The Poverty of Jesus ‘Frees us and Enriches us’
The Poverty of Jesus “frees us and enriches us” Pope Francis wrote in his Lenten Message this year. His message concentrates on poverty, in particular on Christ's poverty. The Pope, in fact, begins by explaining that Jesus “became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich.” Christ's choice for poverty, the Pontiff states, suggests a positive dimension to the state of being poor.
Yet, wonders the Holy Father, what is this poverty by which Jesus frees and enriches us? “It is his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the road.” The poverty of Christ“is the greatest wealth.”
May the Holy Spirit, through whom we are "as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything", sustain us in our resolutions and increase our concern and responsibility for human destitution, so that we can become merciful and act with mercy. In expressing this hope, I likewise pray that each individual member of the faithful and every Church community will undertake a fruitful Lenten journey. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you safe. FRANCISCUS
TRÓCAIRE 2014 – WATER CHANGES LIVES
Malawi and the community of Kanyera
Lent challenges us to seek changes in our lives so that we may come closer to God and each other.
We take stock of ourselves as human beings made in the image and likeness of God. We challenge ourselves on a human level each Lent to bring about a better life, not just for ourselves but also for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, that they might have the opportunity to live life to the full, with clean water to drink. “Those who drink of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.” (Jn 4:14)
Water scarcity is a major human rights issue in our world today. People need water to drink, grow food, farm livestock and for health and sanitation.
The focus for this year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign is on the global water crisis and on how Trócaire is working with communities to help them gain access to clean water for domestic consumption and agricultural use.
Water has a huge significance upon the lives of human beings and on all creation.
Trócaire Boxes are now available in our church porches for you and your family’s opportunity to share generosity with the Third World .
Your Lenten Envelopes are now delivered – or soon will be. Many thanks to all the distributors for their loyal service to this somewhat thankless task.
Please return your Lenten Stations at your convenience as it’s very much appreciated by the Bishop and by the Priests of your parish.
Thought For The Day
A Lenten ‘Thought For The Day’ booklet (€3) is now available in the Church Sacristy. Or you can call 056 775 3624 or email email@example.com to order one.
New Pilates Session
Commencing March 19th in Dunmore Hall from 8.00 - 9.00pm - 6 weeks €50.
Novena to St. Joseph
Mill Hill Missionaries' Novena to St. Joseph begins on Tuesday, 11th March and finishes on Wednesday, 19th March.
Novena MASS and PRAYERS each evening at 8.00pm in our Chapel at Mill Hill Missionaries, St. Joseph's, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. Fr. Michael Corcoran, the Regional Superior, will be with us for the Closing Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph, Wednesday, 19th. March at 8.00pm.
Cancer Support Charity Shop
Kilkenny Cancer Support Charity Shop on John St. requires clean furniture (except beds) and bric a brac items for our new furniture area over the shop.
We also require clothing, footwear, handbags, kids clothes, toys, menswear.
We have a recycling facility so if you need to get rid of old clothes. We also collect goods if you're unable to deliver. Call 7715001. All donations welcome.
Lenten Reading & Reflection Group
… meet in St Mary’s Cathedral Chapter Room each Wed. morning at 10am during Lent. This month’s book ‘The return of the Prodigal Son’, Henri Nouwen.