St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil: 7.30pm
Sunday: 11.00am
Weekdays: Mon, Wed & Friday 10.00am
Tuesday and Thursday: 7.30pm

Holy Days: 11.00am & 7.30pm.

about St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick

St. Mary’s Church, Clonaghadoo

Mass Times

Sunday: 9.00am
First Friday: 8.00pm


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September 30, 2019 11:00 am to October 31, 2019 11:00 am

Mission Sunday is a day for us to reflect on the contribution we, as Irish people, have made to this mission in the past and how we live it today. Mission was understood as going abroad, to countries where the Church was not yet strong or to places where people suffered from poverty or conflict. This is indeed still necessary and valid today and we pray people will continue to give their lives to mission in this way.

Mission was also seen as the task primarily of priests and religious, with some few lay missionaries, and their work was very much supported by the generosity of the Irish people. Pope Francis today is encouraging all the baptised to more actively assume their responsibility as ‘missionary disciples’. Many Catholics in Ireland, especially among our youth, see little relevance of the faith in their lives. Hence, a challenge for all of us as Catholics is to take the time to seriously reflect on our faith experience, seek to become more knowledgeable about the Scriptures and some of the teachings of the Church, ask ourselves questions about it and seek to articulate it meaningfully to ourselves and others, and then base our action on our  experience of the faith. Mission is essentially faith in action, and to this we as baptised are all called to be committed.  There are many ways in which people live mission today, both in Ireland and overseas. These include being involved in action to prevent trafficking, various kinds of social and community work with the poor and marginalised, reaching out to refugees and migrants and action to care for the earth. Some of those people who are engaged in these activities may not profess a formal Christian faith, but it is evident that their activities are inspired by Gospel values and they are promoting the reign of God.