13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
No. 19/17 - 2nd July 2017
How Far the Horizon
As our young people await their exam results and younger ones leave primary school behind all anticipating their future the following reflection entitled ‘How far the Horizon’ is attributed to them and to all who are seeking a new direction or adventure in life.
You want to travel?
You want to set foot on new lands, and walk along the world’s edge?
You want to live and to satisfy your thirst for more abundant life,
to fling wide the gates of your mind and be enriched by wisdom.
Travel where you wish to go, scale all the mountains and cross every ocean.
Remember this only: The miles are ahead of you, the obstacles are within you.
Life is a voyage.
Some people sit and watch heedless of the heart’s urge and the spirits deepest need to launch out. Others drift here and there on the waves. They have chosen the safety of the shallows and turned their back on the promise of the deep.
A sturdy few hammer their own craft together, cast off from the land and go. These know how to reach out and receive
the gift of life.
And with a song of thanks in their hearts to the Giver of Life,
they sail over the horizon.
The visions of youth are a seed and a promise.
Let not the promise fade nor the seed die.
Build your ship in the morning.
Build it of your passion for life,
Of the joy in your heart that would wipe all tears away,
Of the love that would lift the fallen and heal their wounds.
Build it of the hunger and thirst in your soul for a
land without walls that divide,
and for a home that will stand forever.
These are the passions of the human spirit,
planted there by the hand of the great sower,
to grow and flower and bear a rich harvest.
A Mass of Thanksgiving for the 9 Year Ministry of Fr. Alex among us will be celebrated on Monday 31st July at 6p.m. in the Parish Church. This will be followed by a reception in Killiney Castle Hotel. All are invited to attend both the Mass and Reception. An opportunity will be given in the coming weeks to determine the numbers for the hotel which will be necessary in advance. Children are most welcome to the Mass and reception. There is no charge for those who wish to attend the reception and some might offer lifts to those who do not have transport.
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.
Invitation from the Legion of Mary
An afternoon of Recollection for people with mobility difficulties and friends on Sunday 9th July at St. Joseph of Cluny Secondary School, Killiney 2.30p.m. – 6.30p.m. Please arrive between 1.15 & 2.15p.m. Mass will be celebrated and Confessions available. Tea will be served.
Youth 2000 Summer Youth Festival
Cistercian College Roscrea, Co. Tipperary 17th to 20th Auugust for 16 to 35 years of age. Donation only. A weekend of Fun, Faith and Friendship. Book your place at www.youth2000.ie or 6753690. Come Closer and Hear my Word.
Now that holidays are here for all children please God the weather will also be favourable. Whether at home or away we all need to be vigilant regarding the safety of ourselves, children and others. Never swim in unsupervised waters and obey water safety regulations. Slow down in our driving and never ever drink and drive. As passengers we might also refuse to travel with anyone who does. Enjoy the Summer and Stay Safe. If travelling on a journey I offer you a Motorists Prayer we learned as children –
“God, bless this car as we set forth along the road today,
and may you ever guide our path lest we go astray.
We trust unto your loving care the passengers and pray,
that you will guard us one and all and danger keep away.”
Our prayer to our Guardian Angel might be added and taught to children.
Cill Inion Leinin – Ancient Church,
Marino Avenue West, Annual Ecumenical Service on Sunday 9th July at 3p.m. All Welcome. Refreshments served
The distribution of any literature including Catholic Newspapers is not permitted in the Church grounds without prior permission. Some people have felt intimidated by this as they leave Mass.
I Am Life
I have been misused throughout centuries, through war, poverty, rebellion, revolt and famine. Above all I have been abused by people from within their own lives through pride, covetousness, lust, envy, glutton, anger and sloth. I speak of Faith, Hope, Charity and Justice.
I have survived through all of time, from the beginning and I shall continue until the end. I have seen many horrific events. The loss of life, the loss of love, tears of sorrow from the most innocent soul, cries of remorse from the strongest man, rivers of fire set to eliminate cities, winds of hate ordered to bring down the most powerful.
I have prevailed it all, and have grown more powerful, stronger than ever. No one fully understands me and no one ever shall. I am the greatest mystery ever, but everyone tastes me, from the new born child to the age old man sitting alone in a corner by his glowing embers just waiting. Everyone has faith in me, but only few believe. Only few believe that it is within my power to exist after death.
I am the wind that blows over the sea,
I am the wave of the ocean,
I am the murmur of the stream,
I am the ray of the sun,
I am the fairest of plants,
I am the divinely created one that creates
in the head of humanity
the fire of thought.
For I am LIFE.
Our shop with cards and religious items is now open in the Church of the Apostles before and after weekday Mass and after Sunday Mass. We presently have a wide selection of Religious Cards for Birthdays, Get Well, Occasional and Mass Cards for different occasions. Drop in and have a browse. Our selection of items will increase depending on demand and for the seasons in Church.
Thanks for Finances
Thanks to all who have supported the parish financially and various collections over the years of my ministry. Apologies that you have not received an acknowledgement for 2105 or 2016. This is due to the introduction of a new diocesan accounting system. This will be attended to in due course. If you require one for any reason at present please contact the parish office. Fr. Alex
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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