Thought for the Week
Today’s first reading is one of the most touching expressions of God’s love in the Bible. Through the Prophet Isaiah, the Lord God asks the rhetorical question: “Can a mother forget her infant?” and gives His solemn pledge “I will never forget you!” Isaiah reminds Israel that even the best of human love is only a shadow of God’s eternal, life-giving love for his people. Yet we worry so much we fail to live and just exist! For example poor people worry that they have no money and rich people worry that they don’t have enough money. Sick people worry about their premature death, and healthy people worry about getting sick. Some people worry about their past blunders, and others worry about their future. Everyone one, it seems, worries about something all the time. The tragedy of most of our lives is that we worry so much about tomorrow that we never claim the resources God has for our living today! Jesus exhorts us to do our daily tasks serenely and not to worry uselessly about what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow. Here, Jesus is not advocating a shiftless, reckless, thoughtless attitude to life. Rather, He is forbidding a care-worn, worried fear, which takes the joy out of life! Fr David
Pastoral Challenges to the Family - Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelisation is an extraordinary document which has sent by the Vatican to all National Bishops Conferences across the world. Pope Francis is asking parishes, people, dioceses, countries to reflect on the questions and make submissions in advance of the Synod of Bishops next year. Find out more by clicking here >>
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.
Information posters for each parish group or ministry are on display in the prayer room of the church. All groups would welcome new members, and we urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
Find out ways in which you can be involved more in your parish!
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A Series of Lenten Talks
“The Cross – A Meeting Point”
We are having a series of five Lenten Tuesdays Talks, in St Mary’s Community Centre, Rathmines starting Tuesday 11th March next to 8th April 2014 (7.30pm – 9pm).
Speakers include Sean Goan, Ann O’Farrell, Brian McKee, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland & Rathmines Women’s Refuge and Dr Dermot Lane.
All are welcome
|Mon - Fri:||10.00am, 5.45pm|
|Sat:||10.00am, 7.00pm Vigil|
|Sun:||09.00am, 11.00am (Family Mass),|
|12.30pm, 6.00pm (Folk Mass),|
Parish Office Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10.00am - 12noon
52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: 497 1531