Every Monday during Advent at 7.30pm, in the annex of the House of Retreat,
join us for a talk/mindful time as we prepare for Christmas.
Monday November 28th, Brother Richard Hendrick OFM
Monday December 5th Brother Frank Flanagan OMI
Monday December 12th Sr Stan Kennedy
Monday December 19th Guest speaker
Advent Mondays – 7.30pm – Oblate House of Retreat
Aspren lived at the end of the 1st century and in the early 2nd century, as confirmed by archaeological studies. “Aspren” was a common name during the days of the Roman Republic and the early years of the Roman Empire and afterwards fell into disuse. He was cured and baptised by St Peter and became the first bishop of Naples.
St Aspren is a patron saint of migraines.
While celebrating Mass in Malmo on a visit to Sweden this week, Pope Francis suggested six beatitudes for the modern Christian:
- Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.
- “Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.
- “Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.
- “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
- “Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others
- “Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.”(source Americamagazine.com)
“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?……
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
November is the month when we remember in a special way all those we have known who have died. We light candles for them, we think of them, maybe we pull out old photos of them, we remember good times, love and laughs shared, situations experienced together and perhaps we also cry. Sometimes we worry that we might be forgetting how they looked, or the sound of their voice. This is natural as time passes.
But it is still good to remember the person, what they meant to you and how they made you feel.
Our parish remembers deceased parishioners, family members and friends at a
special Mass on Wednesday November 2nd at 7pm
All are welcome.
Don’t Cry for me
Don’t cry for me now I have died, for I’m still here I’m by your side,
My body’s gone but my soul’s is here, please don’t shed another tear,
I am still here I’m all around, only my body lies in the ground.
I am the snowflake that kisses your nose,
I am the frost, that nips your toes.
I am the sun ,bringing you light,
I am the star, shining so bright.
I am the rain, refreshing the earth,
I am the laughter, I am the mirth.
I am the bird, up in the sky,
I am the cloud, that’s drifting by.
I am the thoughts, inside your head,
While I’m still there, I can’t be dead.