31 August 2008
Birth of Mary - Saint of the Day - COPYRIGHT-American Catholic: "The Church has celebrated Mary's birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 (nine months earlier).
Scripture does not give an account of Mary's birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child that will advance God's plan of salvation for the world. Such a story (like many biblical counterparts) stresses the special presence of God in Mary's life from the beginning.
St. Augustine connects Mary's birth with Jesus' saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. 'She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.' The opening prayer at Mass speaks of the birth of Mary's Son as the dawn of our salvation and asks for an increase of peace.
29 August 2008
Some questions for you to mull over....
How can you be a lookout for others in living the Christian life?
How is love a solid foundation?
What is your experience of trying to tell someone they are on the path away from God?
What does being a responsible lookout mean?
Some questions for you to mull over...
What does service mean in the Christian context?
How do Jeremiah's words in the First reading speak to you? Who are the prophets of our world today? Can we be prophets in proclaiming our own Christianity?
What do you think the 'living sacrifice' is that Paul talks about in the Second Reading?
What does Jesus mean when he talks losing and gaining our life?
SEAMUS QUIRKE ROAD
31st August 2008
Saturday 7.30p.m Sybil Ryan
Sunday 9.30 a.m. Mary McKinney
31st August 11.00 a.m. Anna Keane and deceased members of the family
12.15 p.m. Paddy Kennedy and Niall Thornton
6.30 p.m. Gary Daly and John Walsh
Monday 1st September 10.00 a.m. Sean O'Connell and Ann Walsh
Tuesday 2nd September 10.00 a.m. Sick
Wednesday 3rd September 10.00 a.m. Baby Eoghan McGettrick
Thursday 4th September 10.00 a.m. Jackie Sammon
Friday 5th September 10.00 a.m. Nora McDonagh
7.30 p.m. Bridget Thornton and Vera Browne
Saturday 6th September 7.30 p.m. Stephen Burke and David Quinn
PRAY ALSO FOR BABY EOGHAN MCGETTRICK AND VERA BROWNE
Sunday 7th September 9.30 a.m. Ronan Duignan
11.00 a.m. Ciss Berry
12.15 p.m. Winnie & Bridget Ridge and deceased members of
the Ridge and Hussey families
6.30 p.m. Bridget Corcoran and Raymond Maloney
27 August 2008
25 August 2008
23 August 2008
'In the scriptures, by the spirit, may we see the Saviours face, hear his word and head his calling, know his love and grow in grace.'
THE CENTRAL THEME IS ALLOWING JESUS TO POSE THE QUESTION OF THE GOSPEL TO YOU PERSONALLY, 'WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?.'
18 August 2008
'When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting dwelling place in Heaven' (Preface of Christian Death I)
16 August 2008
'Woman you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.' Let's have the courage, like the Cannanite woman, to persist in prayer. He is the God of Mercy as the Second Reading reminds us.
14 August 2008
Mother! Whose virgin bosom was uncrost
Woman! above all women glorified,
Our tainted nature's solitary boast;
Purer than foam on central ocean tost;
Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak strewn
With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon
Before her wane begins on heaven's blue coast;
Thy image falls to earth. Yet some, I ween,
Not unforgiven the suppliant knee might bend,
As to a visible Power, in which did blend
All that was mixed and reconciled in thee
Of mother's love with maiden purity,
Of high with low, celestial with terrene!
COPYRIGHT: catholic.org Maximilian was born in 1894 inPoland and became a Franciscan. He contracted tuberculosis and, though he recovered, he remained frail all his life. Before his ordination as a priest, Maximilian founded the Immaculata Movement devoted to Our Lady. After receiving a doctorate in theology, he spread the Movement through a magazine entitled "The Knight of the Immaculata" and helped form a community of 800 men, the largest in the world.
Maximilian went to Japan where he built a comparable monastery and then on to India where he furthered the Movement. In 1936 he returned home because of ill health. After the Nazi invasion in 1939, he was imprisoned and released for a time. But in 1941 he was arrested again and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz.
On July 31, 1941, in reprisal for one prisoner's escape, ten men were chosen to die. Father Kolbe offered himself in place of a young husband and father. And he was the last to die, enduring two weeks of starvation, thirst, and neglect. He was canonized by Pope JohnPaul II in 1982. His feast day is August 14th.
11 August 2008
COPYRIGHT: CATHOLIC.ORG Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisipreach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So one evening, she ran away from home, and in a littlechapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God. St. Francis cut off her hair and gave her a rough brown habit to wear, tied with a plain cord around her waist. Herparents tried in every way to make her return home, but Clare would not. Soon her sister, St. Agnes joined her, as well as other young women who wanted to be brides of Jesus, and live without any money. St. Clare and her sisters wore no shoes, ate no meat, lived in a poor house, and kept silent most of the time. Yet they were very happy, because Our Lord was close to them all the time. Once, He saved them from a great danger in answer to St. Clare's prayer. An army of rough soldiers came to attack Assisi and they planned to raid theconvent first. Although very sick, St. Clare had herself carried to the wall andright there, where the enemies could see it, she had the Blessed Sacrament placed. Then on her knees, she begged God to save the Sisters. "O Lord, protect these Sisters whom I cannot protect now," she prayed. A voice seemed to answer: "I will keep them always in My care." At the same time a sudden fright struck the attackers and they fled as fast as they could. St. Clare was sick and suffered great pains for many years, but she said that no pain could trouble her. So great was her joy in serving the Lord that she once exclaimed: "They say that we are too poor, but can a heart which possesses the infinite God be truly called poor?" We should remember this miracle of the Blessed Sacrament when in Church. Then we will pray with great Faith to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist: "Save me, O Lord, from every evil - of soul and body." Her feast day is August 11.
Our city would be a much poorer place without The Poor Clares who have been part of our story since 1642. They are now online, visit them at www.poorclares.ie
10 August 2008
9 August 2008
Peter walks on water.
'Courage! it is I! Do not be afraid'. When we are buffeted by the storms of life and when our church is, as it has been, rocked to its core, do we hear those words of Jesus and do we have the courage to walk on water?
8 August 2008
We pray for all the athletes who will represent Ireland in The Olympics in Beijing, that they will be fair minded and show true sportsmanship, and that they will give thanks to God for the honour of representing our country and for the athletic gifts he has given them.
7 August 2008
Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, August 5th.
Transfiguration of the Lord, August 6th.
St. Dominic, August 8th.
Saint Edith Stein, August 9th.
2 August 2008
1 August 2008
Congratulations to Anna and Frank Donnellan who are celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Monday, August 4th, and who will be with us for Mass that morning. Blessings to you both.