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Listing August - 2016
 
  Wednesday
Aug-31
All schools reopen this week after the summer holidays. Everyone is agreed how quickly the summer went. For the most part the weather wasn't too bad. For those starting school for the very first time, it is indeed a special time. Back to school means getting back to normal routines again. This can be a good thing too. Most schools include a prayer for the start of the school year. The following is one such prayer:

Loving God, our creator, our saviour, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we undertake today.
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
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Aug-30
All schools reopen this coming week after the summer holidays. Everyone is agreed how quickly the summer went. For the most part the weather wasn't too bad. For those starting school for the very first time, it is indeed a special time. Back to school means getting back to normal routines again. This can be a good thing too. Most schools include a prayer for the start of the school year. The following is one such prayer:

Loving God, our creator, our saviour, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we undertake today.
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-29
All schools reopen this coming week after the summer holidays. Everyone is agreed how quickly the summer went. For the most part the weather wasn't too bad. For those starting school for the very first time, it is indeed a special time. Back to school means getting back to normal routines again. This can be a good thing too. Most schools include a prayer for the start of the school year. The following is one such prayer:

Loving God, our creator, our saviour, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we undertake today.
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-28
Thought Today is by Fr. Bernard Cotter

'Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely.' (Luke 14:1)

It's no fun to be watched, to have your actions checked against what you say. Jesus had been preaching love and tolerance, now his fellow-guests wondered if he would let his true feelings slip. Just a sideways comment or a flippant remark would be enough to confirm their suspicion that he was not all he seemed. The leading Pharisees were acutely aware of tiny errors that revealed infidelity to law-keeping. They were master-observers.

Jesus remained consistent however. He not only believed in humility, he preached it - and he lived it. The Pharisees saw that Jesus was true to his word. Consistency is a hard standard to measure up to. It's much easier to preach one thing and live another. But we don't get away with it when our actions are being monitored, when we are watched, as is often the case. Lord, help me to remember that what I do and say has an impact on others, and that my words and deeds have to match.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Aug-27
Thought For The Week

'Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we allow it, God can use our flaws to advantage. In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste. Let's not be afraid of our flaws. Acknowledge them, and let them be used to advantage, so that they, and we, can be the cause of beauty along the way.' ~Maura Walsh

There is nobody perfect. We all have our weak points, a flaw, a crack or something that prevents the complete picture. Our modern world is very uncomfortable with cracks or weaknesses. There is often a rush to patch them up, hide them, bury them but rarely to embrace them. The emphasis is so often on perfection and to have everything just right. There is almost a pressure to comply. Young people are particularly vulnerable, and when they fall short, they often just don't know what to do. Leonard Cohen puts it so well when he says: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

We have nothing to be afraid of. So much light pours through a crack, that it is beyond measure. In God's eyes there is no need to measure it because it is enough. The Christian message is to let our own unique light shine, even the light that comes through a crack.

There is a story told about a gardener who had two large buckets. One was leaky while the other one was brand new. Determined to replace the old bucket one day the gardener kept using it. Each day the gardener would draw water in the hot sunshine, knowing that one bucket was losing water, while the other one remained full. As time went on the gardener noticed that on the side of the path with the leaky bucket there were fresh, beautiful and colourful flowers. But the side of the path with the new bucket, that didn't see a drop of water, was bare and barren. So despite its obvious flaw the old bucket was still doing a lot of good. The same goes for our own faults too. The invitation is to acknowledge them, work with them and use them to our advantage as best we can.
 
 
 
  Friday
Aug-26
Thought For The Week

'Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we allow it, God can use our flaws to advantage. In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste. Let's not be afraid of our flaws. Acknowledge them, and let them be used to advantage, so that they, and we, can be the cause of beauty along the way.' ~Maura Walsh

There is nobody perfect. We all have our weak points, a flaw, a crack or something that prevents the complete picture. Our modern world is very uncomfortable with cracks or weaknesses. There is often a rush to patch them up, hide them, bury them but rarely to embrace them. The emphasis is so often on perfection and to have everything just right. There is almost a pressure to comply. Young people are particularly vulnerable, and when they fall short, they often just don't know what to do. Leonard Cohen puts it so well when he says: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

We have nothing to be afraid of. So much light pours through a crack, that it is beyond measure. In God's eyes there is no need to measure it because it is enough. The Christian message is to let our own unique light shine, even the light that comes through a crack.

