9 Sep 2017

10th September 2017 - Triduum in Honour of St. Padre Pio

On this weeks programme, John has a discussion with Fr John Mockler about the upcoming tridumm in honour of St Padre Pio. We have our weekly reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as a quick visit to our celestial guides of the week and other liturgical odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Healing with St Padre Pio

Fr. John Mockler joins John on this weeks progamme and begins by explaining why he has organised a triduum in honour of St. Pio and why St. Pio is the saint for our times. St. Pio, who was the first priest who had the stigmata (the wounds of Christ), is the saint for our times, because in bearing the wounds of Jesus, he witnessed to the fact of the Resurrection in his wounds.

St. Pio also participated in the redemptive suffering of Jesus, as St. Paul says: "completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church" (Col 1:24). By uniting his suffering with that of Christ he was able to bring many people back to Christ in the confessional. Fr. John speaks to us about the spirituality of St. Pio and what message he has both for young people and those who are not so young.

The triduum will take place in Newcastle West church on 20th, 21st and 22nd September 7-9pm each evening. It will include an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation as St. Pio is the saint of the confessional, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the rosary and veneration of and blessing with the first class relic of St. Pio.

You can listen to the interview with Fr John excerpted from the main programme podcast here.

Gospel - Matthew 18:15-20
‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 3; 23rd week in ordinary time.

Saints of the Week

September 11th - St Deiniol
September 12th - The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 13th - St John Chrysostom 
September 15th - Our Lady of Sorrows
September 16th - St Cornelius & St Cyprian


Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre (LDPC) reopens this weeks after their summer break in August. As such please make sure you check out the detailed news letter issued this week from Noirin Lynch with up coming courses and other information on the diocesan website HERE.

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