Weekly Newsletter for 31st May, 2020

 

Pentecost Sunday 

 

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MASSES CANCELLED

Due to the threat posed by the Covid 19 virus, all Masses in Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church, Duncannon, have been cancelled until further notice.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Louis Whelan

Joseph Wallace

David Hearne

All of the above have an anniversary which occur about this time.

May they all rest in the peace of Christ. Amen.

 

HOLY FATHER'S INTENTIONS

MAY

Prayer intention for evangelisation - For Deacons

We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

At Pentecost the Church earnestly began its mission to the whole world. This mission centres on preaching about the saving name of Jesus and about the wonders of God. God's greatest wonder is that, through the suffering and death of Jesus the Messiah, people are saved from the consequences of their sins: alienation from God. Jesus' fundamental promise to his apostles was that they would never be without his presence and his help. He knew that they would be unable to contribute successfully to the universal mission that he had given them unless he sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would bring courage to his disciples, and restore unity and harmony between people. There is evidence of this in John's Gospel when Jesus, after rising from the dead, said to his apostles: 'Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained' (Jn 20:22-23).

Significantly, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church at its beginning corresponds to the earlier coming of the Holy Spirit on Jesus at the beginning of his public ministry when he was baptised in the River Jordan. In the same way that Jesus was always accompanied and guided by the Holy Spirit during his earthly life, so too is his Church as it brings repentant sinners to him. Repentance is necessary for salvation.

The feast of Pentecost celebrates a promise realised. It acknowledges that the Holy Spirit is at the heart of the Church's life. Because that is so, the Church cannot ultimately fail in its task of witnessing to Jesus' death and resurrection. It will eventually succeed in communicating the message of God's salvation to everyone in the world.

The sacrament of confirmation, which celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives and is the sealing of the graces, given in baptism, is our personal Pentecost experience when we are transformed into witnesses to the teaching and example of Jesus and his Church. We willingly take on the responsibility to share our Catholic faith with others.

The Feast of Pentecost is a wonderful celebration of the missionary Church. Let us reflect on our missionary efforts in our homes, schools and workplaces.

How are we willing to demonstrate that we are serious about our confirmation (Pentecost) responsibilities? In what ways do we explain the authentic teaching of the Church?

How do we experience Pentecost as a promise realised in our lives, leading us to make the urgency of the gospel message of salvation a reality for everyone we meet?

 

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Lord, you sent your Son Jesus as one of us. He shared the weaknesses of the human condition, he knew uncertainty and anxiety about the future, he was limited to living in one culture and in one period of history. Help us, Lord, to accept that as you sent Jesus so he sent us. Lord, the modern world knows many ways of influencing others: - advertising; - the power of weapons; - aggressive argumentation which forces others to agree. Forgive us, Lord, that we followers of Jesus use these methods in preaching his message. Teach us to trust in his power - love, gentle as breath, the kind that leaves others free and creative, and comes from the very depths of our selves. Amen.

 

A PENTECOST PRAYER

Come, Holy Spirit, be our Light. Shine upon the shadowed hearts. Warm and transform us from within. Come, Spirit, make your home in us. Make us become our very best. Show us how to practice love. Come, Spirit, to comfort and console. Heal the wounded. Calm the anxious. Soothe us when we grieve or ache. Come, Spirit, and energize our being. Help us live as Jesus taught. Lead us to work and pray and play. Holy Spirit, Fire of Love. Spirit of wisdom and insight. Direct our life and guide our ways.

 

REFLECTION

The feast of Pentecost celebrates a promise realised. It acknowledges that the Holy Spirit is at the heart of the Church's life. Because that is so, the Church cannot ultimately fail in its task of witnessing to Jesus' death and resurrection. It will eventually succeed in communicating the message of God's salvation to everyone in the world. The sacrament of confirmation, which celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives and is the sealing of the graces, given in baptism, is our personal Pentecost experience when we are transformed into witnesses to the teaching and example of Jesus and his Church. We willingly take on the responsibility to share our Catholic faith with others. The Feast of Pentecost is a wonderful celebration of the missionary Church. Let us reflect on our missionary efforts in our homes, schools and workplaces. How are we willing to demonstrate that we are serious about our confirmation (Pentecost) responsibilities? In what ways do we explain the authentic teaching of the Church? How do we experience Pentecost as a promise realised in our lives, leading us to make the urgency of the gospel message of salvation a reality for everyone we meet?

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

6th June: Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy.

13th June: Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Marian McKee.

 

SCHOOL ENROLMENTS

Ramsgrange Central N. S. is now taking enrolments for September 2020. Enrolment forms are available on the school website www.ramsgrangens.com or by contacting Karen, in the office, on (051) 389 363 or emailing ramsgrangens@hotmail.com. The three-teacher school is situated in the heart of Ramsgrange village.

A school spokesperson said: 'Please feel free to speak to our principal Lorraine Kennedy at any time during the school day.'

 

LOCAL WEBCAM MASS

Tune in to Mass from Ramsgrange, via WebCam, on Facebook Live. Mass at 6pm on Saturday evenings and at 10.30 on Sunday mornings.

https://www.facebook.com/RamsgrangeChurch Celebrant is Fr. Brian Whelan.

 

THE HOOK OF FAITH

This Sunday celebrates the great Feast of Pentecost and God's gift of the Spirit to the Church. We have the homily by Mgr. Joe McGrath, P. P. New Ross and continue with our series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, this week unpacking the Spirit's gift of Counsel. Our video is by Mike Drennan S. J. who gives a spiritual take on 'social distancing'. We feature the results of an important study that shows again 'deaths from despair' are far lower among those who have religious faith and practise it. We mark the centenary of the beatification of St. Oliver Plunkett and explore with awe and wonder the complexity and beauty of a human cell. All this and more on: www.thehookoffaith.com

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."

This is the most famous saying of Julian of Norwich, the 14th century mystic theologian and spiritual writer. Her book, The Revelations of Divine Love, is widely acknowledged as one of the great classics of the spiritual life. In it, she vividly expresses her profound belief in a God of unconditional love, of merciful compassion and honesty, and a radical belief in the goodness of creation and humanity - deeply challenging to medieval ideas of a God of wrath. Robert Fruewirth is the author of The Drawing of the Love, a book which aims to enable people radically to apply her immense wisdom to their own situation. His one-hour video talk provides a superb introduction to the teachings of Julian. You can watch it at: www.newpilgrimpath.ie

 

A PRAYER TO COMBAT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

Most merciful and Triune God,
We come to you in our weakness.
We come to you in our fear.
We come to you with trust.
For you alone are our hope.

 

We place before you the disease present in our world.
We turn to you in our time of need.

 

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into your eternal home.

 

Stabilise our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in your care.

 

Jesus, I trust in you.

Jesus, I trust in you.

Jesus, I trust in you.

 

Amen.

 

 

TRÓCAIRE

Trócaire has launched an urgent appeal for supporters to return donations from their Trócaire boxes online or over the phone.

The charity's biggest fundraising campaign has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many supporters unable to return their Trócaire boxes due to ongoing restrictions.

Trócaire today warned that unless donations from the boxes are returned, it is facing a massive funding crisis that will impact directly on the 3 million people who rely on its work overseas.

How to Return your Donation

Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate now in one of these four easy ways:

Online: trocaire.org

Phone: 1850 408 408 (ROI) or

Post: Trócaire, Freepost, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Or, check with your local parish if it is possible to arrange a safe drop-off.