Archive for February, 2011

Lenten Resources this 2011

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

This is the first blog of several blogs about some of the Irish Lenten Resources that are going to become available to you this lent.

The fist resource is courtesy of the Church of Ireland: “Home-Grown Lent Course”

A Bible Study resource for Lent on the theme of Creation is currently being prepared for the use of parishes in the Church of Ireland. The material will consist of a pdf freely available on the internet and via email, also available on CD-Rom at the official launch on March 6th after Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The launch will be addressed by the Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.

The Lent Creation project is designed both to link into the Anglican Consultative Council’s project “The Bible in the Life of the Church” and to function as an inaugural effort for a proposed Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland (BACI).  Welcoming the course, the Rt Reverend Michael Burrows, Chairman of the Anglican Affairs Sub-Committee of the Church of Ireland Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue said: “I warmly welcome this excellent initiative to connect members of the Church of Ireland to something which is of paramount significance in the greater Anglican context, namely working together towards a common understanding of our elucidation and application of Scripture.”

The course, designed to provide parishes with a five-week program for Lent, will consist of ten Bible passages with introductions, notes, and questions for reflection. The material is intended to facilitate thoughtful reflection on “creation” and to inspire its application.

The pdf will be downloadable from the internet (http://bibliahibernica.wordpress.com) or be requested from the working group via email (baci.anglican@gmail.com). The working group requests feedback on the course from all participating groups, so that a report may then be forwarded to the ACC to contribute to its analysis of how Anglican congregations around the world relate to the Bible.

Following the completion of the Lent 2011 project, the BACI working group plans to invite participation in an inaugural AGM, to establish a constitution and committee. Details for this event will be published shortly. The proposal is broad-church and ecumenically minded and seeks membership from every diocese of the Church of Ireland.

Coming to our blog soon details of a new exciting resource from Catholic Ireland .net on www.cilent.ie/2011.

Watch this space!

If you know of any Lenten resource available in Ireland or the UK that you think we should tell our readers about please contact us at info@churchservices.tv .

Divine Mercy Apostolate Conference 2011 – Live on Church Services TV

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The Divine Mercy Apostolate Conference is being broadcast live on Church Services TV this weekend.

The link is http://www.churchservices.tv/live/DivineMercy

Please find the full details of the Event below.

Date: Friday February 18, 2011 – Sunday February 20, 2011

Venue: The RDS, Dublin Donnybrook, Dublin 4  Hall 1

Main Speakers:

  • Bishop Martin Igwe Uzoukwu
    (Nigeria)
  • Sr Caterina Esselen O.L.M.   Sr. M. Caterina Esselen is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to which Saint Faustina belonged. Its mission is to spread devotion to the Divine Mercy. Sr. Caterina grew up in Belgium. She studied and worked in the United States until she joined the sisters’ active-contemplative community in Boston, MA in 1995. She has been proclaiming the message of Divine Mercy at conferences, in parishes and prisons. Sr. Caterina is also the Vocation Directress and Mistress of Formation for the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Boston.
  • Fr. Cathal Price C.C. from Kilbarrack/Foxfield Parish, Dublin
  • Fr Kevin Doran Secretary General of the Eucharistic Congress
  • Eucharistic Healing Service
    Fr Pat Martin from the USA

Opening Hours:
Saturday: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am – 7.00pm

Admission:
Saturday: €25.00
sunday: €20.00
Weekend: €30.00

Please click here for the Times of the Divine Mercy Conference and the  Schedule of events in Word     Schedule of Events

Please click here for the Times of the Divine Mercy Conference and the  Schedule of eventsin PDF      Schedule of Events

Remember the The Divine Mercy Apostolate Conference is being broadcast live on Church Services TV this weekend.

On Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy is needed more than ever today for every individual as it is a very individual need.

The Government needs it, especially with an election looming, to ensure the country will not be thrown into a deeper depression.

With crime at an all time high, unemployment off the scale, whatever Government takes office at the next election is in need of Divine Mercy.

While the banks seem to have survived their crises, individuals are still left to pick up the pieces. For those individuals, Divine Mercy is offered.

Our world cries out for Divine Mercy, as the cost of living increases. More and more people find it difficult to make ends meet.

Whatever political parties/parties take office at the next general election, one of their first priorities must be the well being of the individual.

It must take into account, not only their individual social needs, their political viewpoint, but also their spiritual ethos. Individual needs cannot be ignored.

Divine Mercy is the answer. It takes into account the wider community and the wider world.

The health of every nation depends on the social and spiritual protection of the individual and their religious liberty.

This freedom is to be found in Divine Mercy. Divine Mercy crosses all divides.

We who advocate and spread the message of Divine Mercy believe it to be the most essential element of our society that needs to be discovered today.

