21 Oct 2017

22nd October 2017 - SS102fm has a catch up with Bishop Brendan Leahy

On this weeks programme (despite some horrendous technical difficulties!), John and Shane are joined by Bishop Brendan Leahy for a chat about various things including the Limerick Pastoral Plan, WMoF2018 and whether the Pope is coming to Ireland.

This Sunday also happens to be Mission Sunday 2017 and here on SS102fm we remember in a special way all missionaries who work in the "vineyard of the Lord".

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

Mission Sunday 2017

From World Missions Ireland:
World Mission Sunday takes place on the second last Sunday of October each year. Since 1926, the Church has traditionally remembered its universal mission during the month of October. This year Mission Sunday will be celebrated globally on the 22nd October 2017. The theme is ‘Reach Out, Spread the Joy.’ Throughout the world the faithful will reflect on the universal call to Mission of all the baptised. They will be invited to contribute what they can to support the development and growth of young churches internationally. Mission Sunday is celebrated by every Church worldwide, including the poorest. This special Sunday in October provides Catholics with the opportunity to unite with their missionary sisters and brothers overseas, and to recommit themselves to bringing the Joy of the Gospel to everyone they meet in their daily lives at home and at work. 
In October and especially on Mission Sunday Catholics are invited to be specifically conscious of the Church’s missionary activity abroad (Ad Gentes) through prayer, sacrifice and financial contributions. The funds collected are used to assist Churches who need financial support and directed towards communities in need, both spiritually and materially. 
In October 2016, Irish Catholics contributed more than €1.5 million on Mission Sunday. The Mission Sunday collection is made available to be distributed to as many as 1,100 young Churches who are supported by the generosity of Churches that have been blessed with a greater quantity of financial and material gifts. Our Mission Sunday figures for October 2016 are available to download here
Contributions will be used to build simple mission churches, to educate and nurture our future leaders of the Church including seminarians, religious novices, lay catechists and pastoral workers. The Mission Sunday gift may also be used for building health facilities for children and adults as well as for providing emergency aid in times of war or natural disaster or to assist missionaries in their efforts to care for refugees. 
On Mission Sunday, in a special way, we celebrate the work of circa 1,300 Irish born missionaries and all missionaries throughout the world. We thank God for them, for all who support them in our own country and during mission month we unite ourselves in prayer with them and with the communities with whom they work.
You can read Pope Francis message for Mission Sunday HERE.

A Catch up with Bishop Brendan Leahy

On this weeks programme, we were delighted to have an opportunity to catch up with Bishop Brendan Leahy to discuss a few things including the progress being made on the diocesan plan after Synod 2016, forthcoming WMoF2018, the possibilities of a 2018 Papal visit and how it wont be confirmed by the papal household officially until next March at the earliest, reflection on the Irish bishops Ad limina visit to Rome as well as Bishop's Brendan visit to Zimbabwe with Trocaire.

You can listen to the interview excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Gospel - Matthew 22:15-21

"The Tribute Money." Peter Rubens, 1512.
The Pharisees went offand plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,"Teacher, we know that you are a truthful manand that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion,for you do not regard a person's status.Tell us, then, what is your opinion:Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said,"Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They replied, "Caesar's."At that he said to them,"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesarand to God what belongs to God."
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
Sunday Reflections
English Dominicans
The Sunday Website of St Louis University
Vatican Radio
Religion is always political, but it can never be partisan: What’s Jesus telling us today?

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 1, 29th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

October 23rd - St John of Capistrano
October 24th - St Anthony Mary Claret
October 25th - Bl Thaddeus McCarthy - read A saint for the persistent but discouraged
October 26th - Ss Chad & Cedd
October 27th - St Otteran
October 28th - St Simon & Jude

14 Oct 2017

15th October 2017 - The Marian call to conversion

On this weeks programme John is joined by Fr Michael King who continues our Marian reflections in this month dedicated to the Rosary. We have our regular discussion on this weeks celestial guides as well as our reflection on the Sunday gospel and other odds & ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

Reflecting on Mary in this month of the Rosary

Continuing our Marian reflections in October - the month of the rosary - Fr Michael King joins us from Gort this week to reflect on the role of Mary in the Christian life and in particular the continual call to conversion of heart which has been one constant in all her apparitions over the centuries with the message to once again to turn to her Divine Son.

You can listen to Fr Michael's reflection with John excerpted from the main programme HERE

Gospel - Matthew 22: 1-14

Come to the wedding feast - 
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast."'
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.'
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests,
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
The king said to him, 'My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?'
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'
Many are invited, but few are chosen."
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week IV, 28th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

October 16th - St Gall 
October 17th - St Ignatius of Antioch 
October 18th - St Luke the Evangelist 
October 19th - North American Martyrs, also Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko 
October 20th - St Irene of Portugal
October 21st - Blessed Charles of Austria

8 Oct 2017

WMoF2018 - Countdown is on to the greatest show on earth (The Irish Catholic Newspaper)

Every three years the Church brings together the largest international gathering of families in the world. Ireland will have the joy of hosting the next World Meeting of Families on behalf of Pope Francis from 21-26 August 2018. 
This week The Irish Catholic newspaper is bringing you the first in a series of new monthly news columns on WMOF2018 in order to keep you up to date with important information on the event next year and on how preparations are going around Ireland and around the world. 
Registration and ticketing
Registration for the World Meeting of Families is now open. All events will require a ticket for entry. Some events are free while some are subject to a fee. 
Children and young people under the age of 18 are free but they must be registered with family/group. Concessions are available for pensioners, unwaged and students over the age of 18. 
Humans of World Meeting of Families 2018 
You might be familiar with the phenomenon that is ‘Humans of New York’ which began as a photography project in 2010.  The initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street, and to create a catalogue of the city’s inhabitants.
Somewhere along the way, the man behind the idea, Brandon Stanton, began to interview his subjects in addition to photographing them. These portraits and the captions/stories that accompany them became the subject of a vibrant blog and Facebook page which now has over 20  million followers, and provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City.  
The ‘Humans of’ phenomenon began to spread and here in Ireland we now have ‘Humans of Dublin’ and ‘Humans of Longford’ to name just a few. In more recent months we have had Humans of New York – the Refugee Stories. This involved Brandon Stanton travelling to Jordan and Turkey to talk to 12 different Syrian refugee families from which he shared some harrowing stories. 
With next year’s World Meeting of Families being hosted in Ireland, a new Facebook page has been set up to capture and catalogue family stories. 
The Facebook page will feature stories and anecdotes about family life, past and present, from WMOF2018 staff, volunteers, diocesan and parish participants as well as those preparing to travel to WMOF2018 from other countries. These stories will be linked by the theme of faith. 
The page has gone live and can be followed on Facebook as ‘Humans of World Meeting of Families 2018’.
If you would like to be featured on the Humans of World Meeting of Families 2018 page please email Brenda.drumm@worldmeeting2018.ie
The WMOF 2018 Icon of the Holy Family 
The icon of the Holy Family was specially commissioned by WMOF2018, written by iconographer Mihai Cucu, and assisted by the Redemptoristine Sisters of the Monastery of St Alphonsus, Iona Road, Dublin, as part of their on-going prayer for families. The icon was unveiled and anointed on the 21 August 2017, during the launch of the one-year programme of preparation at the National Novena in Knock. 
This icon takes the form of a triptych which looks, from the outside, somewhat like a house with front doors. On these outside doors, we are presented with the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, who carry with them the desire of God to protect. Their heads are bowed in adoration and service of God, the Holy One. On the base is the inscription Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), the title of Pope Francis’ post-Synodal exhortation on love in the family. 
When the doors of this icon are opened we see in the centre the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph seated at table, sharing a meal and sharing their Faith. Their Faith was celebrated in their home. It is in our home that the reality of God-with-us is communicated and passed on to future generations. Their gathering around the table is reminiscent of the Three Angels in the famous 15th-Century Icon of the Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev. Christian Marriage is sometimes compared with the Holy Trinity, as a communion of the giving and receiving of love that is life-giving. Indeed, the family is called to be the “living icon” of the Most Holy Trinity. 
Similarly to the icon above, the Holy Family have a place at their table for us. They invite us to join them. They are no strangers to the trials of family life. They themselves have been refugees, fleeing the violence of Herod. They have known great anxiety. Hence the radishes and bitter herbs of the Passover meal represent the sorrows and trials of the people of Israel in their slavery also represent for us the trials and sacrifices of patience and love experienced in every family. 
The presence of the unleavened bread and cup of wine on their table call to mind the Eucharist for us.
Flanking the Holy Family icon are those two Gospel narratives: the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter and the Wedding Feast of Cana. These are passages in the Gospels in which we see Jesus’ deep compassion and concern for marriage and for those living with burdens in their family life.
An icon is not like a photograph, nor is it a portrait. It is an image which invites us to prayer. 
The Icon has now started to travel to each diocese in Ireland to encourage reflection and prayer as part of the journey of preparations to WMOF2018. The icon is accompanied by petition boxes, where families can write their intentions and prayers. Contemplative communities around Ireland will pray for the intentions collected during the coming year.  
It is to be hoped that the Icon will invite people to prayer while we prepare our hearts for the World Meeting of Families 2018. 

