May 31st 2009 – Pentecost

Pentecost marks the end and the goal of the Easter season. It is a memorial of the day the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and the Virgin Mary in the form of fiery tongues, an event that took place fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus. Pentecost is the incarnation of the Holy Spirit into the world of men and women; it also commemorates the official inauguration of the Church by the apostolic preaching of St. Peter, resulting in the conversion of 3000 Jews to the Christian faith. Pentecost is thus the official birthday of the Church. Today’s Scripture readings remind us that Pentecost is an event of both the past and the present. The main theme of today’s readings is that the gift of the Holy Spirit is something to be shared with others. In other words, the readings remind us that the gift of the Holy Spirit moves its recipients to action and inspires them to share this gift with others.  The letter to the Galatians gives us a description of the person who lives in the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. We invite the Holy Spirit into each of our lives this weekend..

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray: O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, me may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Knock Pilgrimage
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society,  Christ the King Branch
Sat 27th June. Bus departs from Girls N.S. Evergreen Rd at 6.40am sharp.   Details on notice board at back of Church or Contact:  Irene Phone  4963326

Offertory Collection last weekend €2,238.   Many thanks for your continued generosity

Our prayers and good wishes to our young people who begin their exams on Wed. 3rd June.  The 10am Mass on that day will be offered for their success in the exams.
Those doing exams and those awaiting results are included in our shared Mass every Friday at 10am.   Cards are available in the Sacristy

First Holy Communion "Do this in Memory" Mass
We encourage parents of children who recently made their First Holy Communion to bring their child to the concluding “Do This in Memory” Mass and Procession in Church grounds  on Sunday 14th June at 10.30a.m.

Eucharistic Procession
Sun. 14th June. Feast of Corpus Christi.  The Eucharist Procession through our City will take place on that Sunday.

Knock Summer Youth Festival 2009
“You are the light of the world”  23rd-26th July
Need a weekend out? Well grab your sleeping bag and head to Knock Shrine to join hundreds of other young people for a weekend different to any other. The youth festival will run for four days and over the four days there will be inspiring talks, amazing workshops, music by Elation Ministries, prayer, reflection and loads of time to  chill out and meet new people.
For more information call (094) 9388100 or 087 6927850 or check out

All  Night  Vigil  of  Reparation & Adoration
South Presentation Chapel, Douglas Street, on the First Friday of the Month – 5th June.   Rosary starts at 10 p.m   First Friday Mass at 10.30 p.m.  First Saturday Mass at 6 a.m. "Could you not watch one hour with me"

Family Carers Information Day
If you are caring for a family member at home, an elderly parent, spouse, or child with a disability, you are invited to a Carers Information Day, on Tue. 9th June, at the Ambassador Hotel, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Local groups will attend.  Free mini pamper sessions, diabetes testing, refreshments etc   If you need any more information please phone the Carers Association on 021 4806397

Student’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, true source of
light and fountain of all wisdom.
Come to aid my intellect, send away
any anxiety and worry that surrounds
me during my studies and exams.
Give to me the sharpness of mind to
understand, a retentive memory,
method and ease in learning, the
clarity to comprehend and abundant
grace in expressing myself. 

Great wrong and hurt.
At this sad moment, can we offer a word of encouragement in the face of  overwhelming sorrow and a need for repentance and support by Church and State for the  events revealed in the Ryan Report.  We are all very saddened and upset by the revelations. The inquiry has revealed a story of intense suffering and abuse in institutions by people in whom great trust had been placed.  The people who have been hurt and not listened to, must be foremost in everyone's mind  when we read the report.
We pray for all who have suffered abuse with all its long-term consequences, and now have to cope with the pain and distress of having their stories told again and in public.
We are deeply sorry that trust has been breached in this way.  We must never again be complacent about child protection.  Our sympathy goes out to them and we ask for prayers that they will continue on the road to healing.
As a Parish we must renew our efforts to serve the Lord with integrity and to play our full part in open cooperation with  authorities in the work of safeguarding our children.   The Child Protection Policy of our Parish is displayed on the Notice Boards in the Church and in the Parish Centre. Our Parish Child Protection Representative is Mary Ryder,  087 2610276 (Parish mobile)

On this Feast of Pentecost we thank the people from different Countries who live in our Parish – Poland, Lithuania, India, Columbia and The Philippines  who will lead the prayers of the faithful on at our Vigil Mass.