Mitchelstown
Catholic 
Parish

Priest on Duty

087 2524 979

 

The priests of our parish:

V.Rev. Canon Michael Fitzgerald PP VF

Tel: 025 84090

 

V. Rev. Canon Timothy O’Leary CC PE

Tel: 025 84088

 

Rev. Fr. Gabriel Burke CC

Tel: 086-8168588

 

 

 

 

Contact our parish office

Open 9.00am - 12 noon

Monday - Friday

(025) 84062

mitchelstownparishoffice

@eircom.net

The Lady of All Nations

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Parish Mass Times:

Weekday Masses (Mon-Sat)
8.30am, 10.00am

Sunday Masses
7.30pm (vigil Saturday); 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.00pm, 7.30pm
Ballygiblin 9.30am / Killacluig 10.30am
Morning Prayer
Monday - Friday 8.00am
Eucharistic Healing Hour
Every Thursday 8.00pm - 9.00pm

 

Useful websites and links

www.catholicireland.net

Today’s Mass Readings

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Irish Bishop’s Conference

Diocese of Cloyne

National Board for the

Safeguarding of Children

in the Catholic Church

50th International

Eucharistic Congress

ACCORD Catholic

Marriage Care Services

Youth 2000 Ireland

Vatican Website

Mass Times
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Sexual Chastity and Purity: One of the most beautiful and powerful gifts the Lord has given us is our sexuality. But it must be reverenced and respected. When our sexuality is misused, it can be ugly, destructive to ourselves and others and addictive. It also destroys Christian faith. In our Catholic Christian tradition, chastity is synonymous with sexual purity. Chastity means not having any sexual relations before marriage. Many today would dismiss that as old fashioned and yet we all know, deep in our hearts, there is something beautiful when a couple wait until they are married. It is a major news story now when a celebrity announces that they are waiting until marriage. The loss of chastity in today’s world of free and easy sex has caused a lot of pain and heartbreak and for some people it has made them incapable of finding a true and loving relationship. The power and pleasure of sex when misused causes a lot of pain and destruction. The Church will be accused of being old fashioned – yet if we don’t teach and preach sexual chastity to young people and remain silent, we are robbing the young people of true happiness in their relationships. The easy availability of contraceptives has destroyed the natural beauty of sexuality and of true pure love.

Chastity also means fidelity to husband or wife during marriage. In catholic morality chastity is placed opposite the deadly sin of lust, and is classified as one of seven virtues. The moderation of sexual desires is required to be virtuous. This also applies to people who have taken vows of celibacy. Jesus teaches us in Mark chapter 7, 20: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of person’s heart, that evil thoughts come: sexual immorality etc …….” Jesus also taught in the Gospel of Matthew: “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God”.

If we want to take Jesus seriously, we must take purity seriously. In today’s world where lust and love are one, this is a challenging teaching, but it is teaching of the Saviour. He knows our need for happiness and he knows what will give the greatest joy to the human heart and that is being able to master oneself. He also knows about the immodesty and pornography that is making His teaching see, irrelevant. Let us always remember He wants us to have happy and truly loving relationships, not ones that are based on lust and selfishness. May the Holy Spirit inspire a new wave of purity in Ireland and in the world.

 

A word of Thanks to everybody for participating in last Sunday’s Corpus Christi procession. Thanks especially to the 1st Communion children, their parents, teachers and helpers. Thanks to everybody who worked behind the scenes to prepare for the event. Thanks too, to all who decorated their home and businesses. You all brought joy to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, and for that you have brought the Blessing of God down on our community. Let us always be devoted to the Holy Eucharist and to Mass. In 304, in North Africa in a place called Abitinia, 49 Christians were caught celebrating Mass, they were arrested and put to death by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Before he died one of them said: “Without the Eucharist we are dead “. Let us always be faithful to the Eucharist.

 

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