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Lenten Resources for 2017

Lent is our annual retreat when we are each called to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

This year we remember that every Lent offers us a precious opportunity to deepen and increase our faith.

The following resources may be helpful as an aid for you or your parish Lenten journey, click the links below to download:

Ash Wednesday Resources

Lent and its Meaning

Lent Reflections

Lenten Celebrations with Children

Lenten Celebrations in the Parish

The Meaning of Easter

Reflections on the Way of the Cross

Stations of the Cross for Our Times (with kind permission from Kandle)

Stations of the Cross for Our Times Presentation (with kind permission from Kandle)

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COURSE OF PREPARATION FOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST EVENINGS 2017

During Lent each year the Diocese of Ossory offers a course of preparation for those who are to be commissioned as extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist.

Details have been finalised for this year’s programme of preparation. All those who are to begin as ministers and, if they would like to come along, those who are to be recommissioned, are invited to join us for three evenings of preparation. 

Please note the three training nights will take place consecutively, enabling people to undertake the course in one week. As always if a particular night does not suit you are most welcome to attend any of the other venues. The last night will take place in a church so as to allow a more practical element to the training which was suggested by those from previous years. Also there will be one Saturday morning training session.  This has been added to facilitate those who are in College etc. but would like to minister in parishes as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. So if there are some younger takers for the training – why not attend this gathering.

The evenings are being offered in the three Deaneries and details of times and venues are listed below.

CASTLECOMER, Co Kilkenny

  • Monday 6th March, Castlecomer Community Hall, Castlecomer, 7.30pm – Speaker: Fr Ollie Maher
  • Tuesday 7th March, Castlecomer Community Hall, Castlecomer, 7.30pm – Speaker: Sr Anna Corcoran
  • Wednesday 8th March, Castlecomer Church, Castlecomer, 7.30pm – Speaker Mr Ken Maher

BALLYHALE, Co Kilkenny

  • Monday 13th March, Ballyhale Hall, Ballyhale, 7.30pm – Speaker: Fr Ollie Maher
  • Tuesday 14th March, Ballyhale Hall, Ballyhale, 7.30pm  – Speaker: Sr Anna Corcoran
  • Wednesday 15th March, Ballyhale Church, Ballyhale, 7.30pm – Speaker Mr Ken Maher

KILKENNY

  • Monday 20th March, St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Kilkenny, 7.30pm – Speaker: Fr Ollie Maher
  • Tuesday 21st March, St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Kilkenny, 7.30pm – Speaker: Sr Anna Corcoran
  • Wednesday 22nd March, St Fiacre’s Church Loughboy, Kilkenny, 7.30pm – Speaker Mr Ken Maher

KILKENNY

  • Saturday 25th March, St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, 10am.

RESOURCES FOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

Click on the links below to download the resources

Eucharist-Resources

Practical Guidelines for Ministry

Liturgical Vessels

A Short History of the Eucharist

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St Kieran’s College became home to the Parish Retreat Evenings last year. They were a great success and all involved enjoyed their time with us here.

Work has taken place with the Diocesan Retreat Team to prepare these evenings again for this coming year. The theme will be “You stay with us on the Journey” and it will explore in prayer and reflection the Gospel story of the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24). These evenings are to be run throughout Lent, the first of which will be on Ash Wednesday, 1st March.

If you are interested in booking your parish evening contact the AFD office at 056 7743624 or email afd@ossory.ie for further information.

Download the Retreat Leaflet 2017 here.

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Advent 2016

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For parishes, groups or individuals below find details of Advent resources on offer from the Adult Faith Development Group.  
These resources, the Advent Pack, the Sunday Reflection Booklet, and the Thought for the Day Booklet are available from the Faith Development Office, tel. 056 7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie
 
OSSORY ADVENT PACK:
The Advent Pack contains some simple resources conscious that many people try to make an extra effort to journey in faith during the Advent season. The pack contains: 
  • Sunday Gospel Reflection Sheets: these four sheets, one for each Sunday of Advent, contain short scriptural reflections on each of the Gospels with thoughts and suggested actions for the week ahead.  
  • Traditions Explained & Building an Advent Wreath: A simple step-by step-guide into building an Advent Wreath as well as a explanation of its significance and symbolism.    
  • Christmas Story: A reprinting of the Christmas Story so that it may be heard anew, with questions to prompt reflection and new insights. 
  • Blessing for a Crib: A simple blessing that can be used when the crib is placed in the family home. This blessing also has a separate small prayer card, to be left by the crib, to promote a moment of prayer each day by the crib. 
  • Christmas Grace: A simple prayer card of a grace before meals so support and encourage people to take a moment of prayer in the home on Christmas Day.  
SUNDAY REFLECTION BOOKLET
To help encourage and support people in praying and reflecting on the scriptures we have once again put together a simple reflection booklet which covers the Sundays of Advent. Each Sunday offers the Gospel of that day, a simple exegesis of the scripture, a pastoral reflection, a prayer centred on the Gospel and some thoughts for actions that week.  These booklets can act as a guide to people to reflect on the scripture using the Lectio Divina method. 
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BOOKLET
Once again we have produced the simple, pocket-sized Thought for the Day Booklet. This booklet in intended to help people reflect on a line of scripture each day by means of a short reflection, prayer and question. 
 
ADVENT TEXT
The daily text message from the AFD office has proven to be very popular with many people in receipt of them during both Advent and Lent last year. The message sent to the persons phone might encourage them to reflect for a moment on something or to pause and say a brief prayer, think of someone, or decide to do something small that day. It is a way that we can journey together during Advent. Those who would like to receive these texts – at no cost – are asked to:
  • TEXT their mobile number to the Ossory Faith Development Group at 085-8313100 
  • or EMAIL afd@ossory.ie 
  • or TELEPHONE 056-7753624 
  • or WRITE their mobile number on the sheets provided and have these returned to the AFD office
ADVENT TWEET
This Advent Ossory Adult Faith Development will tweet a short movie each day with a simple reflection/prayer or thought for that day. These are intended to help people pause for a moment, while using social media, to reflect on the season of Advent and its meaning for us today. To get these tweets each day simply follow our Diocesan Twitter account @ossorydiocese
 
ONDLINE ADVENT GUIDES
Once again the Adult Faith Development group has prepared a number of different programmes to download for use in parishes during Advent. These items re intended as resources for parishes and can be used in a variety of ways: perhaps to gather groups to use them or encourage parents of children preparing to celebrate the sacraments to use them for themselves.
Click here to log on to the relevant downloads
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Praying the Pastoral Plan

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Praying the Pastoral Plan

We as a local Church are challenged to move into unchartered waters. We can look to other Dioceses, but we must embark on this adventure for ourselves.

