Bulletin 25 February 2024

Genesis 22 (our first reading today)

We come now to the Second Sunday of Lent, and we’re on both dangerous and very holy ground with the first reading from the twenty-second chapter of Genesis. The ancient Israelites referred to it as the “Akedah,” which means the “binding”: Abraham binds and is ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac at God’s command. It’s hard to imagine another text in the Old Testament that has stirred up more puzzlement and opposition. I am with Søren Kierkegaard: if you don’t experience “fear and trembling” having read this text, you have not been paying attention. And it’s naming something of absolute centrality in the spiritual life. Bishop Robert Barron

Sacrament of Penance (Confession)

Three priests will be available for this sacrament after each of the three Masses on 23-24 March. However, I am available for the sacrament after Mass every Saturday night. Indeed, if anyone wants the sacrament on any other day, just make your wish known to me.

Sacrament of Confirmation

The children preparing for Confirmation at Bun Scoil Chriost Ri spent Monday in La Scala (Blackrock) for a retreat. They were most impressed and appreciative of the experience. Confirmation will be administered here on 24th April by Mgr Gearoid Dullea. It will be preceded by a Ceremony of Light at the morning Mass on Tuesday, 19th March.

Recent Deaths:

The deaths have occurred of Harry Speight, late of Evergreen Rd, who died in England; Eleanor Clinton, Friars Rd. May they rest in peace. We offer our sympathy and prayers to the families.