This Month

Addiction and the Family: On August 9th  the JPIC Committee will bring you a feature programme on the issue of addiction on ‘Horizons’ @ 9am on Radio Kerry  (see Save the Date below for full details).


Laudato Si’ Year    24 May 2020 – 24 May 2021.

Pope Francis appeals for Laudato Si’ Year and releases special prayer

This year runs from 24 May 2020 until 24 May 2021.

“I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common home and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.” Pope Francis.

Holiday Time…In Ireland this year!

1st July/Iúil

St. Oliver Plunkett
“Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of the Gospel”  Matt. 5:10

Action: Name a modern day martyr – get to know something about them.


4th July/Iúil

Independence Day USA
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”  Martin Luther King. Aug 28th 1963

Action: Let’s work and pray for that dream to become a reality in our world,

Wish a happy Independence Day to any American friends.


6th July/Iúil

Birthday of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
“Love and compassion are the moral fabric of world peace”
Action: Allow your heart to be filled with the compassion and love of God and then you can share it with all creation. Pray especially for the people of Tibet.

Giving thanks to all who have and are volunteering in our local communities at this time.




Here’s to All  Volunteers reaching out in a myriad of ways …. with love… in our local communities at this time.


9th July/Iúil

Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the BÁB (Baha’i)

The Báb was executed in Tabriz, Persia at noon in 1850.The Báb’s death is commemorated at noon with readings and prayers from Baha’i Scriptures.

Action: Pray for those suffering from religious persecution around the world today.

Consider a visit to the Baha’i Garden of Contemplation in Patrick Pearse Park, Denny Street, Tralee.

Note: The United Nations recognized the importance of freedom of religion or belief in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Universal Declaration), Article 18 of which states “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion”.

11th July/Iúil

St. Benedict, Patron of Europe“…love of neighbour is a path that leads to the encounter with God….

closing our eyes to our neighbour also blinds us to God.” Pope Benedict   in Deus Caritas Est

Action: Consider the question “ To whom am I called to be a neighbour today?” ( See below under 31st July)


12th July/Iuil            

Special Holiday, Northern Ireland
“Peace is the fruit of anxious daily care to see that each person lives in justice as God intends”.  Pope Paul VI

Action: Pray for all the people of Northern Ireland, that differences in culture may bring richness and diversity not division. Why not go and visit!


31st  July/Iúil

Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) works “to accompany, to advocate and to serve the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide”

Action: Visit the JRS Ireland

Remember all those in detention facilities from Libya to the USA and reach out to asylum seekers  living in Direct Provision hostels and centres near you.



9th August @ 9am on Horizons Radio Kerry

Addiction and the Family:This feature programme will  examine the effects of addiction on our homes and loved ones and how finding God and developing a spiritual life is key in overcoming addiction.

Three speakers will share their experience, strength and hope from their unique perspective: Steven, aged 40, who overcame alcohol and cocaine addiction through the spirituality of the 12 steps; Eileen, who is  older, learned how to find peace and manage her husband’s alcohol addiction through attending Al-Anon and turning to her faith for strength and guidance; Ger Lowe, Listowel Community Alcohol and Drug Worker on his experience of working with young people and their families to overcome substance misuse. The aim of the programme is to highlight a) this issue of addiction in our communities and b) the help and support available to those individuals and family members affected by alcohol and drug misuse.

Help Available:

If you are an adult experiencing difficulties around your alcohol and drug use, contact:

Counselling & Advisory Services, Block F, Ground Floor, Edward Court, Edward Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry Tel: (066) 7184968
Counselling & Advisory Service, Brandon House, Upper Rock Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry Tel (0761) 083000

If you are a young person experiencing difficulties, please go to:

KDYS Community Based Drugs & Alcohol Initiatives

You can also contact Tralee Community Drugs Initiative @

You can also join a 12 step fellowship and find support and solidarity by contacting:

Narcotics Anonymous

Phoneline : 087 – 138 6120

Monday – Friday 6pm – 9pm

Email address :

Alcoholics Anonymous




1st September-4th October: The Season of Creation will be celebrated.

Theme: ‘Cultivating Hope’  A Faith Response to the Climate Crisis, drawing, as always, on Laudato Si’…On Care for Our Common Home (Pope Francis)

17th September: Webinar hosted by JPIC, featuring Lorma Gold and various local activists.Be sure to register!

Everyone is invited and each parish is also encouraged to hold an outdoor prayer event (Resources to follow).