A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF YOUNG WOMEN WRITING REAL LIFE STORIES ABOUT OUR WALK WITH CHRIST
The Lovely Commission is a collective of bloggers that share stories to inspire and encourage each other in our walks with Christ.
Here are some useful resources in support of faith filled family life.
Nazareth Family Institute provides courses for Pre-Marriage Preparation, Marriage Enrichment, and Parenting. Our most common course is the Pre-Marriage Preparation Course, designed for any couple planning marriage and a Catholic Church wedding (who are therefore required to attend an appropriate marriage preparation course.) Inter-Church couples are also accommodated and welcome to attend the course.
We also offer one on one marriage preparation courses, and we offer marriage renewal and healing sessions for married couples on a one to one basis. See “NFI Services” page below for more details.
About UCO Dublin
UCO Dublin seeks to support and encourage young people who are looking for faith, who have faith and/ or are simply asking some of life’s biggest and most interesting questions. We run a series of events throughout the year, talks, workshops, worship nights, social nights and much more. It’s a great way to make new friends, have a laugh and relax from the stress of college and work.
UCO Dublin is there to serve as a place where people can come to learn, explore and live out their faith. We worship, we listen and we enjoy time to relax and chill out from a busy week with each other!
Interested? Then please come along on Tuesday evening during UCD term, at 7.30pm at UCD St. Stephen’s Chaplaincy, on visit the Facebook page.
All are welcome.
Youth Reach is a group of young Christians from the ages of 14-18 (2nd-6th year) that meet every Friday night to share and grow together in faith. Each Friday alternates from a Worship, Word, Witness or a Welcome night. These nights involve prayer and praise, games, teachings, small discussion groups, adventurous activities and much more. Click the ‘Activities’ tab to find out a bit more.
If you are between 2nd and 6th year, you are most welcome to join us where you will be pleasantly surprised at how much fun you will have.
Youthreach is currently on summer break. From Friday 21st September 2018, Youthreach shall meet on Friday evenings from 7:30pm- 9:30pm in St. Columbanus Church Centre Loughlinstown.
You are invited to come for Praise and Worship and for up-building sharings and personal testimony at our Community Gathering.
Held on the first Sunday each month, from 14:00 – 15:30pm.
We meet at Johnstown Parish Hall. (Find us on Google Maps)
The full address is:
Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish,
What God Means to Me – Aoife-Marie Buckley
Aoife-Marie, 24, is from Dublin, and is currently amidst a Masters degree in Art History in University College Dublin.
Looking back, I can see numerous traces of God’s hand in my life — sometimes in little nudges, other times with neon lights and great fanfare. I am a stubborn person; sometimes He needs to reshuffle the schedule I’ve boldly made for myself without any consultations with Him. We all have different words for these times of reshuffling, sometimes positive but most of the time negative: transformations, changes, disruptions, upheavals, whatever words you want to use. Usually at that time we cannot see any silver linings, we cannot see the purpose God has for us, and others, in it.
It has been almost four years since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), something that dramatically altered every facet of my life. ‘Chronic pain’ and ‘chronic fatigue’ suddenly became part of my vocabulary; my life up until this point became a distant memory. It was a trying time for myself, my family and my friends. I had grown up the eldest of three children, in a Christian, Catholic, caring and motivating home and had always been creative, energetic and a planner. I cannot recall a ‘crisis moment’ with my faith in God, I had by circumstance accompanied my parents regularly to mass and to different events within an Ecumenical Christian community, called the Community of Nazareth, they were members of. Here I learnt from other parents and peers about the many aspects of faith, prayer, service, commitment to your chosen church, scripture reading and more. Here circumstance became conviction — my understanding of God became deeper, broader and the anchor to drop in those ‘reshuffles’.
I am grateful for the different groups I have encountered such as the Community of Nazareth, Youth2000, and University Christian Outreach (based in University College Dublin), because interactions with them has given me an overarching comprehension of how others live out their faith lives and helped me establish healthy Christian Catholic habits in my life. I have discovered the life-line that is personal daily prayer, scripture full of hope and truth, the beauty of confession and repentance, and the treasure of the Psalms which are amazing aids in any trouble or worry. These habits have been there to help smooth the little upsets, to keep me anchored and help in times of immense uncertainty and change.
