Parish News for
Sunday 15th March 2009
3rd Sunday in Lent.
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Rev David O'Kane CC
Rev Daniel McFaul CC
Most people are
familiar with Patrick’s story- how he was kidnapped
by Irish raiders and brought as a slave to tend sheep;
his conversion and escape back to Europe and his eventual
return to convert the country to Christianity. It is
a story of high drama; of lost innocence; conversion,
redemption and ultimate sacrifice. These are perennial
themes in life and not just for one period of time.
In a world of shallow, Patrick has depth; in a world
of celebrity, he is prophetic; in a world of greed;
he practises detachment; in a world of self- interest,
he is self- effacing; to an Ireland that has lost its
soul he offers a return to God.
leadership to us. “The Voice of the Irish”
that drew him back to these shores calls upon him again
to give us a vision for our times. He was drawn to this
country by his compassion for people who lived on the
margin of the Roman Empire; not to those at the centre.
His time as a slave taught him the dignity of each person
and led him to abhor human degradation in any form,
especially in slavery despite the fact that it took
many centuries before it was abolished. There is no
doubting his courage and energy in his work but he challenged
as well as consoled. He challenged the established system
to be different; to adopt a new way; to be outgoing
and not insular; to live by Gospel values and not tribal
hierarchy. His passion for what he believed in contrasts
with the emptiness of today’s Ireland, with its
loss of values and superficial living.
If people cry
out for faith that comes from experience then they need
go no further than Patrick or if they seek a truthful
society of equality, respect and integrity then let
him be their guide. He did not exclude nor did he make
differences. He could be outspoken in defence of the
innocent but he could also forgive and call for a new
beginning. From Patrick’s humble mission the Irish
rekindled civilisation in Europe and led the western
world out of recession into a new order. Would that
Patrick inspires us to follow in his footsteps today!!
Tuesday, 17th March, the
feast of St Patrick’s Day,
a Holyday of Obligation.
Vigil Masses at 6.15 and 7.30 pm.
Masses at 7.00, 9.30, 11.00, 12.30 and 7.30 pm.
The 11.00 am Mass
on Tuesday will be celebrated partially in Irish.
be a collection at all Masses on St Patrick’s
Day for Clerical Education and Ongoing Formation.
of St Eugene’s Sponsored Parish Walk of the Two
Parish Walk of the Two Bridges will take place on Saturday,
28th March leaving from Sainbury’s car park at
11.00 am. Funds will be raised by either (a) sponsoring
the priests by leaving donations in the Cathedral during
Mass times or in the Parochial House or (b) Parishioners
are invited and encouraged to join the priests on the
walk by giving at least £5 per individual or family
group for these worthy causes. There will be no door
to door collecting of sponsorship. During this season
of Lent the walk is an opportunity for us to think of
people less well off than ourselves and to raise much
needed funds for Trócaire and Parish Missionaries
our sympathy to the family and friends of:
16 Glenbank Park.
they rest in peace.
Ministers Team *A* begins its rota
at the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass next weekend.
10.00 James Garvin
07.30 Anna Peake
(except St Patrick’s Day)
on duty St Patrick’s Day
06.15 pm Monica Garvin
07.30 pm Anna Peake
09.30 am Brendan Burns
11.00 am Kieran Kehoe
12.30 pm Piaras O’Meallain
07.30 pm Mona Tracey
on duty next Weekend
06.15 pm Garvin Kerr
07.30 pm Charlie McDermott
09.30 am Brendan Burns
11.00 am Gatha McClintock
12.30 pm Marie Canning
McFaul will visit the sick as follows:
Forest Pk, Helen St, Kerrs Tce, Oakfield Rd,
Marlborough Ave, Marlborough Rd, Oakfield Ave, Beechwood
Ave, West End Tce, Marlborough Tce.
Creggan St, Queen St, Princes St, Great James
St, Clarendon Manor, Crawford Square.
3.00 Mass in Lavery Fold
We welcome as members of the Christian community
75 Cable Street.
Eamon Charles Herron,
2 Stoneybridge, Bridgend.
Frazer Alan Roberts,
26 Summer Meadows Park.
Fr Canny will forward donations totalling £20
Canny acknowledges with thanks donations for:
St Pio: £50, £20. Flowers for Easter: £20.
St Therese: £10. Donation for St Eugene’s
Cathedral: £50.Trócaire £20, £70.
Week’s Collection amounted to £3,501.
Mass: 12.30 pm Mass (Monday to Friday).
• Stations of the Cross: Wednesday and Friday
after the 7.30 pm evening Mass.
• Parish Community Book of Prayer: At the Cross
we can say the prayer that we will be faithful to our
commitment during the season and so be more prepared
to celebrate the resurrection of Christ at Easter.
St Columb’s Hall
from 8.30 pm
for the Sick with Eucharistic Blessing will
take place in Termonbacca on Tuesday at 8.00 pm All
are welcome to attend.
take a Trócaire box from the back of the Cathedral.
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