Saturday, 16th February 2019
Croí Nua Spirituality Centre, Galway

Is the Irish Church in Terminal Decline?

Yes, says Michael Screene who during the day will explore the signs of hope emerging for the Global and Irish Church.

But do you agree? 

And who is / will lead the revival? Clergy, laity or a combined team?
Your views will be welcome.

Facilitator: Michael Screene MSC

Date: January 26th

Time: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Lectio Divina – Connecting Life & Faith

Facilitator: Brendan Clifford

Date: Saturday November 24th

Time: 10.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Croi Nua, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.

Lectio Divina is a way of reading, reflecting and praying with the Bible.  We allow the Bible stories to put us in touch with similar events in our personal lives, in family life, workplace, in church community, society and world – and we come to see God’s presence to be as real in today’s events as in the past events in the Bible. This always surprises us and gives us joy. When we do Lectio Divina with others, it creates a community spirit and inspires us to live our faith with enthusiasm.

No previous experience of reading the Bible is required.

His book on this subject is entitled The Word Seen and Touched: Lectio Divina and human experience.

“Lectio divina brings you into direct contact with the Lord and it opens for you wisdom’s treasure”. Pope Francis

“I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient practice of Lectio divina… If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church – I am convinced of it – a new spiritual springtime”. Pope Benedict XVI                                      
Phone: (091) 520960 or mobile 087 2980564



Introduction to Centering Prayer

 Facilitator: Fionnuala Quinn OP

Date: Saturday November 17th

Time: 10.00 – 3.30 p.m.

Venue: Croi Nua, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.


The introduction will consist of four talks:

  1. Prayer as Relationship
  2. The Method of Centering Prayer

  3. Thoughts and use of the sacred word 

  4. Deepening our relationship with God

You will experience sitting in Centering Prayer and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Sr. Fionnuala Quinn O.P. is founder of Contemplative Outreach Dublin in 2007. She has practised Centering Prayer for the past thirty years.

Phone: (091) 520960 or mobile 087 2980564



Adult Faith for 21st Century

Facilitator: Diarmuid O’Murchu MSC

Based on his book, Adult Faith (2011), Diarmuid will explore the challenges involved today in passing on the faith, not merely to children and teenagers, but also how to respond to the spiritual desires of people at all the different stages of life, and particularly for those in the second half of life.
Other books by Diarmuid include:

“The Meaning and Practice of Faith” (2014), 
“Incarnation: A New Evolutionary Threshold”

Date: Saturday October 13th

Time: 10.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Croi Nua, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway. 

Phone: (091) 520960 or mobile 087 2980564



Three Day Retreat (non-residential)

Fr. Patsy Kelly


Facilitator: Patsy Kelly MSC

Dates: Wednesday June 20th, Thursday June 21st and Friday June 22nd

Time: 10.00 a.m – 4.30 p.m.

Theme – “Come to me all you who are thirsty” (John 7.37)

We will share together the Word of God given to us in the Liturgy for that day and try to deepen our awareness of Christ’s Presence in every aspect of our lives.
Each day will be centered on our Eucharistic celebration which continues to create and proclaim us as the Body of Christ in our world today.

(Tea/coffee will be provided.  Please bring your own sandwiches).

Phone: (091) 520960 or mobile 0872980564. 



Sacred Heart Novena with MSC priests

Venue: Church of the Ressurection, , Galway 
Dates: Thursday 31st May to Friday June 8th
Times: Monday to Friday: 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.
Times: Saturday 2nd June: 9.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.
Times: Sunday 3rd June: 10.30 a.m. 1.00 p.m. and 6.00.p.m.
The Novena consists of: Mass, Talks, Meditations, Prayers and Private Time.
Novena will be lead by Missionaries of the Sacred Heart from the Croi Nua Spirituality Centre, Galway.

Dates: May 31st – June 8th 

Themes & Intention for the Day
Thursday 31st May 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.

 Opening of Novena
The heart of Christ is a symbol of love and compassion. How can we make that heart the centre of family life?

 Friday 1st June 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Compassion, love and kindness is the heart beat of the Christian message. 
Every family where these are found is a Christian family.

 Saturday 2nd June 9.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.

Jesus Mary and Joseph loved each other, but they struggled to understand each other. Mary struggled to understand Jesus.

Sunday 3rd June  10.30 a.m. 1.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.
Feast of Corpus Christi – How, in our family, can we be the body of Christ?

Monday 4th June 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.
Our family is shaped by those who have gone before us. We need to remember, celebrate and forgive those members of our family who have died. 
With Candlelight Service for our dead at 7.30.p.m. 

Tuesday 5th June  9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Day of Forgiveness.  
No family is perfect, we all need to forgive and be forgiven. Forgiveness can bring great joy and freedom!

Wednesday 6th  June 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.
Christian Vision for the Family.
(Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10.00.a.m. to 7.00 p.m.)

Thursday 7th June 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Day of Healing with special HEALING MASS 4.00 p.m. 
To recognise and name the hurts and disappointments of family and to bring Christ’s healing. 

Healing can bring new life and energy to family!

Friday 8th June 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.
Feast of the Sacred Heart
A special feast day to discover the joy of the Good News, our own identity – that we are God’s children and are all part of God’s family.


Taize Prayer around the Cross

An hour of Spirituality and Prayer. 

Date: Good Friday, 30th March.

Time: 8.00 p.m.

Tel. (091)520 960 or mobile 0872980564. 



Retreat in Preparation for Holy Week 


Fr. Charles Sweeney MSC

Facilitator: .

Date: Sunday 25th March (Palm Sunday).

Time: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm

Further Information if required: Croi Nua, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway. 

Phone: (091) 520960 or mobile 087 2980564



Handing on Our Faith in the Home.

To be a parent is to find oneself enrolled in an elite school of Love “ 

Facilitator: Kate Liffey

“The spirituality of family love is made up of thousands of small but real gestures….In that variety of gifts and encounters which deepen communion, God has his dwelling place. This mutual concern “brings together the human and the divine” for it is filled with the love of God.” (AL, 315)

Facing the challenge of handing on the faith is a challenge for parents but also for grandparents, they can play a very powerful role. 
Grandparents, you can be part of this great adventure! 

“To Love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance”.

Kate Liffey is the national director for Catechetics and coordinator of the National Faith Development Team for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. She is the CPSMA’s representative on the NCCA’s Early Childhood and Primary Board and, from this engagement, has coordinated responses to the NCCA’s proposals on Education about Religions and Beliefs and Ethics, and on a redeveloped primary curriculum. She also coordinates the work of the Council for Catechetics working groups on post-primary Religious Education, youth and young adult ministry and a working group on the catechetical implications of Laudato Si’.

Date: Saturday March 24th

Time: 10-4.30 p.m.

Further Information if required: Croi Nua, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway. 

Phone: (091) 520960 or mobile 087 2980564



Two Day Lenten Retreat.

Fr. Patsy Kelly

Two day retreat reflecting on the scripture readings of each day and what it means in my life.

Facilitator: Patsy Kelly MSC. 

Date: 3rd, 4th March

Time:  10.00 – 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Croi Nua, Rosary Lane, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.

Phone: 091-520960 or mobile 087 2980564