Today, Jesus is teaching us about our priorities in this world. Our number one priority and mandate are to serve God by proclaiming the Kingdom of God. Most of us usually think that our day to day life is more important than the core mandate of our very existence. God created us to Know Him, Love Him, Serve Him and Glorify Him all the days of our lives. Jesus tells us today not to be distracted by anything else while we are on the course of serving God. It may sound rude for Jesus to tell us that we should not bury our dead or departed loved ones or we should not bid our family and friends goodbye when embarking on a journey. But the salient message here is, do not give other people or things more preference over God. We should also not be distracted by the actions and utterances of others who despise our mission to serve our God. Also we should not revenge against anyone who hurt us while we serve God because revenge is not for us but for God. In the immediate context of this verse, Jesus tells someone that “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” This was meant to tell us that in our quest to serve the Lord, we should be prepared to accept suffering for the sake of God’s Kingdom. Let us today know that Knowing God, Loving, Serving and Glorifying Him is our core mandate and our priority over other worldly affairs that preoccupy us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Trinity, we love, serve and glorify You above all things. Help us to stick to this core mandate that You created us for and give us strength to decline the invitations from the evil one to deviate from this supreme mandate. Amen.
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RECORDINGS Please note, all funerals and Masses are recorded. Please tell us if you do not want your loved one’s funeral recorded.
Prayer before the Summer Holidays Lord God, We put ourselves into Your hands, and pray that You will bless us and our families during the wonderful months of summer. May we all help make our home a place of relaxation, joy, love, peace and safety. May we be generous and considerate, not thinking only about ourselves, but helping others enjoy the blessings of summertime. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
PopeFrancis@Pontifex I express my sympathy to the injured and those who have been affected by the earthquake in #Afghanistan, and I especially pray for those who have lost their lives and for their families. I hope that with everyone’s help the suffering of the people can be alleviated.
SAT: Vigil 6.30pm: Madeleine Quinn, Jimmy & Rita Nellis, Mary Wright
SUN: 9.30am: Brigid Hughes
12.30pm: Sean Grant, Thomas & James Walsh, Maura Farquharson, Kevin Mc Shane
MON:10.00am: Special intention
TUE: NO MASS
WED:10.00am: James Mc Keown
THU: 10.00am: Priest’s intention
FRI: 10.00am: Priest’s intention
SAT:1pm:Jean O’ Hare, Francis Barber, Sheila Cullen
NB: In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.
Recently Deceased: Marion Mc Keever, Edna Rice.
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Eileen Friel, Frank Mc Dermott, Ursula Burns, Billy Maguire, Brigid O’Sullivan, Timothy O’Sullivan, Paddy Leonard snr, William Mulholland.
ST MICHAEL the Archangel, 32hrs of Adoration will take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June 2022. Starting with 10am Mass on Friday and finishing with 5pm Mass on Saturday We will be collecting names and your hourly slot after Masses over the next few weekends. Please contact Kate on 07756 1215097.
St Oliver Plunkett Church Rosary Holy Hour in the Church each Monday 7.30pm. Outdoor rosary at 6pm each Wednesday at Our Lady’s Grotto. The Legion of Mary invites you to pray the Rosary at the Statue of Our Lady Mother of Mercy in our Church on a Thursday evening at 6.30pm. Everyone welcome
All-Ireland Rally for Life takes place in Dublin on Saturday 2nd July. Make a stand to protect Ireland’s unborn babies. Coaches travelling from towns across Northern Ireland. Book your seat today. Contact 02890278484/ 07592280522 or email email@example.com.
FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS Will take place on Sat 2nd July in St Matthias’s Church, Glen Road. 3pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions and Act of Consecration.4pm Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Singing for Boys, Summer 2022 Monday 8 August – Friday 12 August 2022. St Dominic’s Grammar School, 135 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AE. The 5-day course is aimed at boys aged 8–16 who want to improve their singing voice and musical skills. It is ideal for boys who have a passion for music and want to take their singing training to the next level. The week concludes with a showcase in St Peter’s Cathedral to which parents/guardians are invited to attend. The Guest Tutor is musical director, composer and voice consultant Matthew Reeve. Email Mr James McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or contact Cathedral House, St Peter’s Square, BT12 BU. Cost: £35 – Scholarships are available on request.
PAYING ATTENTION TO GOD: A WAY OF LISTENING 8 Saturdays, Sept 22’- April 23’. A day to yourself every month. Change your relationship with God and others. Experienced facilitators. Christians of all denominations. Plain English. No study. Listening. Laughing. For info/application see www.firststepwell.com or ring James McClure at Edgehill 028 90767950. Closing date 7 August.
SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE For people who have suffered the loss of a baby at any stage. A no ticket service for people of all faiths and none. In St.Anne’s Cathedral on Sat 3rd July www.sayinggoodbye.org