Parish News for
Sunday 11th January 2009
Baptism of Jesus.
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Rev David O'Kane CC
Rev Daniel McFaul CC
The Baptism of the Lord
is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord and it marks
the end of the season of Christmas in the Church. Last
year 183 children were baptised in St Eugene’s
Cathedral. Each baptism involved parents, sponsors and
other family members so this is a good time for us to
reflect on our own Baptism.
The new Catechism
says that the sacrament of Baptism is the basis of the
whole Christian life; the gateway to life in the Spirit
and the door of access to the other sacraments. When
we consider all this, Baptism is not a sacrament the
Christian can take lightly. If we accept, as the Catechism
says, that Baptism is a gateway and a door, then it
is for opening and not for closing. To be Baptised means
that we open ourselves to the Christian way of life
and we enter a new way of living.
So parents who
seek to have their children baptised have a serious
responsibility. During the sacrament the priest asks
the parents if they accept the responsibility of training
the child in the practice of the faith. When the parents
say they do then they are making a commitment on behalf
of that child to raise him/her in the Catholic faith.
This should not be an empty promise but a definite decision
are all encouraged today to examine our commitment to
the faith of our Baptism.
The Monthly Mass
for the beatification of Matt Talbot on
Monday at 7.30 pm in Termonbacca. All welcome.
Family Padre Pio Prayer Group will hold their
monthly meeting in the Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty
on Monday night starting with 7.30 pm Mass. There will
be a 1st class relic of St Pio at the meeting. All welcome.
College: Pupils transferring from Primary to
Secondary School in September 2009, and their parents,
will be welcome to attend our Open Day in St Cecilia’s
College, Northland Road next Sunday, 18th January from
2.00-5.00 pm. Principal’s Address: 2.00 pm, 3.00
and 4.00 pm. Those intending to apply for a place in
Sixth Form for September 2009 are also welcome to attend.
our sympathy to the family and friends of:
McGillan, Rosemount Gardens.
McClennon, late of Ann Street.
May they rest in peace.
Canny acknowledges with thanks donations for: Sr
Maureen Coyle’s Missionary Work: £100, £50.
Sr Lily McKenna’s Missionary Work: £50.
Parish Missionaries Overseas: £20. Altar flowers:
Last Week’s Collection amounted to £3,628.
as members of the Christian community
Leah Ellen Gill,
4 High Street.
10 Oakfield Road.
Conor Robert McGahey,
37 Glenowen Park.
10.00 am Neil McMahon
07.30 pm Mona Tracey
duty next Weekend
06.15 pm James Garvin
07.30 pm Charlie McDermott
09.30 am Michael Roddy
11.00 am Geraldine Ui Meallain
12.30 am Michael Wilson
Team *A* begins its rota
at the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass
for the Holy Souls will be held today Sunday
in St Brigid’s Church, Carnhill at 5.00 pm. Everyone
David O’Kane will visit the sick this week as
Mon 10.00 am:
The Village, Rosemount Gdns, Montrose Gdns, Epworth
St, Ernest St: Rosemount Ave, Academy Tce, Northland
Parade; Tutor Close. Fairman Place, Northland Way, Academy
Rd, De Burgh Tce.
Mon pm: Lower
Nassau St, Glen Road, Ardglen Pk, Glenbank Rd, Northland
Road, Edanmount Park.
Tues am: Meadowview
Cres, Osborne St, Norcross St: Baldrick Cres, Cedar
St, Argyle St, Argyle Tce, Glasgow Tce, Glenview Ave.
Tues pm: Glenbrook
Fri am: William
Daniel McFaul will visit the sick in his care as follows:
*Wed am: Forest
Park, Helen Street, Kerrs Terrace, Oakfield Road, Marlborough
Avenue, Marlborough Road, Oakfield Ave, Beechwood Ave,
West End Tce, Marlborough Tce.
*Wed pm: Creggan
St, Queen St, Princes St, Great James St, Clarendon
Manor, Crawford Square.
*Wed pm: 3.15
Confessions and Mass in Lavery Fold
note change of day.
sample messages of thanks received from Parish Missionaries
who received donations during the year
Maureen Coyle e-mailed to say thank you for your generosity
to her missions in Peru. ‘I will
take the money out tomorrow as we have a “ Chocolatado
“ (Hot chocolate and Paneton) for the children
of our parish on Sunday and so will be able to buy the
needed sugar, milk, breads etc. God is always so good
to us. We were short this year and your donation comes
along. Really, God takes care of us always. We planned
this hoping that we would be able to give all the children
something to eat. Here there is no such thing as Santa
Clause or toys but it is the custom to give the poor
(old people and children) something to eat and the get
together is always good to build community among us.
Thanks again for your help.‘
Lily McKenna who works in Brasil used
her donation to pay for electricity and food for HIV
positive children who were abandoned at birth by their
parents who suffer from drug addition. Her Sisters (known
as the Killyshannon Sisters, Co Cavan) have managed
to buy a home in Sao Paulo and renovated it for the
children, which is run by a group of women voluntarily.
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