November 5th 2006 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Purgatory — The Holy Souls

The season of November, that dampens the spirits with chill weather, is an appropriate time to turn our thoughts to our dear and loved ones who have died. There is not one of us who has not been touched by grief, very possibly in this last year. Whatever we say, whatever phrases we use, the pain of loss cannot be taken away. We learn to cope with it, at best. For the bitter ache of grief never quite dies, a grief that bears witness to our undying love for those who are with us no more.

The Catholic belief concerning death is one of our most precious treasures, for it lifts us from a tearful contemplation of the past, to hope in the future. The Church teaches us that we have a destiny with our loved ones, and assures us that we shall see them again and enjoy our company. But – and this is the genius of our faith – that future is not a distant prospect. It begins today. We continue to matter to our dear departed, just as they continue to matter to us. This is what Purgatory is about: the call to us to help our loved ones, and all the departed, right now.

We must never think of Purgatory as a ‘halfway house’ between heaven and hell. It is a preparation for Paradise, and the souls there joyfully anticipate their reward in heaven. But, just as we must shield our eyes for a moment before adjusting them to a strong light, so our souls must prepare for the awesome vision of God’s glory, prepare to be loved that much. Our prayers can help the departed cast off the last of their hesitancy, all that keeps them from flying to the God who enfolds them in his glory.

I like to remember, as a young child, my excitement on Christmas Eve. I yearned to race to the Christmas Tree and tear open the presents that already lay there. My wise parents gently directed me to bed, knowing that I needed all my energy for the joy of the morrow, and so I went, tingling with excitement, and longing for day to come. That, for me, is Purgatory – no flames, no punishment, but a necessary and thrilling preparation for the splendid glory of heaven’s morning.

The Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls

continues until Fri.10th Nov. Masses each weekday of the Novena at 10am and 6.30pm.
Envelopes for those who wish to have their dead remembered in the Novena are available at the back of the Church and may be returned to the box at the Altar Rails.

We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for the Autumn Dues in the Sacristy next weekend 11th/12th November. Thank you.

Plenary Indulgence for the Holy Souls
You can gain an indulgence for the Holy Souls from 1st to 8th November by visiting a cemetery and saying the Our Father, Hail Mary and a prayer for the Pope’s intentions.

Remembrance Weekend 11th / 12th November
At all our Masses next weekend we as a Community will have an opportunity to come together to remember all our loves ones, especially those who have died since November last year and to support one another in our loss. Family members are invited to light a light in memory of their loved ones and place it on the altar rail before Mass. Lights will be available at the back of the Church at all the Masses.

Prayers and Blessing of Graves
will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery this Sunday 5th Nov. at 2.30pm. Bring a small container to take some of the water blessed at the ceremony to bless your family grave.
St. Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock,  & Douglas Cemetery 5th Nov. at 3pm,  and St. Finbarr’s Cemetery 12th Nov. at 3pm.

We remember in our prayers Canon William Shinkwin, retired Parish Priest  of The Lough, who died on Friday.  We extend our sympathy to his family and parish. May he rest in peace.

Youth 2000 Retreat Ennismore
for young people aged 16—35 takes place at Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte, Fri. 17th to Sun. 19th Nov. An opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic Faith and meet many new friends. Contact Dave 085-7167904 or Jim 087-2159883 for information and bookings. Donations only. Website

Christ King Secondary School, South Douglas Rd.
Mass for the deceased Staff & Students will be celebrated in the School Library on Mon. 13th Nov. at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Parish Christmas Card
Parish Christmas Cards and Triduum Cards will be available shortly in the Parish Office.

Ballyphehane Meals on Wheels
Drivers needed for delivery in Turners Cross & Ballyphehane areas. Phone 4311808.

Ardfallen Fair
Saturday 11th November 10.30am — 2pm in Ardfallen House, Douglas Rd. A day for all the family. Stalls, books, cakes, country produce, plants, bric-a-brack, arts & crafts, second thoughts, toys, pottery & glass, jewellery, etc.

Our heartiest congratulations to Nemo Rangers on winning their 15th Senior County Football title against Doheny’s last Sunday. To their Manager Ephie Fitzgerald, Captain Martin Cronin, all the panel and mentors we say well done — you did us proud!

Evergreen United Schoolboys FUNDRAISER
Race Night — The Mountain Bar (Evergreen Road) Nov. 10th at 9pm. Please support local Team.

Craobh Throalaigh Mhic Shuibhne  (Terence McSwiney Branch)
“Ceilliúradh Lá Breithe an Phiarsaigh” agus “Omós do Laochra 1916”
Celebration of the Birthday of Pádraig Pearse and a Tribute to the Heroes of 1916
at Nemo Rangers Trabeg Sports Centre Friday November 10th at 8.30pm
Admission €10.00     Information @ 021 4961410