Weekly Newsletter for 15th July, 2018

 

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

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Many thanks to:

‘The Cockleshell Art Room, Main Street, Duncannon - Celebrating 20 years of the Cockleshell Art Project Voluntary Endeavours‘,

Sponsors of our Newsletter for the month of July, 2018.

 

 

Have I judged too easily?  Ask for a heart open to the struggles and history of others. Lord, help me to see others as you see them.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Jimmy O’Grady, Mass this Sat.

Dr. Sinead Kinsella, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Jack, Bridget & Mary Ann Stafford, Mass next Saturday.

Gary Kelly, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

 

POPE’S INTENTIONS

JULY

Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

In the Catholic Church also people are invited to respond to the call, to be sent out on mission.  Not only priests and religious but lay people too. Being sent on mission for Christians is always the initiative of God. It is he who calls and empowers us, though the Holy Spirit, to be effective advertisers or witnesses to him. It doesn’t depend on us, the mission is God’s but he uses us. Because of our baptism we are all missionaries. And so this text applies to us. A good question to ask might be: is there anything in my life that prevents me from giving time to God or witnessing to him in my daily activities? For example, I could be so involved with my work, my computer or video games that I don’t have time to pray or even go to Church on Sunday. These could take up the time I might need to visit a sick relative or a needy person. Where do we spend our time or our money? The focus of our time or money will tell us what our God is and what is important in our life. Mission is aimed at the total person; in the gospel Jesus sends out his disciples not only with the call to repent, to convert people but to heal them from sickness and all powers of evil. The human person is to be saved in the concrete realities of his/her existence. Those of us who are Christians and therefore disciples of Jesus are given the same mandate as the Twelve of today’s gospel. We can cure others by our love, encouragement, affirmation, forgiveness, acceptance of their failures etc. We can cast out devils of fear, anxiety, worry, guilt by the way we are there for them when they need us. Welcome and hospitality have great healing powers. We may find it hard to accept this and it will seem impossible if we think the power comes from us. But if we are more conscious of being chosen and sent by God as was Amos and the Twelve we can claim the power of God to fulfil the calling he gives us. At the end of the Mass we are sent out to share with others the gifts we have received from the Lord. Here the Lord forgives our sins, speaks his word to us, and nourishes us with the food of the Eucharist.

 

REFLECTION

Each one of us is called to be a healer, each in our own way. All of us can learn the power of kindness, a bit of thought, a smile, a helping hand. We are limited only by our lack of concern, by our fear, by our forgetting that (as Paul says) we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. There untapped potential for good in all of us. It is worth remembering that peace is not just the absence of trouble. It is above all a life-force, like joy and love, that helps us handle life’s difficulties and threats. It’s origins are in God Himself whom the Old Testament calls Yahweh-Shalom, God of Peace. But here, peace means wholeness, completeness, a reality that God wants all of us to share with one another. So during this Mass we pray with and for each other, bless each other, support each other, forgive each other, treat each other with love and compassion. These are the things that heal and they are within everyone’s reach. Of course, healing is a process; like growth itself it takes time, but who can say what the effect of a simple outreach may be? Let us trust God to complete with loving grace what we begin with his help.

 

REFLECTION FOR THE MEETING OF FAMILIES

Please and Thank You

In the family we learn how to ask without demanding, to say “thank you” as an expression of genuine gratitude for what we have been given, to control aggressivity and greed, and to ask forgiveness when we have caused harm, when we quarrel, because in all families there are quarrels. The challenge is to then ask for forgiveness. These simply gestures of heartfelt courtesy help to create a culture of shared life. ( Pope Francis, Mass for families, July 7, 2015.). So many times, saying please, thank you and I’m sorry seem like small things ----and even unimportant.  How many times do we apologise without really meaning it?  Or say thank you without actually being grateful?  Don’t we hate it when someone gives us a fake apology? These may be small things, but they’re not unimportant. The next time I apologise or say thank you, can I put my whole heart into what I’m saying and really mean it?

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Let me pause as I begin this new day to give it to You, Lord. Before the tumult of activities breaks in; before breakfast plates crash through my still sleepy mind; for this last moment in my bed, thank you, Lord. Let me hold Your promise of new life. Keep me from slipping back for I know that what is forgiven is as if it never were. Each new day, Your grace gives me a fresh start to walk in Your light again. May the Lord support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

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

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

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

21st July:

Ciss Wallace & Mary Wallace

28th July:

Caroline Bennett & Cath. Ennis

 

THE HOOK OF FAITH

Check out the new website in the diocese dedicated to the mission evangelisation. This week’s posts include a reflection on the beautiful summer we are having, the ongoing series on faith and mental health, a homily for this weekend and a recent interview with David Quinn of the Iona Institute who talks about the recent abortion referendum, the ideology of choice, marriage and family and the importance of religion in modern society. Check it out on:

www.thehookoffaith.com

 

MORNING MASS

There WILL NOT be any weekday morning Mass this week. Normal Masses will resume on Tuesday, 24th July, at 9.30am.

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

“We do not know how to pray”, says St Paul, “but the Spirit prays within us, deeper than words”. For the prayer of the Spirit of Jesus to well up in our hearts, flood our hearts, and overflow in us, we have first to become still, to concentrate. Benedictine monk, Laurence Freeman, who heads the ecumenical World Community of Christian Meditation, introduces the ancient and simple practice of meditation. To access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, visit:

www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.

 

FATIMA PILGRIMAGE

Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima 2018: 7th - 14th October, 2018 - Pilgrimage Directors:  Fr. Thomas Doyle and Fr. Denis Browne - 7 nights, full board at Hotel Catolica - Price:  €745 per person sharing. Full details from O’Leary Travel (053) 923 3178

 

ST. LAZERIAN’S HOUSE

St. Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, is celebrating 30 years on the 5th August, 2018, and would like the local community to join us in their celebrations. They would especially like to invite families and relatives who were part of St. Lazerian’s House over the years; past Board members, volunteers and staff, to the Open Day from 11am to 5pm. KCLR will broadcast their Classic Hits Show live from 11am to 2pm and there will be a vintage car exhibition from 2pm to 5pm. Refreshments will be served all day along with cakes and scones.

 

TEA/COFFEE MORNING

Senior Citizens Concern CLG is hosting a Tea/Coffee Morning in St. Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, from 9am to 12pm on Sunday, 22nd July, 2018.

 

ST. JAMES’ G. A. A. LOTTO

There was no winner of the €6,200 jackpot in the draw held last Tuesday, 10th July. The winning numbers were: 2, 10, 25 & 27. St. James’ Club had no match 3 winners. Jackpot for the next Lotto Draw, on 24th July, 2018, will be €6,500. Lotto tickets are available from committee members and local shops & pubs.

 

RAMSGRANGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT

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.

Jack Meades and Suir Valley Railway

On 25th July - Cost €25 - Sit down BBQ - Visit Suir Valley Railway then onto Jack Meades for sit-down BBQ.

Leaving Ramsgrange 9.30am Sharp - Normal pickups on the way - Names Please call to book (087) 637 2084 or (051) 593 836.

Kennedy Park 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

Cinema

The usual visits to the Cinema will recommence in September.

Excerpts from the Musicals

Wexford - October - date to be confirmed.

Dog Racing

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

 

QUOTE

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. ...  Oscar Wilde