October - the month of the Rosary and Fatima
Michael leads us in a short reflection on the history of the Rosary as October is the month of the Rosary and the special connection between the apparitions at Fatima and the call to pray the Rosary. An ancient and ecumenical Christian devotion which has received the support of many Pope's down through the ages with the most recent being Pope Paul VI in Marialis Cultus, and Pope John Paul II in Rosarium Virginis Marie.
For some more thoughts on the Rosary, here are some links from the premier Rosary troops, the Dominicans here , here and here.
Sunday Gospel Reflection
This weeks gospel from Luke about the curing of the ten lepers again highlights the issue of segregation between the Jews and Samaritans at the time of Jesus and the nature of social exclusion imposed on people who developed skin ailments as set out in Leviticus. It poses again the challenge to us of social exclusion in our own time, who do we exclude and ignore because they do not "fit" our social expectations. At the same time it is also a call to thanks and gratitude where we need to rediscover our ability to thank God for the good things in life even in the midst of the current situation in Ireland. We need to remember why we are Christians and should be thankful because as all the readings this weekend highlight, salvation is available to all.
Further reflections are available here, here, here and here.
Update: Challenging reflection asking the question Where are the Other Nine? – A Question YOU must Answer!
Saints of the Week
10th October - St Daniel Comboni, Pastor, Missionary
11th October - St Canice, Abbot
Blessed John XXIII (Good Pope John) UPDATE
12th October - St Wilfrid of York, Pastor, Bishop
13th October - St Edward the Confessor
14th October - St Callistus - Pope, Martyr
15th October - St Teresa of Avila, Virgin, Doctor of the Church
16th October - St Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin
or St Gall, Abbot, Missionary
- Prayer Book launch - A reminder to listeners of Sacred Space 102fm of the invitation from the Diocese of Limerick to attend the launch of a new publication entitled "Prayers of our People" on Thursday, October 14th 2010 at 7pm in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare. This was compiled as a result of the 2008 Youth Ministry Project which involved young people from all over the diocese and beyond. For details contact 061-400133.
- Limerick Diocesan Charismatic Conference 2010 - This years conference is entitled "I have called you by name, you are mine (Isaiah 43:1)" Speaker Fr Jim McManus CSsR. This festival of Prayer and Praise will take place at the Cresent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick, Friday 15th - Sunday 17th October
- A quick reminder about the conference being organised by Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre which Noirin Lynch spoke about a few weeks back. An invitation to all those involved in parish ministry/councils will be held on Saturday 23rd October in the LDPC from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Key note speaker is Dr Anne Francis on "Being the Body of Christ at this time, in this parish - the Challenges and Opportunities". Individual workshops on liturgical music, Eucharistic Congress 2012 and Adult Faith Programmes. If you are interested in attending contact the LDPC at 061-400133.
- Monastic weekend for Young Women - aged 22 to 38 years will be held at St Joseph's Carmelite Monastery, tallow, Co Waterford from Friday October 22nd to Sunday October 24th. If you are interested in attending or finding our more information please ring 058-56205
John, Lorraine, Michael and Shane