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Sunday 6th June 2021
‘He has gone out of his mind’
In the Gospel today we read that Jesus has returned home and causes quite a commotion on his arrival. Word about this healer and teacher has gotten around, the crowds have gathered, and the religious leaders are not happy. Jesus’ growing popularity has started to upset daily life for his family to the point where ‘they could not eat’. In an effort to protect their son and their brother, Jesus’ family try to explain away his ‘unruly’ behaviour. They tell the crowd and the religious leaders that Jesus does not mean what he says, he has simply ‘gone out of his mind’. In their view, things have gone too far. Jesus was preaching a message that seemed radical to many. He knows that bringing about God’s dream for the world involves speaking out and behaving in ways that are counter cultural. The religious leaders go so far as to say that Jesus was possessed by a demon. It was their way of ‘explaining away’ someone that they could not cope with, someone who was challenging their systems and practices. We can think of those in society today who are ‘explained away’; those whom society wishes would stop speaking out because it is uncomfortable to listen to. Name-calling is often a last resort when institutions or ‘powers’ are disgruntled. The young climate activist, Greta Thunberg, knows this well. Following taunts by Presidents and Fossil Fuel executives towards her, she famously said, ‘When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go… and then you know you’re winning.’ The end of today’s Gospel is troubling as Jesus seems to dismiss his mother, his brothers and sisters. But Jesus’ mission is now wider than his immediate family. It is not that he no longer cares for them, God’s vision and Jesus’ vision for this world are now one. As sometimes happens in life, we have to let go of certain things in order to follow our true path.
Jane Mellett,

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Pray for Our Deceased Friends

Recently Deceased: Sam Oakes, Talbots Inch. Martin Flynn, Melville Heights. Patricia Lawlor, College Gardens. Nora Feehan, Jenkinstown.  
Anniversaries: Sean (Georgie) Leahy (Sat 6.15). Mary Maher (Sun 9.30). Michael Shortall (Sun 10.30). Jim O’ Brien (Sun 12.00). Peter Flannery (Sun 12.30). Rose Ryan. John Alley Jr. Paul O’Donovan. May Malone. Mary & Tommy Deegan. Gerry Keys. Deceased members of the Keys & Flynn Families. Edwin Stallard. James & Mary O’Brien.
Intentions for next weekend: John Kenny (Sat 6.15). Patrick & Margaret Noonan & Joan Toms (Sun 9.30). Dan Maher (Sun 10.30). Breda Hamilton (Sun 12.00). Kevin Brennan (Months Mind 12.30).

Corona Virus Prayer
Dear God, I pray for healing for all affected by this deadly virus. Only You can move in a mighty way and do the impossible for them. We pray for all negative outcomes to be resolved by Your healing hands. Bless and embrace each and every single person and bring full healing to their bodies, minds and spirits. Amen.

A prayer for Ossory

Loving Father, our diocese is alive with those who care for others in the service of the Gospel: so many offer themselves, their talents and their time in Ossory. As we await a new Bishop we pray you will find for us a man to lead with vision for the future, understanding for the present and compassion for the past.

Mass Stewards
We are very grateful to all of our Mass Stewards, who volunteer their time in helping keep us all safe during our celebrations of Mass in St. Patrick’s Parish. Though most people are very obliging and follow the directions of the stewards, others are less so. We ask you to please be mindful that our stewards are there for the benefit of us all. We ask you to follow their directions when asked to do so. This is important if we are to adhere to Government/HSE guidelines in combatting Covid-19. Again, we thank our church stewards and appreciate the good work that they are doing to ensure a safe celebration of the Eucharist in our Parish.

Tree of Life
At the recent remembrance service in St Mary’s Cathedral for all those who died during the pandemic, a Tree of Life for each parish was blessed. Fr. Peter will plant this tree in the grounds of the Parish Centre after the 10.30am Mass on this Sunday 6th June 2021 where all those who died during the pandemic will be remembered.

An act of Spiritual Communion

While some of us cannot receive communion at this time we can still make an act of Spiritual Communion in which we express our faith in Jesus and in his presence in the Eucharist and invite him to unite himself with us.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present
in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
And unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
(St Alphonsus de Liguori)

“The church is missionary. Christ sends us forth to bring the joy of the Gospel to the whole world.” Pope Francis

Corpus Christi
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the midthirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or on the Sunday following that feast. This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist. At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church. The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.