12 June 2009

Mass intentions for June 13th to July 3rd.

Saturday,June 13th, 11 AM (NOTE LATER TIME FOR SATURDAY) Marie Kyle, Months Mind.
Vigil Mass, 7: 30 PM, 1. Willie Lamb. 2. Patrick Healy.

Sunday, June 14th, Corpus Christi, 9: 30 AM, Mildred and Bernard Morris.
11:00 AM, Ann Mitchell.
12: 15 PM, Margaret&Peter Joyce.
6:30 PM, 1. Bertie Collins. 2. Delia Rabbitte and her grandson, Tony Esposito.

Monday, June 15th, 10 AM, Catherine Keane.

Tuesday, June 16th, 10 AM, All our sick.

Wednesday, June 17th, 10 AM, Willie Corcoran&Thomas&Bridget McDonagh.
5:30 PM, Indian Community, Confessions and Monthly Mass.

Thursday, June 18th, 10 AM, Francis McDonagh, Recently Deceased&Mary Bridget McDonagh.

Friday, June 19th, 10 AM, Elizabeth Keane.

Saturday, June 20th, Vigil Mass, 7:30 PM, 1. Margaret Cooke. 2. Bridie Tedders.

Sunday, June 21st, 9:30 AM
11:00 AM, 1. Marge Dalton. 2. John, Martin Joe, Mary&Patrick O'Flaherty.
12:15 PM, 1. Ann Joyce. 2. Gillian Moloney Boxce.
6:30 PM, Michael Francis.

Monday, June 22nd, 10 AM, Deceased members of the Rabbitte family.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 10 AM, All our sick.

Wednesday, June 24th, 10 AM, Mary and Martin and Deceased of Curran Family.

Thursday, June 25th, 10 AM, Anne, Patrick, Michael and Edward Corcoran.

Friday, June 26th, 10 AM, 1. Winnie&Living&Deceased of Mongan&Ward Families. 2. Mickey Sullivan and Ronnie Murray.

Saturday, June 27th, Vigil Mass, 7:30 PM, William O'Connor.

Sunday, June 28th, 9:30 AM, Mary and Paddy Lenihan and Marty Lee.
11:00 AM, Delia Delaney&James Lee.
12:15 PM, 1. John and Mary Arnold. 2. Tom Daly.
6:30 PM, Nicholas Conneely.

Monday, June 29th, 10 AM, Joe Shiels and Patty O'Shea.

Tuesday, June 30th, 10 AM, All our sick.

Wednesday, July 1st, Josie Pender.

Thursday, July 2nd, 10 AM

First Friday, July 3rd, 10 AM


As this Sunday is the Feast of Corpus Christi, we'd like to remind you that Adoration takes place in our church throughout most of the year from 8 to 10 every night, and new adorers are always welcome, especially by The Lord...........

Prayer Board.

1. All our sick for whom Mass is offered every Tuesday.
2. Those hurt and abused by the church.
3. NM.
4. Those preparing for Marriage.
5. GA.

The Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist.

Instead of the regular Saint of the Week we feature today a special feature on the Sacred Heart, to which our church is dedicated and St. John the Baptist.

Q: Why do we pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Although I include this in my daily prayers, I'm unsure how to explain this to others.

A: The solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on the Friday after Corpus Christi (June 19th in 2009).

This devotion, promoted especially by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (d. 1690), was and is a way of softening the image of God as primarily lawgiver, judge and punisher.

The Scriptures use those images of God, but they also give ones less threatening. Devotion to the Sacred Heart says two things at the same time: Jesus is indeed fully human (people regard the heart as the seat of human emotions) and God forgives those who repent.

This devotion does not suggest that God is indifferent to good and evil. Jesus' description of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46) and the story of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) remind us that God takes our choices very seriously. Heaven is full of people who cooperated with God's grace, using their freedom wisely.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart started to become popular in the late 1600s in France, perhaps as God's answer to Jansenism, which had begun there earlier in that century. In A Concise Dictionary of Theology, Gerald O'Collins, S.J., and Edward Farrugia, S.J., describe Jansenism as "a theological and spiritual movement, characterized by moral rigidity and pessimism about the human condition" (Paulist, rev. ed., 2000).

