Fr Gerard Mongan, Fr Daniel
McFaul, Fr Joseph Varghese
Deacon: Rev Brendan
25th December 2011 - The Nativity of Our Lord
has been born to you
The angel said:
“I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared
by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Saviour
has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
The message of Christmas is a message of joy. Many of
us experience it as such but we very soon go back to
our ordinary ways of living. As Christians the joy of
Christmas is given to us in faith so that others may
experience joy also because of us. We cannot afford
to go back to joyless living. We need to stretch ourselves
to let the joy of this very special time grow and develop
in our daily lives so that the world can be filled with
the radiance of Christ. We do this through the quality
of joy that we develop in marriage and family life.
We do it also through the sense of joy that we work
at in our faith community. This week we can practice
joy in our lives so that it will become infectious for
all those around us.
Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
25th November 2011
of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10
All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of
Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6
God has spoken to us through his Son
The Word was made flesh, and lived among us
The God Who Is
Revealed in Christmas
is God’s answer to human longing, God’s
response to the centuries of prayers that lay hidden
in our groaning, our sighs, our frustrations, and our
religious efforts, each of them a plea, mostly silent,
for a divine intervention, all of them asking God to
come and rid the world of injustice and our hearts of
loneliness and heartache.
answer didn’t exactly meet our expectations, even
as it surpassed them. What was born with Jesus’
birth and what still lies seemingly helpless in mangers
all around the world wasn’t exactly what the world
expected. Why? Why would God choose to be born into
the world in this way?
of God revealed in Christmas is the power of a baby,
nothing more, nothing less: innocence, gentleness, helplessness,
a vulnerability that can soften hearts, invite in, have
us hush our voices, teach us patience, and call forth
what’s best in us.
always been slow to understand this; we want our messiahs
to possess more immediate power. But that’s not
the Christmas story, nor the power revealed in it. An
infant lying in the straw in Bethlehem didn’t
outgun anyone. He just lay there, waiting for anyone,
good or bad, to come to him, see his helplessness, feel
a tug at his or her heart strings, and then gently try
to coax a smile or a word out of him. That’s still
how God meets us.’
priests of the Parish wish everyone
happy, peaceful Christmas and New Year
It In Memory’ - First Communion preparation:
The Gloria is a very old prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
The first few lines will sound familiar because it was
the song sung by the angels when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
We do not pray the Gloria during the seasons of Advent
Prayer: After the Gloria the priest will invite
us to pray. The prayer begins in silence. This gives
us time to talk to God in our hearts. We might want
to thank God for something good that has happened or
we might want to ask God to take care of something that
we are worried about. Then the priest takes all our
prayers and offers them to God. The words of the Opening
Prayer differ from Sunday to Sunday and reflect the
theme of the Mass. We respond by saying ‘Amen’.
Amen means that we believe that whatever God does is
OK with us.
TIMES AFTER CHRISTMAS
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 26th
to 30th December inclusive – Masses at
12.00 noon and 7.30 pm.
31st December (New Year’s Eve) –
Mass at 12.00 noon, Vigil Masses at 6.15 and 7.30 pm.
Exposition immediately after 7.30 pm Mass concluding
with Rosary and Benediction at 11.45 pm to welcome the
New Year (*weather permitting).
1st January – Usual Masses – 7.00,
9.30, 11.00 and 12.30 pm.
weekday Mass times resume on Monday, 2nd January
- 8.00, 10.00 am and 7.30 pm.
5th January – Masses at 8.00, 10.00 am
and Vigil Masses at 6.15 pm and 7.30 pm.
6th January – Feast of the Epiphany: Mass
times at 7.00, 9.30, 11.00 am, 12.30 pm and 7.30 pm.
We offer our
sympathy to the family and friends of:
Farrell, 20 Lawrence Hill.
20 Joseph Place.
Deeney, 39 Westland Avenue,
Gallagher, 6 Creggan Street.
May they rest in peace.
the anniversaries of:
Johnny Coyle, Matt & Kathleen McColgan, Gladys McColgan,
Hugh & Jane Brady,
Mary Brady, James
Robinson, Peter Brendan O’Donnell, Peter Griffin,
Danny Duffy, Sylvia Page,
Alice Devine, Gerry Carlin, Micky McKinney,
and Maureen Horner.
they rest in peace.
as a member of the Christian community:
Harley Layne O’Doherty
McConnell, 99 The Meadows.
Team *B* begins its rota at
the 6.15 pm Vigil Mass
- Weekday Readers
12.00 noon Jimmy
07.30 pm Adele McCauley
on duty next weekend
06.15 pm Garvin Kerr
07.30 pm Christine McDevitt
09.30 am Terry Willman-Gallagher
11.00 am Eugene McClintock
12.30 pm Ciara McDevitt
Farren acknowledges with thanks: Trócaire:
£200, £100. Cathedral Funds: £50.
St Vincent de Paul: £200, £200. Renovations:
£20, £100. Christmas Flowers: £20,
£20, £5. East Africa: £20. Parish
Missionaries Overseas: £10.
Last week’s Collection
amounted to £3,380.
Collection amounted to £864.
Box Collection will be taken up
Mass and at all Masses on Christmas Day.
of the Epiphany, Friday, 6th January 2012
of Obligation - Friday, 6th January is the
feast of the Epiphany, It is a Holyday of Obligation.
The Epiphany tells the story of the Wise Men (Magi)
from the East who followed the star until it led them
to Bethlehem where they adored the new born, Jesus.
The word “epiphany” means “appearance”
Mission is at the very heart of the feast of the Epiphany
because it reveals how those who do not know Christ
can be moved, compelled and convinced by the gospel
to bow down and worship. In fact, every effort we make
at mission - sharing our faith and giving witness by
deeds - is nothing less than an epiphany. Why? Because
when we do this, God’s work is manifested and
fulfilled in the world.
Masses for the Feast of the Epiphany are as
Vigil Masses at 6.15 pm and 7.30 pm.
Masses at 7.00 am, 9.30 am, 11.00 am, 12.30 pm and 7.30
be a collection for Parish Missionaries Overseas at
all Masses on the Feast of the Epiphany. There are a
number of priests and nuns from the parish who are in
Africa, South America and different parts of the world.
This collection will be used to support them in their
missionary work. If you wish to nominate a priest or
nun who have family connections in the Parish for financial
support please email their name and contact details
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