Weekly Newsletter

20th June 2021


Note: Daily (Tuesday to Friday & Saturday evening) & Sunday Masses are online as well as in person.

Day Mass Time Intention
Saturday 7.00pmm Brendan O’Connell RIP
Sunday 10.00am Christopher & Florence O’Reilly RIP (A)
Sunday 11.30am Marguerite Hanley RIP (A)
Nancy Henchy RIP

Weekday Masses

Day Mass Time Intention
Tuesday 9.45am Peter Ireton RIP
Tommy Sheahan RIP (A)
Pat Sheahan RIP (Month’s Mind)
Wednesday 9.45am For the Intentions of those who sympathised with the Ireton family on the occasion of Peter’s death.
Mary Murphy RIP (A)
Thursday 9.45am Lar Hally RIP
Friday 9.45am Gerard Daly RIP (A)

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today we are celebrating the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The gist of today’s Gospel is found in the last sentence of the parable, ’Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him’. Mark answers this question in his Gospel by gradually revealing the “messianic secret”. Mark is telling us that Jesus as the Messiah of suffering and death will not take away the pain, the struggle, the hardship the suffering – the storms of life. This sentiment is echoed by St Paul in the second reading: that we do not look upon Jesus as a wonder-worker, but rather as the crucified one who offered himself in love; this great love of Jesus is what impels us to live by his values. For Paul, as for Mark, our salvation is not a glorious salvation but one that is fully human, carried out amidst the storms of life.

A suggested Prayer and Blessing from Pope Francis:
“Let us repeat the simple prayer that is so good to repeat during the day. All together: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!… I invite everyone to grow in a spirit of constant prayer, capable of uniting our daily lives and making them a sacrifice pleasing to the Lord. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of our lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!” Pope Francis.


Parish Contributions

Thank you to our parishioners who have continued to support the parish financially during these unusual times through planned giving, standing orders and dues collections. We are grateful for your generosity.

Recently, CHY forms were posted out to some parishioners. To those who signed and returned them, thank you. To those who have not yet, we should be grateful to receive them at your convenience.


Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration takes place daily from 6pm to 10pm, except on Tuesday when adoration takes place from 10am to 10pm.

PRAYER WHILE VISITING THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
My Lord Jesus Christ, for the love which You bear to men, You remain night and day in this Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit You. I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore You from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank You for all the graces which You have bestowed upon me and in particular for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me your holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit You in this chapel. I now salute
Your most loving Heart: and this for three ends:
1. In thanksgiving for this great gift;
2. To make amends to You for all the outrages which You receive in this Sacrament from all Your enemies;
3. I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are the least revered and the most abandoned.
– by St Alphonsus Ligouri


Preparing for Holy Communion

First Holy Communion Fr Chris O’Donnell has worked with iCatholic, on behalf of the Catechetics Council of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, to produce To help girls and boys prepare for first Reconciliation (Confession) and 3 video lessons for Confirmation children and their families.

The lessons are delivered by Johanna O’Brien and Eleanor O’Brien from Limerick along with Fr Chris. Both Johanna and Eleanor trained as teachers at Mary Immaculate College and have been involved in the Limerick Diocese’s Youth Ministry programmes. Further information and access to the videos by clicking here.


Preparing for Confirmation

To help girls and boys prepare for Confirmation Fr Chris O’Donnell has worked with iCatholic, on behalf of the Catechetics Council of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, to produce 3 video lessons for Confirmation children and their families.

The lessons are delivered by Johanna O’Brien and Eleanor O’Brien from Limerick along with Fr Chris. Both Johanna and Eleanor trained as teachers at Mary Immaculate College and have been involved in the Limerick Diocese’s Youth Ministry programmes. Further information and access to the videos by clicking here.


World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly – 25th July 2021

Bishops have welcomed the introduction by Pope Francis of a new World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly which will be celebrated for the first time this year by the Universal Church on Sunday 25 July.

In a statement issued at the conclusion of their Summer General Meeting, held via video link, bishops said, “Throughout his papacy Pope Francis has reminded us to value the many gifts of our grandparents and elderly and, in recognition of their role, the Holy Father has now instituted an annual World Day into the Church calendar to be celebrated on the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus.


Pope Francis Proclaims Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021.

In his Apostolic letter, Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart) Pope Francis notes how, “Every day, for over forty years, following Lauds [Morning Prayer]” he has “recited a prayer to Saint Joseph taken from a nineteenth-century French prayer book of the Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary.” This prayer, he says, expresses devotion and trust, and even poses a certain challenge to Saint Joseph,” on account of its closing words: “My beloved father, all my trust is in you. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power.” At the conclusion of his Letter, he adds another prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

For details of the decree issued with regard to a plenary indulgence for the year of St Joseph please click on this link.


Intentions for Next Weekend:

Day Mass Time Intention
Saturday 7.00pm 10.00am (online) Patrick O’Dwyer RIP (A)

Sunday 10.00am (online)
Sunday 11.30am (online)