As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, we reflect on Jesus’ gift of himself to us in the Eucharist. He is among us in a way that we can see, touch, taste and eat; Jesus is also present in the Word of God, which we listen to at Mass and read in the Bible, and he is present in our sisters and brothers. It is the same presence, the same Lord. We are invited to be made one with him through the living bread which comes down from heaven. But there’s a catch. Our unity with Christ will be fruitful to the extent that we are united with others, the sisters and brothers for whom Christ died. In our frailty we can be a bit too selective, and cut ourselves off to some extent from God who loves all his children. So as we celebrate Corpus Christi perhaps we could determine to do something helpful, something good for one person we don’t like that much, or for someone we’re not getting on with too well just now. As we take a step towards union with Christ in another person, Christ will do wonders for all our relationships with others, and with him.
The Eucharistic Procession through our City takes place this Sun. 7th June. Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly of Cashel & Emily will preach the homily. Our Parish group will gather outside the Church at 2.50 pm
Exams: Our Students are also remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10am.
Sacred Heart Novena continues until the Feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday 12th June. Novena Prayers each morning at the 10.00 am Mass or families may wish pray the novena at home. Novena Prayers – green leaflet – available at the back of the Church.
Pilgrimage to Knock: St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Pilgrimage. Bus leaves St. Michael’s Church, Blackrock on Sat 27th June at 6.30am. Bus fare €25 Names to Irene 4963326
St. James’s Cemetery Chetwyd: Mass will be celebrated in the Cemetery on Wed 17th June at 7.30 p.m.
Death: We remember in our prayers Br. Angelus Fitzpatrick, Maiville, who died on Friday. Funeral Mass here this Mon. at 11.30 am. Our sympathy to his Family & Community
The Columban Sisters: Next weekend Sister Maureen Grant of the Columban Sisters will be with us to make a Mission Appeal on behalf of their missionary work. Sister has worked in China and Chile.
Lourdes: Fr. Billy travels to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage on Thurs. 11th June. Our good wishes and prayers go with him. Petitions to be placed at the Grotto may be put in envelopes – no money –and placed in the box at the altar rail before 6pm Wed, 10th June.
St Finbarr’s Hospital: The Friends of the Residents of St Finbarr’s Hospital annual Garden Fete on Sat 27th June, in the Hospital grounds from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Stalls include Garden Produce, Baking, Books, Toys, Bric a Brac, Fast Food, Ice Cream, and more. Musical entertainment all afternoon. Cllr Kieran McCarthy will conduct a historical walking tour of the Hospital. The Hospital Residents always look forward to the day’s entertainment and a chat, why not come along and give your support, and maybe get a bargain as well. Donations of good quality used items will be accepted at the Activities Centre in St Finbarr’s or contact 085 7793292. Alternatively you may wish to help out on the day or have an interest in assisting the residents on an ongoing basis.
Down Syndrome Sunday: Ice Cream available outside Parish Centre after the 10.00 am & 12 noon Masses this weekend all the proceeds will go Down Syndrome Ireland. Our thanks to the Parish Assembly who have arranged the event. Your support will be much appreciated.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society meet on Tuesday 9 June at 7.30pm
Parish Assembly: Meet on Monday 8th June at 8.00 pm.
Feast of St. Anthony: Traditional blessing of lilies on Sat. 13 June at 10am Mass
Watch the Sunflower Seeds planted by First Holy Communion Children grow during the summer. They symbolise vocations to the priesthood and religious life. As the seeds are nourished by sun and rain, so are vocations nourished by prayers and encouragement.