seeing your life through the lens of the gospels
1 The purpose of prayer is not to change God’s mind, but to change ourselves and we can be slow to move. When have you found that persistence in prayer strengthened your faith in the presence of God with you in that struggle?
2 The context of the story may be a concern about the delay in the final coming of the Lord. Have there been times when your persistence in prayer, or action, was eventually rewarded after a period when you had doubts about the outcome? What were the fruits of your persistent prayer?
3 Behind the story lies the final question of Jesus: Who does have faith? Who have been models of faith and trust in God for you? How has that trust been shown in their lives? How is it shown in yours?
John Byrne OSA (Intercom)
Do This in Memory: Every blessing on our young children who will be beginning their Parish journey to their first Holy Communion this weekend. Thank you to their parents and guardians, especially to the co-ordinators. We hope you enjoy the experience too.
Note for the diary: The November Mass of Remembrance For the deceased and their families will take place in Saggart on Thursday 11th November at 7.30 and in St. Finian’s Parish, Newcastle on Sunday 7th at 10.30 am.
The Pope John Paul II Awards: Catholic Youth Care, in association with the Dublin Archdiocesan Office of Evangelisation is delighted to announce a new pastoral programme for young people in the diocese as part of the Year of Evangelisation. The Pope John Paul II Awards will be run by CYC in Dublin. CYC will be supporting parishes, schools and young people in this new Award. This is an exciting new project that has the ability to show young people how to actively live out their faith. All young people between the ages of 16 and 18 years in schools and parishes throughout the Diocese are welcome. For more information visit www.thepopejohnpauliiaward.com or contact Anna Keegan firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01 8725055
Emmaus Vocation Journey: Wondering where God is call you in life? Ever thought about a vocation to the diocesan priesthood? Why not give one Saturday morning a month for the next sic months looking at these questions. The Emmaus Vocation Journey is an opportunity for those between the ages of 19 to 35 or so to pray together, to discuss and to learn more. For more details contact: Fr. Eamonn Burke. 0868346071 or email@example.com
Eucharistic Congress Parish Representatives: Are you interested? We are being asked to nominate one of your parishioners who would be a liaison person for your parish with the Eucharistic Congress Office. Ideally this should be someone who is active in the mainstream of parish life and who would have a capacity to communicate with and motivate his or her fellow parishioners. An initial meeting for these delegates in each of the pastoral areas of the diocese will be held in the coming weeks and we would like as many as possible in attendance. Please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01 808 7577 if you have any queries.
Monastic Weekend for Women: Join the Redemptoristine Nuns for a Monastic Weekend on the 22nd-24th October. We, the Redemptoristine Nuns are a contemplative order dedicated to the service of god and his people through prayer and supporting ourselves by our work. For more information contact Sr. Gabrielle at 086 8164179 or email: email@example.com
Just incase any of you / the women in your life are interested, there's a coffee morning with a twist on in Newcastle Hall this Mon Oct 18th to mark Breast Awareness Month. The Feel Good event will hear from a Marie Keating Foundation Breast Health Nurse, RTE nutritionist Aveen Bannon, life coach Brian Colburt PLUS special guest local celebrity cook Clodagh McKenna. There will even be FREE massages on offer - pamper perfect! Kick off at 10.30am please pass on word to women from Newcastle, Rathcoole, Saggart and Brittas.