26th April 2015 – 4th Sunday of Easter (B)

The-Good-Shepherd-wallpaper1 GOOD SHEPHERD
Jesus tells us that he is the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep, a shepherd who watches over the sheep while things are tranquil, guards them from harm and tends them when distressed. He tells us to turn to him in times of worry, trouble or loss, and promises rest for our souls.  When we hand ourselves over to his care we can experience his peace which guards our hearts and minds. We can paradoxically experience this peace of Christ even in our darkest moments, if we have learned to hand our lives over to him.

The passage from the Acts of the Apostles today shows us that we can accept or reject the message of Jesus, the word of life. If we accept his message, we accept him and the Father who sent him.  To those who accept him, he gives power to become children of God. As God’s sons and daughters, we have immediate access to the Father in prayer, we don’t have to book ahead or make appointments! St John tells us to think of the love that the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God’s children.  And Jesus reminds us that the child’s place in the household of God is assured.  We are speaking here of a reality that worldly values do not recognise or understand; the reality of Christ’s values of unselfish and self sacrificing love.  Let’s consider renewing our commitment to Jesus during this Easter season, in preparation for the great moment of Pentecost.

Proclaim-LogoPROCLAIM 15 – proclaiming Christ in 2015.  A three week programme of short faith and scripture reflections will be available in the parish for the first three weeks in May, leading up to Pentecost Sunday.  The sessions are faithful to Pope Francis’ document “The Joy of the Gospel,” and copies of the material to be used (a single sheet) will be available in the church at weekend Masses.  The material is suitable personal reflection and for use in small groups, e.g. at home in a family setting, or a gathering of friends and can be completed in half an hour or less.  There will also be public sessions in the parish centre at 8.00 pm on the three Wednesday evenings, these will last a bit longer. Each session begins with a story of a modern faith experience that is mirrored in a passage of Scripture. A reflection and some questions are offered, followed by words of Pope Francis and further discussion. The sessions conclude with prayer and ideas for action.  We invite Parishioners to try this out. (Pray our Proclaim 15  Prayer below)

Parish Pilgrimage to Mount Melleray Abbey.  This is planned for Pentecost Sunday 24th May, when we will pray for the grace of the Holy Spirit for our Parish and our Church.  Bus will depart from Evergreen Road at 12.00 noon approximately, earlier than indicated in last Sunday’s preliminary notice.  There will be refreshments at the Abbey and the bus will arrive back at Evergreen Road by 7.00 pm.  Cost € 10, names and payment may be given in to Sacristy.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Mary Sisk, Windmill Rd. & Canon Vincent Hodnett P.P. The Lough, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.

Ministers of the Eucharist can collect their rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday 2nd May after 10.00 Mass. Consider offering a lift to a neighbour who may be housebound.

First Friday: Fr Kerry & Fr. Billy will visit the sick and housebound on Thursday & Friday of this week.   If you would like a visit please contact us.

Congratulations: to the Girls and Boys of Bunscoil Chriost Ri who were confirmed on Wednesday  Our thanks to Bishop Buckley and congratulations to Parents and Teachers for their great efforts in preparing the children for the Sacrament.  It was a memorable occasion.

Anam Cara  monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 6th May  from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Silver Springs Hotel. All Anam Cara Services are available free of charge to bereaved parents.

All  night Vigil of  Reparation & Adoration on Friday 1st May in C.U.H. Hospital Chapel, Wilton.  Rosary at 9.00 pm, Mass of First Friday, and Mass of First Saturday (Alliance of  the Two Hearts).

Proclaim ’15: Prayer
Loving Father,
You so loved the world that you sent us your only Son,
that we might believe in him and have eternal life.
May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day
and live the Good News with joy.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
help us to “go out to the whole world and proclaim”
our faith with confidence.
Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel
by our words and actions.
Help our parish of Christ the King to become more welcoming and missionary,
so that you may be known and loved by all people.
We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever,
Our Lady, Mother of the Church Pray for us.
Venerable Nano Nagle: Pray for us.
Blessed Edmond Rice:  Pray for us.