October Talks Series

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October Talks Series 2018

CHURCH OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER, GARDINER STREET

Saturday 6th October
The Stories that Jesus Loved with   Jessie Rogers
Saturday 13th October
Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Reading Scripture at Mass with Angela Harding
Saturday 20th October
The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis with Gerry O’Hanlon SJ
Saturday 27th October
The Art of Spiritual Discernment with Brendan Comerford SJ

The Stories that Jesus Loved: A morning on Scripture with Jessie Rogers

Saturday 6th October 10am-1pm

Many people think of the Old Testament as foreign and strange, even full of judgment and violence.

But the Old Testament, with its stories like:

· David and Goliath

· Jonah and the great fish

· Noah’s Ark and

· Moses leading the people across the Sea

was the Bible that Jesus heard and loved.

These were the stories that shaped Jesus’ imagination and that helped him to discover who he was and what work God his Father was calling him to do.  

In this workshop we will listen to some of the stories and the songs that Jesus would have listened to growing up. In them we will discover the compassionate God who:

· takes on the powerful to save the poor

· the God who hates religious hypocrisy and who works in surprising ways.

Jessie Rogers

Jessie Rogers teaches Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, she is a “Godly Play” trainer, trained in Ignatian spirituality and lives with her husband and three daughters in County Limerick.

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

 


Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Reading Scripture at Mass with Angela Harding

Saturday 13th October 10am-1pm

· Bring fresh life to your reading at Mass and to your listeners.

· Practice simple warm-ups and exercises.

· Explore the meaning and feelings behind the text.

· Find your own interpretation of the text and project it with confidence.

· Discover confidence in speaking and response to imagery.

Be true to the instinct of the moment, feel something in the language and make the word active

Angela will use the techniques developed by Cicely Berry (Royal Shakespeare Company) to help readers bring the word alive.

Angela Harding

Angela Harding is a professional Actress and a qualified speech and drama teacher and has worked in both areas for many years. She is most well-known for her role as Mary in RTE’s period drama Strumpet City.

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

 

 


 

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

 

 


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