Newsletter 3rd November 2013


Newsletter 3rd November 2013

St. Mary’s Haddington Road Newsletter for the above listed weekend can be accessed here.


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November, the month of Saints and Souls


We continue our monthly of the great Irish saints, those who contributed so much to handing on the faith, praying that, like them, we might be always faithful in a way that speaks to our times.


3rd: St Malachy was born near Armagh in 1094. He introduced the Cistercians and the Canons Regular into Ireland. He died at Clairvaux, in 1148.


6th: All Saints of Ireland. ‘In the communion of saints, many and varied spiritualities have been developed throughout the history of the Churches … The different schools of Christian spirituality share in the living tradition of prayer and are essential guides for the faithful. In their rich diversity they are refractions of the one pure light of the Holy Spirit’ (CCC, 2684).


14th: St Laurence O’Toole became a monk and abbot of Glendalough. He was made Archbishop of Dublin in 1162. He returned to Ireland after the Third Lateran Council as papal legate in 1179. He died at Eu in Normandy seeking to make peace between Henry II and the Irish rulers in 1180.


23rd: St Columban (also known as Columbanus) was born around 543. He became a monk of Ban-gor and later principal teacher there. In 591, desiring to ‘go on pilgrim-age for Christ’, he set out with twelve companions and came to Bur-gundy. He established monasteries at Annegray, Luxeuil and Fontaine according to the severe Irish rule. Later he founded Bregenz in Austria and his greatest foundation ot Bobbio, near Genoa, where he died in 615. He is remembered as one of the greatest of the Irish missionary monks.


25th: St Colman was born around 530 probably in West Cork. A bard by profession, he is reputed to have been in(luenced by St Brendan to be-come a priest. His apostolate was to East Cork and his ain foundation was at Cloyne.


27th: St Fergal (Virgil) lived first in France and then in Bavaria, where he founded the monastery of Chiemsee. He was appointed bishop of Salzburg around 754 and died in 784 leaving a reputation for learning and holiness.


Faith in the Resurrection of the Dead

Belief in the resurrection of the dead is on essential port of Christian revelation. It implies a particular understanding of the ineluctable mystey of death….

The death of a Christian is an event of grace, having, as it does, a positive value and significance in Christ and through Christ. Scripture teaches that: ‘life to me, of course, life is Christ, but then death would bring me some-thing more’ (Phil 1:21); here is a saying you can rely on: if we have died with him, then we shall live with him’ (2 Tm 2:11).

According to the faith of the Church ‘to die in Christ’ begins at Baptism. In Baptism, the Lord’s disciples sacramentally die in Christ so as to live a new life. If the disciples die in the grace of Christ, physical death seals that ‘dying with Christ’, and consummates it by incorporating them fully and definitively into Christ the Redeemer.

The Church’s prayer of suffrage for the souls of the faithful departed implores eternal life not only for the disciples of Christ who have died in his peace, but for the dead who faith is known to God alone. (Source: The Liturgical Calendar of Ireland 2013)



This afternoon—An Autumn Evening Interlude

This afternoon, Sunday 3 November at 3.30 pm, we are organising a short recital to highlight the great talents of Catrina Scullion and Emer Barry, our cantors, and also to celebrate the fact that our beautiful Steinway piano has now been fully restored. 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 to-ward 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

Next 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 Rόisin 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, work-ing with a small committee of helpers. It is a wonderful venture; all seats are very reasonably priced (€12, €6 concessions, €30 family) , 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.


Remembrance Day Mass

One of the more interesting features in our historic church is the monument for those who died in The Great War 1914-1919 (opposite) . While there are Memorial plates located on pews in a small number of Catholic churches in Dublin, notably Fairview and Clarendon St, this is the only parish to have such a monument, listing people from the parish who died in that dreadful war. So it is an important place of remembrance and a part of our history. It would appear that we have a small number of parishioners who have relatives named on the monument. The 10am Mass next Saturday 09 November will be offered for those who died in the Great War and who are remembered in our parish.