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Fr Briam McKittrick. Parish Office 6288827, 9.30-1.30 Mon-Fri;
Sacristy 10 –12.30, Sat 10-11.30, 6275942, www.celstra.ie
Mass times; Vigil Sat 630pm, Sun: 8.30am, 9.30, 11, 12..30, 7pm.
Holy Days; 7.00pm (Vigil), 8, 10, 12, 7.00pm. Bank hol 11am
Straffan: Vigil 6.00pm, Sun 11am. Holydays; Vigil 6.00, 11am
Mon to Fri: 10am, 7.00pm (Celb), Salesians 8.35
Confessions: Saturdays: after 10am Mass to 11.30
Divine Mercy Devotions: After 7pm Mass, Mon, + St.Faustina's relic.
Straffan: Daily Mass, Mon- Fri, 9.15am. Holy day/bank hol 10am
-Parish Church, third Sunday of each month, 4.00- 5.30,
concluding with evening prayer and Benediction.
-In the Salesian Oratory, Sats. 8pm to 10pm;- All welcome.
- St Raphael’s Oratory; every day, 11.00am -3.00pm
BAPTISMS: St Patrick’s Church – Sunday 2pm:
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Fr. J Brickley P.P., 045-897703, Fr L Morgan, CC045 949576
Fr PJ Madden, CC, 45 876160, Fr Kevin Walsh, CC 045 879730.
• Church of Our Lady and St. David, Sallins Road
Sunday Mass: Sat. (Vigil) 6pm. Sun. 9am, 11, 6pm.
Holy Days: 7.30am, 10am. (except sat 10am only)
Weekdays: 7.30am, 10am. (10am on Sat)
Confessions: Sat after 10am Mass, Baptisms: 2n d & 4th Sundays
Office/ Shop 045-879730. Mon. Tue. Thu. Fri 10-5, Wed.10-1.
Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballycane, Naas
Sunday Mass: Sat. (Vigil) 7.30pm. Sun. 10.30am, 12noon
Weekdays: Mon. Wed. Fri 7.30pm. Holydays: 12, 7.30pm.
Exposition: Mon-Fri, 10am to 7pm and Wednesday 10am –9.30pm
Baptisms: Every Saturday at 12.30pm.
Office: Phone 045-895629; Mon-Fri 10am –1pm
Church of Our Lady and the Guardian Angels, Sallins
Sunday Mass: Sat. (Vigil) 6.30pm. Sun. 10am. 12noon.
Weekdays: Tue & Fri. 10.00am, Holy Days: 10.00am.
Confession: Sat. after 6.30pm Mass, Baptism: 1st Saturdays, 5pm.
Parish Office: Tue. & Thurs. 10- 1pm. 045-897150.
Church of St. Peter, Two-Mile-House – Sunday: 11.00am,
Fri. 7.30pm, Holy day 9.30, Baptism 2nd Sunday each month 11.45.
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Sunday Mass Times: 6.30 (Vigil), 10.30, 12.00.
Mon-Fri: 9.15, Sat 10; Confession Sat before 6.30 Mass.
Baptism: Sundays 1.00; 2 weeks notice.
Exposition of Blessed Sacrament:
Fri 9.15am to 3pm, Benediction & Divine Mercy Chaplet.
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St Charles Borromeo Confey, Leixlip
Fr Tony O’Shaughnessy, 6244637, Fr Pr Clancy, 6243533
Parish Office: 6247410. Sunday Mass Sat 7pm, Sunday 9.30,
11.00, 12.30; Daily Masses: 9.30am, Mon to Fri
Confession after 9.30am daily Mass & Sat vigil Mass, on request.
BAPTISM: : 3rd Saturday, 12.30; 4th Please arrange with the priests
about 2 weeks before
Our Lady's Nativity, Leixlip
Parish Office, Monday / Friday, 10 -1pm,
Sec. Bernadette Murray, Ph / Fax 6243673
Fr. John McNamara, Administrator, 01- 6245597,
Schedule; Sundays: 8.30, 9.45, 11, 12.15, 7.30pm;
Daily Masses; Mon-Friday; 9.30a.m.
Holy Days 7.30pm (Vigil) 7.25am. 9.45, 11am, & 7.30pm
Weekdays of Lent: 9.30a.m. & 7.30p.m.
Saturdays: 10.00a.m. and 6.00p.m, (1st Mass of Sun.)
First Fridays: 9.30a.m. & 7.30p.m.
Confession: Sat: 10.30 to 11.30am &after 6pm Mass
Baptisms:1st Sunday of month at 1.15. Third Saturday of month
12.30p.m. Please
give one month’s prior notice.
Exposition 1st Fridays
10 -12 noon; Mon 8.00p.m.-10 pm
Mass in Irish 3 Sun of month, & St Patrick’s day 11am
Our Lady's Parish Centre 01- 6245159
Our email is [email protected] website is www.oln.ie
St. Mary’s Parish, Maynooth
Fr. L Rigney, P.P. 087-2607377, Fr Paul Kelly 087-2463876
Parish Office / Secretary 629 3018
Sunday Masses: Vigil 7pm, 8.45, 10.00, 11.30. 1.00, 6.00
Holy Days: Vigil 7pm, 8am,10.00, 7pm
Lady Chapel: Sunday 10.00am. Holy Day: 8pm
Weekday Masses: 8.00am, 10.00am Mon to Friday
Saturday: 10.00am,7.00pm (Vigil)
Baptism: 1st & 3rd Sat 12 noon, 2nd & 4th Sunday 2.00pm
Confessions: Saturday after 10.00am Mass
Exposition: Monday to Friday . 3.00pm to 5.00pm
Parish Website: www.maynoothparish.dublindiocese.ie
St Patrick's Esker/Dodsboro/Adamstown
Fr John Hassett, PP, 6812088
Fr Denis Carroll 6281018;
Sacristy 6281018
Sunday Masses: Vigil Sat 7pm, 9, 10.30, 12 noon
Eucharistic Adoration every Saturday from 5.30- 6.45
Weekday Masses: Monday to Sat, 10 am.
Sacrament of Penance: Sat after 10am & 7pm Masses.
Baptisms: 1st, 3rd, 12.45 pm, 2nd Sat 12.30
At least one-month notice required. Applications at Parish
Office between 10am –1.00 Mon -Fri. No phone bookings.
Parish Office: 00353 1 459 3520, Weekdays 9.30am – 12.30pm
[email protected] www.clondalkinparish.com
Administrator: Rev. Damian Farnon, Tel. 459 2665
Assistant Priest: Rev. Padraig O’Sullivan, 464 0441
Masses: Sundays (Vigil) 7.30pm, Sunday 9am, (Gaeilge) 10.30am
(Choral), 12noon (Family) and 5.30pm.
Parish of the Sacred Heart
Weekdays (Monday – Friday) – 7.30am and 10am. Saturday 10am.
St John’s Drive, Sruleen Clondalkin 01 4570032
First Fridays – 7.30am, 10am and 7.30pm.
Fr. Michael Ruddy ss.cc
Holy Days – 7.30pm (Vigil), 7.30am, 10am, 1pm, 7.30pm.
Mon-Fri, 9am Morning Office, 9.15am Mass, 9.45am Rosary.
Confessions: Saturdays 10.30 to 11am and 6.45pm to 7.15pm.
Sat 9.45am Morning Office, 10am Mass, 10.30 Exposition of
Baptisms: 2nd and 4th Sundays after 12 noon Mass (by appointment) the Blessed Sacrament; Benediction at 12.25; 6.30 Vigil Mass
St Brigid’s Parish, Kill,Johnstown,Ardclough of Sunday. Sunday Masses: 10.30, 12.00
Priests; Fr Willie O’Byrne, P.P., Tel 045-878008.
St Conleth’s Parish Newbridge
Fr M. Kelly, CC, 045- 877880
Masses Saturday: Vigil Mass – 6.15pm. Sunday: 8.30am.
Sunday Mass: Kill: Sat. (Vigil) 7.30, Sun: 11am, 12.15pm.
11.00am. 12.30pm. 7.00pm. Holy Day Vigil: 6.15pm.
Ardclough: Sunday 9.30am.
Holy Days: Masses as on Sunday (no 12.30 Mass)
Weekday Mass: Kill:
Mon-Sat 10am & Fri. 7.30pm.
Weekdays: Monday – Saturday: 9.30am. Fridays only 7.30pm.
Ardclough: The 1 Friday every month, 8.30pm;
Confessions Saturday: 11.00am. – 12 noon & after 6.15 pm
Confessions: Sat after 10am. Mass and 1st Friday
Mass. First Friday: 9.00am. – 9.30am. Penitential Service Mass:
Parish Office: Mon-Fri. 9.30-12.30, (045) 878008
7.30pm. No Confessions during Mass. People are always
welcome to call to any Priest for Confession at anytime.
Parish of Clane & Rathcoffey
Telephone: 045 432808
Fr Paul O’ Boyle, PP, 045-868249,
- Dominican Church Masses Sat: Vigil Mass – 8.00pm. Sun:
Weekday Mass; Mon-Fri, 10am Clane
9.30am. 10.30am. 12 noon & 5.30pm. Holy days: 7.30am.
Sunday Mass: Sat vigil Clane 6.30pm, Sun 9.30, 11.30
10.00am. 12 noon. 5.30pm. W/days: Mon-Fri: 7.30am. 10am.
Rathcoffey: 10.30. Confessions: before Saturday 6.30 Mass
Parish Office Mon-Sat 9.30 - 4pm, beside Church 045 861393 5.45pm. Sat: 8am. & 10am.
Confessions: Saturday: 9.30am. – 10.00am. 10.30am. –
Parish of Dunboyne & Kilbride
11.15am. 7.30pm. – 8.00pm. First Friday: 9.30am – 10.00am.
5.30pm – 6.00pm. No Confessions during Mass. Call to any
Parish Office Mon-Fri 9.30-1, 1.30-5pm, 01-8255342,
Mgr. Dermot Farrell PP, Fr Mark English CC, Fr Gabriel Flynn Priest for Confession anytime. Tel 045 487200
PC. Email- [email protected]
- Cill Mhuire Ballymany -Masses Sat: Vigil Mass 7.00pm.
Mass times Dunboyne Vigil Sat 7pm, Sun 9am, 11.30.
Sunday: 10am, 11.30am. Holy Days: 10am. Weekdays: Mon –
Friday: 10am. Confessions Saturday: after 7.00pm. Mass First
Kilbride Vigil Sat 6pm, Sun 10am
Friday: 9.30am – 10.00am. call to any Priest for Confession at
Holy Days Dunboyne 9am Kilbride 10am.
Confessions After 10am Mass, before 7pm Mass in Dunboyne. anytime. Telephone: 045 432286.
Before 6pm Mass in Kilbride.
Church of Sacred Heart & St Brigid Daily Mass Dunboyne 9am weekdays, 10am Saturday. 8pm only KILCULLEN
Fr. N Mackey PP 045 481230, Fr. Martin Harte, 481222
on 1st Fridays.
Parish Centre Phone Valarie & Vivienne on 045 480 727
First Friday Mass Dunboyne 8pm
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament Dunboyne Tuesday MASSES weekdays 9.30am, Sunday 6.30 (Saturday Vigil),
Confessions on request before vigil Mass
& Friday 9.30am to 8pm.
Eucharistic Adoration Thursdays, Parish Centre, 10am- 9pm.
Baptisms Please book with Parish Office
Contact Marie 086 6088839, Mary 401856, or the Parish Office.
