Thornhill Ministries

Responding to the Hunger for God in Our Time


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Giving Way

"The clock changes!" signals new realities

when Autumn takes charge of seasons' rhythms

and shedded leaves remind us of what lies beneath.


In spite of maximum days

October now gives way to starkened landscapes

as self-conscious trees have their limbs exposed

amid an eerie stillness which November holds.


There is another clock that changes

when annual Remembrances of departed souls

evokes a different stillness

as the naming of the dead

uncovers the bared branches of bereavement.


Great God of all who walk this earth

and God of those who walk in Your hidden reality

bless all the giving way which is part of life's experience

and may I hold with gentleness

the memory of those I've loved

who know Paradise's season of eternal peace.

(Sr Perpetua)



Fr Paschal McDonnell ofm leads this Retreat Day. It is a threefold reflection on the parable of the family of origin, the family of Nazareth and the family of Humankind. The day will include a celebration of Eucharist. DATE: Thursday 7 December

TIME: 9:45 am - 2:30pm Suggested Offering £20


The Crib Festival weekend is on November 24-26 and this year's collection of cribs has even more diversity than last year. There are crèches from Japan, the Vatican, France, Zambia, Mexico as well as nativity scenes specially made for the event. With their imagination, friends of Thornhill have created cribs .... out of glass, wood, paper, wool, ceramics, stones, metal, cake, flowers and so on. An additional technological dimension is provided through Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and this will appeal to the adult children as well as to those of school-going age!

A small number of creative decorative gifts, candles and religious Christmas cards will be available for sale. This is also a fundraising event for the work of Thornhill Ministries and the Team here would be glad of your support.

DATES: 24,25,26 November TIMES: Friday 12:00 noon - 6:30 pm Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

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. All welcome. Those who wish may make a small offering.

DATES: Wednesday Mornings 8,15,22,29 November TIME: 10:45 am - 11:45 am

THORNHILL FRIDAYS 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:

11:10 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 - 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 November TIME:8:00 - 9.30 SUGGESTED OFFERING: £20 for series

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 6 December TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 noon Please note -

VENUE: Conference Room, Steelstown Church



"LET MY PRAYER RISE LIKE INCENSE" - An opportunity to be immersed in the ancient biblical prayers, this short course provides background to and understanding of selected psalms. The course is led by Sr Rosemary Gallagher IBVM who will give us an appreciation of these psalms as part of the Jewish prayer tradition and the Christian Liturgy. DATES: Tuesday Mornings Jan 16 ,23 & 30 TIME: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Suggested Offering: £5

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. It is a retreat experience in the midst of the ordinary circumstance of life.

Tuesday Mornings of Lent DATES: Feb 20, 27 & March 6,13, 20 & 27 TIME: 9:45 am - 1:15 pm

THE EXAMEN As the season of Lent unfolds we engage with the Consciousness Examen of St Ignatius. Over a series of five consecutive weeks. Immersing ourselves in the Ignatian tradition, we grow in our understanding and experience of the Examen as a tool for wholeness and for freedom. Through this series, we embrace the gifting from God who is in all and comes to us in the gentlest of ways. Includes Lenten lunch. Monday Mornings of Lent DATES: Feb 19, 26 & March 5,12, & 19 TIME: 10:30 am - 12:45 pm Suggested Offering £7























Welcome to Thornhill Ministries, where our team offers a variety of responses

to those who hunger for meaning... for God...

We provide opportunities for reflection and for deeper exploration.

The Word of God is at the heart of our ministries as we strive towards an integrated spirituality.


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