Enthronement of Mary as Queen in the home
Online Book Club and Library
Join one of our friendly online book clubs, reading some Christian classics. Monthly meetings for different groups. If you’re interested in joining one of these groups please do contact us.
We also have a modest lending library with many classics, Lives of Saints and a good collection of books of theological interest—some to borrow, others for reference only. Contact us for further information.
NIGHTS OF ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
“Come let us adore Him!” Over the last year we have proposed Nights of Adoration in the chapel here in Siol Dochais whenever possible. Please contact us if you would like to be informed when they are happening. You are welcome to come and join us for these vigils and perhaps sign up for an hour on the rota through the night if you are in the vicinity of Galway.
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24: 32). The two disciples on the road to Emmaus meet Jesus and speak of their meeting in these terms. In our own times, many people have discovered the love of Jesus – are newly converted or have come to a deeper intimacy with the Lord and appreciation of their faith - and they long to know Jesus more deeply. They are interested in learning how to approach Scripture, how to read and interpret the sacred texts. We propose a study programme called Unlocking the Mystery of The Bible: A Quick Journey Through Salvation History, often referred to as ‘The Bible Timeline’, produced by Ascension Press which involves DVD, discussion, study over 8 sessions. We are intending to run this course, beginning again in January 2024. Please contact us for more information about these and other Scripture Studies.
We are involved in several faith formation programmes. Amongst these are the Sycamore Course, which is parish based and was developed initially for those wanting to find out more about the Catholic faith. Other initiatives include study of The Catechism of the Catholic Church and Youcat, the teen friendly version of the Catechism – gathering together for this purpose in small groups and encouraging other catechists and the formation of other study groups. It has also been a joy to accompany those preparing to receive the Sacraments – both catechumens and young people preparing for Confirmation.
PARISH ACTIVITIES AND OTHER...
We participate in life at the Dominican parish of St Mary’s, the Claddagh, Galway and serve where needed in ministries such as bringing Holy Communion to the sick and housebound as well as supporting other parish initiatives. One such initiative has been the creation of a ‘Sunday School’, using the Come Follow Me programme, which introduces children to prayer and scripture, bringing them into an encounter with Jesus and teaching them the tenets of the Catholic faith. It takes place on a fortnightly basis from 10.45 to 11.45. If you wish to know more or to enrol your child please contact us.
We also facilitate a weekly adult Catechism study group in Mary Immaculate Queen parish in Barna and on the last Sunday of the month, a Lectio Divina (prayerful reading and contemplating of Scripture) also in Mary Immaculate Queen parish, Barna.
We continue to be involved in the Legion of Mary, especially through work in the Regina Coeli hostel for homeless women in Dublin and we work with our local SVP, providing help with English language classes for migrants with little or no English, who experience isolation, helping them to improve language skills and integrate into their local community.