Wednesday 7th November at 7.30pm following Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s invitation in a letter to Parish Priests and Parish Pastoral Councils calling on each parish community to organize a parish Forum to discern about the future of the Catholic Church in Ireland. He says: “The question now arises: where do we go forward now in the challenge of renewing the faith we carry in our own hearts and renewing the life of the Church?” and “Each parish and parish community can find its own path of reflection, with the help of the Parish Pastoral Council. The aim is not to provide instant answers but at least to begin to set out a realistic agenda for renewal of the Church in the years to come.” At the last Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 7th November at 7.30pm was chosen as the date for the Forum. All suggestions and ideas are welcome. Talk to any priest of the parish or parish council member. Attendance at the two talks The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis and/or The Art of Spiritual Discernment will really help attendees at the Forum.
Our October Talks Series
No 3 – The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis Saturday 20th October 10:00am
Following the Pope’s visit you may well ask: • Where do we go from here? • What future is there for the Catholic Church in 21st Century Ireland? Part of the answer may come in the “synodal church” proposed by Pope Francis. Jesuit priest Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon will: • explain what Pope Francis is proposing and.. • offer texts for reflection and discussion in groups. In this workshop we may • glimpse what the future may be and perhaps.. • hear the call to set it in motion. The morning begins with solid input from our speaker followed by coffee and then a chance to deepen a question or a text in small groups and finally discuss our findings in the big group before a simple soup & sandwiches lunch for those who wish it. A voluntary contribution is requested. Final Talk in our October Series will be The Art of Spiritual Discernment on Saturday 27th October at 10am.
Annual October Appeal
Church Webcam and LED lights in Pope Francis Corridor. Every October we make a special appeal for donations to a special appeal in the parish. Over the last few years we have renovated the Pope Francis Corridor, established a beautiful new prayer room and installed LED lights in the Church with proceeds from the appeal. This year the Parish Pastoral Council has chosen to seek funding for a Webcam so that Masses, Services and Events can be viewed worldwide from the parish Website and LED lighting to complete our money-saving and ecofriendly programme. The Parish Pastoral Council will meet this Tuesday to decide among the various ideas. If you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to let one of the priests or staff know and it will be tabled at the meeting. PS thank you for the suggestions submitted.
Bethany Bereavement Support
The death of someone close touches us to the core and leaves us hurt and wounded. A Bethany group offers a listening ear and help on the road of bereavement. Individual support can also part of it.
The Bethany drop-in meeting is at 7.30pm every 2nd Wednesday at St Francis Xavier Church.
For further information please phone 089 4616432
Charismatic Prayer Group
A Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Monday evening at 8pm in the Prayer Room on the Pope Francis Corridor and welcomes all to experience prayer in the spirit.
Church Choir – New Members
The Church Choir who sing at the 11am on Sunday’s are looking for the new members to join them, if you are interested in joining you can talk to any of the priests or our Musical Director, Denice Doyle before the11am Mass or contact a member of the Choir for further information.
Last week’s Collections, Church €701, Share €388 Thank you. The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street)
Fr John Sullivan Monthly Mass
Monthly Mass in thanksgiving for his life and in prayer for his canonisation takes place each third Saturday of the month at 1pm in St Francis Xavier’s Church. The next Mass is Saturday 20th October. Special homily and blessing with crucifix of Fr John after Mass. All are very welcome!