Weekly Newsletter for 20th May, 2018


Pentecost Sunday


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Walter Byrne, Mass this Sat.

Joe Lambert, Mass this Sunday at 9am.

May they rest in peace. Amen.




Evangelization: The Mission of the Laity

That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.



In the gospel, Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit upon his disciples in order to restore their peace and to free them from fears. This is what we need most in our world. What then will the Holy Spirit that we have received help us to accomplish? First, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of fear and timidity. According to our Catechism, it is the Spirit that empowers us and makes us strong Christians and soldiers of Christ. This means that we must no longer be timid Christians, but Christians who are bold enough to call God our Father. Second, he will help us bear good fruits (Gal 5, 22). The Holy Spirit will lead us into the kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy. He will lead us away from all that is evil and bring us to the fullness of life. However, it is important to note that as a person, the Holy Spirit can be offended.  So, as we rejoice at this wonderful gesture that God extended to us today, let us equally ask him for the grace to be docile to the Spirit we have received, and that by our actions we might not grieve Him. As we celebrate this year’s Pentecost, we must ask ourselves these pertinent questions: What does the Holy Spirit wants us to do, and where is He leading us?” Reflecting over these important questions and many more is very important especially now that our world has become so complex that one hardly understands what is happening. It is sad to note that families, societies, communities, states and the world (in spite of being referred as a global village) are drifting apart, thus becoming more complex than ever. In a world filled with much complexities and confusions, only the Holy Spirit can restore order and calm our fears. He alone can empower us to face the challenges of our lives, families, communities, and world. He alone can give us the right insight needed to navigate through the complex seas of our daily life.

In view of this, we must pause and listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say to us and what direction He wishes to lead us. We must ask Him this Pentecost to show us a new direction. Let us give him more chance to decide what happens in our lives, families and communities. Rather than by sight alone, let us walk by the Holy Spirit of God because: “…Not by power nor by might, but by my spirit, says the Lord Almighty” 



Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.



If ever there was a line of poetry that captures the energy and power of Pentecost Sunday, it is this line from Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, ‘God’s Grandeur,’ ‘the world is charged with the splendour of God’. The Resurrection of Jesus reaches its powerful climax with an out pouring of life, light and energy for his followers. After Jesus’ crucifixion this small group of men and women were hiding. They were afraid and had lost all heart and hope.

But through the gift of the Holy Spirit they are filled with courage, enthusiasm and determination. Given new life and hope, they went out into the streets and market places and loudly without our fear, proclaimed the good news of the Resurrection; the missionary church is born as they were charged with the splendour of God. It would be a mistake to think of ourselves today as being any different from these men and women.

Through the grace of baptism and confirmation, each of us has been filled with the life and power of the same Holy Spirit. Today in our homes, parishes and communities, schools and places of work, we too are called to be living witnesses of Christ in and for the world. We need not be worried or afraid of this great responsibility, for God has filled each of with his own Spirit, ,

’You are my servant, whom I strengthen, in with whom I am well pleased, I have filled you with my spirit.’ (Is. 42.



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

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



26th May:

Ciss Wallace & Mary Wallace

2nd June: Caroline Bennett & Catherine Ennis



Please remember in your prayers the boys and girls who will be receiving their first Holy Communion next Saturday.



The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12).

This rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. 

Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. 

Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves.

The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. (Pope Francis, visit to Joint Session of the U.S. Congress, 24, Sept. 2015).

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”---------The Golden Rule is part of Christ’s teaching that is also common to other faith traditions.  It is a starting point for a way of life that builds common ground in our culture. Treating others as we would like to be treated gives us a clear direction and measure. It also helps us reflect on how we would most like to be treated: with kindness and patience, of course, but we also want to be protected and cared for, to grow and learn.



There will be a one-day coach trip to Knock Shrine on Sunday, 1st July, 2018 for the Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage Day. Pick-up Points: Wellingtonbridge; The Hollow Bar, Ramsgrange; Campile; and New Ross.

Fare: €55 including two meals. Contact Nicholas Bowe on (051) 388 437 or (087) 941 8661.



“It is a shame that the Holy Spirit tends to be an afterthought”. Richard Rohr is an American Franciscan friar, renowned author, and Dean of the ecumenical Centre for Action and Contemplation. He believes that, of the two baptisms mentioned by Christ – baptism with water, and baptism with fire and the Holy Spirit - many of us have not truly experienced the latter. The gift of the Spirit is within us, but we need to fan into flame this gift we already have. If we are to draw on that dynamic presence, we must believe in it and want it. To listen to his thought-provoking homily on Pentecost, and to access other online spiritual resources, visit: www.NewPilgrimPath.ie



We Cannot Change Moral Truth

None of us should ever have the power to decide on the death of another.  To concede to any person the right to intentionally take the life of another – in this case the life of a voiceless unborn child – is not only to redefine human life as less than sacred, it is also to make a hierarchy of human life – where some lives are deemed to be of no value at all.  In matters of life and death, none of us is a supreme judge who can decide the fate of another, least of all the vulnerable and the voiceless, the unborn child. I ask you today to remember that no referendum can change moral truth.  The direct and intentional killing, of an unborn human being, would be just as immoral the day after it was ‘legalised’, as it had been, the day before. (Bishop Denis Brennan, The Right to Life of the Unborn).



St. Louis Day Care Centre is holding a 5K Walk/Run in JFK Memorial Park on Sunday, 20th May, 2018, at 10.30am. €10.00 - Children Free. Register on the day or go to: www.gofundme.com/5K-sponsored-walkrun



Plans unveiled for new            Arthurstown, Ballyhack & Duncannon Sewerage Scheme

A drop-in information event will take place this Tuesday, 22nd May, from 6pm to 8pm in the Star of the Sea Centre, Duncannon, to give local people an opportunity to learn more about the project and discuss the plans with the project team ahead of the finalisation of the planning application.



There was no winner of the €5,000 jackpot in the draw last Tuesday. The winning numbers were: 4, 20, 24 & 30. St. James’ Club had no match 3 winners. The Jackpot for the next Lotto Draw on 29th May, 2018, will be €5,300. Lotto tickets are available from committee members and local shops & pubs.



For the month of May, we will open from 11am to 6pm, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Our new artists include: Maura M. Clarke, Trudi Doyle, Anne McLeod and Lar Joyce. Please come along and browse.



Hook Tourism welcomes all to Hooked on the Sea 2018 - A fun filled weekend of activities for all ages across the stunning Hook Peninsula - Free entry & ‘have-a-go’ special rates on Kayaking, Archery, Power Kiting & Inflatable Adventure Zone - Free Pirate school & Face painting, BBQ’s and Seafood specials.



This week’s winner of Split the Pot is Paddy Traynor who won €102. Congrats. Paddy. You can play by buying a ticket in any of the local shops or pubs.



There will be a Coffee Morning on Friday, 25th May, from 10am to 2pm in Clonard Community Centre, Wexford. All proceeds towards the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. All are welcome.