Weekly Newsletter for 13th October, 2019


Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Phil & Maureen Doyle, Mass this Saturday.

Jim Walsh, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Betty Somers, Mass next Sat.

Davy John Walters, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

May they rest in peace. Amen




Evangelisation: That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the church.



A certain man saw a poor beggar at the side of the road and gave him some coins. He had walked away about 200 metres when he suddenly realised that the beggar had not thanked him and he became quite angry. He spoke to his Rabbi about it who asked him, ‘Did you give him the money only to be thanked? And, by the way, did you thank Yahweh for inspiring you to be kind to the beggar?’

One message of today’s readings is gratitude, especially to God. Are we grateful people? The central worship we make is the Eucharist, a Greek word meaning thanksgiving because in it we offer Jesus to the Father in gratitude for the gifts he lavishes on us daily. Healing is another aspect of today’s gospel.

The gospel today highlights the fact that it is a foreigner who shows gratitude to God, not the other nine. At the time of Jesus leprosy would have been thought of as AIDS is by many today. Lepers had to keep their distance from people and villages. They usually had a bell which they rang warning others of their presence. Even though the disease of leprosy was terrible, eating away into the flesh until eventually killing the leper there were other perhaps worse aspects associated with being a leper. They were cut off socially from their families, their village, from attending synagogue worship. Simply they were regarded as outcasts, outsiders. One could imagine that they would have had little self-esteem.

At one stage in Nigeria outside the church where I celebrated Mass on a Sunday there was a leper who had only two stumps of hands – no palms, no fingers etc. I often thought: How did he dress himself? He obviously couldn’t write, tie his sandals or thread a needle. I couldn’t but thank God for my hands and fingers each time I saw him. Should it not be the same when we see blind or similar people?

So, on his way to Jerusalem where he would suffer and die Jesus entered a village and 10 lepers came to meet him. As the custom demanded they stood some way off and begged him to help them. Here Jesus simply tells the 10 lepers to go and show themselves to the priests. It is interesting that he didn’t cure them on the spot but asked them to do something by going to the priests and trusting him.

The change effected by Jesus was far greater than merely a physical one. They were healed of being social outcasts. They could now go back to their families, their friends, and their synagogues. But for the Samaritan who was cured it was even deeper as it now meant a new relationship with Jesus, with God. In turning back to Jesus, he praises God and Jesus says ‘your faith has saved you’.



Lord Jesus, help me to be aware of my need for healing and especially to be ever grateful to you for all your gifts, healing included. May you use us to be healers for those we meet who feel cut off from what is life-giving. Amen.



The homily for this Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time reflects on the importance of gratitude in our lives of faith. As Blessed John Henry Newman is canonised a saint this Sunday, Bishop Fintan Monaghan outlines the significance of the event for ecumenism.

Our interview this week continues our interest in John Henry Newman as we speak to Fr. Bill Dailey who is the Director of the Newman Centre for Faith and Reason in Dublin. As we live through this Extra-ordinary month of mission, we examine how our understanding of mission as Catholics has expanded under the leadership of Pope Francis. Finally, we feature a new song and video made by the Poor Clares in Galway, apply described as ‘Calm the Soul’. Check out the latest resources: www.thehookoffaith.com 



Ecumenical Quiet Day in St. John of God Retreat Centre, Ballyvaloo, on this Tuesday, 15th October, from 11.15am till 4.30pm. €25 including lunch and coffee breaks. The day will be led by Rev. Desmond Bain, former President of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Please contact Fr. James Murphy by Monday evening if you wish to attend. Phone & Text (087) 815 2637



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

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



19th October:

Caroline Bennett & Cath. Ennis.

26th October:

Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy.



