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Posted on: 6 February, 2009


Sandyford/Leopardstown

CHRISTMAS 2008







18th January 2009 2nd Sunday in Ordinary time















Howls of Protest

This is something you may not want to hear. Even with faith in God it takes some getting used to. It's what Paul says in today's Second Reading: ‘you are not your own’ (1 Cor 6:19). You don’t have the final say over what you can and can’t do.
I can almost hear howls of protest from those who claim total ownership over themselves, from those who claim the ‘right’ to end their life at a time and in a manner of their choosing – and generally from anybody who doesn’t like being told what to do. And that covers a lot of people.
But isn’t it basic to our faith that we belong to God, and are happy with that? Isn’t that what baptism is about: acknowledging God's ownership of us?
We didn’t make ourselves, cause ourselves to be born, give ourselves life in any way whatsoever. So how can we possibly claim ownership over something we had no hand or act in making? We have been given as a gift unto ourselves- a gift for purpose not whimsy, for freedom not licence, forever not just a day.
But suppose, for the sake of argument, that God's word in Scripture were to tell us that God couldn’t care less what we did here; that God couldn’t be bothered whether we wiped ourselves off the face of the earth, for that matter, how would we feel?
I can almost hear howls of protest.
Fr.Tom Cahill, Divine Word Missionaries Email:tomcee@svdireland.com
CHURCH SERVICES:
DAILY MASS: 10.00am
WEEKEND MASSES:
Saturday Vigil: 7.00pm Sunday:10.00, 11.30am,
12.45pm. & 7.00pm
Confessions:
Saturdays after 10am & 7pm Masses
Priests:
Mgr.Dermot A Lane PP.Tel.295 6165
Fr. Philip Bradley CC. Tel.2952869
Parish Office: Tel./Fax2954296
Opening hours:
Tue – Fri 10.30am to 1.00pm___ Email:parishofbalally@eircom.net

Siolra Group 1
meets on Tuesday 20th January &
Siolra Group 2 :
meets next Friday 23rd January after 10.00am Mass in the Pastoral Centre

€€€ BINGO €€€ The Parish BINGO is held in St Olaf's School Hall every Friday at 8.45pm ~All Welcome~

An Induction Loop Amplifier is installed in this church. It is provided for the benefit of hearing aid users. Please switch your hearing aid to ‘T

Evening Prayer
Every Thursday Here in the church at 8.00 pm. All welcome

The Newsletter is now available on www.mylocalnews.ie this is a free service for all community group
Course for Cantors
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission are planning a four week course on the training of cantors. As you know a cantor is a person who leads the congregation in singing in particular at the Sunday mass.
If you feel, that with some training, you may be able to excerise this ministry, then this course is for you.
The course will be held here in the Church of Ascension on Thursday evenings at 8:30pm begininng on Jan 29th and contuning until Feburary 19th.
Please leave your name in the Parish Office as numbers must be conveyed to the organisers.
GET WELL To all our parishioners who are unwell at this time, at home or in hospital, we wish you all a speedy recovery

Emmaus Retreat Centre
A listing of some of the Workshops and Seminars which will take place at Emmaus Retreat Centre in January 2009 is posted on the notice board in the porch.
More Information is available on www.emmauscentre.ie or by calling 01-8700050

Kilternan Adult Education
Enrolment for the Spring Term
Sat 17th - Wed 21st January, 2009.
Sat - 9 - 11 am.
Mon, Tues & Wed 9.30-11.30 am.
Mon and Tues evenings 7 - 8.30 pm. Classes commence Mon 26th January
Classes available:
Art, Bridge, Computers, Creative Writing, Gardening, Guitar, Digital Photography, Drawing, Enjoying English, Flower Arranging, Irish Conversation, Set Dancing, Spanish and Yoga. Enquiries 2952050
LEGION OF MARY
Meetings: every Wednesday at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre. Works: Home and Hospital visitation. Tel: Pat: 2955321 or Deirdre: 4908578
A great privilege and a great challenge! Apostolic & evangelising work
. (Done in union with Our Blessed Lady)




Manresa Retreat Centre, Dollymount,
in addition to our usual range of events, commencing shortly: The Pilgrim Road, which will guide participants in a fresh way through some of the key moments of the Ignatian spiritual journey, starts at 7.30pm on 3 February. For further details about this and other events, you can visit our website at www.manresa.ie

The next 400 Club draw
takes place on
Friday 30th November. Subscriptions will be taken up after all masses next weekend 24th/25th January 2009

ORLAGH RETREAT CENTRE
Every Wednesday Evening,
8.00pm - 8.30pm:
CENTERING PRAYER:
a short reading, some quiet music and 20 minutes silence to open up to the presence and action of God within. “Come, Lord Jesus, come” No need to book and no charge. Just come along
. ~ All welcome~
info@orlagh.ie
ST OLAF'S LADIES CLUB
Wednesday 21st January
At 8.00pm
BELLY DANCING
With
Valerie Larkin

New Year Eco Prayer
Heavenly Father, at the start of this New Year
We confess that we have often taken this beautiful world for granted.
Help us to open our eyes afresh to the wonder of its beauty
And to care for the earth and the rest of creation as you would like us to.
Help us to take the environment more seriously,
Remembering the 3 Rs – that we might
Recycle anything that can be recycled,
Re-use anything that can be re-used & Reduce anything that can be reduced
So that at church – and at home –
We will tread more lightly on this earth. Amen.
Jesus Speaks
I know all about you
I watched you grow in your
mother's womb—
before you were born
I spoke your name
I know when you
stand up—when you
sit down
nothing is hidden
from me
come, waste some
time with me
J Janda
Amen: Support Service for Male Victims of Domestic Abuse.
Weekly Support Group Meetings – Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm.
Contact 046 – 9023718 for information

