St. Oliver Plunketts


Mass Times

Saturday: 5:30pm
Sunday: 9:00am

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time


 Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

October 1st –  October 7th 2023

 The Power of Truth

Jesus said: “Tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into heaven before you.” These are strange words of Jesus in the Gospel for this week. What can they mean for us? These two groups of people were the despised in the time of Jesus and yet they were very open to what he had to say. They knew how much they needed God, and Jesus gave them hope of forgiveness and salvation. We can get so complacent that we don’t see our own need to change, and yet how we all need to let go of so much if we are to follow his way of complete love. So many married couples are complacent about their relationship and settle for mediocrity. So many people in our faith communities set the limits of living their faith so low that it is almost insignificant. And in family life people can take each other so much for granted that they become almost like lodgers in the same house. Christ urges us once more to aim for the stars.


Morning Prayer, when together

Father, you show your almighty power in our marriage

through your mercy and forgiveness.

Continue to fill us with your gifts of love.

Help us hurry towards the eternal life you promise

and come to share in the joys of your kingdom.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


During the day, when apart

God of mercy, accept our offering of our love for one another.

Make this love a source of blessing for us in our marriage,

for our family, and for all whom we meet.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Evening/Night Prayer together

Lord, may our sacrament of marriage

in which we proclaim the presence of Christ

bring us salvation, and make us one with each other

and with you in glory.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage:

How can you grow in the freedom and joy of your sexual love this week?


For others:

Think of some group that works for prisoners of conscience.

How could you support that group this week?