Aug 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

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The elephant in the room...or is it a lion!?

Cross post from Pilgrims Progress:
1st August 2015 - Sr Louise O'Rourke
I am sure that many of you have read that in the Bible there are 365 places where either in the Old Testament or the New Testament we are told: “Do not be afraid.” This symbolic number of 365 evokes the consoling fact that for each day of the year, we don't need to be afraid because our God is with us. However, do we pay must attention to the times when the Scripture alerts us towards the things that we should be afraid of? One of these phrases is the following: “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:27-28).

Do we ever think of who could destroy our body? Or our soul? Usually when we think of fear, we shirk away, we don’t like fear but yet a healthy fear keeps us alive. Over the past week we have seen how others have taken it upon themselves to ‘kill the body’. If you haven’t heard about the horrific videos released in the past week about the heartbreaking and despicable activities of Planned Parenthood, it is understandable. The silence of mainstream media has been deafening. I have just checked Twitter and the second top trending hashtag is #Jericho. Jericho is the brother of Cecil the lion who was killed this week…but more about that later. Planned Parenthood is not even on the Top 10. I also just read that Obama is going to investigate the lion being killed but nothing about Planned Parenthood selling the organs of little babies who were aborted. Are things gone mad or what!?

Some things just don't change. Today’s Gospel narrates the story of the beheading of St. John the Baptist. The story kind of goes like this: John the Baptist is quite vocal in telling Herod that he is wrong in taking his brother’s wife, Herodias. Herod doesn’t like what he hears nor does he listen and sees no problem. So it’s his birthday and Herodias’s daughter does some kind of provocative dance for Herod who is enthralled by this and promises her anything….anything! In steps Mother Herodias and asks for the head of John the Baptist on a plate. Seriously! Killing any human being or having them killed is a violation of the gift of life, a gift that God alone gives and takes. Yet, Herod had John beheaded. There is something even crueler in this barbaric act of beheading. It is not enough to kill John, he is beheaded. If we look at ISIS we see that they have made the beheading of victims a key element in its campaign of terror and conquest. It is an attempt to sow an even more disturbing memory of the dead person in your mind. After all, when we communicate we look a person in the eye. We hear with our ears. The words come from our mouths. We breathe through our nose.. Emotions and their communication come primarily from the facial area. To take all this away from someone is a clear attempt to take away the identity and dignity of a person.

Recently another beheading has been in the news which has caused outrage. There has been media hysteria about the lion called Cecil who was hunted and shot for pure selfish purposes. Yes, I am sad that this happened, that a human with many gifts and talents felt he had to prove himself by shooting dead this magnificent beast, one of God's creatures. However I am even sadder that there is no 'outpouring' of sadness over the trafficking of baby organs and part of their little bodies by Planned Parenthood. Is it easier to care about dead lions than dead people? Has our moral compass gone so off kilter that there has been a very selective media blackout to these very disturbing videos and what they reveal about an organisation that is being funded by American taxpayers dollars! An organisation that continues to tell women and men that it's okay to have even late term abortions because it's 'not a baby or a person', yet they'll go on to haggle prices about the parts of their bodies and organs. Lord have mercy! However on Monday next, the Senate is voting for the first time on a bill to that would revoke the more than $550 million in taxpayer funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives each and every year. Let’s hope that happens.

Another Scriptural quote reads: "What is hidden in darkness is being brought to light" (Eph 5,13). Yes, it is a time where many things are coming to light. It is all necessary so that the victory of truth may win over and where respect for life is held as paramount, in tandem with the fact that God is our Creator, we are his beloved sons and daughters, created in love and for love.

In the meanwhile, we pray continue to pray for melting of frozen hearts and for respect for life, from the womb to the tomb.

Aug 2, 2015

August 2nd 2015 - St. Molua's Well, Ardagh and Youth 2000 Summer Festival

On this weeks programme we welcome Mariah Culloty and Sharon Roche who join us to speak about Youth 2000 and in particular their upcoming summer retreat. We also hear from Mary Kury who tells us all about St. Molua's Well, Ardagh.

You can listen to the podcast of the full programme HERE.

