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Kilcloon, Batterstown & Little Chapel Parish Newsletter Nov. 4th 2012

Kilcloon, Batterstown & Little Chapel Parish Newsletter

Rev. Stan Deegan  P.P. Tel: 01 8259267   Rev. G. Rice P.E. Tel: 01 6286252

November 4th  2012

Kilcloon Masses

November 3rd at 7.30 p.m.                           David, Anthony & Joan McGillicuddy

November 4th at 11 a.m.                             Kevin Sharkey

November 8th at 8.45 a.m.                           Sheila & P.J. O’Brien

Little Chapel Masses

November 4th at 10.30 a.m.                         Ronnie & Dr. Rearden

November 11th at 10.30 a.m.                       Michael & Albert Phoenix, Phoepotstown

November 12th at 10 a.m.                            Pat & Josephine Craig

November 17th at 6.30 p.m.                         Mai Fields

November 25th at 10.30 a.m.                       Bridget & Patrick Dixon

December 1st at 6.30 p.m.                            John Byrne, 1st Anniversary, and deceased members of the Byrne & Dixon Families.

Batterstown Masses

November 4th at 9.30 a.m.                           Michael O’Brien

November 11th at 9.30 a.m.                         Olive Keaveney MM   ■  John Lovely   ■  Patsy & Nora Geoghegan

Altar Society:                                           Team 12 – 3rd to 10th November -  M.Burke, A.Garrad & B. Ryan

Recent Deaths

R.I.P:  Paddy McMahon, Mulhussey Lane. Removal to Kilcloon Sunday at 6 p.m.     Funeral Mass Monday at 11 a.m.   Denise Keenan, late of Colgath & Kilcock who was buried on 23rd October.   Also Eugene O’Brien, late of Coole and father of Brenda Mallon.  

Mass of Remembrance

Mass of remembrance for all parishioners on Saturday November 17th at 7.30 p.m. There are sheets in each church to include other members of families or relatives who died in the past year. Candles will be presented to light for each person at the mass.



Dunshaughlin Parish. Year of Faith

Dunshaughlin Parish. Year of Faith; Parish Renewal. Seminars on Tuesday nights 7.30 - 9.20 p.m. Tuesday  6th November,   Preparing the Soil.(Eddie Stones) Tuesday  13th ; Baptism in the Spirit.(Fr. Damian Ryan) Tuesday  20th November; Growing in Christ.(Fr. Joe Brilly) Tuesday 27th November; Living in the Spirit.(Joe Dalton)     All are welcome in the parish Church Dunshaughlin.

Hospital Visits

It is no longer possible to access information of patients while visiting the hospital. Therefore, it would be appreciated to be informed if there are family members in hospital so as they can be visited. Thank you.

Music Festival Fundraiser

Music Festival fundraiser in St Coca's Church, Kilcock on Friday  November  9th  at 8 p.m.

Blackhall Gaels GAA Club Fundraiser
 "Cash in the Attic" Auction and Liquidation Stock Sale to be held on Sunday 11th November in Batterstown Clubhouse.     Viewing/sale from 10 30 a.m.    Auction @ 1 p.m.    Please donate saleable items such as household items, bric-a-brac, furniture etc.    No TV’s, mattresses or broken electrical goods.  All proceeds will be used to maintain and to continue the development of the club and it’s facilities.   For further information please contact Maria on 0874157454'

Kilcloon Macra

Capers practice takes place on Monday night at 8pm in Batterstown.    We're looking for anyone who can sing, dance, play instruments and help backstage. For information contact Emer 087 9205076.

Bicycle Found

A bicycle has been found in the grounds of the Little Chapel.   For information call 01 6287263.





Love God and love your Neighbour.


The gospel today says it all.   The scribe, usually one of those trying to trap Jesus in his speech into an indiscretion that would reveal him as a subversive, a denier of religion as it was seen then and practiced in his own day was different from the rest of his people.   He was a thoughtful man who genuinely explored his faith, was intent in finding out more about it and was a seeker after truth.   At first he did seem like all the rest of his group who together with the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus in his speech.   “What’s the first of all the Commandments?” he asked.   Jesus saw he was asking for what was for him a genuine question.   The answer would tell him where his priorities lay, the focus he would have for his behaviour, how indeed he would try to behave.   The answer Jesus gave him was clear.   “This is the first and the greatest Commandment, you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.   The second is this.   You must love your neighbour as yourself.”  The scribe showed that he was a genuine seeker after truth by commending Jesus for the wisdom of his answer.   “Well-spoken Master,” he said and went on to say that he knew that public expression of faith was important, true enough, but private and individual efforts to love God and a neighbour were far more important.   He could see that setting up a relationship with God through behaviour was the way to come close to God and identify with him.


The way he mentions is the way of love.   The faith propagated by God was and is not a series of prohibitions, a series of what not to do.   Yes, there are in the Ten Commandments prohibitions against killing, sexual misdemeanours, robbing people and telling lies about them.  But the first commandments are the important ones, the positive ones.  Love God, honour him, keep holy the Sabbath day, and honour your father and mother.   They can all be boiled down to the activity that brings salvation; love God above all things.  


But of course being human, we can think we are loving God while everyone around us knows that we are not.   We can merely suit ourselves without knowing it.   But as Jesus put it, we have a check to impose on ourselves.   The ultimate test of the quality of our love for God is the way we act with love towards our neighbours.


The crude criteria of this loving are contained in the last six of the commandments.    They tell us to refrain from killing our neighbour, not to commit sin with our neighbour’s wife, not to steal his goods or tell lies about him, all sins of injustice when we indulge ourselves and negate the love we should act with towards others.   They even forbid sins of thought against people that we are in contact with.   You shalt not covet they neighbour’s wife.   You shalt not covet your neighbour’s goods.   These of course are only the guidelines for behaviour towards the people around us.   We will know from practical experience and the reaction of those around us how well we are scoring in the area of neighbourly love.   Jesus joins the two kinds of love, love God and our neighbour by telling us in another place that the sure test of whether we are progressing in our love for God is the way we are growing in usefulness, service and love towards those around us.


The ultimate place through which this commandment of Jesus is put into action of course, is the family.  If husband and wife put the other one first then a phenomenon takes place.   With the passing of years they become so much in tune with one another that they instinctively know the others needs and even at times become like them.   It is in the family and the relationship of husband and wife from which emerges that absolute security which children need until they grow to maturity.   Then leaving the home in adulthood they have an eloquent headline with which to set up a family of their own.




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