12TH OCTOBER 2014 . Cong Mount Merrion Parish Newsletter WWW.MOUNTMERRIONPARISH.IE MASS INTENTIONS Saturday 11th October 10.00 John Brendan Ryan [R.D.] 6.00 Maura, Joseph & Celestine Gray [A] Joe Soden [A] John, Evelyn & their daughter Mamie Farrell [A] Jim Scully [A] Tom Brick [A] Sunday 12th October 10.00 Maureen & Eileen Craddock [A] Brighid Murtagh [A] 11.15 John & Mary Donnellan [R] Ned, Sheila & their daughter Elizabeth Hughes [A] 7.30 Catherine & Thomas Collier [A] Marcella & Hal McCarthy [A] Monday 13th October 10.00 For all who are ill Tuesday 14th October 10.00 Baby Jacinta Stafford [A] Wednesday 15th October 10.00 Special Intention Thursday 16th October 10.00 Friday 17th October 10.00 Dympna Cusack [A] Saturday 18th October 10.00 6.00 Jack Burke [A] Michael & Colette Quinlan [A] Aidan Burns [A] Evelyn, Andrew, Patricia & Catherine Lynch [A] Ned Dohney [A] Eddie & Mary Cummins [A] Sunday 19th October 10.00 Mary Kilroy 1st [A] Eilish Walsh [A] 11.15 7.30 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS Matthew 22:1-14 1 Scripture often speaks of the kingdom of God as a banquet. The image of people being at a meal where everyone is happy and welcome and where all hunger and thirst is satisfied gets across the idea that God loves, accepts and welcomes us and wants us to make that experience available to one another. Think of times in your life when you have had ‘banquet’ experiences and when you have felt accepted and loved? 2 The host enlists the help of his servants to invite people to the banquet. We are commissioned by the Lord to invite people to the banquet of the kingdom, to the fullness of life – as parents, teachers, friends, etc. What has it been like for you to play a part in leading others to a fuller life? 3 As in the parable last week there is a message about being alert to invitations that offer a fuller life and the danger of losing out if we neglect to respond to such invitations. Perhaps there have been opportunities offered to you that you missed, and now regret. Think also of the blessings you received because you seized the moment and took an opportunity that presented itself. 4 The second parable puts the focus on how we respond to invitations. Some invitations are ones that challenge us to change, to conversion, to put on a ‘wedding garment’. What has been your experience of changing in response to an invitation you received? John Byrne OSA Prayer God of all goodness and kindness, you invite all peoples to the banquet and offer them a feast beyond compare. Give us your saving grace to keep unstained the robe of our baptism until that day when you welcome us to heaven’s joyful table. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. MISSION SUNDAY We welcome Heidi Murphy, Robert Farrelly, Sophie Scully & Lauren Fitzpatrick who were baptised here this weekend and congratulate them and their families. Next Sunday is Mission Sunday and the Share collection will be replaced by a special collection for the work of Irish Missionaries in the developing world. 12TH OCTOBER 2014 PARISH TEAM Fr. Tony Coote Administrator 79 The Rise Tel. 2889879 [email protected] Caroline Kehoe Parish Catechist Tel. 2881271 E. [email protected] Fr. Conleth Meehan Kilmacud Tel. 2880545 Fr. Paddy O’Byrne Kilmacud Sr. Catherine Greene Kilmacud PARISH OFFICE MONDAY – FRIDAY 9am – 11.30am PARISH SECRETARY Rosemary Dempsey Tel. 2881271 E.mountmerrionparishoffic [email protected] COMMUNITY CENTRE Tel. 2884485 E.mountmerrioncommu [email protected] SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL Helpline 086 6009857 Follow Us on our Parish Facebook page YOUTH 2000 will be hosting a Catholic youth retreat for 16-35 year olds in St. Raphaela's Secondary School, Stillorgan, Co Dublin from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of October 2014. The weekend will consist of talks, music, workshops, prayer, dramas and testimonies. Retreat starts on Friday at 8.00pm. Drop into the retreat at anytime over the weekend or bring a sleeping bag if you choose to avail of accommodation. Online booking necessary. For more information see www.youth2000.ie SPECIAL MASS FOR VOCATIONS at Holy Family Residence, Roebuck Road, Dublin 14. Thursday 16th October at 7.30pm Celebrant: Fr. Michael Twomey You are most welcome to join us in praying for this special intention. Refreshments in Tearoom afterwards. MOUNT MERRION FRIENDSHIP CLUB The Annual Church Gate Collection for Mt. Merrion Friendship Club will take place NEXT WEEKEND the 18th and 19th of Oct. 2014. Please give generously to support our senior citizens. Funds are always needed to continue with our Social Day Care Service. Thank you. A parishioner, Sinead McSweeney, will collect outside the Church this weekend after the 6pm, 10am and 11.15am Masses for PLAN IRELAND. This charity attempts to promote children's rights as a means of ending child poverty in the poorest countries in the world. This November Sinead will run the Ethiopian Great Run in aid of this charity.
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