As part of this years diocesan Christmas REACH OUT campaign a Liturgy of Hope will be celebrated in every church across the diocese on 3rd December at 8pm.

Liturgy at the recent workshop preparing parishes to celebrate the diocesan Liturgy of Hope on 3rd December 2009

Liturgy of Hope

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As part of this years diocesan Christmas REACH OUT campaign a Liturgy of Hope will be celebrated in every church across the diocese at 8pm on Thursday 3rd December 2009.

In this time of economic hardship and uncertainty this prayer service will offer communities an opportunity to come together in a spirit of hope and solidarity with one another.

Speaking about the liturgy Bishop Jim Moriarty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin said:

‘Each year for the past six years the diocese has had a Christmas gift campaign as part of a Reach Out initiative in the diocese. This year our focus is on reaching out to those who are feeling the effects of the economic winter that we find ourselves in.

We are inviting people right across the diocese to come together on December 3rd in their local parish for a Liturgy of Hope. The message of hope is at the centre of our faith and it can raise our spirits and our hearts up from the worry of these days and remind us that the light of Christ reaches even to the darkest corners of our lives.

“I would like to re-state what I spoke about in my Lenten message earlier – that we need to speak up for measures designed to enable families to keep their homes. Again what is needed here is a set of long‐term solutions and not just a temporary deferral.”

We believe that our shared prayer on December 3rd can remind us that together we are stronger, that there is a future for each and every one of us and that in days to come all will be well.

The Liturgy of Hope is a prayer service which will include readings, reflections, prayers and song. It is expected that the liturgy will take approximately 45 minutes.

In recent years the parishes of the diocese have distributed a Christmas gift. The gift this year is a fridge magnet, upon which is printed an excerpt from a letter of St. Paul

Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried.
Nothing can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Jesus Christ
(Romans 8)

This text is at the heart of our Liturgy of Hope and will be proclaimed during the liturgy.

This liturgy is a prayer service which will include readings, reflections, prayers and song. It is expected that the liturgy will take approximately 45 minutes. The prayer has been prepared by a diocesan appointed group, with the understanding that any necessary adaptations to the prayer can be made by a locally appointed preparation group in each parish.

Christmas REACH OUT gift

At the end of the Liturgy of Hope people will be invited to take a Christmas gift envelope. The Christmas gift envelopes will also be distributed at Masses in the diocese on the weekend of 6 and 7 December.

This years envelope contains the magnet as well as a Christmas card. The card contains a message from Bishop Moriarty and a prayer for families to pray together before their Christmas meal.

All the content of this years Christmas gift has been sourced within the diocese, supporting the local economy in difficult times.

REACH OUT campaign

The Reach Out initiative began in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin in November 2004.

The priorities for the campaign were based on the results of a consultation carried out in all parishes in the diocese. This consultation revealed that people wanted the diocese to be pro-active, especially in reaching out to young people, newcomers and to those who do not regularly attend church services.

Each year 45,000 gifts have been distributed from our churches to homes across the diocese and beyond.