The ODPC and the Deanery Pastoral Councils have been very actively engaged in shaping a Pastoral Plan, and in furthering the call for a Diocesan Coordinator for the Diocesan Plan.

We take this opportunity to meet, to reflect and share, and to pray for God’s blessing on us as we move forward with our Plan.

at St Kieran’s College

Saturday, 21st May, 2016, 2pm-5pm

Led by Fr Dan Bollard  and the Ossory Diocesan Retreat Team

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A Morning for Parish Pastoral Councils

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Parish Pastoral Council Morning

Parishes: From people helping priests to priests helping people

We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes…

Pope Francis

St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny

Saturday 14th May 2016 10.00am-1.00pm

Led by Martin Kennedy

Martin Kennedy works freelance as a trainer and facilitator with church and community groups, promoting lay involvement in the mission of the Church. He is married to Breda, has two adult children and lives in Killashandra.

10.00am Welcoming Prayer

10.45am The Parish Today: Martin Kennedy  

12.00pm Our Diocesan Pastoral Plan: Olivia Maher

12.30pm Departure Coffee/Tea

Contact the AFD office tel. 056-7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie

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Online Lent Resources 2016

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Lent Resources 2016

Lent is our annual retreat when we are each called to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

This year we remember that every Lent offers us a precious opportunity to deepen and increase our faith.

The following resources may be helpful as an aid for you or your parish Lenten journey, click the links below to download:

Ash Wednesday Resources

Lent and its Meaning

Lent Reflections

Lenten Celebrations with Children

Lenten Celebrations in the Parish

The Meaning of Easter

Reflections on the Way of the Cross

Stations of the Cross for Our Times (with kind permission from Kandle)

Stations of the Cross for Our Times Presentation (with kind permission from Kandle)

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EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST COURSE OF PREPARATION 2016 

During Lent each year the Diocese of Ossory offers a course of preparation for those who are to be commissioned as extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist.

Details have been finalised for this year’s programme of preparation. All those who are to begin as ministers and, if they would like to come along, those who are to be recommissioned, are invited to join us for three evenings of preparation. 

Please note the three training nights will take place consecutively, enabling people to undertake the course in one week. As always if a particular night does not suit you are most welcome to attend any of the other venues. The last night will take place in a church so as to allow a more practical element to the training which was suggested by those from previous years. Also there will be one Saturday morning training session.  This has been added to facilitate those who are in College etc. but would like to minister in parishes as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. So if there are some younger takers for the training – why not attend this gathering.

The evenings are being offered in the three Deaneries and details of times and venues are listed below.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST COURSE OF PREPARATION 2016 

Click Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers 2016 to download the timetable

CASTLECOMER, CO KILKENNY

Monday 22nd February, Castlecomer Community Hall, Castlecomer, 7.30pm – Speaker: Fr Ollie Maher

Tuesday 23rd February, Castlecomer Community Hall, Castlecomer, 7.30pm – Speaker: Sr Anna Corcoran

Wednesday 24th February, Castlecomer Church, Castlecomer, 7.30pm – Speaker Mr Ken Maher

KILKENNY

Monday 29th February, St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Kilkenny, 7.30pm – Speaker: Fr Ollie Maher

Tuesday 1st March, St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Kilkenny, 7.30pm – Speaker: Sr Anna Corcoran

Wednesday 2nd March, St Fiacre’s Church Loughboy, Kilkenny, 7.30pm – Speaker Mr Ken Maher

KILKENNY

Saturday 5th March, St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Kilkenny, 10am.

KNOCKTOPHER, CO KILKENNY

Monday 7th March, Carmelite Hall, Knocktopher, 7.30pm – Speaker: Fr Ollie Maher

Tuesday 8th March, Carmelite Hall, Knocktopher, 7.30pm – Speaker: Sr Anna Corcoran

Wednesday 9th March, Knocktopher Church, Knocktopher, 7.30pm – Speaker Mr Ken Maher

RESOURCES FOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

Click on the links below to download the resources

Eucharist-Resources

Practical Guidelines for Ministry

Liturgical Vessels

A Short History of the Eucharist

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Advent 2015

Listed are some of the various items which Adult Faith Development have made available to parishes for Advent 2015. Further information contact the Adult Faith Development office at 056 7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie

Advent Reflections

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Daily Reflections

For each of the Sundays of Advent, a leaflet is available in parishes which contains a line of scripture from each of the daily readings.  People are invited to take a copy as maybe an opportunity to take a short moment, at home or at work, each day during Advent to reflect.

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Advent Text Message

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Advent Text

The Diocesan Faith Development Group is, once again, offering the daily text service during Advent. Each day a short line of scripture or reflection will be sent to your mobile phone.  If you would like to receive these messages, at no cost, please:

  • TEXT your mobile number to the Ossory Faith Development Group at 085-8313100
  • or EMAIL afd@ossory.ie
  • or TELEPHONE 056-7753624
  • or WRITE their mobile number on the sheets provided and have these returned to the AFD office

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Advent Online Resources 2015

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Online Resources

Once again the Adult Faith Development group has prepared a number of different programmes to download for use in parishes during Advent. These items re intended as resources for parishes and can be used in a variety of ways: you might decide to gather a group or groups to use them; you might like to try promote them from the church some Sunday and offer them for sale; or you might encourage parents of children preparing to celebrate the sacraments to use them for themselves.

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Click on the links below to download.

Advent Symbolism Resources

Advent Reflections & Blessings Resources

First Week of Advent Resources 

Second Week of Advent Resources

Third Week of Advent Resources

Fourth Week of Advent Resources

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Celebrating Religious life in our Diocese

WAKE UP THE WORLD!

2015 Year of Consecrated Life

The Diocese of Ossory hosts

In celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life in the Diocese of Ossory it is an opportunity for the Bishop, the priests and the lay faithful in our diocese, to acknowledge and show our appreciation, for the wonderful contribution Religious have made over many years, and indeed, continue to make in the life of our diocese.

Sunday, 29th November 2015

St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny

from 12.00 noon – 5.00pm

Concluding with  Mass of Thanksgiving which will take place in  St Mary’s Cathedral at 5.30pm.

St Kieran’s College will host a display area where information on all Institutes and Orders of Consecrated Life in our diocese and their individual charisms will be displayed.

Drop in to say hello to the religious serving in Ossory.

