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CI News: World Youth Day begins

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Below is an excerpt from an article about the beginning of World Youth Day from CI News.

Pope Benedict XVI is looking forward to the “wonderfully spiritual” moments that will occur during the World Youth Day celebration which start today (Tuesday)  with an evening Mass and opening ceremony in Madrid´s Cibeles Square, presided over by the archbishop of Madrid and concelebrated by the bishops and priests participating in WYD.

“The Pope is very happy and very much looking forward to meeting a million young people next week,” papal spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., told CNA in advance of the event.

by Ann Marie Foley

To read on visit CI News

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.

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.

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

Remembrance Mass in Cork for Lost Loved Ones to suicide.

Friday, January 28th, 2011

This event is now over – but will be an annual event.  Check out how it went at http://cobhedition.com/?p=10546

Sunday 6th February 2011 at 1pm

St. Augustine Church, Washington Street, Cork City.

Everybody Welcome!

If you cannot make it in person you can view this service live over the internet on St Augustine’s webpage on Church Service TV at http://www.churchservices.tv/live/Augustinians/ .

This mass is organised by Breaking the Silence + SOSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters)

Breaking the Silence: www.facebook.com/btscobh
Works to help create a Suicide Safer Community by connecting the person at risk of Suicide with Life Preserving Resources. For further details please email breakingthesilececobh@gmail.com or find them on facebook www.facebook.com/btscobh.

Sosad (Save our Sons and Daughters): http://www.sosadireland.ie/
Sosad started these masses in Drogheda and today these masses will be taking place across the country on the 6th February 2011.
Sosad has five main goals:
• To raise awareness of suicide in Ireland.
• To break the taboo surrounding suicide.
• To provide support and direction to those feeling suicidal
• To provide support and direction to those approached by someone feeling suicidal
• To provide support and direction for those bereaved by suicide.
Their website is full of resources and well worth a visit.

European Year of Volunteering 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The majority of people we at ChurchServices.tv work with in Pastoral Councils and on other committees in the Churches are volunteers. Everyday we are reminded how volunteering is the life blood of both our churches and other community organizations. So today we would like to highlight the 2011 European Year of Volunteering.

The EU has designated 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering, in recognition of the important role voluntary work plays in European society.

In giving the European Year 2011 to Volunteering (EYV2011), the European Union is acknowledging the importance of volunteering in creating a more democratic, caring and responsible society. The European Year will raise awareness about the contributions of, and the challenges faced by, millions of volunteers across the EU, whose efforts help to create a more democratic, caring and responsible society. In the European Union, almost 100 million citizens of all ages invest their time, talents and money to make a positive contribution to their community by volunteering in society organisations, youth clubs, hospitals, schools, in sport clubs, etc.
For more information see: http://eyv2011.ie/what-is-eyv/

An Event Called “Building healthy communities through honest friendship”

Monday, January 24th, 2011

An evening with Very Rev’d. Dr Ken Newell, O.B.E. former Prebyterian Moderator, and Fr. Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery. They will speak of their pilgrimage of understanding, the effect of their friendship on the communities in which they serve and the power of friendship to ‘defrost’ deep divisions.

February 1st 2011 – St. Brigid’s Day 7:30p.m.

Venue: St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Admission: £5.00 – payable at the door.

Further information about the event can be found on the Church of Ireland site http://www.ireland.anglican.org/ and http://celtic-spirituality.net/
You can find more information on Clonard’s Reconciliation Ministry at http://www.clonard.com/reconciliation4.html . You can view Catholic Services from Clonard on their CSTV channel http://www.churchservices.tv/live/Clonard/ .

Do you know of other events that our viewers may be interested in? If so please email info@churchservices.tv

Better Together!

Friday, November 26th, 2010

On the 25th November 2010 ChurchServices.TV was invited together with other Irish charities, clubs and associations working in the Community Services Sector to the Better Together !Awards hosted by RTEs Mary Kennedy.

The Better Together! campaign aims to show you how you can make a difference by getting involved in community and voluntary activity. Videos entries were made on the website that showcase the work of some of the thousands of charities, clubs and associations that are active across Ireland.

After a couple of weeks of nothing but bleak news on the Economic front the Better Together Awards ceremony was just what the Doctor ordered. Deirdre Garvey of the Wheel was delightful and Mary Kennedy a perfect hostess.

The Winners can be found http://www.bettertogether.ie/2010-winners and I would encourage everybody to take a look at their award winning videos.

You can find Church Services TV entry – here!  http://www.bettertogether.ie/content/churchservicestv-broadcasting-live-local-irish-christian-services

Maria