February /Feabhra 2018
St. Brigid, Muire Na nGael/First day of Spring
Brigid, a woman of prayer, leadership, welcome and compassion
Collect some rushes and make a St. Brigid’s cross for your home, car, classroom or /and office.Gather a group and show/ learn how to do it, especially with newcomers to Ireland.
Biodiversity in your parish: If you are interested in promoting a biodiversity garden or space in your parish , why not get started and consider what you might plant.Remember we all need to help our bees See All- Ireland Pollinator Plan Let those dandelions bloom as they provide vital food for hungry bees in Spring.
Presentation of the Lord/Candlemas Day/ Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life when we honour Christ as the Light of the Nations.
“and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple..” Malachi 3:1
Action: Bring candles to mass for a blessing or gift candles for the altar to your local parish.
Imbolic/Imbolg: A significant day in our Celtic calendar because it is the cross–quarter day (halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox) marks the return of the light and the transformation within us from an inner contemplative focus towards outer manifestation.
Action: 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.
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. Could you become a volunteer with your local Vincent de Paul?
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
Consider attending the Amoris programme in your parish.Read a piece from the Pope’s Letter Amoris Laetitia.. The Joy of Love.
Surprise your beloved with a box or a bar of Fairtrade chocolate(s).
Monday 26 February/ Feabhra – Sunday 11 March/Máirt
Theme: Check out fair-trade and help save the world.
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:
Saturday 24 March: Earth Hour takes place at 8.30pm. Time to switch off your lights
Sunday 22 April: Earth Day…..planning anything…time to plant!
Saturday 28 April: Retreat in Tralee (see Poster) a day organised by the Kerry Christian Meditation Groups.