Pastor's Desk: Corpus Christi

Posted 25th June 2011 in Pastor's Desk

monstrance_2Today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi or the Body & Blood of Christ. To mark this very special feast we will have our Parish Corpus Christi Procession around the grounds of the church after the 12.30pm Family Mass today (Sunday 26th) and all are welcome to join in. Our adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is because Christ is truly present to us in the Eucharist as he said at the Last Supper, “This is my body, this is my blood”. When we pray before the Blessed Sacrament we are placing ourselves in the company of Jesus and receive strength of faith from that closeness. Each Monday from September to May we have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our church from 10.30am till 7.30pm. It is wonderful to see the number of people who take a moment from their hectic day to pause and pray.

Being close to Jesus in the Eucharist is not a one-dimensional relationship. We are called to be in communion with one another as well so that the Eucharist causes us to look outside of our own needs to those of the people around us.

IEC 2012Next June, Dublin will have the honour of hosting the International Eucharistic Conference (IEC) and preparing for those days begins in earnest now. At the 11.00am Mass, we will light the Eucharistic Conference Candle which was blessed in Knock at the National Eucharistic Congress the day before. We pray for an increase in faith for the church in Ireland and that many graces and blessings will flow from our closeness to the Eucharistic, the Body of Christ.

Check out the IEC website at http://www.iec2012.ie/

Have a great week,
Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 26th June 2011

  1. Dublin will be hosting the International Eucharistic Congress next year in June 2012. A special collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend throughout the diocese to assist in meeting the costs involved. This special collection replaces the usual SHARE collection.
  2. There will be a Corpus Christi Procession around the grounds of the church led by the First Holy Communion Children after the 12.30pm Mass on Sunday.
  3. The Annual Novena to the Sacred Heart continues during the week and finishes on the feast day. Next Friday is the Feast Day and is a day of special devotion.
  4. The Ministers of the Word are asked to pick up their new rota from the sacristy porch notice board.
  5. From next Sunday Fr. Enoch Usifo will be assisting in the parish for the months of July and August to facilitate holiday cover. Fr. Enoch is from Nigeria and studying in Rome. We ask you to give him a warm welcome to the parish.
  6. There will be a Rally for Life next Saturday 2nd July at 2.00pm beginning in Parnell Square.
  7. Next Sunday, the annual collection for the Pontifical Charities, “Peter’s Pence” will be taken up at all Masses and replaces the usual SHARE collection.
  8. The anniversary Mass for Fr. Joe Collins, first Parish Priest of this parish, will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 10.00am.

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