was the last bulletin produced by Father
Michael Lynch before his death on 2 July 2004.
BULLETIN 27 JUNE 2004
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OF YEAR 3
The Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5.30 pm. Sunday Masses are at 10.00 am, 12.00 noon and 6.30 pm.
Masses during the week are at 10.00 am and 7.00 pm on Monday and Tuesday. Thank you for your presence at the Mass which you have requested.
THIS WEEK'S FEASTS
Saints Peter and Paul. This is a Holiday of Obligation. The Vigil Mass is
on Monday at 7.00 pm. On Tuesday, Masses are at 10.00 am and 7.00 pm.
Sunday 27 June
Tea and Coffee after Mass
Monday 28 June
7.00 to 8.00 pm
Vincent de Paul Society
Tuesday 29 June
Ignatian Prayer Group
OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday from 10.45 am to 5.00 pm.
There will be a special collection at all Masses this weekend for Peter's Pence.
Families are reminded of the need to consult the Church before the funeral director.
There will be no Children's Liturgy during the summer holiday. It will resume in September. Many thanks to all those who helped with the children over the past year.
Copies of Pro-Life Times will be available in the porch next weekend. Please take on home with you.
SICK OR HOUSEBOUND
Please let me know if you or any of your family or friends are sick or housebound.
Saint Peter's Parish Centre is available for various functions including weddings, christenings, funerals, coffee mornings, social evenings, birthdays, anniversavies, engagements, conferences and so on. For further information, contact the Centre Manager.
Saint Peter's Parish is very fortunate in the many fruitful ministries and activities organised by its members, young and not so young. I would like to thank all those who give of their time and talent on a regular basis building up our community. Perhaps other parishioners might consider helping with their worthwhile talents, for example, Sunday teas, Children's Liturgy, sacristan, reader, visiting the sick or lonely, working with young people and so on.
IT A SIN TO MISS MASS ON SUNDAY?
To miss Sunday Mass without a reasonable excuse may reveal a disregard for the commandment to keep the Lord's day holy, a lack of appreciation of the sacred Eucharist, disobedience to the law of the Church or a failure to join with Christian community in worship. To fail in any of these areas shows how one is falling short of a full response to God's majesty and goodness. Any such failure should be regarded as sinful. Father Silvester O'Flynn, OFM Cap
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbour as ourselves - we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant towards others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. It is not love of self but hatred of self which is at the root of the troubles that afflict our world.
Forgive what others have done to you.
Anything is possible for someone who has faith.
When you do good deeds, don't try to show off.
It is better to trip over your feet than your tongue.
Don't just sit there - do something.
The readings for this weekend's Masses are shown below in English. They are available in eleven other languages including French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish by clicking on this link.
A Reading from the First Book of Kings
The Lord said to Elijah: "Go, you are to anoint Elisha son of Shaphat as he was ploughing behind twelve yoke of oxen, he himself being with the twelfth. Elijah passed near to him and threw his cloak over him. Elisha left his oxen and ran after Elijah. "Let me kiss my father and mother, then I will follow you" he said. Elijah answered, "Go, go back; for have I done anything to you?" Elisha turned away, took the pair of oxen and slaughtered them. He used the plough for cooking the oxen, then gave to his men, who ate. He then rose, and followed Elijah, and became his servant.
Reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians
When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. My brothers, you were called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love, since the whole of the Law is summarised in a single command: Love your neighbour as yourself. If you go snapping at each other and tearing each other to pieces, you had better watch or you will destroy the whole community. Let me put it like this: if you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit; the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you.
Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?" But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village. As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus answered, "Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." Another to whom he said, "Follow me," replied, "Let me go and bury my father first." But he answered "Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the new of the kingdom of God" Another said, "I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home." Jesus said to him, "Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.".