8 April/ Aibreán
International Roma Day
This is a day to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Romani people.
Sister Anne McNamara and companions, of the Presentation Community in Tralee works with Roma children and their families in the Nano Nagle Centre in Spisske Podhradie, Eastern Slovakia
Action: Pray for Sister Anne and the work of the Presentation sisters as they share the compassion and joy of the gospel in this very challenging situation.
Lorna Gold, Climate Activist, Parent and Author.. Speaking on ‘Saving the planet for our children’. 8pm in St. John’s Parish Centre, Castle Street, Tralee. Free event, everyone welcome.
Action: Consider attending to learn more of what YOU can do to care for ‘Our Common Home’.
11 April/ Aibreán
Lorna Gold speaking on our response to the challenge of climate change. 1pm Solas Building, IT, North Campus Tralee. Free event, everyone welcome.
Action: You might like to read her book…Climate Generation…Awakening to Our Children’s Future…
County ‘Clean- Up Day’
“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth” Laudato Si’ #21
Action: Take some positive action in your community. Join a local event to clean up your area. If you can’t find an event, why not organise one!
The story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Mark 11.1-10 “Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord”.
Action: Remember and give thanks to God for those times of great joy in your life and that of your family and community. Renew your faith in the values of Jesus as we enter Holy Week.
The Passion… Mark 15 21-41 “Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last”.…”In truth this man was a son of God”.
Have you ever had the opportunity to take part in God’s work of grace as a Simon of Cyrene in yourself or with another? Pray for the courage of Jesus in your own life but also not to be afraid to cry in a loud voice ’My god, my God, why have you deserted me?’
Action: Join with your local church community for the liturgy of Palm Sunday in both its joy and its agony that you too may grow in faithfulness as a disciple of Jesus.
Holy Week begins.
Action: Try to read the scriptures each day of this Holy Week. Find them on this website. Enter into the week by taking time in God’s creation. Watch for signs of new growth, of reawakening all around you. Let this be a springtime in your own life as you sense the nearness of God in all things. Don’t forget to return your Trócaire box and join with others in overcoming fear with love.
19 April/ Aibreán
Good Friday……make it a special day by attending ‘The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion’ in your parish @3pm.
Easter Sunday…..Jesus is Risen ALLELUIA
Action: Don’t forget to return your Trócaire box, joining with others until “Love Conquers Fear”
22 April/ Aibreán
World Earth Day
“I appeal to all people everywhere to raise their voices. Speak out on behalf of this planet, our only home. Let us care for Mother Earth so she can continue to care for us as she has done for millennia” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
International Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.
It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.
International Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports.
Action: Consider what you can do!
Wild Mind Festival in Fenit
A weekend to connect, to immerse in our natural surrounds and to foster our compassion for our planet. This outdoor festival nestled between the Kerry mountains and the Wild Atlantic Ocean holds space for people to engage with the local environment.www.wildmind.ie
Action: Consider a trip to Fenit…a perfect Easter Sunday outing with the family.
26 April/ Aibreán
Anniversary of Venerable Nano Nagle (1718-1784), Foundress of the Presentation Sisters.
“The Almighty makes use of the weakest means to bring about His works” Nano Nagle.
Action: Give thanks for the work of this congregation down through the years and NOW.
Live in the joy of Easter every day and let it fuel your passion for justice in every corner of our world.
18-26 May/Bealtaine: Biodiversity Week.