29 Oct 2018

28th October 2018 - Margie Kennedy: From Nurse to Lay Minister

Sincere apologies to our blog audience this weekend. Due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to publish the blog as usual on Sunday, but it was worth the wait! On this week's programme Margie Kennedy, a lay missionary with the Redemptorists, shares some of her life story, in particular how God led her from nursing to lay ministry. Margie reflects on her life and outlines certain moments when her faith grew and was nurtured through the movement of God and the witness of others. We also have our usual reflection on the Sunday Gospel, saints for the week, liturgical odds and ends and notices.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.
Margie Kennedy: From Nurse to Lay Minister
After over 20 years nursing Margie Kennedy changed track completely. After taking early retirement she entered 3rd level to complete a four year degree course in Theology and Philosophy and studied for a further year to gain a Masters degree in Applied Theology. Margie is now working part-time with the Redemptorists helping with parish missions and also works two days a week as a Catechist working closely with an inner city school in Dublin.

Margie's story encourages us to look back on our own lives and see how God was working and leading us. Perhaps we could ask ourselves the question of when our faith in Jesus Christ was ignited? When were our hearts set on fire for love of God? Margie highlights the importance of witness in living the faith, telling people about the love of God. Our mission as members of a family of faith is sharing that faith with others. Faith is passed on from our hearts, not from our heads. As Blessed John Newman said: "Heart speaks to heart."

How do we cultivate belief? We practice, practice, practice! We celebrate our faith through Mass and the sacraments, through reading Scripture, prayer and devotions, by taking responsibility for our own education in the faith. As Margie says, "Faith in Jesus Christ compels us to make choices. We are either for Him or against Him." Margie encourages us to never give up hope - keep witnessing to God as we are meant to and He will work on people's hearts. 

You can listen to Margie's interview excerpted from this weeks programme HERE.

Gospel - Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man. ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

Reflections on this weeks Sunday gospel:

Word on Fire
Sunday Reflections
Centre for Liturgy
English Dominicans

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 2

Saints of the Week

October 29th - St. Colman Mac Duagh
October 30th - Blessed Terence Albert O'Brien
October 31st - Blessed Dominic Collins
November 1st - Solemnity of All Saints
November 2nd - All Souls
November 3rd - St Malachy (Maol M’Aedhóg Ua Morgair)

Norms for Indulgences at the Commemoration of All Souls (November 2nd) 
  1. From 12 o’clock noon on 1st November until midnight on 2nd November, all who have confessed, received Holy Communion, and prayed for the Pope’s intentions (one Our Father and Hail Mary, or any other prayer of one’s choice) can gain one plenary indulgence by visiting a church or oratory, and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostle’s Creed.  This indulgence is applicable only to the souls of the departed.  Confession may be made at any time within the week preceding or the week following 1st November.  Holy Communion may be received on any day from 1st to 8th November.
  2. The faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the Holy Souls on the usual conditions once per day from 1st to 8th November.  The conditions mentioned above apply also for this.

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