To mark St Francis of Assisi’s feast-day, there will be a blessing of pets
at 3pm on Sunday October 2nd in the field near the grotto.
Pets are welcome to bring their owners!
There is so much going on in our community – but sometimes we don’t know what’s happening or where to find the information or who can tell us.
So we want to compile a list of local organisations, groups and clubs who are active in the area.
If you are a member of a sporting, crafts, community, environmental organisation or any other group, we’d love you to get in touch and give us details if you want to be included in the directory or listed on the parish website.
The details we would like include:
Name of organisation
Details of activities (where you meet or are based, what you do, who can join etc)
The area you cover (can anybody be a member or do they have to live locally?)
Contact Details (include any website or social media details)
Any other information
Thanks for your help.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Dr Martin Luther King
Prayer for Nice
We pray in heartfelt solidarity with the people of Nice.
We pray for those who died, those who are injured, the traumatised and all their families.
We pray that though we are deeply disconcerted by such acts of merciless violence – no matter how near or how distant from us – we may not give in to discouragement, but fix our hearts on always doing what is right and just.
We pray for civic authorities everywhere, especially those involved in peace-keeping.
May we work together with all women and men of good will to protect the dignity of every human being.
STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN
ON ORLANDO SHOOTINGS
“People all around the world are shocked with the news of the terrible loss of life at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
I have asked that in the Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on the coming weekend that those who died or who remain injured and all those who mourn and grieve be remembered. Books of condolence are open at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin for those who wish to express their grief and outrage.
People all over the world are shocked. How do we explain that our modern society can somehow be held to ransom in successive gun attacks by individuals or small groups filed with hatred? It could happen again and it could happen anywhere. This time, the victims were members of the LGBT community; in other cases the victims were from the media or simply innocent by standers. Fingers and blame are unfoundedly often hastily pointed at the entire honest Islamic community.
Any culture which gives notoriety to violence only encourages the deranged or the simply evil to attempt to repeat such actions. As followers of Jesus Christ, Christians should work more and more to purify ourselves from all prejudice, to be in the forefront in dialogue and reconciliation and have the resolution to courageously confront those who anywhere foster violence.”
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