Welcome to Graiguecullen & Killeshin Parish
Graiguecullen Killeshin parish is a welcoming, worshipping, community, committed to living the Gospel in our daily lives. Nourished by the Eucharist we strive to live in justice, truth, love and peace, so that others may say of us: “See how these Christians love one another. Our churches, celebrations and ceremonies are open to all people of goodwill. There is a seat reserved for you at the Lords table in St Clares or Holy Cross church every Sunday and special feast day. Your participation will strengthen the Body of Christ so as to serve the whole community. All our Ministry Groups are open to all and you are always welcome to join any of them.
NO PAIN NO GAIN
The third servant in today’s parable was trying to bury a responsibility that he wished to avoid. The treasure he had been given was an opportunity for him to invest and please his master, but instead of putting himself out, he buried the treasure where he could forget about it and go about his own affairs.
Buried deep, the treasure was no longer an uncomfortable reminder of his master’s expectations. Meanwhile, the other two servants, realising that there is no gain without pain, risked everything on their master’s account. They invested and multiplied their gifts, and their master was pleased by their efforts.
Like the three servants in this story we too have been given talents and gifts, and with those talents comes a responsibility to use those talents as an opportunity to make the world a better place. Our talents are varied, some great some small but we are all gifted in some way. Some have high profile and very obvious talents … there are those who are great musicians, surgeons, sports people and scientists.
The rest of us might have less obvious talents. We might have a talent for caring, listening, speaking, growing things or solving practical problems. Whatever our particular gift we are urged to step out with it … stick our neck on the line and invest our gifts in God’s cause. God will not be so impressed if we are too afraid, embarrassed or lazy to use our talents. Ever heard the expression ‘Use it or lose it.’ If we ignore our gifts long enough, there will come a time when we can no longer rely upon them. This is what happened to the third servant.
One of the excuses that the third servant made for not investing his gift was that he was fearful of losing it. But the message today is not to be fearful. God never asks us to do something we are not capable of doing, and he is not judging us by our levels of productivity. The master in the story did not judge the third servant for producing nothing from his gift, but rather for being lazy and for his bitter indifference to his master’s generosity.
The master would not have judged him harshly, if he had tried his best but failed. Today we are invited to look again at what gifts we have been given and how we are using them for the benefit of all. We are asked to examine what gifts we might be ignoring because we are too embarrassed or afraid, and we are asked to live a little dangerously and invest more of ourselves in God’s cause.
Communion to the Sick
Many people from our parish bring Holy Communion to sick neighbours or family members. This is a very special ministry which connects those attending Mass to the sick and housebound and highlights especially our connection to those watching the Mass on TV through the webcam.
Bringing Holy Communion to the sick is both a corporal and spiritual work of mercy. You serve as an ambassador of Christ (2Corinthians 5:20), the Catholic Church, and our parish. From Sunday 1st October onwards it is hoped to formalise this very special ministry.
At all our Masses (including our weekday Masses), those who bring communion to the sick will be called up to the altar just before the final blessing, where they will receive communion. They will then be blessed and formerly sent out from the Mass, taking with them not only Holy Communion but also the Word of God which has been heard, and the affection and prayers of the parish community.
St Clare’s Hospitality
St Clare’s Hospitality wish to announce an extension to their service:- “Friday’s @ The Kitchen” 11.30am – 2.30pm. Beginning 23rd September. Citizens Information Services providing advice. No appointments necessary. Tea/Coffee & a light meal available on the day (soup/sandwich depending on weather) The service is free of charge but a donation box is available at the door.
100% of all donations go directly to helping local people in need. We are extremely grateful to everyone who donates their time and/or money to this cause. Just a reminder about our food bins at the church doors and in the Parish Centre. We would really appreciate any donations of tinned peas, beans, cooking rice, coffee, custard powder etc. as our stocks are low. Like us on Facebook please Click Here
All Work Done For The Greater Glory Of God
Graiguecullen/Killeshin Parish Events 2017/2018
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