Devotion to the Sacred Heart can foster repentance and hope among people who might otherwise despair of ever pleasing God.

Like all popular devotions, this one is optional. You could be saved without ever saying a prayer to the Sacred Heart or even believing that Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.

Private devotions approved by the Church, however, can help us recall fundamental gospel messages; in this case, God's unquenchable love and willingness to forgive.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart reminds us that repentance, not despair, is the proper response to sin. No one can commit a sin exceeding God's ability to forgive.

The Birth of St. John the Baptist, June 24th.

Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: 'I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John....' But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: '[Y]et the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he' (Luke 7:28).

John spent his time in the desert, an ascetic. He began to announce the coming of the Kingdom, and to call everyone to a fundamental reformation of life.

His purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus. His Baptism, he said, was for repentance. But One would come who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. John is not worthy even to carry his sandals. His attitude toward Jesus was: 'He must increase; I must decrease' (John 3:30).

John was humbled to find among the crowd of sinners who came to be baptized the one whom he already knew to be the Messiah. 'I need to be baptized by you' (Matthew 3:14b). But Jesus insisted, 'Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness' (Matthew 3:15b). Jesus, true and humble human as well as eternal God, was eager to do what was required of any good Jew. John thus publicly entered the community of those awaiting the Messiah. But making himself part of that community, he made it truly messianic.

The greatness of John, his pivotal place in the history of salvation, is seen in the great emphasis Luke gives to the announcement of his birth and the event itself, both made prominently parallel to the same occurrences in the life of Jesus. John attracted countless people (all Judea) to the banks of the Jordan, and it occurred to some people that he might be the Messiah. But he constantly deferred to Jesus, even to sending away some of his followers to become the first disciples of Jesus.

Perhaps John's idea of the coming of the Kingdom of God was not being perfectly fulfilled in the public ministry of Jesus. For whatever reason, he sent his disciples (when he was in prison) to ask Jesus if he was the Messiah. Jesus' answer showed that the Messiah was to be a figure like that of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah (chapters 49 through 53). John himself would share in the pattern of messianic suffering, losing his life to the revenge of Herodias.


John challenges us Christians to the fundamental attitude of Christianity,total dependence on the Father, in Christ. Except for the Mother of God, no one had a higher function in the unfolding of salvation. Yet the least in the kingdom, Jesus said, is greater than he, for the pure gift that the Father gives. The attractiveness as well as the austerity of John, his fierce courage in denouncing evil, all stem from his fundamental and total placing of his life within the will of God.

Quote:"And this is not something which was only true once, long ago in the past. It is always true, because the repentance which he preached always remains the way into the kingdom which he announced. He is not a figure that we can forget now that Jesus, the true light, has appeared. John is always relevant because he calls for a preparation which all men need to make. Hence every year there are four weeks in the life of the Church in which it listens to the voice of the Baptist. These are the weeks of Advent" (A New Catechism)

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This time in June was very important in the Celtic Calendar as it was the time of the solstice. This is why bonfires were lit to celebrate light and life. When Ireland became Christian the feast was converted into the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, who leapt in the womb at the coming of The Light of the World.

Kids Corner, June 14th (Corpus Christi), June 21st and June 28th.

Corpus Christi, June 14th.

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 21st.

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 28th.

Read your bible: (Get a grown up to help you find the passages)

1. Feast of Corpus Christi, Mark Chapter 14: Verses 12 -16. 22 -26.

2. Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mark Chapter 4: Verses 5 -41.

3. Thirteenth Sunday in ordinary Time, Mark Chapter 5: Verses 21 - 43.

Question Time: What does Corpus Christi mean?

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Eucharistic Congress in Dublin 2012.

The Eucharistic Congress will be held in Dublin in 2012. This is a great honour for Ireland. As well as the wonderful ceremonies and talks, it will be a chance for us all to consider how we are The Body of Christ ourselves, and how we might use this occasion as a springboard for the much needed renewal of the Irish Church. A special collection will be taken up at all Masses this Sunday to help defray the substantial costs.

Novena to the Sacred Heart.

