August 3rd 2003 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Eucharist
Outside the Church traffic flows past,
People are rushing here and there,
But for these few minutes I have left that world behind,
I am here with you, Lord, because you are my No.1.
I do not exclude anybody who isn’t here,
Whether they wanted to or didn’t want to be here
Doesn’t really matter,
Because I still bring them with me,
For I know they are equally dear to you.
Lord, I open myself to you,
I want to pass on all my worries and anxieties to you,
even for these few minutes I’m at peace.
I can now experience my true worth,
Which is not my possessions or achievements,
but just knowing I am loved by you.
You give me inner strength, courage and hope,
and I can now face today knowing I have so much to give.
Thank you for the gift of the Eucharist, so simple,
so special, so real, so near. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

Ministers of the Eucharist
can collect their Rota (beginning Thursday 14th August0 in the Sacristy after Mass today.

We remember in our prayers those who have died recently and extend our sympathy to their families:
Michael Roche, Fernside Villas,
Terry St.Ledger, Heatherton,
Billy Foley, O’Connell Avenue.

We welcome into the Christian Community those recently baptised:
Tom Foley, Tramore Villas,
Lauren Mary O’Sullivan, O’Connell Avenue,
Freija Mary Lamb, Pinewood,
Myles Peter O’Reilly, Ossory Place.

LOTTO DRAW July 28th
Numbers drawn: 4, 12, 13, 27.
€35 CASH
K. O’Sullivan, Murphy Family, N. Murphy, U. Fehily
Last week’s net “take” €2,770
Last week’s second Collection €1,170
Because of the Bank Holiday the Lotto Draw will take place on Tuesday 5th August at 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.
Old Money still welcome for the Restoration Fund.
Box at the back of the Church. Money recently changed at the Central Bank in Dublin came to €1,226.81. Many thanks to all and especially to the good lady who brings the money to be changed in Dublin.

Mother Teresa tells how once in India
she came across a family that hadn’t eaten for days.
It was a Hindu family.
She took a small quantity of rice
and gave it to that family.
What happened surprised her.
Before she knew where she was,
the mother of the family
had divide the rise into two halves.
Then she took half of it to the family next door,
which happened to be a Muslim family.
Seeing this, Mother Teresa turned to the mother
and asked: “How much will you have left over?
Are there not enough of yourselves?”
And the woman replied simply:
“But they haven’t eaten for days either.”
“That”, says Mother Teresa, “takes greatness.”
Her greatness consisted of being able
to look beyond her own need.

Our Lady's Shrine Lee Road
The annual ceremonies at The Shrine will take place on Friday 15th August 2003 The feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven. Bishop John Buckley will celebrate Mass and Fr. Leonard O'Brien will preach the homily.