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Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today

The Lord Is Near.


In Psalm 124, we read that the Lord is a rescuer of his people. He is present in our times of trial. It may
be that we have to deal with problems of ill health, with house-related problems, with marital problems, or
with problems associated with our children and families.

But what would happen if the Lord was not with us? We say thank you to God who does not leave us, who is
with us in every trial, and who frees us from the fowler’s snare.

Maybe we might pray our own version of Psalm 124 today, for the Lord is with us in the troubles of this day,
just as has been with us in every challenge in the past.

Let us pray: Lord, thank you for divine rescue, again and again!

Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).
Saint of the day

Oct 19 - Saint Jean de Brebeuf and companions (17th century) The Jesuit Martyrs of North America

John&CoThese eight martyrs - six Jesuit priests and two helpers - were all French pioneers of evangelisation in the 17th century among the Huron and the Mohawks in what was then called New France (Canada). They learned the local language and culture, but all met a violent death. They were beatified in 1925 and canonised in 1930. Patrick Duffy tells their story.

Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649)
Jean de Brébeuf was from near Caen in Normandy, France. Trained at Rouen, he was among the first Jesuits to land in Quebec in 1625. He lived among the Huron near Lake Huron, learning their customs and language. He wrote a dictionary of the Huron and is known as Canada's first real ethnographer. Many of his teaching1experiences are recorded in the Jesuit Relations, or the annual accounts sent back from the Canadian Jesuit to its Paris office. Although he suffered from tuberculosis, he endured enormous physical hardships, travelling hundreds of miles by canoe, bitten by fleas at night and choked by smoke in log cabins. All these he saw as "minor martyrdoms" compared to the passion of Christ. De Brébeuf was forced to return to France because of a war with England. However, he returned to Canada in 1632.

huronHe attempted to convert the Attawandaron on Lake Erie in 1640, but had little success and returned to the mission of St Mary among the Huron in 1644 where the Huron began to accept Christianity. He composed a Christmas Carol in the Huron language, a translated version of which still remains popular in Canada today.

Soon, however, the Iroquois began to win in their war against the Huron. They seized Brébeuf and his fellow Jesuit Gabriel Lallemont and tortured them - by scalping, mock baptism with boiling water - until they died. Their bodies were buried nearby at the Martyrs' Shrine which Pope John Paul II visited on his visit to Canada in 1984.

Antoine Daniel (1601-48)
Antoine Daniel from Dieppe in Normandy also attended the Jesuit College in Rouen. While there he became acquainted with and taught a young Huron student who had been sent to France for his education. Daniel became interested in the Huron mission and joined Brebeuf when he returned to Canada in 1632 in his second attempt to evangelise the Hurons. Daniel set up a seminary in Quebec to train young Hurons for the priesthood. Then from 1637 he worked for ten years on Lake Huron and had not long settled in Teanaostaye when he and his Huron parishoners were set upon by the Iroquois and cruelly put to death.

Gabriel Lallemont (1610-49)
Born in Paris, both Gabriel's uncles, Jerome and Charles, were superiors of the Jesuit mission in Canada. Despite taking a vow to go to the Canadian mission two years after ordination in 1632, he spent fourteen years studying and teaching theology in France before arriving in Quebec in 1646. He was only six months working with Fr de Brébeuf when they were both martyred.

Iroquois indians attack St. LouisIsaac Jogues (1607–46) and Jean de la Lande (d. 1646)
Isaac Jogues was born at Orleans, France and taught literature at Rouen during his scholasticate. He was ordained  a Jesuit priest in 1636. He was sent immediately to Quebec, Canada, as a missionary to the Huron Indians. He was tortured and imprisoned by the Iroquois in 1642 and suffered the loss of two fingers. Later that year on a journey through Mohawk country in New York State during which René Goupil was martyred, he was captured by the Mohawks but the Dutch at Fort Orange (Albany, New York) rescued him and made his way down to New Amsterdam (later New York), the first Catholic priest to visit the settlement. Here he gave the sacraments to the two fellow Catholics he found there. In November 1643 he sailed to France, where his fellow Jesuits already presumed he was dead. He did not visit his mother, wishing to spare her the sight of his two finger removed and the pain of another parting. He received a special permission from Pope Urban VIII to say Mass, even though he lost his index finger.

Back in Quebec in 1644 the French were making peace with Iroquois chieftains at Ossernenon, and Fr Jogues took part in the peace settlement, but after the celebrations an epidemic broke out, caterpillars ate the crops, and famine threatened. The Mohawks blamed Jogues but the majority still wanted to honour his bravery. A minority faction invited him to pay them a visit and when he and a young lay missionary companion Jean de la Lande graciously accepted, they were treacherously tomahawked and their bodies thrown into a ravine.

René Goupil (1608–42)
René was baptized in St-Martin-du-Bois near Angers, France in 1608. He joined the Jesuits, but had to leave the novitiate because of his health. When his health improved, he volunteered to work with the Jesuits in the hospitals of Quebec, where he developed his skill as a surgeon. Assigned as an assistant to Fr Isaac Jogues on his missionary travels, they were captured and tortured by the Mohawks.  While they were in captivity, René expresed his desire to be professed as a Jesuit and Father Isaac received  his vows as a Jesuit brother. He was tomahawked in the head from behind as they saw Goupil making the sign of the cross over a child's head and interpreted it as an evil sign. He was the first North American martyr. He has come to be regarded as patron of people who work with or receive anasthesia.

martyrs 1Charles Garnier (1606-49)
Charles was the son of secretary to King Henry III of France. Born in Paris, he was educated at Louis-le-Grand College there. He joined the Jesuits in Paris in 1624. He studied classics, philosophy, and theology at Clermont and taught at the Jesuit college at Eu for three years. Ordained in 1635, he was sent to Quebec and for fourteen years worked as a missionary to the Huron. They called him "Rain-giver" since a great shower of rain after a long drought took place when he arrived. He mastered the difficult language. His patience amidst endless trials won him the title of "lamb" of the mission, just as de Brébeuf was styled the "lion". After the martyrdom of Fathers Daniel (1648), Brébeuf, and Lallemant (March 1649), he calmly awaited his own turn and he was martyred on 7 December 1649.

Noël Chabanel (1613–1649)
Chabanel entered the Jesuit novitiate at Toulouse at the age of seventeen, and was a professor of rhetoric at several Jesuit colleges in France. In 1643, he was sent to Canada, and after studying the Algonquin language for a time, was appointed to the mission at Sainte-Marie, where he remained till his death. In his apostolic labours he was the companion of Fr. Charles Garnier. As he felt a strong repugnance to the life and habits of the Huron, and feared it might result in his own withdrawal from the work, he bound himself by vow never to leave the mission. He was martyred on December 8, 1649 by what is described as a "renegade" Huron, actually Iroquois then engaged in warfare with the Huron.

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Today's Readings

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans    3:21-30
A person  is justified by faith and not by doing something the Law tells him to do.

God's justice that was made known through the Law and the Prophets has now been revealed outside the Law, since it is the same justice of God that comes through faith to everyone, Jew and pagan alike, who believes in Jesus Christ. faith in GodBoth Jew and pagan sinned and forfeited God's glory, and both are justified through the free gift of his grace by being redeemed in Christ Jesus who was appointed by God to sacrifice his life so as to win reconciliation through faith. In this way God makes his justice known; first, for the past, when sins went unpunished because he held his hand, then, for the present age, by showing positively that he is just, and that he justifies everyone who believes in Jesus.

So what becomes of our boasts? There is no room for them. What sort of law excludes them? The sort of law that tells us what to do? On the contrary, it is the law of faith, since, as we see it, a man is justified by faith and not by doing something the Law tells him to do. Is God the God of Jews alone and not of the pagans too? Of the pagans too, most certainly, since there is only one God.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm         Ps  129
Response                               With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

l.  Out of the depths I cry to you,
O Lord, Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.                      Response

2. If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness:
for this we revere you.                                Response

3. My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than watchman for daybreak.         Response

Gospel  Acclamation       Ps 110: 7. 8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your precepts, O Lord, are all of them sure; they stand firm for ever and ever.

or                                              Jn 14: 6
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me .


 A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke     11:47-54
This generation will have to answer for every prophet's blood, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah.

Jesus said

'Alas for you who build the tombs of the prophets, the men your ancestors killed! In this way you both witness what your ancestors did and approve it; they did the killing, you do the building.

iwhy be envious'And that is why the Wisdom of God said, "I will send them prophets and apostles; some they will slaughter and persecute, so that this generation will have to answer for every prophet's blood that has been shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was murdered between the altar and the sanctuary". Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all.

