Pastor's Desk: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome all on this All-Ireland Hurling Final Day and a special word of welcome to anyone who has travelled up from Kilkenny or Tipperary for the match today and joins us for Mass. We hope for a thrilling encounter between these two great teams. We also extend a warm welcome back to Fr. Gary who returns to us this weekend after his holidays.
Ephphatha – Be Opened
Our Gospel today tells us of the healing power of Jesus when He opens the mouth and ears of the deaf man with the impediment in his speech. After He has prayed, Jesus uses the word “Ephphatha”, which means, “be opened”. Anyone who has been at a Baptism recently will remember that the Ephphatha prayer is part of the ceremony. The priest blesses the mouth and ears of the infant so that they will be ready to hear the Word of God throughout their lives and also to offer God praise and thanksgiving for His many blessings. Each of us has received this special blessing as we began our journey of faith. The question is; are we hearing the Word of God? In order for the Word to have an impact on us we need to meditate and reflect on it in quiet. This can be difficult to achieve in a busy home and it can certainly be difficult if the only time we hear the Word of God is in the context of Sunday Mass. There can be distractions at Mass that prevent the reading of the scriptures from penetrating deep into our hearts and minds. We need to set aside some time during the week for that quiet reflection. Only then can we say we are truly open to hear the Word of God and then offer fitting praise to the Lord for the gifts He gives us.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
We are looking for people to sign up for the new rota for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this weekend. As you will remember, we have Exposition each Monday from after the 10.00am morning Mass until just before the 7.30pm Mass. We will resume the Exposition once we have sufficient numbers on the rota to ensure there will always be a few people praying before the Blessed Sacrament. If you are looking for that quiet time to reflect on the Word of God, then the Monday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is a wonderful opportunity that should not be missed. Please sign the rota for a time that suits you.
A number of parishioners have come to me to say they would like to volunteer for the Parish. This is very generous indeed and most welcome. There must be many others who would like to get involved in the variety of work that our Parish groups do but wondered how they should go about it. We have decided to make it easy. In a few weeks’ time we will have a “Volunteering Sunday” when all parishioners will have an opportunity to sign up for one or more of our areas of work. Put your thinking caps on and we will have more information soon.
Have a great week!