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August/Lúnasa 2017

Dates, Quotes, Resources, Ideas & Suggestions for Action.

Still holiday time for many in Ireland  but sadly drought time in East Africa and ongoing wartime in too many countries.

So take time to enjoy God’s Creation but consider donating to Trócaire’s urgent East- Africa- Crisis Appeal too..

1st August/Lúnasa is a harvest festival and one of the pagan festivals that split the year into four. So this is a Cross-quarter day halfway between summer solstice and autumn equinox. It is the forerunner of the autumn harvest festivals. The month of August earned its name in English from Roman Emperor Augustus but the character of August is better epitomized by its Irish name: Lúnasa/Lughnasadh or Lughnasa and is named after one of the most popular Celtic gods: the sun god Lugh.
2 August/Lúnasa

Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

“On the night of 2 to 3 August 1944, around 3,000 Roma men, women and children from the ‘Gypsy family camp’ of Auschwitz-Birkenau were murdered in the gas chambers. They were among the  estimated 500,000 Roma victims of the Holocaust killed by the Nazis and their allies. The Roma were one of many groups who fell victim to the holocaust.It is in memory of all these innocent victims and the horrific injustice they suffered and died from that the European Commission commemorates the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on 2 August.

Action: Offer a hand of friendship to men, women or children of the Roma community who live near you or whom you meet in your daily life.
6 August/Lúnasa

Feast of the Transfiguration / Hiroshima Day                                                                                                      While he was praying his face changed in appearance and  his clothes became dazzling white” Luke 9:29

This is our cry this is our prayer: “Peace in the World”                                                                                                         Prayer on the statue of little Sadako in Hiroshima Peace Park. She managed to fold over 600 hundred paper cranes before she died from the radiation of the atomic bomb dropped on August 6th 1945

Action: Learn to fold a paper crane and while you do it say a prayer for peace in the world.

 

9 August/Lúnasa

Nagasaki Day 65th Anniversary /

Edith Stein & Franz Jagerstatter: Edith, born Oct 12th 1891 into a Jewish family. A saintly Carmelite, profound philosopher and brilliant writer, had a great influence on the women of her time. She lost her life in the Auschwitz Death Camp on August 9th 1942. “The mystic is simply a person who has experiential knowledge that God dwells in the soul” E. Stein.

Franz, was an Austrian conscientious objector during World War II, and was sentenced to death and executed.

Action: Get to know more about Edith and Franz.

 

11 August/Lúnasa

St. Clare of Assisi                                                                                                                                                                   St. Clare walked the same path as St. Francis, and indeed defines herself as the “little plant of the most blessed father Francis”. She sees Francis as the farmer who planted and cultivated her and as the root through which she is nourished. Founded the Order of Poor Clares.                                                                                                                   Action: Continue your reading of Laudato Si’. Care of Our Common Home , the new encyclical of Pope Francis.

 

14 August/Lúnasa

St. Maximilian Kolbe
“Be brave & steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord your God, who marches with you, he will never fail you.” Deut. 31:6.

 

Action: Pray for the people of Central Europe this week.                                                                                                     Tabhair fáilte to those from Central Europe seeking a new home in Kerry

 

 

15 August/Lúnasa

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary                                                                                                                                “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” Rev. 12:1.                                                                                                                                     Action: Allow Mary to be a gentle presence in your life and rejoice today for God is doing great things for you.

 

16 August/Lúnasa

World Ozone Day
“…the air is precious to us … the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports”   Chief Seattle

 

Action: Breathe in joy. Pass it on! Visit www.justforests.org to learn more about the challenges faced by the lungs of our ‘common home’ and what you can do. Ensure your life contributes to the well-being of the larger community.

 

 

19-27 August/Lúnasa                                                                                                                                                        National Heritage Week                                                                                                                                                      Is coordinated by the Heritage Council, the agency tasked with identifying, protecting, preserving and enhancing Ireland’s national heritage.

 

Action: This year the theme of National Heritage Week is ‘Let’s Get in Touch with Our Nature’.Consider walking a pilgrim path in Ireland.    Details of national and local events.

 

22-24 August/Lúnasa
Bere Island Festival of Music and Silence.                                                                                                                

“Be still and know that I am God”. Psalm 46.                                                                                                                       Morning and evening music and meditation, guided walks, talks and discussions, evening dance and concerts.

Action: Learn to meditate, or deepen your meditation, in community.                                                                     Christian Meditation Ireland or contact Theresa  mob: 086 1621803  email: theresawccm@gmail.com

 

26 August/Lúnasa

107th Anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Action: Do something beautiful for God today.

 

30 August/Lúnasa
Hajj starts: The Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims should complete once in their lifetime.

Pilgrimage has been defined as “a meaningful journey to a place of spiritual significance” and the practice is almost as old as recorded history. In Ireland the pilgrim journey has strong historic resonance with early Christian scholars coming to Clonmacnoise; medieval penitents journeying to Lough Derg, and Glendalough, while others sought heightened spirituality by visiting Skellig Michael or climbing Croagh Patrick.

Action: Extend greetings to Muslim neighbours and friends.                                                                                            Consider walking a pilgrim path in Ireland.We have 3 of the five paths in Kerry-Cork.
Closing days of Holiday Time
“Rising early next morning, Jesus went off to a lonely place in the desert;

there he was absorbed in prayer”.  Mark 1:35

Action: Rise early, greet the sun or rain with prayer and gratitude.

 

Have you taken the pledge to protect God’s creation ?

Consider answering Pope Francis’ urgent call in Laudato Si’, and pledge to:

• Pray for and with creation
• Live more simply
• Advocate to protect our common home.

 

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SAVE THE DATES

Time for Creation/Am Cruthaithe incorporating our former Earth Week in the Diocese of Kerry will be celebrated from 1 -30 September.

Theme: Cherishing God’s Gift of Food, or Gabh buíochas le Dia as tabhartas an bídh drawing, as last year, on Laudato Si’…On Care for Our Common Home (Pope Francis) beginning with… 

1 September: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Join in the prayer and reflection in Tralee Town Park at 6.45pm (Meet near the fountain)

12 September: Reducing Food Waste and Composting.. Some Simple Ways  with Donal O’Leary. 8pm in  John Paul 11 Centre, Killarney. Please register: pastoralcentre@dioceseofkerry.ie

28 September: Being Creative with Leftovers.Cookery Demonstation with Mark Doe St. Brendan’s Parish Centre, Tralee at 8pm. Please register: pastoralcentre@dioceseofkerry.ie