For more information please see details of our Divine Mercy Conference, in the RDS 19th&20th Feb 2011

Organiser’s Contact Details:
Divine Mercy Apostolate
24 Elderwood Road
Palmerstown
Dublin 20

Tel: +353 1 831 3119
Email: dermotdowdall@gmail.com
Web: http://www.divinemercyconferences.com

A unique way to donate money to your church or school – that could also save you money!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

If you are a Church Telecom residential customer Church Telecom will donate the cash equivalent of 10% of your eligible landline call charges each quarter to any parish or school you nominate. Residential Customers can also save themselves money through a very competitive home landline and broadband package.

Church Telecom is a working partnership between Church Resources (a not for profit), and UTV New Media.
When a resident signs up with Church Telecom, they are asked to nominate either a Parish or a School. Church Telecom will then donate the cash equivalent of 10% of their eligible landline call charges each quarter to this nominated beneficiary (Premium rate calls and directory enquiries are not included).

The Parish of the Holy Redeemer received their first donation last November – see the picture above.

Church Resources operates for the benefit of the Christian Churches and, through the buying power of this wide group, we can offer substantial savings to our institutional partners like Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Care Facilities and associate businesses.

UTV Internet is a licensed Telecoms provider in NI/UK and ROI. They supply the connectivity to landline and broadband, technical support and billing operations.

So why not organize a group of parishioners or parents of school-going students to sign up. It could help your parish and save you money.

For further information and a free telephone bill analysis (to determine whether Church Telecom can save you money) please contact rebates@churchtelecom.com for further details.

Churches asked to go Green this lent

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Eco-Congregation Ireland calls on churches to Care for Creation this Lent

Eco-Congregation Ireland (ECI) is urging churches to celebrate the beauty of Creation this Lent and to take practical steps to care for the environment.

The interdenominational environmental group, which is a project of the Irish Council of Churches and Irish Inter-Church Meeting, suggests that parishes, communities and individuals might like to plant fruit and nut trees in their localities.

“Planting edible landscapes is one of many practical ways we can prepare for a low-carbon future by increasing local resilience,” says ECI Communications Officer, Fiona Murdoch. “It is an especially appropriate action to take this year, given that 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests.”

All good garden centres stock a range of fruit trees, although Irish Seed Savers, Scariff, Co Clare is recommended for helping preserve native Irish species. Saplings can be ordered over the internet from anywhere in the country – www.irishseedsavers.ie.

Churches are also asked to consider hosting Just Forests’ Wood of Life exhibition – a colourful, interactive display about the social, economic and environmental importance of the world’s forests through development education and education for sustainable development. Just Forests will erect the display boards and staff the event and can provide worksheets for children. See www.justforests.org.

ECI is also encouraging churches and their members to choose Lenten resources with an environmental theme. There are plenty to choose from!

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ pastoral reflection, Cry of the Earth, provides an excellent starting point for a series of discussions. It invites individuals and parish communities to reflect on the challenge of climate change and the actions we can take to help construct a more sustainable environment. Also, to reflect on the covenant between human beings and the environment “which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying”. See www.catholicbishops.ie/features.

The newly-formed Biblical Association of the Church of Ireland has prepared a Biblical reflective programme for Lent on the theme of Creation, which can be downloaded for free from www.bibliahibernica.wordpress.com.

ECI supports churches and Christians as they take steps to care for the environment. Its website – www.ecocongregationireland.org – is packed full of ideas and resources and anyone interested is invited to sign up to receive ECI’s monthly e-letter by emailing info@ecocongregationireland.org.

A Hidden Mystic…

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

A new book has come out on the life and spirituality of the Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa O.Ss.R., the Foundress of the Redemptoristines.

Sr. Gabrielle O.Ss.R., the Prioress of the Monastery of St Alphonsus asked Honor McCabe to write this book. Sr Gabrielle wrote the Epilogue to the Book.

The book is called “A Hidden Mystic” written by a Dominican Sister, Honor McCabe OP.In the book she focuses on the mystical spirituality as found in the Venerable Maria Celeste’s life. It is published by Dominican Publications. From the back cover it says:”This book is a brief account of the life and spirituality of the foundress of the Redemptoristine Order – the Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa, an eighteenth century Italian mystic -who is still little known outside the Order she inspired.
The author, Honor McCabe OP, was impressed by the fact that much of Maria Celeste’s mystical doctrine resembled the teaching on prayer of saints already Doctors of the Church, Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena.”
If you would like to buy this book please contact Sr Gabrielle at : gabrielle.fox@redemptorists.ie

You may also take part in the spirituality and prayer of the Redemptoristine Nuns Live over the internet at 16:50 this afternoon on their Church Services TV page http://www.churchservices.tv/live/Redemptoristine.

