3 Jul 2016

3rd July 2016 - The Dominican Friars Leave Limerick - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

On this week's programme John has an interview with Fr. Frank Downes O.P., the Prior of St. Saviour's Dominican Priory in Limerick, about their sad withdrawal from their Limerick foundation. The full programme is available HERE.


The Dominican Friars



At the midterm assembly of their Province in September 2014 it was decided that the Dominican Friars would withdraw from their Limerick foundation in Glenworth Street where they have been ministering since July 1816.  Their presence in the diocese dates back to 1227.  Their departure is one of great sadness for the Dominicans and indeed for whole of Limerick who hold the Dominicans in fond esteem, yet Fr. Frank wished to express their immense gratitude to each and all who have supported them down through the years in so many kind and varied ways. 

The team here on Sacred Space would like to extend our gratitude to the Friars on our own behalf and on behalf of the good people of Limerick who will be sad to see them go. We wish God's blessing on them for their future and assure them of our prayers. Fr. Frank's interview excerpted from the main programme is available HERE.  

You can read more about the history of the Dominican Friars in Limerick HERE.

The church will remain open with daily Mass at 1pm (Monday to Saturday) beginning on Monday July 4th.  The Sunday Mass schedule has not been announced as yet.

Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia



Fr. Frank also expressed his gratitude that the Dominican presence remains with the arrival of the Dominican sisters of Saint Cecilia on Friday 19th August.  You can read more about their new foundation HERE.


Thanksgiving Mass
We invite you to join with us on Sunday July 3rd for a Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell at 3pm followed by light refreshments in the Pery Hotel next door to us.



Gospel - Luke 10:1-12. 17-20


The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you”. But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets and say, . “We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is very near.” I tell you, on that day it will not go as hard with Sodom as with that town.

The seventy-two came back rejoicing. ‘Lord,’ they said ‘even the devils submit to us when we use your name.’ He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Yes, I have given you power to tread underfoot serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you. Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.’


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Reflections on this weeks gospel:


Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 2; 14th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

4th July - St. Elizabeth of Portugal
5th July - St. Antony Mary Zaccaria
6th July - St. Maria Goretti
7th July - St. Maelruain
8th July - St. Kilian
9th July - St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companion Martyrs

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