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Teaching Position

We are looking for a teacher or a retired teacher to teach a group of children from Howth Road and Greenlanes Schools in preparation for their First Holy Communion or Confirmation next year. The commitment is to teach one class a week on an afternoon in the Parish...

‘My Words will not pass away’

'My Words will not pass away': Fr Martin's book of daily reflections on the weekday readings for the liturgical year 2021/2022 is now for sale next to the book stand in the side chapel of Saint John the Baptist church

Morning Prayer of the Church

Morning Prayer of the Church is now being celebrated in the side chapel, Monday to Saturday, at 9.45 am. Copies of Morning Prayer are available for everyone. We would love to see more people drop in before Mass and join in this Prayer of the Church.

Diocesan Safeguarding Day, Sunday, 26th September

This coming Sunday is Diocesan Safeguarding Day. Our safeguarding representatives are Katherine Plaisted and Monica Walsh. We are very grateful to both of them for undertaking this important ministry on our behalf. We wish to encourage and promote the participation of...

First Holy Communion, 2021

The children of 2021 are celebrating their First Holy Communion this coming weekend, September 24, 25 and 26, in the three parish churches. All the liturgies are at 2.00 pm. Please remember these children in your prayers

Reflection on Today’s

Gospel Reading

Thursday, Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

There is something in us that likes to solve a puzzle. Crosswords continue to be very popular with people. Board games based on solving puzzles continue to be purchased. Puzzles of this type tend to get solved eventually, even though it may take time and we may need help. There are other puzzles relating to the earth, the universe, the solar system that not even the greatest minds have managed to fully resolve as yet. Perhaps the most complex puzzle of all is the human person. We never get to know another fully, even after living in their company for many years. Jesus was more complex than any human being. He was, after all, God in human form. At the beginning of today’s gospel reading, we hear that Herod Antipas was puzzled by Jesus, having heard all that he was doing. Puzzlement about Jesus can be the beginning of a journey towards faith. Nicodemus was puzzled by Jesus and, by the end of the gospel, he was helping to ensure that Jesus had a dignified burial. Herod Antipas’ puzzlement did not lead him to faith. Later in the gospel of Luke, from which we are reading these weekdays, we are old that Herod was trying to kill him. Puzzlement about Jesus can lead to faith in him if it is accompanied by an openness to receive Jesus on Jesus’ own terms. If we seek to know Jesus as Jesus is rather than as we want him to be, our puzzlement will serve as a guiding light leading us to the Light of the World.

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