There was Evening Prayer in The Church of The Holy Family, Kiltimagh on Monday December 4th. This was to gather people around the Icon for World Meeting of Families 2018 which currently is in our diocese. Kiltimagh, chosen because of its Church’s name, is the first of three locations in the diocese that will host the Icon and invite people to gather in prayer. The other centres are The Father Peyton Centre (Parish of Attymass) and Ballymote.
Fr Michael Quinn, Parish Priest of Kiltimagh led the Liturgy and welcome all who had gathered to spend some time in prayer in the presence of the Icon. Fr Gerry Davey, of the WMOF 2018 Diocesan Committee spoke of the “writing” of the Icon and shared some reflections around its meaning.
There was a representative gathering from the six parishes of St Joseph’s Cluster (Bohola, Carracastle, Charlestown, Kilmovee, Kiltimagh and Swinford) and prayers of intercession were offered by parishioners from these parishes. Three priests read three Gospel passages, drawn from the story told in the Icon; The finding of the child Jesus in the temple, the raising of the daughter of Jairus and the wedding feast of Cana.
Fr Stephen O’Mahony shared a reflection for the evening that might be worth taking a look at. The words are very meaningful and have certainly the potential to lead us along a path of choosing what is best for others and ourselves.
Spirit of the living God,
Help me to be positive in everything I do
In everything I say
In everything I think and feel and imagine.
Where there is beauty, let me sing
Where there is goodness, let me praise
Where there is wisdom, let me listen
Where there is courage, let me affirm
Where there is wonder, let me be in awe.
Where there is loneliness, may I be present
Where there is suffering, may I weep
Where there is wrong, may I speak out
Where there is possibility, may I respond.
All praise to you, 0 God of infinite beauty and goodness
All praise to you, 0 God of infinite wisdom and wonder
All praise to you, 0 God.
Your boundless compassion for us in Christ Jesus
Has made this life such a positive, hope-filled experience.
May we live each day
with your spirit of grace and generosity.