4th June 2017 Pentecost: The Birthday of the Church

Dear Friends, 


  Today’s reading from Acts gives us a good account of the first Pentecost. Jesus had left this earthly stage and his prophecy was being fulfilled, “Unless I go, the Advocate (Holy Spirit) cannot come” (John 16:7). What does this event say to us in this year of Our Lord 2017? Surely it is that God speaks to all people, the ones we know and the ones we don’t know. “Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven”. So, all the faith communities that existed at the time and this is surely a metaphor for all who would subsequently follow in time also as God has no watch or calendar. Yet, what we see our political leaders do all over the world is revert to the old fashioned policy of divide and rule. The Muslim community (who have no monopoly on awful deeds – let us not forget our history of oppression and slavery – what a sobering teacher time is! The fundamental question we face today is, do we accept the expanse of God’s love beyond our own view of life? We have no difficulty loving a variety of animals and mammals, but certain faith or ethnic people – no. Wow!


  • The General Election: We should vote on Thursday as Pope Francis speaks about the faith response: “An Authentic faith …… always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us brothers and sisters.”
  • Thursday 8th at 12.00 noon; Requiem mass for Johanna Simon RIP. No other mass that day.
  • THIS WEEKEND AT ALL MASSES THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ASK YOU PLEASE TAKE THE TROUBLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONNAIRE. There are no right or wrong answers, just your answers. Thanks from the Parish Pastoral Council.


A politician seeking support proudly told his hearers; “You know, I don’t think before I speak ….. the reason is simple. I just love to be as surprised as everybody else about what I say”


God Bless You All,

Fr John






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