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Date: Friday 28th June 2019
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The Pope’s Video – July 2019

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A writer reveals that he found himself in the back of an ambulance recently. Receiving fluids intravenously, he was told that he likely was just dehydrated and not having a heart attack – it was a tremendous relief to discover this. After a complete workup at the hospital, it was confirmed that it was, in fact, only dehydration.

He was also more than a little embarrassed as his nearly passing out took place during Mass. He was wheeled down the centre aisle for all to see. His condition should have been easy to avoid, but he had failed to pay attention to everyday things that he needed (in particular, water). We can also be affected by spiritual dehydration. Almost imperceptibly, we stray from the everyday things that keep us spiritually healthy – we do things like losing our temper, failing to pray, taking our blessings for granted, or not noticing those who are in need. And suddenly, we become aware that we have drifted away from God.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, may I not stray, but find joy in your life-giving water today.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell


Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).

Aug 17 Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of KNOCK Shrine

The story of Knock  Shrine began from about 8.00 pm, the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St Joseph and St John, the Evangelist, and a lamb appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. This miraculous apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. Knock is an internationally recognised Marian Shrine in the Co.Mayo in the west of Ireland, and was visited by St John Paul II, as part of his 1979 papal pilgrimage to Ireland. The date of the memorial is within the annual novena conducted at the Shrine.

Maria Casey wrote
“At about 8.30pm, 15 people saw a light coming from the parish church so they made their way over to the gable wall to see what it was. “They saw the apparition of Our Lady, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist and a lamb. “They said the apparition lasted for two hours. “They all recited the rosary, and after the apparition news spread very quickly. Each of those witnesses were asked to give a testimony to a commission of enquiry.

“There was an investigation a couple months after and that’s when people started to descend on Knock – it spread to newspapers across Ireland, England and America. “People started to come here in the hope of receiving cures, and Knock became synonymous for that. And people came to the spot of the apparition to get some clay or holy water to send to abroad. “It has developed over the years and it has a very unique story in the sense that it’s the only shrine in the world where the Lamb of God has appeared.“As well as being a Marian shrine, it is a Eucharistic shrine.

“People have a special affinity with the place.“It has a beautiful atmosphere and that’s what draws people to it.”

Popes, St John Paul and Francis both visited this shrine.
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 17th August, 2019

A reading from the Book of Joshua       24:14-29
Choose today whom you wish to serve.

Joshua said to all the people: Fear the Lord and serve him perfectly and sincerely; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if you will not serve the Lord, choose today whom you wish to serve, whether the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are now living. As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord.'

The people answered, 'We have no intention of deserting the Lord and serving other gods! Was it not the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors out of the land of Egypt, the house of slavery, who worked those great wonders before our eyes and preserved us all along the way we travelled and among all the peoples through whom we journeyed? What is more, the Lord drove all those peoples out before us, as well as the Amorites who used to live in this country. We too will serve the Lord, for he is our God.'

Then Joshua said to the people, 'You cannot serve the Lord, because he is a holy God, he is a jealous God who will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you desert the Lord to follow alien gods he in turn will afflict and destroy you after the goodness he has shown you.' The people answered Joshua, 'No; it is the Lord we wish to serve'.

JoshuaThen Joshua said to the people, 'You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him'. They answered, 'We are witnesses'. 'Then cast away the alien gods among you and give your hearts to the Lord the God of Israel!' The people answered Joshua, 'It is the Lord our God we choose to serve; it is his voice that we will obey'.

That day, Joshua made a covenant for the people; he laid down a statute and ordinance for them at Shechem. Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a great stone and set it up there, under the oak in the sanctuary of the Lord, and Joshua said to all the people, 'See! This stone shall be a witness against us because it has heard all the words that the Lord has spoken to us: it shall be a witness against you in case you deny your God.' Then Joshua sent the people away, and each returned to his own inheritance.

After these things Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died; he was a hundred and ten years old.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 15
Response                             You are my inheritance, O Lord.

1. Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord: 'You.are my God.' .
O Lord, it it you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize.                               Response

2. I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
who even at night directs my heart;
l keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.          Response

3.  You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness for ever.                         Response

Gospel Acclamation:     Col 3:16
Alleluia, alleluia
Let the message of Christ in all its richness find a home with you;
Through him give thanks to God the Father.

