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Mass to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life 2020

Date: 2nd February 2020 @12 noon
Location: Sligo Cathedral

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Touching Jesus.


Wherever Jesus goes, he is mobbed by people. They run after him, taking the sick to him on stretchers. It is a scene of confusion, frenzy and desperation. The people beg that their sick be allowed to touch just the edges of the clothing of Jesus. It is a plea that highlights the peoples’ devotedness to the sick and their trust in Jesus.

We, too, have known times of frenzy, confusion and desperation. We, too, bear the burden of our loved ones who are ill – psychologically, physically or spiritually. We worry about them, and we may even be caring for them. Perhaps we should ask ourselves today, “do we carry our loved ones to Jesus in our prayer or do we become Jesus for others though our tenderness and compassion?”

Let us pray: Jesus, Healer, I bring you my loved ones in need. And I ask: May people touch you through me?

Compiled by Deirdre Powell


Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).

Feb 19 - Bl Fra Angelico (1387-1455)

Summary: Fra Angelico is probably better known as an artist than as a holy man. He was already called "Beato" while he was still alive. Pope John Paul II gave this a new reality when he beatified him in 1982. "He did theology by painting the beauty that shows the light of the Risen Christ in creatures".

Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Early life
fra angelBorn Guido di Pietro at Vicchio, 25 kms north-east of Florence, also the birth place of Giotto, in his childhood he was known as Guido da Vicchio or Guido di Pietro. He may have been already a painter before he and his brother Benedetto joined the Dominicans at Fiesole.

At Fiesole 1418-35
After his novitiate at Cortona he went to live at the Dominican convent at Fiesole. As a young friar, he worked at illuminating missals and manuscripts. He became known to his companions as Fra Giovanni da Fiesole, but later more popularly - even within his own lifetime in Italy - he was called Il Beato Angelico.

San Marco, Florence (1436-45)
In 1436 Fra Angelico was one of a number of the monks from Fiesole who moved into the newly-built monastery of San Marco in Florence. This not only put him in the centre of artistic activity but also engaged the patronage of the wealthy and powerful Cosimo de' Medici, who often came there himself when he wanted to retreat from the world.

annunciationAccording to his biographer Giorgio Vasari (1511-74), it was at Cosimo's urging that Fra Angelico undertook the task of decorating the monastery, including the magnificent Chapter House fresco, the often-reproduced Annunciation, the Maesta with Saints Cosmas and Damian, Saint Mark and Saint John, Saint Lawrence and three Dominicans, Saint Dominic, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Peter Martyr.

The Vatican and Orvieto, 1445–1449
bl Sacrament and fra angIn 1445 Pope Eugenius IV (1431-47), who knew the artist's work in Florence, summoned Angelico to Rome to paint the frescoes of the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament at St Peter's, but this was destroyed a century later when Pope Paul III (Alessandro Farnese 1534-49) wanted to make room for the great staircase of the Vatican Palace. Vasari says that at this time Eugenius offered Fra Angelico the archbishopric of Florence, but that he refused it, recommending another friar for the position.

In 1447 when the papal court moved to the comparative cool of Orvieto Fra Angelico worked with his pupil, Benozzo Gozzoli, on the vault of the chapel of the Madonna of St Brizio in the cathedral.

In 1449 back at the Vatican, he designed the famous fresco scenes from the lives of St. Laurence and St. Stephen for the walls of the Chapel of Nicholas V. From 1449 until 1452, Fra Angelico was back at San Marco in Florence, where he was prior for three years.

Death and influence
Tomb of fra Angelico
In 1455 Fra Angelico died while staying at a Dominican Convent in Rome, perhaps working on Pope Nicholas' Chapel. His tomb can be seen in the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in the centre of Rome. And this is his epitaph:
When singing my praise, do not say I was another Apelles.
But say that, in the name of Christ, I gave all I had to the poor.
Part of my work remains on earth and part is in heaven.
The city that bore me, Giovanni, is the flower of Tuscany.
Tomb of fra Angelico O.P.
Beatified and patron of artists
Pope John Paul II beatified Fra Angelico on 3rd October 1982 and declared him patron saint of artists on 18th February 1984. Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar said Angelico's art embodies the motto of the Dominican Order contemplata aliis tradere, that is, "communicating to others the contemplated mysteries". Another writer expressed a similar judgment: fece teologia dipingendo la bellezza, che mostrò la luce del Risorto nelle creature da lui redente: "he did theology by painting the beauty that shows the light of the Risen Christ in creatures".

Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 20th February, 2020
FIRST READING             

A reading from the first letter of St James       19-27
You must do what the word tells you, and not just listen to it

Remember this, my dear brothers: be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to rouse your temper; God's righteousness is never served by man's anger; so do Love the wordaway with all the impurities and bad habits that are still left in you - accept and submit to the word which has been planted in you and can save your souls. But you must do what the word tells you, and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves. To listen to the word and not obey is like looking at your own features in a mirror and then, after a quick look, going off and immediately forgetting what you looked like. But the man who looks steadily at the perfect law of freedom and makes that his habit - not listening and then forgetting, but actively putting it into practice - will be happy in all that he does.

Nobody must imagine that he is religious while he still goes on deceiving himself and not keeping control over his tongue; anyone who does this has the wrong idea of religion. Pure, unspoilt religion, in the eyes of God our Father is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows when they need it, and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 14
Response                            The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

1. Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain?
He who walks without fault;
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart;
he who does not slander with his tongue.    Response

2. He who does no wrong to his brother,
who casts no slur on his neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain.
but honours those who fear the Lord.         Response

3. He who keep his pledge, come what may;
who takes no interest on a loan
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm forever.             Response

Gospel  Acclamation                Ps 118: 105
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path.

or                                              Eph 1: 17. 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind,
so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.


A reading from the Gospel according St Mark         8: 22-26
He was cured and he could see everything plainly and distinctly

Jesus and Blind man

Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida, and some people brought to him a blind man whom they begged him to touch. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Then putting spittle on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked,

'Can you see anything?' The man, who was beginning to see, replied, 'I can see people; they look like trees to me, but they are walking about'. Then he laid his hands on the man's eyes again and he saw clearly; he was cured, and he could see everything plainly and distinctly. And Jesus sent him home, saying, 'Do not even go into the village'.

The Gospel of the Lord
Gospel Reflection       
Wednesday,      Sixth Week in Ordinary Time       Mark 8:22-26

There is something very personal about the encounter between Jesus and the blind man in today’s gospel reading. When the people of Bethsaida brought the blind man to Jesus, he took the man by the hand and led him out of the village, perhaps in search of privacy and quiet in which to heal him. Then, as Jesus is alone with the man, he places his own spittle on the man’s eyes and lays his hands on him, both very personal and, indeed, intimate, gestures. Without presuming that the man is healed, Jesus asks him, ‘Can you see anything?’, thereby involving the man in his own healing. When the man indicated that he was beginning to see but could not yet see clearly, Jesus laid his hands on him again. It was only then that the man could see everything plainly and distinctly. Jesus could now send him home, without the need to take him by the hand. We can see in this healing story an image of how the Lord wishes to relate to us today. He calls each one of us into a personal relationship with himself. To deepen this relationship, he will often lead us by the hand away from the places where we normally congregate to a quiet place where he can speak to our hearts and touch our lives. The Lord needed to touch this man more than once to bring him from darkness to light; the man’s healing was not instantaneous. We need the repeated touch of the Lord’s presence if we are to keep journeying towards ever greater light, the light of the Lord’s life-giving love. The Lord continues to call us ‘out of the village’ and he looks to us to keep responding to his call.

The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f

Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 20th February, 2020


Sliocht as céad Litir Séamas         1: 19-27
Glacaigí go ceansa le briathar Dé a síoladh ionaibh, an briathar atá in ann bhur n-anam a shlánú.
Love the word
íodh a fhios agaibh an méid seo, a bhráithre ionúine: tugadh gach duine cluas le héisteacht le fonn, ach bíodh sé mall chun cainte agus mall chun feirge, mar ní chuireann fearg an duine fíréantacht Dé i gcrích. Díbrígí uaibh dá bhrí sin gach uile chineál salachair agus borradh na drochbheartaíochta agus glacaigí go ceansa le briathar Dé a síoladh ionaibh, an briathar atá in ann bhur n-anam a shlánú.

Ná cuirigí dallamullóg oraibh féin; ní hé amháin go gcaithfidh sibh éisteacht leis an mbriathar, caithfidh sibh é a chur i ngníomh chomh maith. Mar an té a éisteann leis an mbriathar agus nach ndéanann dá réir, tá sé cosúil le duine a bhreathnaíonn ar a cheannaithe i scáthán; feiceann sé é féin agus imíonn sé agus gan mhoill déanann dearmad glan céard leis ba chosúil é. Ach an té a scrúdaíonn an dlí foirfe, dlí na saoirse, agus atá buanseasmhach, nach ndéanann dearmad ar an rud a chloiseann sé, ach a dhéanann beart, beidh sé sona ina chuid oibre.