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A reading from
St Luke, chapter 2, verses 22 – 40
The child grew, filled with wisdom…
When the day came for them to be purified as
laid down by the Law of Moses, the parents of
Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him
to the Lord – observing what stands written in
the law of the Lord: Every first-born male must
be consecrated to the Lord – and also to offer in
Sacrifice, in accordance with
what is said in the Law of the
He is
Lord, a pair of turtledoves or
for the fall two young pigeons.
and for the Now in Jerusalem there was a
man named Simeon. He was an
rising of
upright and devout man; he
many in
looked forward to Israel’s
comforting and the Holy Spirit
rested on him.
to be a
It had been revealed to him by
the Holy Spirit that he would not
sign that
is rejected see death until he had set eyes
on the Christ of the Lord.
– and a
sword will Prompted by the Spirit he came
to the Temple; and when the
parents brought in the child
your own
Jesus to do for him what the
soul too!
Law required, he took him into
his arms and blessed God; and
he said: ‘Now, Master, you can let your servant
go in peace, just as you promised; because my
eyes have seen the salvation which you have
prepared for all the nations to see, a light to
enlighten the pagans and the glory of your
people Israel.’
As the child’s father and mother stood there
wondering at the things that were being said
about him, Simeon blessed them and said to
Mary his mother,
‘You see this child: he is destined for
the fall and for the rising of many in
Israel, destined to be a sign that is
rejected – and a sword will pierce
your own soul too – so that the secret
thoughts of many may be laid bare.’
There was a prophetess also, Anna, the
daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was well on in years. Her days of
girlhood over, she had been married for
seven years before becoming a widow.
She was now eighty-four years old and
never left the Temple, serving God night
and day with fasting and prayer.
She came by just at that moment and began
to praise God; and she spoke of the child to
all who looked forward to the deliverance
of Jerusalem.
When they had done everything the Law of
the Lord required, they went back to
Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
Meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and
he was filled with wisdom; and God’s
favour was with him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
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says she faced resistance
in probe of US women's
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Mother Mary Clare Millea, who was appointed by items. Call in and see our new jewellery, clothing and
the Vatican to conduct an apostolic visitation of
Christmas gifts. New Volunteers are always welcome.
women’s religious orders in the US, has
Celbridge support NCBI working with people with
acknowledged that she faced lively resistance to her sight loss.
efforts. Writing the The Tablet about her
investigation, Mother Mary Clare said that the
enjoyed the “complete trust” of the Congregation
for Religious, which had authorized the work. But
• Every Monday Night
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women's religious communities of the US. The
In the current economic climate, we frequently find
other, conducted by the Congregation for the
ourselves in financial difficulties; however there are
Doctrine of the Faith, focused on the Leadership
many people in Ireland for whom this has always been
Conference of Women Religious, and produced a
the case. This is why it is vitally important that we
mandate for reforms that are still in progress.
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The Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church has
asked his people to undertake a pre-Christmas fast
for the needs of Christian refugees in Iraq.
Chaldean Patriarch asks
pre-Christmas fast for
Iraqi Christian refugees
Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako suggested fasting
from December 22 through Christmas Eve, and
avoiding “worldly celebration” on Christmas and
New Year’s days, in solidarity with “displaced
brothers and sisters, who are going through
indescribable suffering.” He encouraged prayer,
fasting, and acts of charity for the refugees during
the remainder of Advent.
“We fast for the liberation of Mosul and the
villages of the Nineveh plains, so that peace and
security will return to these areas, and everyone
will be able to return to his or her home, job and
school,” the Patriarch said.
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Francis in a December 15 meeting with the
personnel of a Italian Catholic television network.
The Pope urged media figures to resist
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efforts to control the media for economic or
political ends. He also cautioned against “fashions,
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In reporting on current events, the Pope
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Have yourself a Merry Christmas
I was reminded this week of an advertisement, you
probably will have seen it. In it Santa is knocking
over the tree and breaking the decorations, the
voice over, comments that we all love the idea of
Christmas while they are there for the reality. I am
paraphrasing with that being the gist of the
message. So today I thought I would write about
herbs and other suggestions that can help with for
many the reality of the Christmas season, and its
stresses and strains.
We all love Christmas, well I really do. I love the
preparation, even the shopping, the cooking, yes
the madness of it all. But this can for many be very
stressful. It is important that we keep a sense of
ourselves in all that is going on. Nice relaxing
herbs such as chamomile, valerian, passionflower
can give that relaxing space that is needed at this
stressful time. Give yourself the time to take these
herbs as a comforting tea. There are many well
blended teas on the market that are tasty and
relaxing so as I said give yourself the time to make
a cup of tea and drink it slowly not on the go.
We also need some me time. I find that some form
of exercise even just a walk can greatly relieve
stress, We are fortunate that the weather is staying
mild so there is less call to stay by the fire. So go
out, you do have the time, and walk. If you need an
excuse, walk the dog, walk to the shops, mass, etc.
you give yourself excuses not to, so now I am
giving you some excuses to do it.
Don’t forget your digestion in all that is going on.
How many of you have gone to the numerous
Christmas parties. We eat and drink so much more
at this time of year. So party pooper that I am I say
to remember ‘all things in moderation’. You can
have those lovely pastry’s or sweets but you don’t
have to have all of them. And don’t forget your
water - have a glass of water throughout the day so
that you not only remain hydrated but it can help to
stop the picking, especially that box of chocolates
that someone left out in the office because ‘it’s
Herbs such as chamomile or dandelion root can
help the lever and digestion, considerably under
strain at this time of year. Dandelion root has a
bitter taste and bitter herbs (simple they taste bitter
in the mouth) have been shown to stimulate
digestive juices and so aid digestion. Fennell,
peppermint or ginger can help to relieve that
bloated feeling particularly with too much rich
foods. Finally, I come to milk thistle, often
recommended for the morning after the night
before. As I said moderation in everything and the
best remedy for the morning after is moderation the
night before.
With that I hope you all have a Merry Christmas
and a wonderful New Year,
Anna-Maria Keaveney BSc., MSc., is a qualified
Medical Herbalist and member of the Irish Institute
of Medical Herbalists (IIMH, www.iimh.org). She
can be contacted on 087 237 8183 for further
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2015 Calendar showing scenes from Maynooth and
also Christmas Cards in English and Irish are
available in the Maynooth Book Shop Main St.,
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the Campus.
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Novena to The Sacred
Heart of Jesus
Dear Heart of Jesus; in the past I have
asked You for many favours, but today
I ask You for this special one - mention request…
Take it Dear Heart of Jesus, place it in Your own
broken heart, where Your Father sees it, then in His
merciful eyes it will become Your prayer not mine.
Amen. Recite 3 times each day for 3 days; promise
to promote.
Turin 2015
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The dates for the 2015 Shroud exhibition has been
announced by the Holy See as follows –
April 19th to June 24th, 2015
“The exposition of the Holy Shroud in Turin in 2015
will be held from 19 April to 24 June, the feast
of St. John the Baptist (the patron saint of Turin)
and St John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order.
A recent press release from the Vatican stated that
Pope Francis would visit the Shroud on May
24th, feast of Mary Help of Christians, patroness of
the Salesian order. The origin of the Shroud has
never been established but the Church teaches that it
is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Further details on
all matters pertaining to the Shroud can be found at
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A Key to the Twelve Days of Christmas
On December 25th we celebrate the Birth of Our
The "Twelve Days of Christmas" refer to the eight
Lord Jesus Christ. Is it for us a real celebration? We days of the Christmas Octave from December 25 to
are moved at celebrations involving loved ones: their New Years Day, and the four additional days up to
weddings, their birthdays. We get emotionally
and including the eve of January 6, the traditional
involved. How do we feel about the Birth of Our
Lord! That depends on how real He is to us, and that date of the Epiphany.
In the USA and many other countries, Epiphany is
depends on how much faith we have. It is utterly
essential that there be a quietness in our hearts at
now celebrated on the first Sunday after New Years,
Christmas time: a busy heart will not even notice
so the exact number 12 does not necessarily apply.
Jesus Christ.
But the point is, don't throw out the tree on the 26thThat's how it was when He was born. It was a busy -the birth of the Saviour can't be celebrated
time: Rome ruled the Mediterranean world from
Britain to the Middle East. Caesar Augustus was busy adequately in one day.
Let the celebration continue through at least to the
ruling his Empire, Roman soldiers were busy
conquering everybody, building good roads
Feast of the Epiphany--if not through the Feast of the
everywhere so they could more easily, keep the
Baptism of the Lord.
conquered quiet and shift goods around: you could get
According to the
from Britain to Rome in six days; and Jerusalem was
Handbook of
busy trying to get rid of Rome and squabbling about
religious opinions.
Sacramentals by Ann
So no one noticed Heaven coming to earth down in
Ball, the
quiet little Bethlehem (city of bread) How blessed the
famous song about
angels were! They watched from Heaven on the
Wonder that was happening in the stable. In the
the 12 Days of
stable! An ass and an ox saw what emperors and high
Christmas was
priests missed! What about us?
written in England as
Let's be honest: Are we putting as much time into
a catechism song for
preparing our souls for the Christ-child as we are into
young Catholics in
preparing for Christmas dinner, or as much time in the
the days when it was
church as we are in the shopping centres?
illegal under pain of
Yesterday we saw in dear old Sydney what we
death to practice or
never thought we would see anywhere in our beloved
teach the Catholic
Australia. Have we now lost the land of 'Fair go,
mate?' What was that lunatic's problem? It seems he
acted in the name of religion - of God as he thought It contains hidden meanings intended to help
children remember lessons of faith. Instead of
He was: well, he's got his answer now - a pity he
didn't 'get it' at the start of his life. God forgive those referring to an earthly suitor, the “true love”
who ignore the Divine Events of Bethlehem and
mentioned in the song really refers to God. The
Calvary and of the first Easter Morn; who are not
“me” who receives the presents is symbolic of every
drawn together by the glorious and undeniable
baptized person.
coming of God the Son among us. Those who do not
accept Christ will need a good explanation when they There appears to be no conclusive historical
evidence to prove this origin of the
meet Him, for meet Him they will, for what is true
does not come from man's invention or opinion: it is song, Nevertheless, the traditional association
revealed by God Himself, and He did it in a definite between the gifts mentioned in the song and various
place in a definite time. Sydney's Martin Place
spiritual gifts is a fun way to turn a seemingly
murderer read the wrong book. The Koran is the
secular Christmas carol into a valuable catechetical
invention of that strange seventh century deserttool. So let's have fun with it!
dweller, not the word of God!
The true value of each person has to be measured by A partridge in a pear tree Jesus Christ, symbolized as
a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy
how much they are like Christ.
predators from helpless nestlings.
We just cannot afford to be wrong about religion.
Two turtle doves - Old & New Testaments
Catholics, give thanks!
John W. Ó Néill, PP, New South Wales, Australia Three French Hens - Faith, hope, charity
Four Calling birds - The Four Gospels
Five Golden Rings - The Pentateuch or Five Books
of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
Six geese a laying - Six days of creation
Seven Swans a swimming - 7 Gifts of the Holy
Eight maids a-milking - 8 Beatitudes
Nine Ladies Dancing - Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Ten Lords a-leaping - 10 Commandments
Eleven pipers piping - The 11 faithful disciples
12 drummers drumming - 12 articles of Apostles
Pope preaches homily on
babies crying in church
Pope Francis visited the suburban Roman parish
of San Giuseppe all’Aurelio on December 14 and
celebrated an evening Mass after meeting with
parish groups.
“The Church is with you, she welcomes you
always, especially this parish,” the Pope told
members of the local Romani (gypsy)
community, according to Vatican Insider.
“Always be close to the Church. Don’t lose
Calling children’s tears “the best sermon,” the
Pope told parents of children baptized in the last
year that “children cry, they are noisy, they don’t
stop moving. But it really irritates me when I see
a child crying in church and someone says they
must go out. God’s voice is in a child’s tears: they
must never be kicked out of church.”
After meeting with the sick and hearing
confessions, the Pope offered Mass and preached
on the importance of gratitude and joy.
