Day 17: Tuesday 13 December 2016

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Readings for Tuesday 13 December, Third Week of Advent
Zeph 3:1-2, 9-13. Ps 33:2-3, 6-7, 18-19, 23, R/ v 7. Mt 21:28-32. www.catholicbishops.ie/readings

The poor and marginalised are given hope through the coming of Christ. There is no place for the proud and overbearing in the Kingdom of God.

Saints and Advent 
Memorial today of Saint Lucy, martyr. 

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Audio: Advent Thought for the Day

Each day during Advent we are bringing you an audio Thought for the Day on a different theme. Today’s Thought for the Day is from Emmet Sheerin from Trócaire. In this piece Emmet invites us to reflect on the words of Pope Francis from Laudato Si’ in which he highlights the need for lifestyle changes in response to climate change. Emmet says that it is not enough to pray, to listen to the word of God and to do nothing with it. We must also act and carry out God’s will in our daily lives. 

Click below to listen to the audio. 

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The Words of Pope Francis

Pope Francis – Message for World Day of Peace 2017

I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. Especially in situations of conflict, let us respect this, our “deepest dignity”,[1] and make active nonviolence our way of life.

Read the full text here

Pope Francis – Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) 
A Church which “goes forth” is a Church whose doors are open. Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way. At times we have to be like the father of the prodigal son, who always keeps his door open so that when the son returns, he can readily pass through it. – Evangelii Gaudium, 46.

Pope Francis on Twitter

One goal for each day: to convey the tenderness of Christ to those who are most in need. – @Pontifex.

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Reaching out in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin 

Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin has launched the 2016 Reach Out campaign in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin with Confirmation pupils from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal and Bishop Foley schools in Carlow.

Last weekend, parishes across the diocese have distributed a Christmas card from Bishop Denis which shows pictures from Syria and a small prayer card which they will be encouraging parishioners to use. The diocese has traditionally shared a Reach Out gift to parishioners such as a candle, some Christmas tree decorations from the Holy Land, but this year the diocese will be making a financial donation to Caritas International via Trocaire as their Reach Out gift. These funds will go directly towards alleviating the suffering of the people in Aleppo, Syria.

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In his message to parishioners on this year’s Reach Out Christmas Card, Bishop Denis said, “Since 2004 parishes across our diocese have marked the Advent Christmas Season with a shared Reach Out initiative. Through a simple card and a gift, parishes extend a Christmas greeting and blessing to those near and afar. Just at that time in the Church year when we celebrate that the Light of the World has come into our midst, we seek to share this Light with others in our Reach Out. Pope Francis often challenges us as church to go to the margins, the fringes, the Diocesan Reach Out initiative seeks to do just that.

“Returning to our celebration of the Light of the World coming into our midst, 2016 is a year in which perhaps the darkness has had too much say. When we look at the events across our world – the devastation and misery wrought by conflict, the unbearable hardships of people who have been displaced from their homeland or who seek to remain and survive in the most awful of situations, the persecution and genocide of people based on religion and ethnicity – these are events to which the Gospel compels us to respond. In this holy season we rise up and announce to ourselves and to the world, ‘A Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ (John 1:5)”

Bishop Denis went on to say, “In the circumstances of our times, our Reach Out initiative needs to make a change this year from past tradition. This year parishes in Kildare and Leighlin are Reaching Out locally with this card and its accompanying prayer. But the parish gift this year is a financial donation made in the name of the people of our diocese to Trócaire who act on behalf of Caritas International in Ireland. Trócaire will divert this donation towards Caritas Syria and their work in specific projects for the people of Syria. The United Nations has referred to the Syrian situation as the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.  We must play our part in bringing humanitarian aid to our brothers and sisters of the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity. This is what Jesus taught us to do, to help one another. In this one action we unite with all people of faith who through their concrete actions of mercy reveal time and again the Light who conquers all darkness.”

Bishop Denis concluded his message by offering a prayer for peace, “In this season of light and hope I pray for peace in Syria and across the Middle East and all places of conflict in our world. I pray also for the deep peace of Christ to find a resting place in your home and heart. I invite you to join with me in praying our Prayer for Peace in this season when we once more welcome Christ, the Light of the world, into our lives.”

For more on the Reach Out campaign please see www.kandle.ie

A Prayer in Remembrance 
In remembrance Prayer Family Prayer Book

Advent Prayer Intentions
1.We pray for those who are sick;
that they may experience
the Lord’s healing touch.

2. Loving Father, we place our trust in you,
You gave us the Lord Jesus Christ to be our armour.
Hear our prayers during this Advent Season,
through Christ, our Lord. Amen

Music
All my heart this night rejoices. Click here to listen to this beautiful hymn for Advent and Christmas.

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