An té nach gcoinníonn guaim ar a theanga níl sé ach ag cur dallamullóg air féin más dóigh leis go bhfuil sé ag cleachtadh an chreidimh; is fánach é a chleachtadh creidimh. Seo é fíorchleachtadh an chreidimh atá glan agus gan smál i láthair Dé agus an Athar: cuairt a thabhairt ar na dílleachtaí agus ar na baintreacha in am a ngátair agus gan ligean don saol thú féin a thruailliú.

Salm le Freagra          Sm 14
Freagra                         Lonnóid an fíréin ar do Shliabh Naofa,  A Thiarna

1. An té a shiúlann gan cháim;
an té a dhéanann fíréantacht
agus a labhraíonn go díreach óna chroí;
an té nach ndéanann tromaíocht lena theanga.   Freagra

2. An té nach ndéanann olc dá chomharsa
is nach dtugann masla don duine thall;
an té ar beag aige an drochdhuine
agus ar mór aige lucht eagla an Tiarna.                 Freagra

3. An té nach ngabhann siar ar a bhriathar
bíodh gur mhionnaigh chun a dhochair féin;
nach gcuireann a chuid airgid ar úsaireacht,
’s nach nglacann le breab in aghaidh an neamhchiontaigh.
An té a dhéanfaidh amhlaidh
ní bhainfear dá threoir é go brách.                        Freagra


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas           8: 22-26
Bhí radharc glan aige ar gach uile ní.

Jesus and Blind manTháinig siad go dtí Béatsáide, agus bhí daoine a thug fear dall chuige agus rinne siad achainí air baint leis. Rug sé ar láimh ar an dall agus sheol as an mbaile é, chaith sé seile ar a shúile agus ar leagan a lámh air d’fhiafraigh de:

“An bhfeiceann tú aon ní?” D’ardaigh seisean a shúile agus dúirt:

“Feicim daoine, ach samhlaím gur crainn iad ag siúl.” Ansin leag sé a lámha ar a shúile arís agus bhreathnaigh an dall go géar agus rinneadh slán arís é agus bhí radharc glan aige ar gach uile ní. Agus chuir sé chun a thí féin é ag rá: “Ná téigh isteach sa bhaile, fiú amháin."

Soiscéal Dé


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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 23rd February, 2020

A reading from the Book of Leviticus            19:1-2. 17-18
You must love your neighbour as yourself.

he Lord spoke to Moses; he said: 'Speak to the whole community of the sons of Israel and say to them: "Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.

'You must not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. You must openly tell him, your neighbour, of his offence; this way you will not take a sin upon yourself. You must not exact vengeance, nor must you bear a grudge against the children of your people. You must love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 102
Response                                 The Lord is compassion and love.

1. My soul, give thanks to the Lord,
    all my being, bless his holy name.
    My soul, give thanks to the Lord
    and never forget all his blessings.                    Response

2. It is he who forgives all your guilt,
    who heals every one of your ills,
    who redeems your life from the grave,
    who crowns you with love and compassion.  Response

3. The Lord is compassion and love,
    slow to anger and rich in mercy.
    He does not treat us according to our sins
    nor repay us according to our faults.               Response

4. As far as the east is from the west
    so far does he remove our sins.
    As a father has compassion on his sons,
    the Lord has pity on those who fear him.       Response


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians          3: 16-23
All are your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.
Gods temple
Didn't you realise that you were God's temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you? If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy him, because the temple of God is sacred; and you are that temple.

Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As scripture says: The Lord knows wise men's thoughts: he knows how useless they are: or again: God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise So there is nothing to boast about in anything human: Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life and death, the present and the future, are all your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation           Jn 14:23
Alleluia, alleluia!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.

or                                                1 Jn 2:5
Alleluia, alleluia!
When anyone obeys what Jesus has said, God's love comes to perfection in him.


A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew           5:38-48
Love your enemies.

Jesus said to his disciples:'You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer the wicked man no resistance. On the contrary, if anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well; if a man takes you to law and would have your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give to anyone who asks, and if anyone wants to borrow, do not turn away.

GODS LOVE'You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectorsdo as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.'

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.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 23rd February, 2020

Sliocht as Leabhar Léivíticeas        19:1-2. 17-18
Ní foláir duit grá a thabhairt do do chomharsa mar thú féin.

