Mission Month… “mission at the heart of the Christian faith”. Pope Francis
1st September – 4th October: SEASON of CREATION…Séasur na Cruthaithe in the Diocese of Kerry
Our theme and call for this year has been ‘Be Part of the Solution to Plastic Pollution’, drawing, as last year, on Laudato Si’…On Care for Our Common Home. Pope Francis
Have you become part of the solution to plastic pollution during the Season of Creation? If so keep it up!
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
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.
3 October/ Deire Fómhair
A Short Meditative Walk in Nature at 11.45am, Patrick Pearse Park, Tralee.
‘Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God’. Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ (#84)
Meet at the gates of Patrick Pearse Park, Denny Street (opposite the Town Park) Tralee. Organised by JPIC Committee Members with help from the Baha’i Community to close the Season of Creatio.
Action: Come along or walk in a quiet way around your own area, garden or wood.
4 October/Deire Fómhair and the close of ‘Season of Creation’.
The Feast of St Francis of Assisi:Praised be you …Laudato Si’
Action: 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 www.livelaudatosi.org
4 October/Deire Fómhair
National Tree Day/Lá na gCrann
Theme: ‘Be nature nice! Bí dóighiúil don dúlra’.
The campaign is all about thinking twice about the things we do and use everyday and making better choices for the environment.
Action: Plant a tree, hug a tree, walk in the woods. Give thanks for God’s creation
Don’t forget to continue to ‘Be part of the solution to plastic pollution.’
6 October/ Deire Fómhair
Pligrimage Walk: Ardfert to Wethers’ Well/Tobar Na Molt (and return to Ardfert).
Meet in Ardfert Catherdral at 10.30am. Wear appropriate clothing, walking shoes, a high vis vest and bring a packed lunch, finishing back in Ardfert around 3pm.
Action: Put on those walking shoes…
7 October/ Deire Fómhair
Our Lady of the Rosary
May we imitate what the mysteries contain, and obtain what they promise….
Action: Reflect on the Sorrowful Mysteries today and reach out, like Veronica, to help those you meet. Luke 23
7 October/Deire Fómhair: Blessing of Pets (Tralee)
3.30pm outside St. John’s Church, Castle Street,Tralee.
Action: Bring your pet or animal along for a blessing.
11 October/ Deire Fómhair
Climate Change: What can I do? A Climate Change awareness-raising evening with Trócaire,CYMS Mini Theatre, Killorglin at 7.30pm. With information on SEAI Better Energy Community Schemes from the Sustainable Energy Co-Op and advice from Teagasc on grant-aided tree-planting.
Action: Come along and discover what you can do!
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
Action: Take time to be with someone in need today: your neighbour, someone bereaved or lonely, young or old.
17 October/Deire Fómhair
UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
Theme: “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”. On this, the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is important to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations.
Action: Consider one small action you and your family could do.
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”.
Action: Don’t close your eyes to Human Trafficking. Learn more about it
18 October/ Deire Fomhair
Mission Month Justice Talk: ‘Passion for Mission’ with Fr. Niall Geaney, St. Brendan’s Tralee and Sr. Orla Treacy, Loreto sister, Working in South Sudan, winner of the Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Prize 2017
8pm in St John’s Parish Centre, Castle Street, Tralee, Free. The VMM and OLA teams who offer opportunities to mission and volunteer abroad will also be present on the night. Everyone is Welcome…. Fáilte roimh gach duine.
Action: Why not come along!
21 October/Deire Fómhair
Mission Sunday…. The theme for 2018 is “Christian Families are Missionary Families”
“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
Action: 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