Our Novena to the Sacred Heart continues until the Feast Day on Friday next, June 19th. The Novena Prayer is said every morning after Mass:

Lord work on my heart until it becomes like your Sacred Heart. Give me hope. Then I can love you and all my sisters and brothers with the respect, compassion, and forgiveness that you have for everyone. I ask this in your name. Amen. I ask you to grant my special request during this novena (here mention your intention). If what I ask is not for my own good and the good of others, grant me what will most help to build up your kingdom of justice, love and peace. I make this prayer with confidence in your love. Amen.


9 June 2009


The Jesuit Centre for Spirituality in Dublin, Manresa, has a great website and great events coming up. Check it out: 

5 June 2009

Training for Transformation.

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Retreats in Dublin.

There are some great retreats coming up at the Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24, over the summer: Ring/ e-mail/ check out their website to find out more.

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Mass Intentions for the Week ahead, June 7th.

Saturday 6th June 7.30p.m. 1. Peg & John McMahon

2. Patrick Holland & Nonie Cosgrave.


Sunday 9.30 a.m. Angela Feeney

7th June 11.00 a.m. Edmond Toner.

12.15 p.m. Margaret & Patrick Conway

6.30 p.m. Derek Lee

Monday 8th June 10.00 a.m. Owen and Celia Kenny


Tuesday 9th June 10.00 a.m. Sick


Wednesday 10th June 10.00 a.m. Stephen Nee.


Thursday 11th June 10.00 a.m. Bridie Whelan


Friday 12thh June 10.00 a.m. Eddie Ward


Saturday 13th June 

11.00 a.m. Months Mind Mass, Marie Kyle.

7.30p.m. 1. Willie Lambe

2. Patrick Healy.

Corpus Christi

Sunday 9.30 a.m.

14th June 11.00 a.m. Ann Mitchell.

12.15 p.m. Margaret & Peter Joyce.

6.30 p.m. 1. Bertie Collins

2. Delia Rabbitte and her

grandson Tony Esposito

Readings for Trinity Sunday.

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 4:32-34. 39-40

Moses said to the people: 'Put this question, then, to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors - all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt? This he showed you so that you might know that the Lord is God indeed and that there is no other. He let you hear his voice out of heaven for your instruction; on earth he let you see his great fire, and from the heart of the fire you heard his word. Because he loved your fathers and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out from Egypt, openly showing his presence and his great power, driving out in front of you nations greater and more powerful than yourself, and brought you into their land to give it you for your heritage, as it is still today.

Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you for ever.'

Response : Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own

1. The word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love. . Response

2. By his word the heavens were made,
by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
He spoke; and they came to be.
He commanded; they sprang into being. . Response

3. The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine. Response

4. Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, 0 Lord,
as we place all our hope in you. Response

SECOND READING: Romans 8:14-17

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.

GOSPEL: Matthew 28:16-20

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.'

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc.

Saints of the Celtic Calendar we met in May.

St. Brendan.

St. Carthage.

St. Comgall.

Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice.

St. Conleth.

Google them to find out more..... celebrate our GREAT Christian heritage!

Saint of the Week, Saint Anthony of Padua.

Why not visit the Shrine of Saint Anthony in our church this week?

The gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ was the rule of Anthony's life. Over and over again God called him to something new in his plan. Every time Anthony responded with renewed zeal and self-sacrificing to serve his Lord Jesus more completely.

His journey as the servant of God began as a very young man when he decided to join the Augustinians in Lisbon, giving up a future of wealth and power to be a servant of God. Later, when the bodies of the first Franciscan martyrs went through the Portuguese city where he was stationed, he was again filled with an intense longing to be one of those closest to Jesus himself: those who die for the Good News.

So Anthony entered the Franciscan Order and set out to preach to the Moors. But an illness prevented him from achieving that goal. He went to Italy and was stationed in a small hermitage where he spent most of his time praying, reading the Scriptures and doing menial tasks.

The call of God came again at an ordination where no one was prepared to speak. The humble and obedient Anthony hesitantly accepted the task. The years of searching for Jesus in prayer, of reading sacred Scripture and of serving him in poverty, chastity and obedience had prepared Anthony to allow the Spirit to use his talents. Anthony's sermon was astounding to those who expected an unprepared speech and knew not the Spirit's power to give people words.