The ‘On Being’ project explores the intersection of spiritual enquiry, morality, science, community and the arts. This week, a riveting interview takes place with Derek Black and Matthew Stevenson.  Black is a former white supremacist who grew up at the epicentre of white American nationalism. After his virulently racist ideology was outed at the New College of Florida, he was ostracised by most of his peers. Stevenson, one of the only Orthodox Jews on campus, invited him to Shabbat dinner. What happened next is a truly extraordinary story. Listen to ‘Befriending radical disagreement’ at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie .



Christmas Shopping Trip

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019 - Usual Pick-ups on the way: Tea/coffee & scone on route - Shopping at Dundrum Shopping Centre – Bed, Breakfast and Dinner at the Westgrove Hotel, Clane, Co. Kildare (Full use of the Leisure Centre at the Hotel) - Enjoy music in the bar after dinner - Visit to Kildare Shopping Centre, Russborough House & afternoon tea. Cost: €150 pps a twin or double room - Single Supplement. €20. Contact (087) 946 2160.

Holiday May 2020

Annual holiday 4th to 8th May, 2020, to Castlebar Co. Mayo. Cost is €365 pps - single sup. €20 per night. Day trips, gratuities, etc included in price. Names and deposits of €50 must be made at November meeting. Savings club open. Please come along. So much fun to be had. Enquiries to Mary B. on 087 2073966



Next weekend our parish will celebrate World Mission Sunday. It’s a way for you to give support to those suffering within our Church family. On the 20th, every single parish worldwide will give what they can. It will be used to support overseas missionaries, many of whom work in some of the world’s most impoverished communities. Next week, if you can, please be extra generous during Mass.




The Jackpot for the next lotto draw, on 15th October, 2019, will be €14,000 (reserve jackpot €3,500).

Tickets are available from committee members and local shops & pubs. €50 yearly lotto tickets are also available from (086) 882 0773.



1st Commandment: 

You shall have no gods except me.  What does this mean? There is only one God.  God is more important than anything else.  God is more important than earning a lot of money.  God is more important than being famous and having lots of fans.  God is even more important than me.  God gives me a good life; He is my joy, my happiness. 

Naturally, there is only one God – and not many “gods”.  In a figurative sense, however, we often make things our “God”.  We treat them as if they were the most important thing, and everything else must be subordinated to them.  This way they become “gods” or “idols”.

Putting God first: To live well means setting priorities. The most important thing comes first, then the less important and at the end come the things that are well and good but not really necessary. A Christian knows: God has to have the first place in my heart, otherwise something is wrong. This does also imply, though, that I might not be able to go to Mass on a Sunday because I have to take care of my sick children at home.  For God is love, and love requires me to take care of my children.



Dr Helen Doyle, will be holding a walk-in flu vaccination clinic in her surgery in Duncannon on Thursday, 17th October, from noon until 1pm. 

No appointment necessary



You are invited to a talk/discussion on proposed changes to the Relationship/Sex Education programme in both primary and secondary schools. What do schools want to teach your children? What should they teach your children? Discussion and information evening for parents/grandparents. Talk by David Quinn and guests in The Athenaeum, Castle Street, Enniscorthy, on Wed., 16th Oct., at 7.45pm.



Duncannon Village Renewal will meet this Friday, 18th October, at 7pm in the Star of the Sea Centre, to elect a new chairperson and form a new ‘Festivals’ sub-committee to oversee the planning of next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Sand Sculpting Festival. If you would like the opportunity to be part of an enthusiastic team, delivering these prominent community events, please come along.



New Ross Drama Workshop proudly presents an evening of comedy and drama in three one act plays in Campile Hall on this Wednesday, 16th October, at 8pm featuring:

Smile Handsome by Liz O Hanlon, directed by Peter O’Connor.

Last Panto in Little Grimey by David Tristram – by Anne Kelly.

Notes on Falling Leaves by Ayub Khan Din directed by Peggy Hussey.

Tickets are €10 and are available at the door. 



A prospective husband in a book-store enquired, “Do you have a book called,

"Husband – the Master of the House"?

The sales girl promptly replied, “Yes sir, 'Fiction' and 'Humour' are on the 1st floor.