April 10th 2005 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Pope John Paul ll Funeral Homily

Opening and closing paragraphs of the Homily of His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Funeral Mass of Pope John Paul ll.

“Follow me”. The Risen Lord says these words to Peter. They are his last words to this disciple, chosen to shepherd his flock. “Follow me” – This saying of Christ can be taken as the key to understanding the message which comes to us from the life of our late beloved Pope John Paul ll. Today we bury his remains in the earth as a seed of immortality – our hearts are full of sadness, yet at the same time of joyful hope and profound gratitude . . . . . . .
None of us can ever forget how in that last Easter Sunday of his life, the Holy Father, marked by suffering, came once more to the window of the Apostolic Palace and one last time gave his blessing urbi et orbi. We can be sure that our beloved Pope is standing today at the window of the Father’s house, that he sees us and blesses us. Yes, bless us, Holy Father. We entrust your dear soul to the Mother of God, your Mother, who guided you each day and who will guide you now to the eternal glory of her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Full homily on the web: http://www.zenit.org/english

First and Last Words of Pope John Paul ll as Pope
“Do not be afraid.”
“Do not be afraid to follow Jesus and practise your faith.”
“Thank the young people for coming to see me.”

Book of Condolences
Will remain in the Church over the weekend and will be sent to the Pope’s representative
His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Giuseppe Lazarotto at the Apostolic Nunciature in Dublin
in the coming days.

Prayer for the election of a Pope
“I will raise up for myself a faithful priest; he will do what is in my heart and in my mind, says the Lord.”
    Book of Samuel  2:35.
Lord God, you are the eternal shepherd.
Guide and inspire the cardinals as they gather in conclave to choose a successor to Pope John Paul ll.
In your mercy grant your Church a shepherd who will walk in your ways
and whose watchful care will bring us your blessing.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mass will be offered on Monday 18th April
at 10am for the Cardinals as the Conclave to elect a new pope begins.

We remember in our prayers Richard Butler, Evergreen Road (the oldest man in our Parish), who has died , and we extend our sympathy to his son, Pat.

Pioneer Annual Diocesan Mass
will be held this year in Christ the King Convent Chapel on this Wed. 13th April at 8 pm. All are welcome. Refreshments afterwards in the School Hall.

Don’t forget to hand in your Trócaire Box.

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
The monthly meeting will be held on this Tuesday April 12th at 8 pm in the Parish Centre.

Catholic Papers
Irish Catholic 80c. The Universe €1.50. Catholic Times €1.35 and The Voice €1. The papers give a great account of Pope John Paul’s life. Well worth reading.

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes 11th — 16th June.
The last date for names of anyone wishing to join the Pilgrimage is this Monday 11th April.

Nemo Rangers Annual Street Leagues
Boys – Under 11, Under 9, Under 7 / Girls Under 12.
Registration Night – Tuesday April 12th  6 — 7.30 pm in the Club Pavilion, Sth. Douglas Rd.
Leagues commence on Friday April 15th at 6.15 pm in the Club Grounds.  New promotional colour brochure and registration form available in local schools, shops, etc.

LOTTO DRAW April 4th
Numbers drawn:  10,  14,  19,  22.
€35 CASH
M. O’Leary, N. Cronin, M. Kelly, A. & D. O’Neill
Last week’s net “take”       €2,438
Last week’s second Collection       €1,338
Sponsorship for Church Seat    €400
Many thanks for supporting the Parish Lotto in aid of the Church Restoration Fund.
Old Money still welcome. Box at back of Church.