St. John the Evangelist Kilbarrack-Foxfield Parish Newseltter Sunday 14th August 2022 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr Peter Finnerty, Parish Priest, Ph: 01-832-3150.

Fr Séamus Connell, Ph: 087-702-5120.

Fr Cathal Price, Ph: 01-832-3683.

Janice Dornan, Parish Sec, Parish Office, Ph 01-839-0433.


Weekday Mass times – Mon-Wed 10am; Thurs, 7.30pm; Fri 10am. Bayside– Mon-Sat 10am.

Weekends: Saturday Vigil 6.30pm (changing to 6pm from 3rd September 2022. Sunday 9.30am and 12pm.  Bayside – Saturday Vigil 7pm.  Sunday 8am, 10am and 11.30am.

Parish Office: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9.30am to 12.30pm.  Closed Wednesday.


Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

Tomorrow Monday 15th August

Mass – 6.30pm Vigil Sun 14th and 10am Mon 15th

Masses for the coming week
Name Date Time
Bernadette Gibson, (A) and Birthday Remembrance Mon. 15th 10am
Peter and Annette Foley (A) Sun. 21st 12pm
Una Coogan (Month’s Mind) Sun. 21st 12pm
Neasa Murray (A) Sun. 21st 12pm


Recently Deceased

We remember in our prayers

Ann O’Sullivan, RIP late of Thornville Avenue and

Patrick (Paddy) Mooney, RIP, late of Roseglen Road.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, and neighbours.  May they rest in peace.  Amen.


Change of Mass time – Saturday Evening Vigil Mass

As you may be aware Fr. Finbarr has gone on a sabbatical

and is not being replaced. The Saturday evening Mass will change from 6.30pm to 6pm commencing on Saturday 3rd September. The Saturday Vigil Mass in Bayside is at 7pm.


The Building Hope Prayer

Pilgrim God, we give you thanks and praise. You constantly journey with us even in our darkness and doubts. We seek your way of loving kindness to walk together as one family.
Open our eyes to recognise you in the faces of one another, in the breaking of bread and in the splendour of creation. May the risen Christ sow seeds of hope and new life deep within us. May our hearts and minds be filled with your Word, bringing forth truth, justice and peace. May the Holy Spirit working in and through us do much more than we can dare to imagine as we live out our baptismal calling in humble and loving service. We make this our prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us. St Laurence O’Toole, pray for us. St Kevin, pray for us. St Brigid, pray for us.


Reflection on Readings for Feast of the Assumption
The Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name.’

The scripture for this Marian feast day reveals how the coming of Christ into our world through the poverty of Mary can change our lives. The First Reading – The themes of fragile beginnings, of power struggles rooted in evil motives, and of overcoming fear and sin through Christ, all hold an important message of hope for us today. Gospel – A joyful meeting between two humble women, Mary and Elizabeth, is a revelation of the Gospel message. A new order of justice and mercy for all time will be proclaimed. The powerful will be brought low and the humble exalted. Let us take responsibility for proclaiming and living out this Gospel message today. We pray for that true peace that only Christ can bring, remembering especially the people of Ukraine and all places where people are suffering.


Prayer for Ukraine

Holy and Gracious God.  We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia, for their countries and their leaders. We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear. We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness. We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace. We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they may be inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ. Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine. And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son. Lord, have mercy.  Amen.


Peter McVerry Cycle

The annual Peter McVerry Trust Wexford Cycle will take place on Saturday 17th September and raises vital funds for the housing and homeless charity founded by Fr McVerry. It is open to all abilities and is a great day out. To find out more visit or call 01 823 0776.


Dues Collection

The summer Dues collection is now re-launched, and envelopes are at the back of the Church. They are not being delivered to your home. They can be returned over the summer. The Archbishop reminds us of the value of coming together as a community to celebrate the Lord’s Day. Listen to the Spirit calling us to build a future full of hope.


AWARE – Support & Self-Care Groups

For support visit or  –


Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place from 11am-3pm from Tuesday to Friday each week.


