10 Jun 2018

10 June 2018 - Limerick's 2018 Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

On this weeks programme, John and Shane are joined by Fr Seamus Enright from Mt St Alphonsus in Limerick to talk about the 2018 Limerick Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help which runs from from June 15th to 23rd 2018 and marks 150 years of veneration of Our Lady under this title in Limerick. We have our regular run through the celestial guides for the week, other liturgical odds and ends plus notices and up coming events.

For many of the events highlighted on this weeks programme you can get further information from the weekly diocesan newsletter HERE.

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

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Fr Seamus Enright talks to us this week about Limerick’s Novena in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help which takes place from June 15th to 23rd with 10 sessions each day. The theme of this year’s Novena is “Celebrating Family”. The focus will be on Family Life.

Through out the novena the times of the various sessions are 7am, 8am, 10am, 11.30pm, 1.10pm, 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm, 9pm and 10.30pm. On Saturday June 23rd, to allow for the Mass for the Elderly, Sick and Infirm, there will be no 10am or 1.10pm Novena; instead we will have a 9.30am and 1.30pm Novena.

There will also be a number of special celebrations during the Novena:
  • On Sunday June 17th at 4.30pm we will have a special Children’s Novena, a short session without Mass, where each child will receive an individual blessing.
  • On Monday June 18th at 11.30am we welcome children who have made their First Communion this year. Schools from the city and counties of Limerick, Clare and Tipperary are welcome to attend. It is also an opportunity to give thanks for teachers and those who help to educate children today.
  • On Tuesday June 19th we celebrate God’s mercy for us with a Day of Reconciliation. Masses will be celebrated at 7am, 10am, 1.10pm, 6pm and 10.30pm. Reconciliation Liturgies will take place at 8am, 11.30am, 4.30pm, 7.30pm and 9pm.
  • On Saturday June 23rd at 11.30 am we will have a Mass including the Sacrament of the Anointing, for the Elderly, Sick and Infirm.
You can follow the novena online HERE including pdf booklet of the scripture and reflections for the nine days.
You can listen to the interview with Fr Seamus excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Gospel - Mark 3: 20-35
Jesus came home with his disciples.
Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him,
for they said, "He is out of his mind."
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said,
"He is possessed by Beelzebul,"
and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
"How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself,
that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself
and is divided, he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder the house.
Amen, I say to you,
all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be
forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin."
For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
His mother and his brothers arrived.
Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
"Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you."
But he said to them in reply,
"Who are my mother and my brothers?"
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
"Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother."
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy
Sunday Reflections

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 2

Saints of the Week

June 11 - St Barnabas (Apostle)
June 12 - St Lochinia of Ireland
June 13 - St Anthony of Padua (or St Anthony of Lisbon) - the "finder" of lost things
June 14 - St Davnet
June 15 - St Bernard of Menthon
June 16 - St Colman McRhoi

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