Next week 16 – 24 May marks the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’, an encyclical letter on ECOLOGY written by Pope Francis and dated 24 May 2015.
In it he makes an urgent appeal for us to ‘protect our common home’, calling on all of us to cooperate. On this anniversary, he now renews this urgent appeal. The theme of Laudato Si’ Week 2020 “everything is connected”. If you want to find out more about 'Laudato Si' Week 2020 - https://laudatosiweek.org/
If you want to read the full encyclical letter: http://w2.vatican.va/…/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-la…
The theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity - 22 May 2020
"Our solutions are in nature"
International Day of Biodiversity
‘If variety is the spice of life, then biological diversity makes Earth’s ecosystems spicy indeed. Biodiversity is a complex yet growing topic of interest not only to scientists, but also to policymakers across the globe. First coined by Walter G. Rosen in 1985, biological diversity—or biodiversity, as it is more commonly called—is defined as the “variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms.”
In 1988, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) assembled the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts on Biological Diversity to explore the need to form a Convention on biodiversity. After years of working to adopt a set of guidelines, the United Nations (UN) declared the Convention as “formally entered into force” on December 29, 1993. Today, this group is known as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
In 2000, the UN General Assembly officially proclaimed May 22 to be the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB). The date was chosen to celebrate the adoption of the initial text of the CBD, on May 22, 1992. Thanks to its efforts, the Convention has participants from nearly all countries.’ (National Geographic official website, viewed on 12 May 2020) FOR FULL ARTICLE (19th April 2019) CLICK ON LINK BELOW
HOW CAN YOU HELP
- STOP the use of pesticides and fertilizers in your gardens.
- Invest and grow wildlife friendly gardens/patios or balconies
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle, with an emphasis on REDUCE (buy less non-essential stuff). Compost what you can.
- Use environmentally friendly personal and household cleaning products, for example, distilled vinegar.
- Buy local and grow some of your own veg
- Conserve energy and water in your home.
- Below is a link to the schedule of all live services on ChurchServices.tv for the week beginning on Monday 29th March 2020. Use the options below to help narrow your search. Click on an entry to begin viewing the service. All times are in your local Timezone.
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Fr Louis Hughes OP
- Fr Louis Hughes OP is a Dominican priest and a teacher who gives workshops on meditation. He has kindly shared a link with us. He says that due to the fact that many of us are adjusting to having our movements restricted, it is important - in addition to prayer – ‘to have the ability to be still’ and ‘to experience God's presence and love throughout it all.’
See below a link to his short guided meditations
Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; …… Light tomorrow with today.
Who so loves believes the impossible.
I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless.
Measure not the work until the day’s out and the labor done.
What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Nano (Honora) Nagle was born in 1718 in the townland of Ballygriffin, near the village of Killavullen, in the beautiful valley of the Blackwater in County Cork. Her parents, Ann Matthew and Garret Nagle, were relatively wealthy Catholic landowners.
Nano and her six siblings received a basic education at home and in a nearby hedge-school at Monanimy Castle. Because of the Penal Laws, at age ten she was sent to a Benedictine convent school in Ypres, Flanders (then French territory) where the Nagle family had many relatives. On leaving there at age sixteen she continued her education in Paris. When her father died she was called home with her sister Ann and they were appalled by the poverty of the people. Defying the Penal Laws, she secretly set up a cabin-school in Cork’s Cove Lane (now Douglas Street), initially enrolling a class of thirty-five girls. The number of schools grew to seven (including two for boys). Nano, a powerful evangeliser, inspired by the compassion of the heart of Jesus, spent her life caring for the people of Cork. To ensure the continuation of her schools she founded her own congregation, the Presentation Sisters, in 1775. She continued her work and died on 26th April 1784.
The congregation of the Presentation Sisters has spread worldwide and in 2018 is celebrating the Tercentenary of Nano’s birth in creative and diverse ways. In Ballygriffin, this Pilgrimage Walk – Slí Nano is our celebration of Nano’s life and the work that continues in her name.