Sunday, 20th May 2018
‘Vote for Life’: a comment from Bishop Smith
With less than a week to go to the referendum, there remains a lot of confusion among the electorate about what the proposal entails. We are not voting on a solution to the complex cases that have touched the hearts and minds of many people.
We are voting on whether to take away the only legal protection in the Constitution for all unborn children – healthy babies in the womb as well as babies who may have a life-limiting disability.
Our faith requires us to be compassionate but let me be clear – there is no semblance of compassion involved in ending the life of any child in the womb.
I urge you to cast your vote for a society that cherishes the equal right to life of every person. You can do this by voting NO on Friday.
Does life begin at conception?
Yes. But this is not just a question of belief – its a scientific fact. At the moment of conception, a new, unique human being with his or her own DNA comes into existence. In recent years, amazing advances in ultrasound technology provide us with a window into the womb and reveal the truth that the unborn child is undeniably one of us – a human being and much more than “a clump of cells”.
Stars who have a reason to be thankful:
Celine Dion, Cher, Andrea Bocelli, Justin Bieber, are a few of many famous people who are pro-life and some for a very personal reason. Their lives have enriched the world, after their mothers changed their minds, went against advice, and chose life, instead of ending it.
Steve Jobs (co-founder and CEO of Apple) who was adopted, years later found his birth mother. “I wanted to meet her mostly to see if she was OK and to thank her, because I’m glad I didn’t end up as an abortion. She was 23 and she went through a lot to have me” he said. As a teenager, Jack Nicholson’s mother found herself pregnant. She was pressured to have an abortion, but she refused. When Nicholson discussed the situation, he affirmed his pro-life view: “I’m very contra my constituency in terms of abortion because I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view. My only emotion is gratitude, literally, for my life.”
Supporting the Parish
Total Offertory: € 815.00
envelopes: Stamullen € 200.00
Julianstown € 250.00
First Communion Ceremonies
We would like to congratulate the children from Whitecross NS who took their First Communion this Saturday.
Thanks to their teachers and the school community who helped to prepare them for this special occasion.
Mass and Blessing of Graves
- The Annual Mass and Blessing of Graves in Moorechurch Cemetery will take place on Sunday, 1stJuly at 11:30 am.
- Mass and Blessing of Graves in Stamullen Cemetery will take place on Friday, 29thJune at 7:30 pm.
- Please alert those outside the parish to these dates.
If you would like to spend some time in quiet prayer with the Lord, please join us for one hour, in Julianstown from 9 am and after 10 am Mass on Wednesday and in Stamullen after 10 am Mass on Thursday.
Adoration in Drogheda – Every Friday in May
Come adore the Lord of Life. Visit the Adoration Chapel in St. Mary’s Church, Drogheda every Friday in May for quiet prayer for the Protection of Life. All very welcome.
True Light Prayer Group
The True Light Prayer Group is now on our Summer recess as and from Tuesday, 15th May.
We wish all our members peace, happiness and sunshine over the Summer.
Joe Bonner Community Recycling Day
We would like to advise parishioners regarding the Community Recycling day next Saturday in Julianstown Church Car Park from 8am to 4pm. Please note fees for same: Car €10, Trailer/small van: €15-30, Transit van or large van: €30-65. See posters for information on what can be recycled.
Choose Life 2018 – Newsletter
This week’s copy of Choose Life 2018 is on display on the noticeboards in both churches. Please take time to have a look at this well written Newsletter.
Join us for a cuppa and chat every Monday morning in the Parish Centre, Stamullen from 11 am to 1 pm.
Down Syndrome Louth Meath Fundraising
The Tredagh Singers with Orchestra and guests are in Concert in St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda on Friday 25th May at 8 pm. All proceeds to Down Syndrome Louth Meath. Tickets €20 (include a glass of wine), available from Clare on 087-6383477. Please support what promises to be a lovely musical evening.
St. Patrick’s Club – Lotto
Drawn on 15/05/2018. No Winner. Numbers drawn:1,5,12,15. Weekly winners: Mary Nally, Robert Cluskey, Barry Russell, Eithne Rowe, Ann Woods. Next week’s Jackpot: €7,700.