Legion of Mary Centenary Concert

A concert will take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, on Saturday, 3rd September to mark the 100th anniversary of the Legion of Mary. Special guests – award winning soprano Celine Byrne, the Dublin Concert Band, Lorraine Mathews. Book at Eventbrite. Tickets are €30 (premium – seating in reserved area) and €20 (general admission).


National Novena at Knock

The National Novena to Our Lady of Knock – ‘A Journey in Hope’ takes place from today, Sunday, 14th to Monday, 22nd August with nine days of reflection and prayer and a chance to connect with your faith in this unique and sacred space. Visit for details.

Charity Booklets – Heritage Week.

This week is Heritage Week with lots of interesting events countrywide. Two booklets have been compiled by local historian Marie Bennett to support the charity work of Northside Partnership.  The first is on the great 1921-22-23 three-in-a-row Dublin All-Ireland football champions side, while the second is on Dublin’s 1924 All-Ireland winning hurling side. The booklets, limited to 100 copies, are available for €10 each from Northside Partnership at Bunratty Drive, Coolock. Phone (01) 848 5630.


Choose Healthcare Chaplaincy

Choose healthcare chaplaincy as a profession in the health service – study Theology and Pastoral Theology/Healthcare Chaplaincy. A bursary is available with the support of the Bon Secours Health System for those choosing to train for work in the Irish Health Service. Further information is from the Healthcare Chaplaincy Board at


The Way of Mindful Communication

Most of our difficulties and conflicts in life are the result of poor communication. The secret to good communication is articulating our own needs and hearing the needs of others. The Sanctuary has a Mindful Communication course on Wednesdays from 7th September to 12th October that will help us move towards good communication with the aim of reducing conflict and everyone having their needs met. Facilitators Mary Jennings and Margaret Quinn. Details from


Local Gardening Services

Linda Kirwan – Gardening Services; 15 years’ experience;

Will do all garden jobs – Pruning; Lawn Mowing; Hedge trimming etc. For more details contact Linda 087-6161717


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place from 7th to 12th September. Details from 01 241 0800 or email


“Wealth Is Meaningless” – Billionaire

Apple co-founder and billionaire Steve Jobs died in 2011, at 56, after battling with a rare pancreatic cancer for many years. He left a letter in which he stated that all his wealth and recognition were meaningless in the face of imminent death.

“I have reached the pinnacle of success in business. In other people’s eyes my life is a success.

However, aside from work, I’ve had little joy.

At the end of the day, wealth is just a fact I’ve gotten used to.

Right now, lying on my hospital bed, reminiscing all my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth I took so much pride in, has faded and become meaningless in the face of imminent death.

You can hire someone to drive your car or make money for you, but you can’t hire someone to stand sick and die for you.

Material things lost can be found again. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost: Life.

Whatever stage of life we are currently at, in time we will face the day the curtain closes.

Love your family, spouse, children and friends. Treat them right.   Cherish them.

As we get older, and wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or $30 watch both give the same time.

Whether we have a $300 or $30 wallet or purse, the amount inside is the same.

Whether we drive a $150,000 car or a $30,000 car, the road and the distance are the same, and we reach the same destination.     Whether we drink a $1,000 or $10 bottle of wine, the hangover is the same.

Whether the house in which we live is 100 or 1,000 square meters, loneliness is the same.

You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from material things of this world.

Whether you travel first class or economy class, if the plane crashes, you go down with it…

Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have friends, brothers and sisters, with whom you discuss, laugh, talk, sing, talk about north-south-east or heaven and earth,… this is the real happiness!!

An indisputable fact of life: Don’t raise your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy.

When they grow up, they will know the value of things and not the price.”


The Point of the Mountain

One day, the mountain that is in front of you will be so far behind you, it will barely be visible in the distance. But the person you become in learning to get over it? That will stay with you forever. And that is the point of the mountain.”     Brianna Wiest


Thought for the Week

The root of joy is gratitude.   It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.  David Steindel-Rast


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