' and these mornings are offered in conjunction with this resource. An experience of praying Scripture that also enhances our Sunday Mass celebration. All welcome.
DATES: Wednesday Mornings 4,11,18,25 October & 8,15,22,29 November TIME: 10:45 am - 11:45 am
THE PARABLE OF THE FAMILY' - The Seed and The Soil
Fr Paschal McDonnell ofm with Sr Perpetua McNulty rsm will lead this day of reflection. A mix of input, reflection and process will afford us the chance to look respectfully at the parable of the family from seed moment to growth. There will be an honouring of the soil of the family system, and an opportunity to attune to the conditioning of the emotional, psycological and spiritual self.
DATE: Thursday 19 October TIME: 10:30 am - 2:30pm Suggested Offering £20
TAKING ANOTHER TABLET - The lively discussion group on Church matters convenes again in Steelstown on the Second Wednesday of each month for an hour. Conversation emanating from articles, commentaries, current points of interest. Come on! At least you'll get a coffee and some food for thought. All welcome. Small donation towards the room hire, a coffee and the most stimulating conversation of the month!
DATE: Wednesday 11 October TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 noon VENUE:Conference Room, Steelstown Church Suggested Donation:£2 each morning
The Oratory at Thornhill House is available on Friday mornings as an oasis of peace. All welcome.
Meditation with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament: 8:00 am. - 11:30 am.
Sung Morning Prayer 8:20 am
Mid-Morning Prayer: 11:20 am
Tea/Coffee facilities available for those wishing to have a refreshment break at any time. Feel free to come for any length of time. Your praying presence is a blessing on the House.
MOZART'S REQUIEM: AN APPRECIATION - Composers of choral music have contributed to the great tome of uniquely beautiful settings of the 'Requiem'. In these works the composers set the text of the Proper Prayers of the Mass for Choir and Orchestra. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Mass setting continues to hold an allure for music lovers that is truly remarkable. For some,the fact that he died before he could complete the work adds to the pathos of the music, for others it is the sheer mystical quality of the setting that is so mesmerising.
In this short series, there will be the opportunity to investigate some of the musical language, the orchestration, the timbres used and the tonal colours that combine to make this setting of the Requiem so astounding. It may be a help to have some basic skill in following a musical score - though this is not essential. .
DATES:Wednesday Evenings 8, 15 & 22 TIME:8:00 - 9.30 SUGGESTED OFFERING: £20
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to those who hunger for meaning... for God...
We provide opportunities for reflection and for deeper exploration.
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