Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thirthy Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 18th of November 2007

Building a Community (Centre)
I am currently writing to all parishioners asking for financial help towards the cost of the parish development at St. Fiacre’s Church. Most parishioners will have received my letter by now and those who did not will hear from me during the next few days. To date your response has been magnificent and €97,250 has been added to the parish coffers. This is without doubt a very generous return which, over time, will save the parish up to €100,000 in interest repayments. As a registered charity the parish can also reclaim income tax already paid on much of this amount thus significantly increasing the value of the contribution at no extra cost to the donor. Thanks for your generous support for this long awaited parish facility.
While I fully appreciate that I am asking for a significant sum of money I do not want anyone to feel obliged to make a donation or the contribution to cause hardship. Every euro helps. Ní neart go cur le chéile – there is strength in unity – working together the people of our parish can do great things. Working together as a community will make paying for our Parish Centre easier.
I ask you to consider what you can do for our parish at this time. All contributions will be carefully recorded and acknowledged. Thanks again for your support.

Remembrance Service
Our Parish Remembrance Service will be held on Thursday, 29th November for all the faithful departed but especially for all those who died in our parish in the past year. This service which will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at 7.30pm. Please place the names of your beloved dead in the baskets before the altars in each church.

Farewell and Thanks
After many years writing his hugely popular column Fr. Tom Cox has decided to take an extended break. We wish him well as he takes some time of refreshment and renewal.

No Work, No Food
A famous comic cartoon strip called Peanuts had a main character called Charlie Brown. Charlie once delightfully declared: ‘I love humanity. It’s people I can’t stand!’ Sometimes our attitude to the Bible is like Charlie’s to his fellow human beings. We love the Bible. It’s its challenges we can’t stand! Take today’s second reading, for example. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat (2 Thess 3:10). Can Paul really be serious? In answer, another question: was Jesus serious when he said that if a brother or sister has something against us, we should settle the matter first before bringing an offering to God? (Mt 5:24). Yes? No? Tricky, isn’t it? If yes, are there exceptions? What happens if we apply this to the Eucharist? Just how literal should we be? If we don’t want to be literal and start toning down what Jesus said where do we stop? As far as I know there isn’t a ‘Cherry-Picker’s Bible’ on the market. If Paul commands something, he means it. Jesus doesn’t joke about serious matters. People who don’t pull their weight should earn their food and not be kept – hard though that may be for them to swallow.
Fr Tom Cahill SVD

Questions People Ask
Q. If you were asked to celebrate Mass in the Tridentine Rite, how would you answer?
A. Candidly, I would be reluctant to go back to a rite which lacks the great theological riches of the changes introduced at the time of Pope Paul VI. The revised rite is, in fact, far more conservative than the rite going back to the Council of Trent, as it conserved elements from the early Christian centuries such as the Prayers of the Faithful and the sign of peace. The Tridentine Rite has only one form of the Eucharistic Prayer (Eucharistic Prayer I): sadly, this prayer lacks the very important prayer calling down the Holy Spirit on the gifts of bread and wine.
Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap

Pray for the Deceased
Recently Deceased: Rena Brett, Derdimus. Funeral prayers at her home at 10.45am on Monday followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Foulkstown Cemetery. Richard Delaney, 20 McCauley Place. Funeral arrangements later. Sr. Leonard Casey, Wexford.

Anniversaries: Mary & Ann O’Shea (Sat 6.15), Ramie & Breda Dowling (Sat 7.00), Patrick Morris, (Sun 9.30), John Brennan (Sun 10.00), Kitty & John McMyler (Sun 10.30), Margaret (Madge) O’Brien (Sun 11.00), John Byrne (Sun 12.00), Deceased Members of St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band (Sun 12.30), Julie Mary Taggart (Wed 9.30), James Fox (Thur 9.30), Maura Leahy, Michael Beale, John Fogarty, Margaret Guilfoyle, May O’Connell, Joan Meehan, Joseph Murphy, James Donnelly Snr, James Donnelly Jr, Sean Donnelly, Michael Gibbons, Peter Blanchfield, Michael Kennedy, Kitty Henebry, Catherine McDonald.

Intentions for Next Weekend: Michael Hickey (Sat 6.15), Pat Kearney (Sat 7.00), Maura Leahy (Sun 9.30), Bill Keogh (Sun 10.00), Deceased members of the O’Neill Family (Sun 10.30), Maureen O’Shea (Sun 11.00), John Cullen (Sun 12.00), Margaret (Madge) O’Brien (Sun 12.30).

