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Weekly Bulletin 16th June 2024

Today is the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today is the “Day for Life”. The theme of the Day is “The Lord is my Shepherd – Compassion and Hope at the End of Life” Below is a message for this day given by Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop John Keenan and Bishop John Sherrington, representing the Bishops Conferences of Ireland, Scotland and England & Wales

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Message for the Day for Life – June 16 2024   “The Lord is my Shepherd – Compassion and Hope at the End of Life”

“There has been much discussion in the media recently about “assisted suicide”, whereby people who feel they are overburdened by suffering will be facilitated in bringing their lives to a premature end by a change in legislation. The Catholic Church opposes such proposals. As Catholics, along with many people of other faiths and none, we share a different vision about what it is to be fully human, especially when we are suffering and approaching death in the hope of eternal life. People who are coming towards the end of their lives are vulnerable, and recent research shows that many feel themselves a burden on their loved ones and wider society. Jesus shows us that life always has dignity and that there is no such a thing as a useless life. We are called to defend this gift of life to its natural end and to protect vulnerable citizens from a culture that could pressure them into assisted suicide. We support people with the companionship of a listening ear, appropriate treatment, and the best of care, so that their last days can be times of grace, intimacy and love. Jesus did not send the sick away. Our Lady remained at the foot of the Cross to the very end as Her Son, Jesus, died. Mary is the model of compassionate presence and prayer whom we are called to imitate. People close to death and their loved ones, often go through similar darkness and pain but can come to a more complete acceptance and find peace in those treasured last moments accompanied by spiritual care.” (End of Message) 

Today in the Gospel(Mark 4:26-34)Jesus uses the example of the mustard seed.   He is telling us that mighty things begin from small beginnings. The story is told of the little mustard seed that in itself is so insignificant and of no importance but when it is planted, it provides a home for the many birds that nest in it. One of the strangest seeds in the world is the Chinese bamboo tree. It is buried in the soil for five years before any seedling or sprout appears above the ground. Think of it! Five years! All during these five years the seed must be cultivated, that is watered and fertilised regularly. Now comes the big surprise. When the bamboo seedling emerges from the ground, it grows to a height of nine feet in just six weeks. Why does the seedling take so long to come out of the ground? Plant experts say that during its first five years in the soil the bamboo seed is busy building an elaborate root system. It is this root system that enables it to grow nine feet in six weeks. Does my faith have such roots? We are called today to let the faith that gives our life meaning truly be rooted in our hearts. For that to happen the faith must not merely be some dusty heritage passed on from our foremothers and forefathers but a living power that moves us today. A little prose piece, for reflection, written by Karen I. Shragg called “Think like a Tree” .….Soak up the sun/Affirm life’s magic/Be grateful in the wind/Stand tall after the storm/Feel refreshed after it rains/Grow strong without notice/Be prepared for each season/Provide shelter to strangers/Hang tough through the cold spells/Emerged renewed at the first signs of spring/Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky/Be still long enough to hear your own leaves rustling”

Feasts for the Week: Thursday: The Irish Martyrs – These were, men and women, cleric and lay, put to death for their Catholic faith between 1579 and 1654. They were beatified by Pope John Paul 11 in 1992.  Friday: St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591) Italian Jesuit Novice died of the plague while serving the sick. Patron of Youth

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £2160. Thank you for your support of our mission here at the Graan. A word of thanks also to our Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, Ushers, and Singers who enhance our Eucharistic celebrations at the weekend. 

Devotions Prayer Group: Will take place each Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm in our prayer room here in The Graan All are welcome.                             

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N. Ireland.

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