Stamullen Road Club
The Ras Tailteann 2018 gets underway from Drogheda this Sunday at 11:45 am from West Street. This year An Rás Tailteann Committee, as a tribute to Gaybo for his unique contribution to the Rás over 55 years, between racing (completing the Rás 21 times) and then moving over to Neutral Service, tragically lost his life back in February are now honouring him on Sunday by having his family present to drop the flag, sending the Rás on its first stage from Drogheda to Athlone, via Donore, Slane, Navan, Trim, Clonard, Kinnegad, Kilbeggan, Tyrellspass, Moate, Athlone. Then following the stage, the Howard family members will be on hand to present the yellow jersey to the stage winner.
We thank Drogheda Wheelers for their input and wish the Louth team a safe and enjoyable race. This Louth team will include two of our top riders, Cian Delaney and Arek Klus. The club are very proud to have these two great riders compete in this Rás.
Ras stage end: Athlone, Tipperary, Listowel, Glengarriff, Mitchelstown, Carlow, Naas with the final stage, once again, into Skerries
St. Patrick’s GF & HC – Club News
- Div. 1 ‘A’ League on Sunday,20th May at GAA Grounds Stamullen at 3pm. St. Patricks v Dunshaughlin.
- Div. 1 ‘B’ League on Monday,21st May at GAA Grounds Pilltown at 8pm. St Colmcille’s v St Patrick’s.
- Under 14 Div. 1 Boys League on Thursday,24th May at GAA Grounds Stamullen at 7pm. St. Patrick’s v Skryne
- Social Dancing returns to St Patrick’s GAA Centre on Friday,25th May at 9pm. Music on the night by Footsteps. Adm €10 including light refreshments.
Camino de St. Mary’s!
The St. Mary’s Parish Church Roof Refurbishment fundraising campaign in Drogheda is well under way. As part of the fund-raising campaign, renowned Community historian, Mr. Brendan Matthews from the Drogheda Museum will accompany an evening walk on the history of the local ecclesiastical sites of St. Mary’s Parish on Wednesday, 23rd May. Join Brendan at the start of the Camino walk n’talk tour outside the Church in James’ Street at 7.30pm sharp. The tour will be heading down to Scotch Hall, Marsh Road and into the Dale, with access under the old Dublin Road. After taking in the sights, history & archaeology of the beautiful built & natural heritage of this stunning area of Drogheda, the tour will then stop off at the historically significant St. Mary`s Church at the top of Mary St., where there is still a remnant of the old Medieval Catholic Church. The tour will take approx 80 mins and will finish at the Old Hill/Pitcher Hill area across from Millmount.
Navan Theatre Group
Navan Theatre Group presents A Night of One Acts in Solstice Arts Centre on Friday, 25th & Saturday 26th May at 7:30pm. The night will feature four one-act plays. All welcome. Tickets €15 Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (Meath’s centre for the arts) or call 046-909 2300.
St. Patrick’s Church, Stamullen
Saturday, 19th 6:00 pm Mary (Chris) (nee Sarsfield) Mulholland (1 Ann) and deceased members of the Mulholland family
Peter Russell (1 Ann)
Billy Doyle (12 Ann)
Sunday, 20th 10:00 am Eileen McCabe, her husband Patrick
and her parents, brother and sister
Tuesday 10:00 am Celebrant’s Intentions
Thursday 10:00 am Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday, 26th 6:00 pm
Sunday, 27th 10:00 am Andrew & Imelda Mooney
James & Teresa Collier
Joseph Meighan (40 Ann)
St. Mary’s Church, Julianstown
Saturday, 19th 7:00 pm People of the Parish
Sunday, 20th 11:30 am Celebrant’s Intentions
Wednesday 10:00 am Celebrant’s Intentions
Friday 10:00 am Celebrant’s Intentions
Saturday, 26th 7:00 pm Nicholas McCullen
Sunday, 27th 11:30 am Margaret Finglas (1 Ann)