Prayer Path, Sunday readings -
I ask the grace to go and see where Jesus is staying.
Jesus asked them,
“What are you looking for?”
Something.
They weren’t sure what.
So they answered with a question:
“Where are you staying?”
“Come and see.”
They went.
The place was run of the mill.
But they stayed with him
And they found all
they had been seeking.
Christ,
take us to that place.
We want to spend time with you.
Make the dullness of our lives shine.
Three times the Lord called Samuel.
Three times he missed the call
Lord,
When you call us out of our sleep,
or in the midst of our turmoil,
Let us recognize you and answer.
Help us say : “Here I am, Lord!”
O Holy Spirit,
We house your splendor, or at least that is what you say.
Show us the brilliance you create in us, in others.
Lord, help me please to always make a home for you in my heart
and to receive within that home
the neighbors and friends
and especially the strangers whom I meet. I am grateful that you are God
and that you include me in your assembly, and in your love. Amen

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th – 25th January 2009
“That they may be one in your hand”
To mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an ecumenical liturgy will be held here in the church on Thursday evening next 22nd January at 8.00pm.
Rev Jeremy Nichols from the Dundrum Methodist church will be our special guest at this liturgy. You are all invited to attend, and please invite your neighbours from other churches to come along to this service & join us for a cup of tea afterwards.

Sacrament of Baptism
We welcome baby Cliona O’Connor
who was Baptised into the Christian Community in this church recently.

St Vincent De Paul
The monthly Church-Gate Collection for the Society of St Vincent DePaul will take place after all Masses this Weekend 17th /18th January

Focal Scoir

Go raibh ainm milis Iosa go taithneamhach scriofa i lar mo chroi-se.
A Mhuire, a Mhaithair,
go raibh Iosa agamsa
agus mise ag Iosa.

Tomas Daltun, Baile Atha Fherdia, Co. Lu



25th January 2009 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time














Revolutionary
Paul makes more strange statements this week. Take today's Second Reading, ‘Let those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning’ (1 Cor 7:29-31). He's convinced that the age in which he lives is ending. He's right in one sense, and wrong in another.
He's wrong if he means the end of the world in terms of chronological time. He's right if he means the end of this world for the Christan in terms of its ways and values. That has a ring to it that needs to be heard every bit as urgently today as it did in Paul's time in Corinth.
In fact, in today's gospel reading (Mark 1:14-20) we have Jesus preaching just that as his first public proclamation in the Gospel of Mark: ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’
Note the sequence here. Repent first; then believe. Clearly, acceptance of the news that Jesus brings as good is not possible without a change of heart and mind. And what is that news? Well, at this stage it's the fact that the kingdom of God is at hand. Later, in the light of Jesus’ resurrection it becomes clear that entry into the kingdom brings resurrected life: new, full and everlasting. When, like Paul we believe that such a destiny can be ours then we’ll look on this present world as passing, and act accordingly. Counter-cultural is what some people call it. Revolutionary is what I’d say it is!
Fr.Tom Cahill, Divine Word Missionaries
CHURCH SERVICES:
DAILY MASS: 10.00am
WEEKEND MASSES:
Saturday Vigil: 7.00pm Sunday:10.00, 11.30am,
12.45pm. & 7.00pm
Confessions:
Saturdays after 10am & 7pm Masses
Priests:
Mgr.Dermot A Lane PP.Tel.295 6165
Fr. Philip Bradley CC. Tel.2952869
Parish Office: Tel./Fax2954296
Opening hours:
Tue – Fri 10.30am to 1.00pm___ Email:parishofbalally@eircom.net

€€€BINGO €€€ The Parish BINGO is held in St Olaf's School Hall every Friday at 8.45pm ~All Welcome~

An Induction Loop Amplifier is installed in this church. It is provided for the benefit of hearing aid users. Please switch your hearing aid to ‘T

Evening Prayer
Every Thursday Here in the church at 8.00 pm.
All welcome

The Newsletter is now available on www.mylocalnews.ie this is a free service for all community group

HANDS ON THERAPY
Registered Shiatsu & Reflexology practitioner
Susan Boyce
Wednesdays & Thursday afternoons
311 Wedgewood, 087-1202341
GET WELL To all our parishioners who are unwell at this time, at home or in hospital, we wish you all a speedy recovery
Emmaus Retreat Centre
A listing of some of the Workshops and Seminars which will take place at Emmaus Retreat Centre in January 2009 is posted on the notice board in the porch.
More Information is available on www.emmauscentre.ie or by calling 01-8700050

The Irish Catholic Inaugural Lecture Christianity and Europe - Pope Benedict's vision and the question of European integration
John Allen
Wednesday February 11, 2009 at 7.30pm 
Attendance is free of charge, but places are limited and bookings are now being taken.
If you would like to be part of the audience, you can reserve your place by contacting
Michael Kelly at The Irish Catholic,
Email: michael@irishcatholic.ie
Tel: 01.427.6481.
John L. Allen Jr. is considered the most senior English-speaking Vaticanista (Vatican watcher) in Rome and an international expert on the Vatican's foreign policy as well as Pope Benedict's priorities for the Church in Europe.




