Launching of the Ignatian Year in the Irish Jesuit Province
On Thursday 20th of May, the Society of Jesus launched the Ignatian Year 2021/2022 in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit Order.
On the 20th of May 1521 Ignatius had his legs seriously wounded by a cannonball while defending Pamplona. This event marked the beginning of a pathway of conversion for Ignatius. From Jesuit Headquarters in Rome to every Jesuit Province throughout the world, all the members and friends of the Society of Jesus remembered this turning point in Ignatius’ life with and Eucharistic celebration, opening a year dedicated to reflect on conversion with a wide range of events and activities.
In the Irish Jesuit Province the Ignatian Year was launched with a Mass presided over by Archbishop Dermot Farrell. Fr. Leonard Moloney SJ, Irish Jesuits Provincial, gave a homily highlighting the milestones in the pathway of Ignatius’ conversion since its starting point in Pamplona.
It was a happy coincidence that on the 10th of May the Church opened for public worship, so we could celebrate the launching Mass with congregation. Although it was not a full Church, as we would have liked, we were glad to welcome a good number of people in the Church.
Many other events and activities will take place throughout this Ignatian Year. Next on the schedule is the Novena of the Sacred Heart, which will focus on the theme of conversion.
Novena of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 2021
“For where your treasure is,
your heart will be also.”
Mt. 6, 21
This year the traditional Novena of the Sacred Heart begins on Thursday 3rd of June. There will be two daily Masses (11.00 am and 7.30 pm).
The Novena will focus on three moments in the conversion of St. Ignatius: Pamplona Devastation, Loyola Recuperation and Manresa Reorientation. Our preachers this year will be : Sr. Aileen Murphy RLR, Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ, and Ms. Carol Barry
Under current restrictions, we can only accommodate 85 people in the Church (Main Church and Ignatian Chapel) so booking a place will be necessary for attending the Masses. All the masses will be live streamed.
Bookings open as follows:
· From Monday 24th May (afternoon) for the first three days of the Novena (3rd, 4th and 5th June)
· From Friday 29th May for the second three days of the Novena (6th,7th and 8th June)
· From Tuesday 1st June: Bookings for the last three days of the Novena (9th, 10th and 11th June)
Please Book online through our website (www.gardinerstparish.ie) or visit the Parish Office (Opening hours Mon-Fri 9.30- 5.00. Sat & Sun 10.00-2.00