LENT & EASTER 2022

Archbishop Eamon sent school principals a letter today outlining the Trocaire Lenten Campaign.  I know our schools do amazing work each Lent to support the work of Trocaire. I have extracted some of the Archbishop’s points to keep you updated and to help you plan this years’ campaign locally in your school community.

Declan

Trócaire relies heavily on the contributions that are donated during Lent, through the generosity of parishes and schools, to fund their core work. Despite the many pressures facing people and parishes, I am greatly encouraged by the ongoing generosity that enables Trócaire to continue their lifesaving and life-changing work in up to twenty countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central America.

This year’s Lenten campaign highlights how Covid-19 has impacted communities in Zimbabwe, a country that was already facing significant challenges due to climate change and food insecurity. Trócaire relates the story of Thandekile and her two children, daughter, No matter, and son, Forward. We hear about how Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the family and how Thandekile shows courage, hope and strength in the face of these challenges. To help engage with their work, Trócaire has made available on their website (www.trocaire.org), excellent resources for schools, youth groups and parishes.

Links

Trócaire | Until Love Conquers Fear

Post Primary – Trócaire

Our new Development Education Resources 2022, “Brighter Futures” are available to download here.

 Resources are available for Early childhood, Primary, Post Primary and Youth. These resources will help you explore the effects of climate change and Covid 19 on food security, and they are rooted on the Global Goal 2 “Zero Hunger”. Learn about the Sustainable Development goals, Zimbabwe and Trócaire’s work through interactive lesson plans, photos, animations and our latest Development education board game “Harvest for the future”.   Please feel free to share the resources with anyone else you think might find them useful.  

Resources are available for use in Early Childhood, Primary, Post Primary and Youth educational settings. These resources explore the impacts of Climate Change and Covid-19 on food security through the lens of SDG2 – Zero Hunger. Find interactive activities, lesson plans, photos and videos that explore the SDGs and food security, and that tell the story of No matter and Forward in Zimbabwe. Play our latest board game, “Harvest for the Future“, with your class or youth group and join us on the #GrowwithTrocaire challenge! 

A Lenten Prayer: 

Loving Jesus, as I place on my forehead the sign of your saving cross you say to me, “repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Walking into Lent my heart is set on you.

May my fasting fill me with hunger for you,

may my prayer draw me deeper into your presence,

may my acts of charity bring your love to my home and community.

Lord of life, grant that by turning back to you in these 40 days I will re-awaken the joy of my Easter faith;

for you raise me up from fear and despair

and call me to hope and trust in God who is with me always.

Amen.

Archbishop Eamon’s Lenten message is entitled ” Never take peace for granted ”

Please download to read for yourself.

Being in the wilderness for 40 days.                            Interesting Utube video for Ash Wednesday

Subject:  Please skip the ads to start of video. 

 40 – A Video Of Jesus In The Wilderness

In 4 minutes, we see Jesus hopeful, determined, bored, anxious, playful, longing, despairing, lonely, curious, exhausted, angry, tempted…a full range of emotion, most of which our teens experience in tidal waves every single day.

watching this video together and asking open questions

  • Imagine being totally alone for 40 days; no friends, no devices, no connection. What would be the hardest part?
  • What do we think about Satan or Evil?
  • Why are the apple, the snake, and Temptation red when everything else is black & white? (Also, will he notice the other slight color, when the angels appear?)
  • What is Temptation and where does it come from?
  • I wonder if Jesus ever wished he’d gone ahead and turned the stone to bread?

Nice Reflection for Ash Wednesay

Some ASH WEDNESDAY CLASS LITURGIES

SOME COURSES YOU MAY LIKE TO TAKE THIS LENT

  1. Some good sites and services are offered through Millhill Site      see below.

Subject: Resources+for+Lent+2022

https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/44124

 Aspal.ie

3. Lenten Reflections in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh

On each of the Tuesday evenings during Lent, a guest speaker will join in St Patrick’s Cathedral at 7.30pm to help us reflect on each of the following themes. People may wish to join in person or via St Patrick’s Cathedral Webcam.