St. Molua's Well, Ardagh

St Molua's Well, Ardagh, Co Limerick
Mary Kury joins us this week to speak about the history of Christianity in Ardagh with St Molua and tells us about the traditions associated with the well dedicated to the saint. Of course any history of Ardagh could not ignore the great national treasure which is the Ardagh Chalice.
You can find our more about St. Molua HERE and about the Ardagh Chalice HERE and HERE.
You can listen to Mary's interview excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Prayer at St. Molua's Well, Ardagh
Lord God, through the intercession of St. Molua,
light up my darkened soul,
heal my wounds,
strengthen my weaknesses,
console me in times of hardship,
ease my troubles,
give me the vision to see all things as a part of your eternal plan. Amen.

Youth 2000 Summer Retreat
Mariah Culotty and Sharon Roche introduce our listeners again to Youth 2000, an international movement of young people called to spread the Good News. Their motto is 'Youth leading youth to the heart of the Church.' Mariah and Sharon share their experience of Youth 2000 and speak about the Youth 2000 Summer Festival. More information on Youth 2000 is available HERE.

Join over 1000 young people between 16 and 35 this August at the Youth 2000 Summer Festival. The festival takes place in Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary from Thursday 13th August to Sunday 16th August 2015.   For all frequently asked questions, online booking links and free bus information click the links below.  For any other queries, please contact the National Office at or 01-6753690.

If you would like to attend the Limerick Youth 2000 weekly prayer group which takes place each Wednesday at 8.15pm in the Dominican Priory please contact Donal at 086-8144783.

You can listen to Mariah and Sharon's interview excerpted from the programme HERE.

Gospel - John 6:41-51

The Jews were complaining to each other about Jesus, because he had said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ ‘Surely this is Jesus son of Joseph’ they said. ‘We know his father and mother. How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven?’ Jesus said in reply, ‘Stop complaining to each other. ‘No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets: They will all be taught by God, and to hear the teaching of the Father, and learn from it, is to come to me. Not that anybody has seen the Father, except the one who comes from God: he has seen the Father. I tell you most solemnly, everybody who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the desert and they are dead; but this is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a man may eat it and not die. I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Sunday Reflections
Word on Fire 
English Dominicans

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 2; 18th week in Ordinary Time

Saints and Feasts of the Week

August 3rd - St. Lydia Purpuraria

August 4th - St. John Mary Vianney (Cure of Ars)
August 5th - The Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
August 6th - The Transfiguration of the Lord
August 7th - St. Cajetan
August 8th - St. Dominic

Aug 1, 2015

Some web browsing..........

Having a cuppa; why don't you browse through some of these bits and pieces we found across the web over the last while:

The last Catholic priest in the Antarctic

My Mother’s Suscipe

The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity - If there is no God, then human beings are dispensable — so why not trade the organs of infants for a nice Lamborghini?’

Damaging new video exposes Planned Parenthood trade in fetal organs;

Cardinal Seán O’Malley Calls Out Throwaway Culture of Planned Parenthood 

Chinese Police Can't Keep Up with Number of Unauthorized Christian Crosses

“Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that’s simply not true!” - Camille Paglia takes on hot-button topics: Religion and atheism, liberals and Fox News, and presidential candidates.

Pope Francis Is Making Christianity Radical Again - “If you have a problem with what Pope Francis is saying, your real problem is with the Hebrew prophets, Jesus of Nazareth, and a century of Catholic social teaching about the common good.”

 Church leaders demand Israel steps up protection of Christian sites

Life inside the abbey -Though they live high on an isolated hill, Mount Angel’s modern-day monks can’t escape the stresses and fears of the outside world
America’s Most Important Church? - On September 11th, along with the more famous buildings, a small Greek Orthodox church was destroyed in the terrorist attack. While the Deuteche Bank Building and Fiterman Hall had to be demolished later, St. Nicholas was the only building that was not part of the World Trade Center Complex to be destroyed in the attack. Now it is to be rebuilt.....

Jul 25, 2015

26 July 2015 - A discussion on Sacramentals - 17th Sunday in Ordinary time (Year B)

On this weeks programme the full SS102fm team is back on air together for the first time in a couple of months. The discussion this week is around the issue of sacramentals and pious objects. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as other liturgical odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.