'Alas for you lawyers who have taken away the key of knowledge! You have not gone in yourselves, and have prevented others going in who wanted to.' When he left the house, the scribes and the Pharisees began a furious attack on him and tried to force answers from him on innumerable questions, setting traps to catch him out in something he might say.

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection         Thursday,      Twenty Eighth Week in Ordinary Time           Luke 11:47-54

In this morning’s gospel reading Jesus accuses the lawyers, the experts in the Jewish Law, of taking away the key of knowledge. These were the theologians of the day who claimed to know God’s will and God’s ways. Yet, when Jesus tried to teach them about God, they refused to learn and they tried to prevent other people from learning from Jesus too. In the words of the gospel reading, they did not go in themselves and they prevented others from going in who wanted to. It seems that their learning and expertise was an obstacle to God’s work in their own lives and in the lives of others. Those who were much less learned were often much more open to the teaching of Jesus. On one occasion Jesus prayed, ‘I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and revealed them to infants’. ‘Infants’ in that context are those who have the openness to learn, to receive from Jesus. We are always learners when it comes to the Lord. We are always on the way towards knowing him more fully, not just with our head but with our heart. We need the Lord to be our teacher. On one occasion the disciples came before the Lord like ‘infants’, like people who wanted to learn. ‘Teach us to pray’, they said to him. It is this humble, seeking, attitude that the Lord delights in and responds to.


The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.
The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS: To know the love of Christ 2016/2017 by Martin Hogan published by  The Messenger c/f

CHÉAD LÉACHT                

 Sliocht as litir N.Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh      3:21-30
Mar is é ár mbreith gur trí chreideamh a fhíréanaítear duine gan spleáchas d’oibreacha an dlí.

A bhráithre, tá fíréantacht Dé arna nochtadh gan spleáchas leis an dlí ach go bhfuil an dlí agus na fáithe ina bhfianaise uirthi. Trí chreideamh in Íosa Críost téann an fhíréantacht seo Dé i gcion ar an uile dhuine a bhfuil an creideamh aige. faith in GodNíl aon dealú ann, mar tá an peaca déanta acu uile agus iad uile in uireasa ghlóire Dé; fíréanaítear in aisce lena ghrásta iad de bharr na fuascailte atá in Íosa Críost, an té ar leag Dia
amach dó a bheith in shás peacaí a ghlanadh lena chuid fola ach creideamh a bheith ann, chun fíréantacht Dé a thaispeáint agus a rá gur lig sé thairis le barr a fhoighne na seanpheacaí a bhí déanta; agus lena thaispeáint san am i láthair chomh maith go bhfuil sé fíréanta ann féin agus go bhfíréanaíonn sé gach duine a bhfuil a chreideamh in Íosa aige.

Cá bhfuil do chuid mórála, mar sin? Tá an doras dúnta uirthi. Agus cad é an saghas dlí a dhún an doras uirthi? Dlí na n-oibreacha an ea? Ní hea go deimhin, ach dlí an chreidimh. Mar is é ár mbreith gur trí chreideamh a fhíréanaítear duine gan spleáchas d’oibreacha an dlí. Nó an leis na Giúdaigh amháin Dia? Nach leis na págánaigh chomh maith é? Go deimhin is leis na págánaigh chomh maith é, mar níl ann ach an t-aon Dia amháin.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le freagra                  Sm  129
Freagra                                  Is leis an Tiarna, atá an trócaire, agus an fhuascailt fhairsing.

1. As na duibheagáin a ghlaoim ort, a Thiarna;
éist, a Thiarna, le mo ghuí.
Go n-éiste do chluasa go haireach
le mo ghlór ag impí ort.                                          Freagra

2. Má fhéachann tú ár gcionta, a Thiarna,
a Thiarna, cé rachaidh slán?
Ach is leat na peacaí a mhaitheamh;
ionas go riarfaí go humhal duit.                            Freagra

