Newsletter 24 February 2019

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Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to seek reward, save that of knowing that I do your holy will.

Freely giving

Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to seek reward, save that of knowing that I do your holy will.

The ‘Prayer for Generosity’, which many of us learned as children, is associated with St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, yet it is unclear whether he actually composed it. One of the earliest references to it comes from 1910, when it began to be used as a prayer for the French scouting movement. To this day it is often known as ‘The Scout Prayer’ and is used by many Scout groups as a blueprint for the work they do.

The prayer perfectly sums up the generous spirit of the many volunteer organisations and charities whose members give their time and energy so freely and generously to help others. There are thousands of volunteers all over our country who put love into action by visiting those who are lonely, listening to those who are struggling, providing food and other supplies for those in need, and fundraising for all sorts of worthy causes. Week in and week out, they give without ever counting the cost.

These volunteers are living the message of today’s Gospel, which can be summed up in one short sentence: Go the extra mile. Thank you, Lord, for volunteers. Make us ever more generous with our time, energy and resources. Help us to be compassionate, as you are compassionate. Tríona Doherty

Mass Times

Holy Cross, Tramore

Mass Times:
Weekdays: 7.30 am & 10.00am
Saturday: 10.00am & 7.30pm
Sunday: 8.30am, 10.30am & 12 noon.

Confessions:
Saturday 10.30am & 7pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:
Thursdays from 10.30am-5pm

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help:
Mondays at 10am Mass

 


Our Lady’s Church, Carbally

Mass Times:
Sunday: 11.30am

Mass Readings for Today

Mass Readings for Sunday