Friday 1st March 2019 at 10.30 a.m. Venue St. Joseph Catholic Church

 Women's World Day of Prayer -WWDP

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2019, Jesus said to them: Come – Everything Is Ready, Slovenia

 

World Day of Prayer Service 2019

The Churches Together in Epsom held their 2019, World Day of Prayer Service at St Joseph’s Catholic Church on Friday 1st March. One hundred and twenty people attended from a number of churches and faiths, and the choir from St Joseph’s Primary School enhanced the service with their musical contribution. The Mayor, Councillor Neil Dallen, and the Mayoress, Mrs Ann Dallen, were in attendance and enjoyed the uplifting occasion.

Each year the Service is prepared by the women of a particular country. This year the theme ‘Come, Everything is Ready’ was developed by the women of Slovenia. A table was laid to welcome five readers who shared stories which reflected the recent political and economic development of Slovenia. We heard moving stories from wives, mothers, grandmothers, Roma people, refugees and migrant workers.

During the Service, everyone in the congregation was presented with a red carnation, a symbol of celebration in Slovenia.

Following the Service, visitors were invited to share refreshments in the Church Hall, including ‘Slovenian Licitar’, heart shaped biscuits made from honey from Carniola bees. There was also a display of photographs and pictures depicting the life and culture of Slovenia. Many people remarked that the Service had been both uplifting and inspiring.

Report with thanks to Breeda Walsh

 

St Joseph’s Catholic Church

The Mayor, Councillor Neil Dallen, and the Mayoress, Mrs Ann Dallen

Canon William Davern is the Parish Priest of St Joseph's Catholic Church

During the Service, everyone in the congregation was presented with a red carnation,

a symbol of celebration in Slovenia.

A display of photographs and pictures depicting the life and culture of Slovenia

Following the Service, visitors were invited to share refreshments in the Church Hall,

 including ‘Slovenian Licitar’, heart shaped biscuits made from honey from Carniola bees.

Photographs with thanks to Howard Park

Setting the scene.

The history of Slovenia chronicles the period of the Slovene territory from the 5th century BC to the present. In the Early Bronze Age, Proto-Illyrian tribes settled an area stretching from present-day Albania to the city of Trieste. Slovenian territory was part of the Roman Empire, and it was devastated by Barbarian incursions in late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages, since the main route from the Pannonian plain to Italy ran through present-day Slovenia. Alpine Slavs, ancestors of modern-day Slovenes, settled the area in the late 6th Century A.D. The Holy Roman Empire controlled the land for nearly 1,000 years, and between the mid 14th century and 1918 most of Slovenia was under Habsburg rule. In 1918, Slovenes joined Yugoslavia, while the west of the country was annexed to Italy. Between 1945 and 1990, Slovenia was under SFRJ (Yugoslavia). The country gained its independence from Yugoslavia in June 1991, and is today a member of the European Union and NATO.

Friday 1st March 2019 at 10.30 a.m. Venue St. Joseph Catholic Church

These Services are open to all, it is not restricted to the Ladies

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Women's World Day of Prayer future themes.

 

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2021, Jesus said to them: Build on a Strong Foundation, Vanuatu

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