There is a story told about a gardener who had two large buckets. One was leaky while the other one was brand new. Determined to replace the old bucket one day the gardener kept using it. Each day the gardener would draw water in the hot sunshine, knowing that one bucket was losing water, while the other one remained full. As time went on the gardener noticed that on the side of the path with the leaky bucket there were fresh, beautiful and colourful flowers. But the side of the path with the new bucket, that didn't see a drop of water, was bare and barren. So despite its obvious flaw the old bucket was still doing a lot of good. The same goes for our own faults too. The invitation is to acknowledge them, work with them and use them to our advantage as best we can.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Aug-25
Thought For The Week

'Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we allow it, God can use our flaws to advantage. In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste. Let's not be afraid of our flaws. Acknowledge them, and let them be used to advantage, so that they, and we, can be the cause of beauty along the way.' ~Maura Walsh

There is nobody perfect. We all have our weak points, a flaw, a crack or something that prevents the complete picture. Our modern world is very uncomfortable with cracks or weaknesses. There is often a rush to patch them up, hide them, bury them but rarely to embrace them. The emphasis is so often on perfection and to have everything just right. There is almost a pressure to comply. Young people are particularly vulnerable, and when they fall short, they often just don't know what to do. Leonard Cohen puts it so well when he says: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

We have nothing to be afraid of. So much light pours through a crack, that it is beyond measure. In God's eyes there is no need to measure it because it is enough. The Christian message is to let our own unique light shine, even the light that comes through a crack.

There is a story told about a gardener who had two large buckets. One was leaky while the other one was brand new. Determined to replace the old bucket one day the gardener kept using it. Each day the gardener would draw water in the hot sunshine, knowing that one bucket was losing water, while the other one remained full. As time went on the gardener noticed that on the side of the path with the leaky bucket there were fresh, beautiful and colourful flowers. But the side of the path with the new bucket, that didn't see a drop of water, was bare and barren. So despite its obvious flaw the old bucket was still doing a lot of good. The same goes for our own faults too. The invitation is to acknowledge them, work with them and use them to our advantage as best we can.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Aug-24
Thought For The Week

'Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we allow it, God can use our flaws to advantage. In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste. Let's not be afraid of our flaws. Acknowledge them, and let them be used to advantage, so that they, and we, can be the cause of beauty along the way.' ~Maura Walsh

There is nobody perfect. We all have our weak points, a flaw, a crack or something that prevents the complete picture. Our modern world is very uncomfortable with cracks or weaknesses. There is often a rush to patch them up, hide them, bury them but rarely to embrace them. The emphasis is so often on perfection and to have everything just right. There is almost a pressure to comply. Young people are particularly vulnerable, and when they fall short, they often just don't know what to do. Leonard Cohen puts it so well when he says: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

We have nothing to be afraid of. So much light pours through a crack, that it is beyond measure. In God's eyes there is no need to measure it because it is enough. The Christian message is to let our own unique light shine, even the light that comes through a crack.

There is a story told about a gardener who had two large buckets. One was leaky while the other one was brand new. Determined to replace the old bucket one day the gardener kept using it. Each day the gardener would draw water in the hot sunshine, knowing that one bucket was losing water, while the other one remained full. As time went on the gardener noticed that on the side of the path with the leaky bucket there were fresh, beautiful and colourful flowers. But the side of the path with the new bucket, that didn't see a drop of water, was bare and barren. So despite its obvious flaw the old bucket was still doing a lot of good. The same goes for our own faults too. The invitation is to acknowledge them, work with them and use them to our advantage as best we can.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Aug-23
Thought For The Week

'Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we allow it, God can use our flaws to advantage. In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste. Let's not be afraid of our flaws. Acknowledge them, and let them be used to advantage, so that they, and we, can be the cause of beauty along the way.' ~Maura Walsh

There is nobody perfect. We all have our weak points, a flaw, a crack or something that prevents the complete picture. Our modern world is very uncomfortable with cracks or weaknesses. There is often a rush to patch them up, hide them, bury them but rarely to embrace them. The emphasis is so often on perfection and to have everything just right. There is almost a pressure to comply. Young people are particularly vulnerable, and when they fall short, they often just don't know what to do. Leonard Cohen puts it so well when he says: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

We have nothing to be afraid of. So much light pours through a crack, that it is beyond measure. In God's eyes there is no need to measure it because it is enough. The Christian message is to let our own unique light shine, even the light that comes through a crack.

There is a story told about a gardener who had two large buckets. One was leaky while the other one was brand new. Determined to replace the old bucket one day the gardener kept using it. Each day the gardener would draw water in the hot sunshine, knowing that one bucket was losing water, while the other one remained full. As time went on the gardener noticed that on the side of the path with the leaky bucket there were fresh, beautiful and colourful flowers. But the side of the path with the new bucket, that didn't see a drop of water, was bare and barren. So despite its obvious flaw the old bucket was still doing a lot of good. The same goes for our own faults too. The invitation is to acknowledge them, work with them and use them to our advantage as best we can.
 
