Christ comes for all

Father Terry writes: To stand at the remaining wall of the Temple in Jerusalem and observe is to be astonished at the variety of Jews who come to pray. Bukhara Jews from Central Asia with embroidered hats. Hasidic Jews from Eastern Europe (or Stoke Newington) in furred hats despite torrid heat. Californians in baseball caps. Indians from Bombay. Argentinians from Buenos Aires. Judaism is a more international religion than many Christians realise. Some 2000 years ago the writer of the book of Baruch rejoiced in this diversity, and prophesied that Jerusalem would be a sign to the world. We hear in the first reading: ‘See your sons reassembled from west and east’. A new freedom and ful

Second Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 9th December 2018

Second Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 9th December 2018 MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 8th Dec 6 pm Vigil Mass Nancy O’Shaughnessy, intentions Sun 9th Dec 8.30 am People of the Parish 10 am Emeagi Family, intentions 12 noon Marie Gilgan, intentions Mon 10th Dec 10 am Con Flannery, 1st anniversary Tue 11th Dec 10 am Lavelle family, intentions Wed 12th Dec Our Lady of Guadlupe 10 am Tom Lobo, RIP Thurs 13th Dec St Lucy 10 am

The Importance of Integrity

When I looked at the readings for this Sunday there was a word that seemed to me to emerge from each of the readings. It was a word that surprised me: integrity. Our first reading from Jeremiah looks forward to the Messiah. We know that it would be more than 60 years before the prophetic words of Jeremiah would be fulfilled by the coming of Christ. But still, the prophet is looking forward, eagerly, to that day. The Messiah, he says, will be the embodiment of honesty and integrity. So much so, in fact, that integrity will spread throughout the land under his influence. Jeremiah lived in troubling times, with clashes between the great powers and a royal court that seemed oblivious to what wen

First Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 2nd December 2018

First Sunday of Advent (Year C ) 2nd December 2018 MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS Sat 1st Dec 6 pm Vigil Mass Ken and Joyce Wojcik, RIP Sun 2nd Dec 8.30 am Bailey/Kassa family, anniversary 10 am Anne-Marie Murphy, 8th anniversary 12 noon Thomas O’Sullivan, 3rd anniversary Mon 3rd Dec St Francis Xavier 10 am Tom, intentions Tue 4th Dec St John of Damascus 10 am Eddie and Maureen Lavelle, intentions Wed 5th Dec 10 am Nancy Mullins, RIP

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