Time online: Friday 19 June 2020
- Friday 19 June is the Feast of Sacred Heart and the final night of Novena in Gardiner Street Parish
- Saturday 20 June is UNHCR World Refugee Day. Like the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (27 September 2020), it draws attention to our world’s growing phenomenon of displaced people. Pope Francis has published his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, with a theme of Forced like Jesus Christ to flee.
- Father’s Day on Sunday 21 June is not an ancient commemoration but may be an invitation to look up some Father’s Day Prayers - its also International Day of Yoga…
- Next Tuesday is John’s Eve; you may find something from someone you know in the dúchas.ie collection, where the writings of primary school children 1937–1939 were gathered, recording local customs and traditions.
- Although the text is not fully available in English, summaries of Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home, launched on Thursday 18 June, are available. Produced by a number of Vatican agencies, the book underlines the importance of Laudato Si’ and indicates practical responses even as the UN and WHO recognises that pandemics result from destruction of nature.
- Liturgical, prayer and spiritual resources are listed by the Global Catholic Climate Movement on its site.
- Pope Francis sent a video message to Maritime Personnel and their Families, drawing attention to another group of often-invisible workers whose lives involve risk and sacrifice.
- The Tablet notes that Catholics are brought ‘closer to God’ by Covid–19.
- As we move towards the reopening of churches, National Catholic Reporter asks, will people returning to in-person Mass be more attentive and intentional?
- Let’s not get back to normal, Jesuit General suggests, saying, “I would avoid using the word ‘reconstruction,’ because what we don’t want is to rebuild what was there before. I think we need to go into a phase more about self-critiquing, at the global level, about understanding what the crisis is teaching us.” See Arturo Sosa: Democracy could be among victims of COVID–19.
- The Washington Post reviews Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century by John Loughery and Blythe Randolph. The activist’s “insistence on the dignity of those in need. Loving “the least of these” meant treating each and every individual as the embodiment of God. ” is echoed strongly in the Pope’s message for World Day of Poor.
- A peaceful protester is described by Commonweal Magazine as A Different Kind of Catholic.
- A three-day pilgrimage is offered by the Sanctuary of St Patrick, Lough Derg., 27 – 29 June 2020. When you register to do the pilgrimage you can download the Registration Pack which details the programme and the prayer texts.