Manresa Retreat Centre, Dollymount,
in addition to our usual range of events, commencing shortly: The Pilgrim Road, which will guide participants in a fresh way through some of the key moments of the Ignatian spiritual journey, starts at 7.30pm on 3 February. For further details about this and other events, you can visit our website at www.manresa.ie

The Juvenile Section had their Presentation night last Sunday with Sean Cavanagh as guest of honour. The club was honoured and privileged that Sean travelled down following Tyrone's McKenna Cup match in Omagh and this was appreciated by all who attended on the night. Congratulations to all players and teams that received awards in particular Roisin MacLoughlin who was put on the Juvenile Roll of Honour. There was no winner of the Club lotto- numbers drawn were 3, 4 & 16 and the jackpot is now €1300. Finally Scor na bPaisti Naomh Olaf is on in the Clubhouse this Sunday from 1.00pm with entrants from 12 local schools participating in Irish dance, music and singing categories - all are welcome www.naomholaf.com

Dublin Diocesan World Day of the sick committee 2009 invites you to Conversations on Suicide –
a community responds
Saturday 7th February 2009
from 9am to 1pm
St John of God's Conference Centre, Stillorgan, Co.Dublin.
For further information contact
Trisha Conway on 0876220349

The next 400 Club draw
takes place on
Friday 30th January . Subscriptions will be taken up after all masses this weekend 24th/25th January 2009
Public Lecture
(organised by the Irish Council of Christians and Jews)
In the Samuel Taca Hall,
Terenure Synagogue,
Rathfarnham Rd.
On Thursday 5 February 2009 at 8pm
“Jewish – Christian Dialogue:
Unresolved theological questions since Vatican II”
Speaker: Dr Dermot A Lane


The final enrolment for entry to
Queen of Angels school is now taking place. If you are interested in enrolling your child for September 2009 please contact the school at Reception.
Phone Number:2955483
The Forty Somethings
Are you between 35 and 45? Would you like to meet other Catholics of your age from parishes in the Dublin Diocese for social and spiritual events? The Fortysomethings invite you to a New Members Meeting in the Trinity Capital Hotel, Pearse Street, at 8.30pm on Friday 6 February. For more inforation or to receive our newsletter of regular events, email dublin40somethings@gmail.com or ring Declan on 087 7608268 or Bernadette on 085 7767098

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18th – 25th January 2009
Our Ecumenical Liturgy held here on Thursday last was a very prayerful event. Thank you to all who attended and invited their neighbours from other churches.
Love is one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour. St Paul

Prayer Path, Sunday readings -
I ask the grace to abandon my nets and follow Jesus.
Jesus called
Simon and Andrew.
They dropped their nets.
James and John left their boats,
With their father sitting in one.
Jesus,
we hear you calling us.
We want to leave our boats
and drop our nets.
Help us let go.
God called Jonah.
He ran away.
God only wants us to
Turn to him.
Over and over,
let us answer your constant calls, Lord.
When we think we’ve turned as far as we can let us turn again.
Time flies at warp speed.
Lord, let us not cling to things.
Make us indifferent
to everything but love

Lord,
help me please to always make a home for you in my heart
and to receive within that home
the neighbors and friends
and especially the strangers whom I meet. I am grateful that you are God
and that you include me in your assembly, and in your love.
Amen


Course for Cantors
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission are planning a four week course on the training of cantors. As you know a cantor is a person who leads the congregation in singing in particular at the Sunday mass.
If you feel, that with some training, you may be able to excerise this ministry, then this course is for you.
The course will be held here in the Church of Ascension on Thursday evenings at 8:30pm begininng on Jan 29th and contuning until Feburary 19th.
Please leave your name in the Parish Office as numbers must be conveyed to the organisers.

ORLAGH RETREAT CENTRE
Every Wednesday Evening,
8.00pm - 8.30pm:
CENTERING PRAYER:
a short reading, some quiet music and 20 minutes silence to open up to the presence and action of God within. “Come, Lord Jesus, come” No need to book and no charge. Just come along
. ~ All welcome~
info@orlagh.ie

Focal Scoir

Gloir don Athair, gloir don Mhac,
Gloir don Spiorad Naofa,
Gloir don Te a d’iompar an chrois,
Is a cheannaigh na daoine.

Tomas Daltun,
Baile Atha Fherdia, Co. Lu

8th February 2009 5th Sunday in Ordinary time















Bad Will Hunting
The street-wise say that God created man in his own image and likeness, and then man returned the compliment.
The incident in today's Gospel reading (Mark1:29-39), where Simon and his companions go out ‘hunting’ for Jesus, reminds me of that quip. The Greek verb used in verse 36 is katadioko. A very strong word, it usually implies a hostile intent. So, ‘hunting down’ Jesus more accurately conveys what Simon was doing.
While people slept, Jesus made his way unhindered by the darkness to a deserted place to pray. People considered such places, devoid of human beings, as abodes of demons. Having just cast out many demons he now follows them to their dwelling. He has no fear. No evil can touch him. For
Jesus, even an abode of evil is a place for prayer! That's a powerful and dramatic message: there are no God-free or prayer-free zones in life.
Back to the hunt again. Why would Simon want to hunt down Jesus? Well, he has just left everything to follow him, and now Jesus has disappeared. This does not fit the image of Jesus that Simon has. Finding him gone in the morning is a shock. This is the first time it has happened. What does it mean? Has Jesus run off? Is he a fraud, or a loony? Has Simon made one awful fool of himself in abandoning his livelihood for him? So, in doubt, frustration, and anger he sets out to find him. He's looking for Jesus, but on his own terms.