Holiday & pilgrimage souvenirs - Sacramental's & Pious Objects

It is the holiday season at the minute and many people are also undertaking pilgrimages to the likes of Lourdes, Fatima and Medugorje as well as walking the Camino to Santiago and also more local pilgrimages to Lough Derg and Knock. It is traditional to bring back souvenirs and memento's especially pious objectives for those at home from such journeys. But there can be a tendency by some people to view such items as being superstitious or as some kind of "magic" item. At the same time there are also some who view such items as medieval and passé, anachronistic or mildly embarrassing  like an eccentric old aunt. 

So on this weeks programme the SS102fm team discuss what exactly sacramentals are, how they are different to the Sacraments, the different types of sacramentals and how they are supposed to be used and respected and ultimately what is the point and purpose of them as guides and sign posts in faith towards Christ. 

You can listen to the discussion on sacramentals excerpted from the programme HERE.

Pope Francis has raised the issue of popular piety in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and he reflects on the role of popular piety in evangelisation.  

You can read what the Catechism has to say here. You can also listen to the Faith Check podcast from the Discerning Heart website here. You can find a powerpoint presentation used on the main points of this weeks radio programme here.

A few other resources including how to dispose of old and worn out pious objects properly here and here.  

Gospel - John 6: 1-15

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.  A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 
When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’ 
When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections
Deacon's Bench - Preachers, don’t make this mistake this weekend

Liturgical Odds & Ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 1; 17th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

27th July - Saint Ecclesius of Ravenna
28th July - Saint José Melchór García-Sampedro Suárez
29th July - St Martha
30th July - St Peter Chrysologus
31st July - St Ignatius of Loyola
1st August - St Alphonsus Liguori

Some web browsing...........

Some odds and ends to browse as you have a cuppa:

Eat, Pray, Doubt: Temptation and the Call to Love - the challenge of vocation

A Poorer, Younger Church of Great Promise

A Prophetic Pope and the Tradition of Catholic Social Teaching

The Mass of the very Old Men

The Gift of the Millennial Catholic to the Church 

Salt + Light - Why is Pope Francis so Obsessed With The Devil?

Planned Parenthood: Profiting from Infanticide
Patti Armstrong profiles the Catholic behind the Planned Parenthood scandal videos.

National Geographic Magazine - Will the Pope Change the Vatican? Or Will the Vatican Change the Pope?

“Deacons aren’t just decaffeinated priests”

Gänswein on Francis: “There is continuity with Benedict XVI”

The last decade has been challenging for American Catholics as scandals and apathy have rocked the Church. The energy generated by Pope Francis's new approach has galvanized many, but the statistics are still bleak. But are the statistics the whole story? Over at Patheos essays address the current realities in the Church and focus on the cultural trends that jeopardize faith, the hope of spiritual revitalization, and the possibilities of new vocations, of young leadership, and of radical choices for authentic discipleship. - check it out.

Summer vacation for the soul

Yet Rome Reports explains why Francis isn’t taking a summer holiday

Jul 22, 2015

Limerick Diocese - Clerical Changes 2015

Bishop Leahy says faithful will rise to their pastoral ministry role in response to fall-off in vocations

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has predicted that the deepening involvement of laity in response to the fall off in priestly vocations will serve to bring the Church closer together.

Speaking as he announced a small number of clerical changes across the diocese, Bishop Leahy said that the faithful is responding to its calling to play a greater role in pastoral ministry by showing a clear intent and desire to enhance its role in the Church.

Continue reading HERE.

Jul 18, 2015

19th July 2015 - Rise of the Roses

On this weeks programme we welcome back regular programme participant Lorraine Buckley who joins John and Ann. The SS102fm teams has a discussion with Meabh Carlin about the "Rise of the Roses". We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as other liturgical odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of the full programme HERE.

Rise of the Roses

On this weeks programme John and Lorraine interview Meabh Carlin about the movement "Rise of the Roses" and their upcoming visit to Limerick which is being hosted by the Salesian sisters in Fernbank on August 1st

Rise of the Roses has blossomed from friendships formed through the Michaela Foundation. Through volunteering at the Michaela Girls Summer Camps these young adults have discovered a tremendous thirst for God amongst the young girls of Ireland. There is an eagerness to know God and a huge amount of energy and joy that is palpable when young people embrace their faith. Their desire to spread the joy of our faith has led them to some very special people  and religious congregations.

We have all been invited  to help them with a special project .