It “hurts to see Christians with a bitter face,
restless with bitterness because they are not at
peace,” he said. “Saints have the face of joy.”
Viatores Christi
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Eddie Stones is based in Emmanuel House of
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the last Saturday of each month.
Emmanuel House of Providence, a Catholic
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the Irish version of the name means 'field of
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In a December 13 audience, Pope Francis called upon
Kildare’s first
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persons’ association to learn from the example of St.
Lucy, the patron saint of the visually impaired.
St. Lucy, the Pope said, “was a young woman,
helpless, but she faced torture and violent death with
great courage.” Blind persons, he continued, should
not “assume a victim attitude” but instead imitate her
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car it is. The two-door four-seater provides a glimpse of Audi’s future design direction, with
elements of the exterior and parts of the evolutionary
interior destined to filter through to the next A6,
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The stunning concept car features razor-sharp Matrix
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are also a nod to the original Audi Quattro from the
1980’s. Audi’s new head of design, Marc Lichte,
claims to have set new standards with the Prologue
concept. “We have put the sportiest car in the luxury
segment on wheels”, he said.
The radical rethink is turned up a notch inside too, as
the conventional instrument binnacle and entire dash
have been completely replaced with a 3D digital touch
display made up of organic LED’s. It is purely digital
in the cabin, aside from the steering wheel mounted
buttons – another feature which will trickle down to
future production models.
Under the skin sits a 598bhp version of the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 from the Audi RS6. It sends 700NM of
torque through an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox and
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Huge touch-sensitive doors swing open and allow
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In summary, let’s not forget that the Prologue is a
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school fosters extremism;
Church official protest
Church officials in Britain are protesting a
decision by the government’s assessment agency
to downgrade a Catholic school for failing to
promote “British values.”
Ofsted—the Office for Standards in Education,
Children's Services and Skills—said after an
inspection that St Benedict’s, a Catholic
secondary school in Suffolk “requires
improvement” in its work to help students
appreciate different faiths and cultures. Ofsted
had criticized a number of “faith schools,” most
of them Islamic, for promoting attitudes that
might foster intolerance or extremism.
The Catholic Education Service reacts strongly
against the Ofsted judgment, saying that there
was no evidence to support the notion that
Catholic schools encourage attitudes at variance
with tolerance and democratic principles.
Archdiocese of
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course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited.
The information and the Avalon website suggest
that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”.
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Pork Fillet with Parma Ham & Pesto
Serves 4 – 6
2 X 400g pieces of pork fillet trimmed
12 slices Parma ham or Serrano ham
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tbsp pesto
1 tbsp pesto
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Toasted pine nuts
Preheat the oven to 200C / Gas 6.
Place each pork fillet on a chopping board and
split open lengthwise being careful not to cut all
the way through.
Season with salt and pepper and smother the
length of the fillet with 2 tbsp of the pesto. Close
up the fillet and spread 1 tbsp of pesto on the
outside of the fillet.
Lay out the Parma ham, overlapping the slices so
it appears like one large sheet of ham.
Wrap the pork fillet in it so it covers it
Repeat the process for the second fillet.
Place both ham wrapped pork fillets in a roasting
dish and cover with foil.
Bake for 25 minutes, then remove the foil and
bake for another 5 - 10 minutes until the pork is
cooked through and ham is crispy.
Remove from the oven and let it rest for 10
For the dressing, mix the pesto with the oil so
you have a loose dressing.
To serve: Slice the pork and drizzle some of
the pesto dressing on the pork and around the
plate, repeat with the pine nuts.
Apple Sauce
225g / 8oz cooking apples, peeled, cored
and chopped
½ lemon zest only
2 tbsp water
15g / ½ oz butter
1 tsp caster sugar
Put the apples in a saucepan with the
lemon zest and water. Cover and cook
over a low heat or in the microwave until
soft. Take off the heat and add in the
butter and sugar. Cool.
Baked Tomatoes
8 Tomatoes halved
Thyme leaves
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Put the tomatoes in a gratin dish cut side
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the sugar and balsamic vinegar together
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“ Families, make special place in home
for Jesus this Advent!" December 17, 2014
Following the welcoming festivities, the Pope
continued his catechesis on the family,
reminding the jubilant pilgrims that the Son of
God chose to be born into a human family, in
an obscure town on the periphery of the
Roman Empire.
"This Advent season of prayerful expectation
for the Lord’s coming," he reflected, "invites
us to consider how God’s original gift of the
family was taken up and confirmed in the
mystery of the Incarnation."
In imitation of the Holy Family, the Holy
Father said, every Christian family is to "make
a place for Jesus in its home."
The Argentine Pontiff noted Jesus lived a
normal life, in a normal family, and how his
and his parents’ examples can serve as role
models to people nowadays.
"He was raised in an atmosphere of religious
devotion," the Pope said, noting, "He learned
from the words and example of Mary and
Joseph, and grew in wisdom, age and grace."
Like Jesus' parents did, he said, each Christian
family is to welcome, speak, and develop their
relationship with Christ, which will in turn
"improve the world."
"For it is through the love of such 'normal'
families that God’s Son quietly comes to dwell
among us, bringing salvation to our world,"
Francis proclaimed.
"We must make room in our hearts and in our
days for the Lord," he said, just like Mary and
On the Via della Conciliazione, which leads up
Joseph did, even when it's not easy.
to St Peter's Square, tango enthusiasts danced in
“How many difficulties they had to
the street to celebrate the Pope's birthday.
overcome!” he continued, noting they were a
A large number of couples performed the tango, real family with struggles like ours.
responding to a statement that the Pontiff made
The family of Nazareth, the Pope said,
shortly after his election, when he said that the
"commits us to rediscover the vocation and
rhythms of the tango have a special resonance in mission of the family," especially this blessed
his heart.
Pope’s weekly general audience becomes
festive celebration for Francis' 78th birthday
During a special weekly general audience
coinciding with his 78th birthday, Pope Francis
called on all families to make a special place for
Jesus in their homes this Advent.
Although the Holy Father did not himself draw
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The Year of Consecrated Life began on November 30
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Our Peace Corner
This week I want to look at St. Joseph
We often leave him out of our thoughts at Christmas, yet he,
too, was essential to the mystery. Out of all men who ever
lived, Joseph, son of David, was chosen as the Spouse of the
Virgin Mother of Jesus, God’s Son. Joseph was given the
privilege to stand in God’s place, to take care of God’s own
son, to teach him and to be a model for him in his growing
to maturity. What greater privilege could he have had?
Along with the rearing of Jesus, Joseph was given the care
of God’s greatest creation, in Mary.
We know that it takes a saint to live with saints. Others
would not cope with the level of living and loving in a
household of pure sanctity. Joseph lived a heroic life with
Jesus and Mary, a completely selfless life, not looking to his
own interests, but theirs. Joseph’s life was really a hidden
life. He allowed his wife and adopted Son to shine in their
greatness, but this enabled his own great humility to shine
forth. Joseph was totally given to God’s will, and directed
by God’s Word and personal prayer.
His relationship with God was greatly enhanced by living
with Jesus and Mary. And yet, this Holy Family lived very
simply, with no luxuries, with none of the things that today
we seem to think are vital to our existence. Their luxury was
to have Jesus with them, and to have pure love in their
home. When we have this, we need nothing else. We have
Joseph teaches us that the essentials in life are: loving God,
loving your family, your neighbour, and doing God’s will at
every moment in the family! Joseph shows us that nothing
to do with family life is trivial. Everything is service to God
and your nearest neighbour. Family life is ‘laying down
your life’ in service to those who are closest to you, and
doing it very unselfishly. Even the smallest service we do
for each other can be real spiritual treasure if we join it to
that of Jesus in his life-time. This way you gain his merits
and you can offer this service to the Lord for the salvation
of souls or for someone’s healing if they are sick. St Therese
of Lisieux said that even if we lift a pin off the floor with
the motive of pure love for God, that we do something
really great that can save souls!
Knowing this makes family life very precious. It makes
family relationships very important for everyone’s spiritual
growth. The family is God’s own image on the earth: two
consecrated in love, producing the third. In other words love
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ever new in children who reflect the position of Jesus in the
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If I could sing, what would be on my mouth is
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A silent wish sails the seven
The winds have changed
whisper in the trees;
And the walls of doubt
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This comes to pass when a
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What sparked off this desire was this:
Some time ago, on the Train from the North of
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When any child is born there is born a new hope. In
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point you to the great centres of civilisation in
antiquity: Rome, Athens, Tenochtitlan, the
Indus River Valley, ancient China.
Nowhere in any ancient estimation would it be
said that the fulcrum of the world was to be
found in a hardscrabble little village of
washed-up dreams out on the eastern fringe of
Augustus' realm.
Bethlehem had had its little moment in the
sun, politically, a thousand years before,
because it was the birthplace of David (an
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deal to one of the insignificant little ethnic
groups that buzzed like flies somewhere on the
borders of Roman political consciousness).
But let's face it: Jewish nostalgia for David
had about as much to do with hope as some
tribe of Bantus dream of achieving world
military domination.
So why did the Jews hang on?
Because God promised! And in Bethlehem
(meaning ‘house of bread’) that night, against
all hope, the promise came true.
The King was born!
And over 2000 years later His Kingdom is
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would be empires have faded into the dim
dark ages! Long live Jesus Christ the King!
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days. Micah 5:2
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13) Where does the Bible claim to
be the sole authority for Christians
in matters of faith and morals?
14) Most of the books of the New
Testament were written to address
very specific problems in the early
Church, and none of them are a
systematic presentation of Christian faith and
theology. On what biblical basis do Protestants
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18) Since each Protestant must admit that his or
her interpretation is fallible, how can any Protestant in
This is the title of Frances Hogan’s new book.
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It is a cry from the heart asking our people to
Christian to a particular belief?
rebuild the Church and the Nation. Both Church 19) Protestants usually claim that they all agree “on
and Nation are interwoven, so must be dealt
the important things.” Who is able to decide
with together, since they involve the same
authoritatively what is important in the Christian faith
and what is not?
The Book is divided into two parts: 1) The
20) How did the early Church evangelize and
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the way to healing and new life, a diagnosis of
overthrow the Roman Empire, survive and prosper
the problems discussed is given in the first half, almost 350 years, without knowing for sure which
which also includes pointers towards new life,
writings belong in the canon of Scripture?
health and wholeness for the Nation. In fact the
first half is a journey leading us to want to move 21) Who in the Church had the authority to determine
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Also visiting the shrine of
the process of rebuilding in the last chapter.
books to the canon on my own authority?
St. Philomena.
In this journey we learn about a new Patriotism
Continued next week, part 3
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Ceoltóirí Éireann
to San Giovanni
Saturday night devotions
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament,
from 8.00 to 10pm every Saturday night,
Salesian Oratory, Maynooth Rd, Celbridge
Intercession for priests, families, young people
8.30 Evening Prayer of the Church,
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Vatican City, 18 December
Last Thursday in the Clementine Hall of the
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fertile, and may God bless you. Thank you.
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Sugar Is Addictive!
Getting Your Supports in Place
Information: Finding out how much sugar is in preprepared commercial baby foods could be an eyeopener. Decide you are going to cut out sugar for
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chapter on weaning foods. You may wish to consider
buying a copy, especially if you hope to have another
baby. Your nearest Leader/s will be happy to order for
you, if they don’t already have some copies for sale.
Or you can order online directly from La Leche
League of Ireland. Start with “The Womanly Art of
Breastfeeding”, if baby is in the early stages of
weaning. Then, as baby begins to get the hang of this
new business of eating elsewhere than at Mammy’s
breast, consider getting some of La Leche League’s
excellent books on weaning foods. You can borrow a
copy to start with. You can then buy a copy to keep.
