Weekly Bulletin- 31st May 2020

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PARISH NEWS

Dear Friends,
Our church is now open from 11.30 to 1pm (unless there is a funeral) and we welcome all who wish to drop in for private prayer. The Shrines of Blessed Fr. John and the Sacred Heart await, and all are welcome. Sanitation Stations are installed at every entrance so be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with Hand Sanitiser Gel and stick to the seats designated. Our target date for public masses remains July 20th but if there’s any change we’ll post the news immediately. Meanwhile, may the Holy Spirit inspire you to deeper prayer and communion. In the Lord, Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ PP
PS don’t forget the Novena of the Sacred Heart begins on the 11th June.

IS YOUR HEART IN THE RIGHT PLACE?

Gardiner Street church is closed but the Sacred Heart Novena is going ahead!
Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA explores the question “Is your heart in the right place?” every evening at 7.30pm focussing on the Gospel of St Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
From 11th to the 19th June visit our website ww.gardinerstparish.ie, join the Mass, send in an intention or thanksgiving and our team will light a candle in the shrine of the Sacred Heart.
Don’t settle for less during this crisis: He is waiting for you with His words of consolation and love at the Gardiner Street Novena.
Join the online Sacred Heart Novena online using a desktop or laptop computer or smartphone:
Webcam accessible via our website: www.gardinerstarish.ie
Facebook via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/GardinerStreetParish/
Parish Radio: Short Wave/FM 27.6021
Novena Booklets, Prayer intentions and Candles available on request 01 836 3411
Donations welcome at front office or online via donations button on website www.gardinerstparish.ie
We would appreciate any donation you may give to support the organization of the Sacred Heart Novena. Donations can be made online at our website www.gardinerstparish.ie

COMMUNITY INTERVIEW SERIES.

The quiet challenge we’re all facing at the moment is the sense of separation, so here at Gardiner Street we are more active now than ever in seeking spaces and opportunities for connection – for us all to come together as a community.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a video series across all our online platforms, presenting short interviews from a host of different people with connections to the Parish. We hope that cumulatively these insights into each other’s lives will give us back our sense of togetherness and shared experience.
However, hearing other people’s stories is only half a connection: we must have the chance to tell our own, too. That’s why we’re reaching out to you now. Would you be interested in joining this community project by contributing a short recording of your own? If so, please see the attached sheet of instructions and prompts – it can be video, audio, written or image, so use whatever you’re most comfortable with!

COVID19 TECH.- VOLUNTEER TECH HELPLINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE COCOONING IN IRELAND

Covid19 Tech is a group of I.T professionals who have come together from across Ireland to volunteer and offer free tech support to Irish seniors in our communities so they can stay connected with their loved ones and required services during the Covid19 crisis.
Getting help from covid-19 tech is easy:
• Ring 01-9633288 and one of our volunteers will answer your call
• Contact us here via webpage https://covid19tech.ie/

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CLEANING THE CHURCH

We are in need of volunteers to help clean our church. With your volunteer help we would be able to open afternoons and hopefully other days as well.

DONATIONS FOR OUR CHURCH

Thanks to all who have donated to the Church through our website. Your generous contributions help in the running expenses of the Church and are greatly appreciated, especially in this hard time.
Through gifts, large and small, our donors make to keep the church going during these days. All donations are gratefully accepted, and the donors are remembered in our prayers. You can know donate online in three easy steps. For more details visit our website and click the red DONATE button.

A PENTECOST REFLECTION OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN

After his resurrection, at the moment in which he returned to his Father, Jesus pours out the Spirit upon his disciples and makes them sharers in his own mission. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the disciples went out on the first Pentecost Sunday and began to preach the Good News to peoples from all parts of the then known world.

The Spirit enabled the apostles to speak a message which was understandable to all. The Spirit enabled them to teach a message that was relevant and understandable to the lives and the concrete realities of peoples of different backgrounds. The message of Jesus is a universal one, not just in the sense that it has spread right around the world, but above all in that no one, no people is excluded from that message or from the community that Jesus’ message constructs.

The disciples of Jesus are brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit. You cannot be a solo-Christian. Christianity is a faith that demands the building of community. The Church is called, according to the opening words of the Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Church, to be “a sign and a sacrament of the unity in Jesus Christ of all humankind”. Wherever Church exists, it must be a sign for all to see of unity and community.

We all need community. Community is not just for the few who are naturally gregarious. We need something more than a vague good neighbourliness based on living next-door to each other without enmity or undue friction. We all need real community.

In our times – for the first time in human history – more than half of the world’s population lives in an urban setting. Modernity fosters urban life. The Archdiocese of Dublin is predominantly an urban diocese, though partly rural. Building urban community is a major challenge. Where the building of urban community fails, the results come in social breakdown, violence and alienation. Where urban community is built up, we have that extraordinary sense of care and solidarity which for generations marked the best of our inner cities. In the current crisis, we have seen great examples of spontaneous community support.

As we return towards a normalisation of Church life, we have to create focal points of community within our huge urban conglomerations. For too long we have given the name “development” to a process of simply building houses on the fringes of our cities, without any of the infrastructures to support community. Society needs community.

We live in a world in which for many individualism, self-expression and self-sufficiency become the driving force of human activity. Growth, progress, economic interest and profit can often be pursued for their own sake, without any regard for the consequences for other areas of life, whether on the poor and excluded, or the environment, or on the global good of inclusion.

The freedom given by the Spirit is not an individualistic freedom. The freedom that comes from the Spirit unites. The freedom that comes from the Spirit overcomes division. We all need community, but we must all construct community.

The “Creator Spirit” is the one who helps us steer the path of human progress in another direction, within a framework respectful of God’s design for his creation, forcing us to transform our individualism and self-centeredness into a response of generosity. Society needs community. Society needs a Church which witnesses to community and care.

+Diarmuid Martin
Wednesday 27 May 2020

SEQUENCE

Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.
Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure;
Come, thou light of all that live!
Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow;
Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:
If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend:
Give us comfort when we die;
Give us life with thee on high;
Give us joys that never end.