They were inspired by Pope Francis' call for Religious Congregations to 'wake up the world' and they asked us to help them come up with a way to promote and celebrate this 'Year for Consecrated Life ' (Nov 2014-Nov 2015). Together, through the intercession of St Brigid, St Clare, St Therese & St John Bosco, and the inspiration of the late Michaela McAreavey, the Holy Spirit has helped them to devise: Rise of the Roses.

Rise of the Roses website
Facebook page
Article from Irish Catholic on the launch of "Rise of the Roses"

You can listen to the interview with Meabh excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Gospel - Mark 6:30-34

"The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things."
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Sunday Reflections
Word on Fire 
English Dominicans

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 4; 16th week in Ordinary Time

Saints of the Week

July 20th - St Apollinarius
July 21st - Saint Iosephus Wang Yumei
July 22nd - St Mary Magdalen (Apostle to the Apostles)
July 23rd - St Bridget of Sweden (religious and co-patron of Europe)
July 24th - St Sharbel Makhulf; also St Declan
July 25th - St James (Apostle)

Jul 11, 2015

12th July 2015 - Laudato Si: A discussion with Professor Eamonn Conway

On this weeks programme John and Shane are joined by Professor Eamonn Conway of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick to discuss the recent papal encyclical Laudato Si.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Laudato Si - On Care for our common home 
On this weeks programme John, Ann and Shane are joined by Fr Eamonn Conway who is a Professor of Theology at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick to discuss the latest papal encyclical Laudato Si.

The discussion on the encyclical in this weeks programme is excerpted from the main programme and available HERE.

We have posted a lot of coverage on the encyclical over the last number of weeks which is available under the tag "Laudato Si" which you are invited to check out to see the various commentaries and analysis of the encyclical.
“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”. 
This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.
Fr Eamonn has co-authored a study to the encyclical which is available from the Irish Catholic newspaper. You can order it online HERE.

You can find a Vatican summary of the encyclical HERE.

NCR has also produced an extremely short reading guide HERE.

Gospel - Mark 6:7-13

"He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them."

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical Odds & Ends

Liturgy of the Hours - psalter week 3; 15th week in ordinary time

July 13th - St Henry
July 15th - St Bonaventure

Jul 10, 2015

"Let's Not Be Afraid To Say It – We Need Change, We Want Change": To Poor and Powerful Alike, Pope's Watershed Call for "Justice"

Over at Whispers in the Loggia, Rocco discusses the most recent address by Pope Francis during his trip to South America:
While much of yesterday's PopeTrip news-cycle fixated on what Francis did or didn't say to the Bolivian President Evo Morales on receiving a crucifix in the shape of a Communist hammer and sickle – or the reported use of a Burger King as a makeshift sacristy before yesterday's mega-Mass – yet again, the big story in reality lay elsewhere: his unleashing of a bombshell text that immediately takes its place among the handful of truly landmark addresses of this pontificate.

Before a summit of social movements representing workers, the poor and marginalized, the Pope delivered one of the longest and strongest speeches of his 28 months as Bishop of Rome – a loaded call for social justice born from "the barrio, the land, the office, the labor union" and its demand for "real change, structural change" from the "tyranny of mammon" through a revolution of an "intolerable" economic system that, he said, "runs counter to the plan of Jesus" as it "kills," "excludes" and "destroys Mother Earth."

The address was the second Papa Bergoglio's given to the World Meeting of Popular Movements – a joint venture of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Vatican's Academy for Social Sciences – following his appearance at an
initial gathering in Rome last October.

In a rarity for a speech from the usually free-wheeling Pope, the heavily programmatic product was laid out in numbered paragraphs with footnote citations – not merely a signal of its import, but the intent for the text to be received less as fleeting remarks able to be discounted than an enduring, consequential teaching document.

The centerpiece talk of this eight-day trek – which, later today, enters its home-stretch in Paraguay – the bombshell speech indeed doubles as the principal curtain-raiser to date for the most intensely awaited moment of Francis' September US trip: the unprecedented papal address to a joint meeting of Congress (for which, it emerged this week, an inauguration-style staging area is being planned on the Capitol's West Front so the Pope can greet an overflow crowd after the speech's simulcast on outdoor screens).

In the meantime, a manifesto of this magnitude has already seen no shortage of attempts at summary and will birth a flood of commentary for weeks. Even for that, just do your intelligence the favor of reading the actual text first.

Continue reading HERE.