A sum of money was found in the vicinity of St. Patrick’s Church. Contact Fr. Dan if you think it may be yours. Well done to the honest young student who handed it in. If unclaimed the money will go to charity.

Bishop Freeman’s Coat of Arms
(See front cover of this newsletter)
Ensigned with a processional celtic cross palewise behind the shield of gold, the cross is countersigned by 6 symbols of infinity 3 per pale and 3 per fess with the two central signs forming a cross. The whole is surmounted by a galero with cords and twelve tassels disposed in three rows of one, two and three all vert. In a cartuche the motto “Libertas in Veritate”.
In the first partition of the shield the comet, since the birth of Jesus Christ, continues to proclaim the advent of our Lord. This charge placed on a field of green symbolises hope and is taken from the arms of the Pallottine Fathers of which Father Séamus Freeman is a member. In the second partition the bell represents the ancient tradition that Saint Kieran, the evangelising founder of the diocese of Ossory brought from Rome in the year 549 A.D. The clanger in bend underlines the dynamic action of the message. The final partition of the shield represents the book of books: the bible. From the word of life it contains Father Séamus has chosen to evoke the invitation to proclamation the apostle Paul proffered in his second letter to Timothy. The book has a red cover representing God’s love for man and all creation. The gold of the field, the quintessential colour of regality, embodies the meaning that only by listening to the word do we make ourselves worthy of the kingdom of God. The motto “Libertas in Veritate” (John, 8:32) stresses Jesus’ words according to whom only the knowledge of truth gives full freedom to man. It is also a play on the bishop’s surname of “Freeman”.

Prayer for Our New Bishop
In preparation for the ordination there will be a special service of Evening Prayer of the Church at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7.30pm on Friday, 30th November. During the service the bishop’s symbols of office (ring, crozier, pectoral cross and mitre) will be blessed.
Each parish in the diocese has been asked to hold an individual service but, because of our proximity to the Diocesan Cathedral we believe it would be more meaningful to hold a combined service for the four city parishes. We invite all to come along and pray for our new bishop on the weekend of his ordination.

Irish Catholic
The Irish Catholic of 6th December will feature a special commemorative supplement on the installation of Monsignor Freeman as Bishop of Ossory. This will feature an exclusive interview with the new bishop with photos and coverage of the occasion itself. Please pre-order your copy at the sacristy as soon as possible.

Liam Lawton Concert
Liam Lawton, well known Irish composer and singer, will perform in concert at St. John’s Church, Dublin Road on Tuesday, 4th December.

Young at Heart
This group will hold a church gate collection this weekend. Please support.
Family Liturgy
During Advent and for the next four Sunday’s the 10.30am Mass in St. Fiacre’s Church will be a special Family Mass. The children will prepare the readings and prayers they will present their offerings and they will be expressing themselves in drama and song. Through this active involvement and the simplified version of the readings and prayers, the Mass is more meaningful for them and also for their families. Jesus did say, “let the little children come to me” and this is exactly what we hope to do at the 10.30 Mass each Sunday. I would like to extend to you all an invitation to come and experience for yourselves the wonderful feeling of togetherness and sense of Christian Community that we in St. Fiacre’s Church experience when our children come together to celebrate this Family Mass.
Practice for the Family Mass will take place in St. Fiacre’s Church on Thursdays at 6 pm. and will last for about one hour. As well as preparing the readings and prayers we also have a children’s choir. All children are welcome. The first practice will take place on Thursday 29th November 2006.

Prisoner Sunday
Like their victims prisoners are also human beings. On this Prisoner Sunday let us pray for prisoners, their families and the victims of their crimes. We are called to ‘love the sinner while hating the sin.’

A November Saint
• St Columban
(543-615) • 23 November
Columban (or Columbanus) is associated with the monastery of Bangor, where he was monk and teacher. In 591, with twelve companions, he set out as a missionary for Christ and travelled widely in mainland Europe, setting up monasteries, after the Irish model, in Annegray, Luxeuil, Fontaine and other centres. His best-known foundation was in Bobbio, near Genoa, where he died in 615. Columban’s influence is celebrated widely in Germany, Switzerland and Italy today. He is regarded as one of the greatest of Irish missionaries.