August 4th 2002 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Real Miracle
Over 5,000 fed in today’s Gospel, with only five loaves and two fish. Truly a miracle. How did he do it? We don’t know how, and we can’t explain.
There may be times when we’re tempted to doubt it. After all, no such thing has ever taken place before our eyes. We didn’t see Jesus walk on water, raise the dead, change water into wine, restore sight to the blind. Miracles aren’t part of our real life experience. Or are they?
Consider this: if a dead man is raised to life, all would jump up in astonishment. Yet every day babies are born, and no one wonders. It is a greater thing by far to create life from nothing than to restore life.
All marvelled at the sight of water once turned into wine. Yet every day water drawn into the roots of the vine is turned by the grape into wine — and no one wonders.
Five thousand and more were fed: a wondrous miracle. Yet every day the grains of seed are multiplied in a fullness of crops, and no one wonders.
Lord, open our eyes to the daily miracles your love works in our midst.

A Thought
Both Isaiah and Jesus offer us a beautiful invitation to share in the feast that God sets before us. It is God alone who will ultimately satisfy our deepest hunger and thirst. Our culture and society offer many other promised of satisfaction, but they all fall short. As in the miracle of the loaves, our lives can be enriched by our participation in and imitation of the Eucharist. We are taken by Jesus who accepts us as we are in love. We are blessed in the gifts we receive from God and our brokenness gives us a greater sense of God’s acting in our lives. Ironically, it is when we share ourselves that we are truly complete.

Thursday 15th August Feast of the Assumption
Lee Road Rosary Shrine Devotions 7.30 pm
Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Buckley. Our own Fr. Kieran O’Reilly, Fr. Matthew Rd., Superior General of S.M.A. will preach. Recital of the Rosary will commence at 6.30 pm from the gates of Our Lady’s Hospital.

Ladies Evening Echo Mini–Marathon Sunday 15th September at 2 pm
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. Entry Forms appear in the Evening Echo. Fr. John & Fr. Kerry have permission to participate !!
Come and join them

LOTTO DRAW July 29th
Numbers drawn:  2,  5,  8,  12.
€35 CASH
B.Buckley, M.F.O’Connor, B.Murphy, Carmel & Martha
Last week’s net “take”       €2,972
Last week’s second Collection       €1,103
Anonymous Donation    €400
Promoters Prize    Sheila Aherne

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.

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 Lotto Draw will take place on Tuesday 6th Aug. Because of the Bank Holiday: 7.30 pm sharp in the Parish Centre.
The Lotto results appear each week on the Parish Website

Our thanks to Donie & Nora of McSweeney’s Shop, High Street, who organised a Raffle-a-Hamper in aid of the Church Restoration Fund. It raised €650.
Winner: D. O’Connell, 5 Marble Hall Park. Our thanks to Celtic Print who gave the tickets, and to all Concerned.

Loop System for Hearing Impaired
If you have a hearing aid, the Loop System is now working in the Church. Switch your hearing aid to T

I Said A Prayer For You Today
I said a prayer for you today
  And know God must have heard;
I felt the answer in my heart
  Although He spoke not a word.
I didn’t ask for wealth or fame
  (I knew you wouldn’t mind)
I asked Him to send treasures
  of a far more lasting kind.
I prayed that He’d be near you
  At the start of each new day,
To grant you health and blessings
  And friends to share your way.
I asked for happiness for you
  In all things great and small,
But it was for his loving care
  I prayed the most of all.