Some web browsing..............

I did not save my son…he saved me - My precious three-year-old was conceived during the darkest day of my life writes Jennifer Christie

"If God is no longer important, the criteria for establishing what is important are displaced. Humans, in putting aside God, submit themselves to the constraints that make them the slave of material forces and thus at odds with their dignity."
New words from Benedict XVI: “If God is no longer important…

The bodies of the Coptic martyrs beheaded by Isis found in Libya 

Breda O’Brien: Silencing a rape victim is never a feminist act 

“From Northern Ireland to Barcelona, we say no to separatism: reconciliation is a possible way” 

Released priests: kidnapping as a “spiritual retreat 

“Oh, No! You Want to be a Nun?”

St. Francis, the Sultan and 13th century “fake news” 

Aleteia - The most unusual churches in the world 

What a tortured prisoner of war taught me about the Rosary 

The Church – A Home Blessed and Broken 

Remains of over 300 individuals given burial in Michigan 

The surprising spiritual power of church bells 

Matt Maher: Jesuit spirituality could save the world 

Yes, millennials like brunch. But that’s not why they’re skipping Mass. 

Church urged to consecrate unbaptised burial sites 

Hoping for life after death - Time is running out for the Irish Church, Fr Joe McDonald tells Greg Daly

Brothers of Charity euthanasia controversy could have far-reaching implications

7 Oct 2017

8th October 2017 - Reflections on Fatima

On this weeks programme John is joined by our regular panellist Michael Keating and by Donal Foley, secretary of the World Apostolate of Fatima (England & Wales) to reflect on the message of Fatima in this centenary year. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as a quick visit to this weeks celestial guides and other odds & ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Reflections on Fatima

Donal Foley & Michael Keating reflect and discuss the message of Fatima and its relevance for today especially in its centenary year. The call to devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the recitation of the rosary still echo today, 100 years after Our Lady asked the little seers of Fatima to share the message.

The Message of Fatima – Q&A with Donal Foley 

You can listen to the interview with Donal excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.

Gospel  - Matthew 21:33-34

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:"Hear another parable.There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.When vintage time drew near,he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking,'They will respect my son.'But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,'This is the heir.Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.'They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?"They answered him,"He will put those wretched men to a wretched deathand lease his vineyard to other tenantswho will give him the produce at the proper times." Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures:The stone that the builders rejectedhas become the cornerstone;by the Lord has this been done,and it is wonderful in our eyes?Therefore, I say to you,the kingdom of God will be taken away from youand given to a people that will produce its fruit."
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 3, 27th week in ordinary time.

Saints of the Week

October 9th - Blessed John Henry Newman
October 10th - St Daniel Comboni
October 11th - St Canice also Pope St John XXIII
October 12th - St Cyprian
October 13th - St Edward the Confessor also St Benedict of Cupra
October 14th - Pope St Calistus I

Pope's Intentions October 2017

Workers and the Unemployed: That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

Work brings a basic dignity to our human participation in God’s creation. Although we can cooperate in God’s work through our labor, and we can exercise creativity in the arts, speech, and thought, we cannot truly create out of nothing. Only God creates in this fashion, ex nihilo, and it was in this way that He created the world.

4 Oct 2017

October 4th - St Francis of Assisi

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,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

October 4th is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi one of the most popular saints in the church and the above prayer is often wrongly attributed to him!

