Feast of Corpus Christi
No. 17/17 18th June 2017
The Feast of Corpus Christi – Body and Blood of Christ
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist, paralleling Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) commemorating Our Lord's institution of the Eucharist. Corpus Christ was introduced in the late 13th century to encourage the faithful give special honour to the institution of the Holy Eucharist to the Blessed Sacrament. The official title of this Solemnity was changed in 1970 to The Body and Blood of Christ (Latin: Sollemnitas Sanctissimi Corporis et Sanguinis Christi); and it is still on the Roman Missal’s official Calendar for the universal Church on Thursday after Trinity Sunday; however, where it is not a day of obligation (as in the United States) it is usually celebrated on the Sunday following Trinity Sunday.
Corpus Christi became a mandatory feast in the Roman Church in 1312. But nearly a century earlier, Saint Juliana of Mont Cornillon, promoted a feast to honour the Blessed Sacrament. From early age Juliana, who became an Augustinian nun in Liége, France, in 1206, had a great veneration for the Blessed Sacrament, and longed for a special feast in its honor. She had a vision of the Church under the appearance of the full moon having one dark spot, which signified the absence of such a solemnity. She made known her ideas to the Bishop of Liége, Robert de Thorete, to the Dominican Hugh who later became cardinal legate in the Netherlands, and to Jacques Panaléon, at the time Archdeacon of Liége and who later became Pope Urban IV. Bishop Robert de Thorete ordered that the feast be celebrated in his diocese.
Pope Urban IV later published the Bull Transiturus (September 8, 1264), in which, after having extolled the love of Our Saviour as expressed in the Holy Eucharist, ordered the annual celebration of Corpus Christi on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. More than four decades later, Pope Clement V published a new decree which embodied Urban IV's decree and ordered the adoption of the feast at the General Council of Vienna (1311). Pope John XXII, successor of Clement V, urged this observance.
The processions on Corpus Christi to honour the Holy Eucharist were not mentioned in the decrees, but had become a principal feature of the feast's celebration by the faithful, and became a tradition throughout Europe. These processions were endowed with indulgences by Popes Martin V and Eugene IV.
Honouring the Sacred Heart
As Friday next 23rd June is the Feast of the Sacred Heart you might like to pray –
O Heart where human sorrows find,
And echo and a balm combined.
Be with us in this weary way
That men call life O be my stay.
Help me to bear misfortunes stings,
The agony of little things.
The thorns in duty’s pathway spread,
That wear the heart like tears unshed.
O lift me up that I might see,
Naught but thine own divinity.
Help me O God that I might bear,
Heartaches that thou alone can share.
Unworthy of thy faintest sigh,
To thee I cry, to thee I cry.
O give me thy love, O give me thy love,
That I might live my life above earth’s sordid cares,
And let me be thine own O Lord eternally. Amen.
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 October this year, each accompanied by a Spiritual Director. MAP Travel (01) 8783111 www.maptravel.ie
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.
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 next Friday 23rd June at 8pm. Tickets €10 from Teresa at our Parish Office.
Pathways – Exploring Faith and Ministry
The Irish Martyrs
Tuesday 20th June is the Feast of the Irish Martyrs. They were- Dermot Hurley, Archbishop of Cashel, hanged on 20th June 1584 at Haggen Green. Conor O’Devany, Bishop of Down and Connor, hanged, drawn and quartered. Patrick O’Loughran chaplain to the O’Neill family and Maurice Mc Kenraghty chaplain to the Earl of Desmond, both hanged. Also hanged were Dominicans Terence O’Brien and Peter Higgins. Franciscans John Kearney, Patrick O’Healy and Conrad O’Rourke. Augustinian William Tirry and a Jesuit lay brother Dominic Collins. Lay people Francis Taylor, Lord Mayor of Dublin and Margaret Bermingham died of ill treatment. A baker Matthew Lambert and a group of sailors Robert Meyler, Edward Cheevers and Patrick Cavanagh were hanged, drawn and quartered on 5th July 1581. Besides these beatified by Pope John Paul are now included the following beatified by Pope Pius XI, John Rocke (alias Neale), John (Terence) Carey, Patrick Salmon, John Cornelius (alias John Conor O’Mahoney). Charles Meehan, Ralph Corby (Corbington).
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads and Grandads
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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