Professional Support: We all need support,
especially with something as challenging as
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person/s, substances, or activities such as eating or
gambling. Start the search for the professional you
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someone you can work with, and make progress with.
Your Cheer-Leaders – Your Non-Judgmental
Supporting People: Do give it the time you need to
decide on one or two relatives or friends who you can
trust and rely on to support you, without judging you.
People who will listen and not judge you, although
they may confront you. They may also protect you
from critics. As long as you respect them, grab the
chance of such support and make the most of it, for
your own benefit and that of baby. Get them on board,
and be honest with them.
Keeping Non-supportive People At Bay
It is worth thinking about how to do this, especially if
people like that have a regular presence in your life,
which undermines your efforts. How will you prevent
Next Week: My Last Word on Sugar for Now, for You
and Your Weaning Baby
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Top UK court denies
'conscience clause' protection
to pro-life midwives
The highest court in the United Kingdom has ruled
against two midwives who refused to cooperate in
Can you give just three hours abortions.
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Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood were not
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Looking for new hobbies or
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Continuing the weekly series on the seven
Sacraments of the Church
“ I absolve you from your sins”
1422 "Those who approach the sacrament of
Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the
offense committed against him, and are, at the same
time, reconciled with the Church which they have
wounded by their sins and which by charity, by
example, and by prayer labors for their conversion."
1423 It is called the sacrament of conversion
because it makes sacramentally present Jesus' call to
conversion, the first step in returning to the Father
from whom one has strayed by sin. It is called the
sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the
Christian sinner's personal and ecclesial steps of
conversion, penance, and satisfaction.
1424 It is called the sacrament of confession, since
the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an
essential element of this sacrament. In a profound
sense it is also a "confession" - acknowledgment and
praise - of the holiness of God and of his mercy
toward sinful man.
It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the
priest's sacramental absolution God grants the
penitent "pardon and peace."
It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because
it imparts to the sinner the live of God who
reconciles: "Be reconciled to God." He who lives by
God's merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord's
call: "Go; first be reconciled to your brother."
1425 "You were washed, you were sanctified, you
were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
and in the Spirit of our God." One must appreciate
the magnitude of the gift God has given us in the
sacraments of Christian initiation in order to grasp
the degree to which sin is excluded for him who has
"put on Christ." But the apostle John also says: "If
we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us." And the Lord himself taught
us to pray: "Forgive us our trespasses," linking our
forgiveness of one another's offenses to the
forgiveness of our sins that God will grant us.
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the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Body and Blood of
We invite
Christ received as food have made us "holy and
applications to
without blemish," just as the Church herself, the
join our team of
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adult volunteers
Nevertheless the new life received in Christian
helping in the
initiation has not abolished the frailty and weakness
Cafe on Thursday
of human nature, nor the inclination to sin that
and Friday
evenings. Training tradition calls concupiscence, which remains in the
baptized such that with the help of the grace of
will be provided.
to their original condition & beauty,
Christ they may prove themselves in the struggle of
retaining their quality, age & history!
Call Lynn 087Christian life. This is the struggle of conversion
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Starting today...
the healthy way!
A series on food & health
Embrace change and
become a happier
healthier you!
I always say it you do not need a new year date in
order to make changes to improve your health , as you
can change anytime you set your mind to it.
However a lot of people upon commencing anew year
will make all kinds of promises to themselves. Change
must happen in rider for anything to be different and it
is often the very first obstacle I help clients overcome.
In order to reach a point of a happier healthier you, you
need to be able to embrace change rather than resist it!
Making changes to our routines and lifestyles for many
can be very difficult. Many are even content to put up
with things which are not good for them, hurt them or
cause pain or ill health as its easier than actually
making the change. It may the habit of smoking or
drinking or not exercising or not going to bed early or
not drinking water or putting up with the headaches or
back-pain, and doing nothing about them…what habit
is it you would like to change.
Here are some life long tips to help you break those
habits you have been putting on the long finger.
Change is not easy but positive change can have an
amazing benefit to your health, your energy, your
loved ones, your sleep, your mood and so on. I
encourage you to give these a go!
1. Decide what it is you would like to or need to
change (if anything)
2. Change only one poor habit at a time! Many
decide to do all or nothing or too much at once
then they give up. The self-blame and guilt often
set in..adding more fuel to the vicious negative
3. Write it out, whatever you commit to do or change
write it out clearly, mark it with a date so it is very
clear when you are starting from and then write
out all the benefits of making the change. Keep
this close to hand and read it every day.
4. Take each benefit and write them out individually
example on different dates in your diary or
calendar, set them as reminders on your phone,
put them in the book your reading at the moment,
stick them to the mirror, fridge wherever works
best for you as a constant reminder for you to keep
going.Giving up is not an option when it is
something you truly want.
5. Accept and acknowledge that you may feel a little
worse before you feel the immediate benefits of
the change depending on what you are working
on, e.g if quitting coffee you may have withdrawal
headaches for 2 days or so, so always cut down
gradually. Benefit better sleep, brighter skin, more
energy, healthier more energised liver and so on..
6. When the going gets tough… Be kind to yourself,
Encourage yourself and surround yourself with
things which offer support.
7. Make out a list of new ways to reward yourself.
Enjoy making your new healthy habits ☺
Gertrude Lawler Health for life practitioner, Food
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Christmas Traditions
The Crib
The popularity of the Nativity scene or "crèche"
as it is sometimes called overseas, is one of the
most beloved and enduring symbols of
Christmas. All the more reason to be on our
guard just now as the move is on to remove this
beautiful Christmas tradition which originated in
Italy from St. Francis of Assisi in 1224.
St Francis wanted to bring the reality of the first
Christmas to ordinary people through a real life
representation of that first Christmas. The first
manger scenes involved real people and animals.
Later on figurines were used to depict the nativity
of the Lord Jesus.
The ‘modernisers’ are out in force in some
countries at this time to try and destroy the
custom of erecting a crib, a reminder of the great
event which took place 2000 years ago.
Forewarned is fore armed!
The custom of singing carols at Christmas is of
English origin. During the middle ages, groups of
singers would travel around from house to house
singing ancient carols; in some cases donations
were accepted for a charity. The word carol
means "song of you." Most of the popular old
carols we sing today were written in the
nineteenth century. ‘Caroling’ reminds us of the
angels who brought the good news to the
shepherds and sang at the birth of Christ, "Glory
to God in the highest and peace to men of
Another beautiful Christmas custom. Don’t let it
be taken away also.
Gift Exchange
The custom of gift-giving on Christmas goes
back to the first Christmas when the three kings
from the East arrived sometime after the Baby
Jesus was born and brought Him gifts of gold,
frankincense and myrrh.
Give Him your present this year!
Father Christmas / Santa Claus
Everybody knows the origin of Santa Claus- St
Nicholas of Myra was a great Bishop in Turkey
in the 4th century, who gave secret gifts to needy
families. Santa Claus, or St Nicholas, continues
this lovely custom - although now awfully
commercialised - to this very day.
Ask St Nicholas for something worthwhile this
Christmas when we remember the birth of the
Son of God in a stable in Bethlehem over 2000
years ago!
Every Christmas is a mini-preparation for the
eventual final coming of Jesus when He will
come to judge the living and the dead.
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Parish Church
Eucharistic Adoration
every Wed in the sacristy
10am to 6pm.
All are welcome
to come and
spend some time
in quiet prayer.
Leixlip Aware
Service for Young People
Ages 18 to mid- 20‘s at Scoil
San Carlo, Thursdays,
Captain's Hill, Leixlip (white
pre-fab behind Confey
Church) Tues, 8 p.m.
The group lasts an hour to an
hour and a half.
Average attendance is approx
10-15 people.
Those attending introduce to
the group on a first name
Confidentiality is emphasised
at the start.
No pressure to share or
contribute to the meeting.
Tea and coffee afterwards.
For more information about
Aware visit:
http://www.aware.ie/ loCall
Helpline: 1890 303 302,
Leixlip Office: 458 1010
Aware is hosted by Leixlip
Women’s Studies; Ann
Weigel (01) 264 2461
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Legion of Mary
into 6000 homes every
weekAn ad in the Open
Meeting every Monday night at
do the BIZ –
in Celbridge.
New members
Church of Holy Family
• Clane Toastmasters, Clane GAA club @ 7.45pm.
If you would like to improve you ability to speak in
public in a friendly and encouraging environment just
come along on Wednesday, we would be delighted to
Fridays 7.30 to 8.30 pm. All welcome.
Information from
see you there. For more information you can call
Margaret 087 6175970 or
Maureen on 0872258020 or Tomás on 0863064474
Anne 087 9195653.
• Naas – Plain Speakers Toastmasters Club
Toastmasters is great for personal and professional
Dublin Latin Mass Chaplaincy development. Plain Speakers, Naas is a little
different. If you think that public speaking might be
St Kevin's Church, Harrington St, Dublin 8
for you, exercise your speaking muscles in an
Millicent Woodcraft
Traditional sung Latin Mass every
encouraging and structured space. We meet on the
Specialists in sitting room,
first and third Monday of each month, all year round.
bed room/ kitchen furniture.
Find us on www. facebook.com/plainspeakers. Next
Contact Mick Manning –
• Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m.,
meeting January 5th, 2015! For further details, contact
087 9972823
• Saturdays 9.00 a.m.
Ger 087 2523041 or www.plainspeakers.com.
• Maynooth Toastmasters
Toastmasters meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday
[email protected]
of every month from 8-10pm in the Glenroyal Hotel
Phone 01 4758611
Maynooth All visitors welcome and it is a good learning
experience. www.maynoothtoastmasters.com
• Kildare Toastmasters
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Breaking the Ice: A night of magical festive fun
The final Kildare Toastmasters meeting before
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Christmas was a fun filled night of Firsts, with three
de Montfort’s “True Devotion to
wonderful Icebreaker speeches. An ‘Icebreaker’ is the
Fully Insured
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first speech on joining Toastmasters and three new
Free Quotes
addressed envelope to ‘Cluain
members certainly set the standard for 2015 with a
Caoin’, Lr Hodgestown, Donadea, selection of humorous, poignant and informative
Straffan, Co. Kildare
Naas, 045 869463.
086 4106804. 01
Mick Conlon broke the ice with a wonderful speech
Talks on the ‘True Devotion to Mary’
“Down These Mean Streets” about his love of books
arranged on request.
from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five to Arkady Renko’s
Gorky Park. Vinny Thorpe delighted members with a
very personal story of success, his passion for music
and a lifelong love affair with a Clarinet. Tony Madden
Teenagers: If you have a parent, family member showed his varied interests by taking the audience on a
or friend who drinks too much, you can see what marvelous tour of 2014, highlighting all the great
successes and Irish achievements that marked the year
it’s doing to them. But can you see what its
before the sun finally sets on 2014. Michelle Killian
doing to you?
delivered a thought provoking CC6 speech “Who Do
For information and help phone; Al-anon
You Think You Are?” about self and identity in the
digital age. After some delicious mince pies and
information centre: 01 8732699, or www.almulled wine, courtesy of the Silken Thomas, the night
anon-ireland.org Alateen meet in Ballycane
closed with the traditional Kris Kringle full of fun,
Church, Naas, Monday nights at 8.15. No
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meeting on bank holiday Monday weekends
Kildare Toastmasters would like to wish all its
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• Hardcore 804
Happy New Year. Special thanks goes to the Silken
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all their support throughout
• Plastering sand
Next meeting will be 13th Jan and 27th Jan 2015 in
• Batch gravel
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Would you like to answer
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welcome so come along and learn how to improve
the Church’s call for
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communication and leadership skills. Meetings
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adoration of the Blessed
are 2 and 4th Tuesday of each month 7.50 p.m. for
Leixlip Road, Maynooth
Sacrament & Rosary?
