Thought for the Week
Jesus has now entered Jerusalem, the scene of all the Passion events he has predicted. When he reaches the Temple – the most religiously sensitive area for all of Judaism – Jesus becomes furious and drives out the merchants and money-changers (Matthew 21:12). It is not surprising, then, that the "chief priests and elders" should show great concern and great caution about Jesus' presence in the Temple. That is why Jesus addressed this parable to those (v. 23) who approached him while he taught in the Temple and asked for his credentials: "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" The parable of the two sons serves Jesus as a master strategy for defending his honour and presenting a counter-challenge to his adversaries. The purpose of this parable was to give a wake-up call to the chief priests and elders. The parable hints that their position as leaders of the Chosen people and their observance of Mosaic Law gives them no guarantee that they will possess the kingdom of God. Rather, because of their pride and their refusal to obey God's call to repentance, they will exclude themselves, while the tax-collectors and sinners, whom they despise, will repent of their sins and will be accepted into God's kingdom. Fr David
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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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National Day of Prayer for Children
Just invite you, families and Children you are working with and schools you are in contact with to come to or take part in the National Day of Children on Friday 10th at 12 noon here in Rathmines – run in conjunction with World Mission Ireland. All are welcome - its a great celebration of fun, laughter & faith!!
|Mon - Fri:||10.00am, 5.45pm (no evening Mass July / August )|
|Sat:||10.00am, 7.00pm Vigil|
|12.30pm, 6.00pm (Folk Mass),|
Parish Office Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10.00am - 12noon
52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: 497 1531