23rd August 2015 – 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)

lord+to+whom+shall+we+goLord, to whom shall we go.
This is the last in the series of five Sunday gospel readings from Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John, the bread of life discourse.  It is a sort of crunch time, the teaching is hard and many of Jesus’ followers ask how anybody could accept it.  They leave him, and Jesus turns to the apostles.  He does not say: “please stay,” but “do you want to go away too?” God invites us but does not force us to be disciples.  Peter’s answer lifts our hearts, as it lifted Jesus’ heart at the time:  “Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

Annual Famine Commemoration this Sunday 23rd August at St. Joseph’s Cemetery Famine Plot at 3pm.  Lord Mayor Cllr. Chris O’Leary, will attend with Clergy and The Friendship Singers and their conductor Eddie Goggin, who will render appropriate music and hymns for the ceremony.

Marriage Support A second collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend 23rd/24th August for Diocesan Marriage Support services.

Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated on this Wednesday 26th August at 7.00 pm at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock for all buried in the Cemetery. In case of bad weather Mass will be celebrated in Holy Cross Church, Mahon

Ennismore Retreat Centre:
Late applications are being taken for our Spiritual Accompaniment Course – to reach us by Friday 28th August 2015.
“Some Enchanted Evening” An evening of Musical Nourishment of Body and Soul (including High Tea) – Thursday 03rd Sept at 7pm – Cost €25.