Due to painting works being carried out in Ferbane Church from Monday 18th September for a period of two/three weeks, there will be no weekday masses from Monday to Friday in Ferbane. Mass will take place in High Street Church at 10am on the weekdays instead. There will be no Eucharistic Adoration during this time.
Weekend Masses will continue as normal in Ferbane.
‘Why be envious because I am generous’?
The crops in Palestine ripened at the end of September. The rains came two weeks later. The window of opportunity was short. The need for workers was urgent. The eleventh-hour arrivals were not idlers. They weren’t chosen. The weak must always wait, but the Lord’s ways are not our ways and the last shall be first. For Him, peoples’ needs always came before their accomplishments. He does not give based on the greatness of our merits, but on the greatness of His compassion. His giving is not dependent on our doing. He doesn’t ask us to be deserving but to be receptive. Those who worked all day were not treated unjustly. They were paid enough, but they couldn’t enjoy what they had when they coveted what they had not. ‘Envy is the pain caused by the good fortune of others’ (Aristotle). The word envy derives from the Latin ‘invidia’ meaning ‘non-sight’. It leads to a form of blindness. It is one of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ and is usually directed towards those amongst whom we live and work. ‘Beggars do not envy millionaires; they envy other beggars who are more successful’ (Bertrand Russell). We should never be envious of what God gives to others. We begin to overcome envy by being grateful, rather, for what He has given to us.
Our Lady of Clonfert
PRAYER FOR UKRAINE
Loving God we pray for the people of Ukraine, for
all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to
them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for
compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world, that in this moment of crisis we
may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters
in need. May we walk in your ways so that peace and
justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine and
for all the world. Amen.
“May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the
madness of war.” (Pope Francis
St.Ciaran's Pastoral Area