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Listing August - 2021
 
  Tuesday
Aug-31
'Most of life is routine, dull and grubby but routine is the momentum that keeps each of us going.' ~Ben Nicholas

Many schools will be returning this week after the summer holidays. For some children it is a very exciting day and their parents as they begin school for the first time. For others they have made the transition to secondary school and begin a whole new journey. There is a growing optimism that school life will feel a little more normal after all the Covid restrictions earlier in the year. Yes, there is a long way to go but we are certainly going in the right direction.

When students gather after a summer break there is so much swapping and sharing of stories about what happened during the holidays. This is always a lovely part of the return to school after the summer holidays. There is a recalling of the places that were visited, the fun that was had and the lovely weather that made it so much better.

The following is a short prayer as we return to school

Loving God, our creator, the source of our blessings, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we now begin. Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year. Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes. Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have.

We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits. We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks. Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us. We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Aug-30
'Most of life is routine, dull and grubby but routine is the momentum that keeps each of us going.' ~Ben Nicholas

Many schools will be returning this week after the summer holidays. For some children it is a very exciting day and their parents as they begin school for the first time. For others they have made the transition to secondary school and begin a whole new journey. There is a growing optimism that school life will feel a little more normal after all the Covid restrictions earlier in the year. Yes, there is a long way to go but we are certainly going in the right direction.

When students gather after a summer break there is so much swapping and sharing of stories about what happened during the holidays. This is always a lovely part of the return to school after the summer holidays. There is a recalling of the places that were visited, the fun that was had and the lovely weather that made it so much better.

The following is a short prayer as we return to school

Loving God, our creator, the source of our blessings, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we now begin. Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year. Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes. Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have.

We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits. We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks. Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us. We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Aug-29
A drive or cycle around the Sheep's Head Peninsula in West Cork is always a delight and no one visit is ever the same. Of course it helps hugely when the weather is clear, fine and dry but you could say it has a beauty of its own too even when it rains. Which ever side of the peninsula you start with makes no difference as both have unique views. The road around the peninsula is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and is one of the most southerly parts of the Cork and Ross Diocese.

Anyone who has driven, cycled or walked this road will know that it naturally invites you to slow down. There are parts of it where cars will not be able to pass at speed. You sometimes have to pull in carefully for a car to pass or sometimes reverse into a roadside gap so that one car can safely do so. There is so much natural beauty all around this beautiful part of West Cork and the best way to enjoy it is to slow down. What a contrast to the huge motorways and dual carriageways, where traffic hurls by at great speed.

Spiritually we also need to slow down too. It is a cliche we probably have heard many times. But the need to slow down is even more important today. Never before has there been so many things to do, so many distractions, so many deadlines and with it anxiety and stress. It is good to step off the motorway of busyness and find our quite place, to rest, to relax, to pray, to recharge and to just be ourselves. The best place to start is today and to take a short spiritual time out break. You are worth it!
 
 
 
  Friday
Aug-27
A drive or cycle around the Sheep's Head Peninsula in West Cork is always a delight and no one visit is ever the same. Of course it helps hugely when the weather is clear, fine and dry but you could say it has a beauty of its own too even when it rains. Which ever side of the peninsula you start with makes no difference as both have unique views. The road around the peninsula is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and is one of the most southerly parts of the Cork and Ross Diocese.

Anyone who has driven, cycled or walked this road will know that it naturally invites you to slow down. There are parts of it where cars will not be able to pass at speed. You sometimes have to pull in carefully for a car to pass or sometimes reverse into a roadside gap so that one car can safely do so. There is so much natural beauty all around this beautiful part of West Cork and the best way to enjoy it is to slow down. What a contrast to the huge motorways and dual carriageways, where traffic hurls by at great speed.

Spiritually we also need to slow down too. It is a cliche we probably have heard many times. But the need to slow down is even more important today. Never before has there been so many things to do, so many distractions, so many deadlines and with it anxiety and stress. It is good to step off the motorway of busyness and find our quite place, to rest, to relax, to pray, to recharge and to just be ourselves. The best place to start is today and to take a short spiritual time out break. You are worth it!
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Aug-25
A drive or cycle around the Sheep's Head Peninsula in West Cork is always a delight and no one visit is ever the same. Of course it helps hugely when the weather is clear, fine and dry but you could say it has a beauty of its own too even when it rains. Which ever side of the peninsula you start with makes no difference as both have unique views. The road around the peninsula is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and is one of the most southerly parts of the Cork and Ross Diocese.

Anyone who has driven, cycled or walked this road will know that it naturally invites you to slow down. There are parts of it where cars will not be able to pass at speed. You sometimes have to pull in carefully for a car to pass or sometimes reverse into a roadside gap so that one car can safely do so. There is so much natural beauty all around this beautiful part of West Cork and the best way to enjoy it is to slow down. What a contrast to the huge motorways and dual carriageways, where traffic hurls by at great speed.

