Parish News for
Sunday 19th July 2009
Sunday in Ordinary Time
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Rev David O'Kane CC
Rev Daniel McFaul CC
Gospel begins where last Sunday’s ended. The apostles
had been sent out, two by two, on their first religious
mission. Now they return home.
They are excited
and delighted with themselves. Their first mission has
been a resounding success. Not only have they been able
to survive without any food and money of their own,
they have also been able to cast out devils and cure
the sick in the name of Jesus. Full of enthusiasm, they
report to Jesus everything that happened.
Jesus knows that
they are tired, and that they haven’t been able
even to eat because of the crowds who are constantly
coming and going. So he invites the apostles to go away
with him to a lonely place where they can rest and eat
in peace, and have some time to themselves. They climb
into a boat and sail to the far side of the lake.
But there is
no escape. The people see them leave and can guess where
they are heading. By the time Jesus and his companions
reach their destination, the crowds are already there,
waiting for them. When Jesus sees them, though, he is
not angry or upset. Instead, he takes pity on them,
for they are like sheep without a shepherd. He forgets
about the quiet and restful time he was hoping to have
with his apostles, and immediately takes care of their
concern for the crowds in today’s Gospel provides
us with a wonderful lesson in God’s love and compassion.
Though he has other plans for the day, and is anxious
for a bit of privacy, as soon as he sees people in need,
Jesus is moved with pity and abandons everything else.
Caring for the people becomes his only concern.
we too are called to show the compassion and generosity
of Jesus in our dealings with others.
‘Reality’ - Summer 2009
Pro-Life Devotions on Tuesday in St Columb’s
Church Chapel Road, Waterside, commencing with Rosary
at 7.00 pm followed by Mass at 7.30 pm. Everyone welcome
to come and pray for the Unborn Child.
Mass in honour
of Blessed Alexandrina Maria Da Costa next
Sunday, 26th July at 7.30 pm in Termonbacca.
our sympathy to the family and friends of:
112 Creggan Road.
18 Northland Parade.
36 Westland Street.
they rest in peace.
We welcome as members of the Christian community:
9 Little Diamond.
83 Grainan Drive.
1 Marlborough Avenue.
10.00 Eugene McClintock
07.30 Anna Peake
on duty next Weekend
06.15 pm Sharon Duffy
07.30 pm Mona Tracey
09.30 am Michael Roddy
11.00 am Geraldine Uí Mheallain
12.30 pm Piaras O’Meallain
Team *A* begins its rota
at the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass
Canny acknowledges with thanks donations for:
Trócaire: £15, £15. St Pio: £50.
Charity of Adm’s Choice: £10. Altar Flowers:
£40, £20. Flowers for St Thérèse
Statue: £10. Eucharistic Congress: £20.
Week’s Collection amounted to £3,768.
Summer Youth Festival: This year’s festival
will take place from Thursday to Sunday, (23rd-26th
July) and is for those aged 18-35. The festival will
include inspiring talks, workshops, a reconciliation
and healing service, mime, drama, dancing, music and
lots of free time. The theme is ‘You are the light
of the world’ and the weekend will have a variety
of guest speakers. The weekend costs €70 and this
includes meals and accommodation. There is some transport
available from the Diocese. If you would like more information
contact the Catechetical Centre on 71264087 or book
online at www.knock-shrine.ie/youthfestival.
Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday,
14th September. There will be Anointing of the Sick
at 2.00 pm. Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of
Armagh and Primate of All Ireland will be Chief Celebrant
at the Pilgrimage Mass which will be celebrated at 3.00
pm. Guest Singers: Fr Liam Lawton and Dana. Emma Humber
will debut a Song for Grandparents. Childrens’
Prayer Appeal: grandchildren have been invited to write
a prayer for their grandparents. All prayers will be
blessed at the pilgrimage.
PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS
you were born of the Virgin Mary,
the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on grandparents the world over.
Protect them! They are a source of enrichment
for families, for the Church and for all of society.
Support them! As they grow older,
may they continue to be for their families
strong pillars of Gospel faith,
guardian of noble domestic ideals,
living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,
that they may pass on to future generations the fruits
of their mature human and spiritual experience.
help families and society
to value the presence and roles of grandparents.
May they never be ignored or excluded,
but always encounter respect and love.
Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed
in all the years of life which you give them.
Mary, Mother of all the living,
keep grandparents constantly in your care,
accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage,
and by your prayers, grant that all families
may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland,
where you await all humanity
for the great embrace of life without end. Amen!
This Universal Prayer For Grandparents was
composed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2008
HERE FOR BULLETIN NEWS