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27 November 2021
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All Soul’s Day

Remembering our Deceased

Praying for the dead might not make sense to nonbelievers but for Catholics it is part and parcel of the faith tradition, rooted in Old Testament readings and supported by the Catechism and the Church’s funeral liturgy. The month of November is a special time in the life of the Church when we remember those who have gone before us ‘marked with the sign of faith’.

In the Old Testament we find a reference about prayers for the dead in the Second Book of Maccabees. When soldiers were preparing the bodies of their slain comrades for burial they discovered they were wearing amulets taken from a pagan temple which violated the law of Deuteronomy so they prayed that God would forgive the sin these men had committed.

The New Testament echoes this notion in the second letter of Timothy when Paul prays for someone who died named Onesiphorus, saying: “May the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day.”  The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (1030).

Remembrance is a feature of many cultures where the departed form part of the living community and are remembered with respect and affection.

 

These things are also part of the month of November in our own Catholic tradition. In our parish we continue that pray throughout the year on the First Friday of every month, while man parishioners also ask for prayers for members of their family and the anniversary of their passing.

 

Next Sunday, 6/11/2021 at 11am, we celebrate the Memorial Mass for the Deceased of the parish over the past year. Parishioners will have the opportunity to have their family members included on the Altar List for the Dead, which continue through the year on the First Friday of each month.

The Legion of Mary – Centenary 2021— Evangelisation in Action

We are fortunate in our parish to have a small but very devoted group of legionnaires, who meet regularly and carried out the mission and ministry of the Legion, quietly and discreetly where it is most needed. It is appropriate that we mark the centenary of this very Irish organisation, now a worldwide movement, founded by Frank Duff here in Dublin one hundred years ago. In going so we also honour the memory of the many people, men and women, who have carried out the task of evangelisation as members of the Legion of Mary, including many in our own parish.

 

What the Legion does

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

See the newsletter (25/09/2021) for more information on the Legion of Mary.

 

Our Newsletter this week

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Click here read a Pastoral Council document regarding the re-opening of the church for public worship

 

The six lectures given at the 2020 Scripture Summer School on The Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible are now accessible through the parish website.  The summer school programme entitled “Vision 2020:  Faith into the Future” is available by clicking here.  We would like to thank Dr Jessie Rogers (Pontifical Univsity,  St. Patrick’s College Maynooth) for her support in enabling the presentation of these lectures on the parish website.  The themes of the six lectures are shown in the following screen snip of a slide from lecture 1 (00m:59s).

Click here for lecture 1:    The Prophetic Call 

Click here for lecture 2:   The Exile and Beyond

Click here for lecture 3:    The prophetic view of present, past and future

Click here for lecture 4:    Prophetic ideas of progress

Click here for lecture 5:    Visions of the glorious future

Click here for lecture 6:    Earth’s  Story in the Prophets

 
 
 
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