July 1st 2007 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The true follower
‘I will follow you sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.
Jesus said to him, "Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.' (Gospel)
When Jesus calls people to follow him, there are no easy options. It means living without comfort and security; it means that family obligations take second place; it means a response that is immediate and wholehearted. We have responded to the same call; it demands from us the same wholehearted response
Jesus in using the image of a plough was using something very familiar to the people.  The main point he wants to make is that  now is the time. If we are not fully committed to what we are doing, if we are half hearted, we will easily loose sight of our goal.  The key message is 'Don't turn back, don't even look back. The past is behind, today is the day. There is so much to accomplish but not if we're looking behind or afraid to move forward with our lives.

We welcome into the Christian community Cian Michael Lenox who was baptised recently

We offer sincere and prayerful sympathy to the Families of Kitty Cremin Greenhills Court,  Daniel Kelleher, High St. and Sheila Linehan, Derrynane Rd. Lord grant them eternal peace and joy, and to their families & friends strength and comfort.

First Friday
Fr Kerry & Fr. Charlie will visit the sick and housebound at his usual times this Thursday and Friday.

Parish Steering Group
Over the past six months the Parish Steering group have been meeting on a regular basis – planning for the future of our Parish.
A profile of our parish is in the final stage of preparation and will be on display in mid September.  This has been put together in preparation for the formation of a Parish  Assembly for our Parish.
The Steering group will not be meeting during July and August. 
The following is the plan for the Autumn.
12th Sept. The Steering Group meet with  Fr. Dan Baragry and Henrietta O'Mara  of the Redemptorist Mission Team to plan for the Mini Mission in November
22/23rd Sept. The Profile of the Parish will be on display and will be explained by a member of the Steering Group at all Masses
6/7th Oct. Sr. Karen of the Diocesan Pastoral Planning team will speak at all Masses.
14/15th Oct. Members of Parish Assemblies/Councils from other
Parishes will speak of their experiences.
27/28th Oct. Nomination process for The Parish Assembly will be explained
10th Nov.- 14th Nov. Mini Mission with Fr. Dan Baragry and Henrietta O'Meara.
24/25th Nov. Nominations Weekend.  Parishioners nominate people for The Parish Assembly
          We pray God's blessing and guidance on all our undertakings.

Feast of St Oliver Plunket 1st July
Oliver was born into an Irish noble family and studied for the priesthood in Rome, where he was ordained in 1654. He was Professor of Theology in Rome from 1654 until 1669, when he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh. Because of the Penal Laws he had to minister in secret. He was arrested and tried at Dundalk for conspiring against the state. Transferred to Newgate prison in England, he was charged with high treason for ‘promoting the Catholic faith’ and was condemned to a gruesome death at Tyburn. He was the last Catholic to die for the faith at Tyburn and the first of the Irish martyrs to be beatified. In 1975 he was declared a saint.

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 Daily Mass from Hospital Chapel at 8.30.a.m. and 12 noon.
 Rosary Monday to Friday at 7.30.p.m.
 Stations of the Cross. Saturdays at 12.30.p.m.
 Saturdays Vigil Mass at 7.15.p.m.
Sunday Masses at 8.30.a.m. and 10.00.a.m.

Society  of  St. Vincent  de  Paul
 The July church door collection will take place at all Masses on Saturday and Sunday, 7th/8th July.
This is a special collection to help families during the holiday season.
Your usual generosity will be greatly appreciated.