Whether you’re new to the college or returning, close to home or studying abroad, you are very welcome to Mary Immaculate College! Our Chaplaincy team is privileged to accompany MIC students on the journey through college. With all its joys and opportunities, college also brings its share of questions and struggles. If you are looking for support, fellowship, or opportunities to share and serve, the Chaplaincy service is here for you.
This full-time service works in close cooperation with other student support services on both the Limerick and Thurles campuses. It is available to students and staff, welcoming those of all faiths and none.
The Chaplaincy service supports students during times of bereavement, illness and during occasions of personal or family upheaval. It is possible to discuss issues of concern in confidence. We also honour students’ joys and celebrations, and do fun things as well in cooperation with the Student’s Union and various societies.
See the Chaplaincy Flyer for 2019-20.
Although it sounds obvious, spiritual accompaniment must lead others ever closer to God, in whom we attain true freedom. One who accompanies others has to realise that each person’s situation before God and their life in grace are mysteries which no one can fully know from without - Pope Francis
MIC Co-Op Students
Joseph Silke and Lisa Barriscale are are third year BA students on work placement who will be assisting the Chaplaincy the Chaplaincy co-op students for the Autumn semester. You can find them in Room T108 in the TARA Building, or reach them on:
T: +353 61 204399
The role of the Chaplaincy service is to provide a supportive and challenging environment that fosters a spirit of inclusiveness on campus: valuing spiritual and cultural diversity and offering a chance to live and think through one's faith. The service networks with other agencies, which promote holistic development and a sense of justice for all.
Fr Wall, provides Roman Catholic religious services in the College Chapel and Mass is celebrated daily during term-time. Arrangements are in place to provide services for non-Catholic students. The Chapel and the Meditation Room (behind the Chapel) are always open to students who wish to pray, reflect or just be in a quiet place. Opportunities for prayer and faith sharing exist for those who wish to avail of them. Father Wall offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at any time upon request.
There is also a symbol free meditation room in G33B, available for prayer to those who desire such a space.
You are welcome to drop into the Chaplaincy Room (T108) at any time. It is a relaxed, comfortable, friendly and social community space. You may come in to socialise, to have a cup of tea or just to meet other students.
MIC Thurles also has a vibrant Liturgy team that organises various Liturgical celebrations during the academic year including programmes for the preparation of Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister and Lector. The beautiful chapel here is open daily and Mass is celebrated at various times of the year.
Chaplain, Fr Joe Walsh, is available on campus on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and some Wednesdays from approximately 11am-2.30pm. He is also available for emergency contact.
Pray + Serve + Connect
The Sacrifice of the Mass is offered in the College Chapel at 1pm Monday-Thursday, and at 8.25am on Friday. To see a list of Masses for special occasions, see the Events tab.
The Chaplaincy Team also works with classes and groups to mark special feasts and occasions. If you are interested in planning a liturgy such as an anniversary Mass, make an initial contact with the Chaplaincy co-op students (Chaplaincy.Team@mic.ul.ie) so that they can work with you.
The Chaplaincy Team serves with head, heart, and hands:
- Providing information through notice boards, and offering liturgical materials and seasonal displays (Jesse tree, Advent calendars and wreaths, the Christmas crib, Lenten and Easter gardens)
- Assisting those in need by networking with local charities and causes
- Participating in events both on and off campus
As well as full-time staff, in each semester two Third Year BA students take up work placements with the Chaplaincy and are based in T108.
We network with various groups within the College, but also cultivate strong bonds with community groups and initiatives.
College connections cultivated include: Health Promotion; departments of Theology & Religious Studies and Learning, Society & Religious Education; catering & household staff; Sports Office; Developing Links group; Medico Humanities Group; Academic Learning Centre; Health and Safety, English/Irish/Geography/Music and History departments; Wired FM; Library, AV/ICT; the Arts Office; Education Office and Student Academic Administration.
Community groups and initiatives supported: One World Awareness Society (including the facilitation of One World Week); Trócaire and Concern fasts; World Earth Day; World Food Day; International Human Rights Day; Ecumenical Women's forum; International Women's Day of Prayer; Women's World Day of Prayer; Seachtain na Gaeilge; Week for Christian Unity.
Photo Caption: His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, commissioned 62 students as extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and 3 students as Ministers of the Word, at a ceremony in the College Chapel on Monday, 30 April. The first recipient ever to be commissioned by a Papal Nuncio in Ireland was Aislinn Barry, from Clerihan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and a fourth year B Ed student at MIC is congratulated by Archibishop Jude.
