Weekly Newsletter for 26th May, 2019


Sixth Sunday of Easter


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months of May and June, 2019.


Lord, open my heart to prayer and care this day. Open my eyes to the beauty and problems of others. Open my heart to your love for me.



Joseph Wallace, Mass next Saturday.

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




Evangelisation: That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.



Today’s Gospel is already leading us forward to Pentecost, the sending of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us wisdom and understanding and invites us to meditate on the Word of God so that we can understand how that Word can change our lives. In the Gospel we continue with the challenge of knowing how to live the Christian life with others: whoever loves me will keep my word. It is clear from the Scriptures that if we want to follow Jesus, then we must allow our lives to be formed by His words in the Scripture. We must study Scripture, not as scholars do but as people who are thirsty to live by His word. When we find that we don’t understand what His word means, then we must ask the Apostles and the Elders of our own time. These are people who speak for the Christian community today. We Catholics have the Pope and the Bishops. We also have Scripture scholars who help us and those in authority deepen our understanding of what the Scriptures mean. Today there are all kinds of conflicts about what the Scriptures mean, in practically every area of morality. We find totally opposite explanations and understandings various Scriptural passages. For us, these disagreements should be healthy because they make us think more and try to understand more. Let us ask God today to send His Spirit more fully into our lives. May that Holy Spirit intercede for us and for our world so that we can understand the revealed Word of God more completely and allow our lives to be formed by that Word.



Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries of the universe in relation to eternity. Spirit of right judgment and courage, guide us and make us firm in our baptismal decision to follow Jesus' way of love. Spirit of knowledge and reverence, help us to see the lasting value of justice and mercy in our everyday dealings with one another. May we respect life as we work to solve problems of family and nation, economy and ecology. Spirit of God, spark our faith, hope and love into new action each day. Fill our lives with wonder and awe in your presence which penetrates all creation. Amen.



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

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



1st June:

Caroline Bennett, Cath. Ennis.

8th June:

Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy.



From now on the Church will be locked every evening from 8pm.



Fact 11:  ....the resurrection of the body.  Death is not the end.  God will raise all the dead.  After our death God himself is waiting for us, with thousands of angels and surprises that we cannot imagine.  God is heavenly.  God is joy without end.  God is what is best in life. 

In the Mass for the Dead (Requiem), this beautiful, very old song is played: “May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.  May choirs of angels welcome you and lead you to the bosom of Abraham; and where Lazarus is poor no longer, may you find eternal rest.” Here is a church chant from Augsburg in Germany from 1667: “Jesus, for You I live; Jesus, for You I die; Jesus, I am Yours in life and in death.”

Finally, a short excerpt from the Old Testament: I am not afraid, my Lord, for You have created me.  You called me by my name.  I am Yours!  When I pass through the waters, You are with me, and through rivers – they shall not overwhelm me.  When I walk through fire I shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume me.  For You are the Lord my God, the Holy One, my Saviour!  I am precious in Your sight, and You love me.  For Your glory You have created, formed and fashioned each one by Your name.  You alone are God, now and for evermore.  Since You are by me, I do not fear.  Isaiah 43:1-7.



There will be a one-day coach trip to Knock Shrine, on Sunday 7th July, which is the Ferns Diocesan Day. Pick-up Points:  Wellingtonbridge, Ramsgrange, Campile, and New Ross. Fare €58 (incl. 2 meals). For more details and to book, contact: Nicholas on (051) 388 437 or (087) 941 8661.



The homily on this Sixth Sunday of Easter is by Fr James Cullen as we approach the great feasts of Ascension and Pentecost. We have an article that reflects back on one year after the repeal of the 8th Amendment. As May draws to a close we have a feature on the Feast of Mary’s Visitation and how she is a model for mission. As First Holy Communion season is in full swing we have a video on the uniqueness of the moment in the life of a child. Finally as summer arrives we have reflection on the beauty of the stars by Philip Quirke. Check out the latest resources at:




“There is a direct connection between the Transfiguration, the Ascension and the Second Coming... However, like the disciples in the reading from Acts, we often fail to make these connections. We are still left looking up at the feet, which is the enigma posed by Salvador Dali 50 years ago in his painting, The Ascension (1958)”. Anglican priest and former Director of Spiritual Formation at the Church of Ireland Theological College, Revd. Canon Patrick Comerford, writes about the Ascension of the Lord in his always stimulating online journal.  For this, and other online spiritual resources, visit: NewPilgrimPath.ie



…to the following children who received their First Holy Communion this Saturday, Alex Ely, Tommy Bates, Leo Krugelevicius, Maya Shannon, Ava Lynch and Cathal O’Connor.



There will be an All-Ireland Rosary Rally, at Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, on Saturday, 1st June, 2019 from 2pm to 5pm. Mass celebrated by Bishop John Fleming, homilist Fr. Frank Fahey. Buses available locally; contact: (01) 837 8504.




The lotto jackpot is €12,800 and the next draw will take place on the evening of Tuesday, 28th May, 2019. Tickets, at €2 each, can be purchased from committee members and in local shops & pubs. We would like to thank all the sellers and the premises who take their lotto books for sales.  

Golf Classic

St. James’ GAA Annual Golf Classic will take place on Friday, 19th July, in New Ross Golf Club. Entry fee for teams of four: €160, which includes green fees, competition on all par 3’s, longest drive. Prizes for GUI/ILGU and non GUI. First prize is Dinner, Bed & Breakfast in the Mullingar Park Hotel with a four-ball in Mullingar Golf Club, lots of other fantastic prizes. To book a tee time please contact:

Markie Murphy (087) 246 1560, Michael Ryan (087) 272 5264, Noel Holohan (086) 865 8093, Robert O’Dwyer (087) 669 5862.

Barn Dance will be on Saturday, 22nd June, this year. So save a date in your diaries for one of the biggest sessions of the year. More details closer to the date.



Congratulations and best wishes for their future life together, to Marie McDonald-Witty and Shane Towey who were married in Our Lady, Star if the Sea Church, Duncannon on Friday.



Monthly meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be held on 3rd June, in St. Louis Day Care Centre, starting at 2.15pm. (087) 637 2084. New members always welcome.



Main St. Duncannon

We will be open from 11am ‘til 5pm each day of this coming Bank Holiday weekend and six days a week thereafter - closed on Wednesdays. We will be showing the works of Maura M. Clarke, Eileen Cloney, Michelle Colfer, Lorraine Fenlon, Eleanor Foley, Francois Gunning, Ethna Horan, Helen Mason, Betty Murphy, John Nolan Artist, Pat Sherriff and Rachel Smith, with woodcarvings by Matty Molloy, photos of "Olden Times in Duncannon", Photo Art by Picture Perfect Prints, and Aerial Photography by Insta_Mavic, and a selection of Pebble Art also on show.   



St. Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, Assisted Home Living for the Elderly, provide the following services:

¨ Meals on Wheels (daily delivery),

¨ Day Care Service,

¨ Home Baking Service, (Sweet & Savoury Orders can be catered for),

¨ Medical and Counselling services including Bereavement Support,

¨ Chiropody and Hairdressing.

¨ A place to socialise and meet new people. 

For more information ring the Centre on (051) 389 509 or call in to see us.



There will be a Teenage Disco in Campile Hall on this coming Friday night, 31st May, 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.



1.       Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.

2.       We are all alike, on the inside.

3.       Expect the best, plan for the worst and prepare to be surprised.