July 18th 2004 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mary and Martha
Christ was lucky in his friends. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of a wandering preacher's busy life, he had a haven. When the going was tough he slipped away occasionally to the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary, at Bethany. It was near Jerusalem and miles from home.
 It was Martha who first invited him home, but it was Mary who made him feel at home. It was Mary who understood that there is more to friendship than doing things for the other person. True enough, if Martha did not get the supper ready, they would all be in trouble. But Mary was aware of the other need, the need of people to be accepted for themselves, to share the fears, the anxieties, the hopes and the joys of life with another. each of us needs somebody to listen.
 In all our caring for each other, we must do more than provide a service, important though that service may be. We must link up as people who cherish each one we serve.
In today's world the listening and accepting ear  may the greatest act of friendship.

We remember in our prayers Phil O’Callaghan, O’Connell Ave. and Gene O’Neill, Sunview Tce., who died recently, and we extend our sympathy to their families.

Turners Cross Day Care Centre Open Day
Turners Cross Social Services Ltd. invite you to drop in and view the new facility at Capwell Road (next to Church entrance) any time during our Open Day on this Monday 19th July 10 am — 12 pm & 4 — 8 pm.

LOTTO DRAW July 12th
Numbers drawn:  11,  14,  18,  25.
€35 CASH
J. Mulcahy,   A. Buckley,   C. Burke,   M. Murphy
Last week’s net “take”       €2,847
Last week’s second Collection       €1,056
Anonymous Donations:    €300, €250, €100, €20