St Catherine of Alexandria Church.

Feast day of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church

Today is the feast day of our Parish Church, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Meath St., Dublin. We wish them every joy and blessing for their celebrations.
St. Catherine according to legend debated with 50 pagan philosophers. They hoped to convince her to renounce her faith. Instead, Catherine converted them to Christianity. Furious, the Emperor ordered her to be put to death on a spiked wheel; but the wheel broke. Eventually, she was martyred by beheading.
Advent Candles

Gospel Reading for the First Sunday of Advent

The Coming of the Son of Man
 
Luke 21:25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
 
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
 
Luke 21:29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
 
Exhortation to Watch
 
Luke 21:34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
 
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Sunday's Gospel

Gospel Reading for Sunday 21st Nov

John 18:33 Then Pilate entered the
headquarters again, summoned Jesus,
and asked him, “Are you the King of the
Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask
this on your own, or did others tell you
about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not
a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the
chief priests have handed you over to
me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus
answered, “My kingdom is not from this
world. If my kingdom were from this
world, my followers would be fighting to
keep me from being handed over to the
Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not
from here.” 37 Pilate asked him, “So
you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You
say that I am a king. For this, I was born,
and for this I came into the world, to
testify to the truth. Everyone who
belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
 
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Sundays Gospel

Gospel Reading for Sunday 14th Nov

Gospel
The Coming of the Son of Man
 
Mark 13:24 “But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
25 and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
 
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
 
Mark 13:28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
 
The Necessity for Watchfulness
 
Mark 13:32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
 
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Gospel Reading for Sunday 7th Nov

Mark 12:38 As Jesus taught, he said,
“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk
around in long robes, and to be greeted
with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and
to have the best seats in the synagogues
and places of honour at banquets! 40
They devour widows’ houses and for the
sake of appearance say long prayers.
They will receive the greater condemnation.”
41 He sat down opposite the treasury,
and watched the crowd putting money
(chalkon) into the treasury. Many rich
people put in large sums. 42 A poor
widow came and put in two small copper coins (lepta),
which are worth a penny.
43 Then he called his disciples and
said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor
widow has put in more than all those
who are contributing to the treasury. 44
For all of them have contributed out of
their abundance; but she out of her
poverty has put in everything she had,
all she had to live on.”
 
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A Forest

Gospel Reading for Sunday 31st Oct

Mark 12:28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33 and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbour as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.
 
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Jesus Heals

Gospel Reading for Sunday 24th Oct

Mark 10:46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
 
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