CHURCH OF MARY IMMACULATE, REFUGE OF SINNERS, RATHMINES Sunday 28th May 2017


Theme : While the Church is changing with numbers of priests falling, it is our opportunity to become active in our community, to stretch our possibilities and fully explore our potential in the challenging times ahead.


Today we remember Sean Skehill who’s 21st Anniversary occurs at this time RIP


Entrance: WE SHALL BE FREE


When the last child cries for a crust of bread

When the last man dies for just words that he said

When there's shelter over the poorest head

We shall be free


When the last thing we notice is the colour of skin

And the first thing we look for is the beauty within

When the skies and the oceans are clean again

Then we shall be free


We shall be free, We shall be free, Stand straight, Walk proud, Cos we shall be free


When we're free to love anyone we choose

When this world's big enough for all different views

When we all can worship from our own kind of pews

Then we shall be free


We shall be free, We shall be free, Have a little faith, Hold out, Cos we shall be free


And when money talks for the very last time, and nobody walks a step behind

When there's only one race, and that's mankind

Then we shall be free


We shall be free, We shall be free,

Stand straight (Walk proud)

Have a little faith (Hold out)

We shall be free


We shall be free, We shall be free

(Stand straight) Stand straight

(Have a little faith) Walk proud

We shall be free

Stand straight, walk proud, we shall be free



PSALM; HOPE


Long ago, and far away, they say a young man died

And looking back two thousand years, you wonder why He tried

But yet though time distorts the view and images grow vague

Still shines His light though shooting stars go spinning to the grave


Ch: Hope is the light that fills your eyes,

hope is the word which Christ devised

Reflecting His world, green grass, blue skies

Hope is the strength you need


And if you should go by His door when nothing else is right

You'll find the light inside your heart will still be burning bright

But if your courage fails you then, you still must venture forth

And leave your footprints in the sand as tribute to your birth


Chorus…For life, for love your hope

OFFERTORY: MAY I INTRODUCE YOU TO A FRIEND


May I introduce you to a friend,

He's been waiting patiently to meet you

A friend on whom you can depend,

His love will comfort and complete you

How long have you been searching,

groping aimlessly for something

To fill the emptiness inside,

someone in whom you can confide

Well He's here, He's waiting for you, He's waiting


And when you're troubled, filled with fear,

Just reach out and He'll guide you

And when all others disappear,

He will still be there beside you

How long have you been searching,

groping aimlessly for something

To fill the emptiness inside,

someone in whom you can confide

Well He's here, He's waiting for you, He's waiting – meet Jesus

ACCLAMATION:

BY YOUR CROSS AND RESURRECTION


By your cross and resurrection, You have set us free

You are the Saviour of the world (You are the Saviour of the world)

Communion: TROUBLED TIMES

It takes all the things within you,

it takes your heart and it takes mine

It takes love to be forgiven, living in these troubled times


When it rains on the rain, and it snows in the Spring

You’re reminded again, it’s just a “March of the Dimes”

Living in these troubled times


It brings you down to buy a paper,

if you read between the lines

No one seems to have the answer,

living in these troubled times


Still you try and you try, and you do what you must do

It’s a “March of the Dimes”, living in these troubled times

And loving in these troubled times


Still you try and you try, and you do what you must do

It’s a “March of the Dimes”, living in these troubled times

And loving in these troubled times


It takes a man, it takes a woman,

it takes your heart and it takes mine

It takes love to be forgiven, living in these troubled times

It takes love to be forgiven, living in these troubled times.


Today, let us remember and pray for all those killed and injured in Manchester this week.


Communion Reflection:

When Peter was called to do a very special job by Jesus, his master, he readily accepted the challenge and we all familiar with his words “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church”. That same Church is in a very dark place right now, particularly in Ireland, where reports of child abuse allegations and scandals have brought it to its knees. It is really difficult at the minute to come into the church for mass, or to pray without feeling somewhat betrayed. This is incredibly sad and presents the today’s Church with a challenge unimaginable in the days when Peter was assigned the role of leader of the Church.

In the face of all this negativity, however, let us pray that the present day leaders of the Church will open their eyes, their hearts and their minds to the task in hand so that we can look forward to a brighter future for our children and our Church.

Recessional: NOTHING MORE

To be humble, to be kind
It is the giving of the peace in your mind
To a stranger, to a friend
To give in such a way that has no end.


Ch: We are love. We are one.

We are how we treat each other when the day is done.

We are peace. We are war.

We are how we treat each other and nothing more.


To be bold, to be brave.
It is the thinking that the heart can still be saved
And the darkness can come quick
The danger’s in the anger and the hanging on to it.


Ch: We are love. We are one.

We are how we treat each other when the day is done.

We are peace. We are war.

We are how we treat each other and nothing more.


Tell me what it is that you see
A world that’s filled with endless possibilities?
Heroes don’t look like they used to, they look like you do.


Love. One. Love. One.

Chorus

We are how we treat each other and nothing more
We are how we treat each other


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