Weekly Newsletter for 21st July, 2019


Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Michael Finn, Mass, this Sat.

Simon Kennedy, Months Mind Mass, this Sunday at 11am.

Gary Kelly, Mass on Friday morning at 9.30am

Cyril Kelly, Mass next Saturday.

Simon & Paddy Wallace, Mass next Sunday at 9am.

Patsy Downes, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

May they rest in the peace. Amen




Universal: That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.



Today’s gospel presents us a little challenge. This challenge lies in Jesus’ response to Martha: “You worry about so many things, and yet, few are needed. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” There is a strong tendency to think that Christ was against taking care of the material needs of our guests. However, it is simply a call to set our priorities right. Perhaps, Jesus felt that it was not enough for Martha to have welcomed him to her house. May be, she should have first payed more attention to His message before any other thing. A very important part of hospitality is paying attention to people. At times, what people need for from us are not just material things, but our attention. Today, it is obvious that most Christians have misplaced their priorities in life. This is in spite of the fact that we labour much in the house of God. Hence the saying that: “One has time for the work of God, but no time for God the owner of the work.” Many of us are so distracted today with too many social and material activities (both in the church and in our homes), that we hardly have time for any spiritual reflection. In some of our families, we pay attention to every other thing, but little or no attention to the spiritual growth of the members of our families. We have time for social activities, but little or no time for praying together or studying the word of God together. We need to cement our relationship with Christ, by seating close to him as a family, by paying attention to what he has to say to us. He wants to spend some quality time with us each day. So, we must not allow anything to prevent us from welcoming him, or to take away our attention from his presence. He wants us to live in his presence all the time. Hence, the psalmist reminds us today that: “The just will live in the presence of the Lord!”



The homily on this Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time is by Fr Aquino of the Franciscan Friary in Wexford. Our video this week marks the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of Our Lady and Grandparents of Jesus. It is a talk that summarises Pope Francis’ teaching on the role of grandparents in the family and the parish. Our interview this week is with Michael Dwyer, Pro-Life activist and founder of the Edmund Burke Institute. We have an article that marks the 50th anniversary of the First Moon landing and a talk delivered by Sr Louise O’Rourke on Vocations to St Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society.



The Sacraments: Meeting 3: 

2nd Part: The Liturgy of the Eucharist (continued): 

After the Consecration we can all join in again with the Our Father: we are standing – we can be happy that we may all call God “Father”. 

We are all children of the one Father. Jesus gives us his peace, which we pass on to each other in the Sign of Peace

Now comes Communion! 

How shall a little human being receive the great God?  We do it like the Centurion of Capernaum and say: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed!”  

We should prepare ourselves internally to receive Holy Communion by a prayer. For example: Yes, Lord, come to me! Come into my heart! Come and make me strong – strong, loving, courageous and faithful. Lord, I am ready to receive You. The minutes after Jesus has come to you, belong to you and God alone.

A quote from St Jean Marie Vianney: “The man who receives Holy Communion loses himself in God like a drop of water in the ocean.  They can no more be separated.”  

At the end of the Holy Mass comes the Blessing and the Dismissal

“Go in peace!”  After the Holy Mass we have reason to look more cheerful than before…SMILE.

As Mother Teresa reminds us: Every time you SMILE at someone, It is an action of love, A gift to that person, A beautiful thing.

Check out the latest resources at www.thehookoffaith.com



Lord Jesus, give us the gift to truly listen to you speaking to us and at each moment may we be guided by the Spirit “to choose the better part.  Amen.



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

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



27th July:

Caroline Bennett & Cath. Ennis

3rd August:

Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy.



There will be a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land next year running from 17th – 25th March, 2020.

The Spiritual Director will be: V. Rev. Denis Kelly P.P. Castlebridge, Screen, Curracloe. Included are: 4 nights in Nazareth, 4 nights in Bethlehem, Half-board accommodation, Daily Religious Programme. The cost is: €1,598 pps, incl. insurance & tax. For further details contact: O’Leary’s Travel Agency – (053) 923 3178.



‘At Prayer with Thomas Merton’ presents daily prayers for dawn and dusk, drawn from the writings of the great 20th century Trappist mystic, Thomas Merton, interwoven with excerpts set to music composed by the sacred music composer (and president of the International Thomas Merton Society), Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D. It is a beautiful resource for a contemplative start and finish to each day of the week. Visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie



There will be a teenage Disco in Campile Hall on this coming Friday night, 26th July, for all Secondary school students - incl. any students who are about to start Secondary School this coming September. The Disco runs from 9pm to 12am. Doors open at 8pm - Strictly no alcohol or drugs allowed. This is a fully supervised event.



There will be a HeartSave Collection at the Church Gate this weekend.

This collection is to help with the maintenance of the five Defibrillators in our area - Duncannon, Ramsgrange, Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Shielbaggan.



Next meeting

Monday, 2nd September, 2019, in St. Louis Day Care Centre, Rams-

grange, starting at 2.15pm.

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

Just a reminder yearly membership fees of €20 per member due, this yearly fee includes insurance cover and we also subsidise many outings where we can. We are always looking for new members, so if you are 50 or over, why not come along and join us. (087) 637 2084.

Can I please remind everyone to book early as we need to book tickets for all of these function in advance. Also, non-Members are welcome at an extra fee of €5 as most of our events are subsidised out of membership fees, so why not just join us only €20 for the whole year.

Irish Country Concert

Talbot Hotel, Wexford, 13th August, 2019. Tickets including coach cost just €27. Please book at next meeting.

Artists include: Robert Mizzell, Stephen Smyth, Paddy O’Brien, Michael Collins, John Hogan, Gary Gamble as Daniel O’Double, also the Keltic Storm Band.

Call Kelly on (087) 637 2084


Trip to Omniplex Cinema, Wexford, will be back in September Lunch in Farmers Kitchen before film - Non-members welcome - Bus leaves Ramsgrange car park at 11.45am. Cost of bus and ticket €15. Usual pick-ups on way. 

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

Tea Party

The Kennedy Park Tea Party will be on 5th September, at 12 noon. This will be held in the Marquee at Kennedy Park. The Tea Party will be hosted by Sean Connick; Guests are Marty Morrissey, Sports Broadcaster, Francis Black Singer and founder of the Rise Foundation. €27 incl. coach - this could change depending on numbers, so, please book early. Call Kelly on (087) 637 2084.

Holiday May 2020 - It’s So Important We Get Your Support

Annual holiday 4th to 8th May, 2020, to Castlebar Co. Mayo, with Annis Kehoe as our guide. Cost of trip is €365 pps - single supplement €20 per night. Day trips, gratuities, etc. included in price.

Names and deposits taken at September meeting - Savings club open - Enquiries to Mary B. on (087) 207 3966. Please come along so much fun to be had.




The lotto jackpot is €14,000 and the next draw will take place on the evening of Tuesday 23rd July 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.  



The countdown is on to the Tri-the-Hook Triathlon which takes place on Sat 24th August.

We invite entries and appreciate the local support from all involved. Get training now, there’s still time. Enter as an individual or as part of a relay team. 750M Swim, 20km cycle, and 5km run. www.trithehook.com


Now open from 11am ‘til 5pm, six days a week, (Closed on Wednesdays), with a wide selection of works from Original Paintings to Pebble Art, and from Photographic Prints to Woodcarvings. Something for everybody.