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2016 HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE AT BLESSED SACRAMENT SHRINE LIVERPOOL

  MARCH 20: PASSION (Palm Sunday) Vigil Mass: 5.40 p.m. Masses: 11.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.   MARCH 21-23: MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK MORNING PRAYER: 8.00 a.m. MASS: 8.25 a.m., 12.10 p.m., 1.10 p.m. CONFESSIONS (HOLY MONDAY-GOOD FRIDAY): 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. HOLY SATURDAY: 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. MARCH 24: HOLY THURSDAY Only one Mass at 5.40pm: The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper; followed by Adoration of the Reserved Sacrament till 9.00pm when the chapel will close. MARCH 25: GOOD FRIDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION (a day of Fast and Abstinence) The Shrine opens at 8.30am. Office of Readings and Morning Prayer at 9.00am Stations of the Cross at 11.00am. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm. Chapel closes at 4.30pm. MARCH 26: HOLY SATURDAY The Shrine opens at 8.30am. Office of Readings...

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CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2015

    BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL 20 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1   24th December: Thursday – Christmas Eve • Masses: 8.25 a.m., 11.00 a.m., 12.45 p.m. • Confessions: 3.00 – 4.00 p.m. • Chapel closes at 4.00 p.m. and re-opens at 11.00 p.m. • Midnight Mass: 12.00 a.m. 25th December: Friday – The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ • Chapel opens 11.00 am – Masses: 11.00 a.m., 12.30 p.m. • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: 1.15 – 7.00 p.m. • Chapel closes after 7.00 pm Mass. 26th December: Saturday – Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr • No 8.25 a.m. Mass • Chapel opens 10.00 a.m. • Masses: 11.00 a.m., 12.45 p.m., 5.15 p.m. • Confessions after 7.00 pm Vigil Mass for Sunday • Rosary and Benediction: 8.00 p.m. • Chapel closes 6.00 p.m. 27th December: Sunday – Feast...

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Mission Views: The Uganda, Africa Experience

The Holy Father Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel) has described a striking challenge for the church in our times. He wants a Church that “goes forth”. He said that the word of God constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him “to go forth” (20). Because it is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear (23). The Church which “goes forth” is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. These statements have become my stout foundation during my pastoral exposure (June 2014-April 2015) in Uganda, Africa. Over-all I would say, by the grace of God the experience...

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Patterns of Thinking for Our Way of Living: The New House of Studies- Chicago, IL.

Returning to the United States after the completion of my Canonical year in New York in January 2013, it is funny how little things serve as a reminder that not everything is the same between Anglo-American friends.  The paperwork that accompanied me from Glasgow does not fit into the neat little pockets I purchased from Office Depot.  It was only then that I remembered the U.S. standard letter paper is not the same as A4.  However, the rest of life seems to be a good fit. The formation journey that formally began in the Community Chapel with the St. Jean Baptiste SSS Community on 6th January 2012 has many voices to narrate it.  A bit like Fr. Peter Julian’s intuitive sense of the aspects and episodes of his life being knit-together for the purpose of promoting the ‘Reign of the...

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Challenging Africa

“In situation of widespread poverty, the proclamation of Christ must be the means for restoring human dignity.” -John Paul II’s Redemtoris Missio #37 Conscious to our vocation as religious called to spread the good news which emanate from the Eucharist, we are predisposed and unfastened to go anywhere for mission with the aim to proclaim, testify, live out, and share the profound treasures of the Eucharist. Moved by the Spirit who is the principal agent of mission, the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament has had the opportunity to reach as far as Africa. And fortunately enough, our community in Uganda, East Africa has been fruitful in living out our Eucharistic charism for a valuable fifty (50) years now. Certainly our religious vocations in such place are not intended to be a soft life. The demands it makes on a...

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My colourful life with God

My colourful life with God

“Life is not black and white. It is a beautiful kaleidoscope of colours, textures, shades, and distinctions. it is a canvas of details, tones, differences and diversities.” Just like also the call of God— many forms, many ways, mostly unexpected; but always going towards the same direction… towards the greatest artist of all who is God. God who is the light of the world who enables us to see and understand His marvellous canvass of life. Sometime in April, 2008 a total stranger asked me what time the last train would leave the LRT station somewhere in Manila. Without any hesitation, I assisted and generously gave him the information he needed. Me, I just came from the Church and I asked God to give me a sign for what I am longing for. I believe there was a divine...

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Filipino Scholastic on Mission to Africa

Despite of the great distance of Uganda from the Philippines and the danger of Ebola Virus that now plagues the Western part of Africa, Br. Aldi Bureros, SSS remain courageous in answering God’s call to serve our mission in Uganda, Africa. Br. Aldi, a Filipino Scholastic, left for Uganda last June. He will be staying in that country for the next ten months. As of now, he works as the treasurer of our Masaka community and helps the Parish which the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament administers in Uganda. Br. Aldi recognises the importance of his mission in Africa. He said “mission is always there in our midst. It is opening our heart to find God where ever we are. Sometimes, we try to avoid this mission because it is always challenging on our part since there are so...

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FROM AFAR

I was still a college student then when I started to become fascinated with the Sta. Cruz Church. From my long break in class, I was exploring the nearby places in Far Eastern University (the University where I graduated) when I passed by the busy area of Sta.Cruz. As I look around, my attention was then caught by this old Spanish-built church. I was captivated by its exquisite appeal. At that moment, I felt differently as I headed through the door. Inside, I appreciate the inviting silence and the solemnity of the place, making me want to pray to the Blessed Sacrament, so as everyone else around me who are seated in that church. As I watched from afar, I’ve observed the religious congregation occurring at that time. From the distance, I was so mystified with the way they...

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Inner Self: the Sanctuary of Inner Peace

I pray to the Lord to bring His overflowing peace to my troubled inner-self. My inner-self is my spiritual self. It is through my inner-self that I could meet the Lord. It is my spiritual being where the ultimate peace of God could immerse into my praying soul. It is where my prayers were answered by God’s response. It is a place where I could be united with God. It is a place within my heart where I invite Jesus… to embrace me, to stay with me and live in me. It is a sacred place within me. Even the world is too busy and noisy; I could still find serenity and harmony within me. Even the world where I am living is in terrible chaos and despite of the pain and agony that I am suffering… there is...

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