Word of God 2Labhair an Tiarna le Maois agus dúirt: “Labhair le comhthionól chlann Iosrael go léir agus abair leo: Bigí naofa, óir táimse, an Tiarna bhur nDia, naofa

“Ná bíodh fuath agat i do chroí do do chomharsa, ach déan a choir a chur ar a shúile dó os ard; fágfaidh sin thú gan peaca a ghabháil ort féin. Ná bain díoltas amach; ná bíodh faltanas agat le clann do dhaoine muinteartha. Ní foláir duit grá a thabhairt do do chomharsa mar thú féin. Mise an Tiarna.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra         Sm 102
Freagra                         Is grámhar trócaireach é an Tiarna.

I. Gabh buíochas leis an Tiarna, a anam liom,
beannaíodh a bhfuil istigh ionam a ainm naofa.
Gabh buíochas leis an Tiarna, a anam liom,
agus dá déan dearmad dá thíolaicí go leir.          Freagra

2. Eiséan a mhaitheann do chionta go léir,
a shlánaíonn d'easláintí go léir,
a fhuasclaíonn do bheatha ón mbás,
a chorónaíonn thú le grá is le trua.                        Freagra

3. Is grámhar trócaireach é an Tiarna,
foighneach agus lán de cheansacht.
Ní de réir ár bpeacaí a roinneann sé linn:
ní de réir ár gcionta a chúítíonn sé sinn.              Freagra 

4  Ní faide an t-oirthear ón iarthar
ná an fad a chuireann sé ár gcionta uainn.
Amhail is trua leis an athair a chlann
is trua leis an Tiarna lucht a eaglaithe.                 Freagra


Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na gCoirintigh         3:16-23
Is libhse iad uile, agus is le Críost sibhse agus is le Dia Críost.
Gods temple
bhráithre, nach dtuigeann sibh, a bhráithre, gur teampall Dé sibh agus go bhfuil Spiorad Dé ina chónaí ionaibh. Duine ar bith a mhilleann teampall Dé, millfidh Dia eisean, mar is naofa é teampall Dé – agus is sibhse an teampall sin. Ná bíodh aon dul amú ar aon duine; aon duine agaibh a áiríonn é féin a bheith eagnaí de réir ghnás an tsaoil seo, bíodh sé ina amadán le go mbeadh sé eagnaí dáiríre. Mar níl in eagna an tsaoil seo ach díth céille i bhfianaise Dé, mar tá scríofa: “Sáinníonn sé na saoithe ina gcuid glicis féin”; agus arís: “Is eol don Tiarna smaointe na saoithe a bheith baoth.” Dá réir sin, ná bíodh duine ar bith ag déanamh mórtais as daoine, mar is libhse an t-iomlán: Pól agus Apollós agus Céafas, an domhan, an bheatha agus an bás, a bhfuil ann agus a bhfuil le teacht – is libhse iad uile, agus is le Críost sibhse agus is le Dia Críost.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa           Eo 14: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Má bhíonn grá ag duine dom, coinneoidh sé mo bhriathar,
agus beidh grá ag m'Athair dó, agus tiocfaimid chuige,' a deir an Tiarna.

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha       5:38-48
Bíodh grá agat do do namhaid.

GODS LOVESan am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail “Chuala sibh go ndúradh: ‘Súil ar shúil, fiacail ar fhiacail.’ Ach is é a deirimse libh gan seasamh in aghaidh an drochdhuine: ina ionad sin, an té a thugann buille sa leiceann dheas duit, iompaigh chuige an leiceann eile freisin; agus an té a chuirfeadh an dlí ort chun do léine a bhreith uait, scaoil leis do bhrat chomh maith. An té a chuireann d’fhiacha ort dul aon mhíle amháin leis, gabh leis an dá mhíle. An té a iarrann rud ort, tabhair dó é, agus an té arb áil leis iasacht uait, ná tabhair leis do chúl.

“Chuala sibh go ndúradh: ‘Bíodh grá agat do do chomharsa agus fuath agat do do namhaid.’ Ach is é a deirimse libh, bíodh grá agaibh do bhur naimhde agus guígí ar son bhur ngéarleantóirí; sin mar a bheidh sibh in bhur gclann ag bhur nAthair atá ar neamh, a chuireann faoi deara dá ghrian éirí ar olc agus ar mhaith, agus a fhearann báisteach ar chóir agus ar mhíchóir. Óir, má thugann sibh grá dóibh seo a thugann grá daoibh, cad é an tuarastal atá ag dul daoibh? Nach ndéanann na poibleacánaigh féin an rud céanna? Agus mura mbeannaíonn sibh ach do bhur mbráithre amháin, an ndéanann sibh aon ní thar na bearta? Nach ndéanann na págánaigh féin an rud céanna? Bígí foirfe, dá bhrí sin, faoi mar atá bhur nAthair neamhaí foirfe.

Soiscéal Dé

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