Advent: The season to allow Christians to enter into the mystery of waiting.
World AIDS Day
There are 33.3 million people living with HIV worldwide. It is a global emergency claiming approximately 5,000 lives every day in some of the poorest countries.
Trócaire is helping people get access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS .
Action: Pray for all those struggling with AIDS/HIV Support Trócaire’s work for our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS.
2 December/ Nollaig
Festival of Lights, eight days and nights, is celebrated with blessings, games and festive foods. Hanukkah marks the restoration of the temple by the Maccabees in 164 BCE. Remember that young Jewish girl called Mary who said “yes” to new life and brought such light into our world over 2000 years ago and may you be a blessing for those you meet today.
Today, we remember the Churchwomen of El Salvador—Sr. Dorothy Kazel, Sr. Ita Ford, Sr. Maura Clarke, and Jean Donovan—who were martyred on December 2, 1980, killed because they were committed to standing in solidarity with the economically poor and marginalized in the country.
Action: Pray for all missionaries who like Dorothy, Ita, Maura and Jean continue to stand in solidarity with the those on the margins of our societies.
2-14 December/ Nollaig
“The Climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all”. Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ #23
UN Climate Change Conference/COP24 in Katowice, Poland
This is a global conference to negotiate climate policy ie to protect ‘Our Common Home’.
About 20 thousand people from 190 countries will take part including politicians, representatives of non-governmental organisations, the scientific community and business sector.
Action: Pray …let the Climate Pilgrims carry your prayer to the World’s Leaders. Write it here.
Check out your own carbon footprint (be honest) and try to reduce it.
Read and re-read paragraphs 23-26 of Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home each day during COP24.
Calling for Climate Action Now! Buswells Hotel, Dublin 10am – 7pm
Have your say on December 5th! Organised by Stop Climate Chaos
The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition are facilitating meetings between you and your TD so that you can speak to them first hand about your concerns regarding climate change.
Register now and email your TD asking them to meet you – we’ll look after the rest. And there is no need to be an expert, you just need to be concerned about climate change.
Many people inspired by their Christian faith and the Pope’s message of Laudato Si’ will be taking part. “If we want an earth to pass on to our children, we need to act quickly.” Pope Francis on the first anniversary of Laudato Si’ (2016).
Action: Take part or/ and pray for our politicians and all those taking part in this event that they might listen to this urgent call. by Pope Francis.
Feast of St. Nicholas: a beloved and wonderful Bishop of Myra (in modern-day Turkey). He was born in Asia Minor in A.D. 260 and orphaned at an early age.
“One action can change the world”. “When you buy a Trócaire Gift you’re not just giving. You’re joining the fight for justice”. Trócaire
Action: Choose a Trócaire Global Gift and change someone’s world this Christmas. Call 1850 408 408
Try to avoid or reduce your use of plastic in preparation for and during Christmas.Try to remain ‘part of the solution to plastic pollution’….avoid plastic toys, decorations, excessive wrapping and packaging….have a green Christmas!
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
“prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight”. Luke 3:4
Action: Take a little quiet time to reflect and pray so that you can be aware of both your own needs and the needs of the people around you. Remember the people of Yemen and South Sudan and other parts of the world and those working to help them including Sr. Orla Treacy, Sr Penina and the Sisters of the OLA, Columbans and all who spoke to us in October at our Diocesan Mission night.
International Human Rights Day (70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948)
A reminder of the persistence of violations of human rights throughout the world.
Action: Read the Declaration and consider one small action.
International Day of Solidarity with Migrants.
Officially proclaimed in 2000 to commemorate the adoption of by the UN of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.
Action: Be vigilant about the rights of migrant workers and their families in your own local community. Be sure to extend the “Céad Míle Fáilte” to them.
This Celtic festival of the Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year…the darkest time of the year but as we celebrate the return of the light today we know that the LIGHT of the WORLD will bring warmth and life back to our earth again…our Common Home.
Christmas Day/Lá Nollaig
The Word of God, Jesus Christ, on account of His great love for us, became what we are, in order to make us what He is Himself. St. Irenaeus.
“Christmas is the feast of the Divine explosion, the Love of God revealed in the poverty of Christ.” John Main.
Action: Rejoice and give thanks for this amazing Christmas gift beyond value, no-one can ever take it from you.
Consider sharing your Christmas! With whom?