Spiritually we also need to slow down too. It is a cliche we probably have heard many times. But the need to slow down is even more important today. Never before has there been so many things to do, so many distractions, so many deadlines and with it anxiety and stress. It is good to step off the motorway of busyness and find our quite place, to rest, to relax, to pray, to recharge and to just be ourselves. The best place to start is today and to take a short spiritual time out break. You are worth it!
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Aug-24
A drive or cycle around the Sheep's Head Peninsula in West Cork is always a delight and no one visit is ever the same. Of course it helps hugely when the weather is clear, fine and dry but you could say it has a beauty of its own too even when it rains. Which ever side of the peninsula you start with makes no difference as both have unique views. The road around the peninsula is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and is one of the most southerly parts of the Cork and Ross Diocese.

Anyone who has driven, cycled or walked this road will know that it naturally invites you to slow down. There are parts of it where cars will not be able to pass at speed. You sometimes have to pull in carefully for a car to pass or sometimes reverse into a roadside gap so that one car can safely do so. There is so much natural beauty all around this beautiful part of West Cork and the best way to enjoy it is to slow down. What a contrast to the huge motorways and dual carriageways, where traffic hurls by at great speed.

Spiritually we also need to slow down too. It is a cliche we probably have heard many times. But the need to slow down is even more important today. Never before has there been so many things to do, so many distractions, so many deadlines and with it anxiety and stress. It is good to step off the motorway of busyness and find our quite place, to rest, to relax, to pray, to recharge and to just be ourselves. The best place to start is today and to take a short spiritual time out break. You are worth it!
 
 
 
  Monday
Aug-23
A drive or cycle around the Sheep's Head Peninsula in West Cork is always a delight and no one visit is ever the same. Of course it helps hugely when the weather is clear, fine and dry but you could say it has a beauty of its own too even when it rains. Which ever side of the peninsula you start with makes no difference as both have unique views. The road around the peninsula is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and is one of the most southerly parts of the Cork and Ross Diocese.

Anyone who has driven, cycled or walked this road will know that it naturally invites you to slow down. There are parts of it where cars will not be able to pass at speed. You sometimes have to pull in carefully for a car to pass or sometimes reverse into a roadside gap so that one car can safely do so. There is so much natural beauty all around this beautiful part of West Cork and the best way to enjoy it is to slow down. What a contrast to the huge motorways and dual carriageways, where traffic hurls by at great speed.

Spiritually we also need to slow down too. It is a cliche we probably have heard many times. But the need to slow down is even more important today. Never before has there been so many things to do, so many distractions, so many deadlines and with it anxiety and stress. It is good to step off the motorway of busyness and find our quite place, to rest, to relax, to pray, to recharge and to just be ourselves. The best place to start is today and to take a short spiritual time out break. You are worth it!
 
 
 
  Sunday
Aug-22
There are many beautiful titles given to Mary such as "Health of the sick" and "Comforter of the afflicted". The shrines of Mary are associated with stories of all sorts of healing. A title that has become popular in recent years is "Mary, untier of knots". ~ Fr. Silvester O'Flynn

Last Sunday (August 15th) was the feast day of the Assumption of Mary. It is a time of year that always marks a transition. The summer holidays are over or nearly over. Planning for back to school has started with either enthusiasm or hesitancy. We can see our evenings are closing in and it gets dark now at 9.30pm and even earlier if it is cloudy. Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. The feast of the Assumption of Mary and her feast day gives us a little nudge to make the most of the remainder of this month.

The greatest disservice we have done to Mary down through the years is to have put her on a pedestal as if she is far removed from our world and lives. It is our loss if we see her as distant or irrelevant. Mary is especially close to our every experience.

She is a truly great friend to have as we journey through life. Mary is close not just to the good stuff in our lives but especially close to our own struggles, setbacks and disappointments. She experienced many in her life and even during the darkest of moments she still put her trust in God. Mary's feast day reminds us that we can learn to trust even when all hope seems lost.

When she is referred to as an 'untier of knots', it is very comforting to know that she is with us through everything. If we were to sum up the last two years of Covid we can say it has been a time of many knots. Noone can say that they don't have any. Knots are intertwined with life but sometimes if there are too many knots together, we can get overwhelmed. It can be a very tough place to be. We turn to Mary today and our prayer is asking her to help us untie our knots. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us today.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Aug-19
There are many beautiful titles given to Mary such as "Health of the sick" and "Comforter of the afflicted". The shrines of Mary are associated with stories of all sorts of healing. A title that has become popular in recent years is "Mary, untier of knots". ~ Fr. Silvester O'Flynn

Last Sunday (August 15th) was the feast day of the Assumption of Mary. It is a time of year that always marks a transition. The summer holidays are over or nearly over. Planning for back to school has started with either enthusiasm or hesitancy. We can see our evenings are closing in and it gets dark now at 9.30pm and even earlier if it is cloudy. Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. The feast of the Assumption of Mary and her feast day gives us a little nudge to make the most of the remainder of this month.

The greatest disservice we have done to Mary down through the years is to have put her on a pedestal as if she is far removed from our world and lives. It is our loss if we see her as distant or irrelevant. Mary is especially close to our every experience.

She is a truly great friend to have as we journey through life. Mary is close not just to the good stuff in our lives but especially close to our own struggles, setbacks and disappointments. She experienced many in her life and even during the darkest of moments she still put her trust in God. Mary's feast day reminds us that we can learn to trust even when all hope seems lost.

