Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Desk of Fr Dominic
As our Schools have started back this week let us pray for all the Children, Parents and Staff as they begin this new academic year. As we pray let us remember Pope Francis words: “True education enables us to love life and opens us to the fullness of life.”

“Caring for Our Common Home. Creation Time
– 1st. September – 4th. October”.
Pope Francis has asked us to mark this period with prayer and action in relation to the Earth and our place upon it. In his encyclical, Laudato Si, the Pope urges us to be good stewards of creation, to care for our planet and not to “steal” resources from the poor or from future generations.
Suggested Action for This Week:-
• Please pray that all people, including those in authority, “hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” and take action to limit global warming.
• Reflect and act on how in your life you can refuse items you don’t need, re-use and then recycle those you do need.

With You Always Programme: –
First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
If you were unable to attend the meeting on 9th July, parents of children who will be in year 4 in September, are reminded that they need to register for the preparation course. If your child was not baptised in Our Lady Star of the Sea or St Thomas of Canterbury then proof of Baptism will be needed. This should be obtained from the church of Baptism. Registration forms are available at the parish office. Sessions will begin in October and in order to attend the sessions you need to be registered.

THIS WEEK’S LAMP INTENTIONS
Lady or Sacred Heart Altar Lamps at Star will only be lit when intentions have been requested.
OLSS: Sanctuary: Exam Success received
SToC: Sanctuary: Victims of the recent hurricane in the Bahamas
ALTAR WINE/BREADS: Parishioners are invited to make a donation of £10 for altar wine/breads in memory of a loved one. Please place your donation in an envelope with the intention and Church and place it on the collection plate or drop it off at the parish office.
OLSS: Sept: Dennis & Monica Casey Oct: McEvoy & McClennan Families
SToC: Sept: Ann & Frank Livingstone Oct: Bartholomew Prior

Annual Novena to Our Lady held at St Edmund of Canterbury
The Novena takes place each Wednesday at 7:15 pm. It commences on August 14th till October 9th. The theme we are following this year is “Mary, the Undoer of Knots”. This devotion is very dear to Pope Francis, one which many find helpful in their daily lives. In view of the Novena there will be no procession in honour of Mary after the
10:00 am Mass on Sunday, August 11th.

RCIA On the 30th September we are starting our RCIA sessions which will commence at Our Lady, Star of the Sea at 7pm. This is a homely course for those who wish to become Catholics or for Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith. We have a warm and friendly group of people to welcome you and accompany you on the journey, which consists of Parish Priests and lay people from the parishes of Our Lady, Star of the Sea & St Thomas of Canterbury and St Edmund of Canterbury. The sessions will alternate between Our Lady, Star of the Sea and St Edmunds monthly. I am very much looking forward to being part this journey with the group, so if you would like to be involved, please contact me at the parish office.

Enrolled in Mass Association
All members of the Cooney family, past, present & future

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR:
Sick list: Sarah Carlin, Alison Payne, Christopher Murphy, Mary Gorton, Gladys Haslett, Christopher Browne, Joe Fitzpatrick, Nick Gilligan, Robert Guy, Paul Murphy, Louis Harvy, Madeleine Judge, Myra McLaughlin, Fr Bob Douglas, Agnes Brown, Alyce Matthews, Clifford Browne, Elaine Jackson, Sue Carlin, Eileen Albert, Tommy Swan, William Donegan, Martin Maxwell, Ros Maxwell, Charlie McKenna

Second collection next weekend in aid of home missions

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