Alleluia, alleluia
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
For revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children


A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew        19:13-15
Do not stop the little children coming to me: for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.Jesus

People brought little children to him, for him to lay his hands on them and say a prayer.
The disciples turned them away, but Jesus said,
'Let the little children alone, and do not stop them coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs'.
Then he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

The Gospel of the Lord


Gospel Reflection      Saturday, Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time                  Matthew 19:13-15

Very often in the gospels we find Jesus and his disciples at odds with each other. We have a good example of that in today’s gospel reading. Children were brought to Jesus, presumably by their parents, for Jesus to lay his hands on them in blessing. The disciples turned them away and Jesus has to rebuke them, calling on them not to stop children from coming to him. Why the disciples would try to stop parents bringing their children to Jesus is not clear. What is clear is Jesus’ insistence that children have complete access to him. He is upholding the dignity of children and declaring that they are to have a central place in the community’s life and worship. Whenever parents or grandparents or teachers bring children to Jesus in any way, they are doing something that the risen Lord delights in and strongly desires. As a community of faith, we have a calling from the Lord to open up the treasures of the Gospel to our children and our young people. We have to keep searching for new and creative ways of doing this. Jesus goes on to declare that not only are children to have a central place in the community’s life, but that as adults we have something to learn from them. It is to such children, Jesus says, that the kingdom of God belongs. He is suggesting that, if we are to enter the kingdom of God, we need something of that trusting, open, response to the gift of the gospel that comes naturally to children.


The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.

The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ
by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger  c/f


Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 17th August, 2019

Sliocht as  Leabhar Iósua              24:14-29
Déanaigí bhur rogha inniu idir na déithe.

Dúirt Iósua leis an“Bíodh eagla oraibh roimh an Tiarna anois dá bhrí sin agus fónaigí dó go dílis dáiríre. Cuirigí uaibh na déithe dá ndearna bhur n-aithreacha fónamh taobh thall den Abhainn agus san Éigipt, agus déanaigí fónamh don Tiarna. Ach mura mian libh fónamh don Tiarna, déanaigí bhur rogha inniu idir na déithe dá ndearna bhur n-aithreacha fónamh taobh thall den Abhainn, agus déithe na nAmórach a gcónaíonn sibh ina ndúiche anois, le fónamh dóibh. Maidir liom féin agus le mo theaghlach, ámh, déanfaimid fónamh don Tiarna.”

Dúirt an pobal ansin á fhreagairt: “Nár lige Dia go dtréigfimís an Tiarna chun fónamh do dhéithe eile! Nach é an Tiarna ár nDia a thug sinne agus ár sinsir aníos as tír na hÉigipte agus as teach na daoirse agus a rinne na héachtaí sin inár bhfianaise, agus a chumhdaigh sinn san uile shlí a ndeachamar, agus i measc na gciníocha go léir trínar ghabhamar? Agus rud eile dhe, is é an Tiarna a thiomáin romhainn na ciníocha sin go léir, mar aon leis na hAmóraigh a raibh cónaí orthu sa tír. Uime sin a dhéanfaimidne mar an gcéanna fónamh don Tiarna óir is é ár nDia é.”

JoshuaDúirt Iósua leis an bpobal ansin: “Ní féidir daoibh fónamh don Tiarna, óir is Dia naofa é; is Dia éadmhar é nach maithfidh daoibh bhur gcionta ná bhur bpeacaí. Má thréigeann sibh an Tiarna chun fónamh do dhéithe coimhthíocha, iompóidh seisean oraibh agus déanfaidh sé dochar daoibh agus díothóidh sé sibh tar éis a ndearna sé de mhaith daoibh.” Dúirt an pobal le Iósua: “Ní hea! Is don Tiarna a dhéanfaimid fónamh.” Dúirt Iósua leis an bpobal ansin: “Is finnéithe sibh in bhur n-aghaidh féin go bhfuil an Tiarna tofa agaibh chun fónamh dó.” Agus dúirt siadsan: “Is finnéithe sinn.”“Cuirigí uaibh más ea,” ar seisean, “na déithe coimhthíocha atá agaibh agus tugaigí bhur gcroí don Tiarna, Dia Iosrael.”D’fhreagair an pobal Iósua: “Is don Tiarna ár nDia a dhéanfaimid fónamh, agus is dá ghuth siúd a bheimid umhal.”

