13/1/17 Workshops, Gareth Byrne, ACE, Love and Friendship ....
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I'm giving a few courses in February which I hope will be of interest : 
*Thurs 2 Feb: 'Improve Your Powerpoints 1', Navan Education Centre, 5-7 pm, Book with Breda at the centre Tel: 046 9067040 | Fax: 046 9067065 | Email:
*Thurs 9 Feb: Religious Themes in TV Drama (emphasis on Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle themes). Laois Education Centre 5-7 pm.
*Thurs 16 Feb: 'Improve Your Powerpoints 2', Blackrock Education Centre 5-7.30 pm.
On the blog I've been reviewing the film Love and Friendship - based on Jane Austen's Lady Susan. 
Next Friday 20th  sees the first ACE gathering of the New Year - Newman Church St Stephen's Green at 7 pm...Mass, music, chat, food and a good welcome! ACE is the Alliance for Catholic Education, an outreach of Notre Dame University. 

New Book
Love One Another As I Have Loved You is a book of prayers, meditations and reflections compiled by Gareth Byrne in response to the publication of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’. This collection includes reflective pieces on family, friendship and community and invites readers to take time in the healing presence of Jesus, opening themselves to the Spirit of God’s love at work in their lives and in their relationships. The book includes poetry and art work. More information from Veritas here.

New Year Liturgy Seminar
This seminar will take place on Sat 28 Jan in Clonliffe College 9.30 am to 1 pm. For more details 01 8087554, or email. Among the workshops is this one ' How Can I Keep From Singing?' Ciaran Coll, Director of the OLV Gospel Choir and Music and Religion Teacher in St. Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Glasnevin will present a practical workshop using uplifting and soulful Gospel music. This would suit groups starting out to explore this genre of liturgical music or those looking to add to their repertoire.

The Encounter
This event for young adults takes place on Fri 20 Jan at St Paul's Church Arran Quay, and will feature contemporary Christian artist, Cormac Buckley & band, and inspirational guest speaker, Keith Kelly for a evening of music, reflective prayer, pizza and refreshments. FREE EVENT. Contact for more info: 


This year's Emmanuel concerts will take place in the Helix, Dublin 9 Mon 6th March to Thurs 9th March, 7.30 pm each night. Emmanuel is the schools' liturgical music programme for Dublin Diocese. Check out the 'Updates' section on the liturgical music section of the diocesan website... click here.

Come to the Laudate Festival and join in an evening of music and reflection in Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road - Tuesday 31 January at 7.00 p.m. or in the Church of St. Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud - Wednesday 1 February at 7.00 p.m. This is a pilot project of the Education Secretariat and the Liturgy Resource Centre which brings together children from 21 Primary Schools of the Archdiocese to sing a shared repertoire of liturgical music and to mark Catholic Schools Week 2017. The Massed Choirs will be directed by Caroline Cutliffe in OLV, and Orla Barry in Kilmacud. All are invited to join in the singing and the prayer with these young people – entry is free.

Return of Hugh O'Flaherty Play
The play God Has No Country tells the story of Monsignor High O'Flaherty from Kerry who saved countless people on the run from the Nazis in Rome during World War 2. Written and acted by Donal Courtney it will return to Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 from Wed 18th to Sat 21st Jan, and to the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin, Fri 27th and Sat 28th Jan. Bookings: Smock AlleyMill Theatre. The play has its own website also - click here.


Resources of the Week

Website exploring the artistic, architectural, and cultural aspects of UK churches. Useful for studying 'places of religious significance' and the interface of arts and faith generally.

Song of joy, 'Joy of the Lord', from Rend Collective..acoustic version, with lyrics clear!

For those still covering Epiphany themes...modern version of the Wise Men...from BBC's Liverpool Nativity, including Lady Madonna!

New book 'Love One Another As I Have Loved You' by Gareth Byrne .. prayers and reflections on love and family. Includes poetry and artwork. Link is to Veritas site where's there's a 'Look Inside' facility.


