25 October 2020
Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine
1 Mac 6: 14-15; Sir 45:13; Sg 5:1
Revelation 11: 19; 12: 1.3-6.10
Gospel: Luke 1: 39-50
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day, all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.”
Saints of the week
- Wed 28 Saints Simon and Jude, apostles – feast.
Next Sunday’s Readings (All Saints)
- Revelation 7:2-4.9-14
- Ps 23
- 1 Joh 3,1-3
- Mt. 5:1-12a
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
“All generations will call me blessed”: “The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.” The Church rightly honors “the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs…. This very special devotion … differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.” The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an “epitome of the whole Gospel,” express this devotion to the Virgin Mary.
After speaking of the Church, her origin, mission, and destiny, we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary. In her we contemplate what the Church already is in her mystery on her own “pilgrimage of faith,” and what she will be in the homeland at the end of her journey. There, “in the glory of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity,” “in the communion of all the saints,”The Church is awaited by the one she venerates as Mother of her Lord and as her own mother.
In the meantime the Mother of Jesus, in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven, is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come. Likewise she shines forth on earth until the day of the Lord shall come, a sign of certain hope and comfort to the pilgrim People of God. (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, §§ 971-972).
Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles.
In the Gospel of Luke Simon is called “the zealot” meaning he may have belonged to a radical anti-Roman group. Jude the son of James spoke with Jesus at the last supper.
“Judas, not the Iscariot, said to Him: “Lord, how is it, that Thou wilt manifest Thyself to us, and not to the world?” And he received from Jesus this reply: “If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him. (Jn.14, 22-23)
According to tradition, the two Saints preached together and were martyred together in Persia. St. Simon is represented in art with a saw, the instrument of his martyrdom. St. Jude’s square points him out as an architect of the house of God.
Saint Jude is the patron saint of hopeless cases; The origin of this devotion is said to be that no one would pray to him because his name was so like that of the traitor Judas Iscariot. Only people who had tried every other option would in desperation turn to him! Saint Simon is the patron saint of Tanners.
These Saints remind us to execute the will of God with a sense of inquiry and passion.
Holy Apostles, pray for us!
Last weekend’s Mass-collection € 594.84 Thanks for your generosity!
World Mission Sunday World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal so the life-giving work of missionaries can continue. During the Masses on 24th and 25th October there will be a second collection after H. Communion.
Buffet at Neo’s Sports Club Tuesday 27th October 1.30PM. Only 50 places. €18 (€5 to Hospice). Drinks extra. All monies raised go directly to the Hospice. To book see list in the Coffee Shop or contact Fr. Jim (99793169).
2nd November: All Souls 9 AM Mass in AK. 3 PM Mass at the cemetery (Saint Cosmas Chapel) and blessing of graves.
Caritas: we need your help! Could you please consider these items for your next donations? Nan 1-2 baby formula, nappies, babycare products. You can bring your donation to the Presbytery (drop off on the table in front of the house), to the Learning Refuge (contact parish office) or to the church (put it in the trolley behind the church). For more information, contact Fr. Fernando or Wendy Burdon (99040294). Thank you for your ongoing donations, support and prayers!
Hospice Archangel Michael Christmas Bazaar 2020: At the Conference Room in the Hospice, 16th November — 20th November between 9am – 11am. For information on restrictions, please contact Mona 99494140.
Hospice Shop From Monday 19th October, end of summer sale: all clothes half price!
75th Anniversary End of World War II Poppies available in Coffee shop plus some metal poppies and some wrist bands. On Sunday 15th November (UK remembrance Sunday) we will hold our annual 2 minute silence after 12 midday Mass. All welcome!
Hundred Club The next draw is in December. To pay in, see Ruth on the third Sunday of each month at the Coffee Shop. New members are welcome!
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