Parish News for
Sunday 14th Dec 2008
Sunday of Advent
OF THE PARISH
Very Rev Michael Canny Adm
Rev David O'Kane CC
Rev Daniel McFaul CC
and trust in God can move mountains. Don’t be
discouraged by circumstances”.
Waiting is first
of all a waiting together. One of the most beautiful
passages of Scripture is Luke 1:39-56, which tells us
about Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. What happened
when Mary received the words of promise? She went to
Elizabeth. Something was happening to Elizabeth as well
as to Mary. But how could they live that out?
I find the meeting
of these two women very moving, because Elizabeth and
Mary came together and enabled each other to wait. Mary’s
visit made Elizabeth aware of what she was waiting for.
The child leapt for joy in her. Mary affirmed Elizabeth’s
waiting. And then Elizabeth said to Mary, ‘Blessed
is she who believed that the promise made her by the
Lord would be fulfilled’ (Luke 1:45). And Mary
responded, ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of
the Lord’ (Luke 1:46). She burst into joy herself.
These two women created space for each other to wait:
They affirmed for each other that something was happening
worth waiting for.
Here we see a
model for the Christian community. It is a community
of support, celebration, and affirmation in which we
can lift up what has already begun in us. The visit
of Elizabeth to Mary is one of the Bible’s most
beautiful expressions of what it means to form community,
to be together, gathered around a promise, affirming
what is happening among us.
from ’Eternal Seasons’ - by Henri Nouwen
Eugene’s Cathedral Carol Service
next Sunday, 21st December at 7.00 pm
to be an enchanting evening of song, prayer and readings
as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. As is customary,
we appeal for children to bring presents of new toys
and adults to donate sweets, biscuits, vouchers or cash
(no other foodstuffs) to make Christmas a happy time
for other families who are less fortunate. Please identify
wrapped gifts with gender and age. St Vincent de Paul
Society will distribute the gifts to families in the
If you would
be available and would like to play in St Eugene’s
Cathedral Orchestra at the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass
please contact Sister Perpetua on 07549801610.
our sympathy to the family and friends of:
Heaney, Lavery Fold.
Elizabeth Moore, 26 Lisfannon Park.
May they rest
as members of the Christian community
Murray, 80 Canterbury Park.
Eva Louise McCleary,
26 Rosemount Gardens.
on duty next Weekend
07.30 Kieran Kehoe
09.30 Brendan Burns
11.00 Geraldine Uí Meallain
12.30 Adele McCauley
10.00 Rita McCauley
07.30 Mona Tracey
Team *C* begins its rota
at the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass
Father Canny will
hear Confessions at 7.00 pm and celebrate Mass at 7.30
pm on Monday.
Mass in Foyleville at 2.00 pm on Tuesday.
Fr Canny acknowledges with thanks donations
St Pio: £50. St Thérèse: £10.
Congo: £10. Concern: £25. Holy Family, St
Therese & St Pio: £70.
Canny will forward donations totalling £30 to
Week’s Collection amounted to £3,587.
St Eugene’s Conference of St Vincent de
During the year
2007/8 the members of St Eugene’s conference of
the Society of St Vincent de Paul made 332 visits. £23,270
was dispensed as follows:
Beds £ 2,440
Repair/replacement of cookers/fridges etc £ 5,255
Heating fuel £ 4,065
Subsidy for trips £ 510
Most of this
money was provided by your generosity. £18,678
was donated in the collection boxes and £1,938
given in private donations. The shortfall was made up
by grants from the Derry Area Council of St Vincent
generosity throughout the year and at Christmas, as
well as the donation of toys and gifts for teenagers
and the elderly at the Carol Service are very much appreciated.
In order to continue
with their work St Eugene’s Conference of St Vincent
de Paul urgently need more members. If you are interested,
and could willingly offer two hours each week to this
work, please give your name and contact number to one
of the priests and a member of St Vincent de Paul will
get in touch. Thank you for your continuing support.
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