Tralee Pastoral Area Launches Lenten Programme Of Events

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Launching the Tralee Pastoral Area Lenten Programme were Fr Tadhg Fitzgerald, Fr Francis Nolan, Fr Pat Crean Lynch, Fr Piotr Delimat, Anne O’Shea Daly, Norma Foley, Fr Niall Geaney, Fr Bernard Healy, Fr Seamus Linnane, Dermot Crowley and Denis Kelliher. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Tralee Pastoral Area, consisting of the parishes of St John’s, Our Lady and St Brendan’s and Spa/Churchill announced a series of Lenten events in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin later this year.

These events, times of prayer and reflection with special guest speakers, will be held in St John’s Church, Castle Street, Tralee and all are invited.

The Lenten series will open on Monday 19th of February at 7.30pm in St John’s with an evening entitled ‘The Christian Vision of the Family.’

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The guest speaker will be Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin. Bishop Doran is a much sought-after speaker and was responsible for organising the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

He serves on the Irish Bishops’ Council for Marriage and the Family and has a wide range of pastoral experience.

The second session, on Monday 26th of February at 7.30pm in St John’s will be entitled ‘Family and Faith’ and will feature Dr Patricia Kieran of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. As an expert in religious education and a mother of young children, Dr Kieran speaks from a wealth of experience and learning which is especially appreciated by parents and educators.

On Monday March 5th at 7.30pm, Fr Francis Nolan and the local branch of ACCORD will be presenting a talk, along with the celebration of Mass and the renewal of wedding vows for married couples.

The theme for the evening is ‘Journeying together in Marriage’ and will be an opportunity for married couples to reflect on the blessing and challenges of married life.

The series will close on Monday March 26th in St John’s at 7.30pm with Maria Garvey of Belfast’s L’Arche Community. Her talk will be entitled ‘Revealing the gifts of people with disabilities in family and community’ and will draw on her experiences with L’Arche where people with intellectual disabilities and those who care for them share a common life.

In addition to these public sessions, the Lenten Programme will also involve work with Tralee’s Secondary Schools led by Jonny Somerville who has extensive experience in work with teenagers and is host of the Irish Scripture Union’s NUA series of videos for young people.

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