This Month

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

October….Deire Fómhair

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Mission Month…  “mission at the heart of the Christian faith”. Pope Francis

1 October/ Deire Fómhair

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus/St. Teresa of Lisieux. ’The Little Flower’

“The Lord led her and taught her and kept her as the apple of his eye” Deut. 32 Entrance Antiphon

and Blessing of Pets outside St John’s Church, Tralee 3pm

Action: What simple or little things can we do today to make our world a better place, offer a prayer, a smile, pick up a piece of litter, enjoy this God- given day.Bring your pet for a blessing.


4 October/Deire Fómhair and the close of ‘Time for Creation’.

St. Francis of Assisi  – ‘Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs. The.  Canticle of the Creatures’.
Today as we remember St. Francis of Assisi, Patron saint of Ecology, take time to reflect and pray about the challenge of climate change.

Consider taking time to read a page or two of the Pope Francis’ Letter ‘Laudato Si’   eg paragraph 211 and then take up one or two of the little actions the Pope suggests such as separating refuse, reducing water consumption.

Take the Laudato Si’ pledge to 1) pray for and with creation, 2) live more simply and 3) advocate to protect our common home

Harvest in Sacred Heart Church , Glengarriff.

5 October/Deire Fómhair

National Tree Day/Lá na gCrann

Theme: Our Planet, Our Choice …Ár bPláinéid, Ár Rogha    

The campaign is all about the importance of natural resources, just like our friends the trees!


Plant a tree, hug a tree, walk in the woods. Give thanks for God’s creation.


7 October/ Deire Fómhair

Our Lady of the Rosary

May we imitate what the mysteries contain, and obtain what they promise….


Pray this beautiful Guided Rosary on Caring For Creation from the Franciscan Action Network(US)



8 October/Deire Fomhair   

The feast of St. Francis will be celebrated at the 11.30am mass in the Friary, Killarney and  the blessing of all animals will take place at  3.30pm outside the friary church.

Action: Bring your pet or animal along for a blessing.


15 October/Deire Fómhair

St. Teresa of Avila

Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which to look with Christ’s compassion on the world, yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good, and yours are his hands with which to bless us now’.St. Teresa


Take time to be with someone in need today: your neighbour, someone bereaved or lonely, young or old.


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Members of Parish Pastoral Councils and other parish ministries will gather for a Diocesan Assembly to explore how parish can support family life  in the Brandon Hotel, Tralee.


Pray the special prayer every day. God, our Father, We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son, One family, in the Spirit of your love…….


16 October/Deire Fómhair – 21 October/Deire Fómhair  

Trocáire – A Palestian Home Truth Exhibition in Killarney Library (10am to 4pm)

This exhibition aims to shed light on Israel’s ongoing demolition of Palestinan homes and the impact this has on the lives of those affected.

With a screening of Trocáire documentary ‘This is Palestine’ on Thurs 19 October 2017 @ 6.30

(The film last just 49 minutes, so why not go to see it on the way to the Mission Talk in Tralee at 8pm).

Action: Visit this powerful exhibition and consider attending the screening of the documentary , or if you cannot make it, watch it here.            Pray for peace in this holy land so precious to Jews, Christians and Muslims.


17 October/Deire Fómhair

  “The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican”.   

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The Pope’s Astronomer, Bro. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.,Director of the Vatican Observatory is  visiting the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve. He will give public lecture at 8.00pm, in Coláiste na Sceilge, Caherciveen entitled “The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican”.

Action: Consider attending or listen in later to Horizons



17 October/Deire Fómhair

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017   

“Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”

This day honors victims of poverty,hunger, violence and fear.Learn more

Action: Ask yourself if you can do anything to end poverty where you live? Become a volunteer with Vincent de Paul,or another charity shop, recycle your clothing, old books and toys,  reach out in friendship to newcomers…..


18 October/Deire Fómhair  

EU Anti-Human Trafficking Day

The yearly EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October makes both policymakers and the general public reflect upon the response to trafficking in human beings in Europe.

Pope Francis has described human trafficking as modern slavery and one of the greatest threats to the global common good and “an open wound on the body of contemporary society


Don’t close your eyes to Human Trafficking. Learn more about it


19 October/ Deire Fomhair

Mission Month Justice Talk: ‘Reach Out, Spread the Joy’ with                                                                                  +Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Diocese @8pm in the Rose Hotel Tralee, Free.                                      Organised by the Diocese of Kerry Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Committee.                                Everyone is Welcome….. Fáilte Roimh Gach Duine.

Action: Come along to receive more joy in your life…then you can help to spread it too!

And it’s Diwali too, the festival of lights…an occasion for celebration by Hindus as well as Sikhs, so greet all your neighbours with joy.


22 October/Deire Fómhair

Mission Sunday…. The theme for 2017 is ‘Spread the Joy’

“Mission is not just a matter of doing things for people. It is first of all a matter of being with people, of listening and sharing with them”. Donal Dorr


What can you do for missionaries today? On this Sunday, in a special way, we celebrate the work of nearly 1,300 Irish born missionaries and all missionaries throughout the world. We thank God for them, for all who support them in our own country and during mission month we unite ourselves in prayer with them and with the communities with whom they work.

Now think about where YOU are called to be that missionary, to break new ground and to work on a new frontier! If you are a returned lay missionary or volunteer come to the meeting on 26th October (see below)


25 October/Deire Fomhair

Free Information Evening on Renewable Energy in Scoil Mhuire, Sunhill Road, Killorglin @ 6.30-8pm. Come and learn about how you can make your own home/small business/community centre/parish hall/sports hall or church warmer, save money on energy (via grants available) and reduce energy consumption.

Organised by Kerry Sustainable Energy Cooperative.

Action: Consider attending to find out more about how you can reduce your energy consumption.


26 October/Deire Fómhair

Follow up meeting of Returned Lay Missionaries and Volunteers.

John Paul II Centre, Rock Road, Killarney @7pm.


Never mind if you missed the first meeting just come! Also maybe you have not been officially away on mission but are  interested…..come anyway. Sure of a welcome!