Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday August 25th. 2013
ate have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.                           St. Augustine's prayer for his Confessions
Appeal by the Mill Hill Missionaries on September 8th This information tells us about their history and their work in the Missions
 Who are we? St. Joseph's Missionary Society is Britain's own missionary Society, founded by cardinal Herbert Vaughan at Mill Hill, London, in 1866. We are an international fellowship of Priests and Brothers, bound together by our missionary oath, committed for life to Mission. We also have Associates - both lay (men and women) and ordained, who make a temporary commitment to work along with us.  Since our foundation about 2,000 missionaries have gone out from Mill Hill to proclaim the Good News throughout the world. "Go, make disciples of all nations ... " said Jesus.  Acting on the Lord's command, Mill Hill Missionaries are ready to leave their own country and culture, and go to where the need is greatest, to the people "most abandoned and poorest in the means of grace." By preference we go to the poor and the oppressed. We seek to allow the Gospel to become rooted in every culture and nation.  Our earliest missions were in India and Borneo, and from the end of the 19th century in East Africa.
Today Mill Hill Missionaries are found in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, among the Maoris in New Zealand, in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Cameroon, Congo, South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, and China. Until recent decades most of our missionaries came from Europe, but today they include Kenyans, Ugandans, Congolese, Indians, Filipinos, and Cameroonians. What do we do? As followers of Christ we seek to dialogue with people different from ourselves. We proclaim the Gospel in the witness of our lives, in the proclamation of God's Word, in the celebration of the Sacraments, and in the promotion of justice and peace. We believe that the Kingdom of God is present in all cultures, and has been revealed in a unique way in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.  We seek to establish deeply spiritual, Christ-like communities everywhere.  We wish to promote within society the basic values of the Kingdom: love, justice and peace, forgiveness and reconciliation, global solidarity and respect for human rights.
There will be no Bulletin next weekend as I return late on Friday evening, so this is an advance notice of the special collection.  As always, our parishioners are so generous to the missionaries.  A Mill Hill Father will be with us in a fortnight’s time to make an appeal at all the Masses on behalf of the work in the Missions.
Mass at Cille Choirill last Sunday There was a very large number at Mass last Sunday, filling the church to capacity. Being the Sunday closest to the feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Lady into heaven, it united us in  the sacrifice of the Mass round our loved ones at rest in the cemetery knowing that one day their bodies, which were so familiar to us as family members and friends, will rise incorrupt on the last day. Our Lady’s Assumption, body and soul into heaven, only anticipates what will be our joy on the last day when our bodies will be raised from the grave by the power of God and reunited with our souls so that our happiness in heaven will be complete. The next mass at Cille Choirill will be in five week's time