Reflection on Today's Gospel
In today's Gospel our Lord Jesus Christ talks about the end of the world. He does not wish to frighten us, but to assure us that He will come to the aid of the Righteous when that fatal day comes for us. He is warning us that as we live we die, that we must follow the commandments and live in peace and justice for no one knows when the end will come for us. But when it does His love and concern will envelop us.
This is a very appropriate Gospel for this time of year when the Holy Souls are on our mind. We pray for our loved ones who have departed this life, we think of those who have left the storms of life to live in eternal peace in the arms of God, their Creator.
Jesus assures us that when the end of this life comes for us He will be our Help and our Defender and will lead us into must prepare throughout our lives in order to be worthy to see the Face of God:
'to savour the sweetness of the Lord,
to behold His temple.'
This week's Calendar
Wednesday 21st: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thursday 22nd: The memorial-day of St. Cecilia.
Friday 23rd: The memorial-day of St. Columban.
Saturday 24th: The memorial-day of Ss. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and Companions, Martyrs.
Sunday 25th: The 34th Sunday of the year
This Week's Readings
A reading from the prophet Daniel
God protects his people in times of persecution or hopelessness.
The letter to the Hebrews
He has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying.
We offer sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Maragaret Corcoran who died this week. She was a tremedous support for the parish, in particular with the Altar Society in St. Patrick's. She will be sadly missed. Her requiem Mass took place on Thursday in St. Patrick's with funeral afterwards to St. Finbarr's Cemetry.
May she rest in peace.
Anniversaries and Prayers Requested.
Please pray for the following:
Leo & Breda Delaney, Rockvale Terrace;
Jack & Josephine Leahy;
Con O' Riordan;
Dan O' Brien;
Flor Deane (2012), Old Youghal Road;
Charles O'Connor (2017), Old Youghal Road;
Jermiah & Mary Lucey, late of Mount Vernon Terrace;
Christy Lucey, Late of Mount Vernon Terrace;
Dan Lucey, Military Road;
Kathleen Currid,(2013), Bellevue Crescent;
Anne & Jim Lehane, Late of Belmount Terrace, Old Youghal Road.
May they rest in peace .
Special Mass at Holy Trinity Church
There will be a special Mass on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady on Wednesday 21st. Nov. at 7.30pm during which Bishop John Buckley will bless an image of Pope St Paul V1 to celebrate a new shrine in Holy Trinity.
We will have the usual Padre Pio devotions on the night . All are welcome.
Holy Family Wednesday Tea
All welcome to Tea at Holy Family Church after 9.30 Mass every Wednesday. Why not bring a friend.
November - Holy Souls Reflection- ‘A Word of Consolation'
‘If a tiny baby could think, it would be afraid of birth. To leave the only world it has known would seem a kind of death. But immediately after birth the child would find itself in loving arms showered with affection and cared for at every moment.
Surely the baby would say,”I was foolish to doubt God's plan for me. This is a beautiful life!'
For the Christian, passing through death is really birth into a new and better world. Those who are left behind should not grieve as if there were no hope.
Life is changed, not taken away. Our dear ones live on, in a world beautiful beyond anything we can imagine. With Jesus and Mary they await the day when they will welcome us with joy.
‘Do not grieve too much', they say to us.'We are living and are still with you.' (Author Unknown)
Saints of the Week
Wednesday is the Feast Day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary . It celebrates Mary in her grace-filled life, wholly given over to the Holy Spirit.
Thursday is the Feast Day of St Cecilia , martyr and the patron saint of music
Friday is the Feast Day of our own St Columban/Columbanus , regarded as one of the greatest Irish missionary monks. He died in 615.
Saturday is the Feast Days of Vietnamese saints, St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, 117 saints who were martyred for the Faith in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Saints and Martyrs Pray for Us-Inspire us. Amen.
South Pres PPU Annual Lunch
Venue: The Flying Enterprise, Sullivan's Quay. Saturday 24th Nov @ 12.30pm for 1pm sharp.
Cost: € 28
World Day of the Poor
This Sunday is The World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis in establishing this day 2 years ago, said that this day would serve as ‘the worthiest way to prepare for the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, who identified with the little ones and the poor and who will judge us on our works of mercy.'
