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Twenty-Forth Sunday of the Year 14th Sept. 2014

Peter asks a vital question: how many times do you forgive? The answer may disturb some people but it can also liberate us if we allow it to: seventy-times-seven, i.e. an infinite number of times. This might seem idealistic and even ridiculous, but when we think more about it there is no other option. Without forgiveness we allow bitterness to engulf and torture us; zapping our energy; preventing us from being at peace with ourselves. When we only seek retribution , we enter into chaos. ‘To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.’

Reflection on Sunday Gospel Readings - by Don Fabio Rosini, broadcast on Vatican Radio. Translated by Kieran Troy, Newtown, Rahan

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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.

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


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

Diocesan News

Ordinations: Rev. Declan Kelly and Rev. Ciaran Clarke will be ordained to the priesthood on 21st and 28th September respectively.

24 September: As part of the Cathedral Jubilee celebrations, Bishop Colm O'Reilly will conduct an hourprayer for priests at 7pm in the Cathedral. It is hoped that all priests will be able to come. Lay people should also be, especially members of St Joseph's Young Priests Society, those involved in prayer for vocations and familyof clergy. Pilgrimage to Lourdes 12th th Sept.“The Joy of Conversion” is the pastoral themeour pilgrimage to Lourdes this year. On Friday September 12 over 800 pilgrims from our Diocese will travel to Lourdes, with many of our elderly and sick and over 200 volunteer helpers. This is an important Di0cesan event.

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


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