This Week’s Bulletin
14th July 2019
15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Masses this Week
Monday 9.00 am
Tuesday NO MASS
Wednesday to Friday 9.00 am.
Saturday 10.00 am
Currowrane Cemetery Mass
Annual Mass in Currowrane cemetery this Wed, July 17th at 8.00 pm.
Altar Society Rota
New rota now available in the sacristy.
Trip to Dingle.
Day Trip Wed 31st July. Breakfast and Evening Meal in Torc Hotel, Killarney. Visiting Blasket Interpretative Centre, Slea Head.Bus leaving Kilbrittain 8.00 am. Cost €75. Contact Patsy Northridge 8849611 – 086/2355317
The Summer rotation of priests within the Bandon cluster, which was successfully trialled last year, is now in effect. The roster for Kilbrittain is as follows: (Priest saying Kilbrittain Masses also says Gaggin, Sun 9.00 am)
July 6/7 and 13/14: Fr Tom Hayes
July 20/21 and 27/28: Canon John Kingston
August 3/4: Fr John C O’Donovan
August 10/11 and 17/18: Fr Bernard Cotter.
Fr Cremin’s Schedule is as follows:
July 6/7 and 13/14: Bandon
July 20/21 and 27/28: Newcestown
Aug 3/4 (Free)
Aug 10/11 and 17/18: Enniskeane
[Aug 14/15 Assumption: Kilbrittain]
“Obey the voice of the Lord your God, keeping those commandments and laws of his.”
‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength’ (Lk 10:27). We cannot begin to conform to this demand without total obedience to God. St John said, ‘when anyone does obey what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him’ (1 Jn 2:5). The laws Moses refers to in the first reading are, of course, the Ten Commandments which God had just transmitted to him. And when we are asked to obey God’s voice that also, as time went on, included the teaching of Jesus, as John the Baptist said ‘he whom God has sent, speaks God’s own words’ (Jn 3:34) and as Our Blessed Mother said in Cana ‘do whatever he tells you’ (Jn 2:5). They continue to be transmitted to the world through the teaching of the Church, which St Paul reminds us today is the Body of Christ and about which Jesus said ‘whatever you bind on earth, consider it bound in heaven’ (Mt 18:18).
We must understand that these are our ‘maker’s instructions’ (a favourite phrase of mine!) and our all-knowing Maker assures us that they are for our good, and anything else will harm us and harm the world. Yet, a vast number of Catholics have convinced themselves that certain Church teachings don’t apply to them. This is not the same as sinners – people who recognise that they are in the wrong whether they want to do anything about it or not.
People give all sorts of reasons for claiming that particular sins don’t apply to them or that their beliefs override the solemnly declared truths of the Church. Do they not realise that you cannot act in this way and still claim to be a follower of Christ? That is no exaggeration. Listen to Moses’ first word in today’s reading, ‘OBEY’. From start to finish the life of Jesus was a life of obedience to the Father, obedience unto death. A Christian is somebody who accepts God as Father and Creator and who tries their best to obey him in imitation of Christ that they might love him perfectly in response to his infinite love. And when a Christian fails in this regard he seeks forgiveness, not self-justification.