Sunday’s Gospel – 20th June

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Mark 4:35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
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Sunday’s Gospel – 13th June

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Mark 4:26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Mark 4:30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
Mark 4:33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
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Corpus Christi

Sunday’s Gospel – 6th June

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Mark 14:12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
Mark 14:22 While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Mark 14:26 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
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A Vocation Grows Within A Family

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A vocation grows within a family, and a part of Stephen’s Solemn Profession was affiliating his mother Mary to the Order. We also remembered Tony, Stephen’s dad, who passed away when Stephen was young, may he rest in peace.
As Father General, the head of the Order in Rome, wrote, “ It is proper to show our gratitude to those to whom the Augustinian Family is particularly indebted…Your generosity is giving your son, Stephen, to the Lord in the Irish Augustinian Family deserves our special thanks.” The scroll presented to Mary affiliating her to the Order means we now regard her as part of our family in the same way as Stephen is. Congratulations Mary and all the family on your special day.
Solemn Profession

“What is it you seek?”

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“What is it you seek?”
               “The love of God and a life in common with you.”
The Irish Province of the Augustinians gathered with the Shields family in John’s Lane Church in Dublin to celebrate the Solemn Profession of their brother and son, Stephen. This ceremony allowed us to share the moment when Stephen made his vows to commit to being an Augustinian friar for life. He joins a long line of Augustinians from all corners of the globe, and right across the ages since 1256, who found the common search for God in community life, as advocated by Saint Augustine, as the best way to seek God, find God and seek God again. When asked why he became an Augustinian, Luc Verheijen OSA responded that he “became an Augustinian to become a good Christian.”
An extraordinary life allowing the difficult task of being different to flourish. May Stephen find the God he seeks together with his brothers for many years to come.
John Hennebry OSA