The Nativity of St John the Baptist
Today, let us try to duplicate the life St John the Baptist had pursued in response to God's call. It is only through a life of self-denial and self-giving that we will be able to set aside our shortcomings and be able to bring others to God and lift each other up to Him.
It is only by one's willingness to suffer and be persecuted, be discriminated and be set aside, all because of the truth, can we say that we have been the forerunner (just like St John, the Baptist) of Jesus who will come again on judgment day.
Let us ask the Holy Spirit to work within us and give us the power and the strength to endure the difficulties of life and be God's instrument in bringing His Word and calling all men to repentance, so that we may truly be the bearer of truth at all times.
This week's Calendar
Wednesday 27th: The memorial-day of St Cyril of Alexandria.
Thursday 28th: The memorial-day of St Irenaeus.
Friday 29th: The solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles.
Saturday 30th: The memorial-day of the First Martyrs of Rome.
Sunday 1st: The 13 th Sunday in Ordinary time
This Week's Readings
The Prophet Isaiah
Like other prophets, such as Jeremiah, Isaiah had a sense of failure and frustration, but that did not prevent him having a deep trust in God.
The Acts of the Apostles
As he preaches the resurrection, Paul acknowledges the place of John the Baptist in the process of making Jesus known.
Anniversaries and Prayers requested
Eilis Geary O'Driscoll,
May they Rest in Peace
Ministers of the Word
Guidenotes for Ministers of the Word in St. Patrick's for July to September are available for collection in the Sacristy.
Papal Mass, Sunday 26 th August
The Lough Parish Assembly invites all who are unable to travel to the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park to join with them to watch the Mass at 3.00 pm on a large screen, live in their parish church.
Bring a cushion
Refreshments in Parish Centre afterwards
Please note that Holy Communion will not be available.
The Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Next Friday we celebrate the Great Feast-Day of Saints Peter and Paul.
‘St Peter, originally called Simon, a fisherman who became leader of the Apostles and the rock on which the Church is built, died by crucifixion in Rome around the year 64.
St Paul, formerly Saul the Pharisee, who became the Apostle of the Gentiles was martyred by beheading around 67AD.
Both of these two great Saints proclaim with their lives that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God.'(Liturgical Calendar 2018)
‘We praise You for Saint Peter,
We praise You for Saint Paul;
They taught both Jew and Gentile that Christ is all in all.
To cross and sword they yielded and saw the Kingdom come:
O God, Your two apostles won life through martydom.'
(Hymn To Saints Peter & Paul)
World Meeting of Families-
Pope Francis to Visit Knock Shrine!
The Pope's Visit will be a Boost for Us All! Courage!
Pope Francis, God bless him and keep him, will now visit Our Lady's Knock Shrine as part of his two day ‘flying visit' to Ireland.
There is great disappointment that he will not be visiting the North but still it is remarkable that for a man of very ‘senior' age is still willing and able to pack in so much in his two day visit to Ireland!
In our next Parish Newsletter in September we will be no doubt looking back at the highlights of his visit and at the success of the World Meeting of Families.
The WMOF and Pope Francis' visit and words of encouragement will be a great ‘shot in the arm' for all people of Good Will especially for all who feel depleted after the results of the recent Referendum on Abortion.
Bishop Leahy of Limerick said last week at an ecumenical gathering of clergy, quoting Pope Francis
“Today we are not living in an era of changes but rather in a change of era”
He also said “From a Church of Sacraments to the Church as sacrament,... we are seeing a decline of Church...but its not that the Church itself is dying. Rather, a certain social shape or configuration of Church is passing, giving way, in God's time, to a new shape of things.”
‘As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be...'
The Lord is with us still! Courage!
The Nativity of St John the Baptist
This Sunday we celebrate the Birthday of Jesus' 1st cousin John known as the Baptist.
John preached the coming of the Lord and the need for repentance and conversion, baptising those who wanted to turn their lives around, in the River Jordan.
Many visitors to the Holy Land still get ‘baptised' in the same River Jordan, roughly in the location that it is believed St John the Baptist did the actual baptising.
Then of course on that Special Day Jesus came to that river spot and was baptised by His cousin John. Jesus had no need of course of baptism but showed us by His example of the healing, cleansing nature of the Sacrament of Baptism.
John was born on the 24th June, 6 months before his cousin Jesus, born on the 24th of December!
‘We rejoice at the coming of St John the Baptist, a man of self-denial, integrity of life and purpose, and an uncompromissing prophetic voice.
‘John' means ‘The Lord has shown favour'. This Feast relates to the summer solstice, when the days begin to grow shorter, recalling St John's words:
'He must increase, but I must decrease'.
(Liturgical Calendar for Ireland 2018)
Canon Liam Leader celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ordination this week. Well done Canon Liam.
Happy Summer Holidays to All in the Parish from the Newsletter Team!
The Parish Newsletter Team will be taking their summer break and wish all their fellow parishioners and readers a Happy Summer Holiday!
The team consists of Parish Secretary Aonghus O Broin, Kitty O Sullivan, Pat & Rachel O Shea, Angela Sheehan,
Mary Connole-Joyce, Carol Dorgan, Sinead Mulcahy, Ann Bracken, John Keating, Seán Dunne and Cecily Lynch.
We wish Cecily a speedy recovery and God bless after her recent surgery!
We are always looking for volunteers to join this team so if you are interested, please leave your contact details in either Holy Family Church or St. Patrick's Church Sacristy. We will be re-commencing in September. God bless you all!
St Patrick's/Holy Family – Parish Book
To celebrate the World Meeting of Families, our Parish is putting together a “memory book” .
If you have any short article and/or photos relating to parish events – past and present, local activities and groups, individual and family occasions that you wish to share, please submit to the Parish Council, care of the sacristy in either church
Tea, coffee and a chat
The tea/coffee mornings in Holy Family Church every Thursday after 9.30am Mass will continue up to the end of June and resume after their summer holidays in September. All are welcome.
Yoga in the Park
The Himalayan Yoga Valley Centre Yoga are running yoga sessions at 10.00am with every Saturday (weather permitting) in Fitzgerald Park, from 2 nd June to 8 th September. The meeting point is the bandstand.
These sessions are in aid of the Cork Simon Community and there is a requested donation of €5.00. All are welcome.
SMA Pilgrimage to Lourdes
17-22 September. Contact the director for details Fr Hugh Harkin 4292871 .
Pope Francis' Intentions for May !
Evangelisation: The Mission of the Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the
challenges that face the world today.
Bishop Buckley invites applications from men interested in serving as Permanent Deacons.
Those interested should contact their local priest or the Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate for Cork and Ross, Canon Bertie O'Mahony at 4346940 or Fr Billy O'Sullivan 4313103
Croke Park Festival of Families
On Saturday 25th August 6.30pm
This is a celebration of our culture in music, song ,dance and poetry attended by St. Francis. Tickets limited to 70,000
The Holy Land : 10th–18th October 2018. Visiting Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other sites.
Eight night Pilgrimage staying in Tiberius and Bethlehem. Full religious programme. Further details from Fr. Kerry Murphy-O'Connor, 087-220 2022 or Fr. Charlie Kiely, 086-867 2377
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.