Limerick Diocesan Synod 2016 - Update on the journey to Synod and where things are at

On Saturday June 27th approximately 250 delegates to the Synod gathered in the iconic setting of Thomond Park Conference Centre, overlooking the famous rugby ground.
The Synod Journey towards April 2016 has reached a critical juncture. The journey is following the broad map of Theological Reflection. This is a means of reflecting on our faith which allows it to touch our lives and indeed, our lives to be touched by faith. It believes that our everyday experience provides an agenda for our faith and that our faith has something to say to the everyday. Essentially it begins with ordinary everyday life and brings this into conversation with the Good News of the Gospel. This methodology is well tried and tested in Ireland as it forms the basis for Lectio Divina, Clinical Pastoral Education etc. However it is the adaptation of this method by the Belgian priest Joseph Cardijn and his pattern of See, Judge and Act (which inspired the Young Christian Workers movement) that gives us the clearest guide on our way.

We are now coming to the end of the ‘See’ stage in which Listening has occurred to gather the issues of the people as expressed by the people. The delegates have been actively engaged in a variety of methods of listening in their own communities. Parishes, schools, hospitals, universities and many other groups have used questionnaires, focus groups, informal listening and various other means to gather the views of people throughout the diocese.

The meeting of delegates on June 27th was akin to a group of pilgrims on the Camino who stop along the way, to rest, take stock, share together and gain renewed energy and enthusiasm for the next part of the journey. On a day which was excellently facilitated by Limerick’s own Martin Kennedy, delegates were given the opportunity to debrief and share with each other on the experience of having conducted listening in their own communities. Delegates were also asked to answer the Synod questions themselves as they may not have yet had the opportunity to do so. Delegates of course would now be doing so in light of the experience of listening and consulting widely and this enriched the responses.

From this day it is clear that delegates are committed to and have confidence in the process even if it can prove demanding and challenging at times.

We are now entering the ‘Judge’ stage which involves discernment to identify what God is calling us to address from the issues raised. Its central decisive moment is the selection of themes for the Synod. A team of ‘analysts’ has been assembled and they will combine Christian discernment, ethnography and data analysis in determining the themes emerging from the Synod listening. These analysts were trained by means of a workshop held on June 20th. This was a ‘fishbowl’ in which an inner circle of ‘experts’ from different disciplines held a conversation around analysing the data generated in the ‘See’ stage, surrounded by an outer circle – comprising those who would be conducting the analysis. This has given us some guiding principles on how to undertake the task of coding which will enable us to proceed in a manner that is truly ‘synodal’ – true to the rigours of data research but in a way that is consistent with Christian discernment. The next step will be to present the codes to the delegates in early Autumn and provide them with the opportunity, through a process of discernment, to determine the themes which will be brought forward to the Synod in April 2016.

Following the brief rest moment that was June 27th the journey continues and delegates carry on with renewed enthusiasm and vigour.
You can read about the day, listen to the talks and open floor discussions and check out some photos of the days events here.

Jul 8, 2015

Pope Francis in South America

In a sweet moment, an elderly woman in a wheelchair is carried to meet the Pope.

Pope Francis is visiting three countries in South America this week. Check out the coverage over at Whispers in the Loggia, News.vaCrux and Salt + Light.

Jul 3, 2015

5th July 2015 - Children's Faith Summer Camps - 14th Sunday in Ordinary time (Year B)

On this weeks programme John, Anne and Martina are joined by Fr Patrick Cahill of the Family of Mary. Fr Patrick discusses the upcoming Children Faith Summer Camps in Abbeyfeale. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as some notices and liturgical odds & ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Children's Faith Summer Camps

Martina and John are joined by Fr Patrick Cahill to discuss the Children's Faith Summer Camps which are being held in Abbeyfeale this summer.

You can listen to the podcast of the interview with Fr Patrick excerpted from the main programme HERE

Gospel - Mark 6:1-6

He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary* and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence* at him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Domincans
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy
Limerick Diocese Weekly Newsletter
Salt + Light blog

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 2; 14th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

July 6th - St Moninne
July 7th - St Maelruain
July 8th - St Kilian 
July 9th - St Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions (martyrs)
July 10th - St Etto of Dompierre
July 11th - St Benedict 

Popes Intentions for July

  • That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
  • That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.
Reflections from the Apostleship of Prayer for the Pope's intentions.