Holy Family Parish Kill o the Grange

Sunday 26 September 2021

Twenty-Sixth Sunday, Ordinary Time







Numbers 11:25-29

Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-14

James 5:1-6

Mark 9:38-48


Today’s Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar moment in the history of Israel, the episode recalled in today’s First Reading. The seventy elders who receive God’s Spirit through Moses prefigure the ministry of the Apostles.

Like Joshua in the First Reading, John makes the mistake of presuming that only a select few are inspired and entrusted to carry out God’s plans. The Spirit blows where it wills (see John 3:8), and God desires to bestow His Spirit on all the people of God in every nation under heaven (see Acts 2:5, 38).

God can and will work mighty deeds through the most unexpected and unlikely people. All of us are called to perform even our most humble tasks, such as giving a cup of water, for the sake of His name and the cause of His kingdom.

John believes he is protecting the purity of the Lord’s name. But, really, he’s only guarding his own privilege and status. It’s telling that the Apostles want to shut down the ministry of an exorcist. Authority to drive out demons and unclean spirits was one of the specific powers entrusted to the Twelve (see Mark 3:14-15; 6:7,13). 

Cleanse me from my unknown faults, we pray in today’s Psalm. Often, like Joshua and John, perhaps without noticing it, we cloak our failings and fears under the guise of our desire to defend Christ or the Church.

But as Jesus says today, instead of worrying about who is a real Christian and who is not, we should make sure that we ourselves are leading lives worthy of our calling as disciples (see Ephesians 1:4).

Does the advice we give, or the example of our actions, give scandal—causing others to doubt or lose faith? Do we do what we do with mixed motives instead of seeking only the Father’s will? Are we living, as this Sunday’s Epistle warns, for our own luxury and pleasure while neglecting our neighbours?

We need to keep meditating on His Law, as we sing in today’s Psalm. We need to pray for the grace to detect our failings and to overcome them.


Sunday, 26 September 2021

St Paul Missal page 355


Your prayers are requested for the soul of Noel Gannon recently deceased and for those whose anniversary occurs around this time.




Saturday 25

10 am       

Celebrant’s intentions

4.30 pm       

Celebrant’s intentions

6 pm             

Shaun Brien, Anniversary

Ursula Coleman Carroll, Anniversary

Noel Kennedy, 1 Anniversary

Tom Quinn, Recently Deceased

Tom Quinn, Month’s Mind Mass

Sunday 26

9.00 am   

Parishioners’ Intentions

10.30 am 

Geraldine Cahillane, Recently Deceased

Pat Murphy, Recently Deceased

Maureen Keenan, Recently Deceased

12 noon        

Geraldine Fahy, Recently Deceased

Alan Dixon, Recently Deceased

Monday 27

10 am            

Tony O’Neill, Recently Deceased

Patricia Craddock, R.I.P.

Paddy Ó’Callanáin, Recently Deceased

Special Intention

Monday 27

7 pm

Service of Light – Holy Family National School 2021

Tuesday 28

10 am       

Celebrant’s intentions

Tuesday 28

7 pm

Service of Light – Monkstown Educate Together National School, Kill o the Grange National School 2021

Wednesday 29

10 am

Special Intention

The Holy Souls

Sean O’Coínri, Recently Deceased

Thursday 30

10 am

Joe Hawker, Anniversary

Mary Jo Ryan, Recently Deceased

Special Intention

Friday 1

10 am

Altar List of the Dead

Friday 1

7 pm

confirmation – metns, kns 2021




Congratulations to those young people who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation of the 17 and 18 September 2021.  Archbishop Farrell has addressed the delays in celebrating the Sacraments of Confirmation and (First Holy Communion) Eucharist.  This has been occasioned by the anti-Covid 19 restrictions and has asked parents and parish communities to support the children now preparing to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  The diocese of Dublin plans to make available online resources for parents of children preparing for the sacraments.  You can listen to the Archbishop’s message online https://dublindiocese.ie/significant-change-proposed-in-sacramental-preparation/ Thanks to all who helped in the presentation of the candidates and to those who decorated and cleaned the church. 



Thank you for your generous contribution of €1771 for Crosscare the diocesan social support agency responding to those most in need.  The Crosscare collection replaced the Share Collection on the weekend of 18/19 September 2021.



Mass intentions are booked at the parish office in the Parish Resource Centre in advance of the date of the celebration of the Mass.  The Mass times normally available are weekdays Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. and on weekends Saturday 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m., 10.30 p.m. and 12 noon unless the Mass time has already been given an intention / e.g. Altar List of the Dead, First Friday usually, parishioners’ intentions and celebrant’s intentions.  The intention is normally printed in the Newsletter.  It is recommended that a Mass intention be arranged within the office in advance of the particular date and time on which you wish to have the Mass intention announced.  You may contact the office during working hours 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.  Mass intentions for a particular time and date are required to be arranged before 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday of the week before the intended date of the Mass.  Your cooperation will be appreciated.  Thank you.