Thought for the Week
O to have a little house!
To own the hearth and stool and all...
The opening lines of Padraic Colum’s poem, known to every schoolchild of past generations, occurred to me when I spotted a human form, bundle-like at the front door of the church. The bundle began to stir; a head covered in a woollen hat appeared above the duvet. The homeless man who had been sleeping in the lee of the doorway all night was preparing to meet another day. It was 6.15 am and the feast of Saint John the Baptist: the man who stood up to princes and potentates – a biblical Peter McVerry. Britain was wakening to the challenge of striking out against the EU. Would Brexit bother our brother on the doorway? Don’t think so; he seemed preoccupied in munching a packet of crisps.
He is among hundreds and thousands of men and women in Ireland and Europe whose lives will not be affected by changed political structures. He is on the margin, you see. He is the lost sheep: the one the shepherd in the Gospel went after, leaving the nine-nine in the desert (maybe they had private health insurance) and to find the one who was lost. And that gesture of the shepherd is what divides Christian commitment from the values of the Secular City.
What will our man at the doorway do this day? He, like you and I has a heart that beats within; he too has hopes even if it’s only for the next crust of bread or the next sheltered doorway. We who profess Christianity should take a close look at men and women like him. Their position in life defines our commitment to Jesus, who asks us to follow him without reservation. Jesus was never banging on about daily attendance at the synagogue (albeit regarding prayer as essential) but he repeated several times how his followers will have a special care for those on the edge of the cliff and are in danger of falling off. By the way, aren’t we all on the margin, if you think about it!
The litmus test of our Christian following (shown in the readings this weekend) is our concern for the weakest: the ones who turn up each day for a meal at the Merchant Quay Centre run by that remarkable and modest man, Brother Kevin. Long may people like him be a reproach to our growing western desire for our own aggrandisement.
And incidentally, isn’t it wonderful that our homeless friend – when all else fails him – finds shelter at the Church of Mary of Refuge. Maria Immaculata Refugi.
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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Please note - There will be no 10am Mass on Saturday mornings for the summer months commencing in July.
There will be No Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament next Friday 1st July.
Please keep students sitting their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams in your prayers, along with all those who are sitting exams at this time.
The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church.
The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish.
Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday.
An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church.
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52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: 497 1531