Parish Evenings & Retreats

St Kieran’s College is to be the new home of the much-loved parish evenings that to date had been facilitated by the sisters at Peace-in-Christ. To make possible this development and to continue the wonderful tradition already well established by the sisters a new retreat team has been formed.  The new team will make full use of the College Chapel, the grounds and the wonderful facilities at St Kieran’s to make people feel at home as they gather to pray, reflect and meet each other in a spirit of friendship.

With a new home found and new leadership team established the task of choosing a theme for the parish evenings for the coming year came into sharp focus. Fortunately they did not have to look to far. Almost immediately Pope Francis came to the rescue! Earlier this year he announced that beginning on the 8th December 2015 (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) and ending on the 20th November 2016, (Feast of Christ the King), a Jubilee Year of Mercy would be held to focus on the compassionate mercy of God. Launching this Holy Year the Pope reflected

“in this Jubilee year, let us allow god to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. the Church feels the urgent need to proclaim god’s mercy. Her life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy. she knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hopes and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the great mystery of god’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ”.

As a response to Pope Francis’ initiative the new retreat team have prepared a programme of prayer and reflection incorporating a celebration of reconciliation and the eucharist for the parish evening. It is their hope that that these parish evenings at St Kieran’s College will “Let us allow God to surprise us”, a God who “never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us”.

The parish retreat evenings will commence in early December. For bookings please contact the Faith Development Office @ 056-7753624 or afd@ossory.ie