Important Dates 2019/20
January 2019 to May 2019
- 6 January: Feast of the Epiphany (Little Christmas/Nollaig Na mBan) (Catholic)
- 13 January: Guru Gobindh Singh birthday (Sikh)
- 21 January: Spring semester lectures begin
- 1 February: St Brigid’s Day
- 2 February: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day)
- 3 February: Feast of St. Blaise (Blessing of Throats)
- 5 February: Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
- 11 February: International Day of Prayer for the Sick
- 14 February: St Valentine’s Day
- 19 February: Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
- 25 February- 10 March: Fairtrade Fortnight
- 1-17 March: Seachtain na Gaeilge
- 5 March: Shrove Tuesday
- 6 March: Ash Wednesday (distribution of ashes); Lent begins
- 7 March: Hindu New year
- 8 March: International Womans Day
- 17 March: St Patrick’s Day (Catholic)
- 20 March: Purim (Jewish) begins at sundown / Naw Ruz (Bahai New Year)
- 21 March: Holi (Hindu)
- 22 March: Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
- 12 April: MIC lectures end
- 14 April: Palm Sunday – Holy Week begins
- 18 April: Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) (Catholic – Christian)
- 19 April: Pesach (Passover) (Judaism) / Good Friday (Catholic – Christian) / Theravada New Year (Buddhist)
- 21 April: Easter Sunday (Catholic – Christian)
- 22 April: Earth Day
- 20 April-10 May: Spring semester exams
- 5 May-4 June: Ramadan (Islam)
- 19 May: Buddha Day – Visakha Puja
September 2019 to April 2020
- 2-5 September: Orientation
- 25 September: Mass to open academic year
- 5 October: Reunion Day
- 16 October: World Food Day
- 20-27 October: One World Week
- 28 November: Mass of the deceased of the College Community @ 7.00p.m.in the College Chapel
- 1 December: International Aids Day
- 10 December: International Human Rights Day
- 8 December: College Foundation day
- 10 December: Carol Service @ 7.00p.m. at the College Chapel
- 18-25 January: Church Unity Week
- 11 February: International Day of Prayer for the Sick
- 24 February-9 March: Fair Trade Fortnight
- 8 March: International Women's Day
- 1-17 March: Seachtain na Gaeilge
- 22 April World Earth Day
Prayer & Reflection
- Useful prayer websites for helping you include Sacred space which is good for online prayer: www.sacredspace.ie
- Readings from the breviary, mass and a piece about the saint of the day: www.universalis.com/sext.htm
- Photo and reflection of the day. www.todayismygifttoyou.ie
- Looking for meaning in college? Good blog here.
- Snappy videos: Ascension Presents
- When a bishop reviews films: Word on Fire
- I’m not sure what to believe: Catholic Answers
- Real. Life. Catholic. by Chris Stefanick
- Feminist Catholic: FemCatholic
Due to the diversity of offerings, the section below has been divided in to different categories. Click on any of the following categories to view the relevant links
- Read the bible in many languages and locate a particular verse or reference; the history of the English bible is also available: www.bibles.net
- Helps to educate you on what the bible is really about. Each day a short passage from the bible is posted up, together with notes to help you understand it. There is plenty more like monthly competitions, reviews, audio dramas, film reviews and a discussion board: www.word-on-the-web.co.uk
- Search several different translations of the bible simultaneously in up to 10 different languages plus useful concordance: www.biblegateway.com
- Graphic presentation of objects, topics from the scrolls from the Dead Sea: http://sunsite.unc.edu/expo/deadsea.scrolls.exhibit/overview.html
- Resource Pages for Biblical Studies; texts and translations, linguistic resources, lexica and libraries: www.torreys.org/bible
- The Pontifical Academy for Life: www.academiavita.org/homepage800.html
- Irish Bishops Committee on Bioethics: www.catholicbishops.ie/tag/bioethics/
- Anscombe Bioethics Centre: www.bioethics.org.uk/
- Catholic Medical Association: www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk/Ethics/ethics_soundbites.html
Roman Catholic Church
- Vatican website: http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html
- Catechism of the Catholic Church: www.scborromeo.org/ccc/ccc_toc.htm
- New Advent (encyclopaedic information): www.newadvent.org
- Catholic Information Centre: www.catholic.net
- Irish Catholic Conference: www.catholicireland.net/
- Diocese of Limerick: www.limerickdiocese.org
- Díseart Institute of Education and Celtic Culture: www.diseart.ie
- Limerick Baptist Church: www.limerickbaptist.com
- Protestant Reformation site (Comprehensive compilation of documents and articles concerning key figures and events): http://history.hanover.edu
- Church of Ireland: www.ireland.anglican.org
- St Mary's Cathedral (Church of Ireland parish church of Limerick City): www.stmaryscathedral.ie
- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, with an overview of faith and traditions: www.goarch.org
- Aquinas' Summa Theologica (Complete online version): www.newadvent.org/summa
- Spring Hill (excellent site with a vast amount of information on all of the major areas of theological research and study with over 4,300 links): www.shc.edu/theolibrary
- John Templeton Foundation (information on science and religion): www.templeton.org
- Irish Theological Association (wide range of material relating to prayers, spirituality, theology and church and religious organisations): www.theology.ie
- Texts from many of the Fathers of the Church: www.ccel.org/fathers2
- Website providing resources for creating innovative, contemporary Jewish rituals: www.ritualwell.org
- Jewish Cooking and Recipes: www.jewfaq.org/food.htm
- Jewish Signs and Symbols (introductory exploration of Jewish symbolism): www.jewfaq.org/signs.htm
- Official site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: www.mormon.org
- Buddhism overview: www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
- Islam overview: www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
- Hinduism overview: www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
- Our Mission
- Pray + Serve + Connect