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Biblical Resources (Kieran O'Mahony)

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 Gospel. This is certainly true of Mark’s account of Bartimaeus: at Mark’s hand it carries a key teaching on discipleship, the new way of seeing in response to the proclamation of the Kingdom. Bartimaeus follows Jesus on The Way (not “on the road”!).

And then, of course, there is our context today, often called “the world before the text.” What does the embedded story say to me, to us, today? Jesus asks each one of us: What do you want me to do for you? A question worth taking to heart.

The readings

The Synodal Pathway (Dublin)

People are gradually becoming aware that a huge consultation process is underway in the universal, national and local churches. This synodal initiative of the Holy Father has the potential to be more significant than Vatican II. You may like to know more and here are some links.

Every blessing for the week ahead,

Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA

 
 

KNOW YOUR FAITH

Come to PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY

An Adult Faith Development Programme


Applications are now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways.


This programme is run by the Archdiocese of Dublin. It will begin in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, (MDCCE), Drumcondra Rd. Dublin, 9. on Thursday 30th. September 2021 (7.00p.m. – 9.30 p.m.). Places are limited so early application is advised.

Pathways is a two-year, one night a week, course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. 

It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. You can just come along and enjoy! 

The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments. Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means.

For more information please visit the webpage: www.evangelisation.ie or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7. Phone : 01 8087594 Email: pathways@dublindiocese.ie

 

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 we missed our connection and the chance it gave us to prepare for Mass each Sunday. By introducing us to the readings beforehand, we had the opportunity to read and reflect on what each reading might mean for us today.

Although none of us was very good with technology, we learned how to set up and connect to a Zoom meeting. In this way we were able to see each other and continue the reflection that we had in Shalom.

Each week a group of between six and eight of us meet on Zoom to share our thoughts, insights and questions on the readings for the following Sunday's mass. We invite you to join us!

No previous knowledge of the Bible is required. What each of us brings to the

meeting is a desire to explore the faith that has guided our lives and to learn to understand and appreciate it more fully.

We don’t have easy answers to the hard questions of life, but we do share our faith and hope in Jesus and in the power of God's Word. We also help each other toward a better understanding of what it means to be a believer in today’s world.

PLEASE EMAIL TO THE PARISH SECRETARY TO RECEIVE A ZOOM LINK for Monday evening meetings: saintmarksparishchurch@gmail.com 

Peace,

Valerie Warren on behalf of the 'Exploring the Bible' group