July 28th 2002 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Youth Days
This weekend thousands of young people gather in Toronto with Pope John Paul in the World Youth Days.
Unlike the present Big Brother programme on TV the young people in Toronto will have many unrecorded moments of faith, unseen opportunities of hope, unphotographed expressions of prayer. These moments will live in the memories of these young pilgrims for years to come.
Like the householder in today’s Gospel, these young people have experienced new methods of expressing their faith. During their pilgrimage, they will also have used tried and reliable methods of prayer.
The choices they make and the challenges they accept will improve the life of the Church and the lives of all who meet them in the coming months and years.
As they prepare to return home to their native countries with their youth directors, chaplains and bishops, we pray that the choices they make for God will bear fruit in their communities during the weeks, months and years ahead.

Website: www.wyd2002.org

We remember in our prayers and extend our sympathy to the families of:
* Betty McElhinny, late of St. Anne’s Park, who died in Dublin,
* Philomena Deegan, Douglas Road, and
* Rita Barrett, Woodview, Derrynane Road.
May they rest in peace.

Ladies Evening Echo Mini–Marathon
It would be great to have parishioners participating in aid of the Church Restoration Fund, or, if not, to sponsor those who do. Sponsorship cards available in the Sacristy.

LOTTO DRAW July 22nd
Numbers drawn:  4,  5,  18,  21.
€35 CASH :
A. Bracken,  D. O’Callaghan,  U. Fehilly,  R. Hayes
Last week’s net “take”       €3,066
Last week’s second Collection       €1,014
Anonymous Donations:        €500,  €375  

The Lotto Draw takes place in the Parish Centre on Mondays at 7.30 pm sharp.

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.

Re-dedication Video
Those who ordered the Video can collect them in the Sacristy after Mass.

Old Money
If there is still old Irish money out there it can be changed in aid of the Restoration Fund. There is a box at the back of the Church.

The Coffee Morning
on Wednesday raised €290 for the Church Restoration Fund. Sincere thanks to all.

What are we looking for?
A certain man went to church one Sunday. He frowned when the organist missed a note. He stared menacingly at two whispering teenagers. He looked repeatedly at his watch. When the collection basket was passed he felt the collector was watching to see how much he gave. During the sermon, he felt pleased with himself when he caught the preacher making a slip of the tongue. He was tight-lipped during all the hymn singing. As he slipped out of a side door during Communion he muttered, ‘That was terrible, why do I bother . . . .’
A certain other man went to church one Sunday . . .
He chuckled at the sight of a father exchanging hugs with the toddler draped over his shoulder. At the collection he wondered, ‘Am I giving enough?’ He struggled with the scripture readings to pick up something to live by. Something in the sermon helped him with a question he had often thought about. He enthusiastically joined in the singing of the closing hymn. As he left the church, he thought, ‘How good it is to be here in God’s presence.’
Both men had gone to the same church, on the same Sunday, and each had found exactly what he was looking for.
What are you looking for?

Questions People Ask

Q.  What is the position of the Church regarding cremation?
A.  The Church teaches us to show deep respect for the body of the dead, regarding it as a consecrated temple of the Holy Spirit, destined for sharing in the splendour of the final resurrection. Traditionally, the burial of the body has been regarded as one of the corporal works of mercy. Our Canon Law recommends that the pious custom of burial be retained; but it does not forbid cremation, provided that this does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.
  —  Fr. Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap.