Newsletter Sunday, 10 October 2021


  1. The Commemorative Mass for those whose funerals were celebrated at Holy Family Church from November 2020 to late October 2021 – changed to Thursday, 11th November 2021. It has become necessary to change the day/date of this Mass (originally for 8th November) to Thursday 11th November 2021 at 7.30 p.m. at the Church.  The families of the deceased will be informed in writing of this change.  The inconvenience is regretted.  Kindly note the change of date. This change has been occasioned by the archbishop convoking a meeting of the clergy in the pastoral area comprising the deaneries of Bray, Donnybrook, Dún Laoghaire, and Wicklow for 30 p.m. on Monday, 8 November 2021.


  1. Pope Francis will inaugurate a 2-year synodal journey of the Church on Sunday 10 October 2021 ‘For a Synodal Church, Participation and Mission’. This will proceed in three phases of consultations and discernment (diocesan, continental, universal) ending in October 2023.


  1. The Bishops Conference of Ireland has announced preparations for a National Synod to be held within the coming 5 years. It will focus on the challenges being faced by the Church in Ireland in a rapidly changing society.   We are told that ‘discerning the right path led by God, not led by ourselves, is the task of the baptised.


  1. Inaugural synodal liturgy (for the diocese of Dublin) 3 pm Sunday 17 October 2021 at the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street, Dublin. Each parish pastoral council is asked by the Archbishop to discern and choose two suitable members as local synodal animators.  Catherine Logan, Chair PPC will represent the parish at the 3 p.m. liturgy at the Pro-Cathedral.


  1. First Penance/Sacrament of Reconciliation. This sacrament has already been given to Catholic children from Holy Family National School, Monkstown Educate Together National School, and Kill o’ the Grange National School (years 2020 and 2021).


  1. First Holy Communion. Catholic Children from Holy Family National School and Kill o the Grange National School will receive their First Holy Communion as follows at Holy Family Church: -

Saturday 16th October

    • 1 p.m. Holy Family National School (the Year 2020)
    • 3 p.m. Monkstown Educate Together National School and Kill o’ the Grange National School (the Year 2020)


Saturday 17th October

    • 1 p.m. Holy Family National School (the Year 2021)
    • 3 p.m. Monkstown Educate Together National School and Kill o’ the Grange National School (the year 2021)


  1. Webcam A technical “glitch” impeded the working of the webcam. It has been fixed.


  1. Booking Mass intentions. Kindly do this at the parish office during working hours.  Thank you.


  1. Susan Cox is the newly employed sacristan with effect from 1 October 2021. Let us wish a happy and enjoyable retirement to Mr. Michael Ryan, our former sacristan who faithfully and diligently served the parish for the past eighteen years as sacristan.




Wisdom and Riches: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Wisdom 7:7-11

Psalm 90:12-17

Hebrews 4:12-13

Mark 10:17:30


The rich young man in today’s Gospel wants to know what we all want to know—how to live in this life so that we might live forever in the world to come. He seeks what today’s Psalm calls “wisdom of heart.”

He learns that the wisdom he seeks is not a program of works to be performed or behaviours to be avoided. As Jesus tells him, observing the commandments is essential to walking the path of salvation—but it can only get us so far.

The Wisdom of God is not precepts, but a person—Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Wisdom whose Spirit was granted to Solomon in today’s First Reading. Jesus is the Word of God spoken of in today’s Epistle. And Jesus, as He reveals Himself to the rich man today, is God.

In Jesus we encounter Wisdom, the living and effective Word of God. As He does with the rich man today, He looks upon each of us with love. That look of love, that loving gaze, is a personal invitation—to give up everything to follow Him.

Nothing is concealed from His gaze, as we hear in the Epistle. In His fiery eyes, the thoughts of our hearts are exposed, and each of us must render an account of our lives (see Revelation 1:14)  

We must have the attitude of Solomon, preferring Wisdom to all else, loving Him more than even life itself. This preference, this love, requires a leap of faith. We will be persecuted for this faith; Jesus tells His disciples today. But we must trust in His promise—that all good things will come to us in His company.

What, then, are the “many possessions” that keep us from giving ourselves totally to God? What are we clinging to—material things, comfort zones, relationships? What will it take for us to live fully for Christ’s sake and the sake of the Gospel?

Let us pray for the wisdom to enter into the kingdom of God. With the Psalmist, let us ask Him, “Teach us.”



Sunday, 10 October 2021

St Paul Missal page 363


Your prayers are requested for the soul of Joan Tierney recently deceased and for John Cooney whose anniversaries occur around this time.





Saturday 9

10 am       

Celebrant’s intentions

4.30 pm       

Celebrant’s intentions

6 pm             

Michael White, Brendan Barnes, Joseph Corcoran, Anniv.

Tony O’Grady, Anniversary

Catherine Owens, 3rd Anniversary

Liam O’Reilly, Recent Deceased

Alan Dixon, Month’s Mind

Sunday 10

9.00 am   

Parishioners’ Intentions

10.30 am 

Mona + Harry McCoy, Anniversary,

Mary (Maureen) Keenan, Month’s Mind

Patricia O’Hara + Joan Phelan, Recently Deceased

12 noon        

George Norton, Anniversary

Betty O’Connor, Recently Deceased

Laci (Latislaus) Lob, Recently Deceased

Monday 11

10 am            

Holy Souls

May Taite, R.I.P.

Special Intention

Special Intention

Tuesday 12

10 am       

Special Intention

Neil Rice, Anniversary

Joan Tierney, Recently Deceased

Wednesday 13

10 am

Special intention

Eileen Quinn, Recently Deceased

Harriett Duffin, Recently Deceased

Thursday 14

10 am

Sr. Peg Moran, R.I.P.

Ewen Tubridy, John Byrne, Recently Deceased

Michael + Elizabeth Gormley, Anniversary

Friday 15

10 am

Pat Callanin, Recently Deceased

Holy Souls

Special Intention