St Eugene's Cathedral - Annual Little Way Novena

DATE: 7th to 15th May 2022
LOCATION: Online/Derry

The Annual Little Way Novena in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux.
St Eugene's Cathedral.


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Pictorial Thought for Today

Pictorial Thought for Today

Sep 26 - Ss Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (died 303)

Summary of Ss Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs. They died probably in Syria. Widely venerated as martyrs in the fifth and sixth centuries when basilicas were dedicated to them in Constantinople and Rome and when their names were included in Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon). Later legend identified them as twin brothers who practiced medicine without charge to their patients.

Ss Cosmas and Damian
cosmos and damian The names of these two saints, reputed to have been healers, occur in the 4th century Roman Canon (First Eucharistic Prayer). This indicates their early veneration. They also are in the Litany of the Saints. Along with St Luke, they are patrons of physicians and all healers.

Patrick Duffy tells their story.


"The Silverless Ones"
Brothers, probably twins, born in Cilicia (south of Modern Turkey) and educated in Syria, they returned to Cilicia where they practised and became famous as physicians and for teaching their patients about Christ. Because they refused payment for their services, they were known as The Anargyroi, or "the silverless ones". During the persecution of Diocletian (303), they were imprisoned, tortured and beheaded.

Burial and influence
cosmasndamian The bodies of Cosmas and Damian were taken to Syria for burial and by 400 a church had been built over the martyrs' grave. In the 5th century Pope St Felix IV (526-530) brought their relics to Rome and - perhaps in deference to the Eastern Church - erected a church in their honour - the first in honour of eastern saints - just off the Roman forum, where it still stands today. An inscription in the basilica reads: Martyribus medicis populo spes certa salutis. Here there is an intended pun on the word salutis: it can mean "good health" and/or "eternal salvation". So we can read it as saying to us: "Because of these martyred physicians there is a sure hope of both good health and eternal salvation."

Fra angelico and C+DIn art - Fra Angelico and other artists
Various Lives of Saints Cosmas and Damian gave rise to legends and artistic depictions of the two saints. One by Alonso de Sedano (active 1496 in Burgos Cathedral) shows the two saints grafting the severed leg from a recently deceased Ethiopian to replace a patient's ulcered leg. Fra Angelico also has a number including The Beheading and the Burial of the saints and one showing them healing a lady Palladia.

Pray today for physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, carers and cleaners and all who work in the healing professions especially during medical emergencies.
Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 26th September, 2022

Monday of 26th week of Ordinary Time, Year 2

A reading from the Book of Job        1:6-22
Theme: The Lord gave, the Lord has taken back. Blessed be the name of the Lord!'

One day the Sons of God came to attend on the Lord, and among them was Satan. So the Lord said to Satan,
'Where have you been?'
'Round the earth, 'he answered 'roaming about.
 So the Lord asked him,
'Did you notice my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth: a sound and honest man who fears God and shuns evil.'
'Yes,' Satan said 'but Job is not God-fearing for nothing, is he? Have you not put a wall round him and his house and all his domain? You have blessed all he undertakes, and his flocks throng the countryside. But stretch out your hand and lay a finger on his possessions: I warrant you, he will curse you to your face.' '
Very well,' the Lord said to Satan 'all he has is in your power. But keep your hands off his person.' So Satan left the presence of the Lord.

On the day when Job's sons and daughters were at their meal and drinking wine at their eldest brother's house, a messenger came to Job.
'Your oxen' he said 'were at the plough, with the donkeys grazing at their side, when the Sabaeans swept down on them and carried them off. Your servants they put to the sword: I alone escaped to tell you.'

He had not finished speaking when another messenger arrived. '
he fire of God' he said 'has fallen from the heavens and burnt up all your sheep, and your shepherds too: I alone escaped to tell you.'
He had not finished speaking when another messenger arrived.
'The Chaldaeans,' he said 'three bands of them, have raided your camels and made off with them. Your servants they put to the sword: I alone escaped to tell you.'
He had not finished speaking when another messenger arrived.
'Your sons and daughters' he said 'were at their meal and drinking wine at their eldest brother's house, when suddenly from the wilderness a gale sprang up, and it battered all four corners of the house which fell in on the young people. They are dead: I alone escaped to tell you.'

