Lough Derg Pilgrimage from Galway

Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June 2022
Departing Renmore Church on Friday 10th June at 6.45am
Pick up points are; Maldron Hotel Oranmore, Claregalway, and Tuam Garda Station (other pick up points can be arranged if required)
For further information and bookings contact Patrizia – 086 4073192 / 091 753763 or Anne – 086 8381633

Parish Newsletter

‘‘No-one can be excluded.’’ — Pope Francis Pope Francis is asking the Church to listen to every voice in the community – laity, disenfranchised, religious – each and all who have a view to offer. Synod is a Greek word (synodos) meaning a meeting or assembly. The two Greek words that make up synod are 'syn', meaning together, and 'hodos', meaning way or journey. By convening this Synod, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission. We aspire "to plant dreams ... allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another, and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds [and] warm hearts..." (Pope Francis, address of 3 October 2018). The synodal mission: — Humility in listening; — Courage in speaking; — An invitation to dialogue. We come together to listen to each other, and enter into dialogue in order that we will change. An easy way to participate: this anonymous online questionnaire (see link below) takes about 6 minutes to complete. If you have other thoughts you would like to share which aren't covered by the questionnaire, you can email info@synod.galwaydiocese.ie or write to the postal address below. Your postal submission can be anonymous – just add 'Synod' to your envelope. Fr Gerard McCarthy SVD Diocesan Pastoral Outreach Centre Árus de Brún Newtownsmith Galway info@synod.galwaydiocese.ie The submission process is open until 3 April 2022.

Just click the image below to access the survey

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ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service clg is requesting parishes  to please include a link to Accord.
The contact in the Galway ACCORD office is Assumpta at galwayaccord@gmail.com: further contact information is at https://www.accord.ie/centres/galway
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Advent Series - Living Laudato Si

At each of these locations Fr. Brendan reflects on his life’s journey to ecological consciousness, demonstrating the ways in which his life

experiences, his spirituality and stewardship are essential elements.

We invite you to watch the video, share the link with others, and take an ecological journey of discovery with Fr Brendan as we reawaken our sense of connectedness to the earth.

To watch this video click on the link below, or copy and paste the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrhMrBu1LZA

Reflection – Advent Series Week 1

The science is clear, and scientists have been warning us for more than two centuries (e.g., German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt 1769-1859), that the capitalist model of economic development, which necessitates overconsumption, has meant that “our house”, as the young climate activist Greta Thunberg has oft been quoted, “is on fire”. The much-anticipated COP26, where global leaders met in Glasgow to agree to protect the planet and its people from overheating has proven ineffective. It is clear that responding to these crises, demands concerted, revolutionary shifts in our thinking and action at all levels of society. As Pope Francis makes clear:

“all of this shows the urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution” (LS114).

Most of us will be familiar with Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si (2015). In this “document, addressed to all people of good will” (LS62), he recognises the complex and multiple environmental, climactic and social crises that plague ‘our common home’ today. Critical to the messaging within Laudato Si, is the recognition that all living forms are related to the other – we are all ‘interconnected’. We as human beings, are just one part in this intricate, spectacular web of life. Pope Francis clearly demonstrates how the destruction of one part, has devastating consequences for the other. 

Pioneering in its communication, Pope Francis corroborates that we cannot respond to ‘the cry of the earth’ (as demonstrated today through climate change, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, desertification, soil erosion, etc.,) without seeking justice for the ‘cry of the poor’ (expressed through the intensification of global conflicts, hunger, poverty, migration, violation of human rights, compounded by the enduring threats to global democracy and peace).

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis is quite clear that we have failed in our responsibilities to protect ‘our common home’ and those who live within it. Yet, he remains hopeful that all is not lost, “for we know that things can change” [LS13]. We do, however, have an “urgent challenge to protect our common home … to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” [LS13].

In the encyclical, he proposes a transformative approach in how we – that is all humanity – must respond to these challenges. He charts us a new journey of ‘integral ecology’ to ensure the sustainability of our common home and a safe and just future for the youth of tomorrow. “…nonetheless there is reason to hope that humanity at the dawn of the twenty-first century will be remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities” (LS165).

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Virtual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Sunday 16th May 2021

This Sunday, 16 May, is the date for our annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, along with the dioceses of Clonfert and Achonry.
This year it is a virtual pilgrimage, with the rosary live-streamed at 2.30pm and Mass following at 3.00pm.
The online link to watch is: https://www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live/
 
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