Fr.Tom Cahill SVD,
Divine Word Missionaries

CHURCH SERVICES:
DAILY MASS: 10.00am
WEEKEND MASSES:
Saturday Vigil: 7.00pm Sunday:10.00, 11.30am,
12.45pm. & 7.00pm
Confessions: Saturdays after 10am & 7pm Masses
Priests:
Mgr.Dermot A Lane PP.Tel.295 6165
Fr. Philip Bradley CC. Tel.2952869
Parish Office: Tel./Fax2954296
Opening hours:
Tue – Fri 10.30am to 1.00pm___ Email:parishofbalally@eircom.net
The Parish Community of our Lady of the Rosary, Harold's Cross
will be celebrating
The Vocation of Marriage
at all Masses,
w/e 14th /15th February 2009.
Saturday: 7pm, Sunday: 9am & 10.30am (family Mass) and 12 noon.
All couples married in Harold's Cross over the years are invited back to celebrate by attending any of these Masses.
The Irish Catholic Inaugural Lecture Christianity and Europe –
Pope Benedict's vision and the question
of European integration
John Allen
Wed February 11, 2009 at 7.30pm 
Attendance is free of charge. If you would like to be part of the audience, please contact Michael Kelly at The Irish Catholicl: michael@irishcatholic.ie
Tel: 01.427.6481. John L. Allen Jr. is considered the most senior English-speaking Vaticanista (Vatican watcher) in Rome and an international expert on the Vatican's foreign policy as well as Pope Benedict's priorities for the Church in Europe.

ORLAGH RETREAT CENTRE
Every Wednesday Evening,
8.00pm - 8.30pm:
CENTERING PRAYER:
a short reading, some quiet music and 20 minutes silence to open up to the presence and action of God within. “Come, Lord Jesus, come” No need to book and no charge. Just come along
~ All welcome~ info@orlagh.ie___

Word On Web - Lent 2009 here in the church on PowerPoint & followed by conference call discussion
Presented by the Orlagh Team
The Gospel of Mark –
“To See or Not To See”
Module 1: Tuesday 10th Mar
What is a Gospel? Why did Mark Write?
Module 2: Tuesday 24th Mar
Jesus and the Kingdom Metaphor & Meaning
Module 3: Tuesday 7th April
Jesus and the Disciples, The Way of the Cross

WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 5th March 2009
Our parish joins with the parishes of Sandyford and Church of Ireland Kilternan every year to celebrate this International, Interdenominational world day of prayer.
This year's service will be held in Church of Ireland, Kilternan at 8.00pm
All Welcome

Balally Family Resource Centre
OPEN COFFEE MORNING For
“CARERS IN OUR COMMUNITY”
THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY
Pop in between 10.30am – 12.30pm
Have a cuppa, a chat & get some information at
The Scout Den, Wedgewood Ph: 2952167

Club News
Very hard luck to our U21 hurlers who lost out to Thomas Davis in the Championship last Saturday. Olaf's were leading by a point in injury time in extra time when Davis’ scrambled home a goal to win out 4-10 to 1-17. Nonetheless well done to all the players and mentors concerned not only this year but over many years up through all the under age grades. There was no winner of the Club lotto- numbers drawn were 8, 9 & 16 and the jackpot is now €1500. Finally anyone looking for photos from the Juvenile Presentation can request it at info@naomholaf.com___

Seaside Retreats (For lay people only)
Faithful Companions of Jesus,




Ibricken Lodge, Spanish Point, Co Clare.
Retreats - June- Sept 2008
(Offering: €65 Euro per day)
Deposit €70 when making a booking
Bookings taken after 1st February 2009
Contact: Sr Veronica Carey fcj
Ballygrennan, Bruff, Co. Limerick.
Ph: 0610382106 / 087-2705512
veronicafcj@yahoo.ie

CYC
A Conference on Young Adult Ministry Fr. John Cusick Archdiocese of Chicago will speak in the following Venues:
Clonliffe College Drumcondra on
Monday 9th February @ 8pm
Esplande Hotel Bray on Tuesday 10th February @ 8pm
City West Hotel on Wednesday 11th February @ 8pm
The cost for a parish is €25 per person or €50 for parish group
400 Club Results for January ‘09
1st: €1,145: P & M Mcloughlin
2nd: €250: Tommy Dargan
3rd :€250: Mona Hopkins
Support Service for Male Victims of Domestic Abuse.
Weekly Support Group Meetings
Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm.
Contact 046 9023718 for further information.
18th Conference of Divine Mercy
“His Mercy is from age to age...”
(Luke 1:50)
21st /22nd February 2009
RDS Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Speakers:
Bishop Eamonn Walsh, Fr Patrice Chocholski; Anne – Lay Apostle &
Fr Cathal Price
Details on notice board in church porch
Our Lady's Grove Secondary School present ‘SHOWTIME’ Wed 11th and Thurs 12th February in the School Hall at 8pm. the students will perform hits from musicals: My Fair Lady, Mamma Mia, Chicago to name but a few. An Irish section and a few Rock n Roll numbers will also liven up the evening. Tickets are available from reception on 2951913
€€€ BINGO €€€ The Parish BINGO is held in St Olaf's School Hall every Friday at 8.45pm ~All Welcome~

