Thought for the Week
If today’s Gospel was all we considered, we might wonder if Jesus was anti-tradition, which was not the case. As harsh as Jesus’ criticisms are in today’s reading, his grace and love are even sweeter. Maybe this is a good way for all of us to look at tradition. Respect for tradition is good. Elevating tradition to the level of God’s Word is not. Following traditions that express Christ’s gospel message and demonstrating why the Gospel is so important to us is good. Following traditions because that’s just the way things are done around here is not. Traditions ought not to become additions or substitutes to God’s Word. Traditions, whether ancient or relatively new, are simply another way for us to proclaim, imitate and follow Christ’s unconditional love, hope and forgiveness and be conduits of this living message to all. If we take a little moment to look back over our own faith journey we could possibly identify three or maybe four people at pivotal and formative points in our lives who have been an inspiration, mentor or guide to our faith. Was this because of their stringent adherence to tradition or because of their inspirational living out of the Gospel message? A question to think on this week – When today’s generation of children/youth reach middle age and take their moment to look back on their journey … who will be those people they will remember and thank as ones who inspired, mentored or guided their faith? Will you be one?
We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.
We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
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Our Sunday mass schedule is changed on August 1st with 4 Sunday masses instead of 6. These are: Vigil Saturday 7pm & Sunday's 9am, 11am and 6pm Folk masses.
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52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: 497 1531