News letter for the week beginning 31st July – The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

MASS TIMES EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  6.00pm David McPhillips. 8.30am People of the parish. 10.30am Eileen Magil. MONDAY 7.00pm Saint Alphonsus Liguori Special intention (MT). TUESDAY 11.00am Requiem Mass for Eamonn Carr.  WEDNESDAY 9.00am Feria Special intention (TG). THURSDAY 10.00am St John Mary Vianney Special intention (CL). FRIDAY 6.00pm Feria Special intention (DB). SATURDAY 10.00am Feast of the Transfiguration Rosanna Walsh.  NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 6.00pm Irene and Albert Goodwin. 8.30am People of the Parish. 10.30am Michael Larkman.

CONFESSION – 5.15pm on Saturday or contact Father Neil (01213512161) or email  to arrange a mutually convenient time and place.

BASIC MAINTENANCE OF PARISH PROPERTY – The 20/21 architect’s quinquennial report highlighting various defects has been almost fully addressed. There has been a series of upgrades in the Parish Hall toilets and the Presbytery. Church lighting initially installed in Father Berry’s time as then ‘state of the art’ still works perfectly,  but the bulbs will cease to made next year.  Father Neil has purchased sufficient bulbs to last a further 20 years (hopefully). We should thank those who continue to volunteer to maintain our church grounds so well.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for silent adoration usually for an hour before Mass every day except Wednesdays and Sundays (unless there is a Requiem or funeral service).

READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND AUGUST 6th / 7th  6.00pm  Team B.  8.30am  Team D.  10.30am Team G.

MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION  FOR NEXT WEEKEND AUGUST 6th / 7th    6.00pm Team Y.  8.30am Team V.  10.30am   Team P.

MASS ATTENDANCE  July 23rd / 24th    6.00pm 111    8.30am 110    10.30am 136 Total 357.

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Saint Jean-Marie Vianney was born in 1786 in the French town of Dardilly, near Lyon. His parents were devout Catholics despite the anticlerical terror phase of the French revolution. His education was frequently disrupted by the revolution and the Napoleonic wars. In 1812 he went to the minor seminary at Verrières-en-Forez. In Autumn of 1813 he was sent to the major seminary in Lyon.  Considered too slow, he was returned to his parish priest the Abbe Balley. However, Abbe Balley persuaded the Vicar General that Vianney’s piety was great enough to compensate for his ignorance, and he was ordained priest on August 12th 1815. As parish priest, Vianney realised that the Revolution’s aftermath had resulted in religious ignorance and indifference, due to the devastation wrought on the Catholic Church in France. At the time, Sundays in rural areas were spent working in the fields or dancing and drinking in taverns.  Vianney spent time in the Confessional and gave homilies against blasphemy and dancing.  Vianney became known internationally, and people from distant places began travelling to consult him. During the last ten years of his life, he spent sixteen to eighteen hours a day in the Confessional. He is known internationally as ‘the Curè of Ars’ because of his priestly and pastoral work in his parish in Ars, France and because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. Jean-Marie Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests. His feast day is celebrated on August 4th.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH – May the Lord grant them consolation, peace and healing and to all involved in health care in hospital or in the community, grace, strength and perseverance.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time Annie Donovan, Margaret Bulley, Mary Coughlan, Harry Pimley, Grace Guise, Eileen Murray, George Rosner, Romauld Zelaskowski, David Kesterton, Patricia Rumble, Christine Tully, Maureen Gannon and Michael Daly.

+ REST IN PEACE + Please pray for the repose of the souls of Eamonn Carr, Rosanna Walsh and Sheila Muddiman who died recently. Eamonn’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated here on Tuesday August 2nd at 11.00am. He will be received into church on Monday August 1st at 4.30pm. Rosanna’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated here on Thursday August 12th at 10.00am. Arrangements for Sheila’s funeral Mass will be announced later.

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