Celebrating the Family of All Creation
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.
Feast of the Transfiguration / Hiroshima Day
While he was praying his face changed in appearance & 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.
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.
Action: Get to know more about Edith & Franz.
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 Clare’s
Action: Continue your reading of Laudato Si. Care of Our Common Home, the encyclical of Pope Francis.
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 & rejoice today for God is doing great things for you.
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.
World Ozone Day
“…the air is precious to us … the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports”
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.
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. http://www.pilgrimpath.ie/heritage-week-august-19th-to-26th/
Visit www.heritageweek for details of national and local events.
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 greeting to Muslim neighbours and friends. Consider walking a pilgrim path in Ireland. We have 3 of the five paths in Kerry-Cork. http://www.pilgrimpath.ie/heritage-week-august-19th-to-26th
World Meeting of Families (WMOF)
Diocese of Kerry’s Opening Liturgy for the World Meeting of Families
Opening Mass presided by Bishop Ray Browne, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney @6.15pm and the ringing of church bells @ 6.10pm across the diocese: a reminder that the joy of love in families is also the joy of the church and an invitation to all people to pray for families. During the Opening Mass, music ministry will be led by the newly formed Diocesan choir which will be joining other choirs at the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park. Céad míle fáilte to this joyful celebration of faith and family life.
Action: Come and join in the Diocesan celebration or, if at home, say a prayer as you listen to your local bells!
Here’s an overview of the key moments of the World Meeting.
Here’s a link to ‘Our Common Home’ project within the World Meeting.
WMOF Pastoral Congress (RDS Dublin)
Action: Be sure to visit ‘Our Common Home’ garden in St. Damian’s Monastery beside the RDS.
Evening of 25 August/Lúnasa
WMOF Festival of Families (Croke Park Stadium)
A festive time, where we gather to celebrate the gift of family…a cultural celebration of music, dance, song, within a prayerful and joyful setting, and with the aid of stories given by families from different parts of the world.
Action: Are you going or maybe joining via social media or TV and radio? Give thanks and celebrate with your family wherever you are.
Solemn Eucharistic Celebration/Papal Mass (Phoenix Park)
The World Meeting of the Families 2018 will conclude with a Solemn Thanksgiving Mass.
Action: Join in wherever you are in Phoenix Park or watching/listening at home.
And it’s the 108th Anniversary of the birth of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Action: Do something beautiful for God today.
Closing days of holiday
“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.
Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) works “to accompany, to advocate and to serve the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide”
Action: Visit the JRS Ireland CLICK HERE
Be mindful of your use of water at this time in your home and garden…this precious resource.
The palmful of the God of Life …The palmful of the Christ of Love… The palmful of the Spirit of Peace
And if on the beach or in the park …don’t forget to take your litter home and maybe pick up a few items too!
Remember those crossing the Mediterranean this Summer and pray for those who have lost their lives in the attempt!
SAVE THE DATE
The Season of Creation, incorporating our former Earth Week in the Diocese of Kerry, will be celebrated from 1 September – 4 October.
Theme: ‘Plastic Pollution’, drawing, as last year, on Laudato Si’…On Care for Our Common Home (Pope Francis)
In Australia this is PLASTIC FREE JULY
Why not in Ireland too!