Parish News for
Sunday 17th May 2009
Sunday of Easter
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Rev David O'Kane CC
Rev Daniel McFaul CC
How can one
define God? It would seem an impossible task. Philosophers
in the past have tried to explain God in terms that
appeal to human reason, offering ‘proofs’
of God’s existence that satisfy rational enquiry.
All this can make God seem somehow remote and distant
from our experience. In today’s second reading,
St John puts God right at the heart of our human experience.
For him there is only one all-sufficient definition
of God: ‘God is love’. God is known through
the universal human experience of love (‘anyone
who fails to love can never have known God’) and
so is accessible to all people of every age and condition
down the ages. This is the truth revealed to Peter in
the first reading: ‘God does not have favourites,
but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and
does what is right is acceptable to him.’
says of God, ‘you have made us for yourself and
our hearts cannot rest until they rest in you’.
Since God is love it follows that we can only find true
fulfilment in life to the extent that we grow in love.
Moreover, John tells us elsewhere that we cannot claim
to love the God we cannot see if we do not love the
brother or sister we can see (1 Jn. 4.20), and this
is a re-statement of Jesus’ teaching about the
greatest commandment. Our love for God is authenticated
in love of neighbour. ‘This is my commandment’,
says Jesus in today’s Gospel passage, ‘love
one another as I have loved you.’
If we are to
know God and share God’s life we must persevere
in learning to love. This is a hard lesson, for the
essential fact that Jesus reveals to us is that love
finds its perfection in self-sacrifice. ‘A man
can have no greater love than to lay down his life for
his friends’, he tells us. The path of true love
is hard and painful, but it rewards perseverance, for
the prize is wonderful beyond imagining: it is none
other than life in God.
from “The Pastoral Review” May/June)
The Little Way Novena
At 3.00 pm today
(Sunday) our Little Way Novena will end with a ceremony
of prayer and thanksgiving. The Novena has been a tremendous
thank all who contributed to the success of the Novena;
speakers, readers, singers, sacristans and candle-sellers.
of faith and commitment has been so uplifting. Through
the intercession of Thérèse we have opened
our hearts to God for our particular intentions at this
You are invited
to bring a rose and candle to the service this afternoon.
The rose will symbolise your prayer at this time.
our sympathy to the family and friends of:
1 Argyle Terrace.
Brooklands, Northland Road.
they rest in peace.
as members of the Christian community:
71 Lisfannon Park.
Ella Rose Lucas,
82 Bloomfield Park.
Jack Peter Joseph Bowen,
Napier, New Zealand.
10.00 Jimmy Doyle
07.30 Anna Peake
on duty next Weekend
06.15 pm James Garvin
07.30 pm Kieran Kehoe
09.30 am Brendan Burns
11.00 am Blanaid Barr/
12.30 pm Marie Canning
Team *A* begins its rota
at the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass
College Transfer 2010: This
notice is for the attention of parents/guardians of
children transferring to Secondary School in 2010. The
Board of Governors, the Principal and the staff of Thornhill
College invite you to a meeting in the School Assembly
Hall on Tuesday at 7.30 pm.
Commitment to Abstinence and Moderation
Over the next
few weeks children from the schools in the parish who
were confirmed this year will be asked to commit themselves
to abstain from alcohol until eighteen years of age
and illegal drugs for life. At this time in our society
when there is so much abuse and misuse of alcohol and
illegal substances it is important that we, as adults,
by our good example be a source of support and encouragement.
Anniversary Retreat in St Mary’s, Creggan
beginning on Sunday, 24th May with Rosary Procession
at 5.00 pm. Monday, 25th to Friday, 29th Mass each morning
at 6.30 am and Mission at 7.30 pm with Guest Speakers.
Anniversary Mass on Sunday, 31st May at 3.00 pm. All
for More Meaning in Life? Our Lady’s
School of Evangelisation, Knock, Co. Mayo are inviting
applications for September 2009. The vision of the school
is to empower young men and women for Life and Mission.
For details log onto www.olseknock.com or phone 00353949388245/00353872351294.
Canny acknowledges with thanks donations for:
P McIntyre’s Missionary Work: £400. Trócaire:
£20, £15, £50, £50. St. Pio:
Canny will forward a donation of £50 to LASCO.
Week’s Collection amounted to £3,724.
Week’s Collection is the Annual Diocesan Collection.
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