Responding to the Hunger for God in Our Time
The Blessing and the Coming
I heard a lady ask a child
if Santa was going to come?
I heard another ask if any of the family
were coming home for Christmas?
These weeks are 'coming' weeks
when we prepare again
to listen to the story
of that coming in Bethlehem
when in the quiet of the night
first came upon the earth.
In all the goings and the comings
which are part of our Advent-Christmas days
let us take time to savour the present
and in a gentle moment
to honour the great mystery
that the God of All became one like us
and in so doing,
allowed our coming and our going
to be wrapped in eternity's embrace.
ADVENT RETREAT DAY:' THE PARABLE OF THE FAMILY' - The Seed and The Soil
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
"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
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.
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.
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