LEGION OF MARY
Meetings: every Wednesday at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre. Works: Home and Hospital visitation. Tel: Pat: 2955321 or Deirdre: 4908578 A great privilege and a great challenge! Apostolic & evangelising work.
(Done in union with Our Blessed Lady)




GET WELL To all our parishioners who are unwell at this time, at home or in hospital, we wish you all a speedy recovery


St Padre Pio
The St Padre Pio Mass and devotions takes place next Tuesday 10th February at 8.00pm
All welcome
Please note: Next month's devotions will be at the earlier time of 7.00pm on Tuesday 10th March as there will be a Word On Web presentation of the gospel of St Mark on PowerPoint here in the church at 8.00pm
The Sacrament of the Sick
On Sunday 22th February, during the 11.30am Mass, here in the Church,
the Sacrament of the
Anointing of the Sick
will be administered to all those
who wish to partake.
We also encourage you to bring your neighbour who may be housebound and might like to be present.

The Annual ACCORD Collection
The Diocesan Agency for Marriage and the Family, will be made at all masses next weekend. 14th /15th February
The collection for Accord will replace
the usual SHARE Collection.

An Induction Loop Amplifier is installed in this church. It is provided for the benefit of hearing aid users. Please switch your hearing aid to ‘T
Prayer Path, Sunday Readings -
I ask the grace to pursue Jesus.
The four Sunday Gospels leading up to Lent picture Jesus healing individuals from their various illnesses. Today we see his healing of Simon's mother..
Simon Peter said,
“Everyone was looking for you,” as you carried your message across Galilee.
Whole towns gathered at your door, their sick in tow.
We too clamor to find you,
here, in our day.
Please, Lord, heal us too.
Grasp our hands. Help us up. Dark night, tedious day,
weeks of misery, restless heart.
As with Job,
the suffering
puzzles our small souls
But, we give thanks to you,
for giving us your Son
to stand with us in suffering,
to love,
to give us hope.
Jesus, we welcome you. Lord, share
Paul's passion with us.
Let us come not as great lords,
but as slaves to all.
Pour your grace into others through us,
the grace that flows down
abundantly into us.

Focal Scoir
Beannacht a leat, a Theach De, agus beannacht De inar dtimpeall; nar scara uainne grasta De go bhfillmid chun a theampeaill.

An Cononach Seamas S. de Val
Bun Cloidi, Co.Loch Garman











CHRISTMAS 2008

Fr. Dermot A. Lane PP.

Christmas means different things to different people. One thing is clear: it is not necessarily a festive or a joyful celebration for everybody. For some Christmas is the the loneliest time of the year: for those who live alone, for those have no family left, or for those who have buried a loved one in the last 12 months. For others providing essential service it can be just another working day.

This year, Christmas 2008 is going to be grim for those who have become unexpectedly unemployed, for those whose savings, pensions or investments have been seriously dented by the collapse of the financial services, or those who may be facing into pay cuts in the New Year.

Yet in spite of the material circumstances in which we find ourselves, it is possible to appreciate the spiritual significance of Christmas and to derive some comfort, encouragement and hope from this. There are several layers to the Christmas story. For some it is the light shinning in the darkness, for others it is the child in the crib at Bethlehem, and still others it is the image of Mary and Joseph as emigrants. There is, however, another dimension to Christmas that is worth pondering.

Last October Catholic Bishops from around the world gathered at a Synod in Rome to reflect on “The Word of God in the life and mission of Church”. One of the outstanding speeches at the Synod was given by an Anglican Bishop from Durham, England, N.T. Wright—something unthinkable 50 years ago. Catholic and Protestants are now united everywhere in giving primacy to the Word of God.

Christmas about recognising the Incarnation of the Word of God in Jesus or as St John puts it: “the Word (of God) was made flesh and lived among us”(John1:14). This extraordinary claim that Christians make at Christmas is often seen as a once off exception: a bolt of the blue, something that happened 2000 years ago, and so they lose interest very quickly. The truth, however, is that the Word of God has been active from the beginning of time: in the story of creation, in the prophets of Israel, and during these last days in the life of Jesus. For example, in the book of Wisdom we are told that the “all powerful Word (of God) leaped down from heaven into the midst of the land” of Israel (Wisdom 18:14-15). It is the same Word of God which appeared in Israel that is made flesh in Jesus and continues to live among us in the Bible and the Sacraments, especially in the Eucharist.

However, if we fail to see the Word of God active in creation and in the prophets of Israel, it is unlikely we will appreciate the Word of God revealed in the baby at Bethlehem. Likewise, if we do not see the Word of God present in the beauty of the cosmos, in the wonders of nature, and in the heart beat of every human being, it is unlikely we will be able to see the Word of God in Jesus of Nazareth. If we are to see the Word of God in these realities around us, we need to stand still under the starry sky, to pause before the splendour of the cosmos, or to visit the crib in the quietness of a church.
In brief, Christmas is about the Gift of God's Word to the world in the form of the Infant. The best gift you can give at Christmas, in imitation of God, is the gift of yourself to another human being: your presence, your time, and your love.
I wish everyone in Balally a Happy Christmas, a Peaceful New Year, and a glimpse of the Word of God in Jesus.
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Advent Morning Prayer
Our sincere thanks to the organizers and leaders, who so carefully prepared and guided us through the daily
Morning Prayer. Appropriate and well chosen Scripture texts, reflections, music and lights helped to focus our
minds as we prepared for the coming of our Incarnate God. Thanks to each one who attended, bringing the spark of Christ with them.



