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Turas an Chroí - Journey of the Heart
April 28th at St Francis Xavier's Church
This was an occasion to mark the midpoint of Pope Francis’s Jubilee Year of Mercy and was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by all who attended. The power of music, reflection, poetry and prayer was beautifully woven together to lead us on a journey - to our own hearts and into the very heart of Mercy.
Deirdre Ní Chinnéide was accompanied by Orla Cunningham and Tony Hoban both experienced musicians in the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. Deirdre's ethereal voice filled the church and captivated all as she sang beautiful Irish songs, hymns and chants. This was very much an interactive multi media event - with video highlighting the majestic scenery of the Aran Islands, poetry, reflections, prayers, singing, music and even a cupán tae in the interval! Audience participation was encouraged with Deirdre teaching us to sing along with her composition Oscail mo Chroí (Open my Heart) - and leading us on a procession down the aisle past the baptismal font, through the Door of Mercy and into the Sacred Heart Chapel, taking special note of the Vault of the Venerable Fr John Sullivan SJ and back to the altar. Orla and Tony played the theme music from ‘The Mission’ for this. It was also a timely celebration of Wednesday’s news that Fr John Sullivan is soon to be beatified.
Sunday 24th April - Homily Notes
There have been some requests for notes from the homily at the 11am Mass on Sunday. A series of questions were asked - these were taken from the scriptural commentary by Kieran O’Mahony OSA on the Dublin Diocesan website. You could hear a pin drop as Fr Gerry spoke.
1. Judas leaves and Jesus announces that the moment has come for God’s power to be made manifest. This is unexpected at a moment of imminent betrayal. Have there been times for you when the power of God was made manifest in strange circumstances?
2. ‘I shall not be with you much longer.’ Jesus announces a parting of the ways. There are places we have to go in life where others cannot come with us. There are places others have to go and we cannot accompany them. When have you experienced this going on alone as necessary for a fuller life for yourself, or for someone else?
3. Jesus proclaims love as the distinguishing characteristic of his followers. Have there been times when reaching out to others has heightened your sense of walking in the footsteps of Jesus?
4. Who are the individuals or communities whose love for one another and for others has been a witness to you?
Gospel related to the above...
When Judas had gone Jesus said:
‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified,
and in him God has been glorified.
If God has been glorified in him,
God will in turn glorify him in himself,
and will glorify him very soon.
My little children, I shall not be with you much longer.
I give you a new commandment:
love one another;
just as I have loved you,
you also must love one another.
By this love you have for one another,
everyone will know that you are my disciples.’
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We are looking for volunteers to get involved in various ministries in the parish. If you would like to be involved with welcoming people to Mass, being a reader, singing in the choir, helping with collections etc, we would love to hear from you.
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ST FRANCIS XAVIERS’ CHURCH AND PARISH Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
Tel: 01 8363411
Parish Website: www.gardinerstparish.ie
Fr Gerry Clarke SJ PP
Fr Fergus O Donoghue SJ PC
Mr Seamus Buckley, Assistant for Liturgy and Faith Development
Fr Paddy Carberry SJ, Ignatian Outreach
Br Tom Phelan SJ, Office Manager
Jesuits from the community assist in the church.
Parish Council: Chair: Mr Aidan Seery Secretary: Ms Clare Fallon
Choirs: Director of Church Choir and Organist: Ms Denice Doyle
Director of the Gardiner St Gospel Choir: Mr Kevin Kelly
Gardiner Street Parish, in the Archdiocese of Dublin is under the care of the Jesuits in Ireland. As a Jesuit parish we are guided by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, which encourages people to reflect on their experiences and to discern God’s presence in their lives. Our parish aims to nurture lay leadership as well as personal faith. It is also committed to “the faith that does justice” by way of solidarity with the poor and dedication to the greater good.
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