Further information is available on their website www.rednuns.com.

Recording request for Mount Argus

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Hi there
We have watched your streaming on line quite a bit, especially in Mount Argus. I am wondering how long/if you keep copies of the streaming for any of the services? we got married in Mount Argus on Sept 18th 2010 and would love to know if there was any possibility of seeing some of our Wedding Service. I know it’s a few months on, but any help would be appreciated.

Best wishes,

E

Reply from CSTV.

Hi E

Many thanks for your comment. Congrats on your wedding last year. I am glad that you look in on the live streaming and in particular Mount Argus who are always very supportive of their online attendees.

In answer to your query – we don’t currently record the live services. This is a new technology that we are currently developing and hope to have available in a matter of weeks. Which is unfortunately too late for your Wedding.

CSTV Team

AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival

Monday, February 7th, 2011

The fifth annual nationwide AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival will take place from February 21st to February 25th.

The mission of AONTAS is to ensure that every adult in Ireland has access to appropriate and affordable learning opportunities throughout their lives, thus enabling them to contribute to and participate in the economic, social, civic and cultural development of Irish society.

AONTAS would like as many groups and individuals as possible to get involved in the festival. Whether you are part of a large national organisation, small or large business or a local group, your participation will make the Festival a great success. If you have an idea for an event during the Festival, contact AONTAS to discuss it further.

AONTAS will publicise your activities on their website, as well as helping you promote your event in the media. They will also feature Festival activities in a special issue of their magazine, Explore and in press releases to the national media.

For more information or to get involved in the Adult learners’ Festival 2011, email mail@aontas.com or call 01-4068220.

Some Catholic Ireland Resources

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

We at Church Services TV work very closely with Catholicireland.net. Indeed we share a kitchen. kettle and daily chats with them:).  So Today’s blog is about what an important support they are to the Irish Catholic community.

Catholicireland.net is owned by Church Support Ltd, a registered charity in Ireland. Charity number CHY17720. www.churchsupportgroup.com
It is set up to promote and support the work of the Catholic Church in Ireland and abroad on the World Wide Web. Its aim is to ensure that the positive initiatives being taken by members of the Catholic Church in Ireland have a dynamic and attractive forum on the web and other modern media. Its goal is apostolic, to support people in the living of their Catholic faith, to reach out to those who may have drifted away and to be a source of information and inspiration for those who do not believe and are searching.

The idea is to establish Catholicireland.net as the internet Portal website, gathering all the very best of Irish Catholic activity and international links. The Catholicireland.net team will generate resources to support people at each milestone of their Catholic life.

The Patron of this organisation is Cardinal Seán Brady, Primate of all Ireland.
Catholicireland.net have a number of services that we find especially useful.

Daily Mass readings are available to download or view on line at http://www.catholicireland.net/component/cifeed?task=readings and are available in both English and Irish. The next Sunday readings are also available in advance. This is very useful for Church readers also. For those interested there are also reflections and homily notes available http://www.catholicireland.net/homilies

The 2011  for the Catholic Church in Ireland is available online at http://www.catholicireland.net/images/stories/documents/lit_cal_2011.pdf
There is also a link to the Sunday Mass readings in a variety of European languages on the same site.

Would you like a nice pictorial desktop with a Christian message each day? You may have one for free! See www.catholicireland.net and go to the bottom of the front page. Click on your choice of screen saver/desktop.  Below is todays picture.

Do you know of any other websites or portals that may be of interest to our viewers? If so please email info@churchservices.tv and we will include them in out Blog. We are interested in resources for the Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Ireland and the UK in particular.

Four Peaks Challenge

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Now this is something we in Church Services TV would like to do in the future! If your organization has a team of 2-4 very fit individuals maybe you would like to consider a team building exercise of a life time?

The Four Peaks Challenge raises money and awareness for Focus Ireland. Focus Ireland aims to advance the right of people-out-of-home to live in a place they call home. Home, family and community are important priorities for Church Services TV and we are happy to support Focus Ireland.

The Four Peaks Challenge invites teams of between 3 and 5 walkers plus a minimum of two drivers per vehicle to climb the highest mountain in each of the four provinces over one weekend and raise €4500 in sponsorship to help people who are homeless. During the challenge you and your team will discover the breathtaking scenery of Ireland’s highest peaks: Carrauntoohil (Kerry), Mweelrea (Mayo), Slieve Donard (Down) and Lugnaquilla (Wicklow).

Why not look at Focus Ireland’s Photo Stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/focusireland/with/5099144847/ and check out just how spectacular that scenery is.

The next Four Peaks Challenge will take place from Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June 2011 if you are fitter and braver than us!  See the Focus Ireland website for further details.

http://www.focusireland.ie/index.php/events-a-challenges/challenges/four-peaks-challenge