Tapestry of Death & New Life
Introduction / Background
Last year three popular Irish biblical scholars, Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA, Jessie Rogers and Sean Goan formed the Tarsus Scripture School (www.tarsus.ie) to support women and men like ourselves grow in our Catholic faith.
They are currently (February 2021) developing a series of nine half-hour lectures, a Holy Week webinar and an Easter Week meditation to which they have given the title “Weaving the Tapestry of Death and New Life”.
All nine lectures, which will be supported by slide presentations, will be available to view online from the end of the second week of Lent and through these, the Holy Week webinar and Easter Week meditation, participants will be afforded a unique opportunity to enter the spirit of Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
The cost to each participant will be €30.oo (to support Fr. Kieran, Jessie and Sean recover their costs and invest in future outreach initiatives).
The Approach Being Taken
Fr. Kieran, Jessie and Sean have decided to draw on a small number of scripture readings that we are accustomed to hearing during Holy Week and Easter. Jessie’s three half-hour lectures will draw on the riches of Isaiah, chapters 40 – 55 (identified in some bibles as ‘The Book of Consolation’); Sean’s, on the Gospel of John, chapters 18 to 20; and Fr. Kieran’s on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, chapters 5 to 8. All will be probing how God is speaking to us through them, drawing on the riches of biblical scholarship, their ‘read’ on life today, what has emerged for them in praying with the texts and the centrality of the resurrection to our Christian faith.
Our Piggyback Venture
A few members of our network have queried if we might piggyback this venture by complementing it with some Zoom conversations during the third, fourth and fifth week of Lent (before Holy Week) and during the second, third and fourth week of Easter (the weeks following Easter Week).
Members of a neighbouring network, the Elphin Diocese’s Adult Faith Formation network, have had a similar thought! This is good news for us as they are open to a joint venture and their network includes Fr. Noel Rooney, the Elphin Diocese’s biblical scholar and parish priest of St. Joseph’s & Calry parish in Sligo. Fr. Noel has indicated that he would be happy to participate, as circumstance allows, and to research any biblical questions that might emerge to which he does not have an answer.
Fr. Kieran, Jessie and Sean have indicated that they would be delighted if we adopted this approach and Fr. Kieran is happy to be a link with us throughout the Lenten and Easter seasons.
Next Step – Information Meeting
If this webpage has perked your curiosity or interest we invite you to join us for a short information meeting via Zoom as follows:
Tuesday 2nd March, 8 – 8.30 pm
Meeting ID: 8761715260
If you know already that you would be happy to proceed we encourage you to register for the programme via the Tarsus Scripture School web site (www.tarsus.ie) and to contact Justin Harkin via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mobile (087 6171526) to indicate your interest in participating in the six weekly conversations mentioned above. The proposed time and dates for these is as follows:
Tuesdays, 8 – 8.40 pm, 9th, 16th & 23rd March.
Tuesdays, 8 – 8.40 pm, 13th, 20th & 27th April.
All conversations will be facilitated and will begin and conclude with moments of scripture based prayer.
Meeting ID: 8761715260
There will be no charge for participation in these meetings and we will agree in advance what lectures / inputs from Fr. Kieran, Jessie and Sean we will discuss.
Please contact Justin (email@example.com / 087 6171526).