May or Bealtaine…Mary’s Month
2021..‘Let us continue, then, to advance along the paths of hope’ Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti, 55
A year to care for People and Planet…’Our Common Home’…..Let us practise the art of encounter (Fratelli Tutti)
Beltane-May Day Festival, cross quarter day, halfway between between Spring Equinox & Summer Solstice. Celebrated for thousands of years as the point of fertility and beauty of the flowering earth. For Catholics it’s the month to celebrate Mary, Queen of the May and also the first reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist (First Holy Communion but sadly probably not this year). This year the Pope has called on us to pray the rosary daily for an end to the pandemic and we think especially of India
Also please Note: Ramadan began on the evening of 13 April and will continue until Sat 12 May.
Ramadan is a sacred month for all Muslims. It is a month of prayer fasting and almgiving which of course reminds us of the Christian Lenten time. Fasting during Ramadan means abstaining from all food, drink and smoking during daylight hours. It is an exercise in self-discipline and enables some experience of deprivation. If you have any Muslim friends or neighbours you can wish them ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ or A Blessed Ramadan or ‘Ramadan Kareem’, May God be generous to you during Ramadan.
Action: pray for your Muslim neighbours and friends and support them in this sacred time
St. Joseph the Worker
‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart’ Col. 3:23
Action: Think of some ways to support those unemployed in your own locality and parish community
8 May/ Bealtaine
Julian of Norwich (14th Century mystic)
“You will see yourself that every kind of thing will be well”
Action: Allow Julian’s writings to inspire you and help you to grow in trust and compassion.
08 May/Bealtaine Sunrise
“Darkness into Light”
Darkness Into Light 2021, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, will take place at sunrise on the morning of 8th May.
This year, as we cannot gather together at our usual Darkness Into Light venues, we are bringing DIL to you, and asking all our supporters to don their yellow t-shirts and take part in the event at a time and in a location that suits them. We are so looking forward to sharing this very special sunrise with you.
This year you can choose to sign up for a special sunrise event – walk, swim, bike or simply share your sunrise moment – or you can take part in the Darkness Into Light Challenge – when you select this option, we’re waiving the sign-up fee for anyone who pledges to fundraise €150. Get creative with your activity, and remember that no matter how you choose to take part this year, you’ll be giving the gift of hope to those in your community in suicidal crisis, or self-harming.
Action: Consider donating online.
10-12 May /Bealtaine
Rogation Days-the days leading up to Ascension. Rogation means petition or supplication.
The time to ask God’s blessing on your animals, fields, garden, allotment, tractor & farming machinery.
Action: Look for help and support to start growing some of your own food, no matter how little, in a window box, allotment, raised bed etc. Share extra seeds, skills and support. Visit local allotments or community gardens in Tralee, Castleisland, Miltown/Castlemaine, Killarney, Kilcummin…
Ascension of the Lord
“While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven” Luke 24:50
“Why do you stand here looking up at the skies” Acts 1:11
Action: Offer a helping hand to someone this week while you practise your social distancing –a friend, a neighbour, an organisation in need of volunteers and pray for all volunteers and others working so hard for our communities across the diocese at this time.
Feast of St. Brendan- Patron of the Diocese of Kerry
‘Give us the courage and commitment of Brendan to navigate our voyage through life’ (Millennium Prayer)
Action: Pray for all who work at sea around our island home, especially those affected by Covid 19.
Now you can enjoy a walk and give thanks for this freedom but still be aware of social distance. …is there a school, hall , church, holy well near you dedicated to St Brendan…look it up.
16- 24 May/Bealtaine Laudato Si’ Week End of Special Anniversary Year of Laudato Si’
‘For we know all things can change.’ LS 13
Laudato Si’ Week 2021, to be held May 16-24, will be the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year, and a celebration of the great progress the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion.
Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.
The Laudato Si Action Platform will be announced by the Vatican…a 7-year programme of action for families, schools, parishes and dioceses to integrate the message of Laudato Si’ into the our faith lives at every level.
Action :Listen to the Call of Pope Francis:
Read a paragraph of Laudato Si’ eg Paragraph 1 “Our Common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.”
Remember that Biodiversity is our most precious resource and we cannot live without it. It gives us our clean water to drink, soil to grow food and trees, and clean air to breathe! It also gives us more than we can measure in terms of health; mental, physical and emotional. We need nature and we are part of it. This earth is our only home and we need, more than ever, to understand, care, appreciate and look after it.
Action: Pause and look, smell and listen and give thanks for the gift of God’s creation..have you seen the swallows or heard the cuckoo? Look for the hawthorn blossom and the buttercups and so much more./
15-23 May / Bealtaine
National Biodiversity Week.Facebook
A time to get to know or rediscover the local flora and fauna in your area
‘other living beings have a value of their own in God’s eyes: by their very existence they bless him and give him glory’ Laudato Si’ 69
22 May: The UN has proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
Get out and about and see, smell and taste the biodiversity all around…and give thanks.
Consider what you can do in your own garden or your parish garden!
Can you leave an area for biodiversity, add in some native plants, mow less often, leave a log pile in the corner, build a tiny pond…
Become an ARK, a haven for wildlife, like in St John’s Tralee. Start small and involve others.This is all about Acts of Restorative Kindness, responding to the Earth Day call of 2021 to Restore Our Earth
Watch this one- minute video from Ballyduff on how to build a tiny pond.
Pentecost An Chincís
“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.
SAVE THE DATE.
- National Holy Wells Day: Sunday 20 June This will focus on how we treasure the gift of water and is an ecumenical initiative of Loving Sister Earthand the Columba Community. By now you can trvel up to 20K but please observe social distancing at all times.
It invites us to: 1) to become aware of how precious water is and 2) to visit a local Holy Well and pray for the protection of water and 3) to plan with others how you can protect the water in your area.