Newsletter May 31st 2020

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place on Saturday May 30th from 2pm -5pm in the sacristy, for anyone wishing to avail of same.

Recent Deaths

We offer our sympathies to the families of Cliodhna Dillon, Clarinwood, Ann Leahy, Meadowbrook, Stephen Raine, Garrarus, and Kathleen Baldwin, Cliff Road/ Ferrybank who died recently.

We remember the months mind for Nora Walsh and Maureen Sutton, and we pray for Sarah (Sadie) Rogers, Declan (Dec) Dunford and Marie Gregan whose anniversaries occur about this time.

May they rest in peace.

Pentecost Sunday – Spirit Alive

Someone dies and we say he kept his spirit alive to the end; or we say that ‘his spirit lives on’. A word we talk of easily. It’s something elusive, you can’t pin it down. It comes from somewhere. Maybe from parents, a spirit of endurance, or being able to make it through tough time; or from our prayer and faith. We talk of good team spirit, or of a person who kept joyful and courageous to the end. Today is the feast of the Spirit of God, alive, active and joyful.

The flame of the Spirit of love is the flame of God. The tongues of fire over the apostles and the followers of Jesus were flames of love, the Spirit of God that would burn on the inside forever. Pentecost is the flame of God’s own love, given to his followers to mark the birth of the community, the body of Jesus, the church.

It is the spirit of forgiveness always, a gift of the first Pentecost. Did this blow in our own country during the visit of the British queen, when the Good Friday Agreement and other peace agreements were signed, when the call came for a new reconciliation among people hurt badly in the times of the troubles?

Compassion, mercy, forgiveness and a hope for justice for all are gifts we ask from the Spirit who blows among us strongly today.

On each inbreath, pray

“Come, Holy Spirit’, live in me and in all of us
as you lived in Mary and the apostles.”

Fr Donal Neary, S.J