Thought for the Week
I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me...
The American comedian Groucho Marx was accepted as a member of the exclusive Friar’s Club in Hollywood. He expressed disappointment, however, that the club was not as exclusive as he had thought, so he replied to the committee: ‘Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.’
I was told recently that most golf clubs (and tennis clubs) have a space in the application form where the applicant fills in: Occupation. What Occupation has to do with playing golf or tennis, I wondered. Maybe the rationale behind that is that brain surgeons make better golfers than butchers!
In today’s Gospel, Luke tells us about the door policy of God’s kingdom. While Jesus is making his way to Jerusalem, having a shrewd idea of the suffering he will meet, he is asked: ‘Who will be saved?’ Who will be admitted into the kingdom. The ultimate golf club in the sky.
‘Well,’ says Jesus, ‘the door is narrow. Try your best to enter by the narrow door.’
‘But,’ replies the indignant camp followers: ‘We ate and drank in the same restaurants and bars as you did. We’re your friends. We were at the 11 o’clock Mass every Sunday in Dominic Street, (or Rathmines). We were on the parish pastoral council. Some of us are priests and religious.’
But good pedigree, right address, the right profession for the golf club cuts no ice with Jesus. He explains himself. ‘The door is narrow, try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.’
And what’s the password Jesus is looking for? Fidelity to the word of God. Discipleship not camp following.
We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.
We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
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Please note - There will be one Mass only on Saturdays at 7pm until further notice.
The Parish Office will be closed from Monday 21st August for two weeks, reopening Monday 5th September 2016 at 10am.
New Curate for Rathmines Parish We are delighted to announce that Fr Peter O’Connor, Adm, Rush, Co Dublin will be joining us in Rathmines Parish as curate from 15th September next. We extend a warm welcome to him.
Copies of the Parish Financial Statement for the year to 30 June 2015 are available to all parishioners at the back of the church.
The Annual Parish Excursion takes place this year on Saturday 17th September (departing 9.30am from outside Rathmines Church) and will travel to Trim, then onto Fore (a Celtic monastic site) in Westmeath, followed by lunch in Castlepollard. After lunch, we will travel to Mullingar where we will visit the Cathedral before returning to Rathmines Church at approximately 7pm. Total cost this year is €40 (including coach, lunch and entrance fees).
Booking through the Parish Office (from Tues 2nd August to Weds 17th August) - Tel 01 4971531
Monday-Friday from 10am to 12pm.
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Parish Office Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10.00am - 12noon
52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: 497 1531