During April Pope Francis invite us to pray: That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.
“How do economists throw light on human activities, purposes and values? For Christians these values are grounded in our sense of human life as a divinely created gift that we must honour responsibly and share generously. It is fatally easy to imagine economics simply as the study of money or finance as such…We pray this month that economists may understand their work as a vocation, discerning how the workings of an ‘economy’ may increasingly serve the shared human good.”
Last week’s Collections, Church €770, Share€477 Thank you. The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street),
April’s Monthly Mass for Blessed John Sullivan SJ with Blessing of the Sick and Thanksgiving for his Life will celebrated on Saturday 21st of April at 1pm.
The Blessing of the Sick incorporates the celebration of the Eucharist, an offering of Prayers and Petitions to Blessed John Sullivan and a Blessing with his Crucifix after Mass.
Fr Joe Mallin SJ died last Easter weekend. A fitting time for the son of Commandant Michael who was executed by the British for his role in the Easter Rising in 1916. He wrote to Joe (aged 3) from his prison cell, and asked him to become a priest. Joe died as a Jesuit missionary in Hong Kong. He was 104 years old. Below is an account of the Irish Jesuit mission in China. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Sacristan-Church Cleaner wanted
The parish of St Francis Xavier’s, Upper Gardiner Street is seeking the appropriate person to fill the combined job of Church Cleaner and Sacristan. 8am to 1pm Monday to Friday. This includes opening the Church, preparation of the Sacristy and Sanctuary for Masses and other liturgical occasions and the perfect cleanliness of the Church entrance and interior. Please submit CV and references to The Parish Priest, St Francis Xavier’s Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin D01RK07 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder to return the contents of your Trocaire box directly to Trocaire using the envelope supplied with the Trocaire pack or by handing in the Trocaire envelope to the parish office (up the steps to the left of the Church).
ENVELOPES FOR EASTER DUES are at the back of the Church. Thank you for your contribution: we really need it for the running of the Church.
LISTENING IN THE CHURCH in preparation for the Referendum. At Gardiner Street three Tuesday Meetings are being prepared in May to help us make our decision for the referendum. At each meeting we will listen in a quiet and attentive way to an expert speaker and then in a safe space ask questions and reflect on the issues placed before us. Meetings are scheduled for the 1st, 8th and 15th May. More details to follow.
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING With Gary Kehoe,
7.30pm Thursday 12 April (Basic 2-hours) – Saturday 19 May (one day training) at Gardiner Street.
Training opportunities open to all parishioners who wish to learn more about child and vulnerable person safeguarding and protection. Obligatory for volunteers, clergy, sacristans, those working directly with children and all Staff in the Church. Enquiries & Bookings contact the Front Desk which is in the door to the left of the church (Tel: 01 836 3411).
THANKS TO ERIKA JUSKOVA for 11 years of service here at Gardiner Street.
Erika Juskova is finishing up work here at Gardiner Street after 11 years faithful service in the Church and Jesuit Community. We would like to thank her for all of her work and dedication and wish her every blessing on her onward journey. Erika’s daughter Sonia was among those confirmed at the Easter Vigil at Gardiner Street.