Eco Congergation

National Holy Wells Day will be held on June 17th.

 
There are around 3,000 Holy Wells in Ireland. Since early Christian times these have been seen as places of prayer and healing.  There is a deep belief in this country
of the sacredness of water. It is reflected in the tradition of Holy Wells.  
A new initiative is National Holy Wells Day which will be marked on June 17th.



Here in Tuam we plan to mark National Holy Wells day with a special Ecumenical Service at the Abbeytrinity well on Saturday evening June 16th at approx. 7.00 p.m. just after the 6.00 pm. evening Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption. 
The service will take place at the grounds close to the Abbeytrinity Well.
This is a joint venture between Tuam Tidy Towns, Eco Congregation
and the Pastoral Council. 
Teas and Coffees will be available at the Synod Hall of
St. Mary’s Cathedral after the Service.  
 
 
 
Tuam Eco congregation
were delighted to support Tuam Tidy Towns Annual event
which showcases their projects and plans for the year.
These include projects in the areas of Heritage, History and Environment. 
This year's environment area focused on the Nanny river which flows through the town. 
Local authority officer Catherine Seal led a walk along the river,
describing  habitat, flora and fauna. 
Special attention was given to the invertebrates living in the river.
A beautifully designed sign featuring birds,insects and plants
of Natural River Habitat was officially unveiled by Minister Sean Kyne. 
Michael Waldron of Tuam Tidy Towns pointed out the loss of many of our insects in the last 25 years due to phosphates in the water, mostly from washing powder.
He urged we check and eliminate the use of those brands
which contribute to the problem. 
A marquee in the park featured  Buzzing in the Park,
an information and visual display by Galway Bee keepers
emphasizing the need to protect our pollinators.
Information and display of bee friendly plants accompanied this.
Children enjoyed a pollinator treasure hunt.
Other stands provided information on water conservation
and recycling household items by Galway Co. Co.
An informative talk and display on Swift conservation,
which is one of our birds under threat, was given by Linda Huxley.
This environmental project along with the interesting talks on
the history and conservation of buildings, provided a wonderful day
Enjoyed in sunshine.
Tuam Tidy Towns are an integral part of our Eco congregation
and deserve every credit for this and all their work throughout the year.

 

COP21 Climate talks

The 21st session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change (COP21), takes place in Paris from November 30th to December 12th.

At this conference 195 groups and countries will gather to try to successfully reach a legally binding, fair and sustainable programme for reducing carbon emissions which is vital to keep Global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius and secure the future of much of our Planet.

This is seen as a crucial meeting as scientists now agree that while the global climate can change slightly from time to time, the current changes and the speed with which they are happening are of man made origin.

Experts agree that a change of 4 degrees could possibly be fatal for life on earth as we know it.

We ask all to pray for the success of the talks.

 

 

COP21 Prayer

 

Lord guide the leaders at the COP21 Climate Change Conference to come to an agreement

that will secure the future of our Environment.

Help each of us to be mindful in our use of the Earth’s resources that we

may be good stewards of Your Creation.

Amen.

 

A Presentation on Climate Change

will be given in the Parish Centre

On Wednesday 9th December at 8.00 pm.

by Emer Cosgrove. All welcome.

 

 

Eco Congregation Tuam Parish

Eco Congregation Ireland is a project initiated by the Church in Society Forum – a standing committee of the Irish Inter-Church Meeting.

It encourages churches of all denominations to take an ‘eco approach’ to worship, lifestyle, property and finance management, community outreach and contact with the developing world.

It encourages all to celebrate the gift of God’s Creation, to recognise the inter-dependence of all creation and to care for it in through their lifestyle choices.

It asks all to reflect on the beauty of God’s world, to pray for our wounded planet and the people in the parts of the world already affected by climate change.

It encourages taking practical steps which can prevent further damage to the Environment for all creatures and our own future generations.

Tuam Parish joined the Eco Congregation movement in 2013. Since then the Tuam group have organised events, walks, talks and prayer and reflection services which focus on the gift of God’s Creation and our responsibilities towards it’s protection.

Pope Francis’ recent Encylical ‘Laudato si’ on the Environment and Climate Change is proving to be a best seller world-wide.

We encourage everyone to read it either in book form, (available from Veritas and at the Knock Shrine bookshop) or on the Vatican website www.vatican.va

     

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