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Scripture Notes – Sunday – 5th December 2021

  And all humanity shall see the salvation of God Even though it is only the second Sunday of Advent, a resounding note of joy is struck. Advent, after all, is a season of hope, longing and also joy. It is not at all coincidental that the great teachers of joy in the New Testament (Paul, John and Luke) are also the great teachers of prayer and of the Holy Spirit,…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 28th November 2021

  Your liberation is near at hand! Advent + Christmas 2021 The new TSS programme went “live” on the 21st of November. It is still possible to register for the lectures and the two live events by going to the TSS website. The presentations can be watched in your own time; the webinar takes place on December 8 and the meditation a week later, on December 15. The two live events…

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Scripture Note – Sunday 21st November 2021

Christ the King: Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth. Tarsus Scripture School For Advent and Christmas 2021, Tarsus Scripture School is offering a programme entitled “A Child is Born for us.” It includes one online seminar, one online meditation and six presentations (using Vimeo). The charge is €20 per household / community. For more information and…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 14th November 2021

  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Welcome The lectionary takes us to our final reading from Mark for 2021. The so-called “Little Apocalypse” (Mark 13) is not so easy to make sense of but perhaps today, in the light of all that is going on, it just might speak to us. We know that quite disastrous climate change threatens us. We stand…

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Zoom Mini Course – Laudato Si

Laudato Si – Open Invitation to All You are invited to join us for a Zoom Mini Course on Laudato Si, Pope Francis Encyclical “On Care For Our Common Home”  We will explore Pope Francis inspiring document which is addressed to each of us and offers a blueprint for responding to the Cry of the Poor and the Cry of the Earth Jane Mellett, Laudato Si officer with Trócaire will be our…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 7th November 2021

  A poor widow came and put in two small coins COP 26 Columban missionary, Fr. Seán McDonagh speaks about the urgent for all to act now if we are to save the Planet for future generations. Leading up to COP 26, Sean McDonagh argues that the churches have a moral responsibility to care for the Earth and work towards protecting our Planet from further disaster due to Climate Change….

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 31st October 2021

“You are not far from the Kingdom of God” Welcome It can be helpful to ask direct and plain questions. This is what happens in this Sunday’s Gospel: ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ We may smile at the context, which is the 613 commandments to be found in the Torah (by tradition the same as the number of seeds in a pomegranate) . Christian ethics and doctrine…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 24th October 2021

Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” Welcome Miracle stories can (and must be!) read at different levels. There’s first of all the plain story: someone in need is healed in some way. It is always the case that even at that basic level the story points beyond itself as an illustration of the Kingdom preached by Jesus. The story receives an extra layer of meaning in each…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday – 17th October 2021

For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve! Welcome The Gospel addresses in a very engaging way a constant risk/temptation: the imitation of the power structures of the world. Hierarchy does not come form higher-arch but you could be forgiven for thinking it might. As Jesus bluntly says: not so among you! The former and slightly maverick bishop of Evreux, Jacques Gaillot, wrote…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 10th October 2021

We Cannot Remain Silent – We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20) Mission Month October 2021 Mission Month 2021 World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue. It always falls on the second last Sunday in October, meaning this year it will be celebrated over the…

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Exploring the Bible

Exploring the Bible   Since 2012, a group of parishioners has been meeting each week, to explore the Bible and to ask ourselves, how it might relate to our lives today. Before the Pandemic, we met in Shalom, beside St Mark’s church, each Monday. Some people come weekly, others less frequently. All are welcome!   When the Pandemic hit, we had a gap of a few weeks. However, we discovered that…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday – 5th December 2021

  And all humanity shall see the salvation of God Even though it is only the second Sunday of Advent, a resounding note of joy is struck. Advent, after all, is a season of hope, longing and also joy. It is not at all coincidental that the great teachers of joy in the New Testament (Paul, John and Luke) are also the great teachers of prayer and of the Holy Spirit,…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 28th November 2021

  Your liberation is near at hand! Advent + Christmas 2021 The new TSS programme went “live” on the 21st of November. It is still possible to register for the lectures and the two live events by going to the TSS website. The presentations can be watched in your own time; the webinar takes place on December 8 and the meditation a week later, on December 15. The two live events…

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Scripture Note – Sunday 21st November 2021

Christ the King: Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth. Tarsus Scripture School For Advent and Christmas 2021, Tarsus Scripture School is offering a programme entitled “A Child is Born for us.” It includes one online seminar, one online meditation and six presentations (using Vimeo). The charge is €20 per household / community. For more information and…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 14th November 2021

  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Welcome The lectionary takes us to our final reading from Mark for 2021. The so-called “Little Apocalypse” (Mark 13) is not so easy to make sense of but perhaps today, in the light of all that is going on, it just might speak to us. We know that quite disastrous climate change threatens us. We stand…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 7th November 2021

  A poor widow came and put in two small coins COP 26 Columban missionary, Fr. Seán McDonagh speaks about the urgent for all to act now if we are to save the Planet for future generations. Leading up to COP 26, Sean McDonagh argues that the churches have a moral responsibility to care for the Earth and work towards protecting our Planet from further disaster due to Climate Change….

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 31st October 2021

“You are not far from the Kingdom of God” Welcome It can be helpful to ask direct and plain questions. This is what happens in this Sunday’s Gospel: ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ We may smile at the context, which is the 613 commandments to be found in the Torah (by tradition the same as the number of seeds in a pomegranate) . Christian ethics and doctrine…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 24th October 2021

Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” Welcome Miracle stories can (and must be!) read at different levels. There’s first of all the plain story: someone in need is healed in some way. It is always the case that even at that basic level the story points beyond itself as an illustration of the Kingdom preached by Jesus. The story receives an extra layer of meaning in each…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday – 17th October 2021

For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve! Welcome The Gospel addresses in a very engaging way a constant risk/temptation: the imitation of the power structures of the world. Hierarchy does not come form higher-arch but you could be forgiven for thinking it might. As Jesus bluntly says: not so among you! The former and slightly maverick bishop of Evreux, Jacques Gaillot, wrote…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday 10th October 2021

We Cannot Remain Silent – We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard (Acts 4:20) Mission Month October 2021 Mission Month 2021 World Mission Sunday is the Holy Father’s annual appeal for spiritual and financial support so that the life-giving work of overseas mission and missionaries can continue. It always falls on the second last Sunday in October, meaning this year it will be celebrated over the…

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Scripture Notes – Sunday October 3rd 2021

So then, what God has united, man must not divide. Welcome The teaching of Jesus on marriage and divorce is best understood first of all in the context of the time. In that context, the teaching would have been seen as prophetic, against the grain, calling people to a different, more original ideal and offering greater security to women. In contemporary terms, it is decidedly un-prophetic simply to repeat what…

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