News archive 2009

Year of Vocation invites you to ‘Take Time Out for Holy Week’

PRESS RELEASE
3 April 2009

Year of Vocation invites you to ‘Take Time Out for Holy Week’

‘Take Time Out for Holy Week’ is the title and theme of a one-day event which will be held on Tuesday 7 April next in Ely House, Ely Place in Dublin city.  This event is being hosted by the Year of Vocation, which is an initiative of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
The day begins at 10.30 am and runs until 4.00pm and has been designed to allow people to drop in for coffee at 11.00am and afterwards to take time for prayer, reflection and avail of the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance).  At 12.40pm, 1.10pm and 1.40pm Dr Andrew O’Connell, Communications Director with the Presentation Brothers, will deliver a presentation on the theme Holy Week in a Changed Ireland.
A special Palm Cross made of olive wood and sourced from the Holy Land will be distributed in a special gift pack to all those who attend the event.
The event is open to anyone and has been promoted to those working in the area.  Last Thursday a leaflet advertising ‘Take Time Out for Holy Week’ was dropped into more than 250 banks, offices, shops and houses in and around St Stephen’s Green, Baggot Street, Merrion Square and Hume Street.
Commenting on the initiative Ms Brenda Drumm, Project Manager for the Year of Vocation said, “The Year of Vocation aims to both encourage and provide opportunities for people to take time out, in a faith context, to reflect on their particular vocation, or calling, in life.  Our ‘Time Out’ day next Tuesday is designed to allow people to drop in for a few minutes so that they can pray and have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation .  There will be three different opportunities to hear the presentation Holy Week in a Changed Ireland by Dr Andrew O’Connell, which promises to be thought provoking.”
Trócaire’s special exhibition for of their 2009 Lenten Campaign will be available as part of this ‘Take Time Out for Holy Week’ event.  Veritas Publications will also be in attendance offering a selection of Holy Week and Easter books and materials for sale.
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Notes to Editors
  • The Year of Vocation was launched by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, on Vocations Sunday 13 April 2008 and runs until Vocations Sunday 3 May 2009.  The aim of the Year of Vocation is to raise awareness of the common vocation that we share through baptism as expressed through witness, love and service.
  • Each month the Year of Vocation focuses on a different theme.  Themes have included marriage, pilgrimage, young people and priesthood, Religious Life and how our personal vocation in life can be fulfilled in order to best contribute to the common good.
  • Further information on the Year of Vocation is available on www.yourvocation.ie
Further information:
Martin Long, Director of Communications 086 172 7678
Brenda Drumm, Communications Officer 087 233 7797

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