At all Masses throughout the Diocese of Clogher on the weekend of 23rd & 24th September
next, we will address the issue of Suicide in a sensitive, prayerful and supportive
manner; in a way that allows all of us to reflect on depression and suicide through
the lens of our Christian faith.
Flourish!Sunday takes its name from a partnership initiative between Lighthouse
Ireland, clergy from across the Christian churches in Northern Ireland and the Public
Health Agency. It has worked in recent years to offer support to clergy and other
church workers in the area of pastoral care for those affected by suicide, as well
as self-care for clergy.
Locally, the Clogher Flourish Group has been working to prepare resources and training
for clergy throughout the diocese in advance of this forthcoming weekend.
In addition to the provision of resources (see below), the Clogher Flourish Group
together with the Diocesan Liturgy Commission, has organised two training days for
priests and others in our diocese. These were delivered by a licenced psychotherapist
who specialises in this field.
The Clogher Flourish Group consists of 10 people from throughout the diocese, some
of whom have experienced loss through suicide. Among the members is Fr Cathal Deery
who is the resource person for suicide awareness and prevention in the diocese. His
contact number is 028(048 from ROI)67751374 and his email is email@example.com
Masses on Flourish! Sunday:
The question of suicide, including the destigmatising of it, and our closeness to
God, will be the central feature of the prayers, readings and reflections on this
Sunday. It is acknowledged that this is not an easy topic – knowing what to say and
what not to say. The readings from Scripture will be those of the 25th Sunday of
Ordinary Time (Year A). These are taken from Isaiah 55:6-9 (from the section known
as the Book of Consolation); Psalm 144 (The Lord is close to all who call him); Philippians
1:20-24,27 (in which Paul concludes that ‘for me to stay alive …is a more urgent
need for your sake.’); and the Gospel of Matthew 20: 1-16 (the parable known as ‘the
workers in the vineyard’).
The resources provided include Prayers of Intercession, reflections of the readings,
suggested homily notes and a post-communion reflection. The resources also include
a musical setting of Psalm 144 by Mr Paul Flynn, Director of Music at St Michael’s
Other useful telephone contact details and resources for groups who work with people
affected by depression and suicide have been given to parishes for publication and