3. Tá muinín ag m’anam as an Tiarna;
ar a bhriathar atá mo sheasamh.
Is foighní m’anam ag feitheamh leis an Tiarna,
ná lucht faire leis an maidin                                  Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N Lúcás      11:47-54
Eileofar ar an nglúin seo fuil na bhfáithe uile a doirteadh ó thúsú an domhain, ó fhuil Áibil go dtí fuil Zachairias

iwhy be enviousSan am sin dúirt Íosa leis na dlíodóirí: Is mairg daoibh, mar go dtógann sibh tuamaí na bhfáithe agus gurbh iad bhur n-aithreacha a mharaigh iad!  Sin mar is finnéithe sibh agus mar a thugann sibh toil do   bhearta bhur n-aithreacha, óir rinne siad siúd iad a mharú, agus déanann sibhse an tógáil. Agus sin é an  fáth a ndúirt Eagna Dé: ‘Cuirfidh mé fáithe agus aspail chucu, agus déanfaidh siad cuid acu a mharú agus a ghéarleanúint,’ ionas go n-éileofar ar an nglúin seo fuil na bhfáithe uile a doirteadh ó thúsú an domhain, ó fhuil Áibil go dtí fuil Zachairias a cuireadh chun báis idir an altóir agus an sanctóir: sea, deirim libh, éileofar ar an nglúin seo í.

Is mairg daoibh, dlíodoirí, óir rug sibh libh eochair an eolais; ní dheachaigh sibh féin isteach, agus iad seo a bhí ag dul isteach, chuir sibh cosc leo.

Agus ar dhul amach as sin dó, thosaigh na scríobhaithe agus na Fairisínigh ag cothú na mioscaise chuige thar fóir agus á shaighdeadh chun cainte faoi iomad nithe, iad in oirchill air chun greim a fháil ar fhocal éigin as a bhéa

Soiscéal Dé.

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Sunday's Readings

 - World Mission Sunday: Reach out and Spread the joy
29th Sunday in Ordinary time

 ‘Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect ... so that “everything that breathes may praise the Lord” (Ps 1 50:6)’ (from the message of Pope Francis for the Day for Life 201 3).


A reading from the book of Isaiah       45:1. 4-6
I have taken Cyrus, by his right hand to subdue nations before him.

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whom he has taken by his right hand
to subdue nations before him
and strip the loins of kings,
to force gateways before him
that their gates be closed no more:

god's whisperIt is for the sake of my servant Jacob,
of Israel my chosen one,
that I have called you by your name,
conferring a title though you do not know me.
I am the Lord, unrivalled;
there is no other God besides me.
Though you do not know me, I arm you
that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
that, apart from me, all is nothing.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 95
Response :                           Give the Lord glory and power.

l. O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
Tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples.      Response

2. The Lord is great and worthy of praise,Praise God
to be feared above all gods;
the gods of the heathens are naught.
It was the Lord who made the heavens.       Response

3. Give the Lord, you families of peoples,
give the Lord glory and power,
give the Lord the glory of his name.
Bring an offering and enter his courts.         Response

4. Worship the Lord in his temple.
O earth, tremble before him.
Proclaim to the nations: 'God is king.'
He will judge the peoples in fairness.            Response

SECOND READING               

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians 1:1-5
We constantly remember your faith in action, your love and your hope.

paulFrom Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in Thessalonika which is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ; wishing you grace and peace.

We always mention you in our prayers and thank God for you all, and constantly remember before God our Father how you have shown your faith in action, worked for love and persevered through hope, in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We know, brothers, that God loves you and that you have been chosen, because when we brought the Good News to you, it came to you not only as words, but as power and as the Holy Spirit and as utter conviction.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation          Jn 17: 17
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is truth, O Lord,
consecrate us in the truth.

or                                             Phil 2: 15-16
Alleluia, alleluia!
You will shine in the world like bright stars
because you are offering it the word of life.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew      22:15-21
Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.

The Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap Jesus in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, Give to Caesarto say,
'Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in an honest way,
and that you are not afraid of anyone, because a man’s rank means nothing to you.
Tell us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?

But Jesus was aware of their malice and replied,
‘You hypocrites! Why do you set this trap for me? Let me see the money you pay the tax with.’
They handed him a denarius and he said, ‘Whose head is this? Whose name?’ ‘Caesar’s’ they replied.
He then said to them, ‘Very well, give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.