 
 
  Monday
Aug-22
Thought For The Week

'Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we allow it, God can use our flaws to advantage. In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste. Let's not be afraid of our flaws. Acknowledge them, and let them be used to advantage, so that they, and we, can be the cause of beauty along the way.' ~Maura Walsh

There is nobody perfect. We all have our weak points, a flaw, a crack or something that prevents the complete picture. Our modern world is very uncomfortable with cracks or weaknesses. There is often a rush to patch them up, hide them, bury them but rarely to embrace them. The emphasis is so often on perfection and to have everything just right. There is almost a pressure to comply. Young people are particularly vulnerable, and when they fall short, they often just don't know what to do. Leonard Cohen puts it so well when he says: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

We have nothing to be afraid of. So much light pours through a crack, that it is beyond measure. In God's eyes there is no need to measure it because it is enough. The Christian message is to let our own unique light shine, even the light that comes through a crack.

There is a story told about a gardener who had two large buckets. One was leaky while the other one was brand new. Determined to replace the old bucket one day the gardener kept using it. Each day the gardener would draw water in the hot sunshine, knowing that one bucket was losing water, while the other one remained full. As time went on the gardener noticed that on the side of the path with the leaky bucket there were fresh, beautiful and colourful flowers. But the side of the path with the new bucket, that didn't see a drop of water, was bare and barren. So despite its obvious flaw the old bucket was still doing a lot of good. The same goes for our own faults too. The invitation is to acknowledge them, work with them and use them to our advantage as best we can.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Aug-21
Thought For Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from' ~George Elliot

Every event in life means an ending of some sort. The middle of August seems to have lots of endings. Already we are aware that the days are getting shorter and there is a hint of Autumn creeping in. The All Ireland camogie, hurling and football finals are upon us. In conversations you will hear talk about "back to school" and how quickly the summer is going! Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. Last Monday was 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.

If we see lots of endings only, we can redirect our thoughts to search for new beginnings. The most immediate beginning is the gift of today and it is our blank canvas to add what colours we want. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us today. We look forward to the rest of this month of August and for the chance to embrace every new beginning.
 
 
 
  Friday
Aug-19
Thought For Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from' ~George Elliot

Every event in life means an ending of some sort. The middle of August seems to have lots of endings. Already we are aware that the days are getting shorter and there is a hint of Autumn creeping in. The All Ireland camogie, hurling and football finals are upon us. In conversations you will hear talk about "back to school" and how quickly the summer is going! Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. Last Monday was 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.

If we see lots of endings only, we can redirect our thoughts to search for new beginnings. The most immediate beginning is the gift of today and it is our blank canvas to add what colours we want. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us today. We look forward to the rest of this month of August and for the chance to embrace every new beginning.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Aug-18
Thought For Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from' ~George Elliot

Every event in life means an ending of some sort. The middle of August seems to have lots of endings. Already we are aware that the days are getting shorter and there is a hint of Autumn creeping in. The All Ireland camogie, hurling and football finals are upon us. In conversations you will hear talk about "back to school" and how quickly the summer is going! Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. Last Monday was 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.

If we see lots of endings only, we can redirect our thoughts to search for new beginnings. The most immediate beginning is the gift of today and it is our blank canvas to add what colours we want. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us today. We look forward to the rest of this month of August and for the chance to embrace every new beginning.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Aug-17
Thought For Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from' ~George Elliot

Every event in life means an ending of some sort. The middle of August seems to have lots of endings. Already we are aware that the days are getting shorter and there is a hint of Autumn creeping in. The All Ireland camogie, hurling and football finals are upon us. In conversations you will hear talk about "back to school" and how quickly the summer is going! Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. Last Monday was 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.

If we see lots of endings only, we can redirect our thoughts to search for new beginnings. The most immediate beginning is the gift of today and it is our blank canvas to add what colours we want. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us today. We look forward to the rest of this month of August and for the chance to embrace every new beginning.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Aug-16
Thought For Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from' ~George Elliot

Every event in life means an ending of some sort. The middle of August seems to have lots of endings. Already we are aware that the days are getting shorter and there is a hint of Autumn creeping in. The All Ireland camogie, hurling and football finals are upon us. In conversations you will hear talk about "back to school" and how quickly the summer is going! Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. Yesterday Monday was 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.

If we see lots of endings only, we can redirect our thoughts to search for new beginnings. The most immediate beginning is the gift of today and it is our blank canvas to add what colours we want. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us today. We look forward to the rest of this month of August and for the chance to embrace every new beginning.
 
 
 
  Monday
Aug-15
Thought For Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from' ~George Elliot

Every event in life means an ending of some sort. The middle of August seems to have lots of endings. Already we are aware that the days are getting shorter and there is a hint of Autumn creeping in. The All Ireland camogie, hurling and football finals are upon us. In conversations you will hear talk about "back to school" and how quickly the summer is going! Our gardens have reached their peak of summer colour. Today Monday is 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.

If we see lots of endings only, we can redirect our thoughts to search for new beginnings. The most immediate beginning is the gift of today and it is our blank canvas to add what colours we want. We ask for Mary's guidance, direction and many blessings on each of us today. We look forward to the rest of this month of August and for the chance to embrace every new beginning.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Aug-14
 
 
 
  Saturday
Aug-13
 
 
 
  Friday
Aug-12
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Aug-09
 
 

 

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