Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela Resource   ( Dublin Archdiocese website)

Starting out as a leader of an underground political movement called the African National Congress  Nelson Mandela played a part in many dramatic demonstrations against the white-ruled government.

Nelson Mandela His career in the ANC was cut short in 1964 when he was sentenced to life in prison. The notorious Rivonia Trial, as his sentencing was called, is now seen as nothing more than a cruel ploy used by the white South African government to silence Nelson Mandela once and for all. But even while in prison, Mandela continued to be a beacon of hope for his people who carried on the struggle against Apartheid in his absence. In 1990, after 27 years of imprisonment, Mandela was freed. His release marked the beginning of the end for apartheid. In less than five years after his release, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and elected president of South Africa.

Today, thanks to the self-sacrifice of Nelson Mandela, apartheid has been outlawed. Everyone in South Africa now has an equal opportunity at home and at work to live comfortable, productive lives. Nelson Mandela is one of the world’s true freedom fighters, and his life and personal triumphs will be remembered long after the world has forgotten the evils of Apartheid.

Nelson Mandela’s book, Long Walk to Freedom tells the extraordinary story of his life, an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”                              

Taken from  FREEDOM HERO: NELSON MANDELA   by Jeff Trussell

This video is worth a look.

Advent & Christmas 13/14

Advent Resources 2013 and 2014

What is Advent ?

Lovely slide reflection on Advent   ” Waiting for Jesus”  (Archdiocese of Dublin)


This 5 minute advent meditation focuses on the coming of Christ into our world- not just as a child in a stable but as the bringer of justice and freedom. Music for the meditation features Kyrie – I Call to You from ” Standing Still” by Jeff Johnson (

Some pastoral resources available for personal and school use this Advent and Christmas:

  • The inter-diocesan scripture reflections for the four Sundays of Advent.
  • Our own booklet for use by families and primary schools aimed at helping children enter into the meaning and spirit of Advent & Christmas.
  • A reflection of slides and a blessing prayer for Advent wreaths.
  • A reflection of slides on the meaning of Christmas. It takes time – a reflection on the spirit of Christmas in parts for readers.
  • Jesus and Santa – getting the balance right. Litany for the coming of Christ & Mary’s Dream.

We hope you will print these off and make use of them to nourish your prayer and reflections throughout the coming weeks.

Advent 2013 Year A Primary Resource


Advent Scripture Reflections 2013 -14 Year A

Advent Wreath slides

Blessing and Prayers for Advent Wreath

IT TAKES TIME Reflection in parts

Jesus and Santa – the right balance

Litany for Christ & Marys Dream

Jesus is Knocking at your Door this Christmas

Capital Punishment – Death Row Ministry.

Suitable for GCSE and Senior Rel Education.

Helen Prejéan, is a Roman Catholic sister, a member of the Congregation of St Joesph and a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty.

Her efforts in death row ministry began in New Orleans in 1981. She corresponded with convicted murderer Elmo Patrick Sonnier, in the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Dead Man Walking, the biographical account of her relationship with Sonnier and other inmates on death row, served as the basis for a feature film, an opera, and a play. In the film, directed by Tim Robbins, she was portrayed by Susan Sarandon, who won an Academy Award.

She spoke to Rojo on Spirit about her experiences

Check this link to Podcast

Check out Utube re film  “Dead men walking ”

Prayer and Icon Exhibition in Armagh October 1 – 3rd October 2013.

As part of the Year of Faith the “Art and Practice of Daily Prayer” opens at the Synod Hall behind St Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday October 1st.  This event is aimed at helping many rediscover how to pray and also how to develop a small sacred space at home so that that families might have a focus around which to gather and pray.  There will be a display of sacred Icons on loan from the Irish Iconography Group and many items of interest connected with prayer and spirituality.  School groups may find a visit very rewarding. It is hoped to have some activities for children and youth to help them in their own faith journey.  Email Fr Declan if you are taking a large group so that we can be prepared to receive you.

Download this poster to display in school :

The Art & Practice of Daily Prayer

More details will get posted including a timetable closer to the event.

Some Religious Icons ;

The process of writing an icon


How Icons are written in 2 minutes !!

Mission Sunday 2013 Pope Francis

World Mission Sunday will be observed this year on October 20. 

Pope Francis describes the Year of Faith as having been “an important opportunity to strengthen our friendship with the Lord and our journey as a Church that preaches the Gospel with courage.”  He goes on to say “Everyone should be able to experience the joy of being loved by God, the joy of salvation! It is a gift that one cannot keep to oneself, but it is to be shared. If we want to keep it only to ourselves, we will become isolated, sterile and sick Christians.”

Download and read the full message of the Holy Father below:

Pope issues message for World Mission Day 2013

Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Immac Heart of Mary
Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Ireland will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The consecration will take place at Knock Shrine, during the annual Novena to Our Lady of Knock.
The Prayer of Consecration will entrust families, homes and the dioceses of Ireland to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and call on her to watch over the young people of Ireland. As the universal Church is currently celebrating a Year of Faith, it is fitting that the Act of Consecration calls to mind the woman of faith par excellence and asks for her prayers for the people of this country.
You may wish to download this prayer of consecration to use yourself or with your family, parish or school.

Prayer for the Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary 15th August 2013