I will sing forever, O Lord, of your love and proclaim your faithfulness from age to age.

I will declare how steadfast is your love, how firm your faithfulness.

July 1

Saturday

 

6.00pm

6.45pm

Mass -13th Sunday - Year - A

Confessions

Intention - Eileen Flannagen

July 2

Sunday

9.30am

Mass -13th Sunday - Year - A

Intention- Eddie Waughman RIP

July 3

Monday

9.30am

Mass - St Thomas, Apostle

Intention- Tomy Xaviour & family

July 4

Tuesday

9.30am

Mass - Feria

Special private Intention

July 5

Wednesday

9.30am

Mass - Feria

Intention - Eddie Waughman RIP

July 6

Thursday

9.30am

Mass -Feria

Intention- Ann Melley RIP

July 7

Friday

9.30am

10-10.30 am

Mass - Feria

Adoration. No confessions

Intention- Eddie Waughman RIP

July 8

Saturday

 

6.00pm

6.45pm

Mass -14th Sunday - Year - A

Confessions

Intention - Eddie Waughman RIP

July 9

Sunday

9.30am

Mass -14th Sunday - Year - A

Intention- Jimny Heath RIP

Children's Liturgy Every Sunday at the 9.30 Mass in the Church Room - All children are welcome.

Sunday 2nd July 2023 - Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16, Romans 6:3-4, 8-11, Matthew 10:37-42

The followers of Christ are given the mission of witnessing Christ and the Gospel through their love of God and love of others in hospitality, humble service, and in works of mercy and charity. Bearing witness to Jesus requires sacrifice and often enduring rejection, persecution, suffering and even death.

First Reading - 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16: A influential woman in Shunem offers hospitality to the prophet Elisha. In gratitude, Elisha promises her a son, despite her husband's advanced age.

Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 89: I will forever sing the Lord's promises; His kindness is everlasting. Blessed are those who walk in His light and find joy in His justice. He is our strength, favor, and protective shield.

Second Reading - Romans 6:3-4, 8-11: Through Christ we are dead to sin but alive in God. Through baptism, we join Christ in His death and resurrection, signifying our new life. As Christ is free from death, we too, should live free from sin, and for God.

Gospel - Matthew 10:37- 42: Choosing life with Christ means that everything must be considered and prioritised in accordance with that fundamental choice. Jesus instructs his apostles that true discipleship requires them to prioritize their love and devotion to him above even their closest family relationships. Choosing anything with our whole heart and mind has consequences. For many in Matthew's community, this choice brought division to their family.

He also emphasizes the significance of receiving and supporting those who come in his name, assuring that even the smallest acts of kindness towards his disciples will be rewarded.

Responsorial Psalm: I will sing forever your love, O Lord

Food Bank - the numbers seeking help has considerably increased. If you are in a position to help, please try to bring a gift of tinned food, tea, coffee, biscuits, cereals and the like. There is also need for toiletries soap, toothpaste and cleaning materials. Please do what you can.

Second Collection: this Sunday - Peter's Pence Collection

Second Collection: next Sunday - For Sea Sunday

Would you be able to help?

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"Jesus repeats to his disciples three different times: "have no fear" (Mt 10:26, 28, 31).


Shortly prior to this, he had spoken to them about the persecutions they would have to undergo for the Gospel, a fact that is still a reality. Since its beginning, in fact, the Church has experienced, together with joys - of which she has had many - many persecutions. It seems paradoxical: the proclamation of the Kingdom of God is a message of peace and justice, founded on fraternal charity and on forgiveness; and yet it meets with opposition, violence, persecution.


Jesus, however, says not to fear, not because everything will be all right in the world, no, but because we are precious to his Father and nothing that is good will be lost." Pope Francis


 

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to His beloved is that of overcoming self.
Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally. Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St. Francis of Assisi

Pope at Angelus: Apostle Peter points a path to Christ in his generosity and weakness.

At the Angelus prayer on the feast of saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis reflects on the example of the Apostle Peter.

1.     Courageous as a rock.

First, he noted, Peter is a rock, shown in moments when he is "strong, steady, genuine, and generous."

"He leaves everything to follow Jesus". "He recognises Christ, the Son of the living God; he dives into the sea to go quickly toward the Risen One. Then, he boldly and courageously proclaims Jesus in the Temple, before and after being arrested and flogged. Tradition tells us also about his steadfastness when facing martyrdom."

2.     Reliable as a stone

Secondly, Peter's name can also be understood as "stone", a man who offers support to others.

Pope Francis said Peter sustains his brothers and sisters in the work of building up the Church. The Gospels depict him as responding generously to Jesus' call, confirming others' desire to follow Christ, and encouraging the community's proclamation of the Gospel. He is 'stone', "a reliable point of reference for the entire community."

3.     Weak as a pebble

At the same time, Peter's littleness emerges, revealing him also to be a "pebble".

"At times he does not understand what Jesus is doing," he said. "When confronted with Jesus's arrest, Peter allows fear to overtake him and denies Jesus, then repents and weeps bitterly, but he does not find the courage to stand under the cross." Peter, also seeks to flee Rome when initially faced with his own martyrdom, according to the Quo vadis tradition.

4.     Real person with strong and weak points

Peter encompasses each of these three aspects, with which each Christian can identify.

"In Peter," said Pope Francis, "we find the strength of the rock, the reliability of the stone, and the littleness of a simple pebble. He is not a superman - he is a man like us, who says 'yes' generously to Jesus in his imperfection." In the Apostle, God reveals that it is He who makes "Peter strong with His grace, unites us with His love, and forgives us with His mercy. "Saints Peter and Paul, noted the Pope, were real people, with their own faults, strengths, and weaknesses.

"Are we aware of our littleness?" asked the Pope, in conclusion. "And above all, in our weakness, do we entrust ourselves to the Lord who accomplishes great things through those who are humble and sincere?"

From the report of Devin Watkins