Parish News for
Sunday 5th April 2009
Sunday of our Lord's Passion
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Rev David O'Kane CC
Rev Daniel McFaul CC
Week 2009 - click here for details.
Holy Week Reflections
Today, the liturgy invites us to contemplate the face
of the suffering Lord. Jesus’ mission, purpose,
goal and glory are revealed in his Passion. We encounter
today the pure and perfect witness of God’s love.
If you are tempted to doubt God’s love, look at
Christ crucified. Here the mystery of God’s love
is revealed. Jesus would have died on the cross if there
was only one of us to die for. Only his death, his sacrifice,
his laying down of his life for us, could reconcile
us with the Father, open heaven to us and secure for
us life eternal, which was lost through the fall of
All four Evangelists
record an account of a woman anointing Jesus. The version
found in Luke 7:36-50 stands on its own, offering us
the same message but set against a slightly different
backdrop (and including Simon the Pharisee’s reaction).
What all four accounts have in common is that they reveal
an incident which captures so beautifully, so powerfully
and so movingly a love for Jesus which is difficult
to find words to describe. You see, what the Christian
life is all about is actually very simple and straightforward.
Mary witnessed to love. Her ‘waste’ of nard
and her profound willingness to humble herself and wash
the Lord’s feet were an expression of her deep,
unashamed and uncompromising love for her Saviour.
Judas was one
of the twelve apostles. We can sometimes lose sight
of this fact. Jesus chose him to be a member of the
most dynamic group of men the world has ever known.
We are not given the details of how Judas became a follower
of Christ, as we are with some of the other apostles.
We can be certain, however, that the Lord chose him
because he saw in him the necessary qualities. What
happened to change him can really only be the subject
of conjecture. We just don’t know what was going
on in his heart to betray the Lord as he did.
The clear indication
of scripture is that Judas was motivated by greed and
avarice and completely misunderstood Jesus and his mission.
What was really going on in his mind we cannot really
know. What we do know is that Jesus would have forgiven
him. Jesus taught forgiveness and love of ones enemy.
Jesus’ disciples are offended, even scandalized,
by the humility of this gesture of washing their feet.
Peter protests strongly, keen to prevent his Lord and
Master adopting such a humble and lowly position. Peter
was not showing false humility: he was genuinely shocked,
horrified even, that Jesus should adopt the position
of a slave. Jesus washed his disciples’ feet because
he wanted to set them an example. In the same way that
he had humbled himself and washed their feet, so they
should humble themselves and wash one another’s
Today a special grace flows through the Church. Today
the mystery of the cross shines out. Today, the cross,
not the Eucharist, is the highpoint, the focus of our
celebration. Our thoughts and prayers are focused on
the cross. We adore, worship and venerate the cross
by which the world was saved. We will go forward today
to venerate the cross. We will be invited to kiss the
figure of Christ. In this gesture we show our love and
our dependence on him. For Jesus, his glory was his
cross. For him his death was not defeat but victory;
death was not the end but the beginning.
We invite you,
today, on this most holy and sacred of days, to ponder
the rich wisdom offered to us in this ancient homily
for Holy Saturday. The early believers had a profound
grasp of the drama of our salvation played out before
them in the liturgy. ‘O Christ, you slept a life-giving
sleep in the grave, and didst awaken humankind from
the heavy sleep of sin. All-powerful and ever-living
God, your only Son went down among the dead and rose
again in glory. In your goodness raise up your faithful
people buried with him in baptism, to be one with him
in the eternal life of heaven.’
Bible Alive: Lent edition
Boxes can be left in the Cathedral
on Holy Thursday
and Good Friday.
The Annual Service of Intercession for the Dead
will take place in the City Cemetery on Sunday,
21st June at 6.00 pm.
We offer our sympathy
to the family and friends of:
Kathleen McCullagh, 4 The Village.
giving envelopes have been distributed. If
you contribute by envelope to St Eugene’s Cathedral
and have not received a new box please collect a box
of envelopes at the Parochial House or in the Sacristy
after Mass times. If you live outside the parish and
contribute by envelope to St Eugene’s Cathedral
please collect your box of envelopes in the Sacristy
after Mass times.
Today (Palm Sunday):
6.00 pm Penitential Service in Long Tower
Monday: 7.00 pm – 7.25 pm in St Eugene’s
7.30 pm Penitential Service in Ballymagroarty
pm – 7.25 pm in St Eugene’s Cathedral
7.45 pm Penitential Service in Creggan
Wednesday: 7.00 pm – 7.25 pm in St Eugene’s
Holy Thursday: 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm, after 7.30
in St Eugene’s Cathedral
Good Friday: 12.00
noon – 1.00 pm and 8.30 pm – 9.00 pm
in St Eugene’s Cathedral
11.30 am – 6.00 pm in St Eugene’s Cathedral
as members of the Christian community:
115 Creggan Road.
Tirnan Gerald McDaid, 49 St Eithne’s Park.
Ava Reannia McCarthy, 2 Helen Street.
Abbie Rose Gallagher, 11 Fahan Street.
Aoife Jasmine Boyle, 5 St Eithne’s Park.
The Holy Week Rota for Readers has been issued.
Tuesday and Wednesday
10.00 Eugene McClintock
07.30 Mona Tracey
Team *A* begins its rota at the
Masses on Easter Sunday.
The Parish Walk of the
Two Bridges was very successful. Fr Canny,
Fr O’Kane and Fr McFaul thank every one who took
part in the walk and every one who sponsored it. The
amount raised for Trócaire and Parish Missionaries
Overseas is approximately £3,870. Thank you for
your generosity and support.
Michael Canny acknowledges with thanks donations for:
St Pio: £25. Concern: £30. Gaza: £30.
Zimbabwe: £30. Darfur: £130. Poor in India:
£30. Third World: £20.
Canny will forward donations totalling £50 to
Week’s Collection amounted to £3,648.
Fr Daniel McFaul
will visit the sick this week as follows:
Mon am: Forest Pk, Helen St, Kerrs Tce, Oakfield Rd,
Marlborough Ave, Marlborough Rd, Oakfield Ave, Beechwood
Ave, West End Tce, Marlborough Tce.
Mon pm: Creggan St, Queen St, Princes St, Great James
St, Clarendon Manor, Crawford Square.
Fr David O’Kane
will visit the sick this week as follows:
Mon 10.00 am:
Rosemount Gdns, Montrose Gdns, Ernest St: Rosemount
Ave, Academy Tce, Northland Parade; Tutor Close. Northland
Way, De Burgh Tce.
Mon pm: Lower Nassau St, Glen Road, Ardglen Pk, Glenbank
Rd, Northland Road, Edanmount Park, Glenbank Drive,
Tues am: Meadowview Cres, Osborne St, Norcross St: Baldrick
Cres, Cedar St, Argyle St, Argyle Tce, Glasgow Tce,
Tues pm: Glenbrook House.
Wed am: William Street Home.
McFaul will celebrate Mass on Monday at 3.00
pm in Brooklands (Edanballymore Lodge), Northland Road.
Canny will celebrate Mass on Monday at 2.30
pm in Foyleville.
Mercy Novena in St Columba’s, Long Tower
at 9.30 am and 7.00 pm beginning Good Friday to Sunday,
Monday: Masses at 10.00 am, 11.00 am and 7.30 pm.
Tuesday - Friday: Masses at 10.00 am and 7.30 pm.
Saturday: Masses at 10.00 am, 6.15 pm and 7.30 pm.
Mass for the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen
and Women will be held here in St Eugene’s
Cathedral on Easter Monday at 11.00 am.
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