Recognized as a great man of prayer and a great Scripture and theology scholar, Anthony became the first friar to teach theology to the other friars. Soon he was called from that post to preach to the Albigensian in France, using his profound knowledge of Scripture and theology to convert and reassure those who had been misled.

After he led the friars in northern Italy for three years, he made his headquarters in the city of Padua. He resumed his preaching and began writing sermon notes to help other preachers.


Anthony should be the patron of those who find their lives completely uprooted and set in a new and unexpected direction. Like all saints, he is a perfect example of turning one's life completely over to Christ. God did with Anthony as God pleased, and what God pleased was a life of spiritual power and brilliance that still attracts admiration today. He whom popular devotion has nominated as finder of lost objects found himself by losing himself totally to the providence of God.


In his sermon notes, Anthony writes: "The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ."

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Prayer Board.

Please pray for:

Rev. Martin Whelan, who was with us in the Sacred Heart last summer, who will be ordained a priest for our diocese on Sunday in The Church of St. Teresa of Avila, Labane, Ardrahan.

A girl who has had to make a difficult decision.

All our sick (Mass is offered every Tuesday).

Leaving and Junior Certificate Students.

Vocations to the Priesthood and religious life.

Healing of the wounds, compassion, truth and justice for those abused by the church.

Kids Corner, Trinity Sunday.


Teaching God's Love

It's almost summer and the school year is coming to an end - so I thought today might be a nice time to stop and think about a very important group of people: teachers.

You probably see your teachers as much as you see your mams and dads some days. But have you ever really thought about their jobs? What does it mean to be a teacher? What do teachers do?

That's right - being a teacher is a very important (and busy) job! Teachers do lots of things, but their most important job is to help you learn. They teach you to be readers and writers, mathematicians and scientists...the list goes on and on!

But there's something important that I want you to pay attention to as you watch them this week. Great teachers don't just tell us things - they show us how to do the things we're trying to learn. When teachers give us examples to follow, learning becomes much easier.

In this week's Gospel lesson Jesus asks his disciples to teach others about God - and to help bring new followers to Him through their teachings.

Wow - that's an important job! Did you realize that you are teachers too?

If we want to teach others about what it means to follow Jesus' teachings, what kind of examples will we need to set?

It sounds like you're ready to be teachers for God!

Will you pray with me?

Dear God,

We are ready to be your teachers in the world. Help us to be examples of your love so that others may come to know you better.


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2 June 2009

Corpus Christi Retreat in beautiful Ards Friary in Donegal.

A Corpus Christi Retreat (Open to Everyone) takes place in beautiful Ards Friary in Donegal.

The Eucharist- A source of life and goodness.

Marino Restrepo

After being kidnapped by Columbian rebels in 1997, Marino who is a lay man,

had a conversion experience and has since dedicated his life to God's word

and devotion to Our Lady.

Marino will explore the core of our faith and how the Eucharist and

Confession both play an important role in our everyday life.

Commences: 6pm

Finish: 5pm

Cost: €85 Residential €60 Non Residential

Contact: Ards Friary 074 9138909 info@ardsfriary.ie Benito Colangelo

(manager) Ards Friary Retreat and Conference Centre Creeslough Letterkenny

Co.Donegal ROI Tel:00 353 (0) 74 9138909

email: info@ardsfriary.ie


Canon Law Summer School.

The Canon Law Summer School takes place in The Milltown Institute in Dublin from 22 -26 June 2009. The subject matter should be of great practical value not only to priests but also to those involved in Parish Pastoral or Finance Councils.


For further information, please contact:


Dr. Elizabeth Cotter IBVM

Vicar for Religious

Dublin Archdiocese









Bronia Kornas

Postgraduate Secretary

The Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy

Milltown Park

Dublin 6


Tel: 01-2776322

Fax: 01 2692528

National RE Congress 2009.

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All Ireland Rosary Rally.

National Rosary Rally takes place on Saturday next, June 6th, commencing at 2pm.


In the past approximately 3000 people have attended this annual rally and the aim/hope is to double that figure this year, given the fact that it is the centenary of Fr Peyton's birth.  Special invitation is extended to all from the Dioceses of Achonry, Elphin, Killala, Galway, Tuam and Clonfert. 

The afternoon includes mediation on the Rosary, beginning at 2pm.