Uime sin rinne Iósua conradh leis an bpobal an lá sin, agus leag sé síos reachtanna agus foraitheanta dóibh ag Seicim. Agus scríobh Iósua na briathra sin i leabhar dhlí Dé. Agus thóg sé gallán mór agus chuir sé ina sheasamh ansin é faoin dair a bhí i sanctóir an Tiarna. Agus dúirt Iósua leis an bpobal go léir: “Féach! Beidh an gallán seo mar fhianaise inár n-aghaidh, óir chuala sé na briathra go léir a labhair an Tiarna linn; uime sin beidh sé ina fhinné in bhur n-aghaidh má shéanann sibh bhur nDia.” Scaoil Iósua na daoine ar shiúl uaidh ansin agus d’fhill gach duine ar a oidhreacht féin. Tar éis na nithe sin d’éag Iósua mac Nún seirbhíseach an Tiarna nuair a bhí deich mbliana agus céad slán aige.

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le freagra            Sm  15
Freagra                            You are my inheritance, O Lord.

1. Caomhnaigh mé a Thiarna, is ort a thriallaim.
Deirim leis an Tiarna: “Is tú mo Dhia.
Is é an Tiarna is rogha liom, mo chuid de réir oidhreachta;
agus cuid mo chupáin; is ort atá mo sheasamh.          Freagra

2. Tugaim buíochas don Tiarna as ucht comhairle a thabhairt dom,
agus teagasc a thabhairt do mo chroí san oíche.
Coimeádaim an Tiarna de shíor i m’intinn:
agus é ar mo dheasláimh ní chorrófar mé choíche.     Freagra

3. Taispeánfaidh tú slí na beatha dom;
tá lúcháir go fial i do láthair
agus aoibhneas ar do dheasláimh go brách.                  Freagra


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha       19:13-15
Ná coiscigí na leanaí ar theacht chugam, óir is lena leithéidí seo ríocht na bhflaitheas.Jesus

San amsin thug siad leanaí chuige ansin chun go gcuirfeadh sé a lámha orthu ag déanamh guí,
 ach chuir na deisceabail ceartú orthu.
Dúirt Íosa:  “Ligigí do na leanaí agus ná coiscigí iad ar theacht chugam,
óir is lena leithéidí seo ríocht na bhflaitheas.”
Chuir sé a lámha orthu agus bhuail sé roimhe ón áit sin.

Soiscéal Dé.

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 18th August, 2019
FIRST READING      Jeremiah 38:4-6. 8-10
You have borne me to be a man of dissension for all the land.

Jeremiah in wellThe king’s leading men spoke to the king. 'Let this man be put to death: he is unquestionably disheartening the remaining soldiers in the city, and all the people too, by talking like this. The fellow does not have the welfare of this people at heart so much as its ruin. 'He is in your hands as you know,' King Zedekiah answered 'for the king is powerless against you.' So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the well of Prince Malchiah in the Court of the Guard, letting him down with ropes. There was no water in the well, only mud, and into the mud Jeremiah sank.

Ebed-melech came out from the palace and spoke to the king. 'My lord king,' he said 'these men have done a wicked thing by treating the prophet Jeremiah like this: they have thrown him into the well where he will die.' At this the king gave Ebed-melech the Cushite the following order: 'Take three men with you from here and pull the prophet Jeremiah out of the well before he dies'.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 39
Response                            Lord, come to my aid!

1. I waited, I waited for the Lord
and he stooped down to me;
he heard my cry.                                Response

2 .He drew me from the deadly pit,
from the miry clay.
He set my feet upon a rock
and made my footsteps firm.          Response

3. He put a new song into my mouth,
praise of our God.
Many shall see and fear
and shall trust in the Lord.               Response

4. As for me, wretched and pcior,
the Lord thinks of me.
You are my rescuer, my help,
O God, do not delay.                         Response 

SECOND READING                     Hebrews 12: 1-4
You have borne me to be a man of dissension for all the land.

With so many witnesses in a great cloud on every side of us, we too, then, should throw off everything that hinders us, especially the sin that clings so easily, and keep running steadily in the race we have started. Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it, and from now on has taken his place at the right of God's throne. Think of the way he stood such opposition from sinners and then you will not give up for want of courage. In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation            Acts 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.

Or                                               Jn 10: 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice,
says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.

Jesus brings fireGOSPEL   

A reading from the Gospel according to Luke      12: 49-53
I am not here to bring peace, but rather division.

esus said to his disciples: 'I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over! '

Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.