8.p.m. start until 10p.m. For more information:
(Garden Centre beside Tesco)
www.kildaretoastmasters.org Tel: 086 2413747
Salesian Oratory, Maynooth Rd,
For any other queries call
Celbridge: (087-9381997)
• Lucan Toastmasters
• Call Vincent
Saturdays 8.00 to 10pm:
Meets every second Thursday evening in the Springfield
• Evening Prayer of the Church 8.30,
Hotel near Leixlip. So if you would like to see what it is
• Rosary MMP Cenacle
all about (guests don't have to speak) you can go along as
for local delivery
• Divine Mercy Chaplet
a guest at 7.45pm. Contact their head of membership
Come for any length of time!
Austin at [email protected]
Latin Mass
True Devotion to Mary
We invite you to come and
visit our recently refurbished
Ivy. Enjoy local produce
prepared by our Head Chef
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to Hand
The Registered Charity “Heart to Hand” was set
up to care for the poorest of the poor in countries
like Albania, Bosnia, Moldova, Romania and
other countries where the need arises, providing
food, medicine, clothes and other humanitarian
aid; education and training to help these people
fend for themselves has been put in motion. It is
non-denominational, voluntary and therefore
what comes in goes out to help the poorest of the
poor. Without the help and generosity of the Irish
people we could not survive.
• Call Kieran Byrne, 087-2745570, 0402-37260.
e-mail: [email protected]
Irish Countrywomen’s Association
At the Heart of the Community since 1910
ICA Liffey Valley Guild
We meet on Monday nights at 8 pm in
St Bridget’s Girls National School.
The ICA is open to all women over the age of 16.
Come and find out how ICA can offer you Fun
Friendship &Support. New members welcome.
For details of activities and how to become a
member contact us at [email protected]
or text ICA, your name and contact number to
087-240-6508. www.ica.ie and is on Face Book.
• On behalf of the premature babies in the
Coombe Hospital we would like to thank
everyone who supported our appeal - so far we
have sent in up to 200 blankets and hats. Please
continue the good work!
Mary Duffy PRO
ICA Clondalkin
Ladies of Clondalkin and surrounding areas, the
Clondalkin Guild of Irish Countrywomen’s
Association (I.C.A.) is now open with a great
programme of events - crafts, talks on interesting
subjects and of course, great outings! Do come
along on the first three Tuesday’s of the month.
We meet in St Joseph’s Boys School, Convent
Road, Clondalkin at 8pm and will make you very
welcome. Bernie Dunne P.R.O.
Adoration of the
Church of Irish Martyrs, Naas.
Mon 10am-9pm, Tues 10am-9pm
Wed 10am-9.30pm; Thur 8pm-9pm
(silent prayer for priests) - Drop in any time –
The Lord is always present to welcome you!
Celbridge Youth Café
The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a Parish
based ministry to help those bereaved and those
suffering loss of any kind. We offer one-to-one
support, group support if desired and home visits.
Meetings are held in: 41 Avondale Square, Dunboyne.
On first Wednesdays of every month at 8pm.
Contact Mary/Gerry 086-8497176
St Conleth’s Community College, Newbridge,
A course for people who have been in the home for a
number of years or people who are unemployed and
wish to update their computer skills. All welcome.
Enquiries (045) 431417, [email protected]
Indoor bowls
Within the Kildare West
Wicklow Indoor bowls
association there are almost 30
bowls clubs up and runningcheck your local press for details of a club near you.
Contact Phyllis Burke at 045 879167 the
development officer of the KWWIA for more
information on joining an indoor bowls club, or check
out the website for more info wwwkildarewestwicklowindoorbowls.ie
At the Heart
of the Faith …
Handing on Faith in the World Today; join committed
adult students from every part of the English-speaking
world following Maryvale’s catechetical programmes.
• Distance-Learning part-time programmes:
- Parish Catechesis You study where you are, fully
supported by experienced tutors and specially written
course materials. Annual residential school in Cardinal
John Henry Newman’s first Catholic home.
• Competitive fees. Apply : Maryvale Institute, Old
Oscott Hill, Birmingham, B44 9AG. UK.
www.maryvale.ac.uk Tel: 00 44 121 360 8118
Celbridge Bridge Club
The Mill, Celbridge
Open invitation to all players
We play every Thursday night at 7.30 and welcome
• Volunteers needed!
participation by all players, especially novice/B
Could you spare a couple of hours once a month? players. You are assured of a warm welcome and a
We invite applications to join our team of adult
good game. Car parking is available in the Mill. Please
volunteers helping in the Cafe on Thursday and
contact Brid at 086 8343671 for further information.
Friday evenings. Training provided. Call Lynn
087-9872856, [email protected]
Celbridge Meals on Wheels
Celbridge Meals on Wheels delivers 38/40 meals
in the Celbridge/ Straffan/ Ardclough area on a
twice weekly basis.
All meals are delivered by a team of voluntary
drivers working on a 3-week rota. If you would
like to be involved in this very valuable work
please contact Mairéad Byrne Tel 087-2239410
Meet on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of
each month. Come and join- no
matter what age- don’t be shy; newbies welcome.
Venue Mucky Duck upstairs, Celbridge, 7pm.
Contact Aine 0876204046 [email protected]
Keep up to date with
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into 6000 homes every
week- through the Open
[email protected]
Our members meet on
Tuesday mornings 10.30. 12.00 in the Round Towers
G.A.A. Club premises
Convent Road.
Our objectives are to provide
a focal point for active people
(ladies and gents) to meet and
engage in educational,
cultural and social activities.
Our meetings begin with Tea
and Coffee before we
introduce guests.
Visitors are always welcome
to drop in for a cuppa.
Further information from
Thomas at 01-4573269 or
[email protected]
Is addiction controlling and
ruining your life?
Would you like to discover
hope and joy?
The Community Cenacolo
helps people suffering from
addiction to change…
The Community Cenacolo
was founded by an Italian
nun, Mother Elvira Petrozzi,
in 1983. For many years she
had been concerned by the
destruction she had seen
among young people through
drug abuse and she longed to
help them.
To-day there are houses world
wide with over 2,000 young
men and women in the
programme. The house for
men in Ireland was opened in
Knock, Co. Mayo in 1999. As
yet there is not a house for
women in Ireland but women
who wish to enter the
Community are accepted in
Cenacolo houses in Europe.
Meetings are held every
Wednesday evening at
7.30pm at St. Peter’s Parish
Centre, St. Peter’s Church,
Phibsboro, Dublin 7.
• For further information
please contact Aida on (01)
6247428 or 086 37 606 47
24 'Saw your ad in the Open Door'
All you need in Celbridge at
your fingertips
• DVD,
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Washing, machines,
Fridges, dryers,
Cookers, dishwashers
American style fridge freezers
- domestic and commercial.
Home heating oil burners
serviced and repaired.
Phone 083 1913742
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Kildare Alzheimer
Risk Factors for Dementia
The following risk factors can increase a
person’s chances of developing one or more
kinds of dementia.
Age : The risk increases with advancing age.
Alcohol use : Most studies conclude that
drinking large amounts of alcohol increases the
risk of dementia, whilst drinking a moderate
amount can be protective.
Atherosclerosis : The accumulation of fats and
cholesterol in the lining of the artherities,
coupled with an inflammatory process that leads
to a thickening of the vessel walls, can hinder
blood from getting to the brain. This can lead
to strokes or other brain injury.
Diabetes : Poorly controlled diabetes is a risk
factor for stroke and cardiovascular disease
related events. The risk of vascular dementia is
consequently in creased.
Down syndrome : Many people with down
syndrome develop early- onset AD, with signs
of dementia by the time they reach middle age.
Mental illness : Depression is associated with
mild mental impairment and cognative function
Smoking : Smokers are prone to diseases that
slow or stop blood from getting to the brain.
The next Alzheimer Cafe meeting will be held
on Wednesday 28th January in McAuley Place
Naas. There is no December meeting. All are
welcome. Enquiries to 045-897833.
Mary’s Meals responds to
Ebola crisis in West Africa
Charity delivers emergency
meals to Ebola patients and
hungry children...
Mary’s Meals is delivering food aid to
thousands of people affected by the Ebola
outbreak in Liberia – including patients infected
by the deadly virus – following the launch of an
emergency relief effort. Under normal
circumstances, Mary’s Meals reaches more than
128,000 impoverished children across Liberia
each day, attracting them to the classroom with
a nutritious meal in school. However, the recent
crisis has brought a temporary halt to the
charity’s feeding programme in the country,
with all schools now closed.
Founded in 2002, Mary’s Meals runs school
feeding programmes in 12 countries – across
Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America
and the Caribbean – and is now reaching
923,572 hungry children every day they attend
school. Whilst delivering school meals is the
charity’s prime focus, it has a long history of
providing emergency relief assistance.
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The Four Marks of Christ’s Church pt 3
In our previous articles, we have examined the
statements in the historic Creeds of Christianity regarding
the Church; specifically, that the Church is One, that
Jesus only established One Church; and that the Church is
Holy by virtue of being the Body of Christ as well as the
holy lives of the Saints.. No other denomination,
fellowship or convention can legitimately make these
statements. We now turn our attention to the two
remaining marks of the Church: its Catholicity and
3. Catholic.
The One Church of Christ is Catholic, that is, universal or
worldwide. It is a Church that embraces different
cultures and nationalities and adapts itself and its liturgy
to those cultures, without compromising the core of what
it really believes. Pope John Paul II referred to this
adaptation as inculturation. But rather than being divided
along national or ethnic lines, the Catholic Church
wherever it is found maintains the essentials of the Faith
and the heart of its liturgy.
Wherever one travels in the world, one will find this
Church. Every minute of every day, somewhere in the
world, the liturgy of the Eucharist is being celebrated.
And of all the world’s institutions, only the Catholic
Church remains faithful to standing up for the cause of
human dignity and human life, even in the halls of the
United Nations. Only the Catholic Church is capable and
qualified to address the problems of the world as a whole.
The Church is the ultimate unifier: the solution for
problems such as racism and sexism. In the Catholic
Church, mankind is reunited, made one in Christ.
4. Apostolic.
The One Catholic Church is
apostolic, built upon the foundation of the Apostles (Eph.
2:19-22). Today, only one Church can rightfully claim to
trace its lineage back to Christ and His Apostles. Only
One Church has an unbroken line of succession, in
complete unity with the successor of the Apostle Peter.
The oldest of Protestant denominations, that founded by
Martin Luther, has only been in existence for 500 years;
and even the Eastern Orthodox churches have been
completely severed from the Catholic Church for less
than 600 years.
When we look at the history and the legacy of the
Catholic Church, we must accept that its claims are true.
It is indeed the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
mentioned in the Creeds, and the One Church referred to
by Jesus. And while we uphold the Church’s teaching
that much of Christian truth can be found in other
“denominations”, only Christ’s One Church possesses the
fullness of that truth.
Michael Matthews is a Catholic evangelist, apologist,
author and conference speaker, and a former ordained
independent, fundamental Baptist minister. He can be
reached at [email protected] catholicexchange.com
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Sts Peter & Paul
Dunboyne- The Parish Shop
Children’s books, calendars, wreaths and candles,
cards and many more small items:
Do call in. Open before and after weekend Masses:
Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 9 am, 11.30am
Give Guiding a Go! CGI
Come along to your local group for fun, team
spirit, friendship and adventure for all girls.
Group Ages: Cygnets, 5-6 yrs, Brigins 6-11yrs
Girl Guides 11yrs- 17yrs!
• Scoil Ui Riada, Kilcock, Weds 6pm-7.30pm,
(cygnets 6.00pm to 7.00pm). - 087 2994645.
• St Brigid’s School Hall, Celbridge
Mondays (exc B/H), 6.30 – 8pm, Sandra Whelan
on 087 7797948, [email protected]
So why not come along one night a week – join
your local Girl Guide group – you will be surprised
how much guiding can offer you!
