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Mindfulness Day:  Dr. Anne F. O’Reilly

Saturday, 3 May, 10.30 am – 4.30 pm

An opportunity to spend a day mindfully in a beautiful environment with a community of like-minded people.  During the day   participants will be invited and guided to deepen their experience of different mindful practices that encourage us to pay attention, to become aware of breath, and to be in stillness and non-judging presence.  Sitting and walking meditation and gentle awareness exercises will nurture our sense of interconnectedness and help to develop a path towards mindful living.

Cost:  €65   Deposit: €30     Booking essential 

Something for May – Sources of Marian Devotion:  Vivienne Keely chf

Dates: 3 evenings, Mondays  5, 12, 19 May from 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm  or Shortened Course, Saturday 10 May, 10.00 to 1.00pm with coffee break

The first prayer most of us learned in childhood was the Hail Mary and our earliest known stories from the bible featured Mary, but how did devotion to Mary take shape?  With the help of visual arts and architecture we trace the principal themes and sources of our Marian prayers and devotion:  Mary as Virgin; Mother and Queen; Protector and Intercessor.  We consider the relationship between those who commissioned the works of art, those who produced them and the Christian communities in which they were received.  The course will conclude with a visual tour of the great Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres with its sumptuous stained glass and shrines in honour of Mary.

Cost: €10 per session or €25 for three sessions.  Shortened Course €15   Booking essential

An Approach to Spirituality through Poetry, Music and Art:  Gemma Gilroy chf

Dates:  3 Tuesdays,  6, 13, and 20 May, 3.00 – 4.30 pm including a break for tea/coffee.

Poems which explore God’s action in our world will be the starting point for reading the work of some of the greatest poets in the English language.  These will include a selection of poems from the Middle Ages up to the present day.  Music and Art will be used to illustrate the poems as appropriate.  It is the main object of this short introduction to encourage individuals to learn to read the poems for themselves and poems will be selected with this in mind.  Poetry is for everyone, even the difficult stuff!

Cost:  €20 for three sessions            Booking essential                             Maximum number:  10-15