Weekly Newsletter for 23rd September, 2018


The Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Fiona Geraghty, Months Mind Mass this Saturday.

Chrissie Kennedy, Mass next Saturday.

Nicholas Murphy, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

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




Universal: Young People in Africa

That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.



In today’s gospel, Jesus foretells his death and resurrection, rebukes his disciples for arguing about who was the greatest among them, and points to a child as a model for discipleship. Like the church that James wrote to, Jesus’ disciples were experiencing a conflict of interest, position and leadership among them. Even when Jesus speaks plainly, they do not understand because, there is such a great rift between their ambitions or expectations, and the predictions of Jesus. For this, they were afraid even to ask for clarification. Also, instead of reflecting on what Christ was telling them, they were busy quarrelling over who was the greatest. However, being God, Jesus knew their hidden ambitions, priorities and focus on their reputations. This is what we often see in any society, church, family, and anywhere that worldly ambition is considered more than spiritual ambition. There we see infighting, gossips, indifference, enmity, threats, evil plots, hatred, and all sorts of vices that both our first and second readings mentioned today. Wherever these exist, there can be no progress, prosperity, harmony or peace. Therefore by using a child as an example for us today, Jesus is simply teaching us that we have to become like children in order to be great. Of course, this does not mean being childish or foolish. Instead, it means that we have to live our lives in humble service to God and to one another rather than being preoccupied selfish ambitions. Jesus is also encouraging us to be more focused on our inward lives. That is, on becoming more pure, more innocent, more humble, more accommodating and more trusting. Therefore, to be great is to be focused on something other than oneself. It means our ability to accommodate, welcome, and work in harmony with others just as children are always ready to do. It means readiness to accept the truth and, to reflect positively on them. It also means to be ready to serve and, offer oneself for the sake of others as Christ did, rather than seeking to be served by others.



If we gather in Church week by week, it’s in order to pray and worship God together. We are Christ’s disciples in the world today, trying our best to live as he wants us to live. As we try to live out the Gospel in our daily lives, we know that we frequently fail, but with the help of God we start again each day. “If anyone wants to be first he must make himself last of all and servant of all.” This is at the heart of the Gospel, as Jesus’ own recipe for discipleship. He wants us to be willing to be of service of all. If this sounds like a tall order, it is still an essential part of following the one who gave his life for our human race. He valued each and every person, and changed their lives for the better. His followers should aim to do no less. To put it at its simplest we serve others in the way Jesus serves us.



Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.



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

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



29th September:

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Peggy Colfer

6th October:

Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy



The Harvest Collection is now due. Please place your contribution, in the envelope provided, (or any envelope - but, please write ‘Harvest Collection’ and your name on it) and place it in any of the collection boxes in the church. Thank you.



‘Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world. Love must win out; it is the only thing that can.’

(Blessed Oscar Romero)



This Week’s Content

This week features a homily for this 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time; an article on the building blocks of life by Sean O’ Leary; a feature on St Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist;  a video promoting the Rosary Around the Coast event on 7th October and an interview with Bishop Denis Brennan as he shares his thoughts on the recent World Meeting of Families and the historical visit to Ireland by Pope Francis. www.thehookoffaith.com



There was no winner of the €7,700 jackpot in last Tuesday’s draw. The winning numbers were: 5, 7, 20 & 29. St. James’ Club had no match 3 winners.  The Jackpot for the next Lotto draw, on 2nd October, 2018, will be €8,000. Tickets are available from committee members and local shops & pubs. €50 yearly lotto tickets are also available from (086) 882 0773.



“Hook of Faith” is a new and visually beautiful Irish website from the diocese of Ferns (home to the famous Hook Head peninsula). Produced by a group called Ferns CAFÉ (Catholic Adult Formation and Education), the aim is to provide “interesting articles, prayers and parables” that will spark the interest of visitors to the site. For this, and for other online spiritual resources, visit:




Senior Citizens Concern CLG is hosting an Open Day on Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 from 10am to 2pm. We will have representatives and information on the services provided here at St. Louis Day Care Centre and on Community based services within the area. Come in and join us for a chat and a cup of tea! All are welcome.



Next Meeting

Monday, 1st October, in St. Louis Day Care Centre, starting at 2.15pm. Speaker: Speaker: Fr Whelan, Ramsgrange.

Glencairn Plays

Trip to see the Glencairn Plays by Eugene O'Neill on Saturday, 13th October, at 12pm. These three one-act plays will be presented in one sitting, lasting one hour, aboard the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross. Cost €15 (ticket and bus). Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 11.15am, returning from New Ross at 4pm. Usual pick-ups on the way. Phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

New Ross Remembers

First World War 1914-1918 – on Saturday, 10th November in New Ross, at 8pm. Music, songs, poems and letters from the trenches in memory of the 250,000 Irishmen who went to fight and over 50,000 who lost their lives. Cost €28 (bus and ticket) - Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 7pm sharp - Usual pick-ups on way - Phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976. 

Annual Holiday

Our Annual Holiday has been arranged with South East Tours for Monday, 13th May to Friday, 17th May, staying in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry. Cost per person sharing; €529 - Single supplement; €25 extra per night. Cost includes: Bed & Breakfast, Evening Dinner, Transport to and from Bantry, Day Trips, Entrance fee, Gratuities - Deposit €100 payable at October meeting. Phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.



There will be a Teenage Disco in Campile Hall on this coming Friday night, 28th September, for all secondary school students, from 9pm to 12am. Doors open at 8pm. Strictly no alcohol or drugs allowed. This is a fully supervised event.



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Ramsgrange Community School is holding its Open Night on this Thursday evening, 27th September, between 6 and 9pm. 5th and 6th class pupils, with their parents, are invited to attend.



St. Lazerian's House is a low dependency residential care unit for older people. A vacancy has arisen for administration support, two days per week. Please contact Marian Manning (Manager) on (086) 125 8480 for an informal discussion. You must have office experience, excellent IT skills, experience of TAS/Payroll system and knowledge of HIQA.



We are holding an initial meeting for anyone interested in getting involved in: acting, writing, directing etc. also, make-up wardrobe, set design and construction, to come along to Campile Parochial Hall on Wednesday, 10th October, at 8pm. Contact Rojer on (087) 720 2880.



Shared Office/Desk Space for rent in Duncannon Village centre - High speed fibre broadband, kitchen, bathroom and shower facilities - Located opposite Duncannon beach - Suited to individuals working remotely, start-ups or small businesses - Permanent, monthly or weekly rates available. Contact Neil on (085) 141 1015 or email neil@quayline.com



New Ross

Saturday, 29th Sept. and 6th Oct. at 3pm: The Incredibles 2

Saturday, 6th October at 8pm

Mama Mia: Here We Go Again