Weekly Newsletter for 17th February, 2019

 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Email; DuncannonParish@Gmail.com

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Many thanks to: 'Mark Myler, Painting Contractor',

Main Street, Duncannon, (087) 967 0740,

Sponsor of our Newsletter for the month of February, 2019.

 

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Biddy Downes, Mass this Sat.

Ned O'Donohoe, Mass this Sunday at 9am.

Jody Doyle, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

James & Anastasia Knox, Mass next Saturday.

Eileen Murphy, Mass next Sunday at 9am.

Maureen & Patrick Keogh, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Leonard O'Neill, husband of Peggy (née Dwyer, Blackhill,) who was buried during the week.

May they all rest in peace. Amen

 

POPE'S INTENTIONS

FEBRUARY

Universal: For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

In faith we believe that relying on riches and comforts in the end leave us in a spiritual wilderness. Only living by the values of the gospel will our deepest desires be satisfied. In order to understand the Beatitudes better we may need a spiritual awakening. Only the person who trusts in God has tapped into the source of life. He has no need to worry. The readings today are basically about trust. In what or in whom do we place our trust?  In God and his ways or in the value system of this world?  Is it not far better to make choices that involve trusting in God?  The most precious thing in the whole world is the consciousness of not participating in injustice of any kind. So what is the meaning of the Beatitudes?  What Jesus is condemning is making the acquisition of wealth and all the things we would like to have, comfort, a good public image, a well admired body etc. ends in themselves.  And most especially when our focus on these deprives the poor and needy of what is necessary for living a dignified life. Is there not enough in the world for our need but not for our greed? The Beatitudes are about choice. Jesus does not intend us to make a law of these Beatitudes. He is asking us to go beyond the surface to understand God's unpredictable ways. God's preferential option is for the poor and marginalised.  He doesn't wish this condition for them and he is right there with them because of his own human experience of suffering and rejection. Do we not all know that in a family with a handicapped child it is usually this child who receives most care, love and attention? The reality is, if we but realised it, that we are all God's handicapped children.  Usually the handicap of the child gives the members of its family the capacity, which they might not otherwise have exercised, to love and care for it in a special way. So too with us, as God's handicapped children we can give God the opportunity to show himself to be fully God. Just imagine the scene in which Jesus is speaking to his disciples in the gospel.  He is facing a very diversified crowd.  They are people of goodwill but handicapped by all sorts of cares, difficult circumstances, and greater or lesser capabilities.  We may need to look into our hearts to see ourselves the way we really are.  We will notice our fears, anxieties and doubts, also our worries about the future, our dishonesties and the games we play to impress and gain favour with others. Each moment is a sheer gift from God.  We know how a little sickness can make us feel vulnerable. A sudden tragedy in a family, unemployment, an earthquake can help us see how very precarious and fragile life is. The Beatitudes and Woes are an invitation to conversion - to dare to look at ourselves for who and what we truly are.  With them Jesus is giving us guidelines for our daily concrete lives.  He wants to guide us on our journey to help us avoid getting lost.  Also to help us avoid being dazzled by worldly standards and value systems. 'Lord Jesus, help us to live more and more by the Beatitudes, your programme for our happiness.  Amen."

 

REFLECTION

What is the bible? 

The bible is the most important book in the world. Written in it are things we know about God. The bible tells us how much God loves us. Through the words of Sacred Scripture God directly speaks to us. Sacred Scripture is not a book of old fables. When I am reading the bible I know God himself is now speaking to me. If the bible says, for example: "You are the light for the world" (Mt:5-14), this also applies to us Christians of today. God believes that we can make the world a bright and beautiful place. Tune in next week for more of the 12 Questions!

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

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

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

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

23rd February:

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy

2nd March:

Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Keep us from being preoccupied with money and worldly goods, and with trying to increase them at the expense of justice. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth." Help us not to be ruthless with one another, and to eliminate the discord and violence that exists in the world around us. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Let us not be impatient under our own burdens and unconcerned about the burdens of others. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be filled." Make us thirst for you, the fountain of all holiness, and actively spread your influence in our private lives and in society. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." Grant that we may be quick to forgive and slow to condemn. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God." Free us from our senses and our evil desires, and fix our eyes on you. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." Aid us to make peace in our families, in our country, and in the world. Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice, for the kingdom of heaven in theirs." Make us willing to suffer for the sake of right rather than to practice injustice; and do not let us discriminate against our neighbours and oppress and persecute them.

 

COFFEE MORNING

Senior Citizens Concern CLG is holding a Coffee Morning on this Tuesday, 19th February, 2019, from 9am to 12 noon in St. Louis Day Care Centre. Proceeds are in aid of the Day Care Centre. All are welcome and invited to attend.

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

Just 500 years or so after the death of Christ, the first monks arrived on Skellig Michael, an island 12km from Ireland's south west coast, lying at the very edge of the then known world.  The monastery that they established in this inhospitable environment remains one of the most remarkable testaments to human faith on earth. The ancient history of Skellig Michael, its sacredness as a place, its influence on Christianity, and its breath-taking beauty are all explored through words and images on the featured website of the week at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

 

RAMSGRANGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Monthly meeting

The monthly meeting will be held on Monday, 4th March, 2019 in St. Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, starting at 2.15pm. Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun. Just a reminder that yearly membership fees, of €20 per member, are due by the end of February. New members always welcome

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea will be held in the Kings Bay Inn, Arthurstown, on 20th February - this will be a drop in from 2.30 until 4.30. Please make sure you have your name down and please pay your €10 at the February 4th meeting. Call Kelly (087) 637 2084.

Annual Holiday

Annual holiday has been arranged with South East Tours for Monday 13th to Friday 17th May, 2019. 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 and Gratuities. Why not ask a friend to join you non-members welcome at no extra cost.

To book, phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976

 

THANK YOU

Senior Citizens Concern Clg - St Louis Day Care Centre

We, the Board, Management and Staff say a very big thank you to each and every one who contributed in any way to the running of the Centre.

The acknowledgement and support received from the people of the five parishes we cover are really appreciated by all of us.

Your support is amazing and we could not do it without you. It all has contributed to the running of the Daycare Centre and its associated services. It is testament to the work, dedication and wonderful care given by all staff to our elderly citizens. A sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you.

 

ST. JAMES' GAA LOTTO

The Lotto Jackpot is €10,700 and the next draw will take place on the evening of Tuesday, 19th February, 2019. Tickets are €2 each and can be purchased from committee members and in local shops & pubs. The club would like to thank all the ticket sellers and the premises who take their lotto books for ticket sales.

 

TEENAGE DISCO

There will be a Teenage Disco in Campile Hall this coming Friday night, 22nd February, for all secondary school students from 9pm to 12am. Doors open at 8pm. Strictly no alcohol or drugs allowed. This is a fully supervised event.

 

GAA CLUB MEETING

St. James' GAA Club is holding a social membership morning from 11am to 1pm on Sunday, 24th February, in Mersheen GAA pitch. Membership costs €20 for the year. This includes the use of the Walking Track, Ball Alley, Attendance at Club Meetings and Championship Match Updates. Each member will receive a membership card for the 2019 season. Be part of your local club. Your club, Your pride.

For more information contact club secretary on (087) 947 3940.