When she is referred to as an 'untier of knots', it is very comforting to know that she is with us through everything. If we were to sum up the last two years of Covid we can say it has been a time of many knots. Noone can say that they don't have any. Knots are intertwined with life but sometimes if there are too many knots together, we can get overwhelmed. It can be a very tough place to be. We turn to Mary today and our prayer is asking her to help us untie our knots. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us today.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Aug-18
There are many beautiful titles given to Mary such as "Health of the sick" and "Comforter of the afflicted". The shrines of Mary are associated with stories of all sorts of healing. A title that has become popular in recent years is "Mary, untier of knots". ~ Fr. Silvester O'Flynn

Last Sunday (August 15th) was the feast day of the Assumption of Mary. It is a time of year that always marks a transition. The summer holidays are over or nearly over. Planning for back to school has started with either enthusiasm or hesitancy. We can see our evenings are closing in and it gets dark now at 9.30pm and even earlier if it is cloudy. Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. The feast of the Assumption of Mary and her feast day gives us a little nudge to make the most of the remainder of this month.

The greatest disservice we have done to Mary down through the years is to have put her on a pedestal as if she is far removed from our world and lives. It is our loss if we see her as distant or irrelevant. Mary is especially close to our every experience.

She is a truly great friend to have as we journey through life. Mary is close not just to the good stuff in our lives but especially close to our own struggles, setbacks and disappointments. She experienced many in her life and even during the darkest of moments she still put her trust in God. Mary's feast day reminds us that we can learn to trust even when all hope seems lost.

When she is referred to as an 'untier of knots', it is very comforting to know that she is with us through everything. If we were to sum up the last two years of Covid we can say it has been a time of many knots. Noone can say that they don't have any. Knots are intertwined with life but sometimes if there are too many knots together, we can get overwhelmed. It can be a very tough place to be. We turn to Mary today and our prayer is asking her to help us untie our knots. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us this weekend.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Aug-17
There are many beautiful titles given to Mary such as "Health of the sick" and "Comforter of the afflicted". The shrines of Mary are associated with stories of all sorts of healing. A title that has become popular in recent years is "Mary, untier of knots". ~ Fr. Silvester O'Flynn

Last Sunday (August 15th) was the feast day of the Assumption of Mary. It is a time of year that always marks a transition. The summer holidays are over or nearly over. Planning for back to school has started with either enthusiasm or hesitancy. We can see our evenings are closing in and it gets dark now at 9.30pm and even earlier if it is cloudy. Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. The feast of the Assumption of Mary and her feast day gives us a little nudge to make the most of the remainder of this month.

The greatest disservice we have done to Mary down through the years is to have put her on a pedestal as if she is far removed from our world and lives. It is our loss if we see her as distant or irrelevant. Mary is especially close to our every experience.

She is a truly great friend to have as we journey through life. Mary is close not just to the good stuff in our lives but especially close to our own struggles, setbacks and disappointments. She experienced many in her life and even during the darkest of moments she still put her trust in God. Mary's feast day reminds us that we can learn to trust even when all hope seems lost.

When she is referred to as an 'untier of knots', it is very comforting to know that she is with us through everything. If we were to sum up the last two years of Covid we can say it has been a time of many knots. Noone can say that they don't have any. Knots are intertwined with life but sometimes if there are too many knots together, we can get overwhelmed. It can be a very tough place to be. We turn to Mary today and our prayer is asking her to help us untie our knots. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us this weekend.
 
 
 
  Monday
Aug-16
There are many beautiful titles given to Mary such as "Health of the sick" and "Comforter of the afflicted". The shrines of Mary are associated with stories of all sorts of healing. A title that has become popular in recent years is "Mary, untier of knots". ~ Fr. Silvester O'Flynn

Yesterday (August 15th) was the feast day of the Assumption of Mary. It is a time of year that always marks a transition. The summer holidays are over or nearly over. Planning for back to school has started with either enthusiasm or hesitancy. We can see our evenings are closing in and it gets dark now at 9.30pm and even earlier if it is cloudy. Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. The feast of the Assumption of Mary and her feast day gives us a little nudge to make the most of the remainder of this month.

The greatest disservice we have done to Mary down through the years is to have put her on a pedestal as if she is far removed from our world and lives. It is our loss if we see her as distant or irrelevant. Mary is especially close to our every experience.

She is a truly great friend to have as we journey through life. Mary is close not just to the good stuff in our lives but especially close to our own struggles, setbacks and disappointments. She experienced many in her life and even during the darkest of moments she still put her trust in God. Mary's feast day reminds us that we can learn to trust even when all hope seems lost.

When she is referred to as an 'untier of knots', it is very comforting to know that she is with us through everything. If we were to sum up the last two years of Covid we can say it has been a time of many knots. Noone can say that they don't have any. Knots are intertwined with life but sometimes if there are too many knots together, we can get overwhelmed. It can be a very tough place to be. We turn to Mary today and our prayer is asking her to help us untie our knots. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us this weekend.
 
 
 
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Aug-14
 
 
 
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Aug-13
 
 

 

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