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Dear Parishioners,
Both readings today refer to sacrifice.  The first, Genesis 22: 1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18, mentions Abraham being prepared to lose his son, ‘Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you’.  In the second, Romans 8:31B-34, Paul reminds us of God’s sacrifice for us ‘He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all.’
Over these past 12 months, we as parishioners, as family members, as neighbours and as citizens have had to give up a lot – for ourselves, for others and for the greater good.  While difficult, we should always draw on the inspiration from and guidance of God.  In writing to the Romans around 57 AD, St. Paul the Apostle poses three questions. This letter has been intensely studied over the centuries.  For us now, it is important to remember that God is ever present and always willing to help in our hour of need.  ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ – meaning with God on our side, there is nothing strong enough to separate us from His love.
In supporting the Parish during the pandemic, we wish to acknowledge the sacrifice many of you are making to continue your weekly giving.  Some are dropping off their envelopes in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or in the Cortoon or Lavally churches; others are contributing through our on-line option.  This collective generosity has enabled the on-going Parish ministries, services and support during these challenging times.  Thank you for your involvement.
This week’s responsorial psalm (Psalms 116: 10, 15, 16-17, 18-19) is fitting to close, ‘O Lord, I am your servant; To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD.’
 
Fr. Pat Farragher

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February 1st 2021

Archbishop Michael Neary welcomes announcement by Pope Francis of the establishment of a World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly

As patron of the Catholic Grandparents Association, I warmly welcome the Holy Father’s announcement of his decision to establish a World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly which will be celebrated by the Universal Church every year on the fourth Sunday of July, the Sunday closest to the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, Jesus’ grandparents.  This announcement comes at the end of a long process of engagement and discussion between the Catholic Grandparents Association and the Holy See, and I thank the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, for his support and assistance.

The Catholic Grandparents Association exists to encourage and assist grandparents to pass on the Catholic faith to their grandchildren and to keep prayer at the heart of family life.  It does this by organising the annual Grandparents’ Pilgrimage to Knock, by organising grandchildren’s prayer appeals, by organising Grandparents’ Day in schools, and by promoting Pope Benedict XVI’s Universal Prayer for Grandparents.(http://www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org/popes-prayer/ )

Through this most welcome initiative, Pope Francis is highlighting the very important role grandparents and elders play in passing the faith to upcoming generations of children.  Grandparents and others family members of their generation, proudly attend all the important sacramental milestones in the young person’s life – Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.   It is always most edifying to meet the three generations on these occasions and to share in the family’s pride and joy.  Grandparents are often very generous with their time and wisdom, they gently and lovingly teach their grandchildren the well-known prayers, and share the gift of faith in a very edifying way. (End)

 

 
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