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A SERIES OF TALKS – MERCY: UNDERSTANDING THE PAPACY OF FRANCIS

St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny

Wednesday 18th November, 7.30pm

Sean McDonagh is a Columban father and was an advisor on the recent Papal Encyclical Laudato Si’.

Laudato Si’ and caring for our world – a mercy lived

The Papacy of Francis has attracted the attention, and captured the imagination, not only of Catholics but also of the wider world. His words, spoken clearly and simply, seem to offer hope to a world in need of it.

Searching for a common theme or thread around which his papacy can be understood is not a difficult task. The Mercy of God and a resulting merciful Church is at the heart of his faith and teachings. Through this series of talks the Ossory Faith Development group hope to explore this important topic and how it is to be lived/experienced in our Church today.

All Welcome

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The Ossory Adult Faith Development Advent programme for 2014 is now available. Listed are some of the various items which Adult Faith Development have to offer parishes. To order any of the resources or for further information contact the Adult Faith Development office at 056 7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie

Sundays of AdventSundays of Advent Leaflets

To help encourage and support people in praying and reflecting on the scriptures AFD have once again put together the daily reflection sheet which have been distributed to parishes before the start of Advent. These single page sheets can act as a guide to people to reflect on the scripture using the Lectio Divina method.  

Advent Thoughts booklet coverAdvent Thought for the Day Booklet

Once again AFD have produced the simple – pocket sized – Thought for the Day Booklet.  This booklet in intended to help people reflect on a line of scripture each day by means of a short reflection, prayer and question. These booklets are available from the Faith Development office, €2 each, if those interested could contact 056 7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie 

candle-Christmas Candle & Prayer Card

Conscious that Christmas is a time for giving and it is also a time when we make contact with a larger number of people in our parishes the AFD group have put together a simple candle and prayer card. The Candle made especially for the diocese with a religious image and the words “Welcoming Christ into the home this Christmas” can be purchased from the AFD office at a cost of €60 per 100. 

textAdvent Text Message

The daily text message from the AFD office has proven to be very popular with nearly 2000 people in receipt of them during both Advent and Lent last year. The message sent to the person’s phone might encourage them to reflect for a moment on something or to pause and say a brief prayer, think of someone, or decide to do something small that day. It is a way that we can journey together during Advent. Those who would like to receive these texts – at no cost – are asked to:
  • TEXT their mobile number to the Ossory Faith Development Group at 085-8313100
  • or EMAIL afd@ossory.ie
  • or TELEPHONE 056-7753624
  • or WRITE their mobile number on the sheets provided and have these returned to the AFD office

PrintOnline Advent Resources

Advent Resources available to download online… For 2014 Adult Faith Development have made available Advent Resources for use in parishes during Advent .

Click on the links below to download

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Once more we are preparing to welcome back the season of Lent into the life of our parishes. This year we remember that every Lent offers us a precious opportunity to deepen and increase our faith. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

Lent is our annual retreat when we are each called to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In Lent we have a ready-made programme of renewal – if we just pay attention to its many invitations to us.

The following resources may be helpful as an aid for you or your parish Lenten journey and are available, click the links below to download:

Ash Wednesday Resources

Lent and its Meaning

Lent Reflections

Lenten Celebrations with Children

Lenten Celebrations in the Parish

The Meaning of Easter

Reflections on the Way of the Cross

Inter Diocesan Lent Resources

Stations of the Cross for Our Times(with kind permission of Kandle)

Stations of the Cross for Our Times Presentation (with kind permission of Kandle)

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Advent Thoughts booklet coverAdvent Thought for the Day Booklet… The Diocesan Faith Development Group intend this little reflection booklet to be a support to people in journeying through Advent and in preparing to celebrate the arrival of our Lord at Christmas.

Each day of this journey is marked by a separate page which will help you to reflect on the scripture for that day and to take a few moments in prayer.

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Sundays-of-AdventSundays of Advent Leaflets … Reflection leaflet on each of the Sundays of Advent. These sheets can act as a support for people to pray with the Sunday’s readings in a Lectio Divina style of reflection.

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Advent-ResourceAdvent Online Resources 2013

Once again the Adult Faith Development group has prepaed a number of different programmes for use in parishes during Advent.

These items are intended as resources for parishes and can be used in a variety of ways: you might decide to gather a group or groups to use them; you might like to try promote them from the church some Sunday and offer them for sale; or you might encourage parents of children preparing to celebrate the sacraments to use them for themselves. Whatever way you use them we hope they are of help to you. Our hope in Faith Development is to afford people an opportunity to reflect on their faith.

Advent Resources available to download… For 2013 Adult Faith Development have made available Advent Resources which can be downloaded.

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The latest edition of Ossory Times will be on sale throughout all Parishes or available to buy online at www.ossory.ie/shop

Welcome to the latest edition of the Ossory Times and we are delighted that this publication is being so well received in the parishes throughout the diocese. It is wonderful for us in Ossory to have the opportunity to share with each other some of the many great things that are happening throughout our diocese.

Recently Pope Francis gave two extraordinary interviews to La Civiltà Cattolica, a long running and well respected Jesuit periodical, and the Italian Daily La Repubblica. We have decided to include these interviews in full in this edition of the Ossory Times to make these wonderful encounters readily available to as many as possible here in the diocese. We think you will find them both engaging and moving. Along with this there are many other very exiting articles which report events and activities from around the diocese. You will read a young pilgrim’s account of a journey to Medjugorje, get an insight into the life of the Troy’s Court community, and have a view of the work undertaken at St Colman’s Church, Conahy. Also included in this edition are a description of  the work of the Diocesan Forum, news from the Integritas Centre, a report on Confirmation Retreats in Peace In Christ and an account of the hugely successful Faith Fest weekend which saw around 5,000 people gather in St Kieran’s to celebration their faith and much, much more…

We hope you enjoy this publication and get  a true sense of all that is happening right across our diocese, demonstrating the strong sense of community that exists and the centrality of our Christian faith to our lives.

Comments, suggestions and contributions are most welcome for future editions. Articles or advertisements for upcoming events can be sent to: Ossory Adult Faith Development, St Kieran’s College, College Road, Kilkenny. Tel. 056-7753624 Email: afd@ossory.ie

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Prayer Cards from AFD

Ossory Adult Faith Development have produced a variety of Prayer Cards as an aid to encourage and support prayer in homes and parishes.

All Prayer Cards can be ordered from Ossory Adult Faith Development office or online at www.ossory.ie/shop

Rosary Cards – As an aid to encourage and support the praying of the Rosary in homes, by individuals or even at the time of funerals the Adult Faith Development Group have produced a card outlining the Mysteries of the Rosary appropriate for each day which can act as a simple guide in praying the Rosary.