Evening Prayer.
Thank you also to the five evening prayer groups who prepare and lead evening prayer each Thursday night
throughout the year at 8.00pm

Greetings from Indonesia:
‘Through the Parish Newsletter,
I want to wish all parishioners a very happy and peace-filled Christmas. May Christ be born anew in the heart of each one.
May 2008 bring many blessings to you and your family. Remembering you all in prayer’
Sr Margaret fcj

GET WELL - Best Wishes
to all our parishioners who are unwell at this time, at home or in hospital, we wish you all a speedy recovery.
Wishing All our Readers a very happy and peace-filled Christmas & a warm welcome to all who are visiting our parish or returning home for the Christmas We wish you joy, peace and happiness.

A celebration Mass for the children who were baptised in our Church during 2008
All children who were baptised during the year in our church, with their Parents and Godparents,are
invited to come to the 12.45p.m. Mass on Sunday 11th January, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
You are invited to bring your baptismal candle, family and friends to this celebration.

SIMON Community
Christmas day
Chocolate appeal
Again the annual appeal for non-perishable festive food such as Chocolate, Cakes or Soup
for distribution to the SIMON community.
These will be brought up during the offertory at the 10.00am Family Mass on Christmas Day.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated

THE PARISH OFFICE
will be closed until Tuesday 6th January 2008





CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve. Wed. Dec. 24th
Mass: 10.00 am
Vigil Mass: 10.00 pm
Carols will be sung from 9.30p.m.
Christmas Day:
Masses: 9.00 am;
10.00am (Family Mass) 11.30am(Adult Choir) & 12.45pm (Congregetional singing)
No evening Mass on Christmas Day
Thank you
to all who work so hard preparing the church and enhancing our Liturgies - The Cleaning Guild, Floral Team, Altar Society, Liturgy groups, Stewards, Choir and Ministers of the Word and Ministers of the Eucharist and all of you who come and participate daily and weekly, to all who collect and deliver for the church, your contribution is very much appreciate


CHURCH SERVICES:
DAILY MASS: 10.00am
Rosary: 9.40am
WEEKEND MASSES:
Saturday Vigil:7.00pm
Sunday : 10.00am 11.30am, 12.45pm. & 7.00pm
Evening Prayer Thurs 8.00 pm
Confessions: Saturdays
After 10am and 7pm Masses
Priests:
Fr Dermot A Lane PP Tel. 295 6165
Fr Philip Bradley CC Tel.2952869
Parish Office: (9.00am – 1.00pm)
Tel./Fax 295 4296 Email:parishofbalally@eircom.net
Focal Scoir
Cunamh saibhris so shiol Adhaimh:
Mac ma mgras do theacht le sioth,
Neamh is talamh: ceannach caic -
Nach mor an lan @na hucht ag Mnaoi

An tAthair Reamonn O Muiri
Cookstown, Co. Tyrone


4th January 2009 2nd Sunday of Christmas










Wisdom
A Chinese proverb tells us that the first step towards wisdom is getting things by their right names. What more important name to get right than ‘God’? So, is our response to that name chilly, wary or warm? In Things Hidden, Richard Rohr points out, ‘Most people do not realise that humanity did not, by and large, expect love from God before the biblical revelation.’ Capricious pagan gods were to be placated. Those who submitted to them, though intelligent, lacked wisdom in naming them ‘gods’ instead of ‘illusions’.
Our God is not an illusion, or capricious. God is steadfast in love. Made in God's image and likeness, so too are we. Any response to God on our part other than love would be unworthy of God. God gives love, wants love, wants love; is love.
Today's First Reading (Sir 24:1-4). 8-12) calls God ‘the Most High’ (24:3).
That's where we set our sights: high.
We don’t lower them to near worship pf superficial entertainment, or to escapist busyness that blinds us to the past, locks us to the present and numbs us to the future. Instead let's use right names and call the past ‘teacher’, the present ‘opportunity’, and the future ‘hope’.
Then life can bring us wisdom, and fashion us in full. Otherwise, the words of Greek tragedian Aeschylus (525-456 BCE) may haunt us by their beauty and their dread: ‘Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.’ Fr. Tom Cahill, Divine Word Missionaries
Email:tomcee@svdireland.com
Psalm
Most High God
Hashem

I stand in wonder
I stand in awe
before the
overwhelming beauty
of Your manifesting

O Elohim
O Unmanifested One

You Who are unseen
hiding in all
that is seen

Praise be your humility
your delicacy
your gentleness
your power

All is an expression
of You—
O Divine Consciousness
J Janda
CHURCH SERVICES:
DAILY MASS: 10.00am
WEEKEND MASSES:
Saturday Vigil: 7.00pm Sunday:10.00, 11.30am,
12.45pm. & 7.00pm
Confessions:
Saturdays after 10am & 7pm Masses
Priests: Mgr.Dermot A Lane PP.
Tel. 295 6165
Fr. Philip Bradley CC. Tel.2952869
Parish Office: Tel./Fax2954296
Opening hours:
Tue – Fri 10.30am to 1.00pm___ Email:parishofbalally@eircom.net
EPIPHANY of the Lord 2008

Tuesday 6th January
Masses: (Vigil– Monday): 7.30pm
Tuesday : 10.00am,
1.10pm & 7.30pm

A celebration Mass for the children who were baptised in our Church during 2008
All children who were baptised during the year in our church, with their Parents and Godparents, are invited to come to the 12.45p.m. Mass on Sunday 11th January, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
You are invited to bring your baptismal candle, family and friends to this celebration.

