Pastor's Desk: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 25th September 2010 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone. The Gospel today is a reminder to us all about the fleeting nature of wealth. We probably have learnt that lesson quite severely with the economic downturn but this passage was read by us all every three years, so even when we were still living the high life! Jesus gives us today the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.

Lazarus had been begging at the gate of the rich man’s house until the time of his death and the rich man also died. Lazarus is comforted in heaven and the rich man sent to Hell. The rich man, tradition calls him Dives, wanted to warn his brothers to change their ways and avoid coming to Hell. He wants to go back from the dead and tell them. Abraham reminds him that they have the Ten Commandments, the scriptures and the Jewish Law to guide them on their way through life so how will someone from the dead help!

The passage reminds all of us that wealth can be a powerful force in our lives and can have good or bad consequences. When we use our wealth to help others and see it as not solely for our pleasure then it can be a force for good. When it dominates our lives, it blinds us to the needs of others and becomes a negative force.

Jesus wants each of us to examine our attitude to wealth and how we care for those around us.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

Our Parish Volunteering Sunday is fast approaching (10th Oct) and we have compiled a list of Parish Groups which require new members. There are a number of new groups on the list, so see if there is something you could share your time, talent or ability with this year.


Church Notices, 26th September 2010

  1. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Monday, 27th Sept from 10.30am to 7.30pm. All are invited to spend some time in the presence of the Lord.
  2. Our Parish Volunteering Sunday will take place on the 10th October. In preparation we have a list of groups requiring new members. Please look to see what groups you could contribute to, with your time and energy.
  3. The new timetables for our Ministers of the Word and our Ministers of the Eucharist are in the rack on the sacristy porch and Ministers are asked to pick up a copy after Mass.
  4. Parish Meetings this week: Baptism Preparation Team on Monday evening at 7.00pm in no. 1 Grangemore Avenue; and the Parish Finance Committee on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Upper Room of the church.
  5. St. Francis of Assisi Primary School Belmayne will host a blessing of animals service next Saturday, 2nd October at 11.00am in honour of their patron saint. All are invited to attend with their pets.
  6. The Annual Art Exhibition in aid of Donaghmede House takes place next weekend from 10:30am to 5:30pm on Sat/Sun and there will be a cake sale on Sunday morning from 10:30am to 1:00pm. All are welcome.
  7. TARGET is hosting a tea/coffee morning this coming Friday, 1st October at 11.00am to celebrate UN International Day for Senior Citizens. All are welcome.

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