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.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES:
Cathedral: Christmas Eve: 8.30 p.m.; Christmas Day: 8.30 a.m.; 10.30 a.m. and 12 noon.
Bóthar na Naomh Church: Christmas Eve: Family Mass: 6.30 p.m. Christmas Day: 9.30 a.m. & 11.30 a.m.
PALLOTTINE MASS TIMES: Christmas Eve – 8.00 p.m. Christmas Day: 10.00 a.m. Daily Mass: 10.00 a.m.
DAILY MASSES AFTER CHRISTMAS: Please Note – Bóthar na Naomh 10.00 a.m.; Cathedral 11.00 a.m. only (No 8.00 a.m.) until Saturday January 6th 2018 (Feast of the Epiphany) when 8.00 a.m. Mass recommences.
Next Holy Family Confraternity Mass: January 9th 2018 @ 7.30 p.m.
CHRISTMAS CONFESSION TIMES
Please Note: No Confessions on Friday Dec. 29th/Saturday Dec. 30th. From January 2018 Confessions will take place on Saturdays only from 2.30 – 3.30 p.m. in the Cathedral. This new schedule will commence on Saturday, January 13th.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Usual times throughout Christmas except Christmas Day.
On Sunday December 3rd 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. Some of the many amazing comments we have received in praise of what proved to be a brilliant night’s entertainment: “A memorable night for all”; “A great atmosphere and a great event”. “Superb orchestra and a powerful combination with the Cathedral Choir”; “As the final bars of the Battle Hymn blended, voices and instruments, our hearts soared to the beautiful ceiling of the Cathedral – a building built to enhance music.”
THANKS to Thurles Parish for the Liturgy of Thanksgiving and Farewell Gathering upon our leaving for pastures new, in particular, to all who prepared for and participated on the night of Oct 6th last. It was good to meet, pray and celebrate our work together with music, song and dance. It was a great night that was really appreciated by our families. The entire event was a testimony to Thurles Parish as a leaven of life within our community. A special thanks for the presentation of the beautiful bog oak pieces which will continue to remind us of our ministry in Thurles Parish. Frs. Martin, Gerry & Tomás.
THE RELIC OF ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA will be in Thurles Cathedral from Sunday July 16th until Tuesday July 18th. St. Teresa is renowned as a model of mercy and worked most of her life with the poor and homeless in India. The relic is being brought to every diocese in the country under the care and protection of the Knights of St. Columbanus.
Full Itinerary as follows:
Sunday July 16th: 6.30 p.m. – Arrival at Cathedral of the Assumption; 7.00 p.m. – Eucharistic Devotions; 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. – Veneration of the Relic.
Monday July 17th: 8.00 a.m. Mass followed by Veneration of the Relic; 11.00 a.m. Mass followed by Veneration of the Relic; 7.30 p.m. Mass followed by Veneration of the Relic.
Tuesday July 18th: 8.00 a.m. Mass followed by Veneration of the Relic; 11.00 a.m. Mass followed by Veneration of the Relic; 3.00 p.m. – Departure of Relic.