WORLD MISSION SUNDAY, 20th OCTOBER
It is World Mission Sunday, a day when the entire Church family comes together for a truly incredible celebration of solidarity. Today, every single Church around the world shares what they can, so that the vital work of the Church and our missionaries can continue. Through your extra generosity, you are offering much needed financial help to missionaries who dedicate their lives to those who are suffering and neglected. From all the missionaries your kindness supports, thank you for digging deeper today.
If you’d like further support World Mission Sunday, you can donate €4 by texting the word ‘Mission’ to 50300. (Texts cost €4. World Mission Ireland will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LikeCharity. Helpline: 0766805278. Republic of Ireland only) World Missions Ireland, the Church’s charity for overseas mission, is responsible for the coordination of Mission Month. Go to www.wmi.ie to learn more about the work.
THE EXTRAORDINARY MONTH OF MISSION PRAYER
Heavenly Father, when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, He commissioned His followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ and you remind us that through our Baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to the Church, which is still very far from completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that bring life and light to the world.
Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
VIGIL MASS AT IGNATIAN CHAPEL
From mid-November, we are thinking of celebrating the Vigil Mass 6 pm Saturdays in the Ignatian Chapel behind the Sanctuary. Entrance will be through the door at the right-hand side of the High Altar. What do you think?
Every October we normally make an appeal for some building project in the church. Your support has helped us construct a new prayer room which houses the beautiful Harry Clarke Stained Glass window of our patron St Francis Xavier. You have also funded the repainting of the Pope Francis Corridor. This year the appeal will be part of a wider appeal for a large piece of work to save the walls and interior of the church. You may have noticed the paint peeling. Well behind this is a build-up of moisture which could cause the plasterwork to fall away. We have some serious remedial work to do. For this reason, we are postponing the October Appeal until November when we will have a better understanding of the cost and work to be done. Thank you for your support in the past and counting on your support in the future.
THE ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS FOR DECEASED JESUIT MISSIONARIES
The annual Memorial Mass for deceased Jesuit Missionaries and Volunteers will take place on Sunday 3rd of November at 3pm in Gonzaga College Chapel. Fr Gerry Clarke SJ will celebrate the Mass. Tea and coffee afterwards. All welcome.
GARDINER STREET PARISH AUTUMN TALKS
A series of 4 mornings on what it means to be a Christian today.
Is this your way? Explore these four guiding principles for Christian life and see how they resonate with your life.
26th October: Walking in solidarity with the excluded.
Speakers: Fr. Peter McVerry SJ and Sr. Bernadette McMahon
2nd November: Practising Prayer and discernment.
Speaker: Fr. Brendan McManus SJ
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Last week Collection: Church € 479 Share € 321. The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street), The red bag is for Share. Thanks for your generosity!
GARDINER STREET PARISH BOOK CLUB
Gardiner Street Book Club continues in October-November. This time we are reading “God Ever Greater: Exploring Ignatian Spirituality” by Brian O’Leary SJ.
Encounters will take place on Tuesdays (29th October 5th and 12th November) at 7:30. The book is available in the Parish store at the price of €12.95.
‘God Ever Greater is written to appeal, not only to those who are looking for an introduction to Ignatian spirituality, but also to those who have some acquaintance with the Ignatian tradition. It will draw its readers into an exploration of a rich Christian heritage that continues to live and breathe today.
“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon.
Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it. It is true that there are other factors (such as volcanic activity, variations in the earth’s orbit and axis, the solar cycle), yet a number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly as a result of human activity.”
Pope Francis. Laudato Si # 23