St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil: 7.30pm
Sunday: 9.00am  & 12.00noon
Weekdays: Mon, Wed & Friday 10.00am
Tuesday and Thursday: 7.30pm

Holy Days: 7.30pm (vigil), 9.00am & 7.30pm.

about St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick

St. Mary’s Church, Clonaghadoo

Mass Times

Sunday: 10.30am
First Friday: 8.00pm.

Holy Days: 10.30am

about St. Mary’s Church, Clonaghadoo

Sunday Oct 1 Day for Life

Fostering a Culture that Protects Life and Respects Women
There is currently a campaign to remove Article 40.3.3 (the pro-life article) from the Constitution of Ireland. It is exactly fifty years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed in England, Scotland and Wales. Abortion, though less available in Ireland than in the UK, is lawful under certain circumstances on both sides of the border.  As we face the immediate challenge here in Ireland, and mark the fifty years since the passing of the 1967 Act on the neighbouring island, we are drawn to reflect, to pray and to offer practical and emotional support to those in need. We pray especially for those who have lost a child and for those who are concerned about their pregnancy.

Loss
The joy of a couple at the prospect of becoming parents gives way to despair if the mother suffers a miscarriage or their baby is stillborn.  Caroline miscarried her sixth baby, Raphael, in the fourteenth week of pregnancy in 2013.  She and her husband asked their priest to conduct a funeral and a burial. ‘Actually doing something to mark our loss was so healing. It was a reminder that the baby was a real person. Naming the baby was important too. The way
we see it, we have a child ahead of us in heaven praying for us.’
Grief can also be associated with having an abortion. Laura, who had an abortion at eight
weeks, describes the moment, years later, when she acknowledged she had ended a life. It
happened when she saw a group of primary school children and realised that her baby would
have been the same age. Her next step was to go to Confession. She says, ‘Understanding the truth of abortion is just the beginning. With absolution, the weight of shame and guilt is lied forever.’

Compassion
Pope Francis, reminding us of the consistent teaching of the Church, describes abortion as a grave sin. As a compassionate pastor, however, he reminds priests that they are called to be
ministers of God’s mercy. He also points out that we have not done enough to support pregnant
women in desperate situations who see abortion as a quick solution.  A future Jenny could see no future for herself and her baby when she found herself pregnant, homeless and in debt. But she sought help and was given a room in a house run by a local pro-life charity, Life Housing, where she now lives with her son, Oliver. The local Catholic parish provided baby clothes, toys and Christmas presents, and a local charity gave a pram and other equipment. She received help to clear her debts and soon mother and baby will move into their first home, a fully furnished two-bedroom house. When Jenny was at her most vulnerable, discovering she was not alone saved her life, and Oliver’s.