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October 19, 2008 is World Mission Sunday. “Mission Sunday is about supporting Young Churches and missionaries in meeting the spiritual and material needs of their communities. Mission Sunday is one day of the year which is set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice and a financial gift.” “A collection takes place in every single Church throughout the world, including the poorest, and these donations are used to assist missionaries and to fund a range of pastoral projects in Young Churches. The Pontifical Mission Societies organise the Mission Sunday collection on behalf of the Pope and the Irish Bishops. In 2008, the Mission Sunday celebration and collection will take place on October 19th.” In his message for this year’s World Mission Sunday celebration, Pope Benedict XVI says “On the occasion...

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As part of the celebration of the special year of St. Paul declared by Pope Benedict XVI ( 29 June 2008 – 29 June 2009 ), the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Dublin will host a day of reflection on the Eucharist as presented by Saint Paul. This will be on Saturday, 27th of September 2008. Very Reverend Father Jesus Malit, SSS, the present Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in the Philippines, will be the resource speaker. The programme is as follows: Mass at 11.00 a.m.; Refreshments at 11.30 a.m.; Introduction to St. Paul at 12.00; Lunch 1.00 – 2.00 p.m.; Paul and the Eucharist at 2.00 p.m.; Reflections and Prayer 3.00 – 4.00 p.m. Let us pray for the success of this event. May it help the participants deepen their understanding of the...

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The largest ever Pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Dublin to Lourdes is continuing this week. 2008 is the Jubilee year for Lourdes, the 150th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to St. Bernadette in 1858. Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Shrine for three days, beginning on Saturday next (13th) Among the 3,000 travelling to Lourdes from the Dublin Diocese are 180 sick, 700 helpers, 8 doctors and 55 nurses. 15 secondary schools will be represented by pupils and teachers. The pilgrimage is led by the Archbishop of Dublin Dr. Diarmuid Martin, who is joined by Cardinal Desmond Connell and 50 priests of the Diocese. Archbishop Martin has led the pilgrimage since becoming Archbishop over four years ago. He said he was heartened by the ongoing spirit of commitment, faith and charity shown by all those who take...

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The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament celebrates today the feast of its founder St. Peter Julian Eymard. He founded the congregation in 1856 in France. He died in his home town of La Mure on 1st August 1868. Pope John XXIII canonised him on December 9, 1962. During his canonisation, the Pope described St. Eymard as the “Apostle of the Eucharist.” The Blessed Sacrament communities all throughout the world have organised various activities to mark this day of its founder. Among its activities is the nine-day novena to Saint Eymard. In Dublin Ireland, the Blessed Sacrament community invited Fr. Theo Hebing, SSS to lead the novena that started last 24th of July. On this feast day of Saint Eymard, a concelebrated Mass is scheduled at 11.00 am today at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Dublin. Fr. Jim Campbell, SSS,...

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Message on the Feast of St. Peter Julian Eymard

2nd August 2008 Dear Brothers, Greetings on the Feast of Our Holy Founder, St. Peter Julian Eymard. I take this opportunity to reflect with you again, to remind ourselves again of some  of the insights of our recent Amplified Provincial Council in Penmaenmawr. Fr. Bong, in his reflections during the Parallel Eucharistic Congress in Bachelors  Walk, told us: “ We do not speak of the Eucharist as something, but as someone.  The Eucharist is Jesus himself. To acknowledge Jesus’ presence has consequences in our lives and societies. In the Scriptures, all encounters with Jesus produced an  effect” The main theme of the meeting offered by Fr. Jim Campbell and I was: “ Do people  recognise Jesus in the way we Break Bread in the Eucharist, in our prayer life and  in the daily witness of our lives – our...

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THE Province of Saints Peter and Paul (Great Britain-Ireland) announces with deep sorrow the death of BRO. FRANCIS BARKER, SSS. He died peacefully last 6th of July 2008 at the age of 85. Brother Francis is assigned at our Liverpool community at the time of his death. He was born on 29th March 1923. He made his profession in the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament on the 8th of September 1977. Rule of Life Number 13 of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament says ” Comforted by the prayer of the community and by the Eucharist received in viaticum, our brothers will then be ready to die in the Lord.” “The death of a brother shall be celebrated as a paschal event, in a prayer filled with hope. We will faithfully carry out the prescribed suffrages for our deceased.”...

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Homily: Funeral Mass of Bro. Francis Barker, SSS

Gospel of st. John 14: 1-7 Like the disciples in the Gospel, our hearts are troubled. We have lost the one we loved in death. Death seems cruel and beyond our understanding. There is only one in the world who can comfort and console us – Jesus Christ. He told us that if we believe in him we will never die, that we will all rise again. We can believe him, because He proved his words were true by overcoming death himself, when he rose from the dead. In today’s Gospel, just before his own death, he tells us that he is going to prepare a place for us. Although we are sad, we are happy for Francis because he has achieved the goal, the purpose of his life – the place prepared for him by God, the place...

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THE 7th of June 2008 is a special day for the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. On this day, Brother Adrian Ladines, SSS from the Province of Our Lady of the Assumption (Philippines) makes his Perpetual Profession of Religious Vows in the Congregation of the Blessed SAcrament. The occasion was held at Sta. Cruz Church, Manila, Philippines. Fr. Jhess Malit, SSS, Provincial Superior of SSS in the Philippines presided the celebration. Family members of Br. Adrian as well as his relatives, friends and SSS confreres graced the gathering. The following day, June 8, Br. Adrian was ordained to the Order of Diaconate at Eymard Formation Center (EFC) in Quezon City, Philippines. Let us thank God for the grace of vocation that he has given to Reverend...

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FR. Fiorenzo Salvi, SSS, the present Superior-General of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament said in his letter to the members of the congregation that “the printed edition of the writings of Fr. Eymard will be available next October.” It consists of 17 volumes of the “Complete Works” of Saint Peter Julian Eymard which were done jointly by the editors of Centro Eucaristico (Italy) and Nouvelle Cite (France). “This printed edition makes all the writings of Father Eymard easily accessible to everyone, including people who do not have direct access to internet”, Fr. General said. Those communities and individuals who want to order this 17-volumes of the printed edition of the writings of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, you are asked to contact the General Curia through email, fax or...

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