This Month

JUNE/MEITHEAMH

All powerful God, you are present in the whole universe…pour out upon us the power of your love, that we might protect life and beauty. LS 246

Return your Trócaire Box

Support people in the world’s poorest regions to live with independence and dignity.

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.

5 June/Meitheamh  

World Environment Day  is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

2020 Theme:  ‘Time for Nature,’ with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development.

The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves we must care for nature. It’s time to wake up, to take notice, to raise our voices.  It’s time to re- build for People and Planet

“Living our vocation to be protectors of Gods handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ 217

Action: Consider what steps YOU can take to live more sustainably on our planet eg  use your local recycling facilities for glass, drink cans, tin, plastic, cardboard; take a shorter shower; mow your lawn less with a blade set at a higher level; walk or cycle within your 5k today and connect with nature and look, smell and listen and pray every day A Prayer for Our Earth.(Number 13 in this list of 100 actions)

Or choose your own action from this list of 100 actions.

A Practical Guide for individuals, faith groups, businesses, cities, governments, schools & universities, youth groups and civil society

Consider what you will do during the ‘Season of Creation’ when the Diocese of Kerry invites you to ‘Cultivate Hope’ (see Save the Date below).

 

7 June/Meitheamh

Trinity Sunday

“Everything is interconnected and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the Mystery of the Trinity”. Pope Francis.

Action: Pray this Trinitarian Celtic prayer as you wash your face this morning and again at the end of the day.

The palmful of the God of Life; The palmful of the Christ of Love; The palmful of the Spirit of Peace.

 

14 June/Meitheamh

Corpus Christi

“The Eucharist joins heaven and earth; it embraces and penetrates all creation. In the Eucharist, fullness is already achieved; it is the living centre of the universe, the overflowing core of love and of inexhaustible life. Joined to the incarnate Son, present in the Eucharist, the whole cosmos gives thanks to God.” Pope Francis in Laudato Si’236

“O God, to those who are hungry give bread, and to those who have bread, give hunger for justice”  Trócaire.

Action: Even though we are not free to receive Holy Communion yet, let us continue to participate prayerfully  in mass in the various ways possible and meet Jesus in the Living Word.

National Holy Wells Day   Organised by Loving Sister Earth and the Columba Community.

There are around 3,000 Holy Wells in Ireland. Since early Christian times these have been seen as places of prayer and healing

The Day invites you to become aware of how precious water is.

Visit a local Holy Well and pray for the protection of water

Action: Visit a Holy Well near you and invite others to join you.  Practise Social Distancing at all times.

Use this wonderful prayer when you visit a well.

Prayer for the Protection of Water

O God of all creation, teach us how to protect water on which all living beings depend, plants, animals, fish, birds, humans Help us to ensure that water may always flow freely and purely for all your Creation. May your Spirit soften our hearts and enlighten us so that we may act responsibly to protect water, the vital source of life in Our Common Home.

And here’s a wonderful ritual from Loving Sister Earth.

 

19 June/Meitheamh

Fathers’ Day

Pray for God’s blessing on fathers, that they may be a source of love and life for all in their care.

 

20 June/Meitheamh

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 Secretary-General, António Guterres

Each June 20, the globe comes together to honour World Refugee Day. The United Nations General Assembly launched the holiday in 2000, and since then, the worldwide community has spent the day focused on ways to improve the lives of refugees. Most of us know that refugees are forced to leave their homes due to war, terror, or other crises—but fleeing their home country is often just the beginning of a difficult journey. Many refugees find themselves living in camps until they are resettled—some of which are dangerous or not well-equipped for long term living. Refugees don’t always have a say in which country they are ultimately relocated to, and the bureaucratic process involved in finding their new home can take years. Worldwide refugee crises have taken centre stage in the news in recent years, so it’s more important than ever to share support and to celebrate World Refugee Day.

In Kerry, in recent years, we have welcomed refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Action:

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.

 

21 June/Meitheamh

Summer Solstice

“I walk in your world a mercy, a healing” …..Daniel Berrigan.

Action: Rise early, greet the day with prayer, gratitude….

 

19 June/Meitheamh

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

The heart…. a symbol of the whole inner life of a person.

Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart…JUST  LISTEN

This amazing hymn sung by over 300 choirs in Ireland was released for Pentecost Sunday 2020….join in!

Action: Reflect on how your inner life influences your daily actions.

SAVE THE DATE

The Season of Creation, incorporating our former Earth Week in the Diocese of Kerry, will be celebrated from 1 September – 4 October.

Theme: ‘Cultivating Home’  A faith response in a time of crisis, drawing, as always, on Laudato Si’…On Care for Our Common Home (Pope Francis)