‘Come’ seems to be God’s favourite word: Come to the wedding feast. Come, let us talk about these things. Come follow me. Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Today Jesus adds: ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened.’
God invites, God calls, God opens the door and waves his hand, pointing pilgrims to a full table. I wonder how he feels about all those rejected invitations and us who reject? We know from our own experience how we’d feel.
He didn’t say ‘Do this’ or ‘Don’t do that’ but – ‘Come to me.’ If we do come, our real life will be brought into harmony with our real desires. Personal contact with Jesus changes everything.
And if we haven’t ‘come’, then we have surely ‘gone’ – but to where? Most likely to a listless, ‘half dead while still alive’ kind of existence. It’s not that we reject invitations, sometimes we stall or don’t respond. But there are some things that won’t wait. So, while we can’t choose when and where we were born, or how people respond to us, we can choose where we spend eternity.
Time’s up – what’s your answer?
We offer our prayers and sympathy to the family of Chrissie Murphy, Murphy’s Gardens, who died this week. May she rest in peace.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Monthly meeting this Tuesday 9th July at 8 pm in the Parish Centre.
Appeal for drivers on behalf of St. Finbarr’s South conference of St. Vincent de Paul.
Meals-on-wheels need drivers prepared to commit one hour a week to help deliver meals-on-wheels in Sout City area. Times would be 11.15- 12.30 Monday to Saturday, whatever day would suit. For details contact the kitchen at Greenmount Community Centre, 4963251 and ask for Elizabeth Buckley.
ADULTS – Return to Learn
in Deerpark C.B.S.
‘FETAC’ Level I and Level II courses designed for Adult Learners.
* Level I: strong emphasis on Computing Skills, Social Studies and English.
* Level II: Computers, English and Computerised Business Payroll and Accounting.
* No entry qualification / small class size.
* No fees and you keep all benefits.
* Morning Classes.
Contact: Mr. George Allan, Adult Education Director, Deerpark C.B.S. Phone 4962025.
Questions people ask
Q. Has the obligation to go to Mass on Sunday been lifted? Is it still a sin to miss Sunday Mass?
A. To quote the Catechism of the Catholic Church: ‘The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist unless excused for a serious reason. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.’ People who appreciate the Eucharist do not need laws of obligation. Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap
LOTTO DRAW July 1st
Numbers drawn: 3, 4, 23, 25.
M. Mulcahy, H. O’Connor, P. McSweeney, G. Sheehan
THIS WEEK’S JACKPOT : €1650
Last week’s net ‘take’ €3,261
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.
to those who organised the Coffee Morning last Wed. €350 was raised for the Restoration Fund;
and to the students and staff of Christ the King Girls Secondary School who organised a ‘Non Uniform Day’ in aid of the Restoration Fund, and raised €1,114. Our sincere thanks to all.
A very fine Video was made of the Rededication Ceremony of our Church on 25th May. Cost: €15. Those who would like a copy should put name, address and phone no. in the Book at the back of the Church.