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Pope Francis has asked the Church to pray the Rosary every day for the month of May. And with that in mind we will, as a Parish Team, pray the Rosary live on Facebook page Parishes of Springfield, Brookfield and Jobstown, every evening at 7pm.

Please join us in seeking the intercession of the Blessed Mother for our families, our communities and our world during this very difficult health crisis. We willl include Holy Father's written prayers each evening.

Thank you and may God bless and protect you and your families. Parish Team

 

Dear Parishioners,


We hope You All are keeping well and enjoying this glorious weather!

We would like to invite You to pray NOVENA OF REFLECTION AND PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR PENTECOST beginning Friday, 22nd of May and ending on Saturday, 30th of May at the PENTECOST PRAYER VIGIL - 8 to 9 pm lived streamed on our Facebook page.
 
This Novena was prepared by Sean Goan. We hope that this prayer will be helpful in broadening our understanding of the activity and dynamism of the Holy Spirit in our lives!

YOU CAN ALSO FIND THIS NOVENA ON YourParish App & OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

Together in prayer,
Parish Team

 

Novena Day Five - Tuesday May 26th  

Where the Spirit is there is creation and new life. Where the Spirit is, there is the living Christ. The Spirit is the breath of God’s creative love,  so that, whoever lives in the Spirit lives in the ever newness of God. 

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." (Jn. 3:6-8)

This is the second time in the Gospel of John that we hear mention of the Spirit of God. The first time, John the Baptist announces that he has seen the Spirit descend and remain on Jesus. Now it is spoken of by Jesus who wants to explain to Nicodemus, a learned and holy man, that God cannot be boxed in or reduced to formulas and definitions. When it comes to religion the big temptation for believers is to divide the world into those who love God and those who don’t, those who are saved and those who are not. Nicodemus is falling into this trap and Jesus uses the language of the Spirit as breath to suggest to him that perhaps he should look at the world in another way. For Jesus, being born from above means learning to see the world the way God sees it. As we know from the Book of Genesis “God saw all that he had made and indeed it was very good” (Gen 1:31). This did not change with the sin of Adam, the world is God’s world, human beings are still made in his image, we are blessed. The difficulty for us is that we make divisions, we see from below or in a worldly way with the eyes of the “flesh” and we divide life into the sacred and the profane because we think either that’s how God made it or that’s what sin has done to it. We may put a lot of effort into living in the sacred world and avoiding the profane. Yet there is only one world, and it is the Spirit that moves us to see this. The breath of God moves in ways that we cannot manipulate or control. In and through all the ups and downs of our daily human struggles the Spirit points us towards the creator God who offers us life. Sadly, we can and sometimes do choose to live otherwise, as though we were just born of “the flesh” and living in a world other than the one made by God.  

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. (Ps. 51:10-11)

(Pause for reflection)
Lord Jesus, teacher and friend guide us towards trust in the movement of your Spirit, to an openness to this mysterious breath  that is the guarantee of your abiding presence with us each day, You who are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen  

 

 

OPENING WIDE THE DOORS TO CHRIST!

Hi Everyone. It is with great joy that we will open the Church of St. Mark in Springfield for private prayer. It will be open Monday to Friday for a trial period, between 10.30 am - 12.30 pm.


The Covd-19 restrictions will be of priority, with only ten people allowed into the Church at any one time and strict adherence to safe distancing will apply.

Parish Team

Godly Play

The Godly Play stories continues in St. Thomas' parish centre to reach you where you are!..

 

Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – to help them understand the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

 

Notes on the Readings


(a) Pentecost Sunday

Full notes (PDF)
Gospel notes (Audio)
Gospel notes (Portable)

(b) Extra talk on Acts 2:1-13
As an extra, there is now a dedicated lecture on the Gospel (usually) going a more deeply into the background and teaching. For Pentecost, the first reading has been chosen.  
The first reading: a deeper exploration Zoom Lecture
The full list of Zoom presentations is here
These talks are also available on a dedicated YouTube Channel: Hearers of the Word. This route is probably more direct and a bit handier for most people. 

 

SCRIPTURE UNION IS HERE FOR YOU! Find out how...  


The Scripture Union Team have been working hard in developing and adapting some of their excellent faith development resources and creatively designing some very engaging and interactive quality, engaging and fun resources for children and young people.

We invite you to check it out totally free resources online at https://scriptureunion.ie/su-plus/coming-soo

The Month of May

Pope Francis is inviting us to pray the Rosary during the Month of May. He hopes that the Rosary will be recited by the people right across the World in the context of the Corona virus and its effects... Please find a prayer below which Pope Francis composed for the occasion. 

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother and seek  refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of  mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity, that they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic  necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on  promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realise that we are all members of one great family and to recognise the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal   course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Hope you are enjoying our new website which we are still developing.  If you have any comments or suggestions please send us an email at jobstownparish@gmail.com