Children’s Prayer Card – Conscious of the next generation of our parishes we have also produced a simply prayer card for children. These cards offer a prayer suitable for children to say and might act as a support for or encouragement to prayer for them.

7 Faith Habits Prayer Card – As an aid to support people and encourage active participation in this year of Faith the Adult Faith Development Group have produced a card with a short prayer for the year of faith and some suggestions for faith activities that could become part of daily life for people.

Mass Responses Card – As an aid to encourage people to respond actively and participate during the celebration of Mass the Adult Faith Development Group have produced a new simple mass response leaflet. This card acts simply as an aid to or reminder of the ‘new’ responses at the celebration of the Eucharist.

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The second edition of the diocesan newsletter ‘Ossory Times’ is on sale throughout all Parishes.

The high-quality, magazine publication provides up-to-date news and commentary from across the Diocese and beyond and acts as a valuable resource for exchanging information and ideas throughout the Diocese and its many groups and Parishes.

Compiled by a special editorial group, the issue includes a wide collection of news items, articles, reflective pieces and pictures with contributions coming from both clergy and laity.

iossorytimes2 afdTo download: Click on the link (image on left) to start downloading. If you are downloading directly to your iPad it will give you the option to download directly to iBooks. If you are downloading to your computer, you can then transfer the iBook to your iTunes and copy to your device from there.

The newsletter magazine is available at all Churches and costs €2. They may also be purchased directly from local Deanery Representatives and the Cathedral Book Shop.

For further information contact: afd@ossory.ie

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Ossory Times 2 Newsletter from AFDCompiled by a special editorial group of Eadaoin Brennan, Kieran O’Shea and Michael Hogan, the Adult Faith Development Group thank all those who have contributed a wide collection of news items, articles, reflective pieces and pictures with contributions coming from both clergy and laity, and are delighted to bring this out as we approach the Easter Season. What better time of the year to hear Good News than in these Easter days… And once again this issue of the Times is packed with Good News stories.

Much is happening in our Church in these times with the election of Pope Francis. But thankfully much is also happening around the diocese and these pages are an attempt to capture some of that activity. Whether it is the care in St Columba’s, the cemetery services in Ballyragget, the training of PPCs, the novena in St John’s, the Parish Centre in St Canice’s or any of the others stories in this edition we cant help but be grateful for the life, energy and commitment of so many people in our diocese who continue the work begun on that first Easter morning when the first to see an empty tomb ran to tell others. We too, and those represented by these pages, are simply continuing that task.

Comments, suggestions and contributions are most welcome for future editions. It is hoped to produce the next issue of this Newsletter in August. So if you have something going on in your parish – take notes and take pictures! Articles (which may be edited) and advertisements for upcoming events or celebrations should submitted before June 30th to: Ossory Adult Faith Development, St Kieran’s College, College Road, Kilkenny. Tel. 056-7753624 Email: afd@ossory.ie

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Lent-Resources

Lenten Resources 2013

The Lent Scripture Reflection Booklet, is an opportunity for groups or individuals to come together once a week to reflect on the scriptures.  The booklets guide people through a simple method of scripture reflection on the Sunday Gospels of Lent.  The cost of each booklet is €3.

The Lent CD is once again rooted in the central characteristics of Lectio Divina.  Used alone or with a group this CD will act as a guide in reflecting on the Gospels of Lent.  There are four tracks for each of Sunday [(1) the reading of the Gospel, 2) A scriptural exegesis, 3) a reflection on what it is saying to us today, 4) a piece of reflective music and a brief meditation]. The cost of the CD is €5.

These resources can be used in a group or by individuals.

Our hope in faith development is to afford people an opportunity to reflect on their faith. The booklet and CD for Lent Scripture Reflection are now available.

To facilitate the Lenten Resources distribution if those interested could contact the Adult Faith Development Office at 056-7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie with the quantities needed. 

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The Diocese of Ossory Guide is now available, these can be ordered from Ossory Adult Faith Development, St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny. Tel. 056-7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie

As always it is an extremely useful resource for names and numbers of parishes, groups, committees organisations and so much more in the diocese.

The printed version of the Ossory Guide may also be purchased directly from Ossory Adult Faith Development or the Cathedral Book Shop.

For further information contact: 056-7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie

Also this year the Ossory Guide is available in iBook and eBook format, available to download to your mobile devices. Handy for the Guide on the Go!

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To download: Click on the link (image above for ibook or ebook) to start downloading. If you are downloading directly to your iPad or iPhone, it will give you the option to download directly to iBooks. If you are downloading to your computer, you can then transfer the iBook to your iTunes and copy to your device from there.

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Advent Online Resources 2012

Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”) is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus, the period immediately before Christmas.

For 2012 Adult Faith Development have made available Advent Resources which can be downloaded.

As we celebrate the season of Advent we hope that these resources will serve as useful tools for parishes and people to enter into the spirit of this season.

Click on the links below….

Advent Symbolism Resources

Advent Reflections & Blessings Resources

First Week of Advent Resources 

Second Week of Advent Resources

Third Week of Advent Resources

Fourth Week of Advent Resources

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The Diocesan Newsletter “Ossory Times” can now be downloaded to your iPad, iPhone or iPod!

The Diocese of Ossory has launched its first diocesan newsletter called ‘Ossory Times’ and is on sale throughout all Parishes.

The brainchild of the Adult Faith Development Group the 52 page, high-quality, magazine publication will provide up-to-date news and commentary from across the Diocese and beyond and will act as a valuable resource for exchanging information and ideas throughout the Diocese and its many groups and Parishes. Compiled by a special editorial group, the first issue includes a wide collection of news items, articles, reflective pieces and pictures with contributions coming from both clergy and laity.

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To download: Click on the link (image on left) to start downloading. If you are downloading directly to your iPad or iPhone, it will give you the option to download directly to iBooks. If you are downloading to your computer, you can then transfer the iBook to your iTunes and copy to your device from there.

The newsletter magazine is available at all Churches and costs €2. They may also be purchased directly from local Deanery Representatives and the Cathedral Book Shop.

For further information contact: afd@ossory.ie

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DIOCESE OF OSSORY LAUNCHES FIRST NEWSLETTER

The Diocese of Ossory has launched its first diocesan newsletter called ‘Ossory Times’ and it will be on sale throughout all Parishes this weekend.

The brainchild of the Adult Faith Development Group the 52 page, high-quality, magazine publication will provide up-to-date news and commentary from across the Diocese and beyond and will act as a valuable resource for exchanging information and ideas throughout the Diocese and its many groups and Parishes.

