December – Nollaig 2019
And the Lion shall lie down with the Lamb Isaiah 11:9.
Advent: The season to allow Christians to enter into the mystery of waiting.
An ADVENT CALENDAR for you
Action: Wait on the Lord in prayer and let Emmanuel come to you.
First Sunday of Advent
Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord….. First Reading Isaiah 2:1
Action: Take time to reflect on the beauty of God’s Creation today, our Common H0me….it is fragile and precious.
There were 37.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2018.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 example in Kenya
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
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
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 on non-governmental organisations, scientific community and business sector.
Action: Pray, grieve and act to protect ‘Our Common Home’…what is yours to do?
Read and re-read paragraphs 23-26 of Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home each day during COP25.
Could you help to start a’ Care of Creation Group’ in your parish?
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
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.
International Human Rights Day (71st 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’.
Action: Be a source of light and life to those around you!
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.
Action: 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 be a blessing for those you meet today.
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.