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Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady

Saturday, 15th August, is the feast of the Assumption of our Lady. Masses for the feast in Saint John the Baptist church are at 6.00 pm on Friday, 14th August, and 10.00 am on Saturday, 15th August. This feast celebrates Mary’s sharing in the risen life of her Son in...

Tax Refunds on Parish Donations

You may be aware that for every donation of €250 or more we receive annually from parishioners to the parish, we get back from Revenue a further third of the donation. If you contribute €250, for example, the parish will actually receive €333. For this to happen,...

Lebanon Appeal

Fr William Stuart, who works in Lebanon with refugee children and who has celebrated Mass here and spoken at our Masses, is home from Lebanon at present. If you wanted to make a contribution to his work at this critical time for the Lebanese people, please place it in...

Numbers at Mass

Following government guidelines, we can only accommodate 50 people in the main body of the church. We can also place 12 in the gallery, or more if there are family units. This is only a third of our usual congregation. Apologies in advance to all who do not gain...

Sunday Missals for sale

Sunday Missals are for sale at the back of the church and in the Parish Office. They cost €14 but we are selling them to parishioners for €10. The Missals contain the Sunday readings for every Sunday of the three year cycle, as well as all the responses we make every...

Reflection on Today’s

Gospel Reading

Friday, Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

The teaching of Jesus on marriage in today’s gospel reading can seem very challenging and uncompromising today, especially in the context of the high proportion of marriages that do not last. His vision of marriage can seem far removed from the reality of married life for many couples. Yet, perhaps it is precisely because so many marriages do not last today that the teaching of Jesus on marriage is all the more important. Jesus calls for a love between husband and wife that is faithful and enduring, a love that lasts in good times as well as bad, a love that is generous and ready to forgive. His vision of how a man and woman are to relate to each other in marriage is shaped by his insight into how God relates to all of us. God loves us with a faithful and enduring love. God’s love for us never changes; it lasts through good times and bad times in our lives; it is a love that is generous and ready to forgive. This is the quality of God’s love that is reflected in today’s first reading from the prophet Jeremiah. In that reading, the Lord accused his people of breaking the covenant he made with them. Yet, in spite of that infidelity, the Lord promises them, ‘I will remember the covenant that I made with you… I am going to renew my covenant with you… you will be reduced to silence when I have pardoned you for all that you have done’. Jesus calls on married couples to relate to one another in the way God relates to us. That call is addressed to all of us, whether we are married or single. We are to love one another in a way that reflects how God loves us. Maximilian Kolbe whose feast we celebrate today is a wonderful example of God’s love in human form. As a celibate man, he laid down his life in love for a married man, a father of a family. As Jesus says, ‘no one has greater love than this’.

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