Getting to the Heart of the Matter

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October Talks Series | Saturday 13th October | 10am – 1pm

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Reading Scripture at Mass with Angela Harding

Angela Harding had a lot more people than were expected at a Reader’s workshop in Gardiner Street last Saturday. More than twenty church readers turned up from inside and outside the parish. So she didn’t get a chance to work with everyone individually, but she did manage to bring clarity and life to their reading.

Some simple techniques helped get to the heart of the matter (as the workshop was called).  For instance, after reading the text, stand back and say in your own words what the text said to you.  And then read that meaning out of the text when you stand up at Mass.  Like Shakespeare’s plays, Sacred Scripture is an ancient text and we have to approach it carefully and slowly so that it makes sense to us in 2018. Vocal warm-ups really help the reader before Mass and reading the text well beforehand.

The morning began with an exercise in Lectio Divina on the Sunday Gospel followed by a discussion in small groups of what the text meant for people:

Above all, Angela communicated the love of the written word and the power it has to move and touch hearts.  The morning finished with a flourish as we read one of Yeat’s glorious poems. Here’s a challenge for you: read The Song of the Wandering Aengus aloud and see how it makes you feel!

The Song of Wandering Aengus
By William Butler Yeats

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.


Dates for your Diary….

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Next Week

Saturday 20th October | 10am – 1pm
The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis with Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: is the “Synodal” Church the missing piece of the jigsaw?

Saturday 20th October 10am-1pm

Following the Pope’s visit you may well ask

· Where do we go from here?

· What future is there for the Catholic Church in 21st Century Ireland?

Part of the answer may come in the “synodal church” proposed by Pope Francis.

Jesuit priest Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon will:

· explain what Pope Francis is proposing and..

· offer texts for reflection and discussion in groups. 

In this workshop we may

· glimpse what the future may be and perhaps..

· hear the call to set it in motion.

Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

Gerry O’Hanlon is a Jesuit priest, theologian and former Provincial of the Irish Jesuits, He has taught for many years at the Milltown Institute and worked at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice where he has written extensively on church reform. He is adjunct Professor of theology in the Loyola Institute at Trinity College Dublin.

What can I expect?

The morning begins with solid input from our speaker followed by coffee and then a chance to deepen a question or a text in small groups and finally discuss our findings in the big group before a simple soup & sandwiches lunch for those who wish it.

A voluntary contribution is requested.

Further info at: 01 836 3411 or www.gardinerstparish.ie

What can I expect?

 


The Art of Spiritual Discernment: Recognising God’s time-table in our Culture of Zapping

Saturday 27th October 10am-1pm

When asked what element of Ignatian Spirituality helped him to live out his ministry, Pope Francis replied ‘discernment’.

At the heart of ‘discernment’ is

· the search for ‘God’s point of view’

At important moments St Ignatius trusts that:

· God doesn’t just leave us to our own devices

· God invites us to ask for the help of the Holy Spirit

We are seeking out the working of God’s grace in a community

In this workshop Fr. Brendan explains the principles of discernment that Pope Francis is encouraging us to practice and offers some case studies to help us make it concrete.

Fr Brendan Comerford SJ

After starting a career in teaching Fr. Brendan entered the Jesuits in 1980 and has exercised a variety of ministries including being Novice Director, Spiritual teacher and companion.  He is currently based at Manresa Centre of Spirituality, Dollymount, Dublin.

What can I expect?

The morning begins with solid input from our speaker followed by coffee and then a chance to deepen a question or a text in small groups and finally discuss our findings in the big group before a simple soup & sandwiches lunch for those who wish it.

A voluntary contribution is requested.

Further info at: 01 836 3411 or www.gardinerstparish.ie

 


 

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BROCHURE DISCERNMENT WITH BRENDAN COMERFORD

BROCHURE READING WITH ANGELA HARDING

BROCHURE REVOLUTION WITH GERRY O’HANLON

BROCHURE SCRIPTURE WITH JESSIE ROGERS