Weekly Newsletter for 14th October, 2018

 

The Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

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Many thanks to: ‘A Parishioner from Haggard’,

Who prefers to remain anonymous, sponsor of our Newsletter for the month of October, 2018.

 

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Maureen & Phil Doyle, Mass this Saturday.

Jim Walsh & Richie Dwyer, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Betty Somers, Mass next Saturday.

Davy John Walters, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

POPE’S INTENTIONS

OCTOBER

Evangelization: The Mission of Religious

That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

The rich young man in our gospel today possibly came to Christ in order to parade his efforts and get some praises in return. So, he started by flattering Jesus. Of course, Jesus appreciated his effort. However, Christ knew that something was really lacking in the man. So like a skilled doctor, and the Wisdom of God, Christ searched and diagnosed him of only “one thing,” attachment to his wealth. It was the “dark spot” or “Achilles heel” of his life. According to his testimony, he had done “all things well.” However, he must allow the Word and Wisdom of God to penetrate and transform his life. Though Jesus’ instruction was “a tough and harsh one,” but He knew that was the only obstacle the man had. There are important lessons to learn from today’s readings which includes that: Each one of us might have a dark spot unknown to us, which only the wisdom of God could help us illuminate. At times we too do “all things well” yet, something  might still be lacking. So the word of God must convict, convince and transform us. Also, we must not always assure ourselves or be confident that we are running a perfect race. Every day we must ask God to shed the light of His Wisdom on our ignorance. His wisdom will help us understand who we really are. It also helps us to be who He really wants us to be. In this regard, our approach should be that of Job who offered daily sacrifice for unknown sins committed not only by himself, but by the members of his household. Also we must not allow wealth become an obstacle between us and God. By using the example of the Carmel and the needle, Christ intends to teach us that attachment to wealth is the easiest way of losing focus in God. This is because attachment to wealth over burdens one to the extent that the spiritual journey becomes very difficult, if not practically impossible. So, we must not allow what we possess in this world to possess our soul. Instead, we must seek the wisdom and understanding that comes from God in other to be truly wise in dealing with the things of this world without losing our friendship with God, the Ultimate Wisdom.

 

REFLECTION

The preacher had placed a mirror at the end of the church. He asked everyone to look in it and at the edge of the mirror was written, ‘this is your greatest treasure’. The rich man in the gospel thought treasure was in wealth, and this made him sad. The wisdom of Jesus is that wealth is not the final happiness.  Our biggest treasure is inside ourselves – each of us is made in the image of God, by love and for love. Does our culture today value the dignity of each person and the treasure that each person is?  It’s good to have a good house – but sad that it takes up so much energy and expense. Does our hospital care for the elderly and many others value the dignity and the treasure that each person is?  Can we go into A&E and say all these people are treasures or just trolley holders?   We still have schools and buildings which are substandard for our children. In any parish, the best gift of God to the parish is its people, like in a school or any institution which gathers people together. The rush of life and a self-centredness can take the focus off the essential in communities and in people.  The gospel today asks us to look in the right place for our true wealth and riches – in our giving of time and self to others is the sort of relationships of love which value the worth and dignity of all.

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Dear Loving and Compassionate God, Giver of all gifts, we pray especially today for the mercy and love You give us. Open our hearts and minds to You. Give us the grace to accept your mercy. As we live each day, we pray for those less fortunate, especially those who are hurting, and whose wounds need to be healed. Help us become involved in ways that show them how deeply we care. Give us the personal courage to listen to their concerns and help them find the solutions to which they are entitled as Your children and our brothers and sisters. Amen.

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

This Week: (2) Dora Kent, Ann French & Peggy Colfer. 

Next Week: (1) Martin Kennedy, Diane O'Hara & Peggy Colfer.

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

20th October:

Caroline Bennett & Cath. Ennis

27th October:

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Peggy Colfer

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK.

The monastic community of Cistercian or Trappistine nuns of St Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, Co. Waterford, live an austere life based on the Rule of St Benedict, which has barely changed in over 1,000 years. Believing in the power of deep, contemplative prayer, they pursue it wholeheartedly. Their deep inner lives, distinct daily rhythms and shared spiritual journey become a continuous prayer of life—to God and for the world. Over the course of a year, the Sisters gave RTÉ's religious documentary series Would You Believe unique access to film their way of life. You can watch the resulting film at: www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

 

THE HOOK OF FAITH

This Week’s Content

Our interview this week is with Mr. John Cleary who worked as a missionary in South America in the 1970’s who reflects on the significance of this Sunday’s  canonisation of Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI and beatification of three Argentinian martyrs who were killed during the dirty war in 1976. There is a feature on St Teresa of Avila whose feast is next Monday.

This Sunday, 14th October 2018, at a ceremony in Rome, Pope Francis will officially recognise the sainthood of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador who was murdered while celebrating Mass.

 

HARP RECITAL

Wexford Harp Ensemble Recital in St. Iberius Church, Wexford, at 6pm on Saturday, 20th October, 2018. Admission FREE

 

PRAYER OF OSCAR ROMERO

It helps now and then, to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No programme accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything. This is what we are about: We plant seeds that will one day grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and to do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders, ministers not messiahs. We are prophets for a future not our own.

 

RAMSGRANGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Next Meeting

The next monthly meeting is on 5th November, in St. Louis Day Care Centre, starting at 2-15pm.

Speaker: Occupational Therapist, on home aids available and how to be referred. Please do not forget your photograph in a sealed envelope with your name on.

Cinema

Trip to Omniplex Cinema on Wednesday, 24th October, to see

 ‘A Star is Born’

Please note date change

Cost €15 - Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 12 noon - Usual pick-ups on the way from Ramsgrange to Wexford - To book, phone (051) 389012 or (087) 054 4976.

New Ross Remembers

First World War 1914-1918 – on Saturday, 10th November in New Ross, at 8pm. Music, songs, poems and letters from the trenches in memory of the 250,000 Irishmen who went to fight and over 50,000 who lost their lives. Cost €28 (bus and ticket) - Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 7pm sharp - Usual pick-ups on way - Phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976 -book early.

Annual Holiday

Our Annual Holiday has been arranged with South East Tours for Monday, 13th May to Friday, 17th May, staying in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry. Cost per person sharing; €529 - Single supplement; €25 extra per night. Cost includes: Bed & Breakfast, Evening Dinner, Transport to and from Bantry, Day Trips, Entrance fee, Gratuities. Deposit €100 Phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976

 

ST. JAMES’ G. A. A. LOTTO

This week’s lotto jackpot is €8,300 and the draw will take place on the evening of Tuesday, 16th October. Tickets, €2 each can be purchased from and in local shops & Pubs. €50 yearly lotto tickets are also available from (086) 882 0773.

 

ANNUAL PINK WALK

Flood’s Centra Annual ‘Pink Walk’ in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, will take place on Saturday, 20th October at 1pm in J. F. Kennedy Park. Register in Floods before the walk. Lots of giggles & spot prizes to be had on the day. Wear Pink, think Pink, bring your family, friends, buggies, pets, bicycles or roller skates! This is now an annual event and has raised over €35,000 for the Irish Cancer Society. Check our Facebook page ‘Floods Centra Ramsgrange’.