Compiled by a special editorial group, the first issue includes a wide collection of news items, articles, reflective pieces and pictures with contributions coming from both clergy and laity.

Commenting on the new edition, Fr Dermot Ryan, Chairman of the Editorial Board and Director of Adult Faith Developmemnt, said “our first newsletter is really a response to the many vibrant initiatives which are taking place now, both at Diocesan level and within individual Parishes. It is important to share the news of these activities with one another and to have a collective experience of the great energy and passion which are so strong within all our Parish communities. Above all, we are seeking to celebrate the vision and the endeavour of all those who are working to enrich their relationship with God and who are striving to inspire the next generation with the true gift of faith in Jesus Christ”.

Another of the editorial group, Eadaoin Brennan, noted, “I believe the newsletter, the first of its kind here in the Diocese, will be very well-received. It’s attractive, it’s colourful and it’s very informative. The diverse content will be of interest to all ages and I hope it will be very enjoyable”.

Fr Dermot went on to add “Of course, we are inviting constructive views and suggestions on our first issue and we encourage readers to submit news and pictures of events in their own Parish for the next edition which we hope to publish in February next”.

Describing Ossory Times as a very worthwhile project, Bishop of Ossory, Seamus Freeman, SAC, welcomed the first edition and said “it will provide the faithful with a unique insight into the various activities and services provided by the Diocese”. Furthermore he noted “sometimes the people of a diocese can be rather distant from one another especially in the age in which we live, where there is a tremendous emphasis on individualism that is very often at the expense of community. What better way of promoting community and communication than to have this very important instrument of communication at the service of the diocese and available to all parishes and to all the people of the diocese.”  “In this Year of Faith which was declared by Pope Benedict, we must do all we can to promote the faith and I would urge everybody to support our new publication”, the Bishop added.

The newsletter magazine will be available at all Churches next weekend and will cost €2. They may also be purchased directly from local Deanery Representatives and the Cathedral Book Shop.

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AFD Advent Resources

AFD Advent Resources 2012

Once again the Adult Faith Development group has prepared a number of different programmes for use in parishes during Advent. These items are intended as resources for parishes and can be used in a variety of ways: you might decide to gather a group or groups to use them; you might decide to give the scripture CD’s and booklets to your readers or daily mass attenders; you might like to try promote them from the church some Sunday and offer them for sale; or you might encourage parents of children preparing to celebrate the sacraments to use them for themselves. Whatever way you use them we hope they are of help to you. Our hope in faith development is to afford people an opportunity to reflect on their faith.

The booklet and CD for Advent 2013 Scripture Reflection are now available from the Adult Faith Development Office.

The Advent Scripture Reflection booklet, is an opportunity for groups or individuals to come together once a week to reflect on the scriptures. The booklets guide people through a simple method of scripture reflection and contain the Sunday Gospels of Advent. The cost of each booklet is €3.

The Advent CD is based on the central characteristics of Lectio Divina and is an audio version of the Scripture Reflection Booklet. Used alone or with a group this CD will act as a guide in reflecting on the Gospels of Advent. There are four tracks for each of Sunday: 1) the reading of the Gospel, 2) a scriptural exegesis, 3) a reflection on what it is saying to us today, 4) a piece of reflective music and a brief meditation. The cost of each CD is €5.

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Year of Faith Resources Booklet

Suggestions and guidelines for the coming year that may be of use in parishes.

Official Year of Faith Logo is composed of a square, bordered field on which a boat, symbolising the Church, is represented as sailing on a graphically minimal representation of waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from which sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (IHS). The background to the sails is a sun which, associated with the trigram, refers also to the Eucharist.

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Celebration of the Eucharist Booklet

Conscious of the now fast approaching International Eucharistic Congress that will take place in Dublin (10th -17th June) and of the centrality of the celebration of the Eucharist to the life of our Church, the Adult Faith Development group has put together a booklet to help explain the celebration of the mass.

This booklet is intended as an opportunity to explore some of the central ideas and basic actions that take place during our celebration of the Eucharist.

If you would like to order some of these please contact Martina at the Adult Faith Development office, Wednesday – Friday at 056-7753624 or at afd@ossory.ie. The cost of the booklet is €1.

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Eucharistic Ministers Handbook Resources

Training evenings for those people who will serve in our parishes as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist in the coming years was held recently by the Ossory Adult Faith Development. A great number of people attended throughout the diocese and the evenings were a great success.

As part of this training, to all who participated, a small handbook was given outlining some helpful background, explanation and practical guidelines on the role of an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist in a parish and copies of a suggested format for Communion with someone who is sick.

These booklets might also be helpful for those who are already trained and serving as Ministers of the Eucharist in our parishes. If you would like to order some of these please contact Martina at the Adult Faith Development office, Wednesday – Friday at 056-7753624 or at afd@ossory.ie. The cost of the booklet is €1.

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Lent Resources 2012

Scripture Reflection

The booklet and CD for Lent Scripture Reflection are now available. So as to ensure their distribution, to the various parishes, if those interested could contact the Adult Faith Development office 056-7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie with the quantities needed.

The Lent Scripture Reflection Booklet, is an opportunity for groups or individuals to come together once a week to reflect on the scriptures. The booklets guide people through a simple method of scripture reflection and contain the Sunday Gospels of Lent.  The cost of each booklet is €3.

The Lent CD is based on the central characteristics of Lectio Divina.  Used alone or with a group this CD will act as a guide in reflecting on the Gospels of Lent.  There are four tracks for each of Sunday [(1) the reading of the Gospel, 2) A scriptural exegesis, 3) a reflection on what it is saying to us today, 4) a piece of reflective music and a brief meditation]. It is a double CD set this year and the cost remains at €5.

These resources can be used in a group or by individuals, to encourage and to reflect on the scriptures during Lent.

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EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST COURSE OF PREPARATION 2014

Eucharistic Ministers CourseDuring Lent each year the Diocese of Ossory offers a course of preparation for those who are to be commissioned as extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist.

Details have been finalised for this year’s programme of preparation. All those who are to begin as ministers and, if they would like to come along, those who are to be recommissioned, are invited to join us for three evenings of preparation. 
 
Please note this year the three training nights would take place consecutively. Enabling people to undertake the course in one week. As always if a particular night does not suit you are most welcome to attend any of the other venues.

