October 3rd 2004 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mission Alive
Mission Alive is the celebration of faith that has been shared through the outreach of Irish people to other countries and cultures.
What is faith? Jesus compared faith to a mustard seed, which when planted in the right soil grows into a mighty tree. The tiny seed contains huge potential within itself. It can grow, give shelter and provide food.
Like the seed, faith is a living thing. It too can grow but to do so it needs soil. The soil of faith is people, the hearts of people. God has given us the seed of faith and we can nurture that faith in ourselves and in others.
Think of all who have nurtured our faith: parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, people of the parish, those who have believed in us. In turn we are asked to tend the faith of others. We do this when we acknowledge our need of God, welcome the stranger, share the word of God and break bread together.
The apostles asked the Lord to increase their faith. We too pray today that our faith may be increased, that we may dare to believe, to trust, to risk. We pray that we will be able to go outside and beyond ourselves to create what we cannot imagine, a place where all people know and believe in the goodness of each other as we realise God’s dream for our world.

Mission Alive! – Festival of Mission
Bishopstown GAA Club Sunday 3rd – Wednesday 6th October 2004: 10 am to 9 pm each day.
You are invited to participate in this unique experience:
* to cross bridges and embrace people of different culture, music and language
* show concern for the cry of the poor
* celebrate the contribution of Irish people to mission
Entrance Fee: €2. Family ticket: €5.
Contact Mission Alive Office (021) 4292871.

Mass on RTE
RTE 1 Sunday Oct. 3, 11.05 am.
Sunday morning Mass from Holy Spirit Parish Church, Dennehy’s Cross, celebrates Mission Alive 2004.
Celebrant Most Rev. Pius Ncube, Archbishop of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Concelebrants: Bishop John Buckley, Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Ardagh & Clonmacnoise, President of National Mission Council.

Day for Life
To mark the Day for Life, the Irish Bishops have written a Pastoral Letter:
Life is for Living
a reflection on suicide
This is a very helpful document. We will have copies available next weekend.

Diocesan  Meeting
Because of the meeting of the Priests of the Diocese in Kllarney this coming week, there will be no 8 am Mass on Thursday and Friday 7th/8th Oct. There will be Mass as usual at 10 am.
For any urgent calls phone 087 – 2610 276.

Because of preparing for the Concert during the week, work was delayed on the Shrine to the Divine Mercy. We hope to have things in place shortly.
Many thanks to those who have sent in donations.
This Tuesday 5th October us the Feast of St. Faustina.
Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska was born in Poland. When she was twenty years old, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
On February 22nd 1931 she had a vision of Jesus while she was in Plock, Poland. Jesus appeared to her and said, ³Paint an image according to the pattern you see with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over (its) enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death.²  (Diary 47, 48).
He asked her to remind the world of his unfathomable Mercy and he taught her a very special devotion to the Divine Mercy based on trust in him.
Sister Faustina died on October 5 1938 at a convent in Krakow. She was buried in the convent chapel beneath the image of the Divine Mercy. She was beatified on April 18 1993. Her canonisation took place on April 30 2000, the First Sunday after Easter, on Divine Mercy Sunday.

We remember in our prayers
Liam Burke, Capwell Rd., and Kitty Desmond, Doyle Rd.
We extend our sympathy to their families.

Would you like to improve the quality of life
of older people?
Would you be willing to take part in a study in UCC?
Are you over 60?
If so, contact Mike Murphy @ 087 – 6438798.

Day Care Centre, Capwell Road
Now open — Monday to Friday
For further information please contact Kathleen on 4323435, or contact your public health nurse.

Questions people ask
Q. What did Jesus mean when he said that a tiny seed of faith could uproot a tree and plant it in the sea?
A. It’s a colourful way of saying that faith can achieve what seems impossible to our own unaided efforts.  Jesus teaches that there should be no limit to the times we are to forgive. Forgiving may seem impossible but faith is powerful enough to pull up the roots of bitterness . .

LOTTO DRAW Sept. 27th
Numbers drawn:  4,  5,  24,  25.
€35 CASH
J. Ryan,  E. O’Shea,  B. O’Regan,  C. Gaffney
Promoters Prize    E. Fleming
Last week’s net “take”      €2,744
Last week’s second Collection      €1,200
The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.