Archbishop Neary will be the Chief-Celebrant at the Mass.  Music provided by the Attymass Cluster Choir (a choir born of the clustering of Attymass, Killasser, Straide, Foxford and Bonniconlon Parishes)  Fr Liam Lawton will provide musical accompaniment.

'The family that prays together, stays together'.

1 June 2009

Ordinary Time begins again today, June 1st, 9th Week in Ordinary Time.

Ordinary Time Definition and Summary

Ordinary Time is the liturgical period outside of the distinctive liturgical seasons, and runs 33 or 34 weeks. It is named "ordinary" because it is derived from the word ordinal or "numbered." Ordinary Time falls between Christmas and Lent, and between Easter and Advent, exclusive.

Basic Facts

Liturgical Color(s): Green
Type of Holiday: Season
Time of Year: The Monday following the Baptism of the Lord, until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday; Monday following Pentecost until the evening before Advent
Duration: Total of 33 or 34 weeks
Celebrates/Symbolizes: The Holy Trinity
Alternate Names: "Sundays of the Year"
Scriptural References: Various


Ordinary Time gets its name from the word ordinal, meaning "numbered," since the Sundays of Ordinary Time are expressed numerically. Ordinary Time occurs outside of other liturgical time periods, periods in which specific aspects of the mystery of Christ are celebrated. According to The General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, the days of Ordinary Time, especially the Sundays, "are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects." Ordinary Time, depending on the year, runs either 33 or 34 weeks.

Basically, Ordinary Time encompasses that part of the Christian year that does not fall within the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter. The Catholic Church celebrates two periods of the year as Ordinary Time. The first period begins after the Feast Baptism of the Lord (the Sunday afterThe Epiphany) has ended. Some interpret this to mean that Ordinary Time begins on Sunday night, while others, includingThe General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, specifically mention the first period of Ordinary Time beginning on the Monday after the Baptism of the Lord. Either way, the point is the same. The next Sunday is still reckoned "The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time," because it is the Sunday of the second week in Ordinary Time. The reckoning can be confusing, and has many asking "what happened to the first Sunday in Ordinary Time?" This first period of Ordinary Time runs until the Tuesday evening before Ash Wednesday. The Second period of Ordinary Time runs from the Monday after Pentecost until Evening Prayer is said the night before Advent begins. This includes Christ the King Sunday, the final Sunday of Ordinary Time. In some denominations, the Sundays of the second period of Ordinary Time are numbered "Sundays After Pentecost."

Ordinary time does not need to be "ordinary," and is not meant to mean that somehow we get a break from the Liturgical Year. The opposite is true: Ordinary Time celebrates "the mystery of Christ in all its aspects." Many important liturgical celebrations fall during Ordinary Time, including, TrinityCorpus ChristiAll Saints, the Assumption of Mary, and Christ the King. In addition, the Church continues to celebrate Saints days and other events such as The Octave of Christian Unity. The major feasts, when occurring on a Sunday, trump the regular Ordinary Time Sunday lessons and liturgy. In the American Catholic Church, Corpus Christi is usually transferred to a Sunday, so often there are fewer than the 33 or 34 Sundays labeled "Sundays of Ordinary Time," although these Sundays still fall within Ordinary Time. We also may remember and celebrate the parts of Jesus' life that were ordinary, much like our own lives. The color of green is appropriate because it is the most ordinary color in our natural environment.


The use of the term "Ordinary Time" was used before the Second Vatican Council, but it was not until after the council that the term was officially used to designate the period between Epiphany and Lent, and the period between Pentecost and Advent. Rather than being called the "Season of Ordinary Time," the times were called "Season After Epiphany" and "Season After Pentecost" After the new Catholic Calendar took effect in 1969, these older designations were no longer used. However, some groups (including some Anglicans) still use the older designations. Interestingly, the Church in the Patristic period never seemed to effectively and concisely classify or label Ordinary Time, even though the time certainly existed.

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Still some places left for Lourdes.

Galway Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

(Led by Bishop Martin Drennan)

July 1st to July 6th

Pilgrimage Director

Fr. Martin Moran - 091 550106

Chaplain to the Sick

Fr. Des Forde - 065 7077045

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