Weekly Newsletter for 23rd July, 2017


The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



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Sponsor of our Newsletter for the month of July, 2017.




Michael Finn, Mass this Saturday.

Gary Kelly, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Jim McNamara, Mass next Saturday.

Patsy Downes, 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.



JULY 2017

Lapsed Christians

That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.



In today's parable Jesus speaks of the weeds as darnel. Now at the beginning of the growing process darnel looks just like wheat. It's only when harvest time approaches that the difference between the two becomes apparent. We know that to be true, don't we, when it comes to the great enterprises we have begun. It's only after the passage of time that we find out what's really good and what's really bad in our marriages. It was only after communism matured that we came to know just how evil it was. And the same principle applies in so many areas of our lives. Everything has something wrong within it. We certainly know that's true in our own Church, in our nation, in our world, and in our own personal lives. There are no "quick-fix" and easy solutions. Patience and forbearance are necessary, and to have patience and forbearance one must have faith. This is what Jesus is calling us to have - faith in His heavenly Father's plan, faith in His heavenly Father's ultimate ways of dealing with us and with our world. We have to believe in God's goodness and believe in His love for all that is good in our world. Reliance on God and acceptance of His ways is the only way we can overcome evil both in our world and in our lives. Yes, it is a strange world we live in. But at the same time it is a beautiful world, a beautiful world filled with wonderful… even heroic people. The great miracle is that goodness and love have survived evil's onslaught.

What is the vision in which you live? Do you really have faith in God your heavenly Father? Today, once again, Jesus invites you to share in His, vision, in His hope, and in His faith that in the end God will bring good out of evil. Truly Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.



(Sow good seed)

In general we reap what we sow. We can't expect to reap good if we have sown evil.

We must sow peace if we do not want to reap conflict.

We must sow loyalty if we do not want to reap betrayal.

We must sow honesty if we do not want to reap deceit. Even though we have no absolute guarantee that what we sow will always fall on good ground or that someone else may not come along and sow contrary seed, nevertheless, if we are careful to sow good seeds we can, within reason, trust our expectations because nature has shown that if what is planted bears fruit at all, it will yield more of itself. So, let us sow good seed.



Nothing is hidden from your eyes, your light shines into the darkness of this world and into the shadows of our hearts.

You see our thoughts, our motives, words and actions, and we confess that we must cause you sadness in our response to all that you have given us.

Forgive us, we pray and by your grace and mercy bring us to that place where your light might shine from us and reveal nothing but your eternal love. Amen.



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

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



29th July

Caroline Bennett & Catherine Ennis

5th August

Jackie O'Grady & Peggy Colfer



The total amount collected for the upkeep of the cemeteries was €630.57.

I would like to thank, most sincerely, everyone who contributed; it will help to keep the cemeteries in pristine condition.



Senior Citizens Concern CLG is holding a Tea/Coffee Morning on Sunday, 30th July, in St. Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, between 9am and 12.30pm.

Please come and join us for refreshments.

Proceeds raised go towards the running costs of St Louis Day Care Centre. Thanks for your continued support of the Day Care Centre and supporting the elderly in our Community.



The Bishops have called for a nationwide Trócaire collection in aid of the hunger crisis in East Africa. The collection will be taken up this weekend, 22nd & 23rd July.



Thank you to everyone who supported the recent Church Gate Collection for the Irish Kidney Association.

A total of €410.43 was collected.



Next monthly meeting

Monday, 4th September, in St Louis Day Care Centre starting at 2.15pm.

Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun. New members welcome.

Social Evenings

Social Evenings are held in the St. Louis Day Care at 7.30 every second Tuesday.

Regional Gathering

South East Regional Gathering will be held in the Park Hotel, Clonmel, on Wednesday, 23rd August, at 1.30pm sharp - Tickets €25 (Door Prize & Raffle)

Music by: Paddy Blanch.

Please Contact the Secretary to book - (087) 614 5704.



You may begin the Three Day Pilgrimage on any day up to and including Sunday 13th August. Advance booking is not necessary. There are various travel options available countrywide. The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality. Phone Maureen or Lorraine on (071) 985 1518 or Email: info@loughderg.org



The first thing a lawyer learns in law school is never ask a witness at a court proceeding any question he doesn't know the answer to!

Believe it or not, these are some excerpts from the files of actual court cases:

Lawyer: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?

Witness: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.


Lawyer: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
Witness: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.

Lawyer: And Mr. Johnson was dead at the time?

Witness: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.

The next day the testimony of the doctor continued - same lawyer

Lawyer: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

Witness: No.

Lawyer: Did you check for blood pressure?

Witness: No.

Lawyer: Did you check for breathing?

Witness: No.

Lawyer: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

Witness: No.

Lawyer: How can you be so sure, Doctor?

Witness: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

Lawyer: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?

Witness: It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.


Lawyer: How was your first marriage terminated
Witness: By death.
Lawyer: And by whose death was it terminated?


Lawyer: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?

Witness: Yes.

Lawyer: And what were you doing at that time


Lawyer: What is your date of birth?

Witness: July fifteenth.

Lawyer: What year?

Witness: Every year


Lawyer: How many times have you committed suicide?

Witness: (looking confused) Is that a question?


Lawyer: You say the stairs went down to the basement?

Witness: Yes.

Lawyer: And these stairs, did they go up also?


Lawyer: She had three children, right?

Witness: Yes.

Lawyer: How many were boys?

Witness: None.

Lawyer: Were there any girls?


Lawyer: Can you describe the individual you saw?

Witness: He was about medium height and had a beard.

Lawyer: Was this a male, or a female?

Witness: Well! Unless the circus was in town, I'm going with male!


Lawyer: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?



Main St., Duncannon

We are open from 11am to 6pm, six days a week (closed on Wednesdays).

We are currently showing the works of Eileen Cloney, Marie McGrath, Mary Nolan-Raggio, Kiki Roosli, Rachel Smith, Deirdre Tighe, Liz Walsh, and Joyce Wyatt.

We also have a stock of Simply Safer Scents (Soy wax candles) and a collection of 'Duncannon in The Olden Times' Photographs.

Our sculptured pieces are by Edeline Kent.