Bulletin 10 March 2024

Mothers’ Day / Laetare Sunday

Every blessing on mothers today. We remember especially mothers who are ill or in other difficulties. The pleas of the mother in Gaza earlier this week who lost her infant twins in a bombardment puts the war in perspective. We also remember mothers across the world who are victims of domestic abuse. Mothers’ Day had its origin in the US when people returned home to visit their mothers on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. The word Laetare means ‘rejoice’. This Sunday is 21 days before Easter and that is the reason why we rejoice today. It corresponds with Gaudete Sunday in Advent. Both words mean ‘rejoice’ but they have different connotations. Laetare is a visible external expression of joy whereas Gaudete is an internal sense that life has meaning and hope. It is not necessarily visible but is deeply felt in the soul. Pope Francis entitled his first publication as Pope, Evangelii Gaudium (2013), meaning ‘the joy of the gospel’. His document on marriage is entitled Amoris Laetitia (2016), ‘the joy of love’. May all our families today have reason to celebrate the joy of mothers. Our Lady is the mother of Jesus but is also our mother. We salute her in our prayer today.

Parish Assembly

Tomorrow Monday, 11th March, at 8.00 pm. Advance notice of one item on the agenda: We will need two representatives of the PA to attend a meeting of the Family of Parishes on Thursday next, 14th, at 7.30 pm in the parish centre in Frankfield. The purpose of this meeting is to plan the next Alpha course which will be held after Easter in Frankfield for the three parishes, Douglas/Rochestown, Frankfield/Grange and Turner’s Cross.

Second Collection

The second collection this weekend is for the Irish Bishops’ Commissions.

New Rotas available in the sacristy. Thanks to all the Ministers of Word and Eucharist for your service to the parish and, ultimately, to the Lord. A special word of thanks to Maeve Kennedy and Christine O’Neill who prepare the rotas.

Shrines

Two new candelabras have been installed at the shrines to St Anthony and St Joseph inside the main doors of the Church. These are real candles and should only be lit using the lighters provided, to avoid spilling candle grease on the candelabra. The new delivery was arranged by Sharon O’Sullivan on behalf of the PA and the parish. Mile buiochas leat. We hope that the availability of live candles will enhance devotion at the shrines in our Church. Lighting a candle is evocative of our baptism when a candle was lit from the paschal candle as a sign of Christ the Light of the World coming to the newly baptised. As a matter of interest these St Killian candelabras are used in hundreds of churches throughout Ireland. They are also to be found in Westminster Cathedral and New York Cathedral. Incidentally, St Killians have supplied 28 such candelabras to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Recent Deaths:

Joan Lynch, Greenhills Est; Margaret Mullins, Bishopstown; Norah Daly, Green Lawn. May they rest in peace. Our sympathies are with their families.