Job rose and tore his gown and shaved his head. Then falling to the ground he worshipped and said:
'Naked I came from my mother's womb,
naked I shall return.
The Lord gave, the Lord has taken back.
Blessed be the name of the Lord!'

In all this misfortune Job committed no sin nor offered any insult to God.

The Word of the Lord              Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 16
Response                              Turn your ear to me, O Lord; hear my words.

1. Lord, hear a cause that is just,
pay heed to my cry.
Turn your ear to my prayer:
no deceit is on my lips.                                       Response

2.  From you may my judgement come forth:
Your eyes discern the truth.
You search my heart, you visit me by night.
You test me and you find in me no wrong.     Response

3. I am here and I call, you will hear me,
O God. Turn your ear to me; hear -my words.
Display your great love,
you whose right hand saves your friends
from those who rebel against them.               Response

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                                              Mk 10: 45
Alleluia, Alleluia!
The Son of Man came to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Alleluia !


The Lord be with you.          And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke        9:46-50          Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: The least among you all, that is the one who is great.

An argument started between them about which of them was the greatest. Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child and set him by his side and then said to them,
'Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For the least among you all, that is the one who is great.'

John spoke up.
'Master,' he said 'we saw a man casting out devils in your so name, and because he is not with us we tried to stop him.'

But Jesus said to him,
'You must not stop him: anyone who is not against you is for you'.

The Gospel of the Lord    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Reflection      Monday, Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time      Luke 9:46-50 

Today we begin to read from the Book of Job. In our reading, Job is portrayed as a man whose faith in God endures even when a whole succession of misfortunes befalls him. Having lost his property and, more significantly, his children, he remains a person who acknowledges God in prayer: ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord.’ Job’s faith was put to the test but it didn’t weaken. Many people’s faith can be put to the test and they ask, ‘Where is God in all this?’ Yet the portrait of Job in today’s reading encourages us to keep the faith, even in testing times. Job points ahead to Jesus who also kept faith in God even as he hung from the cross. The term ‘keeping the faith’ could imply that faith is something static to be safely preserved. However, faith is dynamic, because it is a relationship with God, and, like all relationships, it is always open to further growth.

Today’s gospel reading shows that the faith of the disciples was certainly in need of further growth. They were preoccupied with greatness, as the world understands it, the gaining of honour and renown for oneself. Jesus’ response to them shows us that a life of faith needs to have very different preoccupations. He identifies himself with a child, a symbol not of greatness but of weakness and vulnerability, and declares that the way to welcome himself and God his Father is through welcoming the frail and vulnerable among us, not trying to keep up with the highly regarded and influential. The disciples, even though people of faith, were a long way from having the mind of Christ. The life of faith is lived as a response to the Lord’s call to grow more fully into his mind, his outlook, his values and attitudes. It is a lifelong journey into the mind of Christ. In our gospel reading, one of the disciples, John, was resentful of the good work that people who were not disciples of Jesus were doing. This was not the mind of Christ either. Jesus’ response to John shows that the workings of God’s grace beyond the community of the disciples is to be welcomed and celebrated. In so many ways, we can all have much growing up into Christ to do.


The Scripture Readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, 1966/7/8 published 1966/7/8 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/
The Gospel Reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2021-2022: My Words Will Not Pass Away by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookstore


Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 26th September, 2022

Sliocht as an céad Leabhar  Iób        1:6-22
An Tiarna a bhronn orm, agus an Tiarna a rug uaim. Moladh le hainm an Tiarna.”

