Newsletter 6th October 2013



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Irish Saints for October


We continue our monthly feature on the Irish saints, drawn largely from the Liturgical Calendar. We have two important modern figures this month, Bl. Columba Marmion and Bl. John Henry Newman, both men of their time but, like all women and men of great faith, with something still to say to us today. Dom Columba’s mission, his aim in life, is one that comes from the heart of the gospel: “to bring people to God and to bring God to people.” Newman, a convert to Catholicism, wrote these lovely lines that we can still draw inspiration from: “God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.  He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work.  I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.  Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”




3rd: BI. Columba Marmion. Joseph, his baptismal name, was born in Dublin in 1858 and ordained priest in Rome in 1881. He served as curate in Dundrum Parish and then as professor in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, before entering the Abbey of Maredsous, Belgium, in 1886. Elected as Abbot, he received his abbatial blessing on 3 October 1909. He died on 30 January 1923. His trilogy Christ, the Life of the Soul, Christ, in His Mysteries and Christ, the Life of the Monk have been some of the most influential spiritual writings of the twentieth century, nourishing the lives of generations of seminarians, priests, religious sisters and monks. His writings, letters and retreats fulfilled his aim in life: to bring people to God and to bring God to people. He was beatified in Rome on 1 September 2000.


9th: BI. John Henry Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI at Cofton Park, Birmingham on 19 September 2010. The memorial of the new Blessed is 9 October, the anniversary of his reception into the Catholic Church on 9 October 1845. The Church in Ireland is deeply aware of Blessed John Henry’s gentle scholarship, deep human wisdom and profound love for the Lord. It also recalls his connections with Ireland. Though his project on the establishment of the Catholic University of Ireland was not a great success, his reflection on education was written in part when he lived in Dublin and has remained a vital contribution to an understanding of Christian education. Invited to Ireland in 1850, he became Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland in 1854 until his resignation in 1858.


11th: St Canice was born in Co. Derry around 527 and died in 603.


16th: St Gall was a monk of Bangor and set out with Columba for the Continent. He died around 630.     Patrick Finn Lectures 2013-14 The first in this year’s lectures, organised by our Education Committee, will take place this coming week on Thursday 10 October when Dr Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics, will deliver a lecture entitled Ireland’s new Abortion Law— an argument about ethics or an exercise in hypocrisy.  Dr Gearty’s academic research focuses primarily on civil liberties, terrorism and human rights. Born in Ireland, he graduated in law from UCD, before completing his Master’s and PhD in Cambridge. He is a practising barrister and has also been a visiting professor at Boston University, University of Richmond and the University of New South Wales.


Harvest Festival at St Stephen’s Our friends at St Stephens Church are having their Harvest Thanksgiving Service today Sunday 6 October at 3.30pm. Rev David Gillespie and the community at St Stephen’s would be delighted if we could join in this occasion. The preacher for this very nice service will be the Rev. Canon Adrian Empey, a former Rector of the parish.






Our thanks to our church cleaning group who come in quietly an regular to keep our beautiful church looking at its best. This group still needs volunteer for what is a big task. Please contact the Parish Office or a member of the group f you feel you can help in any way.    


Thanks to all our parishioners for your generous support for the Annual Crosscare Appeal last weekend.  Have a look at some of the work Crosscare are doing on behalf of the Catholic community in Dublin