Gospel Reflection Matthew 20:1-16
In today's first reading we read “My thoughts are not your thoughts. My ways are not your ways.” These words are particularly relevant to today's Gospel which is about the landowner and the men he hired from the first to the eleventh hour to work in his vineyard.
At the end of the day he had the workers called to pay them their wages. The last to start work we brought forward first and received one denarius. When it was time to pay those who had worked from daybreak, they too received one denarius.
They were disgruntled and voiced their grievance saying they had been paid the same as those who had worked for only one hour. The landowner reminded them that they had agreed to do a day's work for one denarius and he had been fair and just in giving them the amount seettled on. He added he could do what he liked with his own and why should they be envious of his generosity.
We can associate with the agrieved workers and think as they did but the Lord's ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. It does not matter when we come to the Lord, early or late. He deals with us all with the same generosity, love and compassion.
This week's Calendar
Monday 25th: The feast-day of St Finbarr.
Tuesday 26th: The memorial-day of Ss Cosmos and Damian.
Wednesday 27th: The memorial-day of St Vincent de Paul.
Thursday 28th: The memorial-day of St. Wenceslaus.
Friday 29th: The feast-day of SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels.
Saturday 30th: The memorial-day of St Jerome.
Sunday 1st October: The 26th Sunday of the Year.
This Week's Readings
The Prophet Isaiah
The Lord says ‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways'. God is rich in forgiving.
The letter of St. Paul to the Phillipians
Paul advises to avoid anything unworthy of the gospel of Christ.
Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Bernie Murphy whose funeral took place on Friday last in Holy Family church
May she rest in peace.
Recent Anniversaries and Prayers Requested
Agnes Moon, Miliitary Rd. (2005)
Karen Colgan. Rock Tce. (2012)
Christopher McBride, Landsdowne Court (2016)
Patrick Lynch Mt. Vernon View (1989)
Ellen Newman, Old Youghal Rd. (2011)
Angela Barry Sidney Park (2008)
Billy Scoutts, Military Rd. (2005)
John J. Harrington (2015)
Maureen McCarthy Belleview Park (2016)
Kathleen O'Connell, Hardwicke St. (2007)
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Days of Recollection
At St. Benedict's Priory, Cobh. Last Saturday of every Month. 9am - 3.30pm. Reflect on different themes guided by the spirituality of Servant of God Marie Adele Garnier. For more information contact Mother Prioress on 4811 354 Next one is 30th September - All Welcome
Learn more about our faith
A CATECHESIS will be held in the Sacred Heart Church Parish Centre
starting on Sunday the 1st October and continuing each Sunday and
Wednesday night for 7 weeks.
This is an opportunity to more fully know God's personal care for each of us. The talks start at 8:00pm.
All are most welcome.
The Cork Famine Group annual memorial will take place at the famine grave yard site in St. Joseph's Cemetry, Tory Top Road this Sunday at 3pm. All are welcome
World Meeting of Families 2108 Update
At a recent meeting in Cork, attended by members of our Parish Council, news was given of the new icon, new Family Prayer and new Hymn / Song for the Gathering.
The choirs will be learning this shortly and will be hoping that the congregations will join in, especially for the Refrain:
'The joy of Love, a joy for all God's family, the joy of love, transcending time and space; Our love for each other mirrors God the Father's love; The joy of Love , ‘a joy for all the earth.' (The title of the song!)
The icon is a beautiful representation of the Holy Family and this will be carried around to every diocese in Ireland, starting soon.
Please keep the success of this historic Family Gathering in your prayers and in your plans for August 2018 and hopefully we will be honoured by a visit to Ireland by Pope Francis!
Cork Alzheimers Café
This is a safe space for people with memory problems including Alzheimers and other dementias, their carers, family and friends along with social and health professionals to meet.
We get together on the last Friday of each month 1.30- 3.30 pm in St. Finbarrs Hospital, Douglas Rd. Light refreshments are provided free of charge. All are welcome
Friday 29 th is our next meeting.
Anam Cara meeting
Anam Cara supports bereaved parents and will be holding a bereavement Information evening on Wednesday 4th October at 7:30pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork .
Congratulations & God Bless the new Deacons
We offer our congratulations and every God Bless to the two new Deacons ordained recently.
Rev David Lane from Our Lady Crowned and Rev Frank McKevitt from Christ the King Turners Cross. God bless them and their ministry!
Congratulations to all our Exam Students.
Well done to all our exam students on their recent results and may God bless and direct you now in your further careers and school / college studies!
Harvest Mass to Be Celebrated in Holy Family Church next Sunday Oct 1st
All are welcome to join in this Special Mass and prayers in thanksgiving to our Most Bountiful and Giving Father for all the richness and bounty of this year's Harvest!
Thank You Father.
There will be a celebratory tea / coffee / cake after Mass in the Upper Room in Holy Family. All are welcome.
Next Week's Saints Inspire Us!
Next week we celebrate another ‘gathering' of great and holy Saints to inspire us!
“Our own' St Finbarr on Monday, Cosmas & Damian on Tuesday, patron saints of physicians
(these saints are known as ‘Anargyri' as they never took money for their medical services)
St Vincent de Paul on Wednesday, the patron saint of all charitable works;
Good King (Saint) Wenceslaus from a popular Christmas Carol, on Thursday, patron saint of brewers; also St Lawrence Ruiz & Companions, martyred in Japan.
Friday is the Feast Day of the Archangels, Michael, Raphael and Gabriel.
Saturday is the feast day of St Jerome, Doctor of the Church, who was the first scholar to translate the the Hebrew Bible into Latin. He is also the patron saint of librarians.
Saturday also, in the Jewish faith calendar, is the feast day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement
St Therese of Lisieux is on Sunday
But is not officially celebrated this year because it falls on a Sunday.
All ye angels and saints, pray for us! Amen.
Pope's Intentions for September
That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.
Ennismore Retreat Centre
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October
Beginning Experience - A support programme for men and women who have suffered loss of a spouse by death, separation or divorce. Phone 067-9886480- See notice board for further details.
The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodland's House Hotel in Adare on October 1st 2017.
For further information call 0872852155 or 0863642619.
Computer beginners classes
Age Action will run classes for over 55s during this Autumn
Classes are taught one on one by patient volunteers. We balance the number of volunteer tutors and learners, so registration is important. Classes run for 5 weeks 2 hours a week in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Call 2067399 or 087 1956026.
Pilgrimage Season 2017
Full details for Lough Derg Pilgrimage are on the Notice Board.
Holy Family church welcomes Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to help in running Holy Family church.
If you would like to help in any of the following:
the Altar Society,
the Newsletter team,
the Parish Council,
the Ministries of the Word and Eucharist,
please leave your name in the Sacristy.
Mother Teresa Canonised a Saint on this day
When Saint Mother Teresa was in Calcutta for 20 years she received a ‘call within a call'. Jesus told her:
‘I am sending you into the dark holes of the poor. Come, be My light!'.
From that day St Mother Teresa and her dedicated Sisters in the Missionaries of Charity have done fantastic work with the poorest of the poor, founding orphanages, medical centres, house for the dying etc. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. St Mother Teresa said:
‘If I ever become a saint, I will surely be one of darkness. I will continue to be absent from heaven to light the light of those in darkness on earth.' Today let us pray :
Dear Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, come to us who continue to dwell in the dark. Come be our light! Pray for us. Amen.