It's never too early to start preparing for Holy Week and Easter. Below find some resources from the wonderful world of the Internet that may be helpful to parishes and liturgy groups preparing for the great events. Starting with Palm Sunday the Limerick Diocese offer some planning tips that are worth considering. Planning Palm Sunday Light & Darkness at the Easter Vigil
Our Sunday Visitor offers a great site that explores Holy Week and its events/symbols etc. that are a good guide to understanding what we do, the symbols we use and why. A good site for families and explaining things to children. Your Guide to Holy Week Other Website resources - Planning the Triduum Planning for the Easter Vigil Loyola Press Holy Week An Overview of the Triduum from Australia Resources from Wellspring Liturgy
Saint Patrick was a Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the "Apostle of Ireland", he is the primary patron saint of the island along with Saints Brigid and Columba. Two authentic letters from him survive, from which come the only generally-accepted details of his life. When he was about 16, he was captured from his home and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland as an ordained bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.
The Liturgy Ireland website offers some help for St. Patrick's Day Liturgy including the Mass texts in Irish if they are needed.While the prayers and texts of the Mass can be from the solemnity of St. Patrick the readings used should be those of the Fifth Sunday of the season of Lent. Click Here for Resource
Yes HE Is.com By gathering the Internet's best Christian media, we are building a resource base to help you to share Jesus to almost any type of person, in any situation. If you haven't realised it yet, your online voice is poweful. In fact, you could probably reach hundreds of people today by posting a few things on Facebook and Twitter. Imagine trying to reach that number of people a few years ago.
yesHeis.com (Click Here) connects with a growing community of believers who are confident that the Internet can be a tool for sharing the gospel with more people than was ever possible. Take a quick look around yesHeis.com for relevant topics that might help you to share your faith, or just see what's trending this week and you'll quickly find something that will speak to your family or friends who don't know Jesus.
LENTEN RESOURCE: Holy Fathers Message for Lent 2013: Stations of the Cross for Young People in A4 three-fold format is just one of the Lenten Resources produced by Shrewsbury Diocese's Commission for the Promotion of Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility this year. You can download this sheet from the Youth page here. The Justice and Peace Resources for Young People have also been updated - nine pages of stimulating ideas: games, films, facts and questions for secondary schools, youth groups, confirmation groups which can be used as a complete programme or as stand-alone sheets: Click Here From Xt3, 2013 Lent Calendar and Lent Promo video.
Lent is a penitential season when we're encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation: to go to confession. Some look forward to doing this - others, not so much! Many just don't think they need to go. Whatever group you find yourself in, I'm pleased to offer you: A Dozen Reasons NOT to Go to Confession:
Confirmation The Primary Schools Catechetical Team of the Diocese of Killaloe have put together a selection of liturgical resources that may assist teachers and parishes preparing to celebrate the sacrament over the next few months. Resources include; the Mass Texts, Scripture Choices, Commentaries and Prayers. They can be found in different formats, (Word, Image, PDF) in two places on the website; the Primary Catechetics Page and the Confirmation section of the Liturgical Resources. Click here for access to site.
World Day of the Sick - Feb 11th 2013: Since 1992, the Catholic Church has celebrated World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11 — the day on which the church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes — under the sponsorship of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care. World Day of the Sick has three consistent themes. First, it reminds the faithful to pray intensely and sincerely for those who are sick. Second, the celebration invites Christians to reflect on and respond to human suffering. And third, this day recognizes and honors all persons who work in health care and serve as caregivers. Resource 1 Resource 2 Message of Benedict XVI for the World Day of the Sick 2013
Damien Secondary School Resource: Thanks to the Irish Missionary Union Mission Alive office, their 2012 resource book for Secondary schools contained a segment on St. Damien, designed to bring the story of this remarkable man to a new generation of secondary school students. Click here for the Damien segment of the Resouce book. Click here for the full content of the resource. Some hard copies of the full resouce book are available by emailing maoffice(at)imu.ie Click here Inspirational video on Damien's life
Suggested Websites: AWESTRUCK based in Sth Africa, is a Social Network, a Geolocation Map, a Directory, a Video Gallery, an online Shop, a Perspectives Blog, a Virtual Faith-Sharing space, an EWTN viewing area, a safe environment for Catholics to Network and a point of contact for Faith Exploration. Click Here
Xt3 based in Australia, is a site to help you connect with other young people interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith, to plug in to the Church and get to know what's going on in your area. Wherever you are in the world, use Xt3 to connect with millions, make new friends, and keep in touch. You don't have to be a Catholic, Xt3 is open to all! Click Here
ROME REPORTS (RR) is a private and independent international TV news agency based in Rome, Italy, specializing in covering the Pope and the Vatican. Click Here
Sacred Space in seventeen languages, is an Irish Jesuit website which invites you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, praying here and now, as you visit the website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance. Click Here
Catholic on Line: An American website, it offers Catholic News and Information for Catholics and all People of God, to help them deepen their understanding of Our Catholic Faith. It includes a library of Catholic prayers on perseverance, peace, love, devotion etc., along with a large searchable database of information on Catholic saints, as well as a video library and a website segment on the single life. Click Here
We celebrate the feast day on St Brigid on Feb. 1st. Born in 454, twenty years after the arrival of St Patrick. Her father was a pagan chieftain. She spent her youth herding and miking cattle and making butter. She was very beautiful and popular. She refused to marry as she wished to consecrate herself to God’s service.
Her father refused her permission to become a nun but later consented seeing her determination. Others followed her way of life. She built many convents. She was an active nun. Her generosity knew no bounds. She travelled long distances to do good. Hospitality, almsgiving and care of the sick were her main concerns, living a life of basic Christianity. Although she herself did not live a cloistered life, she may be regarded by many as the pioneer of monastic life for Irish women. Her reputation for genuine holiness earned her the title “Mary of the Gael”.
Mass Texts, Readings and Prayers St Bridgid's Day Resources St Brigid's Cross - Reflection
Prayer for Life
O God, our Creator, all life is in your hands from conception until death. Help us to cherish our children and to reverence the awesome privilege of our share in creation. May all people live and die in dignity and love. Bless all those who defend the rights of the unborn, the handicapped and the aged. Enlighten and be merciful toward those who fail to love, and give them peace. Let freedom be tempered by responsibility, integrity and morality.
Rite for the Blessing of a child in the Womb Holy Hour for Life General Intercessions for Life
Year of Faith - School Resource
The Year of Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
The attached Colouring Poster for use in schools during the Year of Faith. It might be an appropriate way to introduce the Year of Faith to younger children. It is an opportunity to explain the logo.
Colouring Poster Explanation of Faith Logo