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A word of appreciation to Fr. Dwayne Gavin for offering Holy Mass at St. Joseph's this weekend.


Congratulations to the ten pupils of ST. PAUL's special school who received their First Holy Communion on Friday morning. St. Paul School is in St. Patrick's parish but they have the tradition of receiving the Sacraments at St. Joseph's as the church is much closer to their school. They shall always be most welcome.




Pope Francis on Sunday, May 15 recognised 10 new saints of the Catholic Church during a canonization Mass in St..Peter s Square. More information can be found HERE.



This is a painting of our Mother of Good Counsel and can be seen at Saint Joseph's Church at our Lady's Altar.


Bishop Fintan plans first organised gathering with young people of Faith on May 22nd
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Synodal Pathway – May 2022


Pope Francis took a prophetic step last year when he postponed a meeting of bishops in Rome. It wasn’t because of the pandemic! It was because he wants the voices of more than bishops and cardinals to be heard.

So, this year’s meeting was put back to 2023 and he has asked each diocese to put in place a way for people to have a say in how the Catholic Church will fulfil its mission from the Lord in these times. The major change is to be a Church that ‘walks together and listens to one another’. This is what’s meant by being ‘synodal’.

During this month of May, our diocese will be opening up ways for people to have a say and to listen and have an input into next year’s meeting in Rome. Watch this space!

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Prayers for the Synod


We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
As we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
And how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partially influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.

All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever.

Amen



EASTER NEWS

  • The peace Jesus gives to us at Easter is not the peace that follows the strategies of the world, which believes it can obtain it through force, by conquest and with various forms of imposition. The peace of the Lord follows the way of meekness and the cross: it is taking responsibility for others. Brothers and sisters, let us place ourselves before the Crucified One, the wellspring of our peace, and ask him for peace of heart and peace in the world.

    Pope Francis


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KEEP ON PRAYING said Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of the Archdiocese of Lviv in Ukraine. The Archbishop was a former private secretary to Pope Saint John Paul ii and to Pope Emeritus Benedict xvi. War does not bring any solutions he said , only destruction, suffering and lack of peace.




DIARY FROM KYIV is a daily video and podcast from a Catholic Ukranian journalist as she tells the story of life in Ukraine today. She writes " These days , I fall asleep with the rosary in my hands and the prayer Hail Mary on my lips." Read more here


A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't.
The words of a Baptist Pastor during the nineteenth century in England



Dublin priest appointed Secretary to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Pope Francis has appointed Dublin priest Rev. John Joseph Kennedy, currently Head of Office in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as Secretary of the Disciplinary Section.Read more here.



Christians with 'empty nets' must return to Jesus, Pope Francis says


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Pope Francis revealed that his doctor told him not to walk due to the knee problem that has been bothering him in recent weeks.


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  • Perhaps you’re longing for something more in your life?
  • Perhaps God is calling you to live your life as a diocesan priest?
  • Perhaps you are uncertain, but would like to learn more?




The home of Nazareth is the school where we begin with to understand the life of Jesus - the school of the Gospel.
Pope Saint Paul VI




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"Not all of us can do great things,"saint mother Teresa said, "but we can do small things with great love. "



OSCAR ROMERO






Cardinal Dolan:


As Padre Pio preached, “The number of times in life when we turn from the Lord and walk away is not what’s important, as long as the number of times we turn around and start following Him again is one time more than the other number.”



"IT IS TIME TO REDISCOVER THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL ",


said Archbishop Bill Nolan as he was installed as the new Archbishop of Glasgow recently. " We seem to have lost our enthusiasm for the GOOD NEWS, and yet that s the whole purpose of the Church s existence. The Church exists to preach the GOOD NEWS!"



"KEEP GOD AT THE CENTRE OF YOUR LIVES ",


Former Ireland International and Birmingham City player Keith Fahey has urged YOUNG PEOPLE to keep GOD at the centre of their lives and not to be sucked in by addiction or materialism. He said that he was on a crash course of self destruction before he found his way back to God.