The evenings are being offered in the three Deaneries and details of times and venues are listed below.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST COURSE OF PREPARATION 2014
St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Kilkenny
Day Date Time Speaker
Tuesday 11th March 8.00pm Fr Dermot Ryan
Wednesday 12th March 8.00pm Fr Oliver Maher
Thursday 13th March 8.00pm Mr Ken Maher
Castlecomer Community Centre, Castlecomer
Day Date Time Speaker
Tuesday 18th March 8.00pm Fr Dermot Ryan
Wednesday 19th March 8.00pm Fr Oliver Maher
Thursday 20th March 8.00pm Mr Ken Maher
Ferrybank Parish Centre, Ferrybank
Day Date Time Speaker
Tuesday 25th March 8.00pm Fr Dermot Ryan
Wednesday 26th March 8.00pm Fr Oliver Maher
Thursday 27th March 8.00pm Mr Ken Maher

 

RESOURCES FOR EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

Click on the links below to download the resources

Eucharist Resources

Practical Guidelines for Ministry

Liturgical Vessels

A Short History of the Eucharist

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An Advent Text Programme 2013…

Following on from the success of a similar venture at Lent the Adult Faith Development group are once again offering a daily text message.

Each day a short text message, of a line of scripture or a thought for the day would be sent to those who have submitted their mobile phone number. This will come at NO cost to the person. The text might encourage them to reflect for a moment on something or to pause and say a brief prayer, think of someone, or decide to do something small that day. It is a way that we can journey together during Advent as we prepare for the arrival of the Infant Lord. Doing something for Advent supported and encouraged by others.

Those who would like to receive these texts – at no cost – are asked to:

  • TEXT their mobile number to the Ossory Faith Development Group at 085-8313100
  • or EMAIL afd@ossory.ie
  • or TELEPHONE 056-7753624
  • or WRITE their mobile number on the sheets provided.

(People can stop receiving the texts at anytime by simply texting STOP)

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living-the-faithLiving the Faith – Journeying Towards Advent 2013

The Adult Faith Development group are providing a series of four talks on the theme of ‘Living the Faith’: Journeying Towards Advent, in two venues, in preparation for Advent.

St Patrick’s Dates: St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy

  • 11th Nov: Living the Faith: How to celebrate a Sacrament and mean it (Speaker: Fr. Dermot Ryan)
  • 18th Nov: Living the Faith: How to express our faith today (Speaker: Christine Kelly (Works with Peace In Christ team on retreats etc.)
  • 25th Dec: Living the Faith: How to Live my faith in the world today (Speaker: Jane Mellett (Pastoral Worker in Dublin Diocese.)
  • 2nd Dec: Living the Faith: The real why? What does it all lead to… (Speaker: Fr. Kieran O’Shea C.C. St. Canice’s)

Castlecomer Dates, Castlecomer Community Hall

  • 19th Nov: Living the Faith: How to celebrate a Sacrament and mean it (Speaker: Fr. Dermot Ryan)
  • 26th Nov: Living the Faith: How to Live my faith in the world today (Speaker: Jane Mellett (Pastoral Worker in Dublin Diocese.)
  • 3rd Dec: Living the Faith: How to express our faith today (Speaker: Christine Kelly (Works with Peace In Christ team on retreats etc.)
  • 10th Dec: Living the Faith: The real why? What does it all lead to… (Speaker: Fr. Kieran O’Shea C.C. St. Canice’s)

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Faith Fest from AFD

Faith Fest 2013 – organised and hosted by the Ossory Adult Faith Development – a fantastic festival to mark the year of Faith in the Diocese and an opportunity for people to celebrate the future of the diocese…

St Kieran’s College was awash with colour and activities on the weekend of the 10th-12th May as the Ossory Adult Faith Development group, hosted its Faith Fest 2013: Celebrating Faith in Ossory in the grounds of the St Kieran’s College. The group undertook the staging of this weekend in response to an invitation by Pope Benedict XVI who asked that Catholics throughout the world would mark this year, (October 2012 – November 2013) as a “Year of Faith”.

This festival was held to mark and celebrate the rich heritage of faith and faith activity that has taken place, and continues to take place, in the various parishes of our diocese. Since the diocese was first established people have been coming to pray together and to support each other on the journey of faith and the festival organisers planned that this weekend was to be a celebration of this fact.

The weekend began with a concert by Liam Lawton and special guests the Unity Singers on the Friday night in St Mary’s Cathedral. The Cathedral provided a wonderful setting for this evening and over five hundred people were there to enjoy the concert. Then from early Saturday morning through to Sunday evening the grounds of St Kieran’s College was buzzing with activities.

Many of the Parishes, Religious Congregations and Organisations in Ossory were represented at over seventy display stands located along the glasshall. And while the packed glasshall hummed with people many others took part in some of the nearly forty workshops, talks and lectures that were offered. Speakers such as John Waters, Julia Kavanagh, Dermot McCarthy, Suzanne Mulligan, Mgr Jim Cassin and a host of others offered insights, guidance and entertaining talks to mainly packed lecture rooms all weekend.

The entire weekend was built around families and the on-site catering, activities and games for families, bouncy castles, slides, face painting, clowns for the children all ensured that all who came had an enjoyable day out. The Senior pitch was also full for the weekend as young people were given the opportunity to hurl for the pride of their parishes thanks to a hurling and a camogie blitz for the u8s.  Great excitement was ensured by the arrival of many of the county senior players to ref the matches and present the medals.  The children were delighted to have the opportunity to show their skills in front of greats such as Tommy Walsh, Jackie Tyrrell, Michael Rice, Lester Ryan, Conor Forgarty, Richie Hogan, and on Sunday Angela Downey was on hand to watch the camogie unfold and to present medals to all who took part.

In all nearly 5000 people came through the grounds of the College during the weekend for a festival that was, by any standards, a massive success and a wonderful opportunity for people to celebrate together the rich tradition and future of the diocese.

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Eucharist-Ministers-ProgrammeEXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

Course of Preparation 2013

During Lent each year the Diocese of Ossory offers a Course of Preparation for those who are to be commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist.

Details have been finalised for this year’s programme of preparation. We would, therefore, like to invite all those from parishes who are to begin as ministers and, if they would like to come along, those who are to be recommissioned, to join for us two evenings of preparation.