Gospel of the Lord

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 18th August, 2019

Sliocht as Leabhar Irimia , Fáidh.  38:4-6. 8-10
Rug tú mé i m'fhear achrannach don tír ar fad

Jeremiah in wellLabhair na ceannairí seo leis an rí: “Cuirtear an fear seo chun báis; gan amhras lagaíonn sé lámha fuíoll lucht cosanta na cathrach, agus lámha an phobail uile freisin, ag labhairt leo ar an gcaoi seo. Ní hé leas an phobail seo a iarrann mo dhuine, ach a n-aimhleas.” “Tá sé in bhur lámha, mar is eol daoibh,” a dúirt an rí Zidicíá, “óir ní fhéadann an rí aon rud a dhéanamh in bhur n-aghaidh.” Thóg siad Irimia mar sin agus theilg i dtobar an Phrionsa Mailciá é, a bhí i gCúirt an Gharda, á ligean síos le rópaí. Ní raibh uisce ar bith sa tobar, ach amháin láib, agus chuaigh Irimia faoi sa láib.

Chuaigh Eibid Meilic amach as an bpálás agus labhair leis an rí: “A thiarna, a rí,” ar sé, “rinne na fir seo olc agus a leithéid de bhail a chur ar an bhfáidh Irimia; theilg siad sa tobar é, áit a bhfaighidh sé bás (den ghorta mar nach bhfuil aon arán fágtha sa chathair).” Ansin d’ordaigh an rí do Eibid Meilic an tAetóipeach: “Beir leat as seo triúr fear agus tarraing aníos Irimia fáidh as an tobar sula bhfaighe sé bás.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra              Sm 39
Freagra                              Tar i gcabhair orm, a Thiarna.

1. Bhí dóchas agam, Bhí dóchas agam sa Tiarna,
agus chlaon sé a chluas chugam
agus d'éist le m'éamh.                                      Freagra

2. Tharraing sé mé as díog na díthe,
as láib an tsalachair.
Chuir mo chosa ina seasamh ar charraig
agus dhaingnigh mo choiscéimeanna.          Freagra

3. Chuir sé amhrán nua i mo bhéal,
duan dár nDia.
Feicfidh mórán is beidh eagla orthu,
beidh a ndóchas sa Tiarna.                               Freagra

4. Maidir liomsa, cé gur dealbh dearóil mé,
tuigeann an Tiarna dom.
Is tú mo tharrthálaí is mo chúnamh:
ná déan moill, a Dhia!                                        Freagra


Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  Eabhraig         12:1-4
Rithimis go buanseasmhach an rás atá leagtha amach dúinn.

A bhráithre, ar an ábhar sin, ós rud é go bhfuil slua chomh mór sin d’fhinnéithe thart timpeall orainn mar scamall, caithimis uainn gach ualach mar aon leis an bpeaca sin a ghreamaíonn dínn agus rithimis go buanseasmhach an rás atá leagtha amach dúinn. Bímis ag féachaint romhainn amach ar Íosa, ar cheannródaí ár gcreidimh, a thabharfaidhchun foirfeachta é. Ar son an aoibhnis a bhí leagtha amach dó d’fhulaing sé céasadh na croise mar rinne sé neamhní den mhasla sin, agus tá sé ina shuí anois ar an taobh deas de ríchathaoir Dé. Déanaigí machnamh, mar sin, ar an té a chuir suas leis na peacaigh a bhí ag cur chomh mór sin ina aghaidh ionas nach dtiocfaidh tuirse ná lagmhisneach oraibhse choíche. Ag troid in aghaidh an pheaca daoibh ní raibh oraibh seasamh go doirteadh fola fós.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa              Gníomh 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Oscail ár gcroí, A Thiarna,
Cun aird a thabhairt ar bhraithra do Mhic

Jesus brings fireSOISCÉAL         

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás   12: 49-53
Ní chun síocháin a thabhairt a tháinig mé ach easaontas.

San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail
“Chun tine a chaitheamh ar an talamh a tháinig mé, agus nach mór is áil liom go mbeadh sí ar lasadh cheana féin! Tá baisteadh lena gcaithfear mé a bhaisteadh, agus cad é mar chúngrach atá orm nó go mbeidh sé curtha i gcrích!

An é is dóigh libh gur chun síocháin a thabhairt ar an talamh a tháinig mé? Ní hea, deirim libh, ach easaontas.
Óir, as seo amach, beidh cúigear in aon teaghlach in easaontas le chéile,
triúr le beirt agus beirt le triúr; athair le mac agus mac le hathair, máthair le hiníon agus iníon le máthair; máthair chéile le bean a mic, agus bean mhic le máthair a céile.”

Soiscéal Dé

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