Enjoy singing?
Join a Choir!
In Caelo Choir, St Conleth’s Church. Newbridge,
welcomes new members - Soprano, Alto, Tenor,
Bass. Rehearsals Tuesday evenings. Sunday Mass
at 12.30. More information - John 086 6086910.
The Association has been recognised and
approved by both the Pontifical Council for the
Family and by the Pontifical Council for New
Evangelisation in The Vatican. Pope Francis, on
many occasions, has applauded the role which
Grandparents play in the life of The Church. The
vocation of Grandparents to Pass on The Faith is
now recognised everywhere and Grandparents
find that membership of the Association is a
great support to them in that role because the
Association offers practical as well as spiritual
ways of passing on the Faith..
For information Phone 098 24877
[email protected]
Catholic Grandparents Association,
Castlebar St, Westport, Co Mayo
Dara Residential Services is situated
in Celbridge and provides
Residential and Respite to young
adults with Intellectual Disability.
We are looking for caring, energetic
people to provide a regular social
contact by volunteering with people
we support in our service.
Anyone interested who has some
free time and would like to
volunteer or would like to share an
interest such as walking, football,
cookery, swimming, karate, cinema
and photography, contact Michael
Stokes 01 6271484 / 086 3582134,
[email protected]
Horticultural Show
Approximately 30 years ago Clondalkin used to
host a Horticultural Show for the children and
Adults of the community. It faded out as the
Celtic Tiger struck our lives. It has since
disappeared. The format was that children had
Tips for a Healthy Brain
their show in May and Adults were in
We all brush our teeth every day. But most of us
September. It drew people from the locality
do not consciously brush up on our brains. This is
together and competition was high. Who grew
unfortunate but understandable as up to recently the
the biggest and best and what sponge and Jams
imperativeness of both physical and mental
tasted the best? And the children’s miniature
stimulation has not been fully appreciated.
garden in a biscuit tin was a great attraction.
Activity, attitude and simple lifestyle changes can
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boost your brain health and may even act as a
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buffer against decline in brain function.
We can shape our brains by the actions we choose
Gals and children get making, baking and
to do and by the way we think and approach life.
growing. This will bring a new highlight to the
Research shows that “modifiable” lifestyle factors
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eat and sleep and whether you occupy your brain
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Remain socially active. Joining a book club, a
Rosary Beads – religious videos, audio-tapes,
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already formed. New cells also spring to life in
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key memory areas of the brain.
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The Alzheimer Cafe meeting takes place on the Send direct to: Tom Wall, Ballinookery,
last Wednesday of every month from 7pm to
Whitegate, Midleton, Co. Cork.
9pm in the Convent tea rooms at McAuley
Tel: 021 4661552 after 5pm.
Place, Naas – beside the Main Church. All carers
and cared for most welcome. (Not in December)
Donations for postal expenses welcome.
Kildare Alzheimer
in Celbridge
11th May, 9 nights, €599 (€100
deposit secures €599; after 17th
February price of €649 applies).
13th May, 7 nights, €599. Call Liam
Cotter on 087-6381157 or 014928194 or Marian Pilgrimages on
Tea Dance
Sunday 3 to 6pm, Palmerstown
Community & Youth Centre (beside
Only €5 admission, Light
Live Band Raffle and loads of
Future dates -Sept 28 (Cheating
Hearts), Oct 26 (Unity), Nov 23
(Brian McDermot), Dec 28 (Good
Times), Jan 25 (Emer)
• More info contact 01 6166981
If you care at home for an elderly or
disabled person, we can help with
information, training and short
respite breaks.
Please call or phone- Carers
Association, Carers Association C/O
Aras, Main Street, Newbridge, Co
'Saw your ad in the Open Door'
Takes place in Our Lady's
Nativity Church, Leixlip,
Monday to Friday,
10am to 2pm, 7pm to 10pm
• All welcome
Folk Group
and singers
St Finian’s
/ Confey
adult October.
folk groupRainbows
in Newcastle.
is a support group for
We practice
8.30pm-loss in
have Tuesday
suffered afrom
lives through bereavement, parental
We sing every
at 7pm vigil
or any
painful transition.
you wish your child to take part please contact
We are
a lively
who enjoy
01-6243763 or
and singing
lively contemporary
@ 01-6243741
• For information contact Emer 087 2733846
The North Star
Community Centre
Meals on Wheels Celbridge
The Mill Parent
Celbridge Meals on Wheels
require volunteer drivers for is from 1.45
to 2.30
and 2.30 Group
to 3.15 on Sundays
Celbridge , Straffan,
in St Raphael’s Pool. We are contactable on 086
Ardclough areas.
For further information
please contact Mairéad
Byrne on 087 2239410
Youth 2000
Where: Cill Mhuire Church,
Ballymany, Newbridge, Co.
Kildare --When: ThursdayS @ 8.00pm
& weekly at same time
Contact: Adam- 087 9744482
Urgent, we
volunteers for to help with the
or need
[email protected]
who meet here at the
and on facebook- Star
10am – 12noon.
to ALL
those involved
in the club
20 yearsplease
- our contact
20th Anniversary
If youthe
The Centre
take Kenny
place inatSt.01-6288556
Mary's Gaa Leixlip
from 4pm to 8pm approx on Saturday 29th
September- everyone is welcome, just please
contact us beforehand. Thank you
Unit 3 Leixlip Shopping Mall (opposite post
stands for Aftercare
Ph 6242511/6245351.
9:30 and
a Cancer
a voluntary
& Centre
charity scanning,
located atbinding
(b/w & colour),
Eccles Street, Dublin 7, offering support to
people affected by cancer.
Level 4.
internet access
is holistic
primary medical treatment with education and
are free of charge.
• Information
Leixlip Resource Centre
ARC Cancer Support
Freedom from
Drug Addiction!
Community Cenacolo - You are not alone
anymore! Meetings take place every Wednesday
evening at 7.30 pm in St. Peter’s Parish Centre, St.
Peter’s Church, Phibsboro, Dublin 7.
For further information please contact Aida 086
3760647 Frank 087 9096007 Jean 087 268 7040,
Doris 085 7071431.
Are you in a troubled marriage? Do you feel alone or
bored in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt,
angry with your spouse? Are you constantly fighting?
Or, do you simply shut down? Have you thought
about separation or divorce? Does talking about it
make it worse?
Retrouvaille is a lifeline for married couples and since
its arrival in Ireland 12 years ago the Retrouvaille
programme has helped hundreds of couples to
overcome their marriage problems.
Information 087 7920101 www.retrouvaille.ie
Good Morning Kildare is a new initiative launched
recently in Allenwood. This innovative new service
aims to provide a free friendly phone call on a regular
basis to adults in their own home or place of
residence. The service operates between the hours of
9.15am and 2.30pm daily.
Good Morning Kildare provides a free telephone link.
Patronage of infants, children of Mary, desperate It supports independent living and social connection.
The service is provided by the Community for the
causes, infertility, new born, priests,
Community where clients can avail of a friendly
sickness, youth and erseverance
Phone Call while obtaining local information and
St. Philomena cords, holy oils,
beads, medals, relics, scarves,
statues, etc. from 059 9727014.
The service is free of charge
In Prosperous
John Rice, Garryhill,
If you are interested in availing of this service please
Co. Carlow.
[email protected]
catechism course in the Parish
call 045-859037 or 045-859038 for an application
Centre, Prosperous on Monday evenings,
form, or write to Good Morning Kildare, Michael
Wednesday mornings.
Fitzpatrick Centre, A.C.D.A.L, Allenwood, Co.
Lucan - Divine Mercy church, at 4pm first
Kildare. The form will require your name, address,
Sunday of every month. Eucharistic adoration
date of birth, and ph number.
up and
in many
dioceses throughout
at 2.30pm.
Fr. Paul- the
St. Marks church
at 4pm,
It is about- answering
and misgivings
Sunday of
Over the fifteen years since this
we ourselves
our faith,
movement was established in Sligo
and those of others who might disagree with it
town many children have learned to
it 01-6212560
say the Rosary and have been
It involves some weekday study, or reading of
consecrated to Our Lady.
the Maryvaleonnotes,
and Awareness
weekly classes,
& two 12
happy to speak to anybody who
week terms from
to Christmas
the Billings
/ Ovulation
and prayer cards etc.
them to
plan or
Easter enabling
with mid-term
Contact details are; Deirdre 071-9169131 or 086postpone pregnancy. Telephone N.A.O.M.I.
- Ask
the parish
office, Centre
phone or
01- in
for nearest
2228675, and Nuala at 087-4186269.
for further9.3O
to 1p.m.
of St Philomena
Divine Mercy FriendsCatechism
Prayer Meeting
New Divine Mercy Prayer
Meeting in Rathcoole Parish
Church each Saturday
morning following the 10am
Mass. All are welcome.
Mass for Indian People
Day Care Club
Kate Walsh House The Mill,
Celbridge Community Centre
various activities the club has
to offer ie:light exercise
programme, bingo, indoor
bowls, sing a long, dancing…
services such chiropody,
shopping and taxi service
where required. New
members, male / female
welcome, Tues 2pm-5pm,
Thur 10am-1pm.
Ph : Susan at 01 6275518
Rosary for Children
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North Kildare Club are opening a new outdoor
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087 1335783
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to North Kildare Club. The sporting club is situated [email protected]
between Maynooth and Kilcock and already have
Rugby, Hockey, Squash, Cricket and Bridge.
“Gone Shopping”
Monastic Day
Dear Grace
I wish I could help my children come to a
better understanding of what Christmas is
truly about as we are unable to spend a lot
of money on expensive presents.
Can you help me?
Your situation is one that I am certain many parents
go through every Christmas season. I believe,
though, that you are being presented with a
possibly unforgettable opportunity. Giving and
receiving gifts at Christmas is a wonderful
tradition. The problem comes when we focus too
much on the gifts and not enough on the “Giver.”
A gift is defined as something given to show
friendship and affection. Christmas is most definitely
about giving – the giving of love. The birth of the
Lord Jesus Christ was the greatest gift ever bestowed
on mankind. God, who is love, gave Himself. He
willingly took on a human nature in order to suffer and
die so that we might live.
If you want to make Christmas meaningful and
different this year for the people around you, make
it one of love.
I guarantee you that if you stop and consider
everyone in your life, and look deeply, you will see
that each one is in need of love – we all are in one
way or another. It may sound too easy to say, “Give
people love this Christmas.”
But do you know what? One cannot give what one
does not have.
In order to give true love, we must first be filled with
true love. And that, my friends, is to be filled with
love for God. How do we do that?
The best way is
so simple. Read Hisstory. Read it to your children! No
one who reads the story of Jesus Christ found in the four
Gospels of the New Testament in a prayerful way can
come away without falling in love with Him.
And when you fall in love with Him and stay in love
with Him, your life will change. Your Christmas will
be different!
Surprise your family this year! Don’t spend your last
few days of preparation in shopping. Spend them instead
in finding ways in which to lead them closer to the
“Giver” in the things you do. Give your children
something valuable to model!
It’s not always possible to disappear for a full
weekend to explore contemplative life in a
monastery without having to face unwanted
questions from family and friends!
...but if you just disappear for a Saturday...well you
might just be gone shopping! Our monastic day
aims to facilitate those who feel an attraction to our
contemplative way of life but for whom it might
also be difficult to take a full weekend off.
