September 1st 2002 – 22st Sunday in Ordinary Time

A New Beginning
First Sunday of September! As a child I always had a strong aversion to going to Mass on this particular Sunday. ‘THAT’ announcement was made: ‘The schools of the Parish will reopen tomorrow’.
I was into denial. If I could avoid listening to that notice, maybe school would disappear. Of course, it never did. My mother’s words were always reassuring: ‘Make a fresh start, this year will be different!’
September brings us into a time of new beginnings and challenges. The season of relaxation is over.
This Sunday’s readings put before us the challenge to take up our cross and follow Jesus. Peter does not like the idea, while Jeremiah is appaled at the enormity of his task.
As we in Ireland look at the apparent state of the Church we might speak (with Jeremiah) of ‘violence and ruin’. But faith expresses something much deeper. Like Peter and Jeremiah, we are people on the pilgrimage of life, pilgrims in need of healing.

We pray:
That we may have courage for whatever struggles may lie
   ahead of us;
That we will not be put off by discouragement and apathy.
That we may learn to support each other and so build up
   the body of Christ;
That those who are suffering as a result of physical
   deprivation may be given hope.

We would like to thank all who organised and were part of our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes. It was a wonderful, enjoyable and prayerful experience

Dates for your Diary
Sunday 15th September — 2 pm
Participate or sponsor someone in aid of Church Restoration Fund. Sponsorship cards from the Sacristy. Entrance Forms in the Evening Echo.

Thursday 19th September
“Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning” in aid of Marymount Hospice, in the Parish Centre after the 10 am Mass.

Wednesday 16th October
Concert in the Church in aid of the Restoration Fund with Guest Artists and Choirs from Australia and Cork.

Mass Notice
The 8 am weekday Mass will resume from Monday 2nd Sept.

We remember in our prayers:
* Canon Eoin Cashman, AP, Ballinlough
* Eily Looney, late of Derrynane Road
who died recently, and extend our sympathy and prayers to their families.

LOTTO DRAW 26th August
Numbers drawn:   1,  6,  11,  15.
€35 CASH
N. Mulcahy,  C. Sheehan,  Y. Frost,  B. Horgan
Last week’s net “take”       €2,973
Last week’s second Collection       €1,062
Promoter’s Prize:    E. O’Keeffe
Anonymous Donation:    €30    
Bequest from a parishioner who died last year:    €762

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 2nd September at 7.30 pm sharp in the Parish Centre. The Lotto results appear each week on the Parish Website

Catholic Papers
The Irish Catholic (75c) and Alive (free) are available at the back of the Church

The Embul-Bul, Kenya, Project — an area in the hills of Nairobi. The project was set up  by an Irish priest. They are looking for:
1. All types of clean and dry ladies, gents and children’s clothing.
2. All types of clean and dry underwear, ladies, gents and children’s.
3. All types of household textiles: bedlinen curtains & towels
4. All types of shoes (except ladies high heels & ladies boots)

Please tie shoes in pairs and put in separate bags.
The plastic bags (tied) can be left outside the door of the Parish Centre not later than 12 noon on this Tuesday 3rd Sept. for collection. Thank you in anticipation.

South Parish Historical Society
Heritage Exhibition in South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street Tues. 3rd to Frid. 6th Sept. 12—3 & 7—8 pm. Lecture each evening from 8 to 9. Admission Free.

Adult & Community Education Night Classes
Office & postal enrolment at Douglas Community School on Wednesday 11th Sept. 7 — 8.30 pm.

Piano Lessons — starting September.
Contact Áine at 087 7516422 or 43133873.

Scouting Notice
St. Finbarr’s Scout Unit, Doyle Rd. Boys from 6 yrs. may apply for membership Monday to Thursday this week 8 — 8.30 pm. Contact Jim Goulding  086 2473094.