And still the gifting continues
when gentle smile
blesses me with love;
when warmth of handshake
reassures me of a welcome;
when unprompted kindness says
'I'll do that for you!'
So too does christmassing continue
when love made flesh
allows another to go the extra mile;
when a mother's tears
are still being shed for her adult son;
and when an adult child
to a dementia stricken elder.
In houses and in homes
where Jesus lives in minds and hearts
I sense again the magnet of the manger
and the cradling cribs of love
making real the birth of God
who came as one among us
transforming all creation.
(Sr Perpetua McNulty)
"LOOK BOTH WAYS" A gentle January morning to reverence the year that has gone and to come with open hands to 2019.
Meditation and Prayer to mark our entry into another new year.
Date - Monday 21 January Time 10:30 am - 12:15 pm.
Venue - Thornhill House 121 Culmore Road, Derry BT48 8JF
Suggested offering £10 A welcome bowl of soup concludes the morning.
WHEN THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC LEADS TO SILENT PRAYER This series of Tuesday Evenings is an invitation into silent prayer using music as the doorway. Each week a chosen piece of classical music will touch us into the spiritual and ultimately into a sense of the sacred. No previous knowledge of music is necessary. We simply allow some of the finest music to soothe the soul and to lead us into the place beyond words.
Begins - Tuesday 5 March for 5 weeks Time 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm.
Venue - Thornhill House 121 Culmore Road, DERRY BT48 8JF
Suggested offering £7 Each evening is stand alone.
LENT FROM SCRATCH - A support for those involved in parish litugy preparation
A 2-unit 'scratch course' in appreciation of Lent. This is designed to help individuals/groups sense the nature of the Season of Lent, lenten signs and symbols, the beauty of different aspects of the season and a chance to look at samples of good practice in relation to plannng and supporting the Liturgy.
Dates - Option A: Mondays 4 & 11 March Time 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm. Option B: Tuesdays 5 & 12 March Time 10:30 am - 11:45 am.
We are very happy to host this course at Thornhil House, but should a parish prefer we come to a more local venue and perhaps invite neighbouring parishes to get involved, we are easy with that too. Just get in touch!
LENT: A JOURNEY OF REDEMPTION
Fr Paschal with Sr Perpetua leads two 'Oasis Days' of reflection, dialogue with the reality of the human condition, processing of experience and prayerfilled meditation. Monday 4 March: "Jars of Clay." Monday 15 April: "Everything Belongs."
(Acceptance of our flawed, fragile and beautiful self; holding the contradictions; recognising God's love that redeems us into wholeness) Booking is essential. Venue - Thornhill House 121 Culmore Road, DERRY BT48 8JF
Dates - Mondays 4 March & 15 April Time: 9;30 am - 2:15 pm.
Suggested offering £20 per day. Day includes Eucharist and lunch.
JESUS - HIS PATH OF PRAYER This programme takes us into the mystery of the mind and praying heart of Christ as we encounter Him through the Gospel of Luke. As we make ourselves available to the Holy Spirit at work in Christ and consequently in us, we will pray our way into the Christ's experiences, His sense of purpose, His identity.
This course is designed for those already familiar with Ignatian Spirituality and methods, who seek to go deeper still into Scripture prayer. It will specifically draw on imaginative and contemplative prayer. Apart from moments of input, much of the morning will be in silence (including the coffee break).
A series of 6 consecutive Thursday Retreat Mornings to help us 'put on ' the mind of Christ - Christ at Prayer.
Begins - Thursday 28 February for 6 weeks Time 10:30 pm - 12:15 pm.
Venue - Thornhill House 121 Culmore Road, DERRY BT48 8JF
Suggested offering £10 And the customary bowl of soup to finish off the morning
ART JOURNALLING:'The Seasons of the Heart.'
Using simple art exercises for self expression and self reflection, these seasonal sessions are an invitation to listen to where the gestures of the seasons are being called forth in our lives,. This process of art journalling is supported by the colour system of Aura-Soma (R) Spring: Saturday March 9th 2019 - The Call to Awaken
No previous training in art required. All materials are provided. Clothes that you are comfortable getting an accidental splash of colour will enhance enjoyment. Each day is stand alone. Suggested Donation £40 per day includes materials, refesments and lunch.
Places limited to 10 participants so booking is essential. Timeline for Journalling workshops is 9:30 am - 4:00pm
Facilitator: Oonagh Campbell RSM (Art - Well-being fo ALL) Venue: Thornhill House, 121 Culmore Road BT48 8JF
TO LEAD OTHERS IN SCRIPTURE PRAYER: Thornhill Ministries is currently offering a bespoke training programme for those open to the possibility of leading a half-hour Scripture Prayer Group in their parish. This is a 5-unit training course and choice of dates of forthcoming Training Programmes is listed on our Prayer Guidance page of this website.
PARISH LITURGY TEAMS See Parish Support Page for details of latest initial trainng programme.
THORNHILL MINISTRIES' PRAYER SHAWL A team of people have been commissioned for a new aspect of our Ministries. The team members are committed to weaving shawls from wool and from prayer. They share in a contemplative prayer formula, praying as they crotchet our bespoke shawl. The shawls are of a specific design and the completed shawls form a mantle of prayer for those who are gifted with one. There is a blessing of new shawls on the 1st of each month. Prayer Shawl Ministry convenes each Thuursday in Thornhill House. Ideal for those who feel they would like to be wrapped in the comfort of prayer and especially meaningful for those who are sick, the shawls are available at the suggested offering of £25.
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