Weekly Bulletin- July 17th 2022

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The Cave at Manresa

Íñigo Loyola spent almost a year in a cave on a cliff-side at the edge of the medieval city of Manresa in Spain. The city is still there and has grown with the passing of the ages. And so is the cave, except it’s now completely over-built with a magnificent Jesuit Retreat and Conference Centre.

Right down at the bottom of the palatial new building, and built into its structure, is the rocky overhang under which Íñigo, later called Ignatius, prayed. There’s an altar now where Ignatius bedded down and the rock is clean and dry. I wondered if he put his toothbrush on one of the broader ledges and if he used soap. He probably didn’t, to judge by his own words about this time:

“Because he had been very careful about keeping his hair as was the fashion at the time (and he had it nice), he decided to let it grow just anyhow as nature took it, without combing it or cutting it, nor covering it with anything by night or by day. For the same reason he was letting his nails on his toes and fingers grow, because on this point too he had been careful.”

Ignatius must have looked quite weird during this period in his life, wandering the narrow medieval streets of Manresa as a beggar. He stood outside churches and hospitals with his hand out. But people began to come to him for spiritual advice. Prayer and asceticism was helping him, and through his attentiveness to his own inner journey he was able to help others with theirs. The cave on the cliff at the edge of Manresa was becoming a centre for spirituality!

Nowadays are there are “Manresa” spiritual centres all around the world. Here in Dublin our own is in Clontarf, guided and directed by a team of Jesuits, religious sisters, lay women and lay men. They are now entering a period of building and development so activities on the calendar are minimal. Let’s wish them every success as they re-open in a year.

Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ
Belfast Jesuit Centre,

31ST JULY- FEAST OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

On Sunday 31st July we celebrate the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of The Jesuits. A special mass will be celebrated on this day at Gardiner Street Church at 11.00 am. All welcome

WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY- 24th July 2022

Pope Francis established the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly in 2021, setting its observance for the fourth Sunday in July, the Sunday nearest the feast of Sts Anne and Joachim, grandparents of Jesus.
The Holy See has announced a series of indulgences that can be obtained by those taking part in the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE

The National Grandparents Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock will take place on Sunday, July 24. For more details about the Knock pilgrimage, contact Connie at catholicgrandparents@gmail.com or 085 8704722

NEWLY BAPTISED

We welcome Emily, Lucy, Reuben, Reign and Louie into the Christian Community through the Sacrament of Baptism celebrated at St. Francis Xavier’s Church.
May the Holy Spirit be with them and guide them always.

GARDINER STREET PARISH SEEKING TO APPOINT A PARISH MANAGER

We are seeking to employ a dynamic person with a passion for parish life who can take on many of the organisational and administrative responsibilities that typically fall to the Parish Priest. They will manage daily operations, develop and manage the parish’s communications, be responsible for organising and running events, and be a key person of contact for priests, staff and volunteers. There may also be some scope for pastoral work.
For a full job description and details of how to apply, see the parish website (gardinerstparish.ie) or ask at reception.

Parish Manager Job description

SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE

Please note a change in Sunday Mass times in August 2022.
There will be no 12.30 am Mass on Sundays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th August.

PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS

From Tuesday 2nd to Monday 15th of August, the Parish Office will be open only Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

COLLECTIONS

Last week Collection:
Church € 468
Share € 203
All contributions are gratefully accepted, and the donors are remembered in our prayers.
Two Card readers are available at the back of the Church. One for donations to the Restoration fund and one for donations to the Parish.

DÚN LAOGHAIRE ORGAN CONCERTS

The Dún Laoghaire Summer Organ Concerts have returned at St Michael’s Church. Sundays at 8 pm
 24 & 31 July
7, 14, 21 & 28 August
4 & 11 September