€€€ BINGO €€€ The Parish BINGO is held in St Olaf's School Hall every Friday at 8.45pm ~All Welcome~

The Rosary
is recited every morning at 9.40am before daily Mass

The New Year brings with it several new initiatives here in Manresa, in addition to our usual range of events. Two of these will be commencing shortly:
Movies that Matter, which will explore issues of faith and culture through the medium of film, starts at 7.30pm on 14 January;
The Pilgrim Road, which will guide participants in a fresh way through some of the key moments of the Ignatian spiritual journey, starts at 7.30pm on 3 February.
For further details about these and other events, you can visit our website at www.manresa.ie

ST OLAF'S LADIES CLUB
Wednesday 7th January
At 8.00pm
Natasha Kydd
Salsa Dancing


Evening Prayer
Every Thursday Here in the church at 8.00 pm. All welcome

“I can live for two months on one good compliment” Mark Twain
St Padre Pio
Mass and Devotions will take place on Tuesday 9th January at 8.00pm
The Balally Padre Pio Group have been meeting for mass and devotions in this church on the second Tuesday of each month for the past 25 years.

LEGION OF MARY
Meetings: every Wednesday at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre. Works: Home and Hospital visitation. Tel: Pat: 2955321 or Deirdre: 4908578 A great privilege and a great challenge! Apostolic & evangelising work. (Done in union with Our Blessed Lady)
GET WELL To all our parishioners who are unwell at this time, at home or in hospital, we wish you all a speedy recovery
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Marionette Theatre,
Rise Loutek Prague
Will present
The Christmas Story
in St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral,
Marlborough Street.
January 4th & 6th
St. Sylvester's Church, Malahide
January 5th
at 3.00 p.m.
ORLAGH RETREAT CENTRE A DAY FOR YOURSELF
TO START THE NEW YEAR
If you would like something to help you start the new year with enthusiasm come to Orlagh Retreat Centre on Saturday, January 10th for a
DAY FOR YOURSELF
on the theme
You Are God's Beloved. Do You Believe It? The day will be led by Bernadette Toal and John Byrne OSA and will run from 10 am to 4.30 pm with the option of staying on for Mass at 4.30 pm. €45 (including a full lunch).To book a place on this event contact Fr. John Byrne OSA Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Road, Dublin 16. Tel (01) 4958190. Email info@orlagh.ie
Every Wed Evening,
8.00pm - 8.30pm:
CENTERING PRAYER:
a short reading, some quiet music and 20 minutes silence to open up to the presence and action of God within. “Come, Lord Jesus, come”No need to book and no charge.
Just come along.
~ All welcome~
“The mind should teach the heart to feel; the heart should teach the mind to see.” Timothy Radcliffe
An Induction Loop Amplifier is installed in this church. It is provided for the benefit of hearing aid users.
Please switch your hearing aid to ‘T

Prayer Path, Sunday readings -

I ask the grace offer my gifts to the Christ.
O Christ,
here comes everybody
to soak in your light and bask in your glow.
We are the wise and ignorant, kings and beggars, CEO's and cowboys.
We are from Ireland, South Africa, the Philippines
from everywhere.
Shine your soft light
on the darkness inside us.
Incense our minds and hearts with your grace.
Be the gift that we give. Caravans come.
Nations bask in your light.
Our own hearts throb and overflow.
You have poured out
Your riches upon us.
Thank you. Ancient promises
made good
in the newborn babe.
And all of us invited
to the gala now.
Christ, you have touched us,
changed us forever.
Let us shine like stars.





Focal Scoir

Go raibh Ainm mhilis Iosa
Go taithneamhnach scriofa
I lar mo croise

Sean – Phaidir Gaelach

11th January 2009 The Baptism of the Lord
















No Empty Word
As a missionary in Indonesia I baptised hundreds of babies, but only one adult. Part of a Holy Saturday vigil, that adult baptism hugely impressed the congregation by the dignity of its rite and the sincerity of its candidate. Seeing an adult freely and joyfully commit himself to Jesus for life in public was a compelling sign of God's Spirit at work.
Today's feast, the Baptism of the Lord, is a reminder of our own baptism. For those of us baptised as babies it's a non-event because we can’t remember it. Its impact is not what it might have been had we been adult when baptised. However, we have ratified what our parents did on our behalf either negatively by not discarding our faith, or positively by making a conscious decision at some stage of our life to continue being a follower of Jesus. Either way, today's readings Isa 55:1-11, where God says that God's word does not return empty but fulfils its mission, and Mark 1:7-11, where God calls Jesus the beloved son in whom he is well pleased, applies to us baptised.
In baptism God gives us a mission. It's a mission to make God known to our world, especially to those who do not know God. While that mission is general to all baptised, the way we carry out is specific to ourselves. Realising we have it, and discovering how to carry it out, gives purpose to our life – and makes us the beloved son or daughter in whom the Father is well pleased.
Fr.Tom Cahill, Divine Word Missionaries Email:tomcee@svdireland.com
CHURCH SERVICES:
DAILY MASS: 10.00am
WEEKEND MASSES:
Saturday Vigil: 7.00pm Sunday:10.00, 11.30am,
12.45pm. & 7.00pm
Confessions:
Saturdays after 10am & 7pm Masses
Priests:
Mgr.Dermot A Lane PP.Tel.295 6165
Fr. Philip Bradley CC. Tel.2952869
Parish Office: Tel./Fax2954296
Opening hours:
Tue – Fri 10.30am to 1.00pm___ Email:parishofbalally@eircom.net

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
A celebration Mass for the children who were baptised in our Church during 2008
All children who were baptised during the year in our church, with their Parents and Godparents, are invited to come to the 12.45p.m. Mass this Sunday 11th January,
You are invited to bring your baptismal candle, family and friends to this celebration.