Pope Francis Trips


  • THE LORD WANTS US TO BECOME TIRELESS WITNESSES OF RECONCILATION said Pope Francis on his visit to Malta recently.



  • Pope Francis to travel to the war torn nation of South Sudan in July with the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury . From there he shall visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Pope Francis to visit Lebanon in June for a pastoral visit. It is the only country in the Arab world with a Christian head of State, President Michel Aoun.
  • Pope Francis shall travel to Canada July 24 - July 30 to visit Indigenous communities




Recently Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin ordained two priests for The Society of the Divine Word. During the course of his homily he said: "We need to be brave in reimagining our Church so that it will continue to inspire and support a living faith in a secularised society. "



From the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council.


Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass not only in the person of his minister, "the same now offering, through his ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the cross", but especially in the eucharistic species. By his power he is present in the sacraments so that when anyone baptizes it is really Christ himself who baptizes. He is present in his word since it is he himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the Church. Lastly, he is present when the Church prays and sings, for he has promised "Where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them."



East Cork Choral Society





East Cork Choral Society presented Handel's Messiah on November 28th last. This very successful performance raised much needed funds for the host venue, the Church of the Ascension, Gurranabraher, and St. Joseph's Church, Mayfield.





A Prayer for our Priests.


You came from among us to be, for us, one who serves. We thank you for ministering Christ to us and helping us minister Christ to each other.

We are grateful for the many gifts you bring to our community:

For drawing us together in worship,
for visiting us in our homes,
for comforting us in sickness,
for showing us compassion,
for uniting us in marriage,
for baptising our children,
for confirming us in our calling,
for supporting us in bereavement,
for helping us to grow in faith,
for encouraging us to take the initiative,
for helping the whole community realise
God's presence among us.

For our part, we pray that we may always be attentive to your needs and never take you for granted. You, like us, need friendship and love, welcome and a sense of belonging, kind words and acts of thoughtfulness.

We pray, also, for the priests who have wounded priesthood. May we be willing to forgive and may they be open to healing. Let us support one another during times of crisis.

God our Father, we ask you to bless our priests and confirm them in their calling. Give them the gifts they need to respond with generosity and a joyful heart.

We offer this prayer for our priest, Who is our brother and friend,

Amen.



Justice Barrett urges Catholic school students to work hard and dream




U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett said her Catholic education helped her develop a passion for reading that served as a launching pad for her future endeavors as a law student, attorney, law professor and judge.

Barrett made the comments Jan. 24 to current students at St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School in Metairie, where she graduated in 1986.

“You don’t know where your life is going to lead you,” Barrett told 650 students in the school gym, which she jokingly remarked was far better than the one she once played in.

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Start by doing what is necessary;
then do what is possible;
and suddenly,
you are doing the impossible!

St Fransis of Assisi.



Teacher's Prayer


Thou, O Lord, are my strength, my patience, my light and my counsel.
For my own conduct and for that of my pupils, grant me the spirit of wisdon and understanding, the spirit of consel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of holy fear of Thee, and an ardent zeal, to procure thy glory.
I unite my labours to those of Jesus Christ, and I beg the Most Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, the Guardian Angels and St. John the Baptist de la Salle to protect and guide me in this holy work. Amen



Prayer during a time of pandemic


Lord Jesus, we praise you and thank you for your kindness to us. You travelled through towns and villages curing all kinds of disease and sickness. We humbly ask you now to look with compassion on your people who are suffering throughout the world as a result of the current pandemic. Heal those who are sick. May they regain their health. Welcome into your presence those who have died. Protect doctors, nurses and staff from their illnesses that they are treating. During this time of anxiety, may we find comfort in your merciful love.
May Mary, your Mother, in whom thegenerations who went before us put their trust and never in vain, watch over us with a mother's love. She knows our needs and will provide for us as she did at Cana in Galilee.
We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Bishop John Buckley.



Preaching must awaken souls, not put them to sleep, pope says.




