St. Joseph's Parish Glasthule
Parish Notes, 26th May 2013
“Let the Risen Christ enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust :
He is life. If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk : you will not be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do ”( Pope Francis ) “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit”
The Annual Corpus Christi Procession will take place next Sunday, June 2nd. commencing at the Church at 3pm. As we celebrate the Year of Faith, let us be proud to publicly profess our faith in the Church to which we belong, and its central mystery of the Eucharist that is carried in the procession. There will be a short procession during the Children’s’ Mass at 10.15 am.
Thank you for last Sunday’s offerings, Priests €1,539 and Share €975.
Our Concert by our American friends was a wonderful success. The music and choral singing exceeded all our expectations. The young students from Missouri were a joy to meet and chat with. My thanks to all parishioners who gave of their time and generosity. I’m told about half the audience was from outside the parish. €1,200 was raised. Thank you all.
Have you anything to say about the parish, our Church or our services, an idea, a recommendation or suggestion ?? We would love to hear from you. Please address your remarks to Liam Madden.
The Sacred Heart Novena takes place here at the morning Mass starting on Friday next 30th May and finishes on Friday 7th June.
Eucharistic Ministers: The June Roster is now ready for collection.
Parish Disco: Fri 31st in the Parish Centre from 7-8.30pm. Primary School 1st-6th Class only. €3 per child. Spot prizes.
The Irish conversation group are holding their next meeting here in the Parish Centre on Friday next May 31stfrom 11-12noon. Fáilte
Shanganagh Cemetery Sunday
The Blessing of the Graves takes place this Sunday May 26th at 3pm.
Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, 'Father, my dog is dead... Could ya' be saying' a mass for the poor creature?' Father Patrick replied, 'I'm afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature.' Muldoon said, 'I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think $5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?'
Father Patrick exclaimed, 'Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn't ya tell me the dog was Catholic?'
The Oratory. The Parish Year of Faith committee organised a memorable visit to the Oratory on Library Rd. Dun Laoghaire this week. We enjoyed every minute and one cannot but be astounded at the truly unique beauty of the ornate craftsmanship found there. It was built in 1919 to house the Sacred Heart Statue which commemorated the onset of peace after the First World War by a Dominican Sister Concepta Lynch. It has been remarked that “Her striking originality with such warmth, richness and vitality is testament to one of Ireland’s greatness artists and a fitting legacy to her life’s work. The jewel(s) on the crown are the Windows made by the Harry Clarke studios. For the memory of a lifetime, make up your mind to go and see the Oratory.
Angela Haskins is holding her monthly Coffee Morning this Sunday in aid of the Parish Development Fund.
Could you change a life? The HSE are currently recruiting foster carers in the Dun Laoghaire Area. We are looking for foster carers from all walks of life who are able to provide children with safe, nurturing and quality care in a family setting. You may be single or married, you may already have children or you may not. We are looking for people who have an interest in caring for children, have space in their home, have time and patience. Fostering can change your life as well as someone else’s. For more information log onto www.fostering.ie or call 1850 24 1850.
Evening of Reflection:
The Parish Meditation Group will host an evening of reflection with Dr Francis Valloor on Friday June 10th in the Parish Centre.
Please remember in you prayers Elizabeth Haskins and Mons. Patrick Finn, V.F. P.P. St. Mary's, Haddington Road. May they rest in peace.
Heavenly Beauty by the Bay
Heavenly Beauty by the Bay is a Booklet on the History of Glasthule Church and Schools in the Parish. It is a well presented and colourful booklet telling our story and recalling happy memories.
You can purchase this booklet from the Church shop or Parish Office. Price: 3 Euro.