6th September 2020, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time




Pray for our Planet

Our Common Home

The “Season of Creation” has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established September 1st as the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. It is a time marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) when we think about the joy of creation as well as the need to protect the natural environment.

This year we are in the midst of an international health crisis. The environmental crisis and the health crisis are interconnected. Both are global emergencies that will affect many people, both are experienced most deeply by the poor and vulnerable.  Both expose the deep injustices in our societies, and both will be solved only through a united effort based on the best of the values we share.

Pope Francis has asked us to pray for Creation, and has called each of us to listen to the cry of the earth which has been polluted and damaged, and to listen to the cry of the poor of our earth. The Season of Creation is a special time where we can reflect on how best to answer this call and encourage our parish communities to do the same.



In any group, small and big, things cause friction. Everyone thinks his or her way is right. We can fight over who is right. Some things are worth a fight, others not.

In the big questions of life, we need the advice, support and love of the other. Many people ask themselves, “Why I didn’t give an honest opinion about a decision like marriage or a job or a course of studies which seemed ill-advised to everyone?’ We all have good and not-so-good tendencies. We can only advise as best we can, sensitively and wisely, and hope we get a hearing.

We are afraid to hurt, to be rejected. Why do we let so many people drink themselves into trouble and never tell them? The terror of a neighbourhood, no matter what age, needs to be confronted. The problem of drugs in a neighbourhood is not confronted. Crime is not reported.

In small and big things we are each others’ keepers. Jesus is saying something like that today. Parents can find this difficult as they try to guide the family well and not lose them. We have social responsibility in the family and in the neighbourhood and even worldwide for the common good.

God wants the best for each of us. We can help each other to goodness, we can support each other, advise each other, pray for and with each other, and help each other on our way to God.

Recall an occasion when another gave good advice,

even when you may not have liked it at the beginning. 

Be grateful!

Give me wisdom, Lord, when others ask me for advice or an opinion.

Donal Neary SJ,

Editor Sacred Heart Messenger.


Deaths:    We pray for Mary Buckley, Capwell Road, and Patrick Collins, Summerhill South, who died recently.  We extend our sympathy to their families.


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul September Church Gate Collection outside the church at all Masses this weekend 5th/6th September.


Collection for the Holy Places

The Annual Collection for the Holy Places was not taken up on Good Friday this year as our churches were closed.  Pope Francis has approved the proposal that this collection should now be taken up on next weekend 12th/13th September.



Bishop Fintan has asked us to wear face coverings in Church for all Masses and other liturgical celebrations to create as safe an environment as possible in our churches and minimise the possibility of spreading the virus.  Children under 13 years of age and people who have received medical advice to not wear a mask are of course exempt.



19th August 2018 – 20th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)



Jesus said to the crowd you must eat my flesh and drink my blood, a statement which shocked them, how can this man give us his “flesh to eat”.  The teaching was rejected by them and is rejected today also.  But we remember our childhood faith and the living faith of those who taught us when we were preparing for our first Holy Communion and in our growing years, our parents, our teachers Liturgy and sermons in church.   We remember the way were taught to make thanksgiving after Holy Communion to bow our heads and put our face in our hands so that we could be alone with the Lord.  A good practice then a good practice now as well.

We reflect today on the importance of this ultimate gift. In our first reading lady wisdom says come and eat my bread and leave foolishness behind, and all are invited to find life, to find meaning, as Jesus says to each:
I am the living bread and I give my flesh for the life of the world.

With great joy we welcome Pope Francis to Ireland this coming weekend, and wish him céad míle fáilte.  As we welcome Pope Francis we remember that the principal reason for his visit is the international event, the World Meeting of Families and we join him in praying for families in Ireland and all over the world.

Call to Prayer
  Traditionally church bells call God’s people to prayer.  All church bells will be rung throughout the country on Tuesday evening next from 7.00 pm to 7.15 pm as a call to all people to pause and pray for families as we mark the beginning of the international World Meeting of Families.

Opening Ceremony in Cork
The Evening Prayer to officially open the World Meeting of Families will take place in Cathedral of Ss Mary and Anne on Tuesday 21st August at 7:30 pm.  All are invited to join Bishop John Buckley for this Evening Prayer which will conclude with the Blessing with a relic of the True Cross.  Bishop John asks particularly that families from the Parish Join him for this unique time of prayer in the Cathedral as we pray for all the families of Cork and Ross.  The Moore family from our congregation will receive a World Meeting of Families candle from the bishop to be lit in the church each day until next Sunday as we pray for families.


God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[we pause and remember family members
and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Theme for WMOF2018
The main theme, is “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World,” chosen by Pope Francis from the opening words of The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia).  The events of each day will be guided by key themes from The Joy of Love as follows:

The Joy of Love in Families is also the Joy of the Church (Opening Ceremony).

The Family and Faith
(Pastoral Congress, Wednesday)
The Family and Love
(Pastoral Congress, Thursday)
The Family and Hope
(Pastoral Congress, Friday)
The Family: Celebrating with Joy
(Festival of Families, Saturday)
The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World
(Papal Mass, Sunday)

Issues to be considered include the role of technology in the Family; the impact of conflict on families and children; building a more sustainable approach to the economy, work and the environment; faith and family; women’s leadership roles, globally and locally; and the role of education in raising families out of poverty.

The Television Broadcast of the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park will be shown on a very large screen in the Church of Christ the King on Sunday afternoon.  This is an opportunity for those not travelling to Dublin to participate as a Parish group.  The transmission will be shown from 2.15 pm, in good time to include the Papal Mass at 3 o’clock.  Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament afterwards.

Deaths:  We remember in our prayers Kevin O’Flynn, Pearse Road and Evelyn Sheehan, Windmill Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Deerpark CBS Annual Open Night on Tuesday 11th Sept. 7.00pm – 9.30pm, 4th, 5th  and 6th class students welcome. For more information visit our Facebook page or www.deerparkcbs.ie <http://www.deerparkcbs.ie>

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Novena
Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, 31st August – 8th September, daily at 10.00am and 8.00pm.

Tory Top Library:Tuesday 21st Aug @ 11: Traditions of the past- are they lost forever? Come and share memories of growing up and living in Cork in the 1960’s and ‘70s. Admission Free. All welcome.

Cork Autism Conference 2018 –  Re-Thinking Autism – A Positive and Integrative Approach, Sunday September 30th, Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas Cork. Conference provides a unique forum for Parents, Families, Caregivers, Adults with ASD, Employers, Educators, Professionals, Agencies, Advocates and anyone with an interest in autism and aspergers syndrome. call 089 239 8900 or see
www.bookwhen.com/corkautism <http://www.bookwhen.com/corkautism> .