Weekly Newsletter for 22nd July, 2018


The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Many thanks to:

‘The Cockleshell Art Room, Main Street, Duncannon - Celebrating 20 years of the Cockleshell Art Project Voluntary Endeavours‘,

Sponsors of our Newsletter for the month of July, 2018.

Think over yesterday – what gave you a lift in the heart, a sense of peace, the presence of God. Lord, I thank you for the wonder of us all.



Jack, Bridget & Mary Ann Stafford, Mass this Saturday.

Gary Kelly, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Jim McNamara, Mass next Saturday.

Patsy Downes, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

May they rest in peace. Amen.




Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry

That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.



This text follows on from what happened last Sunday when Jesus missioned them as his apostles. If their success depends on their being sent by Jesus, then to some extent it also depends on their returning to him. In other words, it only makes sense because of their relationship to him and this is what is demonstrated in this short text. They return to him, no doubt full of all that had happened to them but also tired and so he suggests time apart. Such is the hunger for the good news of the kingdom that they don’t even have time to eat. However, the people know the lake shore and can guess where they are headed for and so, on arrival, Jesus and the apostles are greeted by a large crowd. Jesus’ response, however, is not one of frustration but of compassion and the apostles learn once again from the Master what it means to be a shepherd. It is also noteworthy that what Jesus does for this large crowd is not to perform miracles but to teach them at length, thus highlighting again that vital aspect of Jesus’ ministry.



It is a sad reflection on two thousand years of Christianity that there are still so many divisions among those who claim to follow Christ. However, this is a reminder to us that reconciliation is not something that we merely wish for or give approval to. Being reconciled to those from whom we are estranged can be very difficult. Wounds do not easily heal and recognising our need to forgive and be forgiven takes courage and humility. The readings remind us that our faith response to the difficulties we face as a church must always be rooted in the compassion of God. We are also reminded that teaching and learning will always be part of what we do as a Christian community.



What We Learn At Home

It is in the home that we learn fraternity and solidarity; we learn not to be overbearing.

It is in the home that we learn to receive, to appreciate life as a blessing, and to realise that we need one another to move forward.  It is in the home that we experience forgiveness, and we are constantly invited to forgive and to grow. It is interesting that in the home there is no room for “putting on masks”: we are who we are, and in one way or another we are called to do our best for others. Pope Francis, Sept. 2015

If you don’t see someone for a while, you can be amazed at how much she or he has changed.  But if you’re around someone frequently, it can take some time to notice.  The same thing can happen in families. 

We are transformed by our lives together, but it’s a process that may feel slow on the inside. Family life gives us so many opportunities to practice patience, to give and receive apologies, to see the good in someone despite failings.  We have so many opportunities to grow.

If we allow God to work in us, we are transformed by our everyday lives, even if it may take us a while to notice!



Recall in prayer who in your family or friendship circle may be lost in some way. How can you help? Lord, may your kingdom come.



This Week: (2) Dora Kent, Ann French & Peggy Colfer. 

Next Week: (1) Martin Kennedy, Diane O'Hara & Peggy Colfer.



28th July: Caroline Bennett & Catherine Ennis

4th August: Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Peggy Colfer



The "Canticle of the Creatures" or "Laudes Creaturarum”, is a sublime prayer composed by Saint Francis of Assisi. It was first sung in its entirety on the saint’s deathbed. Beautifully read and illustrated in a video by Paolo Maggioni Conte, this is a moving reminder of the sacredness of all things. To access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, visit: www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.



Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage, 7th - 18th August - €640.00. Booking with O'Leary Travel Ltd. (053) 923 3178 - only 5 places left.



Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima 2018: 7th - 14th October, 2018 - Pilgrimage Directors:  Fr. Thomas Doyle and Fr. Denis Browne - 7 nights, full board at Hotel Catolica - Price:  €745 per person sharing. Full details from O’Leary Travel (053) 923 3178



St. Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, is celebrating 30 years on the 5th August, 2018, and would like the local community to join us in their celebrations. They would especially like to invite families and relatives who were part of St. Lazerian’s House over the years; past Board members, volunteers and staff, to the Open Day from 11am to 5pm. KCLR will broadcast their Classic Hits Show live from 11am to 2pm and there will be a vintage car exhibition from 2pm to 5pm. Refreshments will be served all day along with cakes and scones. 



A big thank you to all the people who worked so hard to make the Bannow & Rathangan Show a huge success once again. Well done to the Committee and all the Volunteers who keep everything running smooth and to schedule. A big thank you also to the people who attend the show, from far and near, year in, year out, without you it wouldn’t take place.  To all the exhibitors who bring their animals and have them looking so wonderful on the day, well done to each and every one of you. To all the people who bake, bring flowers, paintings, crafts and vegetables, a big well done to you also. Start preparing now for next year - the second Thursday in July, in 2019 it’s 11th July.



Main St. Duncannon

Open 11am to 6pm, six days a week, closed on Wednesdays. We are now into our third, and final, exhibition for 2018. This exhibition will continue until end of September, with artworks by national and local artists.



Next Meeting

Monday, 3rd September in St. Louis Day Care Centre, starting at 2.15pm. Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun.

New members always welcome.

Jack Meades and Suir Valley Railway

On 25th July - Cost €25 - Sit down BBQ - Visit Suir Valley Railway then onto Jack Meades for sit-down BBQ.

Leaving Ramsgrange 9.30am Sharp - Normal pickups on the way - Names Please call to book (087) 637 2084 or (051) 593 836.

Kennedy Park Summer School Tea Party

On 6th September, be entertained by Rachel Allen and Brendan Grace. The cost of €20 will include entry and coach. We have been assured that a Marquee tent will be there to shelter the audience.

Make sure you book early - (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976


The usual visits to the Cinema will recommence in September.

Excerpts from the Musicals

Wexford - October - date to be confirmed.

Dog Racing

Waterford - November - An evening of dog racing, including a meal - date to be confirmed.



The Jackpot for the next Lotto Draw, on 24th July, 2018, will be €6,500. Lotto tickets at €2 are available from committee members and local shops & pubs.



There will be a Teenage Disco in Campile Hall this coming Friday night, 27th July.

All secondary school students and anyone starting 1st year in September, are welcome to attend. The Disco runs from 9pm to 12am. Doors open at 8pm - strictly no alcohol or drugs allowed. This is a fully supervised event.



Senior Citizens Concern CLG is hosting a Tea/Coffee Morning in St. Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, from 9am to 12pm, today, Sunday, 22nd July, 2018.



Thank you to everyone who supported the recent Church Gate Collection for the Irish Kidney Association. A total of €470.96 was collected.



This week’s winner of Split the Pot is Niall Kennedy who won €88. Congrats. Niall. You can play by buying a ticket in any of the local shops or pubs.



1. "Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial in the Civil War and all that stuff. You can't be. And we are blessed. So don't feel sorry for ... don't cry for me, Argentina."

   - President George H. Bush, in January 15, 1992, New Hampshire campaign speech

2. "Facts are stupid things."

    - Ronald Reagan, misquoting John Adams in a speech to the Republican convention.

3. "This is a great day for France!"

   - President Richard Nixon, while attending Charles de Gaulle's funeral.

4. "I'm not going to discuss what I'm going to bring up ... Even if I don't discuss it, I'm not going to discuss it."

                   - President George Bush, talking about his relationship with the press.