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Ukrainian Catholic Chaplaincy

Fr Vasyl Kornitsky is Chaplain to the Ukrainian Community and curate in Donnycarney parish. He can be contacted at 086 2359561 or [email protected] Ukrainian Mass (Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Byzantine Rite) is held every Sunday at 1pm in Our Lady of...

Legion of Mary Centenary Concert

To mark the 100th year anniversary of the Legion of Mary, a concert will take place in the historical surroundings of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday, September 3. Special guests include award winning soprano Celine Byrne, the Dublin Concert Band, Lorraine...

How Dublin Diocese is ‘Building Hope’

An article by Fr Gareth Byrne from the Irish Catholic newspaper is attached to this email. The article, entitled Radical Renewal: How Dublin Archdiocese is ‘Building Hope’, contains material that may be useful for parish newsletters as we move forward with Building...

Archbishop’s Message as Brother Kevin retires

I congratulate Brother Kevin as he retires from the Capuchin Day Centre, where he devoted his life to the service of the poor. His work with its staff and volunteers transformed the lives of those who availed of the services at the centre, from misery and despair to...

Summer Dues

Last Summer, the Diocese introduced the Summer Dues to supplement the Common Fund out of which priests’ salaries throughout the Diocese are paid because it had fallen so low on account of the Pandemic and the closure of churches. The Common Fund continues to make a...

Reflection on Today’s

Gospel Reading

Tuesday, Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus’ image of a camel passing through the eye of a needle has been spoke of as an example of comic exaggeration. The person with the plank in their eye would be another example. Jesus often used such comic exaggeration to get people’s attention and perhaps to shock them out of a sense of complacency. When Jesus said to would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven the astonished disciples ask, ‘Who can be saved, then?’ Jesus’ reply, ‘For people, this is impossible; for God everything is possible’, suggests that the attaining of salvation is primarily God’s doing rather than our doing. It is a divine attainment rather than a human one. We can only enter into the life of God with the help that God alone can give us. We need to depend fully on God to enter the kingdom of heaven, opening ourselves up in our poverty to his gracious working on our behalf. This is where Jesus sees the problem with excessive attachment to wealth or possessions. If we seek our security in wealth or possessions, we will cease to rely on God who alone gives access to salvation, to life in abundance. If we place our security in God, in the Lord, then, according to Jesus in today’s gospel reading, we will be abundantly repaid in this earthly life, and also inherit eternal life.

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