7.30 p.m. Cathedral
Holy Hour 10.00 p.m. Bóthar na Naomh Church
Good Friday April 19th:
Children’s Story of Easter: 11.00 a.m. Bóthar na Naomh Church
The Lord’s Passion: 3.00 p.m. Cathedral
Stations of the Cross 5.00 p.m. Bóthar Na Naomh Church
Stations of the Cross (Outdoor): 7.00pm. Gather outside Parish Centre
Prayer around the Cross: 9.30 p.m. Cathedral
Holy Saturday April 20th:
Pilgrim Walk to Holycross Abbey: 10.00 a.m. Meet at Cathedral Yard
Liturgy of Blessing of Bread: 12 noon Cathedral
CONFESSIONS: 11.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Cathedral
Easter Vigil: 8.30 p.m. Cathedral
(Beginning outdoor – weather permitting)
Easter Sunday April 21st:
Sunday Mass Times as usual in both Churches with Dawn Mass in Killinan Cemetery @ 6.00 a.m.
On Sunday December 2nd Thurles Cathedral Choir with Clonmel Concert Orchestra performed a beautiful programme of sacred and classical music in the Cathedral of the Assumption. We are very proud of the depth of talent displayed from our parish. Congratulations to all involved in making this a brilliant night’s entertainment, a memorable night for all!
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
especially those for whom we now pray:
We also pray for all who are gathered here this evening.
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful, for the gift of life, that we share.
Our Lady of the Assumption, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saint Brigid, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Please note the James Kilbane Concert scheduled for Sunday March 4th has been postponed until next Friday March 9th at 8.00 p.m., Bóthar na Naomh Church, Thurles. This will have a strong emphasis on families and everyday Christian family life. James has released a total of thirteen successful albums. He is now a well know voice on radio, television and interent with his brand of Country Gospel music. Kilbane’s home grown approach attracts many from every walk of life and many Christian traditions. Concert donation tickets are €20 available The Bookworm Bookshop, Thurles and the Thurles Parish Centre or by calling 0504 22229. (Special rate for families) Concert is at 8pm with doors at 7pm. All support will be greatly appreciated
Photo: Thurles Eco-Spirituality Group pictured with Eoin Campbell at the Climate Reality talk in Cabragh Wetlands Centre on Jan. 13th 2018. Back row l to r: Helen Campbell, Breeda Kennedy, Marette Dumphy, Eoin Campbell (guest speaker), Moireen O’Neill. Front row l to r: Tom Gallagher, Mary Maher, Frank Macken, Mary Daly. Missing from the photo Paddy Doherty.
On Saturday 13th January Cabragh Wetlands was buzzing with two events happening simultaneously. The Camera Clubs had a day-long Southern Region competition and Thurles Eco-spirituality Group were hosting a Climate Reality workshop. The latter was conducted by Eoin Campbell who gave a powerpoint presentation on climate change and what terrible effects we are having on the planet. He also pointed to some efforts that are being made to help reverse the damage being caused to all habitats and life forms on the earth. Eoin used a presentation he acquired during his training as a climate reality leader under Al Gore. He quoted some very sobering facts about our negative effects on the Earth, our Common Home. We learned that we pump 110 tons of pollution into the atmosphere each hour. This causes the atmosphere to overheat leading to extreme weather events such as more violent and more frequent storms, excessive rain and drought, sea level rise and massive forest fires across the globe. Other facts that show that we have no time to waste in repairing the problems were the amount of plastics in the environment. Eight million tons make their way into the oceans each year leading to the death of fish and sea mammals. Turtles have been filmed eating the plastic thinking it to be jellyfish. The melting of the ice caps at the north and south poles and the rapid extinction of species are of enormous concern. Eoin pointed out that our government seems more hell bent on getting off the hook regarding the commitment they made in the Paris Agreement than applying the changes necessary to remediate the problems. This course of action will lead to huge fines down the road which the much squeezed taxpayers will have to foot.
Positive things are happening. There are more wind farms producing electricity and the rise in electric cars is welcome. The insulation of houses, the use of solar panels and the efforts at waste reduction all point us in the right direction. There are more jobs now in the renewable energy industries than in coal production. In the UK alone there are 110,000 jobs in renewables. The discussion which followed was lively and earnest.
Each person can contribute to the effort by cutting down on waste, by shopping locally and by growing some food. Even what we eat affects the planet’s health. Eating meat makes great demands on the resources of the planet and also contributes greatly to gas emissions. Change in lifestyle does not come easily and Eoin outlined his own family’s journey towards more sustainable living. Firstly they decided to move from the city. They eat meat once a week, grow enough vegetables for a year and raise their own chickens while living in a passive energy house.
Following refreshments participants took a ‘tour’ of the Cosmic Walk. This is a series of 10 creative sculptures that tell the story of Creation from 13.8 billion years ago to the present day. They are the work of Liz and Philip Quinn, Stonemad Studios, Holycross. The purpose of the walk is mainly to give a person the opportunity to reflect on the numinous world of which we are part. This was emphasised by Philip Quinn, Michael Long and Tom Gallagher who led the walk. Many people felt it was an uplifting, spiritual experience and look forward to returning in their own time to amble reflectively around the Cosmic Walk using the booklet printed for the purpose.
Photo: Eoin Campbell addressing the large group at the Climate Reality talk.