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Twenty-second Sunday of the Year 31 Aug. 2014

There are many obstacles and temptations, and sometimes we are afraid to stand up for what we believe in. And then there’s today’s Gospel, which speaks of suffering, and tells us that following Jesus involves taking up our cross. How do we make sense of all this in the context of our faith journey? The good news is we are not alone in our struggles. In today’s First Reading, Jeremiah struggles with his faith in one of his many ‘laments’. His faith has caused him to be a laughing stock. He feels conflicted; although his faith is inviting insult and derision, it is also a fire burning in his heart. In spite of people’s hostile reactions, he has been ‘seduced’ by God, and he cannot speak out. Is this how we feel about our faith? Is it like a fire burning within us, in our very bones, or are we lukewarm in our commitment? Following Jesus is a radical choice, now more than ever perhaps.

Tom Minnock, was the commentator at the Rededication Ceremony of Killina Church on 27th July by Bishop Michael Smith and kept all informed of the significant parts of the Ceremony. Photos for the silde shows by Anne Cooney, Dervilla Buckley and Jim Lawlor.


Fr Joe Gallagher's Homily at the Re-Dedication Ceremony. (Click on Fr Joe's Photo to open the link to his Homily).


The Rededication of Killina Church, 27th July 2014

A Sincere word of thanks to everyone who worked inside and outside the church in preparation for this memorable day:-To the members of the Colour Party and the Mountbolus Pipe Band for your participation, to all who provided food and baked and you who gave hospitality and catered to those who called to the school for refreshments afterwards. A special Thank You is expressed to the members of the choir and Chomhaltas Ceolteoiri Eireann and their friends for providing wonderful and spectacular music and
singing. Well done to the members of the Organising Committee for making the day memorable for the whole parish community. There is a DVD available of the Rededication Ceremony and can be ordered and picked up at the sacristy at a cost of €10.


Congratulations and Good Wishes to Claire Berry, The Island and Paul Rigney, Roscommon who were married in St Patrick's Church, The Island on Saturday 26th July.


Another boost for the Mucklagh Community Centre. Last week they received €20,000.00 from Offaly Sport's Council. Members of the Committee were delighted and progress is still been made on the building project. (see slide show)


Dates to Remember

Cemetery Day:
in Rahan Cemetery on Friday 15th August at 7pm.

Cemetery Day:
Killickfeehan Cemetery Saturday 16th August at 7pm. (No 6pm Mass in The Island this evening)

Why not take a short trip around the Old Monastic Churches at Rahan with Darrell Hooper and Sr Oliver by clicking on the following link


Useful Services available to keep in mind:
Aware see aware.ie or telephone 1890 303 302.Heads Up see headsup.ie free text 50424, Let Someone Know see letsomeoneknow.ie, Teen Ireland see teenline.ie, Samaritans see Samaritans.org or 1850 60 90 90, Living Links see livinglinks.ie or 087 4122052.

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