Coming to Nuns’ Island for a day to hear about
what our way of life entails, to share in some of our
daily prayer and to meet others, who are also
searching, will help to clarify for you whatever is
stirring in your heart. The day is intended for
women between the ages of 21 and 40 who feel
that God may be calling them to religious life. To
help the sister looking after hospitality, it would be
much appreciated if you could let us know if you
are coming by contacting us at
[email protected]
Poor Clares, Nuns’ Island, Galway
Supply & Installation - Doors, Conservatories, Sunrooms. - Extension work
Call Rory 086-8561594
/ 046-9553964 for a fair quote
& Windows
• Affordable,
• Vacuum & brush…
Call David 087 8245534
[email protected]
& Timber Flooring
Supplied & fitted
Fully Insured
Free Quotes
Straffan, Co. Kildare
086 4106804, 01 6278772
The University of Third Age is a learning circle or
• DVD, HI FI repairs
co-operative, where members learn from one
• Video repairs
another by sharing knowledge, experiences and
• Will collect & deliver
engaging in social activities. The word "university
" in this context comes from the mediaeval
Phone 087 6432710
meaning - a gathering or co-operative - where
01 4447468
members share a common programme of learning.
It is open to men and women over 55years and all
one needs is interest and enthusiasm to join. We in
Maynooth U3A are in our seventh year - activities
have included travel, Ireland, UK, and Europe.
Activities - Theatre and Film outings, various
Crafts, Walking Club, Book Club. Singing and
dancing being a popular activity; we have engaged
in Carol singing for charities since our inception.
We meet every Friday 11am in Community Space.
Stove / Chimney Cleaning
Tesco Shopping Centre, Maynooth. Formal
Window cleaning
meeting first Friday monthly, with different social
Soffit / fascia power clean
gathering on the remaining Fridays.
Gutter cleaning & repair
NOTE – In July & August there will only be the 1
Fully insured & registered
Friday meetings –July 4th and August 1st. Back to
usual weekly gatherings in September
Call Martin on
• New members welcome - drop in on a Friday 086-8987404 / 01-4581042
morning or contact Helen at 01-6286592
All work guaranteed, no obligation quote
Fire Exit Ladder (normally €1100)
fitted with every oder over €6,000
Garden Centre, Leixlip Road, Maynooth (near Tesco)
● Calor Gas – drive in for all size cylinders
● 40KG Polish Coal ● B n Mona Briquettes
● Turf ● Logs per bag (also in 1 tonne bags)
● Kindling Wood pellets ● Kiln Dried Timber
For all queries and re free local
Delivery call Vincent on 087- 6874485
into 6000 homes
every week- An ad in
the Open Door will do the
BIZ – 01-6292909
Parish of St. Martin de Porres,
Old Bawn, Tallaght;
Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 10am to 12. Wed & Thur 7.00pm to 9.00pm
The Lord is always present to
welcome you
Turas le Chéile
Voluntary bereavement
support group providing
support for people who have
experienced bereavement
including suicide.
It is a free & confidential
service conducted by trained
Contact Mary at 086-566819
9am – 5pm Mon to Fri.
Prayer group for young adults,
18-35 year olds in Newbridge
Co Kildare. The prayer group
takes place on Thursday
nights, in the Dominican
Oratory, Newbridge College,
Co Kildare at 8 pm.
The hour of prayer includes
adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament, Rosary, silent
prayer and gospel reflection
for the coming Sunday, and
All are welcome and we have
refreshments and time to chat
after the meeting.
Spiritual Director Fr John H Walsh O.P.
Feeling lonely, lost, Suicidal?
Contact The Samaritans
If you would like to talk to a Samaritan
volunteer call 1850 60 90 90
Calls are directed to the nearest free branch.
Phone; 1850 60 90 90
This connects a caller anywhere with a
Samaritans Branch in Ireland.
email; [email protected]
web http://www.samaritans.org
St Paul’s Bookstore Maynooth
St Paul’s carries a very extensive range
of books and religious goods - ideal presents…
St Paul’s, Moyglare Road, Maynooth, 01
6285933, [email protected]
(Ring doorbell)
Share Life, Donate Blood
3,000 donations are needed every week and during the
Summer months there is no decrease in the demand
for blood. There are two Dublin permanent blood
donor clinics in Dublin
D’Olier Street Clinic: Mon : 1.30-6.30,
Tue/Wed/Thurs : 11am-7pm, Fri : 10.30am - 2.30pm
Stillorgan Clinic:
Tue 10am-8pm, Wed 1pm-8pm,
Thu 1pm - 8pm, Fri 10am - 3pm
You can get details of other clinics in your local area,
by calling 1850 731137, checking Aertel page 691 or
ibts.ie. For information on blood donation, text
"Blood" to 53377. Patients always need our blood and
this need never stops regardless of what else is going
on in the world. Please help us make the difference!
@ the Mill, Celbridge
We are open on:
Tuesdays 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Thursdays 10.00am - 1.00pm
New members welcome … Indoor bowls, bingo,
outings, and other fun activities.
Light refreshments served… For information
contact Sylvia Cummins 01 6275518
PRIEST! Do you have what it takes?
Priesthood in the Dublin Diocese
Contact:Director of Vocations
Archbishop’s House, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
www.priest.ie [email protected]
Ph. 01-8373732 ext 253.
Le Leche League, Dunboyne
meet on the second Tuesday of every month at
8.30pm. For further information contact Mairéad
@ 8251798 or 8200687 / 8257167.
Church of Holy Family
Rathcoole- Eucharistic Adoration
Fridays 7.30 to 8.30 pm. All welcome.
The Little Way Association
The Little Way Association’s brief is to support religious and other charitable
work, especially overseas, and to upkeep the Association's centres at Lourdes,
Fatima, Walsingham and Knock in Mayo.
‘At present, more money than ever goes overseas to mission countries, yet
missionaries themselves are still in need. Your Mass offerings are the means
by which missionaries can be helped to keep going. We like to send them a
minimum offering of €7.50 for each Mass and all intentions and offerings
are sent to the Missions in the safest way, usually by registered mail.
Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you’d like a receipt
Assuring you of a remembrance in our daily Mass and prayers.
The Little Way Association Sacred Heart House, 119, Cedars Road,
Clapham Common, London SW4 OPR
The Church is the
Pillar & Bulwark
of Truth… (1 Tim 3, 15)
(Part 7, continued)
Scripture (Catechism 101–141)
Scripture, by which we mean the Old and New
Testaments, was inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16).
The Holy Spirit guided the biblical authors to write
what he wanted them to write. Since God is the
author of the Bible, and since God is truth itself
(John 14:6) and cannot teach anything untrue, the
Bible is free from all error in everything it asserts to
be true.
Some Christians claim, "The Bible is all I
need," but this notion is not taught in the Bible
itself. In fact, the Bible teaches the contrary
idea (2 Pet. 1:20–21, 3:15–16).
The "Bible alone" theory was not believed by
anyone in the early Church.
It is new, having arisen only in the 1500s after the
Protestant revolt. The ‘Bible alone’ theory is a
"tradition of men" that nullifies the Word of God,
distorts the true role of the Bible, and undermines
the authority of the Church of Jesus (Mark 7:1–8).
Although popular with many "Bible Christian"
churches, the "Bible alone" theory simply does not
work in practice. Historical experience disproves it.
Each year we see additional splintering among
"Bible-believing" religions.
When the error of ‘Bible alone’ is combined with
the error of ‘personal interpretation’ the result is a
recipe for disaster as each person sets up their own
‘church’ to support their own personal
interpretation of Sacred Scripture…
Today there are tens of thousands of competing
denominations, each insisting its interpretation of
the Bible is the correct one. The resulting divisions
have caused, and continues to cause, untold
confusion among millions of sincere but misled
separated Christians. Just open up the Yellow Pages
of your telephone book and see how many different
denominations are listed, each claiming to go by the
"Bible alone," but no two agreeing on exactly what
the Bible teaches!
Compare this to the teaching of the One, Holy,
Catholic and Apostolic Church, founded by Jesus
Christ, and able to trace its teachings back to the
Apostles; a Church which has the same set of rules
in every parish, in every country and continent!
This is what the word ‘Catholic’ means, universal!
We know this for sure: The Holy Spirit cannot be
the author of this confusion (1 Cor. 14:33). God
cannot lead people to contradictory beliefs, because
His truth is one.
How do we avoid all these ‘stumbling blocks?’ The
answer is simple – read and love your bible; it is the
word of God – but in the other hand have your copy
of the Catechism given to us by the infallible
Church which gave us the bible in the 4th century!
Continued next week (Catholic Answers)
Adoration started in your parish?? If so contact the
Celbridge Mill
Sports Centre
About Pieta House
St Raphael’s,
Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre
St John of God
founded by psychologist Joan Freeman.
It first opened its doors in Lucan, Co. Dublin in January
Ph 01- 6288556; fax 01-6276259
2006, and there are now four Pieta House centres
[email protected]
for Care Assistants
throughout Dublin and one in Limerick.
join their Community
Four new centres will open in 2013 in Tuam,
Face- book "The Mill Community Centre".
Employment Project.
Roscrea, Cork and Castleisland.
Mon-Fri 9am-10.30pm, Sat 9.30-6pm, Sun 9.30-6pm
To check your eligibility for
Pieta House provides a professional, face-to-face, free of
the vacancy, applicants
charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages
should register with their
of distress. The unique clinically-based model developed
local Fás office and have
by Pieta House is used across its five centres.
Your Centre !
their name put on the
submission list.
The Centre for all the Family Pieta House’s primary aim is to reduce suicide by
helping people get through that critical phase when
Please contact Frances
Christmas Gym Membership Gift Vouchers now
suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea.
Walsh, Fás Supervisor, on
available at the centre. The ideal Christmas Gift for
5058257 and
your loved ones & friends & family.
The demand for Pieta House’s services continues to
[email protected]
Free Gym memberships for our Pensioners .Yes the grow, and the first half of 2012 saw a 40% increase in
centre offers pensioners over 66 & in receipt of a
the number of people attending Pieta House. As 80% of
state pension the opportunity to stay fit, exercise for
the organisation’s funding comes
free. Just contact the centre for details.
from public donations, fundraising is vital to ensure an
Children`s Birthday Service now available on Sat /
Sundays. Featuring supervised Sports and Games and ability to cope with the increasing numbers seeking help.
Party room.
To date, over 8,000 people have been seen and helped
Our Free Crèche facility is available for customers
by Pieta House.
attending centre organised activities. Mon – 9.30am –
Pieta House’s vision is that no-one in Ireland should be
12.30pm (12noon Fridays)
more than 100 kilometres from a Pieta House centre
Support your local Community Centre. As you can
see we have a lot to offer to Celbridge & the
where they can avail of the clinical services at that time
surrounding areas. When you support The Mill
of crisis.
Energy rate your home
Community Centre & its Gym, & facilities you
For more information, see www.pieta.ie or 01 601 0000.
SEAI registered.
support local employment & each other. The centre
employs up to 45 full & part time staff including
Planning applications –
casual staff. A further 60 are indirectly employed
Drawings for extensions,
through our business units at Celbridge Mill &
Camelton estate next to Tesco. Well over 2000
Conversions, renovations
people use our facilities & units weekly. All profits
Contact: John Doyle
are used to run, upgrade & improve the centre so we
The Le Chéile Mentoring Project is looking for both
4459153 / 086 7722892
say a big thank you for your support. By supporting
men and women to volunteer with vulnerable teenagers
the Mill you are maintaining & providing facilities
in North Kildare.
for the future of Celbridge.
Mentoring is a great way to volunteer with young people
Celbridge Mill Community Health Training in
– all mentors are supported by their co-ordinator, the
conjunction with Solas – Fetac Level 5 starting Feb.
