Kevin of Glendalough / Naomh Caomhín
3 June/ Meitheamh
Kevin of Glendalough / Naomh Caomhín
The most well known story is of Kevin and the blackbird., an event commemorated by Séamus Heaney in one of his poems. Kevin was praying one day, kneeling in the lake with his arms outstretched. A blackbird came to him and perched in one of his outstretched hands. The bird then proceeded to build a nest, lay eggs and hatch her chicks. They remained there until they were ready to fly away. All the while Kevin never moved. Glendalough, the Rome of the West, is one of the great pilgrim places in Ireland and its Saint, Kevin, is one of our greatest saints.
Tomás. O’ Caoimh (June Saints).
Action: Get to know about this amazing saint who was so close to nature and ask for his guidance.
4 June/ Meitheamh
Eid-ul-fitr marks the end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of self control.
Action: Extend good wishes to your Muslim neighbours and friends.
“Pray as though everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.” St. Ignatius
Action: Send a card to someone doing exams and support them in prayer.
The Week aims to encourage the nation to protect and enjoy our coastline, while celebrating the thousands of volunteers across the island of Ireland who tirelessly work to keep our beaches clean all year around. A great opportunity to “Do good, feel good”!
Clean Coasts Week is taking place from 1st to 9th June all over Ireland. We have all seen the evidence of marine litter along our coastline so, for all you beach lovers out there, it is an opportunity to do something positive to combat the problem and also raise awareness about the issue. People can create their own beach clean event or participate in one. Remember, every piece of litter removed from the coast is a piece of litter that won’t pollute our oceans or harm our wildlife.
This event is organised by An Taisce. Of course we can do it at any time when we visit a beach …our local one or while on holiday…can you get involved?
Action: Get involved in a beach clean up near you, or organise one or simply pick up some rubbish next time you visit a beach. Pope Francis says ” The earth , our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” Laudato Si’ 21. Let’s us do something about it.
World Environment Day Theme: ‘Air Pollution and Air Cleanup’.
“World Environment Day is urging governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.”
“Let us be renewed by God’s mercy … and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish”. Pope Francis
Action: What steps can you take to live more sustainably on our planet?
Does your lifestyle contribute to air pollution? Walk or cycle to work today. Connect with nature today.Consider what you will do during the ‘Season of Creation’ when the Diocese of Kerry invites you to become active to care for our ‘common home’ (see ‘Save the Date’ below)
Pentecost…. commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and the birth of the Christian church.
“He breathed on them and said, receive the Holy Spirit” John 20:22
Action: Let the Spirit of God fall afresh on you and fuel your desire for justice.
There are around 3,000 Holy Wells in Ireland. Since early Christian times these have been seen as places of prayer and healing
National Holy Wells Day invites you to become aware of how precious water is.
Action: Visit a Holy Well near you and invite others to join youand pray…
O God of all creation, teach us how to protect water on which all living things depend, plants, animals,fish,birds,humans (Prayer by Loving Sister Earth).
Action: Pray for God’s blessing on fathers, that they may be a source of love and life for all in their care.
UN World Refugee Day
This event honours the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence and natural disaster such as drought.
“This is not about sharing a burden. It is about sharing a global responsibility, based not only the broad idea of our common humanity but also on the very specific obligations of international law. The root problems are war and hatred, not people who flee; refugees are among the first victims of terrorism.” UN Sec-General, António Guterres
Consider donating to Jesuit Refugee Services or a charity of your choice today.
Welcome the refugees who have made it safely to your area, parish, town or parish.
“I walk in your world a mercy, a healing” …..Daniel Berrigan
Action: Rise early, greet the day with prayer, gratitude….
Feast of Corpus Christi “O God, to those who are hungry give bread, and to those who have bread, give hunger for justice” Trócaire.
The table of the Eucharist is a place of gathering of the family of God. The Eucharist is a place of communal gathering, reconciliation, listening, offering of sacrifice, prayer, transformation, nourishment, thanksgiving and missioning.
Action: Let the Eucharistic table be a place of encounter between God, you, and others.
and may this participation enable you to be the real presence of Christ to others.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
The heart…. a symbol of the whole inner life of a person.
Action: Reflect on how your inner life influences your daily actions.
SAVE THE DATE
1 September – 4 October: ‘The Season of Creation’, incorporating our former Earth Week in the Diocese of Kerry, will be celebrated across the dioceses of Ireland and the Christian world.
Theme in the Diocese of Kerry: ‘Climate Change…Crisis’, drawing, as last year, on Laudato Si’…On Care for Our Common Home (Pope Francis)
20 September: Global Day for Climate Action