Pope Francis further added: ‘The poor are the first to recognise God's presence and to testify to His closeness in their lives. God remains faithful to His promise: and even in the darkness of the night, He does not withold the warmth of His love and consolation.
However for the poor to overcome their oppressive situation, they need to sense the presence of brothers and sisters who are concerned for them and, by opening doors of their hearts and lives, make them feel like friends and family.
Far be it from Christ's disciples to nurture feelings of disdain or pity towards the poor. Instead, we are called to honour the poor and to give them precedence, out of the conviction that they are a true presence of Jesus in our midst.'As you did it to one of the least of these my brethern, you did it to Me. (Mt 25:40).
The poor evangelise us and help us each day to discover the beauty of the Gospel. Let us not squander this grace-filled opportunity.
On this day may all of us feel that we are in debt to the poor, because in hands outstretched to one another, a salvific encounter can take place to strengthen our faith, inspire our charity and enable our hope to advance securely on our path towards the Lord who is to come...'
Tickets on sale. €2 per strip or €5 for 3 strips. Please support the church renovation fund.
A new selection of cards is now available and is on sale in the porch. €3 per pack, two packs for €5.
Holy Family Tea / Coffee Morning
The weekly tea and coffee morning held in Holy Family Church has moved to Wednesdays mornings, after 9.30 am Mass. Please join us for a hot drink and a chat.
Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
“Purgatory then enables us to atone for our ingratitude because through our prayers, mortifications and sacrifices, it makes it possible to bring joy and consolation to the ones we love.
Love is stronger than death and hence there should be love for those who have gone before us. We are the offspring of their life, the gathered fruit of their labour, the solicitude of their hearts.”
(Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheehan)
Thank you to all who have returned their Autumn Dues envelopes . You can drop your envelope to either church sacristy or place it in the collection basket at Mass.
November - Month of Prayer for the Holy Souls - Loss of our Dear Departed
‘ ...the loss of our loved ones pricks our eyes like the smoke from the autumnal fires...We are told that our own prayer and penance aid the Holy Souls. Perhaps we need to deepen the sense of what this really means for those of us who remain.
No one suffers, no one is made ready for heaven in isolation. Our job is to bear this pain (of loss) as well we can, to offer it in union with the suffering and death of Christ. That is to say: with as much love and patience as well we can muster.
There is no depth of sadness that has not been plumbed by Christ as he descended into the most awe-full mystery of the human condition. And when He rises from death, so do we...'(extract from Magnificat Magazine Nov 2108).
‘Eternal rest grant to them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen'
‘The Holy Souls are those who die in God's grace and friendship but who are still impefectly purified ... after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of Heaven' (Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC 1030).
The Church ‘commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead' (CCC1032)'.
‘We must empty purgatory with our prayers' (St Padre Pio).
‘It cannot be doubted that the prayers of the Church relieve the Holy Souls, and move God to treat them with more clemency that their sins deserve.' (St. Augustine)
Pope Francis rebukes the world for response to hunger!
As another terrible famine ravages war-torn Yemen, Pope Francis rebukes ther world for the response to hunger, not only in Yemen but across the world.
Speaking on World Food Day last Oct 16, Pope Francis said despite technological and scientific progress,'we ought to feel shame' for not having advanced in ‘humanity and solidarity' enough to feed the world's poor.
The theme for 2018 is' Our actions are our future: A zero hunger world by 2030 is possible.' The 2030 agenda seeks to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
According to the UN, world hunger is rising and over 820 million people are suffering chronic undernourishment.
Changes in the Parish Mass Schedule
Due to the much-lamented death of Canon Leader we must make immediate changes to our Mass Schedule.
From next week: Holy Family: there will be weekday Mass on Wednesdays and Fridays only St. Patrick's: there will be weekday Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
Holy day Mass will be celebrated in whatever church is having Mass that day. For example: next Thursday – All Saints Day – the Mass will be in St. Patrick's. I would love to see parishioners at Mass at both churches.
Further changes concerning weekend Masses have to be considered and these will be announced before the end of November.
Canon Dan Crowley
Come and See
A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people – Pope Francis. A short retreat will take place on 23rd / 24th November for those who may be interested in becoming a priest. See notice Board for details.
Pope's Intentions for October
Evangelisation: The Mission of Religious.
“That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves and be present among the poor, the marginalised, and those who have no voice”.
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.