€€€ BINGO €€€ The Parish BINGO is held in St Olaf's School Hall every Friday at 8.45pm ~All Welcome~

An Induction Loop Amplifier is installed in this church. It is provided for the benefit of hearing aid users. Please switch your hearing aid to ‘T

The Rosary is recited every morning at 9.40am before daily Mass
Evening Prayer
Every Thursday Here in the church at 8.00 pm. All welcome

St Padre Pio
Best wishes to The Balally Padre Pio Group which has been meeting for mass and devotions in this church on the second Tuesday of each month for the past 25 years.
Mass and Devotions will take place next Tuesday 13th January at 8.00pm
All welcome


LEGION OF MARY
Meetings: every Wednesday at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre. Works: Home and Hospital visitation. Tel: Pat: 2955321 or Deirdre: 4908578 A great privilege and a great challenge! Apostolic & evangelising work. (Done in union with Our Blessed Lady)


GET WELL To all our parishioners who are unwell at this time, at home or in hospital, we wish you all a speedy recovery.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Catholic Youth Care
Acknowledges with thanks the donation of €2,325.00 from The Church of the Ascension of the Lord, In support of our Annual Appeal
May the Lord bless the young People of our diocese

Emmaus Retreat Centre
A listing of some of the Workshops and Seminars which will take place at Emmaus Retreat Centre in January 2009 is posted on the notice board in the porch. More Information is available on www.emmauscentre.ie or by calling 01-8700050

Amen: Support Service for Male Victims of Domestic Abuse.
Weekly Support Group Meetings – Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm.
Contact 046 – 9023718 for
further information.

Sacrament of Baptism
We welcome babies
Michael Connors
Maya Boyne
David Dijkgraaf
Joseph and Craig O’Connor
who were Baptised into the Christian Community in this church recently.

St Vincent De Paul
The monthly Church-Gate Collection for the Society of St Vincent DePaul will take place after all Masses next Weekend 17th /18th January


Kilternan Adult Education
Enrolment for the Spring Term
Sat 17th - Wed 21st January, 2009.
Sat - 9 - 11 am.
Mon, Tues & Wed 9.30-11.30 am.
Mon and Tues evenings 7 - 8.30 pm. Classes commence Mon 26th January
Classes available:
Art, Bridge, Computers, Creative Writing, Gardening, Guitar, Digital Photography, Drawing, Enjoying English, Flower Arranging, Irish Conversation, Set Dancing, Spanish and Yoga.
Enquiries 2952050

ORLAGH RETREAT CENTRE
Every Wed Evening,
8.00pm - 8.30pm:
CENTERING PRAYER:
a short reading, some quiet music and 20 minutes silence to open up to the presence and action of God within. “Come, Lord Jesus, come”
No need to book and no charge.
Just come along.
~ All welcome~
info@orlagh.ie

The Balally Parish Bethany Support Group provides a confidential service to those who have suffered bereavement of loss of any kind. The members of the
group are trained listeners and can be contacted by phone:
Michael: 2955148; Teresa: 2950192; Denise: 2959908; Maria: 2956019
The Newsletter is now available on www.mylocalnews.ie this is a free service for all community group
Prayer Path, Sunday readings -

I ask the grace to know the Beloved of God.
John baptized Jesus with water.
The Spirit broke through Earth's edges
gushed into the world of time
and told us againGod is with us.
Spirit,
tear open the heavens.
Break through our
Boundaries, set-in-stone,
and descend right into the depths
of our hearts.
Pour rivers of grace upon us. We cannot feast
on foods that will not fill us.
We drink and we still thirst.
O God,
you are the water
that quenches.
The food that delights.
Let us seek you, Lord,
and find you,
Come to the water and bless our thirst. God,
on the banks of the Jordan
you showed us again your loving plan.
Your beloved Son
for all people always.
Your love knows no bounds.
Help us lift all the
boundaries we build in your path.





The New Year brings with it several new initiatives here in Manresa, in addition to our usual range of events. Two of these will be commencing shortly:
Movies that Matter, which will explore issues of faith and culture through the medium of film, starts at 7.30pm on 14 January;
The Pilgrim Road, which will guide participants in a fresh way through some of the key moments of the Ignatian spiritual journey, starts at 7.30pm on 3 February.
For further details about these and other events, you can visit our website at www.manresa.ie
Sympathy We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and many friends of Mark Johns from Moreen Ave & John Duncan from Ballymoss Rd who died recently, May they rest in the peace of Christ.
Focal Scoir

A Dhia, lion me led lanacht;
A Dhia, dion me led scaileacht;
A Dhia, meadaigh me led ghrasta
A Dhia, ar scath do Mhic ungtha.

Tomas Daltun, Baile Atha Fherdia, Co. Lu 


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