Modules – Human Growth & Anatomy, Social
contact is planned and in your local community or
Studies, Communication, Care Support, Nutrition,
nearby, with flexibility around days and evenings, and
Anatomy & Physiology, Care of older person.
involves either a fun leisure pursuit or a specific task or
Register now at 01 6288670..
goal. The young people we work with are involved with
for Carers
Men`s Open Indoor Soccer Session Mondays 8Probation
9.30pm –All Welcome
in Ballyfermot
adult in their lives. No experience is necessary as fully
Mens Open Basketball Tuesday nights 9-10.30pm
and surrounding areas
training and support is provided, and out-of-pocket
Mini Basketball 7-12 yrs with Ildiko Mondays 4pm
Mini Indoor Soccer with Damien. 4 -9yrs, Tues 4pm expenses are covered..
A new support group for
Open Badminton Mon 6-8pm / Wed 10-12noon.
For more information on becoming a mentor, please
carers meets on a monthly
Millworks Gym is now open 6am-10.30pm Mon –
contact [email protected] or 087-2016801 or
basis at the Ballyfermot/
Fri. And Sat 9 -6 /Sun 9.30-6pm
Chapelizod Partnership
Gym Membership now includes Free Creche, Free
offices on 4 Drumfinn Road.
programme, Free assessment, Free vibro-plate, Free
sauna & steam. No contracts, No Joining fee, No
If you are feeling alone or
direct debits.
isolated by your role as a
The no-nonsense Gym for the family & community
carer, why not come along to
that suits your pocket.
the support group. You can
Celbridge - The Bethany Bereavement Support Group
share with other carers, enlist
is a Parish based ministry to help those bereaved or
grieving. We offer one-to-one support, group support if their knowledge and support
and partake in training
desired and home visits.
Meetings in The Eustace Centre on Wednesdays at 8pm, sessions.
The Men’s Shed is ideal for men who are keen
are confidential and free. Call Teresa 6270153
For information, please
to meet up, chat, work on projects, develop
contact Catherine on 01ideas, to socially integrate with other men.
Catering for 18 - 80 years the Men’s Shed is
8989165 or Cathy on 086 040
ideal for men - retired, unemployed, on shift
work, with time on their hands, new to the area, Men's Shed continues to meet every Wednesday at 11.00
This programme is
on long term sick leave or recuperation etc &
supported by The Carers
may want to contribute in any way possible.
We are currently finalising a tourist brochure for
Association and Ballyfermot
• They meet presently on Wednesdays
Maynooth. New members are always welcome.
Chapelizod Partnership.
2-4.30pm & require new blood... 087 9447515
Contact John on 087-2041334.
Centre Notes
Le Chéile
Mentoring Project
Men's Shed
Men's Shed
'Saw your ad in the Open Door'
6000 homes every week•with
an ad advice,
in the Open Door
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Book 5 lessons get the 6th one free!
Ph 087-2514295
Personal Computer Lessons
For Seniors or Beginners
Christmas voucher
from €17.00
Call Mike
086 1939074
Back/Joint Pain, Sciatica,
Sleeping, Mobility or
Migraine Problems?
Contact Colm
087 2423816
Active Adult
Weds at 11.30, Maynooth
Call 01-505-4584 to book
You can expect to:
- Improve Posture
- Reduce Back / Neck Pain
- Increase Flexibility
- Reduce Stiffness
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TV REPAIRS, DVD, HI FI, Video repairs. Will
collect & deliver. Phone 087 6432710, 01 4447468,
ONE YEAR BIBLE STUDY a marvellous book to
read in one year. €12.00 only. 01 628 6030
LADY’S bicycle good enough to cycle in town on
messages etc. €50.00. Maynooth. 01 628 6030
24th Divine Mercy Conference
RDS Ballsbridge, February 21st & 22nd 2015
“Forgive us our trespasses....”
Main Speakers: Sr Briege Mc Kenna OSC
(Miracles Do Happen), Fr Kevin Scallon CM
Fr Michael Ross SDB
[email protected]
Phone/Text: 0860669203 (daytime) All welcome.
Please pray for this truly inspirational event.
Would you like to up-skill to
gain employment or to
pursue higher
education opportunities?
Wanted to rent – house or flat to suit a quiet gent, in
process of selling a property; non drinker, non
smoker. Phone 087 9381997
Heating repairs - Oil Burner Servicing and repairs.
Ph. Paul 0831913742
Certification: Com
munity Health
Service Studies
QQI Award
(Major) Level 5.
A full time FETAC Level 5 course in
Community Health Services
will commence in February 2015.
It will be based in the Mill community centre,
Celbridge area, 3 / 4 bed. Ph 087-9381997
Celbridge. This course has been designed to
provide students with an introduction to the area of
Carer – reliable kind, Irish woman, 16 years
Social Care which will enable them to achieve both
experience, offering expert nursing care in your home. the practical and academic skills necessary for
further study and future employment.
Excellent refs. Phone Mary 087 6209382.
Religious items / statues WANTED - Church items,
Subjects Include: Human Growth &
statues (all sizes or damaged), pictures, Stations of the Development, Work Experience, Communications,
Care Support, Understanding Special Needs, Care
Cross, artefacts, etc. Wanted Phone 087 2662098
of the older person, Behavioural Studies
Electrician: House rewires, extra lights, sockets &
showers, new fuse-boards, grant work for OAPs.
Personal Effectiveness.
Member of ECSSA, Kevin Moffett 0872077081
At the end of this one-year course, graduates will
Patient School of Motoring 5 driving lessons get
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Christmas Octave
• Thursday 1
Num 6:22-27, Psalm 66:2-3, 5, 6, 8,
The Holy Family
St Luke 2:16-21
of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Mary, Mother of God. At the message of
Gn 15:1-6, 21:1-3, Psalm 104:1-6, 8-9, St Luke
the angel, the Virgin Mary received the
2:22-40 or Eccles (Sir) 3:2-6, 12-14, Psalm
Word of God in her heart and in her body,
127:1-5, St Luke 2:22-40
and gave Life to the world. Hence she is
The Holy Family is seen as the model for the
acknowledged and honoured as being truly
human family, the religious community, and
the Mother of God and Mother of the
the Church itself. The celebration of the
Redeemer (Lumen Gentium, 52).
Incarnation has brought us to see God’s
closeness. In the Holy Family we see the
• Friday 2
ordinariness of the life of Jesus, the simple
1 Jn 2:22-28, Psalm 97:1-4, St John 1:19-28
acceptance by Mary and Joseph of the marvels
‘To become “children of God” we must be
of God, in the daily life of family and
“born from above” or “born of God”.’ The
community we can touch the divine, we can
mystery of Christmas is fulfilled in us when
come close to God. But we have to learn to live
Christ is formed in us.
centred on God, with respect and love for each
St Basil, 330-79, Bishop of Caesarea, lived an
ascetic life establishing norms for monastic
• Monday 29
life. He was a theologian of distinction. St
5th Day in the Octave of Christmas
Gregory, 329-89, a friend of Basil, was Bishop
1 Jn 2:3-11, Psalm 95:1-3, 5-6, St Luke 2:22-35
of Sasima and later of Constantinople. He
Christmas has its origins in a feast of light to
retired to live a monastic life.
celebrate the victory of the Sun of Justice, a
• Saturday 3
light shining in the darkness.
1 Jn 2:29-3:6, Psalm 97:1, 3-6,
St Thomas Becket, 1118-1170, as Archbishop
of Canterbury, come in conflict with King
St John 1:29-34
Henry 11 over Church rights. He was killed in ‘The whole life of Jesus Christ will make
his Cathedral on this date.
manifest “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
• Tuesday 30
with the Holy Spirit and with power”’
1 Jn 2:12-17, Psalm 95:7-10, St Luke 2:36-40 (Catechism, 486).
Jesus grew in wisdom and God’s word indeed
The Holy Name of Jesus: Phil 2:1-11, Psalm
made its home in him. Obedient to the will of
8:4-9, St Luke 2:21-24
God, he could be declared to be the beloved
St Munchin (Mainchin) is the patron saint of
the diocese of Limerick. His traditional
• Wednesday 31
birthplace is Dal Cais, where a parish and old
1 Jn 2:18-21, Psalm 95:1-2, 11-13,
graveyard Cell Mainchin (Kilmanaheen)
St John 1:1-18
existed in the seventh century he was granted
‘This end of the civil year affords an
Inis Sibtonn (Ibton) in the tidal waters of
opportunity for the faithful to reflect on “the
Limerick, in the region of which he founded a
mystery of time” which passes quickly and
church and had a thriving religious
inexorably. Such should give rise to a duel
feeling: of penance and sorrow for the lost
occasions of grace; and of thanks to God for the Copyright Irish Episcopal Commission for Liturgy
first published by Veritas Publications.
graces and blessings He has given during the
Used with permission
past year. These sentiments have given rise to
two pious exercises: prolonged exposition of
The Pope’s Intentions
the Blessed Sacrament, and the singing of the
for January 2015
Te Deum as an act of community praise and
thanksgiving to God for the graces received
Universal: Peace - That those from diverse
from Him as the year draws to a close’
religious traditions and all people of good
(Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy,
will may work together for peace.
Evangelization: Consecrated life - That in
St Sylvester died in 335 after being pope for
this year dedicated to consecrated life,
twenty-one years. Being elected in the year
religious men and women may rediscover the
after the Edict of Milan he was free to build
joy of following Christ and strive to serve the
many churches in Rome.
poor with zeal.
• Sunday 28
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The following is the full text of a communique
published yesterday afternoon by the
Christmas day was for me the day I got sober many
years ago. I was living by myself and drinking heavily. Governorate of Vatican City State.
I was determined to end it all that Christmas day by
‘The Holy Father wishes to express his
driving into Dun Laoghaire harbour. I couldn’t do it
warm congratulations for the historic
though and instead went to an AA meeting (yes they
decision taken by the Governments of the
are held on Christmas day).
United States of America and Cuba to
Something happened at that meeting for me,
establish diplomatic relations, with the
something very spiritual. I went home and poured a
aim of overcoming, in the interest of the
vast quantity of booze down the bath. I will go to that
citizens of both countries, the difficulties
same meeting this year and I still won’t need to drink
which have marked their recent history.’
no matter how lonely I might be.
In recent months, Pope Francis wrote letters to
For those of you with a drink problem, yes I know
the President of the Republic of Cuba, His
Christmas is a confusing time. You want to celebrate
like everyone else but unlike everyone else you know Excellency Mr Raul Castro, and the President
of the United States, The Honorable Barack
in you heart you’ll have trouble controlling your
Obama, and invited them to resolve
consumption and yet again you’re afraid of drinking
humanitarian questions of common interest,
yourself into trouble. We’ve all been through the
including the situation of certain prisoners, in
period of trying to ‘control’ our consumption e.g. I’ll
only have two or three drinks with the dinner and leave order to initiate a new phase in relations
it at that. For many they will be carrying a hangover
between the two parties.
from Christmas Eve so they’ll need a “cure” on
The Holy See received delegations of the two
Christmas morning. The thought of waiting till 3 or
countries in the Vatican last October and
4pm for dinner (and wine) seems like an eternity;
provided its offices to facilitate a constructive
usually there’s some secret top – ups during the day.
It’s a truly horrible way of living, one that deep down dialogue on delicate matters, resulting in
solutions acceptable to both parties.?
the alcoholic despises in him / herself.
I’m going to make two suggestions for those with The Holy See will continue to assure its support
for initiatives which both nations will undertake
a drink problem:
1/ Pick a day very early in the New Year and decide on to strengthen their bilateral relations and
promote the well-being of their respective
that day you are going to ask for help. I’m not saying
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do without professional help). Decide that on the 2nd or
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• Sr Briege Mc Kenna OSC
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drink on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. What a
• Fr Kevin Scallon CM
wonderful gift it would be for the family!
(Intercession for Priests/Author)
Then there are another group of problem drinkers who
• Fr Michael Ross SDB
can indeed get through Christmas day without a drink. (Spiritual Director of conference committee)
However and sadly many of them ‘reward’ themselves
• Philip Ryan (Testimony)
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