Thought for the Week
And free us from all anxiety...
You probably know that anxiety is one of the most common mental problems that affect society today. Health care professionals who work in the field of mental health claim that serious episodes of anxiety affect about twenty per cent of the population. And maybe, for good reason. Look at all the alarming events that we see on our television screens: wanton attacks on people who are just out in the sun to celebrate a national holiday; brutal slaying of young people in a Paris nightclub; death on the streets of Baton Rouge. These dreadful scenes are especially troublesome for those who are disposed to anxiety. For them it’s as if the marauders are at the gates of the city.
In your mercy keep us free from sin and safe from all anxiety is the prayer we recite at every Mass as we prepare to receive communion. Empty words? The type of language you’d expect to hear in a church, you might say. Do not be anxious for tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself, the gospels tell us. Is that too, just a false promise?
What have we then, the 20 per cent who are worriers, got in our brave new world – a visit to the pharmacist, clasping our prescriptions? Let no one dismiss the enormous help people get from the advances in chemistry, but is that all.
Here’s a thought. Prayers uttered in a church without the lived experience of trusting and being trusted are part of an empty ritual. We need to learn how to listen, how to be present – not just physically, and hoping this ‘needy person’ will stop talking so that I can get a chance to talk about the holiday in Sicily or the grandson who is now in medical school.
Remember Simon & Garfunkel:
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening...
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 no 10am Mass on Saturday mornings during July and August.
The Parish Office will be closed from Monday 25th July for one week, reopening Tuesday 2nd August 2016 at 10am.
There will be No Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday 5th August next (First Friday).
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.
|Mon - Fri:||10.00am|
|Sat:||10.00am (except Jul/Aug), 7.00pm Vigil|
|Sun:||09.00am, 11.00am (Family Mass except July/August), 6.00pm (Folk Mass)|
Parish Office Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10.00am - 12noon
52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: 497 1531