Newletter 27.10.13

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November Remembering the Departed

“Where O Death is your victory? Where O Death is young sting?”, Paul asks defiantly in 1 Corinthians 15:55. While we may believe deeply in our ultimate victory over death, there is, of course, always something of a sting when we lose a loved one.

Death is the great question as well as being perhaps the only certainty in life. It is many sided. It can indeed seem timely, a release, or the welcome end of a long life ,well lived. It is given a great dimension of hope by faith in the resurrection and a belief in a life hereafter. But, of course, it can also be brutal, untimely, as in the death of the young Galway hurler Niall Donohue this week. All this leaves is questions, for the family, but also for the rest of us. Why? Why this and why so many other deaths that seem inexplicable, often even deeply unjust. We question the world and we question our “loving God”. Why? We are angry with Him. Why? At a friend’s funeral another friend spoke of his sense of revolt at the injustice of a God he didn’t believe in. Why?


A quotation found on a tomb somewhere in Ireland offers us some consolation when it says: “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” It is a simple phrase but it speaks eloquently from faith . Memory and remembering are part of the way we ad-dress death. November with its autumnal dying of nature has traditionally been the time we do this. It is, somehow, part of the yearly cycle, a time set aside for remembering.

This year our annual Parish Mass of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 17 November at the 11am mass. At this mass we remember particularly those who have passed away during the past year but also all those who have ’gone before us marked with the sign of faith.”


Church Life and Ministry

Comments in our Visitors’ Book and from visitors to our Sunday celebra-tions suggest that we have a nice liturgy at St Mary’s. This is due to the work of all those involved for which we are very grateful. However we do need people to help us continue this great tradition.

We try to have two Readers at all the Sunday masses as this brings a vari-ety of voices and styles. The Ministry of the Word is of great importance if the faith is to be celebrated and passed on. We particularly need readers for the 6pm Vigil Mass and the 5pm Sunday evening mass.

At the centre of our prayer life is the Eucharist, the source of our life. We also need ministry for this great services to the community. We need Eucharistic Ministers for all the Sunday masses. We also urgently need minister to bring communion to the housebound. This is a great service in minis-try that is very much appreciated.


Funeral ministry. This ministry has been assured by Emer and Ciaran Leonard for several years. It is a great service both to the priests of the parish and to the bereaved who need assistance in organis-ing the funeral of their loved ones. Two additional people for this service would be a great help


Collectors are needed for all the masses and for other roles in the financial organisation of the par-ish which has come to depend on a small number of people. We are trying to introduce diocesan standards of best practice in all our financial procedures and this really requires people who are willing to help.

These are services that really are services, they keep our faith community going serving the parish and serving the city but in the end serving our sisters and brothers in the Lord. If you can help with any of these ministries please contact Emer Leonard at or one of the priests.


An Autumn Evening Interlude

We are very fortunate in the parish in having two wonderful cantors for our Sunday liturgy. Catrina Scullion and Emer Barry have been providing splendid ser-vice for several years, working closely with our de-voted organist, Irene Nealon, and a no less devoted choir, in helping us to joyfully sing God’s praises.

Next Sunday 3 November at 3.30 pm we are organising a short recital to highlight the great talents of Catrina and Emer, and also to celebrate the fact that our beautiful Steinway piano has now been fully restored. This restoration was carried out during the summer by Stephane Claude. Mary McCague will be the accompanist in a programme including pieces from opera, some sacred music , some light music and piano pieces. It promises to be a very pleasant recital. Admission is free but a small donation toward costs would be appreciated. CDs by Catrina and Emer will be on sale. Let’s encourage the great talents we have during this autumn evening interlude.


A First  Beethoven at Haddington Road

Sunday November 10th will be a very special day when the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra under their conductor, Gavin Moloney and with soloist Róisín Walters perform a marvellous programme that includes the lovely Bruch Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.

The very exciting event has been organised by Eva Byrne, working with a small committee of helpers. It is a wonderful venture; all seats are very reasonably priced with both concessions and family tickets, and all proceeds will go to the parish Organ and Music funds with which we promote good music in our parish. Your SUPPORT would be most welcome for this innovative event. Details opposite.

A sum of money found in church after one of the masses last weekend. This can be claimed at the sacristy. Thanks to the finder. “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” (Shakespeare)