February /Feabhra 2016
St. Brigid, Muire Na nGael/First day of Spring
Brigid, a woman of prayer, leadership & compassion
Collect some rushes & make a St. Brigid’s cross for your home, car, classroom or /and office.
Biodiversity in your parish: If you are interested in promoting a biodiversity garden or space in your parish you can contact Cathy Fisher, Biodiversity Officer for Kerry Co. Council at email firstname.lastname@example.org. This was the theme of Earth Week 2016 Leaflet but Cathy is still looking for groups who want to take part
Presentation of the Lord/Candlemas Day/ Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
“and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple..” Malachi 3:1
Bring candles to mass for a blessing.
Mark the returning light of spring by visiting someone who is ill or lonely, then share the light of Christ in a moment of silence in the light of your blessed candle.
Feast of St. Blaise
Traditionally a day to have your throat blessed against illness.
Have your throat blessed and be a VOICE for justice in your locality.
Be a voice against the trafficking of women and children (see below)
Feast Day of Saint Josephine Bakhita
Day of Prayer and Reflection on Human Trafficking (established by Pope Francis)
Josephine from Sudan was trafficked into slavery but ultimately was freed and became a nun in Italy. Now her name is used for houses of shelter for women rescued from human trafficking in various parts of the world.
Pray for the women men and children caught up in this slavery today, and open your eyes here at home as sadly, we know that it occurs in Ireland too. Learn more
Come and visit the UN Gift Box in Tralee on March 20/21 (see below under SAVE the DATE).
‘For and About the People of Lesotho’ 8pm The Rose Hotel, Tralee
Action Lesotho invites you to an evening to meet Pippa Kearon, Action Lesotho’s In-Country Director. Pippa will give an illustrated talk about its projects which are helping some of the poorest in society, through training courses, development of the craft sector, educational support for orphans and vulnerable children, nutritional and medical support for HIV/AIDS patients, agricultural advice and more.
A selection of Lesotho Mountain Crafts will be on display and available for sale.
Some returned volunteers and Board members will be on hand to answer questions and there will be music, a raffle and chat.
Action: Consider going along to support and learn about this project.
Our Lady of Lourdes-World Day of the Sick
If anyone of you is ill…. anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over them. James 5
Join your parish community in praying for all who are sick in body, mind or spirit and then bring the healing presence of Christ with you as you visit a sick relative or friend.
14 February/Feabhra St. Valentines Day
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another”. John 13:34
Action: Surprise your beloved with a box or some bars of Fairtrade chocolate(s).
27 February/ Feabhra – 12 March/Máirt
Fairtrade Fortnight. Celebrating 21 years of the Fairtrade mark in Ireland
Theme: “IT’S CRUNCH TIME FOR FARMERS AND WORKERS”
First day of Fairtrade Fortnight.
Action: Check out FAIRTRADE and the Fairtrade Fortnight pack or find them on facebook.
Highlight the FAIRTRADE Mark for the next 14 days. Join the rest of the country in creating your very own Fairtrade cotton bunting. Blank/plain bunting is available .
Buy FAIRTRADE Mark coffee and tea and ask your local café/hotel/ pub to serve it too!
Make your home, school, office, club, church, parish a Fairtrade place.
Tune in to ‘Just a Thought’ from students of Castleisland Community College, a Fairtrade school.
SAVE THE DATES:
- March 20 & 21 Visit of the UN Gift Box to Tralee. An interactive display about Human Trafficking
- Earth Week in the Diocese of Kerry will be 24-30 September 2017. Theme: Food…‘Our Daily Bread’, drawing, as last year, on Laudato Si’…On Care for Our Common Home.