Thinking outside the chocolate box!
What gift will you bring to your loved one this Valentine’s Day?
How about a gift of your time and attention?
This initiative is inspired by The Joy of Love, a letter from Pope Francis to the world, where he emphasises the fundamental importance of time together and personal communication as foundations for a love that lasts.
So instead of buying a gift for each other, couples commit to time together – a meal, a walk, a remembrance of how we met, and so on.
Given that St. Valentine’s day falls this year on Ash Wednesday this is a good year to think outside the chocolate box!
Watch out for the gift tokens at the local church and in a variety of local shops, or download them here https://amoris.ie/valentines
Our St Valentine’s Day Tokens:
1 – A journey down memory lane – taking time to remember how we met
2 – A special meal cooked by me
3 – A technology free evening together
4 – Time together to pray
5 – A hand-in-hand walk together
6 – Loads of tender hugs
7 – A family outing
8 – Praying you find that special someone
The Family Mass will take place on Saturday, 27th January at 8.00 p.m. in Rathdrum Church. Children who are receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion are welcome to attend.
For couples who are planning their marriage in 2018, Accord will be running a Pre-Marriage Course in Aras Lorcáin (beside the Catholic Church) in Arklow on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April 2018. For further details, contact Accord at 01.4784400 or email email@example.com
The rosary will be recited at the Famine Graveyard every first Saturday of the month at 10.00 am.
In the parish church, there is exposition of the blessed sacrament following morning mass on the first Friday of each month. Please add your name to the list in the church if you wish to participate in contemplation and adoration. The exposition of the blessed sacrament is followed by benediction at 4pm.
World Meeting of Families. Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. In 2018, the WMOF will take place in Ireland.
The next meeting to discuss WMOF 2018, will be held in Rathdrum parish office at 11.00 am on Saturday, 3rd March 2018 (tea/coffee from 10.45am).
The aim of the meeting is to see what part Rathdrum parish can play in this international event, set to be held in Ireland in 2018.
EVERYBODY WELCOME! There is a special invitation to any of our younger parishioners who are currently under-represented on our committees.
See http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie for further information.
8.00 pm on Monday, 5th February 2018 in the Parochial House.
In the parish church, benediction takes place at 4.00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, following the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.