Weekly Newsletter for 24th September, 2017

 

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

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Many thanks to: 'Passage East Ferry Company Ltd', www.passageferry.ie/ (051) 382 480 - sponsor of our Newsletter for the month of September, 2017.


ANNIVERSARIES

Phil & Maureen Doyle, Mass this Saturday.

Chrissie Kennedy, Mass next Saturday.

May they rest in the peace of Christ. Amen.

 

POPE'S INTENTIONS

SEPTEMBER 2017

Parishes

That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Sometimes we question God's dealings with other people because they seem to receive better treatment from him than we think they deserve. They do not measure up to our often impossible standards. They may be lazy and unreliable. Perhaps they argue and fight constantly. Or they may not have our talents and skills. Consequently, in our opinion, they are unworthy of any favour or special status. So why would God treat them differently? Ironically, as much as we want God to be involved in our lives and as much as we wish to be part of the kingdom of heaven, we do not always want to let God be God. Instead, we want God to be God as we would choose, relating to people on our terms and influenced by our prejudices and biases.

Fortunately, however, God's ways are very different from our ways. Unlike many of us, God is not envious or spiteful. He does not have a 'pecking order', placing some people at the top and relegating others to the bottom. God has no favourites. As far as God is concerned, everyone has a unique dignity and equal worth.

It can be very difficult to appreciate that, with God, all people are special. Because everyone is important, God's generosity is marvellous and God's mercy is limitless. That is how God chooses to be God and we are challenged to respect God's will. After all, God is our Creator and we are God's creatures. God has rights too and these rights demand that we let God be God.

The lesson of the parable of the landowner hiring workers for his vineyard is that it challenges us to be grateful to God for what he gives us, and exhorts us to avoid feeling cheated and complaining about the seeming good luck and better fortunes of other people. Also, if we believe that we are made in the image and likeness of God then we need to imitate his generosity and compassion in our behaviour towards other people. Rather than applying human standards to God, we need to apply God's standards to ourselves.

The Good News is that God's love and mercy are available to all, saints and sinners alike. When we are privileged to know that God loves us in all circumstances and saves us from our sins, why would we permit rivalry to emerge between ourselves and others whom God treats differently from how we treat them? Is it not sufficient to be assured that our eternal destiny with God is secure because of our faithfulness to Christ's great commandment, without being jealous and resentful of other sinners' opportunities for salvation?

When God is generous and merciful to other people, he is not being unfair to us. He is simply being God. Our understanding of God, then, needs to change and we need to let God be God.

 

REFLECTION

Lord, we thank you for the people in our lives who taught us that true love is always generous and helped us move beyond possessiveness and envy: - one of our parents when we complained that they were paying more attention to a truant brother or sister than to us; - a very dear friend of whom we began to be possessive; - a spouse whose care for an in-law made us jealous; - a leader trying to keep peace in the parish community.

They did not reject us, but were understanding, like the landowner in the parable: - they took time to reason with us; - showed us that in fact their love for us had not been compromised in any way; - gradually brought us to the point where we could accept their love and go our way.

They were Jesus for us, teaching us the kind of person you are
and leading us to enter into your unconditional love, and to be generous ourselves in welcoming every member of our human family.

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Heavenly Father, help us in the heat of the day to bear the burden of our struggles and to seek your will in all we do. We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

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

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

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

30th September

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Peggy Colfer.

7th October

Dervella Reburn and Lillian Kennedy

 

MORNING MASS

Normal weekday morning Mass will resume on this Tuesday, 26th September at 9.30am

 

PASTORAL THEOLOGY

In union with the Carlow Institute of Technology, Wexford Campus, we are happy to announce a

Certificate In Pastoral Theology course to be held at St Peter's College, Wexford. The course will run from 10th October until April of next year. It is aimed at all people who would like to know more about their Christian faith. There is no requirement for previous study and the course is open to all. There are no exams and work will be graded by continuous assessment. Subjects covered by the course include Scripture, liturgy and sacraments, theology of God, theology of Church, pastoral theology and moral theology. More info from Carlow IT, Wexford Campus at: (053) 918 5800 or Fr Billy Swan at (087) 122 5407. The closing date is 20th September.

 

MICHAEL ENGLISH IN CONCERT

Following his very successful cabaret last year, the community of Mulrankin are delighted to announce that Michael English and his band will be returning to Clayton Whites Hotel this year on Thursday, 30th November, in concert with special guest Brendan Shine!! Tickets cost €22.50 and it promises to be another great night, if last year is anything to go by. We're very lucky to be part of Michael's concert tour this year; he's starting in the Olympia on 11th October, and finishing with us in Wexford on 30th November. All his concert tour dates will be advertised nationwide in the national papers and also through his own website, so demand is going to be high! To avoid disappointment, order your tickets early by calling (087) 913 6932 or (087) 205 2820 or email us at mulrankin.cg@gmail.com.

 

CHESS CLUB

Chess club is back and will be running from Monday, 25th September at 3pm. Anya Shannon will run the first Monday, but we will need volunteers to run a rota from then on. The club is open to children from 1st to 6th class. The cost is €1 per week.

 

C. E. SCHEME

St. Lazerian's House,

Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow

Are you looking for a career in Healthcare, Hospitality or Housekeeping? If you are over 21 years of age, and have been in receipt of a qualifying Social Welfare Payment for 52 weeks you could be eligible for a CE Scheme and earn a minimum or €215.50 per week working 19.5 hours

St Lazerian's House is a low dependency Residential Care Unit providing personal and social care to 20 older people. You will have the opportunity to gain work experience and training to suit your needs. St. Lazerian's House provides a very positive, friendly and flexible work environment and will support you to gain a Major Award in your chosen area. You will have the opportunity to engage in a full award with QQI which will be very beneficial when seeking employment in the future. If you would like an informal chat or visit to St. Lazerian's House, please contact Mary Gaule on (059) 972 1146 Monday to Friday 9 to 4 pm.

 

SPLIT THE POT

This week's winner of Split the Pot is Lucy Walsh who won €92. Congrats. Lucy. You can play by buying a ticket in any of the local shops or pubs.

 

COCKLESHELL ART ROOM,

Main Street, Duncannon

We are open from 11am to 6pm, six days a week - closed on Wednesday. 10% discount on all items valued over €40, (cash only). Final day of the 2017 exhibition is Sunday next 1st October.

 

C. E. SCHEME

South West Wexford FRC are supporting people to re-enter the workforce through the opportunity of free Training at QQI Level 3 up to Level 6 and onwards.

We are presently recruiting for: 

Front Desk Receptionists/Administrators

To participate you must be over 21 and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for 12 months or more. For further information please ring (051) 389 418 for Application Form. You should also be registered with DSP.

 

RAMSGRANGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Next monthly meeting

Monday, 2nd October, 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.

Cinema

Trip to Omniplex Cinema, Wexford, to see VICTORIA AND ABDUL, on Wednesday, 27th September. Cost €12, Bus leaves Ramsgrange at 12 noon sharp. Pickups from Ramsgrange to Wexford -

To book please call (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

Regional Quiz

There will be a Regional Quiz in the Riverbank Hotel, Wexford, on 16th October, starting at2pm sharp. Table of 4; €20.

Please contact Kelly to book teams. (087) 637 2084.

Ten Pin Bowling

There will be a Ten Pin Bowling Tournament in Leisure Max, Wexford, on 18th October - €7 per player. Lunch (optional) will cost €7. Tea/coffee will be served. A cup will be presented to the winning team that they will keep for a year and will be given out on the day. Contact Kelly on (087) 637 2084 or Adrian, Leisure Max, on (053) 912 2900.