1 March /Márta
Lent… an opportunity to take time to reflect on what is really essential in our lives
Action: Set aside a time for daily quiet in your life during this Lenten season.
Open up your Trócaire pack and read about the Lenten campaign focusing on the families in Honduras and the present crisis in South Sudan and Somalia.
Consider becoming a Trócaire Volunteer in the Diocese and e mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
1-17 Márta/March 2017
Seachtain na Gaeilge: Irish is for everyone, Seachtain na Gaeilge is for everyone – Croí na Teanga, It’s You!
Is féile idirnáisiúnta Ghaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge, atá ar an gceiliúradh is mó dár dteanga agus dár gcultúr dúchais a bhíonn ar siúl in Éirinn agus in go leor tíortha eile gach bliain.
Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries
Action: Use more Irish from day to day, at home, with your friends, on the phone, in your e-mails and social media posts – look at the Language Resources section for lists of phrases and other resources to help you out.
Tree Week/Seachtain Náisiúnta na gCrann
‘Be a force of nature …’
Tree Week, organised by the Tree Council of Ireland since 1985 is a week long programme of events to celebrate trees. The event is in association with Applegreen and Coillte.
‘and the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations’ Revelation 22:2. Trees take in carbon dioxide from the air and convert much of it into wood. They also produce oxygen. Every year, each hectare of Ireland’s forests takes in 3.4 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere, which helps in the battle against climate change.
Action: Why not hug a tree or maybe plant a tree in your garden, school, farm, parish this week? Why not create a local event in your parish! Read more about Trees and Justice.
27 Feb -12 March/Márta
Fairtrade Fortnight: Celebrating 20 years of the Fairtrade mark in Ireland Theme: “IT’S CRUNCH TIME FOR FARMERS AND WORKERS”
“We need a new and universal solidarity” Pope Francis in Laudato Si (LS14)
Action: Check out FAIRTRADE & events on www.fairtrade.ie or find them on facebook. Highlight the FAIRTRADE Mark for the next 14 days. Buy FAIRTRADE Mark coffee and tea & ask your local café/hotel/ pub to serve it too! Make your home, school, office, club, church, parish a Fairtrade place.
World Day of Prayer (International & Interdenominational).
This is a worldwide ecumenical movement led by Christian women of many traditions, who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year. This year the service has been prepared by the Christian Women of the Philippines with the theme, “Am I Being Unfair to You?” The Philippines has suffered greatly over the years from disasters, injustices, poverty and forced migration. Yet the peoples’ trust and faith in God and His justice has not faltered. This strength of faith is reflected throughout the liturgy. It is a lesson for our Western society to bear in mind!
On Friday 3rd March, a wave of prayer will begin at the break of dawn on the International Date Line and conclude at sunset on the date line 24 hours later. Over 180 countries will take part representing all continents.
Through World Day of Prayer, women affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world. The service will be televised on Sunday February 5th at 11am on RTE.
In Kenmare the Prayer Service will take place on Friday March 3rd at 7.30pm in Holy Cross Church. All are very welcome. Contacts: Marjorie (Church of Ireland) 0871 605283, Karen (Methodist) 083 8421153, Celia (Roman Catholic) 087 2405568 Learn More
8 March/ Marta
UN International Women’s Day
All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.
Action: Celebrate the women in your life, a sister, daughter, mother, grandmother, a colleague. Look for and join in local celebrations.
13 March/ Márta
“When Compassion leads to Change“ with Richard Moore.St Johns Church, Castle Street, Tralee at 7.30pm
Lenten Justice Talk:
Richard Moore will speak on his experience of healing, forgiveness and the transforming power of compassion. This event, is being hosted by St. John’s Parish. Entrance is free and all are welcome.
As a 10 year old child, Richard was blinded by a rubber bullet during the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. Richard’s founding of the the charity ‘Children in Crossfire’ draws on his vision to work towards building a better world for children caught in the crossfire of global poverty, injustice and inequality.
Action: Come to this encounter with Richard and allow your heart to grow in compassion.
17 March/ Márta
St. Patrick’s Day
Christ with me, Christ before me………Christ on my right , Christ on my left…
Action: Reach out to someone from another country who has come to live in Ireland.
“During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.” Pope Francis, Lent 2015
And on Ash Wednesday 2017 Pope Francis concluded, “Lent is a time to start breathing again… the time to open our hearts to the breath of the One capable of turning our dust to humanity.”
Visit of the UN Gift Box to Manor West Retail Park, Tralee- An interactive display about Human Trafficking Watch Here
GIFT BOX is a unique way to raise awareness about human trafficking. The large walk-in street sculptures invite you inside with promises and offers, but once inside you are presented with a different reality.
This visit is being supported by the Diocese of Kerry Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation/JPIC Committee
Action: Come to Tralee to visit the Gift Box, 10am to 7pm on Monday and Tuesday 20, 21 March. Bring your friends, your class. Note: Children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)
The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.
Action: Challenge any racist comment you hear and be a voice to promote tolerance in your community.
“Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.” Pope Francis 2015
Blessed Oscar Romero (Murdered in El Salvador in 1980)
A man compelled by the Gospel to speak out against injustice.
Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, 02/03/2015
“The martyrdom of the Servant of God Oscar Arnolfo Galdámez Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador; born August 15, 1917 in Ciudad Barrios (El Salvador) and killed in hatred of the Faith, March 24, 1980, in San Salvador (El Salvador)”
Action: Now inspired by Martyr Oscar Romero and others be a voice for justice here in Kerry.
CLICK HERE for more information
28 March/Márta 8.30pm
Earth Hour: Earth Hour aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.
Earth Hour was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide.
Action: Consider your use of energy. Can you reduce it? CLICK HERE to calculate your carbon footprint and of course turn off your lights at 8.30pm and spread the word!
SAVE THE DATE
- National Holy Wells Day:Sunday 18 June Learn More This will focus on how we treasure the gift of water and is an ecumenical initiative of Loving Sister Earth and the Columba Community.
- Earth Week in the Diocese of Kerry will be celebrated from 24-30 September 2017.
Theme: Food, drawing, as last year, on Laudato Si’…On Care for Our Common Home (Pope Francis)