Tuesday 5 April “Care for oneself amidst the challenges of life”. (Stephen Donnelly)

Stephen has worked in the field of mental health for 30 years. A former mental health nurse, he’s now employed by the Western Health and Social Care Trust as team lead for the regional trauma network and as a specialist Psychologist Trauma Therapist. He has delivered numerous courses/programmes on positive mental health and well being. He resides with his family in Omagh, Co Tyrone and is a keen GAA enthusiast.

Tuesday 12 April              “Grief – a process that’s experienced one day at a time”. (Paul Mallon)

Originally from Co Tyrone, Paul is a counsellor in private practice in Armagh City. He also works with businesses and public sector organisations and is currently the resident counsellor in Southern Regional College, Armagh. Having previously worked in engineering, he works as an Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner. He has contributed EFT meditations to the recently launched “Sibling Grief Club”, a local support group website for the bereaved.

  1. A weekly email on the readingsfrom www.tarsus.ie. The reflections come in four formats (PDF, audio, portable and YouTube — the YouTube reflection is an alternative exploration of all three readings). This is a free online service and to subscribe click here. To given an idea, at the bottom of this email is the edition for the first Sunday of Lent this year. The email goes out each Monday @ 8.30 a.m. 
  2. The Tarsus Scripture School offers biblical programmes online following the church year. For Lent and Easter 2022, our programme is entitled: “And their eyes were opened and they recognised him” Jesus, prophet, martyr, Risen One in Luke-Acts. It consists of 9 presentations, 1 webinar and 1 meditation: all for €30 per household/community. Click here to register.
  3. The National Bible Society of Ireland is offering an online Lenten course called Opening the Scriptures. To register, click here
  4. Finally, the Irish Messenger has been publishing a series called Hearers of the Word on the readings for Advent/Christmas, Lent/Holy Week, Easter/Pentecost. The series is now complete with the 8th volume for Lent and Holy Week and the 9th volume for Easter and Pentecost. The recent review in Intercom is a good guide to what’s on offer in these books.  

MORE RESOURCES TO UPLOAD

On behalf of Armagh Diocesan Youth Commission

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Forgiveness’.

Just a Minute Bishop Michael Router Speaks about Forgiveness – YouTube

link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Lent”.

Just a Minute – Janet Forbes Reflects on Lent – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Fasting”

(33) Just A Minute Rob O’Hara speaks about Fasting – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Common Mission of the Church”

(34) Just A Minute Shannon Campbell Talks about the Common Mission of the Church – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is “Prayer”.

(36) Just a Minute Fr Thomas McHugh Speaks about Prayer – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Love”.

(41) Just a Minute – Shannon Campbell Talks About Love – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Hope”.

(43) Just a Minute Fr Thomas McHugh Speaks About Hope – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘The Saints ”.

(45) Just a Minute Shannon Campbell Speaks about the Saints – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Gratitude”.

(46) Just a Minute – Fr Thomas McHugh Speaks About Gratitude – YouTube

lease find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Temptation”

(47) Just a Minute Rob O’Hara Speaks about temptation – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Living our Faith”

(50) Just A Minute – Janet Forbes Speaks About Living Our Faith – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘Mary and Holy Spirit”

(51) Just A Minute – Archbishop Eamon Martin Speaks about Mary and the Holy Spirit – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘ Rob O ‘Hara on The Rosary”

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘ Non Judgement”

(2) Just a Minute – Janet Forbes Speaks About Non Judgement – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘ Prayer”

Just a Minute Rob O’Hara Speaks About Prayer – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘ Veronica People”

                             (5) Just a Minute – Veronica People – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time is ‘ Eucharist”

Just a Minute – Bishop Michael Router Speaks about Eucharist – YouTube

Please find below the link for the latest episode of the ‘Just a Minute’ video series that can be found on the Armagh Diocesan YouTube channel.  The Topic this time  “Archbishop Eamon

Martin Speaks about the Way of the Cross”

Some EASTER & HOLY WEEK resources:

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