VATICAN CITY — Preaching long, spiritually empty homilies can reduce the Word of God to a mere set of abstract concepts that fail to awaken one's soul, Pope Francis said.

"Even many homilies — I say it with respect but with pain — are abstract, and instead of awakening the soul, they put it to sleep. When the faithful start looking at their watches (and say), 'When is this going to end?', they put the soul to sleep," the pope said Jan. 24 during his Sunday Angelus address.

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Other news

  • A great friend of St Oscar Romero, Blessed Fr. Rutillio Grande SJ, was beautified on Sat in San Salvador. He was murdered while on his way to offer Holy Mass along with the Church Sacristan, Blessed Manuel Solorzano and a young 16 year old boy, Blessed Nelson Rutilio Lemus.
    Read more here

  • Pope Francis has taken part in a new Netflix documentary series, "STORIES OF A GENERATION WITH POPE FRANCIS" It is about sharing the wisdom of the elderly with young people. It is divided into four themes: love,dreams,struggles and work.



Pope Francis: Learn from St. Joseph to Cultivate Silence


The Pope explained that Joseph’s silence in the Gospels did not indicate passivity. On the contrary, he said, “it is a silence full of listening, an industrious silence, a silence that brings out his great interiority.”

Speaking at the general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Dec. 15, the Pope noted that the Gospels do not contain a single word spoken by the foster father of Jesus.

“Dear brothers and sisters, let us learn from St. Joseph how to cultivate spaces for silence in which another Word can emerge, that is, Jesus, the Word: that of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, that Jesus brings,” the Pope said.

The live-streamed address was the fourth in Pope Francis’ cycle of catechesis on St. Joseph. His previous addresses have explored the world in which the saint was born, his role in salvation history, and his love for the Virgin Mary.

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Cardinal Sarah calls Catholic priests to spiritual renewal in new book


In his latest book entitled "Meditations on the figure of the Priest", Cardinal Robert Sarah calls priests to spiritual renewal, saying that it will not come through structural changes, but through rediscovering the priest’s mission and identity as the presence of Christ in the world.

“If priests, if society look to God, then I think things will change. If hearts are not changed by the Gospel, politics will not change, the economy will not change, human relationships will not change. It is Christ who is our peace, who will create more fraternal human relations, of collaboration, of cooperation.”

Structures “are also often a danger, because we take refuge behind them,“ he said. “God will not ask accounts of an episcopal conference, of a synod ... It is us, bishops, that he will hold accountable: how did you manage your diocese, how did you love your priests, how did you accompany them spiritually?”



Fr. Criostóir inducted by Bishop Fintan.




Recently, Bishop Fintan inducted Fr. Criostóir as the new Parish Priest of Saint Joseph's Parish, where he was formally presented with the keys of the church, the book of the gospels and a stole by the parishoners of the parish.
Fr. Criostóir is the sixth parish priest of Saint Josephs since it was received the status of parish by Bishop Murphy in 1981.



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Pope Francis: St. Joseph is protecting the Catholic Church


St. Joseph continues to protect the Catholic Church today, just like he protected the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus, Pope Francis said at a recent general audience.

“In the Gospel of Luke, Joseph appears as the guardian of Jesus and of Mary. And for this reason, he is also ‘the Guardian of the Church’”.

Quoting Patris corde, his 2020 apostolic letter on St. Joseph, he added: “If [Joseph] was the custodian of Jesus and Mary, now that he is in heaven, he works and continues to be the custodian, in this case, of the Church; ‘For the Church is the continuation of the Body of Christ in history, even as Mary’s motherhood is reflected in the motherhood of the Church. In his continued protection of the Church’ — please do not forget this: today Joseph protects the Church — ‘he continues to protect the child and his mother.’”



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Prayer to St. Joseph

Pope Francis offers this prayer every morning before Holy Mass.

Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph, whose power makes the impossible possible, come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty.
Take under your protection the serious and troubling situations that I commend to you, that they may have a happy outcome.
My beloved father, all my trust is in you. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power. Amen.