August 11th 2002 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Pilgrimage has throughout the centuries been a constant ingredient of Christian life; groups of people, united in a common faith and purpose, travelling together to a specific holy place or shrine. Over and above the physical travel that this entails, it assumes various layers of symbolism which are either explicitly or implicitly experienced by way of the pilgrimage experience. First of all, it builds a sense of continuity among the pilgrims concerned, Sharing transport, meals and prayers together, the participants get to know each other and this generates an unusual sense of familyhood. Pilgrims find themselves focussing on spiritual realities for the duration of the pilgrimage in a way that is more concentrated than is usually available to them in a busy and mundane, everyday existence. Moreover, the symbolism of pilgrimage reflects the nature of life’s journey for all of us, which from birth to death represents a pilgrimage made through terrain that includes both hopes and fears, hardship and satisfaction. Next Sunday, 18th August, we travel on our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Why is it that a pilgrimage to Lourdes can be such a spiritually profitable experience? In the first instance, it is a picturesque location in the Pyranees where a lot of prayer goes on and, by being in that atmosphere, one finds oneself attempting to pray a bit more than usual. And it is a truism that without a dimension of prayer the Christian life is rendered hollow, even meaningless. Secondly, the experience of Lourdes brings one dramatically face to face with a world of sickness and suffering and offers a glimpse of a courage and patience that hasn’t been asked of most of us. Our Parish will have our Mass at the Grotto on Tuesday 20th August at 8.30 am. I will be offering this Mass for all your intentions. Pray for us who are on pilgrimage and we will pray for you at home. If you would like us to place your petitions at the Grotto, place them in an envelope (no money) and hand in to the Sacristy during the week.     —  Fr. Kerry

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, 13th August, at 8 pm in the Parish Centre.

Michael O’Brien, Fr. Matthew Road.
May he rest in peace.
We offer our sympathy to Marion and to her family.

Thursday 15th August Feast of the Assumption A Holy Day of Obligation
Mass Times: Wed.  6 pm.
Thurs. 8, 10 & 12 noon
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.

LOTTO DRAW August 6th
Numbers drawn:  9,  17,  20,  25.
€35 CASH
I. Morrissey, D. Hourihan,, F. O’Connor, E. O’Brien
Last week’s net “take”       €3,161
Last week’s Collection       €1,030
Anonymous Donations:        €35, €25, €20, €20

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 Monday 12th August at 7.30 pm sharp in the Parish Centre.
The Lotto results appear each week on the Parish Website

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

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