June 23rd 2002 – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

God on our side
Fear less, hope more;
Eat less, chew more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
— and all good things will be yours.

It’s no accident that ‘fear less’ is top of the list. It was high also on Jesus’ list of priorities. But for all this reassurances, our guts have this sinking feeling. It’s worse when we can’t even pinpoint the fear.

Men and women are afraid of a variety of things: that our families are falling apart, of losing our jobs, of not having enough. We far being robbed or assaulted. We’re afraid of sickness, especially cancer. We fear death, our own or that of a loved one.

When these causes of fear are mentioned, something starts to happen in our ‘gut’. Concerns and memories start clicking in our experience. Trust and faith are the only response.

Jeremiah (First Reading) heard the critical voices outside, but also listened to the one within. As the lengthy June days just start to dwindle, we do well to hear what is said in the dark moments of life. It is only when we face our fear that we can ‘proclaim from the roof-tops’.    — Tom Cox

Weekday Masses for the Summer Months
From 24th June to 30th August there will be no 8.00 am weekday Mass. 10.00 am Mass as usual on weekdays.

LOTTO DRAW: 17th June
Numbers Drawn:  2,  5,  8,  11.
Sandra Connolly, John Kelleher, Dan Donovan
€35 CASH :
D. O’Neill,   N. Harris,   M. Osborne,   M. Dromey
Last week’s net “take”       €3,957
Last week’s second Collection       €i,035

Congratulations to our three winners of the Parish Lotto Jackpot last Monday night. They each received €3,235.

Our thanks to all who have sponsored Church
furnishings. Still available:
(1) a seat with memorial plate:  €400.
(2) a slab for front of Church paving: €25.
The Lotto Draw takes place in the Parish Centre on Mondays at 7.30 pm sharp.

to the lads from Nemo Rangers who were on the Cork panel  against Kerry last Sunday. Best of luck in the replay!