The evenings are being offered in the three Deaneries and details of times and venues are listed below.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST Course of Preparation 2013
Canon Malone Hall, Ballyragget
Day Date Time Speaker
Monday 25th February 7.30pm – 8.45pm Fr Oliver Maher
Monday 4th March 7.30pm – 8.45pm Mr Ken Maher
St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny
Day Date Time Speaker
Tuesday 26th February 7.30pm – 8.45pm Fr Oliver Maher
Tuesday 5th March 7.30pm – 8.45pm Mr Ken Maher
Ferrybank Parish Centre
Day Date Time Speaker
Wednesday 27th February 7.30pm – 8.45pm Fr Oliver Maher
Wednesday 6th March 7.30pm – 8.45pm Mr Ken Maher

Faith-Fest-Logo2You will also be invited to attend a workshop “The Eucharist in Scripture” at St Kieran’s College on the weekend of the Diocesan Faith Fest 2013: Celebrating Faith in Ossory. On the weekend of the 10-12th May.

 

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Lent-SMSThis Lent why not have a short daily message sent to your phone – a line of scripture, or a thought for the day. This will come at NO cost to you. The text might encourage you to reflect for a moment on something, to pause and say a brief prayer, think of someone, or decide to do something small that day. This way we can journey together during Lent. Do something forLent supported and encouraged by others.

Those who would like to receive these texts – at no cost – are asked to:

  • TEXT their mobile number to the Ossory Faith Development Group at 085-8313100
  • or EMAIL afd@ossory.ie
  • or TELEPHONE 056-7753624
  • or WRITE their mobile number on the sheets provided.

(People can stop receiving the texts at anytime by simply texting STOP)

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An Advent Text Programme…

Following on from the success of a similar venture at Lent the Adult Faith Development group are once again offering a daily text message.

Each day a short text message, of a line of scripture or a thought for the day would be sent to those who have submitted their mobile phone number. This will come at NO cost to the person. The text might encourage them to reflect for a moment on something or to pause and say a brief prayer, think of someone, or decide to do something small that day. It is a way that we can journey together during Advent as we prepare for the arrival of the Infant Lord. Doing something for Advent supported and encouraged by others.

Those who would like to receive these texts – at no cost – are asked to:

  • TEXT their mobile number to the Ossory Faith Development Group at 085-8313100
  • or EMAIL afd@ossory.ie
  • or TELEPHONE 056-7753624
  • or WRITE their mobile number on the sheets provided.

(People can stop receiving the texts at anytime by simply texting STOP)

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Remembering Church Programme – Camross Parish 2012/2013

Are you interested in “Remembering Your Faith?”

Most of us were baptised Christian when we were just small infants. We have, therefore, no memory of this event. The closest we may have come to it is a family photo, a story told or a robe passed on.

Our baptism marked, in earnest, the beginning of our relationship with God. This relationship, like all others, is one that we have to work for it to make any sense. Sometimes, however, doing this can be hard. We don’t know where to start or what benefit it could be. We might not even know the questions to ask. Our last ‘religion class’ might have been when we were in school – a time now also slipping fast into our memory.

Conscious then that as a parish we are asking you to hand on the faith to others we would like to offer you the opportunity to find out more about it yourself: What is your faith about? Why do we do it? What if anything can it offer me? What do we actually believe? and so on….

Are you interested in ‘remembering’ your faith? If so why not join us over 8 evenings as we explore these questions together.

Join us for these evenings when, in a relaxed environment for just one hour, we will have some input from a speaker and an opportunity to ask questions and explore our faith.

Tuesday evenings 7-8pm.  Venue: Parish Church, Camross

New Beginnings: seeds of a new community – 6th November

This evening will explore why it is that we gather as a community: Did Jesus even plan a Church? Was he not simply a good Jew? So why are we Christian? What has the community of the Church got to do with my relationship with God? etc.…

Sharing the Story: the bible, is it worth a read? –13th November

This evening will explore the role of the bible in our faith: What is it? How did we get it? Why do we hold it as being so important? How can it, a book from nearly 2000 years ago, have anything to offer me today? etc….

The story continues: a living community meets the risen Lord – 20th November

This evening will explore the stages of our faith: As the early Christian community emerged they started to put structures on what they were doing. Today we call these structures sacraments. What are they?  Why do we celebrate them?  What help are they to me? Are some more important than others? etc….

Keeping that faith alive –27th November

This evening will explore faith and prayer: I know faith is about conversation and relationship with God but how do I do that? What is it that I should or could pray about? What do we believe about prayer? Can I find a way of praying that makes sense to me? Are there different ways to pray? etc…

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From prayer to praxis – 15th January

This evening will explore what being a Christian actually means:  Is it supposed to effect my life?  Sure a Christian is the same as any other person; what makes us any different?  Am I supposed to be doing something special? Is it possible to be a Christian in the busy world of today? How can I do something about my faith? etc…

The community now and in eternity – 22nd January

This evening will explore our belief in what we are destined for: The whole reason we have a relationship with God is so that we might have eternal life. But what does that actually mean? What do we believe heaven to be like? What is the kingdom of God I hear about?  Who will be there?  Will I? etc…

Telling the story today – 29th January

This evening will explore the difficulties we face as parents today: How can my faith be a support to me?  Does it really offer me anything practical to my world? Is it worth the effort? Why might I stick with it? Is it worth handing on? If so, how do I do that? etc…

An evenings open forum – 5th February

This final evening will allow us the opportunity to ask questions: Something that came to mind as I attended these evenings and I would like to know… a question I always wanted to ask was… I know this is very practical, but… I am sure there is no answer to this, but… etc…

Why not come along. See, in a friendly and informal setting, what your faith is about and what it might offer you today.

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Our Parish Pastoral Council: Planning for the Future Programme

Ossory Adult Faith Development now offer an outreach service to Parish Pastoral Councils, both newly elected and those already established, to assist them in achieving their goals for the future.

How we plan for the future is important. The project cannot be rushed. If enough time and thought is given, and if there is widespread involvement, then the local Christian community will begin to grow even before the Plan itself takes shape.

For further information contact:

Ossory Adult Faith Development Tel 056 7753624 Email: afd@ossory.ie 

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Renewal & Responsibility Programme

OSSORY ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

in conjunction with THE PASTORAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WATERFORD & LISMORE

RENEWAL & RESPONSIBILITY Empowering Today’s Church for Ownership & Outreach

To commemorate the opening of the Council, the Dioceses of Ossory and Waterford & Lismore are offering an opportunity, over four gatherings, to explore the responsibility we all have within our Church communities.

St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny

17th September

24th September

1st October

6th October 2012

There is a growing awareness today of the need for a great shift in our understanding of who we are as the people of God and how we fulfill our baptismal calling within the Church. 

This can only be achieved by embracing a path to renewed ownership and enhancing a sense of responsibility, for the life of the church, among every believer.