Mother Teresa of Calcutta had a slightly different worded version of this popular prayer which she used in her speech to the UN in 1985:
Make us worthy Lord to serve our fellow men throughout the world,
who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread
and by our understanding love give peace and joy.
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace.
That where there is hatred I may bring love,
That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness,
That where there is discord, I may bring harmony,
That where there is error I may bring truth,
That where there is doubt I may bring faith,
That where there is despair I may bring hope,
That where there are shadows I may bring light,
That where there is sadness I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted,
To understand than to be understood,
To love than to be loved.
For it is by forgetting self that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven,
it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

From the saint himself (courtesy of The Deacons Bench):

“Let us produce worthy fruits of penance. Let us also love our neighbours as ourselves. Let us have charity and humility. Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve. We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh. Rather we must be simple, humble and pure. We should never desire to be over others. Instead, we ought to be servants who are submissive to every human being for God’s sake. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on all who live in this way and persevere in it to the end. He will permanently dwell in them. They will be the Father’s children who do his work. They are the spouses, brothers and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

– St. Francis of Assisi, in a letter to the faithful, in today’s Office of Readings for his feast

Couple of links which may be of interest:

Oct 8th 2017: Family Fun day at Mary Immaculate to kick-off World Meeting of Families Programme in Limerick

The greatness of family and its core role in our lives will be celebrated in the best way possible on this Sunday (October 8th) as young and old from across the Diocese of Limerick gather for a festival of fun at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

The ‘Family Fun Day’, which will be free to the public, is Limerick Diocese’s formal launch of its World Meeting of Families programme as it builds towards the first ever hosting of this global event in Ireland next year.

Sunday’s  event, which runs from 1p.m. to 5p.m., will capture the essence of family as children, parents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins come together for fun-filled celebration that will be a reminder of the beauty of family.

A special Festival Mass will be held at 4p.m. but before that there will be three hours of inter-generational revelry as all ages come together to enjoy family fun activities.  They will get to enjoy food stalls, a mobile farm, face painting, archery, an obstacle course, water zorbs, music and games and more.

Looking ahead to the day, Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy said:  “We have the exciting prospect next year of Ireland hosting the World Meeting of Families in Ireland and we wanted to launch our programme in support of this great event by celebrating families through a fun environment.  There is a deeply spiritual aspect to the World Meeting of Families and, appropriately, we will have a Festival Mass on Sunday but there’s few things more sacred than families enjoying time together.

“Family is such a special institution.  It’s there for you on the good days and also there when you need it most.  Other than the presence of God, there’s nothing more constant in our lives than family. Nothing else in the living world compares to that.  Our wider communities are, in their own right, a family but the core family is the ultimate sanctuary.   Sunday and the World Meeting of Families is not about what we consider the perfect or traditional family, however.  It’s for all families and, indeed, families of faith, little faith and no faith.  Everyone is welcome.”

Said Emer Williams, who along with her husband John is the Limerick Diocesan delegates to the World Meeting of Families: “The title is Family Fun Day and that’s exactly what has been planned for Sunday.  The World Meeting of Families is a celebration of family and a reflection of the importance of family to society.  Sunday’s event will be a taster for that great gathering next year.  It will be all about families having fun together. There will be people from across Limerick - from the diocese, different parishes, different ethnic backgrounds, all celebrating family and community.  As with the World Meeting of Families, it will be everyone; for families who have lost touch with faith and, indeed, families who are challenged in one way or another.  I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of smiles and hearing a lot of laughter.”

Pro Life Resources

The Choose Life website is an initiative of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. 

When we say that human life is sacred we are recognising something that is sensed not only by religious people but by everyone who appreciates the wonder of human life. As human beings we depend on one another and so others have the right to expect something from us – it is the right to be recognised and respected and never to be treated as less than he or she is. That is true at every moment of our life – from its first beginnings to its natural end. Every human life is beautiful, every human life is precious. Choose Life!

The LoveBoth Project promotes protection of mother and baby in pregnancy and highlights the many people alive today because of Ireland's 8th Amendment. LoveBoth campaigns for supports for expectant mothers and works to build a more welcoming society for mothers and babies. This all starts with accepting that each human being, regardless of age, dependency, gender, disability or circumstance, possesses a profound, inherent, equal and irreplaceable value and dignity. LoveBoth is a movement. Join us.

 - The Love Both website is HERE

"Stay with me" Mondays

An initiative of the Dominican Sisters and Franciscan Friars in the north of Limerick city, led by Fr Bernardino of the Friars ...

In response to a request for prayer and devotional time with the Lord  - especially for adults in their 30s/40s - we are creating 'Stay with Me' Mondays and hosting them across the city for all. 

All are invited to a 'Stay with me' Mondays, but we ask you to especially invite and encourage young adults (30s/40s) to see this as a place of welcome, prayer and fellowship for them.

