July 29, 2018

I am alone in thinking that the amount we throw away seems to grow and grow? It used to be enough to take out the rubbish bags a couple of times a week. Now it’s more like three or even four times a week. Partly, of course, it is the growth of packaging. Some purchases, even simple groceries, are so securely packed that you have to hack your way into them. But I also wonder at the bottles, papers and date-expired food that (to my dismay) I find myself putting in the bin. It's a potent symbol to me of how we live in a world of plenty, because what we are throwing away is paid for by us, consumes valuable resources in its manufacturing or growth, and yet is deemed by us to be dispensable.

Unfortunately, we also live in a world of poverty. There is the undeniable fact that millions of children go to bed hungry each night, in a world where there is more than enough food to go round. How to feed the hungry is the most pressing question of our world. In the gospel today (John 6.1-15) we find...

July 29, 2018

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

Sat 28th July                      

6 pm Vigil Mass                      Seán Conlon, intentions    

Sun 29th July                     

8.30 am                                 Kate Broadfoot, RIP

10 am                                    People of the Parish

12 noon                                 Pat Gleeson, RIP...

July 27, 2018

   Every society has strengths and weaknesses.  Across the world, millions of people live in peasant societies.  They grow their own food, they live in small communities, they probably barter rather than spend cash, of which they have little.  Societies like this are closely-knit.  That is their strength.  However, in a peasant society, time is circular.  The rhythm of the year is unchanging.  Peasants do not expect things to be different for their children or their grandchildren.  Life is a repetition.

     At the time of Jesus, the land of Palestine was in the middle of a period of rapid change.  It was shifting from a peasant society to one in which more and more people lived in towns.  This brought commerce, trade, travel.  Many tongues were now spoken among them.  Moreover, the small farms could not be subdivided any further, leading to families being pushed off the land.  Remember too that the people had to cope with an occupying power...

July 22, 2018

            MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

                Sat 21st July                       

                6 pm Vigil Mass                 John Harrington, RIP         

                Sun 22nd July                    

8.30 am                                 Kate Bradfoot, RIP...

July 15, 2018

   No one likes to be vulnerable. We build careful systems to ensure that we are not vulnerable. We take out insurance.  As nations, we devise social security schemes. Or we invest in security for our homes and offices;  nations recruit and train armies and police forces. Vulnerability is bad. Part of the effect of the economic downturn of our times is the fear it brings, fear especially of unemployment. Suddenly we all feel vulnerable.

     In the gospel today (Mark 6.7-13) Jesus gives us a different perspective about vulnerability.  He sends out his little band of disciples to do his work of preaching and healing. He tells them to go without extra clothes or spare money.  They are to depend on the people they move among for their necessities.  Their ministry will commend them to the people.  If they do not succeed, they will have to move on and find more receptive people elsewhere, who will open their homes to them.  In a very real way, this was a call to ministry that...

July 15, 2018

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am,

Saturday at 5.30 pm

Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, and Mary Myles.

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 1,120.19.

Many thanks. 

               

Funeral

The funeral of Dennis O’Sullivan of Leicester Road will be held on Tuesday 17th July at 12 noon. Afterwards he will be laid to rest at St Pancras Cemetery alongside his late wife Monica who died in 1993. You may remember him attending the 12 noon Mass on a Sunday. May he rest in peace.

Holy Hour Nazareth House

There is daily exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at Nazareth House, 6-7 pm, and parishioners are most welcome to come and share in the silence and prayerfulness.

Large Hall refurbishment

Fr Terry writes: The old wooden floor has been take...

July 8, 2018

We live in an age of false news and scams.

I have read in the last month that children at school are being taught to distinguish between true and false news. Since most of them get their news from the internet and not from newspapers or television, it is indeed imperative that they can discern what is true and what is false or at the very least misleading. Mind you, once or twice I myself have read something in the newspapers and said to myself, ‘That’s outrageous’ or ‘That’s impossible!’ before noticing that the date is 1st April.

As for scams, well, if you have email you have almost certainly received an email promising a wonderful sum of money for you, if only you will first let the sender have your bank details.

In short, we have to be vigilant.

Two thousand years ago they were vigilant at Nazareth (Mark 6.1-6). Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ, in fact, came to them with his words that were both challenging and encouraging. He announced the Kingdom of God, and invited them to be pa...

July 8, 2018

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am,

Saturday at 5.30 pm

Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, and Mary Myles.

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 1215.40. Many thanks. 

Baptism

Ask God’s blessing on Harvey Donal Lyons-Sheehy, baptised here yesterday (7th July).

Food Bank Response

Fr Terry says: Thank you for a wonderful response to the appeal for food donations last weekend. Many bags have already been handed in and I know that more will be coming this weekend. Schools and community groups have also been alerted and they too will be making food collections, so our work can continue to go forward.

Ahoy all you drivers in the car park

For the second time this year a driver reversed into the brick steps at the front of the church. They were damaged as the car mounted the steps (and then drove off). We will...

July 1, 2018

Dear Parishioners

I write this on Saturday of this weekend, 30th June.

A plea for help for the Food Bank

The cupboard is nearly empty!

I made an appeal to you for contributions of food two or three weeks ago, but alas it was a meagre haul. I realise that shopping in this heat is exhausting. And we always seem to have one appeal or another on the go. But still: here are the statistics.

Today at the food bank, we gave food aid to help support:

47 adults and 22 children

We have been going for two and a half years, and demand has been slowly rising this year, for reasons that are not clear to us. One factor seems to be that social workers and other care professionals now know about it us and refer more clients to us. Each person who comes has a story to tell about what brought them here.

Today because of building works and a prior engagement in the More O’Ferrall Hall, we had to ask our food bank clients to wait outside in the boiling sun. They waited patiently. Grateful thanks to Peter and Lilian...