7 Mar 2015

8th March 2015 - Confirmation Preparation Programme & the Divine Mercy Conference - 3rd Sunday in Lent (Year B)

On this weeks programme John is joined by Stephanie O'Donnell, Martina O'Sullivan and Michael Keating. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel plus some liturgical odds and ends and local notices.

You can listen to this weeks programme podcast HERE.

Confirmation Preparation Programme - Abbeyfeale

Stephanie O'Donnell joined John on this weeks programme. Stephanie shares about the Confirmation Preparation Programme (You shall be my witnesses) that is taking place in Abbeyfeale over 4 Sundays for those receiving Confirmation this year. As coordinator of the program she outlines this programme as well as other resources available for teens in Abbeyfeale.

You can listen to Stephanie's interview excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Divine Mercy Conference

The 24th Divine Mercy Conference took place on the weekend of the 21st & 22nd February, 2015 at the RDS, Dublin.

The theme for this year is, "Forgive us our Trespasses...".

Martina and Michael shared their experiences at the Divine Mercy conference held in Dublin recently in particular how they were impressed by the testimonies they heard being shared.

You can find out more about the Divine Mercy Conference at their website HERE.

Gospel - John 2:13-25

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. 
When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.

A Prayer of Confession(based on John 2: 14-21) Jesus, cleanser of temples and souls,at this mid point in the Lenten journey,look deep within our hearts and our lives,and clear away all that holds us back.
May our minds, spirits and bodiesbe a Temple that is open to Your presence:and may our words and our actionsbe transparent to Your love and truth.
We pray that this church community,will be purified in its life and mission,so that all that we do in and from heremay reveal Your Gospel to others.
In a moment of silence we sit before You,and name those things for whichwe seek Your cleansing and healing,so that we may be more faithful disciples. Silence Words of assuranceFriends of Jesus, we are made cleanby the words he has spoken to us.There is room in our lives and in our communityfor the Holy One to dwell. Thanks be to God.Amen. — written by Ann Siddall, Stillpoint Spirituality Centre and Faith Community.  Posted on the Uniting Church SA website.

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 3; 3rd week of Lent

Saints of the Week:

March 9th - St Frances of Rome
March 10th - St. John Ogilvie
March 11th - St Aengus
March 12th - St. Maximilian
March 13th - St. Leander of Seville
March 14th - St Boniface Curitan

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