Tharla aon lá amháin, gur tháinig clann Dé i láthair an Tiarna, agus tháinig an Sátan mar an gcéanna ina measc. Agus dúirt an Tiarna leis an Sátan:
Cá has a dtáinig tú?” D’fhreagair an Sátan an Tiarna agus dúirt:
Ó bheith ag fuaidreamh ar fud an domhain, agus ag siúl anonn is anall ann.”
Agus dúirt an Tiarna leis an Sátan:
“Ar thug tú mo sheirbhíseach Iób faoi deara? Níl a leithéid eile ar domhan; fear ionraic fónta is ea é, tá eagla Dé air agus seachnaíonn sé an t-olc.”
Agus d’fhreagair an Sátan an Tiarna agus dúirt:
“An gan fáth atá eagla Dé ar Iób? Nach ndearna tú féin fál ina thimpeall agus I dtimpeall a thí agus i dtimpeall a bhfuil aige ar gach taobh? Bheannaigh tú saothar a lámh agus mhéadaigh a mhaoin sa tír. Sín amach do lámh, más ea, agus leag í ar a bhfuil aige, agus is deimhin go ndéanfaidh sé thú a mhaslú le do bhéal.”
Agus dúirt an Tiarna leis an Sátan:
Féach, an uile ní dá bhfuil aige, tá sé faoi do smacht; ach air féin amháin ná leag do lámh.”
Agus leis sin chuaigh an Sátan amach as láthair an Tiarna.

Lá dá raibh a chlann mhac agus iníonacha ag ól fíona i dteach an dearthár ba shine acu, tháinig teachtaire ag triall ar Iób, agus dúirt leis:
Bhí an damhra ag treabhadh agus na hasail bhaineanna ag iníor ina ngaire agus rinne na Saibéanaigh ruathar orthu gur sciobadar leo iad, agus mharaíodar na seirbhísigh le faobhar claímh; agus níor tháinig fear inste scéil as ach mise amháin.”

Le linn dósan a bheith ag caint, tháinig duine eile agus dúirt:
“Thit tine le Dia ó neamh agus dhóigh an tréad agus na seirbhísigh, á loscadh go hiomlán; agus níor tháinig fear inste scéil as ach mise amháin.”

Agus le linn dósan a bheith ag caint, tháinig duine eile agus dúirt: “Rinne na Caildéigh trí bhuíon díobh féin agus thugadar ruaig chreiche faoi na camaill gur sciobadar leo iad, agus chloíodar na seirbhísigh le faobhar a gclaímh, agus níor tháinig fear inste scéil as ach mise amháin.”

Agus fad a bhí seisean fós ag caint tháinig duine eile mar an gcéanna a dúirt:
Bhí do chlann mhac agus iníon ag ithe agus ag ól i dteach an dearthár ba shine acu, agus féach! tháinig gaoth mhór anall thar an bhfásach agus bhuail ceithre chúinne an tí i dtreo gur thit sé anuas ar na daoine óga gur éagadar uile, agus nár tháinig fear inste scéil as ach mise amháin.”
D’éirigh Iób ansin agus stróic a fhallaing agus bhearr a bhaithis, agus thit ar an talamh agus d’umhlaigh sé é féin síos á rá:
“Tarrnocht a tháinig mé as broinn mo mháthar,
Agus tarrnocht a fhillfidh mé inti arís.
An Tiarna a bhronn orm, agus an Tiarna a rug uaim.
Moladh le hainm an Tiarna.”

Sna nithe sin uile níor pheacaigh Iób ná níor labhair go tarcaisneach in aghaidh Dé.

Briathar an Tiarna            Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra             Sm 16
Freagra                           Claon chugamdo chluas agus éist le mo bhriathar.
1. Éist le cúis chóir, a Thiarna;
tabhair aird ar mo ghlór;
tabhair cluas do m’urnaí nach dtagann
as béal bréagach.                                                                           Freagra

2. Gurab uaitse a gheobhaidh mé breithiúnas;
feiceann tusa an fhírinne.
Cuardaigh mo chroí, tabhair cuairt orm san oíche,
déan mo thástáil le tine agus ní bhfaighidh tú coir ionam.  Freagra

3. Gairim ort, a Dhia, agus tabharfaidh tú freagra orm:
claon do chluas agus éist le mo bhriathar.
Taispeáin dom do bhuanghrá ró-iontach, a Thiarna,
a shaorann a dtriallann ort le neart do dheasláimhe.           Freagra

Go raibh an Tiarna libh.                Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcas      9:46-50          Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
An té is lú eadraibh uile, sin é an té atá mór.