Limerick Diocesan Assembly 2017

The Diocese of Limerick has a 10 year Pastoral Plan based on our Diocesan Synod in 2016. On September 3oth representatives from all parish pastoral councils, finance councils, clergy and other interested parties were invited to a Diocesan Assembly where progress report on the first steps in our 10 year journey was shared.
Over 300 people, representing parishes from across the diocese; gathered in Castletroy last Saturday (30th September - editor) to hear a progress report on our Pastoral Plan and to hear some initiatives that they might consider for the year ahead. 
There was great listening in the hall as parish groups were led through the six strands of the theme, and an overall consensus that there is far more happening than most of us realise or credit. We also all agreed that we need to develop better communication - at diocesan, local and parish levels so that people can be inspired and supported in their work in the year ahead.  
In line with the title of our Pastoral Plan, 'Moving forward together in Hope', Bishop Brendan thanked and encouraged all, and noted that in June each parish will be asked to share some success stories from their community - so that we can meet each September for a progress report, celebrating all that has been achieved in the previous year! 
Please click HERE to read the original 10 year Pastoral Plan for our Diocese
Please click HERE to read the September 2017 Progress Report on our Pastoral Plan
Some photos are HERE
The diocese is sharing some short videos that were presented at the Assembly on the Diocesan FB page HERE across the week - showing how we are working together and moving forward in hope!

30 Sep 2017

1st October 2017 - Limerick Diocese Upcoming Events - WMoF2018 Diocesan Day 8th October

On this weeks programme, Noirin Lynch from LDPC joins John and Shane to discuss up coming events in the diocese over the next few months and especially the preparations being made in Limerick for the World Meeting of Families 2018 to be held in Dublin in August 2018. We have our regular visit to the saints of the week as well as our reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel and other odds and ends. 

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

Limerick Diocese Up coming Events

Noirin Lynch joins us on this weeks programme to fill us in on up coming events in Limerick diocese and resources that will be available to parishes over the coming months.

You can listen to the chat with Noirin excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.

You can keep in touch with events via the weekly newsletter from LDPC HERE.

The immediate up coming events that were mentioned on the programme can be read about HERE.

WMoF2018 Limerick Launch 8th October 2017

This is a chance for every family to experience our diocesan family as a welcoming, joy-filled, prayerful community where they can feel at home. This is an opportunity to start a movement that might lead to families from your parish attending World Meeting of Families next year in Dublin. This is a moment that will not come again, so please don't wait to see how it turns out before you decide to participate! 

There will be face painting and a mobile farm, interactive science projects and water zorbs, teen activities with limerick youth service, tag archery and a Poc Fada, music and art, food stalls and prayer spaces - all brought together with a festive Mass with Bishop Leahy at 4pm.
Join us - as we celebrate our diocesan family!
Sunday, October 8th from 1-5pm.

Please get involved - we are all part of the one diocesan family, so this is an event for everyone, of every age, who wants to support good family ministry in our diocese

Join us - Bígí Linn!

Other WMoF2018 Events in Limerick over the next few months

Cycle of celebration to participate over the next few months which you should keep an eye out for and get involved. Ask around in your parish and make sure you take part.
  • October - Family album around the missions
  • November- Remembering our family dead
  • December - Small pictures of the Holy Family for Christmas
Icon of the Holy Family
  • December 11 - 20th 2017 - Visit of WMoF2018 Icon to Limerick diocese in St John's Cathedral, Newcastle West and Killmallock
  • January 2018 - National Catholic School Weeks
  • Febuary 2018 - Celebration for couples marking special anniversaries
  • March 2018 - Parish based workshops on reading and discussing Amoris Latetia
  • May 2018 - Mass for families of priests & religious
  • June 2018 - Diocesan Family Hike
  • August 2018 - Days in the Diocese before the actual event of WMoF2018 in Dublin.
  • Special cards/gifts for baptisms, First Holy Communions and weddings this year for those whole will receive these particular sacraments during the year of preparation leading up to WMoF2018.
Gospel - Matthew 21:28-32

‘What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax-collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 2; 26th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

October 2nd - The Guardian Angels
October 3rd - St Columba Marmion 
October 4th - St Francis of Assisi
October 6th - St Bruno (First Friday)
October 7th - Our Lady of the Rosary (First Saturday)