Sunday 17th October 2021
Message from Most Reverend Tom Deenihan, Bishop of Meath, to mark the beginning of the Universal Synod
Last Sunday, Pope Francis opened the Universal Synodal Pathway. In doing this, he is calling the Church across the world to join in a two-year process of learning to be synodal – in other words, imitating the God who walks the path of life with us at our side and meeting us where we are.
The process started by Pope Francis has been called ‘the greatest consultation in the history of humanity’. It is much more than that. It is a process of spiritual and ecclesial discernment, a way of reflecting together, being in prayer together, in adoration together, listening to the Word of God together, so that guided by the Holy Spirit we can discern what God is saying to us at this time in our history.
The Church in Ireland and in the Diocese of Meath will play our part in this process. As with Jesus and the rich man in the Gospel reading last Sunday, we will encounter one another, listen to one another and discern together.
I invite all the baptised in the Diocese of Meath to be part of this process in their own parishes.
To this end, it is my wish that every parish will soon have a Parish Pastoral Council as I am convinced that this is a visible, practical and local sign of synodality, of the people of God walking together on the path of the Gospel.
Over the next two years other opportunities will also be offered in parishes for the prayerful discernment of God’s will for His Church at this time and those who long to see a new springtime for our Church will be invited to take part.
In the words of Pope Francis as he concluded his homily last Sunday: ‘Let us not miss out on the grace-filled opportunities born of encounter, listening and discernment’.
Please join with me in praying the prayer offered by Pope Francis:
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
X Tom Deenihan, Bishop of Meath
November List of the Dead
List of the Dead envelopes and sheets are available beside Newsletters in both churches and from the parish office.
They are also available in the Yearly envelope box.
It is hoped in the coming weeks to set up a team of people who will help parents prepare for the Baptism of their child.
If this is something you would be interested in, please talk to Fr. Brendan, or contact the Parish Office.
Supporting the Parish
Total Offertory: € 535.00
Envelopes: Stamullen € 265.00
Julianstown € 225.00
Thank you for your continued support which is very much appreciated.
First Holy Communion Ceremonies
First Holy Communion Ceremonies for children from Whitecross NS took place on Saturday morning in St. Mary’s Church, Julianstown.
Congratulations to the boys and girls and their families.
We ask parishioners to pray for these children and their families.
We would like to thank the staff from Whitecross NS who helped prepare the children for their Ceremony and all who helped with stewarding etc., in the church. We are so very grateful for their help.
We are waiting for news from Bishop’s Office regarding a date for Confirmation candidates who were unable to attend the Ceremony in August.
We will be in touch with parents as soon as a date is finalised.
Confirmation & First Communion 2022
Confirmation and First Communion Preparation for 2022 will begin shortly.
A number of parents have expressed interest in getting involved with organising the Preparation Masses.
If you are interested in joining a steering committee for the Ceremonies, please contact the Parish Office.
St. Patricks GFHC Lotto
Jackpot: €10,000. No Jackpot Winner. Drawn on: 5th October. Numbers Drawn: 2,9,11,30. Match three winners: Tony Reilly, Brian & Susan Whearity, Marie Reilly, Mick Kiernan. Next Week’s Jackpot: €10,000.
St. Patrick’s 6:00 pm M.M. Margaret Mulholland
- Bernadette (Bernie) Jackson
- Edward & Richard Boylan
DFM. Collier Family, Balloy
St. Mary’s 7:00 pm People of the Parish
St. Patrick’s 10:00 am AV. Paddy & Patrick Finn and Eddie O’Donovan
- Mary & Pat Murphy, Stamullen Road
- McCullen Family, Gormanston
St. Mary’s 11:30 am John McNulty
Tuesday St. Patrick’s: 10:00 am RD. Brigid Dunne
Wednesday St. Mary’s: 10:00 am Special Intention
Thursday St. Patrick’s: 10:00 am RD. Carl Falkner
Friday St. Mary’s 10:00 am Special Intention
Saturday, 23rd October
St. Patrick’s 6:00 pm AV. Mick Martin (1st)
- Robert White
- Brian Dowling
St. Mary’s 7:00 pm John & Alice McCann and Sean & Kay McCann
Patrick & Rita McCormack
and family members Cepta, Mary, Andrew and Catherine
Sunday, 24th October
St. Patrick’s 10:00 am MM. Brigid Dunne
- Joe Egan
- Christopher (Kit) Johnson
St. Mary’s 11:30 am