Tháinig Íosa ina n-aigne a fhiafraí cé acu díobh ba mhó. Ach bhí a fhios ag Íosa an smaoineamh a bhí ina gcroí, agus thóg sé leanbh agus chuir ina sheasamh é láimh leis, agus dúirt leo:
“Cibé a ghlacfaidh an leanbh seo i m’ainm, is mise a ghlacann sé, agus cibé a ghlacfaidh mise, glacann sé an té a chuir uaidh mé. Óir, an té is lú eadraibh uile, sin é an té atá mór.”

Labhair Eoin agus dúirt:
A Mháistir, chonaiceamar duine ag caitheamh deamhan amach i d’ainmse agus chuireamar cosc leis, óir ní leanann sé tú in aonbhuíon linne.”

Dúirt Íosa leis: Ná cuirigí aon chosc leis, óir an té nach bhfuil in bhur n-aghaidh, tá sé ar bhur son.

Soiscéal an Tiarna.             Moladh duit, a Chriost

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 2nd October, 2022

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C


A reading from the book of the Prophet Habakkuk : 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Theme: The upright man will live by faithfulness

crying prayerHow long, Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen;
to cry 'Oppression!' in your ear and you will not save?
Why do you set injustice before me, why do you look on where there is tyranny?
Outrage and violence, this is all I see, all is contention, and discord flourishes.

Then the Lord answered and said,

'Write the vision down, inscribe it on tablets to be easily read,
since this vision is for its own time only: eager for its own fulfilment, it does not deceive;
if it comes slowly, wait, for come it will, without fail.
'See how he flags, he whose soul is not at rights, but the upright man will live by his faithfulness.'

The Word of the Lord         Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 94
Response                          O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.

1. Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.                                Response

2. Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.                              Response

3. O that today you would listen to his voice!
'Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.  Response


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy      1:6-8. 13-14
Theme: Never be ashamed of witnessing the Lord

That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God's gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God

Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. You have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.

The Word of the Lord            Thanks be to God.

Gospel  Acclamation       1 Sam 3: 9
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life.

Or                                         1 Pet 1:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of the Lord remains for ever:
What is this word? It is the Good News that has been brought to you.

mustard seedGOSPEL

The Lord be with you.                   And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Luke        17: 5-19      Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: If only you had faith

The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith'.
The Lord replied,
'Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea", and it would obey you.

'Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, "Come and have your meal immediately"?  Would he not be more likely to say, "Get my supper laid; make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink yourself afterwards"? Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told?

So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, "We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty".'

 The Gospel of the Lord        Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

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.


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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 2nd October, 2022

Sliocht as Leabhar Habacúc, Fáidh.          1:2-3; 2:2-4
Mairfidh an fíréan de bharr a dhílse.
crying prayer
á fhad eile, a Thiarna, a bheidh mé ag glaoch ort agus nach n-éistfidh tú liom
nó ag éamh “Foréigean!” agus nach bhfuasclóidh tú sinn?
Cad chuige nach dtaispeánann tú dom ach an urchóid amháin?
Cén fáth a mbíonn tú féin ag breathnú ar an ansmacht ar nós cuma liom?
Déantar slad agus foréigean os mo chomhair agus is minic a bhíonn achrann agus aighneas ann.

Thug an Tiarna freagra orm ansin, á rá:
“Scríobh síos an fhís; déan í a ghreanadh ar leaca ionas go mbeidh sé furasta í a léamh.
Óir is le haghaidh a hionú féin amháin a tugadh an fhís seo;
tá sí ag tnúthán lena comhlíonadh agus ní dhéanfaidh sí bréag.
Go fiú má bhíonn sí mall ag teacht, fan léi;mar tiocfaidh sí i gcrích go cinnte;
ní theipfidh uirthi choíche.
Féach, cloítear an té nach bhfuil croí ionraic aige;
ach mairfidh an fíréan de bharr a dhílse.”

