18th Sunday of the Year (b)

18th Sunday of the Year.  (b)

Times of Mass and Confession:

Sundays:                               Vigil Mass (Saturday) 6.00 p.m. & 10.00 a.m.

Weekday:                              9.00 a.m. (Monday – Friday )

10.00 a.m. (Saturday)

Confessions:                      After 10.00 a.m. Mass on Saturday.

Other times by arrangement.

Please remember the following parishioners, relatives and friends in your prayers:

Sick: Sally McDermott, Catherine Wilson, John McPartland, Mary McPheely, Annie O’Donnell, Molly Weir, baby Vladeeslaff Russia

Anniv: Phil Rowlinson, Alex Donoghue, John O’Rourke

Died:  Kath Crawford.

Today: A new readers’ rota has been prepared. Some of the existing readers have yet to collect their copy. Please don’t delay.  You may be on duty sooner than you think.

Sunday: Over the holiday period, some parishioners and one of the normal groups have agreed to run a reduced menu with teas coffees and biscuits/croissants available in the Hall after Mass. So why not go round to the hall and find out what is on offer.

Diary Dates:

13th August: Meeting in the house at 7.00 p.m. of the existing members of the RCIA team.

20th August: Meeting in the house at 7.00 p.m. of new members of the RCIA team who volunteered their services on the recent census form.

26th August: Meeting in the Church for those new reader volunteers to learn about the role and what is involved. Existing readers are welcome to come as well to have an update and refresher course.

3rd September: Meeting of new enquirers and R.C.I.A. team members in the house at 7.00 p.m.

Holidays:  If you are going away, I hope you have a safe journey and come back refreshed and relaxed.  If you are staying at home, I hope you find some time to relax and take a break from your usual routine.

If you are a visitor, you are welcome to our Parish, our city and our country.

From the ministry of useless information:  Paragraph 2 sub section 1

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying “dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway — hence, a “thresh hold.”

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man “could bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and “chew the fat.”

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or “upper crust.”
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up-hence the custom of holding a “wake.”
In England local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a “bone-house” and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the “graveyard shift”) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be “saved by the bell” or was considered a “dead ringer.”

R.C.I.A.   Do you know anyone who might want to know more about the Catholic Faith oris thinking about becoming a Catholic? Or, are you perhaps one of these people? The R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)  process will begin soon for those who wish to be received into the Church at Easter 2013. If you are interested in finding out more, speak to Monsignor Tony, or simply put a note through the presbytery door

With every best wish and blessing

to you, your families and those

who are dear to you

Monsignor Tony.