Sacred Heart Novena

Sacred Heart Novena: The parish of St John Vianney, 95 Ardlea Road, Artane, Dublin 5 will be celebrating a Novena to the Sacred Heart from 15 – 23 June.  There will be a Mass with an invited celebrant and preacher each day at 10.00am, except Sunday, as well as a Holy Hour on Thursdays 15 and 22 June at 7.30pm.  Confessions after each service.  Blessed Sacrament Procession on Wednesday 21 June after the 10.00am Mass.

Icon Exhibition

Icon Exhibition:  Christ Church Cathedral (Dublin 8) is hosting an Exhibition of Icons from June 22 until the end of September. The Iconographer is Adrienne Lord, BA. Fine Art Hons. Adrienne will be showing Icons from the Greek Byzantine tradition along with some Russian inspired Icons. Demonstrations by the artist on the last Friday of each month between 11h00 - 13h00 and a guided tour of the exhibition from 14h00.  Numbers will be limited so to book  contactwww.christchurchtickets.com/events

Hallelujah - An Evening of Inspirational Music

Hallelujah – An Evening of Inspirational Music, featuring the Palestrina Choir”.The show comes to the National Concert Hall on Saturday 24 June. The show will feature some of the finest spiritual music ever written including: Ave Maria, Pie Jesu, You Raise Me Up, Amazing Grace and more. Featuring world-renownedPalestrina Choir of the Pro-Cathedral. With large screen, narration, historical images and archive footage, this uplifting evening will be one of the highlight of 2017.  Discounted offer of €30 per ticket – to book phone Pat Egan on 01 679 7700 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lough Derg

Lough Derg:  You may begin your Three Day Pilgrimage on any day from 1st June until 13th August. Daily boats to the Island leave from 10.30am until 3:00pm, 7 days per week (No need to book).  There are various travel options available countrywide.  The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality.  Phone Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9861518.  (from NI 00 35371 9861518)  Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.loughderg.org

Easter Reflection - Fr. Michael O' Grady

Dear friends. Easter celebrates the high point of the whole Liturgical year when we recall the redemption of the Human Race by God. During the days of Holy Week we follow Jesus step by step from the estatic welcome given him by the crowds on Palm Sunday, to the Supper on Holy Thursday, to the Crucifixion on Good Friday, and finally to the empty tomb on Easter Sunday. 
We invite you to join us here in the parish as we remember these days, when Jesus having loved his own in the world loved them to the end.
What went through Jesus mind during the days of that first Holy Week? I'm sure he felt every human emotion possible, everything that we ourselves feel. His story is not just the story of a wonderful miracle worker who lived almost 2000 years ago. His story is of a God who allowed himself to be taken by force, unjustly condemned, scourged, and finally crucified in between two criminals. When people ask us today where is your God, we need only point to the crucifix which as Pope Francis reminded us recently is not just a piece of jewellery. It is a symbol of the power of God who made himself sin to heal us. 
Good Friday is a day of prayerful remembrace, a time for us to be silent before the Cross. Words are no longer necessary. We need only remember those who carry the Cross today. 
On Easter Day we celebrate the Resurrection, we go with Peter, John, and Mary to the Tomb and discover that it is empty as it has been for the last 2000 years. In an old tradition it is said that the sun dances in the sky on Easter Day in pure joy at the Risen Son of God.
In Ireland many High Crosses are marked with a crowing cock which sings that the Son of the Virgin is alive. May we in our lives celebrate that truth anew. Christ is risen, yes He is truly risen. Alleluia, Alleluia!