Briathar an Tiarna         Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra         Sm 94
Freagra                         Á, dá n-éistfeadh sibh lena ghuth inniú: 'Ná calcaigí bhur gcroí'

1. Tagaigí, déanaimis gairdeas don Tiarna,
tógaimis gártha áthais do Charraig ár slánaithe.
Tagaimis ina láthair le moltaí,
déanaimis gairdeas dó le laoithe.                                Freagra

2. Tagaigí, adhraimis agus sléachtaimis,
feacaimis ár nglúiiné don Tiarna a rinne sinn.
Óir is é ar nDia é, agus is sinne
pobal a aoireachta agus caoirigh a lámh.                   Freagra

3. Á, dá n-éistfeadh sibh lena ghuth inniú:
'Ná calcaigí bhur gcroí mar a tharla i Meríba,
mar a tharla an la lid ag Masá san fhásach
mar ar chuir bhur n-aithreacha cath orm,
mar ar thriail siad mé cé go bhfaca siad m'obair.'   Freagra


Sliocht as an dara Litir  Timóteas         1:6-8. 13-14
Ná bíodh aon náire ort, dá bhrí sin, fianaise a thabhairt ar ár dTiarna

A bhráithre, ionúin táim á chur i gcuimhne duit tabhartas Dé a athmhúscailt, an tabhartas úd a fuair tú nuair a chuir mise mo lámha ort. An spiorad a thug Dia dúinn ní spiorad na meatachta é ach spiorad na fearúlachta agus an ghrá agus an fhéinsmachta. Ná bíodh aon náire ort, dá bhrí sin, fianaise a thabhairt ar ár dTiarna agus ná bíodh aon náire ort fúmsa atá i mo phríosúnach ar a shon. Ní hea, ach fulaingse cruatan liom ar son an dea-scéil as ucht an chumais atá faighte agat ó Dhia.

An teagasc folláin a chuala tú uaimse, coimeád agat mar threoir é agus lean den chreideamh agus den ghrá atá agat i gCríost Íosa. An taisce luachmhar atá faoi do chúram, cosáin é le cabhair an Spioraid Naoimh a chónaíonn ionainn.

Briathar an Tiarna         Buíochas le Dia

Alleluia Véarsa            1Sam3:9, Eo 6:68
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Labhair, a Thiarna, tá do sheirbhíseach ag éisteacht. Is agatsa atá briathra na beatha síoraí


Go raibh an Tiarna libh.            Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás           17: 5-19        Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Méadaigh an creideamh againn

mustard seedSan am sin dúirt na haspail leis an Tiarna:
“Méadaigh an creideamh againn.”
Ach dúirt an Tiarna:
Dá mbeadh oiread ghráinne an tsíl mhustaird de chreideamh agaibh, déarfadh sibh leis an gcrann maoildeirge seo: ‘Baintear as do fhréamhacha tú, agus déan tú féin a phlandáil san fharraige!’ agus dhéanfadh sé rud oraibh.

Cé agaibh a mbíonn seirbhíseach aige ag treabhadh nó ag aoireacht, a déarfaidh leis nuair a thagann sé isteach ón ngort: ‘Tar anois agus buail fút ag bord’? Ina ionad sin, nach é a déarfaidh sé leis: ‘Réitigh rud chun dinnéir dom, fáisc crios fút féin agus freastail orm, nó go mbeidh ite agus ólta agam, agus ansin déanfaidh tú féin ithe agus ól’? An ea go mbíonn sé faoi chomaoin ag an seirbhíseach de chionn go ndearna seisean a raibh ordaithe? Amhlaidh sin daoibhse; nuair a bhíonn gach a raibh ordaithe daoibh déanta agaibh, abraigí: ‘Is seirbhísigh gan aird sinn: níl déanta againn ach an méid a bhí d’fhiacha orainn a dhéanamh.’” 

Soiscéal an Tiarna.       Moladh duit, a Chriost

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