29th May 2016 – Feast of Corpus Christi

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As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, we reflect on Jesus’ gift of himself to us in the Eucharist in the Word of God, which we listen to at Mass and read in the Bible, and in the sisters and brothers for whom he died.  It is the same presence, the same Lord.  We are invited to be made one with him through the living bread which comes down from heaven and that unity with Christ will be fruitful to the extent that we are united with the those sisters and brothers.  If we are selective we cut ourselves off to some extent from God, who loves all his children.  So as we celebrate Corpus Christi perhaps we could determine to do something helpful, something good for one person we don’t like that much, or for someone we’re not getting on with too well just now.  As we take a step towards union with Christ in another person, Christ will do wonders for all our relationships with others, and with God.

 Corpus Christi ProcessionMany people have memories of the Corpus Christi imagesprocession when the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament was brought around the parish. All groups in the parish were represented. Children scattered petals before the host and houses were decorated. The meaning of the feast was to bring the Lord into the streets of his people and to appreciate the gift he gives us of himself in the Eucharist. The procession still takes in our city and this Sunday we gather outside our Church at 2.50 pm to walk to Daunt Square where the ceremonies will take place.
Archbishop Neary of Tuam  will preach. Come and join us.

This weekend 28th/29th of May a special collection will be taken up in all churches towards the cost of hosting this event in Ireland at the request of Pope Francis.  In 1994 Saint John Paul II called the first World Meeting of Families inviting families from across the globe to share faith, as well as share the challenges and celebrate the blessings of family life in society today. The Holy Father has attended every World Meeting of Families wherever it has been held and the Irish Bishops have invited Pope Francis to come to Ireland for this celebration.

The Novena to the Sacred Heart continues until the Feast of the Sacred Heart on next  Friday 3rd June.  Novena Prayers each morning at the 10am Mass or families may wish to  pray the novena at home.   Novena Prayers – green leaflet – available at the back of the  Church.

Death: We remember in our prayers Josephine (Jo) O’Shea, Slieve Mish Park who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday 4th June 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.

Down Syndrome: Enjoy an Ice Cream – after the 10am and 12 noon Masses today. Ice Cream will be available outside the Parish Centre. Proceeds to Down Syndrome Ireland. Our thanks to the Parish Assembly who have arranged the event.

Our Parish Trocaire Lenten Campaign raised € 4,235, including over € 1,000 from Bunscoil Chriost Ri, thanks and congratulations to all.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul:  The May Church Gate collection amounted to €1,502.   The Society thanks you for your generosity and looks forward to your support with the June collection next weekend.

Ministers of the Eucharist:  Can collect their Rota for the coming weeks in the Sacristy.

images-2Parents & Friends Association of Bunscoil Chríost Ri: Annual Fund raiser Friday 10th June at 8.00 pm at the Beer Garden Pub.  End the school year on a summer high – Finger Food and Sangria will be provided free of charge. Lots of spot prizes! Your support will be appreciated.

Pioneers: Gold, Silver and Diamond jubilee pins will be presented at the Pioneer Diocesan Mass at 8p.m. in St. Columba’s Church, Douglas on June 22nd. Contact Sorcha on 086 3642619 or sorchaol@gmail.com

Celebrate the 8th: A pro-life gathering to defend the 8th Amendment outside the Dáil on Molesworth Street, Dublin, from 3.00 – 4.00 pm on Saturday, June 4th. Keynote speaker Melissa Ohden who was born alive after a failed abortion, other speakers include Heidi Crowter, a disability rights campaigner from the UK who has Down Syndrome. To book a seat on a bus from your area visit <http://www.prolifecampaign.ie> , or telephone 087 266 8702.