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Insights on the Fomation Meeting in Paris

The Formation session held in Paris, was for me, and exciting and a very re-assuring experience. I got new insights into Fr. Eymard’s knowledge of the Word of God and of his fidelity to the Word of God. I was quite touched on hearing how he coped with spiritual darkness and adversity. I was very encouraged and enthused to discover, from material presented, of his concern for and of his practical approach to the laity. His appreciation of the need to involve and “collaborate with the laity in his Eucharistic mission very encourages and inspires me. His concern for women, his approach to women, his realtionship with women and appreciation of women struck me, quite forcibly His work with and for the Servants gives me much renews confidence and hope. When I arrived on Wednesday night, January 21St, the...

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Bro. Paul Byrne, SSS

QUIETLY and peacefully, our beloved Confrere, Brother Paul slipped away to the arms of His Eucharistic Lord on Saturday 14th February 2009. In great from that morning, he was preparing for an outing with a friend, but was found to be dead as he sat in our sitting room with Fr. Jim Hegarty waiting to be collected. Quietly, no fuss, and in the company of a Confere, absolutely in character. His unexpected death came as a great shock to us all, despite the on-going health problems with which he had struggled for years, and which had rendered him increasingly debilitated. Bro. Paul, an only child, was born in Cork, and like all Corkmen, he remained proud of his roots. He was a Franciscan Brother (Bro. Rufino) from 1946 to 1953, and he joined the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament...

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First Sunday of Lent – 1 March 2009

Jesus had just been baptised … In receiving the baptism of John, You line Yourself up with sinners. You descend to our level….but it is to enable us to ascend to the Father after You. The new Moses, You lead humanity to guide it towards the true Promised Land. You accompany us in this journey towards God. Immediately the Spirit drives Him into the desert…. The Spirit came visibly on You at Your Baptism; He drives You now to share the experience with everyone, in living the trial of the desert. Let us also allow ourselves to be pushed by the Spirit. He is light and strength in the difficulties and trials of our...

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Homily delivered at the Requiem Mass of Br. Paul Byrne, SSS

Like the disciples in the Gospel we have just heard, our hearts are troubled. Paul, our brother is gone from us. We mourn for him as Christ mourned for Lazarus outside the tomb. But there is hope, because like Christ, we know that Paul will rise again. Jesus tells us in the Gospel that he is going to prepare a place for us, so that where he is, we may be too. Paul is now in the place set aside for him by God for all eternity. In the Gospel, the disciples were bewildered and did not know where Jesus was going. But he told them that he was the Way, the Truth and the Life. He left his disciples to show the way to others. The first reading tells us that the life and death of each of...

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Eurocamp 2009

The road to Peace: The Gift and the Task”, is the theme of this year’s Eurocamp which will be held on August 2-9, 2009 at the Blessed Sacrament Community, Saint Agatha, Reggello, Florence, Italy. This gathering is open to young adults ( 18 – 30+ years old). The cost of the participation is 200 Euros. For those who are interested to join this event, you are requested to get in touch with Bro. Timothy McLoughlin, SSS at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Dublin 1, Ireland. You can contact him through telephone number 35318724597 or through email: timothymcloughlin@eircom.net. For further information about eurocamp, you can visit its website:...

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SECOND SUNDAY YEAR B

SECOND SUNDAY YEAR B 18 January 2008 Gospel: John 1: 35-42 Jesus passed by …. You have just left Nazareth. Nobody has yet heard tell of You. You can “pass by”. No one puts any heed in You. John the Baptist will say to his contemporaries: there is among you One Whom you do not know (Jn. 1:26). Allowing himsel to be enlightened by the Spirit, he will know how to recognize You and point out Him in relation to Whom his mission is “to prepare for His coming” (Lk. 1:76). Staring hard at Jesus … John sees beyond human apearances. Through faith, he identifies in You the mystery of God and uncovers it for others … you continue to pass by in our lives Lord …. Grant us the insight of John to recognise You and welcome You...

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PARIS FORMATION MEETING

THE annual formation meeting of SSS European religious will be on January 21-24, 2009 in Paris, France. This meeting will be participated in by the representatives of the different provinces/regions of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in Europe which is called the European Confrence. Frs. Pat Costello, Maurice Rouleau, Raphael O’Halloran and Rene Esoy will represent the Province of Great Britain and Ireland. Aside from the different important topics that will be discussed during the meeting, Fr. Antonion Pedretti will introduce to the participating religious the new website on the writings of SSS founder Saint Peter Julian Eymard. Let us pray for the success of this important gathering of our European...

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CYC CHAPEL COLLECTION

Last Sunday, 9th November, was a special Day for the Archdiocese of Dublin Catholic Youth Care (CYC). It was day when Archbishop Dirmuid Martin made an appeal for a speacial collection to support the youth-related activities of the CYC. A special letter of the Archbishop was read at all masses. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel was able to raise 700 Euros for this special collection to support the CYC programs and activities. We thank sincerely all our massgoers for their generosity. May God continue to bless you...

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FILIPINO SIMBANG GABI IN DUBLIN

THE Filipino community in Ireland has organised the Simbang Gabi to prepare for the birthday of our Saviour Jesus Christ. This event started last December 15 and will end on December 24, 2008 with the celebration of the vigil Mass for Christmas. The Mass starts 8.00 o’clock in the evening at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1, Ireland. On Christmas Day, the 12.30 Mass will be animated by the Filipinos. Different Filipino Choirs are assigned to sing during the Masses. They are Crumlin Filipino Choir ( December 15); Couples for Christ Choir (December 16); Beaumont Filipino Choir ( December 17); Youth for Chirst Choir (December 18); Anima Christi Choir (December 19); Voce Christiana (December 20); St. James Hospital Choir (December 21); Lucan-Celbridge Filipino Choir (December 22); Filipino Volunteers’ Choir (December 23); Chorale Ensemble (December 24); Eymard Filipino...

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