Weekly Bulletin July 23rd 2017

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The Feast of St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits will be celebrated at 11am Mass on Monday 31st July. Fr. Peter McVerry will preside and preach. Afterwards you are invited to the blessing of the new Prayer room which houses the Harry Clarke stained glass image of St Francis Xavier newly acquired by the parish. This will be followed by a talk on the work of Harry Clarke by Nicola Gordon Bowe. Thanks to all who contributed to the October Appeal which raised the funds for the Prayer Room.

Last week’s Collections, Church €738 Share €402 Thank you The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street), The red bag is for Share.

Church Appeal for East Africa this weekend

 As the appalling situation facing the people of East Africa has reached a critical stage, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appealed for support for a Church collection for Trócaire. There are severe food shortages in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia brought about by drought and conflict.  Over half the population of Somalia (6.2 million people) is experiencing food shortages and malnutritionThere have also been major outbreaks of cholera across the country.  South Sudan is on the brink of famine, with drought and conflict affecting millions. Millions of people in south-eastern Ethiopia and northern Kenya are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. On behalf of Irish Catholics, Trócaire is doing all it possible can – currently helping   over 150,000 people across the region with emergency food, water and sanitation.

The need is enormous and the Bishops’ Conference is responding by launching an emergency Church Appeal throughout Ireland to take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday  23rd July 2017. 

Bethany Bereavement Support Group. A group of interested parishioners gathered on Tuesday to explore what Bethany groups offer and how we can set up one at SFX Gardiner St. Volunteers will be invited to a training course in the new year and any persons interested are invited to contact Maura Dee or Fr. Gerry Clarke for details. Bereavement is a part of all of our lives and having a skilled group in the parish to offer support and expertise can be an important step on the road.

 Talk on the work of Harry Clarke by Nicola Gordon Bowe. After the blessing there will be an informative talk on the work of Harry Clarke given by Nicola Gordon Bowe. Dr. Nicola Gordon Bowe is  Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art and Design in Dublin; Visiting Professor, School of Art and Design Research Institute at the University of Ulster; and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales. She has published and lectured widely on aspects of the early twentieth century Arts and Crafts Movement and the Celtic Revival, on the revival of stained glass as an art form, on contemporary craft expression and on women in the arts. She has also broadcast on Irish and British television and radio. Dr. Bowe is an Honorary Fellow of the Glass Society of Ireland and the British Society of Master Glass Painters. Her most recent publications include a revised and updated edition of her seminal biography Harry Clarke: The Life and Work, and a biography of Ulster-born stained glass and graphic artist Wilhelmina Geddes, to be published by The Four Courts Press, Dublin in 2015.

New displays at John Sullivan Shrine Have a look at the new displays at the John Sullivan Shrine. The text and images recall the Beatification Ceremony on the 13th May. DVDs of the Ceremony have arrived at the Parish Shop and you can buy them along with a booklet from the ceremony itself.