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Recordings of Masses and Talks

Thanks to the initiative of a parishioner, all the weekday and Sunday Masses are now being recorded on our parish website, and any other liturgical celebrations in our parish church, as well as the talks given by various speakers. To see and hear the recordings, just...

Saint Vincent de Paul Christmas Cards

Because of Covid 19, we are unable to sell the Vincent de Paul Christmas Cards this year. However, these same cards are available in Nolan’s Supermarket, so you might consider supporting this very deserving charity from a local source.

Support for Palestinian Christians

The Corona Virus has badly affected Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem who have had no work nor Government aid since March. Some are considering emigration. To support them Mary Murphy has purchased 150 small cribs made of olive wood which she is selling to...

Christian hope in anxious times, Rev Brian Grogan SJ

Fr. Brian is a well-known author and retreat giver. As you know, he gave us a series of talks in May and June which were very well received. He has offered to give us four more talks on the Advent theme of hopeful waiting over four Wednesdays at 10.45 am, on 25th...

Collection for Refugees in Direct Provision

Members of our parish Peace & Justice Group are appealing on behalf of the Jesuit Refugee Service and other charities for donations of toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, razors etc) and colouring pencils, crayons, colouring & activity books for refugees in...

Reflection on Today’s

Gospel Reading

Wednesday, Thirty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Today we begin a week of witness for persecuted Christians (25th November to 1st December). It is an opportunity to Christians in Ireland to stand in solidarity with, and bear witness to, the heroic example of our persecuted brothers and sisters in faith across the world. We are invited to pray not only for persecuted Christians but for the persecutors of Christians as well. Today, the first day of the week of witness, has been designated Red Wednesday. We are asked to wear something red as a mark of the blood lost by Christians in defence of our faith. This evening, there is a Red Wednesday launch with Archbishop Eamon Martin live streamed from St. Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh at 7.30 pm. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells his disciples that people will seize them and persecute them and hand them over to religious and political authorities. That warning of Jesus is still coming to pass in our world today. Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world with at least 80% of all religious persecution globally inflicted against Christians in any given year. Over 9,500 churches are attacked annually around the world. We are fortunate to live in a society where freedom of religion is guaranteed under the Constitution. We can best support our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ by living our own faith courageously, relying on the promise of Jesus in today’s gospel reading to give us the eloquence and the wisdom we will need when our faith is put to the test. What Jesus calls for above all at the end of that gospel reading is endurance. We need to keep witnessing to our faith in the Lord when times are difficult, such as in these Covid days.

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