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posted Aug 21, 2018, 11:23 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 21, 2018, 11:24 AM ]

Papal itinerary in Ireland

Saturday, August 25

08:15 - Departure by plane from Rome for Dublin
10:30 - Arrival at Dublin Airport for official welcome
10:45- Transfer to Áras an Uachtaráin (Irish President’s residence)
11:15 - Welcome ceremony with President Michael D. Higgins
12:10 - Arrival at Dublin Castle for meeting with authorities, civil society and diplomatic corps
15:30 - Visit to St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral
16:30 - Private visit to the Capuchin Day Centre, a centre for homeless people
19:45 - Presides at the Festival of Families at Croke Park stadium

Sunday, August 26
08:40 - Departure by plane for Knock
09:45 - Arrival at Knock Shrine for visit to the Apparition Chapel and recitation of the Angelus
11:15 - Departure by plane for Dublin
12:30 - Lunch with the Papal Delegation
15:00 - Closing Papal Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Phoenix Park, followed by a meeting with the Irish bishops 


SCCs need to be proactive


Any organisation, association or movement is always in need of renewal and has to be constantly proactive, if it has to be effective. If the mission of the SCCs is to build communities and “to seek to wipe the tear from every eye and to bring a smile to every face”, as Bishop Bosco who started the movement in our Diocese of Bombay in the year 1984, used to say, then all of us who are baptised need to question ourselves: “Am I building a community, because someone has asked me to help out, or do I sense God’s spirit within me, prompting me to do so?” In other words, “Am I self-driven, self-motivated and proactive in my mission of building communities?” “Do I recognise God’s will and plan in my life for building community, and how do I respond to the challenges and the changes, especially when SCCs are in the process of renewal?”

It is over 33 years that the SCC Movement has been in existence in our Archdiocese. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Bishop Bosco who initiated SCCs, encouraged us and worked hard to see that the SCCs were established in all our parishes. We are also grateful that their growth has been supported and sustained by Bishop Agnelo Gracias, followed by Bishop Barthol Barretto, who is presently in charge of SCCs.

At the time of the Silver Jubilee of the SCCs, there were over 2,000 communities and over 13,000 animators in our diocese.

It is worthwhile to remember, at this milestone, the three important areas for renewal in our SCCs:

1. The ongoing training of animators. Much of the success of the SCCs depends on the functioning of the Core Group, which must know its duties and must learn to animate the community.


Holiness is in the ordinary


Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri, a Spanish member of Opus Dei who is moving toward beatification, teaches us that sanctity can be found amidst chemistry books and classrooms, said a priest leading her cause.

Spanish priest Fr José Carlos Martinez de la Hoz, who is responsible for the canonisation causes of Opus Dei members in Spain, said that Guadalupe’s life contains a simple message: “Holiness is in the ordinary.”

“She became holy giving chemistry classes, being a good professor, and this tells the rest of us that we can achieve the same in an ordinary life,” he reflected.

“Guadalupe lived dedicated to her chemistry students, dedicated to souls, and especially her mother who died a half hour after her. She lived dedicated to God and others, despite her serious heart disease which, at the end of her life, really slowed her down.”

In June, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to publish the decree approving a miracle attributed to Guadalupe’s intercession.


Everyone should support ‘Life’

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, CATHOLICHERALD.CO.UK

‘Life’ is viewed as an irritant, and it can hardly come as a surprise that Lambeth Council ejected them from their show; the real surprise is that they got in there in the first place.

Needless to say, I support ‘Life’. Moreover, I support them in their courageous attempts to speak about abortion when almost everyone else wants them to shut up. Abortion needs to be discussed, and the more it is discussed, the better, because, it seems to me, the more people realise what it entails, the less they will support it. Which, presumably, is the reason that pro-abortion people do not want to discuss abortion, except in the most abstract terms.

This was the case in the recent Irish referendum, where the campaign to revoke the Eighth Amendment was couched in terms of “choice” and “healthcare” or even “abortion care”, the last an attempt to make abortion look caring by putting two different words side by side, drawing on a long history of using verbal manipulation as a political weapon.

But beyond the question of abortion, the ‘Life’ case against Lambeth Council opens up wider questions.

First of all, must we silence everyone and everything we do not like? The answer to this must be No, for if we go down that path, where will that path end? Just as I uncomplainingly put up with things that I disagree with (and in contemporary Britain, that is a lot), so Lambeth Council can surely tolerate a ‘Life’ stall.