2nd September 2018 – 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

Some of Pope Francis’s Words
Dublin – Aug 2018

The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (Jn 6:63).: These words, with their promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit, are teeming with life for us who accept them in faith.  They point to the ultimate source of all the good that we have experienced and celebrated here in these past few days: the Spirit of God, who constantly breathes new life into our world, into our hearts, into our families, into our homes and parishes.  Each …new generation, brings the promise of a new Pentecost… a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, the Paraclete, whom Jesus sends as our Advocate, our Consoler and indeed our Encourager. (Phoenix Park, Dublin Celebration of Eucharist 26-8-18)

Teachings of Jesus Hard: Need the strength of His Holy Spirit:
But let us also humbly acknowledge that, if we are honest with ourselves, we too can find the teachings of Jesus hard.  How difficult it is always to forgive those who hurt us; how challenging always to welcome the migrant and the stranger; how painful joyfully to bear disappointment, rejection, betrayal; how inconvenient to protect the rights of the most vulnerable, the unborn or the elderly, who seem to impinge upon our own sense of freedom. Yet it is precisely at those times that the Lord asks us: “What about you, do you want to go away too?” (Jn 6:67).  With the strength of the Spirit to “encourage” us and with the Lord always at our side, we can answer: “We believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God” (v.69).
With the people of Israel, we can repeat: “We
too will serve the Lord, for he is our God” (Jos 24:18). (Phoenix Park, Dublin Celebration of Eucharist 26-8-18)

The Love we have come to know in Christ Jesus:
Living in love, even as Christ loved us (cf. Eph 5:2), entails… dying to ourselves in order to be reborn to a greater and more enduring love.  The love that alone can save our world from its bondage to sin, selfishness, greed and indifference to the needs of the less fortunate.  That is the love we have come to know in Christ Jesus.  …The task of bearing witness to this Good News is not easy.  Yet the challenges that Christians face today are, in their own way, no less difficult than those faced by the earliest Irish missionaries.  I think of Saint Columbanus, who with his small band of companions brought the light of the Gospel to the lands of Europe in an age of darkness and cultural dissolution.  Their extraordinary missionary success was not based on tactical methods or strategic plans, no, but on a humble and liberating docility to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  It was their daily witness of fidelity to Christ and to each other that won hearts yearning for a word of grace and helped give birth to the culture of Europe.  That witness remains a perennial source of spiritual and missionary renewal for God’s holy and faithful people. (Phoenix Park, Dublin Celebration of Eucharist 26-8-18)
Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Josephine O’Leary, Doyle Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to her family.

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday, 5th Sept. at 7:30pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli

Turners Cross Active Retirement are re-opening on Tuesday next 4th September in the Centre, Capwell Road, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.

First Friday: Fr. Billy and Fr Kerry will visit the sick and housebound this week.   If you would like a visit please contact us
Hope Foundation.  Aoife McTaggart of Christ King Girls Secondary School is selling Butlers Hope Chocolate Bars after Masses this weekend as part of her fundraising for her volunteer visit to India to work with the Hope Foundation in Kolkata.

“After the Abortion Referendum:  The Way Forward for Ireland’s Pro-Life Movement” on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 in Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Tivoli, at 7:30pm in the Harbour 5 Suite. All welcome to attend.

Spirituality Courses at Nano Nagle Place September-December 2018 Registration is required. For more information please contact Sister Emma Rooney on 021-419-3580 or email: Info@ nanonagleplace.ie

HealthCare Professional Carers Training Programme In conjunction with South West Gno Skillnet. Comprehensive & Accredited Professional Training FREE OF CHARGE
Applicants must be in receipt of Job Seekers / Social Welfare payment to qualify for entry. Places will be allocated through an interview process which will take place on Thursday 13th September. Register required in advance of interview. Contact Claire to register on 021-4536551 or claire.coakley@stlukeshome.ie

The Irish Cancer Society’s National Conference is being held in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, on Saturday, September 22nd from 10am – 4pm.    Topics include exercise, diet, mindfulness, employment and more.    For more information call Breda on 01-2310 533, email bcuddihy@irishcancer.ie or go to www.cancer.ie to register. The conference is free of charge but registration is essential.

Arman and Eileen Beron with their sons Michael and Alex and daughter Kirsten represented Turner’s Cross Parish at the Festival of Families in Croke Park with Pope Francis on 25th August.  Our congratulations and thanks to each of them.

Congratulations also to those who travelled to the Phoenix Park Mass in the Turner’s Cross Parish Coach  – a long day, but well worthwhile, we are told.   Some parishioners travelled independently to one or more events, well done to all.