Father Brown 
RTE 1 Sat 14 Jan 11:05 am
"Lair Of The Libertines, The" Marooned in the country Father Brown, Lady Felicia and Mrs McCarthy come across the Hotel Cuba where the exotic Madame Chania is organizing a weekend of hedonism for three wealthy playboys. Two prostitutes are expected but one is found dead and soon the guests are being murdered. Series 3  Episode 8  

FILM: On the Waterfront.
BBC 2 Sat 14 Jan 10:40 pm
 (1954) Multi-Oscar-winning story of an ex-boxer, who learns about responsibility through his love for the sister of a murdered docker. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Starring Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J Cobb, Rod Steiner, Pat Henning. Dir: Elia Kazan. 

Songs of Praise
BBC 1 Sun 15 Jan 4:30 pm
 Lewis. Days before Donald Trump enters the White House as president, we find out about his family connections to the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides.

be3 Sun 15 Jan 6 pm
Father Peter Clifford arrives from England, transferred from Manchester to the small, remote Irish village of Ballykissangel. The first person he meets is Assumpta Fitzgerald, the landlady and publican at Fitzgerald's, who hints that he will be unwelcome there. Off to a challenging start, he tries to get acquainted with the quirks of his congregation. Niamh Quigley, daughter of wealthy town businessman Brian Quigley, has a questionable scheme to discover whether her boyfriend Ambrose, the village Garda (policeman), will make a good husband. Also, Brian has ordered for the church a deluxe automated confessional, complete with air conditioning and fax machine, which proves very awkward. Fr Clifford panics at not having a vehicle to visit his parishioners in remote locations. He is also uncomfortable with Father Frank MacAnally (Fr Mac), his regional superior.

EWTN Mon 16 Jan 6 am
World-renowned opera star Cecilia Bartoli's voice transports the halls and grounds of the Palace of Versailles as she sings selections from the composer and priest Fr. Agostino Steffani.

Father Brown. 
BBC 1 Mon 16 Jan 1:45 pm
The Theatre of the Invisible. Arthur Bostrom, John Henshaw, Jessica Turner, Jon Glover, Simon Bubb, Mark Williams. Dir: Bob Tomson. Drama series based on the novels of GK Chesterton. When radio quiz Up To You comes to Kembleford, Father Brown suspects that one of the cast is responsible for their landlady's murder. Ser. 5, Ep. 12 

EWTN Fri 20 Jan 7 pm
THE POISON OF SIN - Host Joseph Pearce discusses Shakespeare's hidden meanings in Hamlet's comic scenes; his grasp of Christian philosophy; and the connection between sin and poison as a recurring image in the final part of the play

EWTN Mon (night) 16 Jan 4 am
MUSICAL VISIT TO PRAGUE - Host Diane Bish brings you a sparkling array of classical music from the great churches and cathedrals of Prague.

EWTN Tues 17 Jan 5.30 pm
CARROLL O'CONNOR - Raymond Arroyo's conversation with the late, great TV actor, Carroll O'Connor. He spoke candidly about the loss of his son to drugs, his acclaimed career, his most famous role as Archie Bunker, and how his Catholic faith informed the roles he played.

EWTN Fri 20 Jan 7 pm

THE POISON OF SIN - Host Joseph Pearce discusses Shakespeare's hidden meanings in Hamlet's comic scenes; his grasp of Christian philosophy; and the connection between sin and poison as a recurring image in the final part of the play.

IT Corner
One of the most useful tools, and not that well known I've found, is the Snipping Tool, available on PCs from Windows 7 on. Basically it allows you to take a picture of anything on your screen. You can launch it from the programmes list, then, using mouse or trackpad, draw a rectangle (by default) around the area you wish to capture, and then when prompted save the image to wherever you wish. Another way to do this, but more awkward, is to press the 'Print Screen' button on your keyboard. This puts the current screen as an image on your clipboard. You can then paste the screengrab into Word, or into an image editing programme where you can crop it as required and then save. 

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