Heralding in the new ‘Aoife’ — now featuring fatigue and new daily struggles — sometimes felt like my whole identity was being stripped away. Who was I if I couldn’t study Architecture anymore? Who was I if I couldn’t play the piano? Be with friends? God why are you doing this to me? I felt frustrated, alone, mournful for my past life, and lethargic because I couldn’t ‘do’ much. I felt like it was all a waste — it is safe to say that I felt altogether lost. But God! He had many purposes in my weakness, to teach me about dependence on Him and His plan, not all the plans I make for myself. I had to release the identity I had constructed in my head that was mostly placed in the things I could ‘do’. Stubborn and headstrong, it took me a while to realise this — retrospect really is a gift! God was not, and is not, calling me to do anything, He is reminding me to go to Him. The simplified realisation from this particular ‘reshuffle’: God does not call you to be or do something in particular, He calls you to Himself. He calls you to follow Him.
During this time I found great solace in a familiar story and, through my reshuffled context, gained a deeper personal understanding of it — when Jesus calls the first disciples:
“And he said to them, ‘Come after me and I will make you fishers of people.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:19-20
God prepares you for the journey too, using skills and characteristics unique to you — they did not stop being fishermen, they become more than they could ever imagine, they become fishers of people. Sometimes we may feel like our destiny in God is a cloudy and out-of-focus photo or painting — there are faint etchings that hint at what is beneath the surface but we cannot see the whole picture. Perhaps one of the reasons we cannot see our own future is that it would be thoroughly overwhelming if we saw the problems, struggles and reshuffles we would face all at once and all the joys, celebrations and discoveries that intertwine them. I imagine it would be like receiving the monopoly card ‘proceed to X spot, do not pass ‘go’ and do not collect €200’ — missing out on great opportunities and rewards that come with each part of the journey.
Today, I am thankful for the reshuffles. I can see the good that has come out of them, there are days when it is not as easy to see the good, but I still believe it is there because I can look back and see the good from other times. Over the past four years I have experienced immense change but also immeasurable, and often unexplainable, joy. I could not have written a better script for my life nor imagined one where the situations unfold as delightfully as they have. God to me is the unsurpassable virtuoso script-writer, who never lets the threads fray or become forgotten, but weaves a wholly good and polychromatic story uniquely mine.
First published in “Alive”, June 2018 Edition.
A Life in the Spirit course
The GIFT will be run on Sunday evenings during the Easter Season in 2018 in Loughlinstown.
The Cherith, the Parish Hall of St. Columbanus Parish, Loughlinstown, Drive,
Loughlinstown , Co. Dublin.
Each Sunday night for 6 weeks commencing Sunday 8th April 2018.
For more information:
Call 083 158 2392
Here is a link to the Course Introduction.
I’m Adrian Buckley and I would like to tell you about “the Gift”, a Life in the Spirit Course, taking place in early 2018.
You might ask, what is life in the Spirit about?
Well this is a chance for you to deepen you Christian faith.
While I was a student of Architecture in UCD, a friend invited me to do a course just like this.
At the time, I don’t think I had really got to the point where I had fully discovered my own faith.
I went to mass, perhaps largely resulting from parental influence
partly, almost like an insurance policy, in-case there really was a God up there.
I went along to these seminars almost out of curiosity.
There were several talks, which simply explained Gods love for us, and how Jesus saves us.
I heard about being open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
I received a small booklet with daily scripture passages, which I read over the weeks.
It was quite easy, and it really helped me to understand life, in a new way and to grow.
I don’t think I heard anything that I had not heard before,
but the seminars gave me the opportunity to hear again,
and to take the small step to apply it.
I experienced an immense blessing in my life.
I believe this Life in the Spirit course, is a rare chance for us to come to know Jesus Christ,
the most loving and caring God, who wants only Good things for us.
The Life in the Spirit course I did has been an immense blessing in my life.
I feel very privileged to know Jesus Christ in another way,
and to experience the tremendous peace of living my life in Him.
Why don’t you give God some time additional in the coming year. He will reward you…