The seeds for this were sown as the early Church emerged and Vatican II, whose anniversary we celebrate, worked hard to bring this to bring this to the fore.  Unfortunately, as Pope Benedict XVI recently observed, “the luminous pages which the Council dedicated to the laity [are] not yet sufficiently adapted to, or impressed on, the minds of Catholics or in pastoral procedures”.

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Certificate in Theological Studies 2012/13

With the advent of Parish Pastoral Councils and the structured involvement of lay people in the life of the diocese, St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, as part of its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for those involved in parish life.

The programme will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of  NUI Maynooth, based at  St Kieran’s College. It will continue a tradition of education based on the values of the gospel, of both lay and clerical students, which began in 1782. The Programme will be accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth as a Level 7 Certificate in Theological Studies (20 credit ECTS).

This course will be of interest to people who are involved in parish life or to those who are involved with the Diocesan Forum. It may also be of interest to those who wish to deepen and enrich their own understanding of their faith and who are prepared to become involved in parish life.

Course Aims

To provide general theological education and formation in the main aspects of faith.

To provide the theological background needed for lay involvement and leadership roles at parish and diocesan level.

Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants under 23 must have achieved matriculation requirements.

Applicants over 23 are asked to submit a short piece of no more than 100 words on why they want to do this course.

Final selection will be based on a short interview.

Special requirements for progression to Certification

Attendance and participation (85% attendance mandatory).

Satisfactory completion of assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Written assignment will be completed at the end of each module.

The assignment will be decided by the staff member in charge of the module.

Such an assignment could range from an essay, a reflective project or review, the completion of class assignments or a learning journal.

Course Duration

100 hours part-time over one academic year from September 2012 to May 2013.

Fee

€400 (Parish sponsorship may be available for those who gain a place on the course).

For further information please contact the following:

Declan Murphy M.A. (Course Director)

Email: declanmurphy@ossory.ie

Telephone 056-7721086

Application Forms can be downloaded HERE

Closing date for applications: 24th August 2012

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SACRED TEXTS!  A First Century Message with Twenty First Century Technology.

At a time of much debate around the future of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland one might be forgiven for believing that there is not much good news to be heard. However a closer look at the life of the church in Ossory reveals a very different picture. Through the auspices of the Ossory Adult Faith Development Group the local church is communicating the centuries old message of the gospel in new and exciting ways. In response to an innovative outreach project during Lent almost two thousand people right across the diocese signed up to receive a daily text on their mobile phones. The texts consisted of short biblical reflections accompanied by an invitation to reflect during that day. Geraldine Walsh from Killaloe near Callan, who signed up for the service, said that ‘the text service provided a simple and effective method of prayer during Lent even while on the move.’ and ‘the service gave her the sense of sharing something very special with many other people right across the diocese’.

Asked why he thought the text initiative was so successful, the director of Adult Faith Development Fr Dermot Ryan indicated that he believed its success was as a result of it simplicity and accessibility.  He noted “already other community groups such as local GAA clubs and indeed our schools are using this technology to great benefit so it is only logical that we should do likewise”.

Owena Grimes from Bennettsbridge parish, a teacher in Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny and a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council remarked that “everyone, young and not so young has access to a mobile phone today and texting is now just part of our lives. People are still very open to receiving the good News of Jesus Christ which continues to offer hope especially in these difficult times”.  Bishop Seamus Freeman even got in on the act when he used the diocesan text service to convey Easter Sunday Greetings to the great joy and surprise of many throughout the diocesan community.

The text service will continue to operate in the future conveying details of some upcoming events organised by the Faith Development Group and following on the success of the diocesan initiative Ballycallan Parish has now introduced its own text service. Speaking about this new innovation, parishioner and transition year student Nicholas Dunphy said that “many young people had signed up for the parish text service and thought the idea was brilliant keeping them in touch with all the goings on in the parish during the week”.

With the new text service successfully up and running Ossory Adult Faith Development has said that it will continue to explore new ways of being part of the ‘new evangelisation’ of the church to the contemporary world. In the meantime the Group continues its mission on behalf of the Diocese and Bishop Freeman to prepare people to assume their rightful role in the Church community. Recently in a homily delivered in the Cathedral of Léon, Mexico during his apostolic visit there Pope Benedict XVI urged Church leaders to forge closer bonds of communion between all members of the Church. In particular, he called for greater attention to the formation of lay faithful who must never be considered “second class citizens”. Through resources, formation events, seminars and conferences Ossory Adult Faith Development seeks to provide the people of the diocese with opportunities to grow and mature in faith and to provide them with the necessary skills to become first class citizens of the Church as Pope Benedict indicated. Further information on the activities of the Ossory Adult Faith Development Group is available on the diocesan website: www.ossory.ie

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LENT PROGRAMME 2012

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

The booklet and CD for Lent Scripture Reflection are now available. So as to ensure their distribution, to the various parishes, if those interested could contact the Adult Faith Development Office 056-7753624 or email afd@ossory.ie with the quantities needed.

The Lent Scripture Reflection Booklet, is an opportunity for groups or individuals to come together once a week to reflect on the scriptures.  The booklets guide people through a simple method of scripture reflection and contain the Sunday Gospels of Lent.  The cost of each booklet is €3.

The Lent CD is based on the central characteristics of Lectio Divina.  Used alone or with a group this CD will act as a guide in reflecting on the Gospels of Lent.  There are four tracks for each of Sunday [(1) the reading of the Gospel, 2) A scriptural exegesis, 3) a reflection on what it is saying to us today, 4) a piece of reflective music and a brief meditation]. It is a double CD set this year and the cost remains at €5.

These resources can be used in a group or by individuals, to encourage to reflect on the scriptures during Lent.

 

A LENTEN TEXT MESSAGE…

Today our phones do so much more than simply make calls. We can use them to keep up to date with emails, the Internet, news, and even sport results… Conscious of this the faith development group are offering a Lenten Text Service.

Each day a short text message, of a line of scripture or a thought for the day would be sent to those who have submitted their mobile phone number.  This will come at NO cost to the person.  The text might encourage them to reflect for a moment on something or to pause and say a brief prayer, think of someone, or decide to do something small that day.  It is a way that we can journey together during Lent.  Doing something for Lent supported and encouraged by others.

Those who would like to receive these texts – at no cost – are asked to:

TEXT their mobile number to the Ossory Faith Development Group at 085-8313100

or EMAIL afd@ossory.ie

or TELEPHONE 056-7753624

People can stop receiving the texts at anytime by simply texting STOP)

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Ossory Diocesan Office James’s Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056-7762448 Fax: 056-7763753 E-mail: bishop@ossory.ie