No. 16/17 - 11th June 2017
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost which is followed this week by the Feast of the Blessed Trinity. In every Sunday Mass we recite the Creed in which we profess our faith in One God, His Son Jesus Christ and then we say “We believe in the Holy Spirit’. This is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say in its teaching on the Holy Spirit.
No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now God’s Spirit who reveals God makes known to us Christ his Word, his living Utterance, but the Spirit does not speak of Himself. We know him only in the movement by which he reveals the Word to us and disposes us to welcome him in faith. The Spirit of Truth who ‘unveils’ Christ to us ‘will not speak on his own’. Such properly divine self-effacement explains why ‘the world cannot receive him, because it neither sees him nor knows him’, while those who believe in Christ know the Spirit because he dwells with them.
The Church, a communion living in faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:
In the Scriptures he inspired.
In the Tradition to which Church Fathers are always timely witnesses.
In the Church’s Magisterium [teaching authority] which he assists.
In the Sacramental Liturgy through it’s words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ.
In Prayer, wherein he intercedes for us.
In the signs of Apostolic and Missionary life.
In the witness of Saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation.
[Catechism of the Catholic Church]
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Awaiting our Future
Since announcing my leaving you at the end of July I am very grateful for the many expressions of appreciation of my 9 years with you and good wishes for the future. To date I have no further information to add regarding my own future or that of the parish or a successor. I will keep you informed.
Autumn Holy Land Pilgrimages
This is a unique opportunity to visit the Holy Land staying in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Tiberias and visiting all of the sacred places associated with the life of Our Lord. MAP Travel have pilgrimages throughout the year and have a small number of places left on 13 September and 11 Octobe this year, each accompanied by a Spiritual Director. Full details from MAP Travel (01) 8783111 or www.maptravel.ie
Prayer for Exams
As our young people make their final preparations for Leaving and Junior Cert Exams our thoughts and prayers are with them.
O great St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayers did obtain from God the grace to be asked in your examinations the only questions which you knew. Grant me success like you in these examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make your name known and cause it to be invoked. Amen.
World Meeting of Families 2018
Our Volunteer Application Process is now open! In excess of 1,500 people have already expressed an interested in volunteering. Now we are ready to start registering you through our new online application process. Everyone who has expressed an interest in volunteering will need to fill in their volunteer application form. If you have not expressed your interest in volunteering, you can apply directly on the link below. We are really excited and can't wait to get started! We have also uploaded information on our volunteer programme to our website. Have a read and please keep spreading the word and apply to volunteer: www.worldmeeting2018.ie/volunteer. Applicants to volunteer must be residents of the island of Ireland at the time of application and be over 18 years of age, as of 1st January 2018 (or as part of a group), among other terms and conditions. Volunteers can also help in the lead up to the event in the main offices of WMOF2018 and in various preparatory events taking place around Ireland.
Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Recruiting Volunteers to join our Helpline Team. If you are a good listener, patient, caring, have fluent English and can commit to 7 hours per month we would love to hear from you. Call Fiona or Tina at 2073819 helplinealzheimer.ie
Supporting Humanitarian Aid in South Sudan
Many thanbks to all who supported and ‘Egg-less Easter’ appeal. The following amounts were donated in our 4 Churches – St. Columbanus Church €190, St. Stephens’ Church €231, Ss Alphonsus & Columba Church €1,007, Church of the Apostles €1,241. This totals €2,670. Both parishes will make a contribution in lieu of Easter Eggs and bring the total to €3,000. This will be divided equally between the Medical Missionaries of Mary and the Kiltegan Fathers. Both have provided us with the following accounts of their work in South Sudan.
The Medical Missionaries of Mary have a community-based health care programme in Wau, South Sudan. There are many challenges, including a sense of hopelessness, due to protracted conflict in the country. There is hunger and mass displacement of people. Health education is integral to the programme, which covers 10 outreach centres and provides on-going immunisation cover. After four years, mothers testify that there is less sickness among their children, now that they are vaccinated. Accessibility to clean water is a major problem, so 7 boreholes have been drilled, providing water to over 3,000 people. Water management committees look after the boreholes, giving a sense of ownership and reducing dependency. Eleven hand-pump mechanics were trained for sustainability. A health facility with a social department is close to completion.
Programme Coordinator Sr. Irene Balzan wrote, ‘We continue to live in hope for a brighter future for South Sudan. People like you keep us going. May God reward you abundantly.’
The Kiltegan Fathers are working in South Sudan supporting the schools in their parishes with feeding programmes. All the day schools provide the children with porridge for breakfast around 9.30a.m. and lunch around 1p.m. The boarding schools also give supper in the evening. In Riwoto parish one school has 400 children and in Narus parish there are primary, secondary and vocational schools for boys and girls. Where there are shortages the parishes help out in both places. While education is important feeding the children is so important as many parents cannot feed them.
The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is celebrated on the 1st Saturday of the month at 3.30p.m. in Ss Alphonsus & Columba Church Ballybrack and on the 3rd Saturday at 3.30p.m. in St. Columbanus Church Loughlinstown. Meeting for parents and godparents in advance on the 3rd Wednesday of the month before at 7.30p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Church of the Apostles. Please book early as our numbers are restricted for each celebration. Bookings at the Sacristy only.
Cabinteely Gospel Group
Are having a concert in St. Brigid's Church on Friday 23rd June at 8pm. Tickets €10 from Teresa at our Parish Office.
Ballybrack – Killiney - Loughlinstown
Fr. Alex Conlan Moderator, Parochial House, Ballybrack 2826404
Fr. Tom Dalzell SM Curate, 10 The Oaks, Loughlinstown 2826895
Parish Office in Caritas Centre, Parochial House open on
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10.15a.m. to 12.15p.m.
Parish website www.ballybrack-killiney-parish.org
Parish Office, Loughlinstown Church
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8 to 10a.m. Tuesday & Thursday 8 to 12.30
Parish Website www.loughlinstownparish.ie
Ballybrack – Killiney Parish Mass Times
Sunday Vigil Mass
St. Stephen’s Church at 6p.m.
Sunday Morning Masses
Ss Alphonsus & Columba Church at 10a.m.
Church of the Apostles 12noon.
At 10a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Ss Alphonsus & Columba Church and on Tuesday and Thursday in Church of the Apostles
Confession is available on
Saturday from 4.30p.m. to 5.30p.m. in the Parish Church.
Rosary Group Meet every Friday night at 8p.m. in the Meeting Room at
Church of the Apostles.
Loughlinstown Parish Mass Times
St. Columbanus Church
Sunday Vigil Mass at 6p.m. and Sunday Morning Mass at 11a.m.
Weekday Mass Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30a.m.
Morning Prayer Monday 8.50a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9.20a.m.
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