Sliocht as an fáidh Íseáia      45:1. 4-6
Dúirt an Tiarna lena ungthach, Cíoras, an té ar rug sé ar láimh dheis air,chun na ciníocha a leagan ina fhianaise

Seo a labhraíonn an Tiarna lena ungthach, Cíoras,
an té ar rug sé ar láimh dheis air
chun na ciníocha a leagan ina fhianaise
agus claíomhchrios na ríthe a scaoileadh ó chéile;
chun na comhlaí a bhriseadh roimhe isteach
ionas nach mbeidh na doirse dúnta níos mó.

god's whisperIs ar mhaithe le mo ghiolla Iacób
agus le hIosrael, mo rogha,
a ghlaoigh mé i d’ainm ort,
ag tabhairt gradaim duit agus gan aithne agat orm.
Is mise an Tiarna; níl m’athrach eile ann;
ach mise amháin, níl aon dia ann.
Gan aithne agat orm, tá tú i mbun airm agam
ionas go mbeidh a fhios ó éirí go luí na gréine
gur neamhní an uile rud ach mise amháin.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 95
Freagra                                   Luaigí leis an Tiarna clú agus cumhacht.

1. Canaigí amhrán nua don Tiarna;
canaigí don Tiarna, a thalamh go  léir.
Insígí a ghlóir i measc na gciníocha
agus a éachtaí do na náisiúin uile.                                 Freagra

Praise God2. Is mór é an Tiarna is is díol molta é,
is díol eagla thar na déithe go léir é;
ní dada iad déithe na gciníocha.
Is é an Tiarna a rinne na flaithis.                                    Freagra

3. Luaigí leis an Tiarna, a chlanna na gciníocha,
luaigí leis an Tiarna clú agus cumhacht,
luaigí leis an Tiarna glóir a ainm.
Tugaigí bhur dtabhartais isteach ina chúirteanna.    Freagra

4. Tugaigí adhradh don Tiarna ina theampall.
Bí ar crith ina láthair, a thalamh.
Fógraígí do na ciníocha: 'Tá an Tiarna ina Rí.'
Tabharfaidh sé breith chóir chothrom ar na daoine. Freagra


 Sliocht as litir N.Pól chuig na Teasalónaigh      1:1-5
Ní stadaimid ag cuimhneamh oraibh inár n-urnaithe a bhríomhaireacht atá bhur gcreideamh, ngrá agus ndóchas.

paulPól agus Silveánas agus Tiomóid ag beannú d’eaglais na dTeasalónach, i nDia an tAthair agus sa Tiarna Íosa Críost. Grásta chugaibh agus síocháin.

Ní stadaimid ach ag gabháil buíochais le Dia mar gheall oraibh uile agus ag
cuimhneamh oraibh gan staonadh inár n-urnaithe.
Cuimhnímid i láthair Dé, ár nAthair, ar
a bhríomhaireacht atá bhur gcreideamh, ar a dhícheallaí atá bhur ngrá agus ar a
sheasmhacht atá bhur ndóchas as ár dTiarna Íosa Críost.
A bhráithre, a bhfuil gnaoi Dé
oraibh, tá a fhios agaibh mar a roghnaigh sé sibh;
mar ní le briathra béil amháin a tháinig
ár ndea-scéal chugaibh ach le cumhacht agus le lándeimhniú an Spioraid Naoimh.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa                 Eo 17: 17
Alleluia, alleluia!
Is fírinne do bhriathar A Thiarna,
déan sinn a naomhú san fhírinne.


 Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Matha      22:15-21
íocaigí le Céasar na nithe is le Céasar agus le Dia na nithe is le Dia.

Give to CaesarSan am sin d’imigh na Fairisínigh ag déanamh comhairle le chéile chun go mbéarfaidís I ngaiste Íosa sa chaint, agus chuir siad a ndeisceabail féin chuige mar aon leis na Héaródaigh chun a rá leis: “A Mháistir, tá a fhios againn gur fear fírinneach thú agus go múineann tú slí Dé san fhírinne gan beann agat ar dhuine ar bith, agus gan féachain do phearsa seachas a chéile. Abair linn do bharúil, mar sin: An dleathach cáin a íoc le Céasar nó an mídhleathach?” Ach bhí a fhios ag Íosa an mhallaitheacht a bhí iontu agus dúirt: “Cad ab áil libh ag baint trialach asam, a bhréagchráifeacha? Taispeánaigí bonn na cánach dom,” agus shín siad déanar chuige. Dúirt sé leo:

“Cé hé arb í seo a íomhá agus a inscríbhinn?” “Céasar,” ar siad leis. “Maith go leor,” ar seisean leo, “íocaigí le Céasar na nithe is le Céasar agus le Dia na nithe is le Dia.”

Soiscéal Dé.

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