Weekly Newsletter for 19th August, 2018


The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Peter & Michael Nolan, Mass this Saturday.

Walter & Theresa Kent, Mass this Sunday at 9am.

Please also remember in your prayers the repose of the souls of Eileen Delaney & Fiona Geraghty who were buried during the week. Also, Michael Dwyer, formerly Blackhill, Duncannon, who died suddenly on Thursday. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 10 o’clock in St. Aidan's Church, Poulfur. Burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Poulfur.


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





The treasure of Families

That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.



Jesus said to the crowds: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." The Jews quarrelled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever." It is more difficult to follow the Lord if we don't believe in Him! That seems like a self-evident kind of statement, but every day there are instances where those of us who profess to follow Him, do not live according to His word. Not living according to the word of the Lord is, in effect, not believing in Him. . The Gospel today is still from Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. This means that it is still about the Eucharist as it has been for the past several Sundays.  Jesus is truly in the bread that He gives us, Jesus is the bread that nourishes us. This type of imagery is reflecting the reality of Jesus for us. It is not enough just to eat the bread of the Eucharist. We can eat that bread unworthily as well. We must come to know Jesus in the bread. We must consume Jesus in our daily lives. When we eat Jesus, we become Jesus. Usually when we eat something, that something becomes us. In the case of Jesus, when we eat Him, we become Him. We eat Jesus by doing His will, by believing in Him and following what He asks of us. We eat Jesus by doing acts of love for others, even when we must sacrifice ourselves. We eat Jesus when we care for the poor and the outcast. Perhaps we eat Jesus most when we recognize His true presence in the Eucharist and receive Him physically in communion and also respond to that communion by our way of living. Let us walk in the way of the Lord.



Even though the first reading today may be two and an half thousand years old, the call to seek wisdom and reject foolishness has a very contemporary ring to it. Human nature does not change but we are slow to learn from experience. Today, life itself on this wonderful planet is threatened by our folly and a refusal to recognise that our actions have consequences. Instead of feasting ourselves at the sustainable banquet at Wisdom's house, we prefer to go blindly on gorging ourselves and ignoring the fact that God has called us to a responsible stewardship of his creation. Our celebration of the Eucharist should be a weekly reminder to us that we are all called to a life-giving relationship with God, with one another and with the planet we share.



Letting Ourselves Love and Be Loved

Children have the capacity to smile and to cry.  Some, when I pick them up to embrace them, smile; others see me dressed in white and think I am a doctor and that I am going to vaccinate them, and they cry...spontaneously! Children are like this: they smile and cry, two things which are often "stifled" in grown-ups... So often our smile becomes a cardboard smile, fixed, a smile that is not natural, even an artificial smile, like a clown.  Children smile spontaneously and cry spontaneously.  It always depends on the heart, and often our heart is blocked and loses this capacity to smile, to cry.  So children can teach is how to smile and cry again. (Pope Francis, March '15.)

Have you ever had the experience of seeing someone smile in your direction-----and you smile back, thinking the smile is for you until you realise the person is smiling at someone else?  It can be embarrassing.  Somehow we feel like smiling is a risk.  And crying is just totally embarrassing! But what if we smile at people and cry sometimes?  When we smile, we are showing people we are open to loving them.  When we cry, we show that we also need to be loved by them.  Those are good things even if they feel embarrassing sometimes.  Lord, don't let me be so embarrassed to love and be loved.



Dear Loving and Compassionate God, Giver of all gifts, we pray especially today for the mercy and love You give us. Open our hearts and minds to You. Give us the grace to accept your mercy. As we live each day, we pray for those less fortunate, especially those who are hurting, and whose wounds need to be healed. Help us become involved in ways that show them how deeply we care. Give us the personal courage to listen to their concerns and help them find the solutions to which they are entitled as Your children and our brothers and sisters. Amen.



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

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




Caroline Bennett & Cath. Ennis

1st September:

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Peggy Colfer



The excellent Creighton Online Ministries offer a 34-week audio retreat. This sounds like a long time - but, as the experience of thousands has shown, any person can do this retreat in the background of a very full life. Weekly themes, reflections and questions are designed to help retreatants experience a relationship with God coming alive in the midst of everyday life. For this and other online spiritual resources, visit: www.NewPilgrimPath.ie



Once again we're looking for sponsors for our weekly newsletter. It costs €50 for a month's sponsorship. For that you get your company advertised on the Parish website, DuncannonParish.com, and on the newsletter itself for the whole month (or not, if you'd prefer to sponsor anonymously). So, if anyone or any business would like to sponsor the newsletter, please contact Fr. John or email: DuncannonParish@Gmail.com



The Jackpot for the next lotto draw on Tuesday next, 21st August, 2018, will be €7,100. Tickets are available from committee members and local shops & pubs.



Furlong's Bar & Beer Garden in Campile, Co. Wexford, is the place to be on Saturday, 25th August for an afternoon filled with entertainment and games for everyone.  Admission to this Family Fun Day is free and the events start at 2pm. In addition to a barbeque grill there will be children's face painting, duck racing and numerous games with lots of prizes to be won. Live music from Mark Monaghan, bouncy castle, a rodeo bull for the 'bigger kids', many valuable spot prizes throughout the day and a raffle with top prizes from many local businesses. Your support would be greatly appreciated. More info on www.facebook.com/jabbfurlong or Furlong's Bar (086) 380 6935. Online donations can be accepted through their fundraising site: www.cmrf.org/event/furlongs-bar-family-fun-day

All money raised is going directly to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.





A mini-bus will be going to Our Lady's Island for the closing ceremony on Sunday evening, 9th Sept. Fare €10. Pick-up points: Campile, Ramsgrange, Elm Tree Cross, and Wellingtonbridge. Contact: Nicholas Bowe on (051) 388 437 or (087) 941 8661.



Ramsgrange Community Market is on every Friday morning from 9.30am in Ramsgrange Community Hall (opposite Flood's Centra). Pop in and have a cuppa and a chat and take the opportunity to meet and buy from local food producers and crafters. A new enterprise stall is being set up to support local crafters establish and promote their product and/or new craft/food business. 

If you have a product or products that you would like to showcase on this stall, contact us for further information. 

If you want to book a stall for any week contact Ann at (085) 755 5844 or email:

ramsgrangecommunitymarket @gmail.com or drop in and see us on Friday mornings.

Patrons of the Community Market can park at Ramsgrange Church carpark.



Next Meeting

Monday, 3rd September 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 always welcome.

Summer School Tea Party

On 6th September, be entertained by Rachel Allen and Brendan Grace. The cost of €20 will include entry and coach. We have been assured that a Marquee tent will be there to shelter the audience.

Make sure you book early - (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976


The usual visits to the Cinema will recommence in September.

Excerpts from the Musicals

Wexford - October - date TBC.

Dog Racing

Waterford - November - An evening of dog racing, including a meal - date to be confirmed.