Parish Notes, 3rd February 2013
Introduction to the Mass:
Christ never promised easy success or popularity. There will be moments when we will have to stand up and be counted and our moral worth severely tested. To go against the trend and shake people out of their complacency may not be well received but there is the call to be a prophet. People can be too comfortable in their sin and they resent interference. As it was with Jesus so it is with his church !
Feast of St. Blaise this Sunday 3rd February. Blessing of the Throats will take place at the Monday Masses 10am and 7.30 in the evening.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is the way to end the threat of the arrival of abortion in our country. It is the most powerful thing on earth! Prayers beseeching the Lord to grant wisdom and courage to our public representatives as they deal with legislation on the right to life is the one sure way to achieve this. Join us in beseeching the Lord for this intention. Commit to spending an hour a week before the Blesses Sacrament. Forms are at the back of the Church.
Thank you once again for your offerings last Sunday. Priests €1,455 and Share €900.
Irish Therapy Dogs are most grateful for the great support of our cake sale and coffee morning last Sunday. The amount raised was €1,320.
Copies of the Diocesan Guidebook 2013 are now available in our Bookshop. Price €12.
Annual Collection for ACCORD takes place at each Mass this weekend. Members of Accord are believers in the ideal of Christian marriage and are witnesses to this through their work with the organization. Over half their work in the Dublin Diocese is done on a voluntary basis and their services are offered on a needs basis and not ability to pay. To day’s collection is one of Accord’s main sources of income for this year. Archbishop Martin’s appeal “ please contribute whatever help you can afford” Accord 93 Upr George's St
Three LENTEN Talks have been arranged for the season of Lent,
- Owen Harris on February 14th.,
- Monsignor Dan O‘Connor Feb. 21st. and
- on Feb. 28th. We expect a speaker from one of the organisations helping people contemplating ending their life.
World Day of the Sick 2013 A Seminar on Share the Good News – The Word of God and the Sick takes place in All Hallows College, Drumcondra Saturday 9th February 2013, 9.45 a.m. – 1p.m. Followed by lunch.
Mass and Anointing of the Sick takes place in Our Lady of Victories Parish, Ballymun Road at 3pm on Sunday 10th February.
Copies of a new Year of Faith Edition of “I am with You” (Praying as we experience illness and as we care for the Sick) compiled by Fr. Peter Murphy is now available from Veritas 01 8788177, www.veritas.ie and www.veritasbooksonline.com (€1.95)
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A cab driver reaches the Pearly Gates and announces his presence to St. Peter, who looks him up in his Big Book. Upon reading the entry for the cabby, St. Peter invites him to grab a silk robe and a golden staff and to proceed into Heaven. A priest is next in line behind the cabby and has been watching these proceedings with interest. He announces himself to St. Peter. Upon scanning the preacher's entry in the Big Book, St. Peter furrows his brow and says, "Okay, we'll let you in, but take that cloth robe and wooden staff."
The preacher is astonished and replies, "But I am a man of the cloth. You gave that cab driver a gold staff and a silk robe. Surely, I rate higher than a cabby." St. Peter responded matter-of-factly: "Here we are interested in results. When you preached, people slept. When the cabby drove his taxi, people prayed."