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150 logoSunday 4th June:  Celebrations at the Church of the Sacred Heart to close the 150th Year Events
10:30am Family Mass
12:00noon Mass Celebration with the Parish Choir.
Parish Community Fun Day in the Church grounds following the 12noon Mass. Entertainment – Music Singers (Harmony Knights) Clown Face Painters, Tented/Gazebo Area and Refreshments!

Photographs Memorabilia Display in the South Transept Chapel involving items from the past years celebrations!

The Invitation of Holy WeekAt the beginning of his Passion, in the Garden of Gethsemene, Jesus invites his disciples to ‘Stay here and keep awake with me’.  This is his invitation to all his disciples at the beginning of Holy Week.

Jesus, on the cross, uttered his last word and gave his last cry.

The rest is silence, the silence of the tomb.

We wait, wait for another word from God.

Waiting is hard for us who belong to the now generation.

The Word of God has to be waited for, in patience.

World Meeting of FamiliesAt the end of the Eighth World Meeting of Families, held in Philadelphia in September 2015, I announced that the subsequent meeting with Catholic families of the world would take place in Dublin. I now wish to initiate preparations, and am pleased to confirm that it will be held from 21 to 26 August 2018, on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: joy for the world”. Indeed, it is my wish for families to have a way of deepening their reflection and their sharing of the content of the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

One might ask: does the Gospel continue to be a joy for the world? And also: does the family continue to be good news for today’s world?

I am sure the answer is yes! And this “yes” is firmly based on God’s plan. The love of God is His “yes” to all creation and at the heart of this latter is man. It is God’s “yes” to the union between man and woman, in openness and service to life in all its phases; it is God’s “yes” and His commitment to a humanity that is often wounded, mistreated and dominated by a lack of love. The family, therefore, is the “yes” of God as Love. Only starting from love can the family manifest, spread and regenerate God’s love in the world. Without love, we cannot live as children of God, as couples, parents and brothers.