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Christmas Offerings

A big thank you to all who have returned the Christmas Offering envelopes.

If you’ve not had the opportunity and would like to make an offering envelopes are available at the back of the church.

The Christmas Offering goes to help support the priests in the Diocese and the Parish.

Thank you for your prayers and continued support, especially at this time.

New Year Resolutions

This is an exciting and challenging year for us as a family of faith.

As Ireland is hosting The World Meeting of Families in Dublin— there is support for families and parishes as we all set out on the journey of preparation to this family event.

A New Year brings opportunities to start over…. whether it is to get fit, eat properly, go to bed early, spend more time with family and friend, take up a hobby, take time to be quiet and still or to take on new challenges, regardless ,a new year gives us the space to think about and change things.

So this year, what about a Family New Year Resolution? Are there any new year’s resolutions we want to make as a family to nourish and strengthen our faith?

Gathering together around New Year is an opportunity to look back together on the year gone by and look forward to the year ahead.

It may be a moment to foster communications and make decisions that build Christian family life.

Why not gather around the table or any place where you can talk to each other?

Have a chat together and see what family resolutions you can come up with and commit to for the year ahead.

Make sure everyone has a chance to speak (resolution number 1!)

Using the worksheet link below – create some resolutions as a family.

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New Year Reflections

Some Reflections and prayers for the beginning of a new year – 2018

On Reflection…

We all occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of our lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

  • What’s one thing you could do this year to develop your relationship with God?
  • What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
  • What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
  • What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
  • What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?
  • What habit would you most like to establish this year?
  • Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?
  • What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
  • What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?
  • In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?

The value of many of these questions is in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus and remind us to think and reflect on it – especially in the presence of God.

If you have found these questions helpful, you might want to put them somewhere you can review them more frequently than once a year.

There may be of course other questions that come to mind….

In Prayer…

To Start A New Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

“A new year is unfolding—like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.

Lord, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good—with the comfort of warmth in our relationships, with the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others.

As we make our resolutions for the year ahead, let us go forward with great hope that all things can be possible—with Your help and guidance.”

Time for New Beginnings. . . . . . . . . . . Taylor Addison, Blue Mountain Arts, 1989

“This is a time for reflection as well as celebration.

As you look back on the past year and all that has taken place in your life,

Remember each experience for the good that has come of it and for the knowledge you have gained.

Remember the efforts you have made and the goals you have reached.

Remember the love you have shared and the happiness you have brought.

Remember the laughter, the joy, the hard work, and the tears.

And as you reflect on the past year, also be thinking of the new one to come.

Because most importantly, this is a time of new beginnings and the celebration of life.”

A New Year’s Prayer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

Dear Lord, please grace me with…
A few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
A work to do which has value,
without which the world would be the poorer;
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed;
An understanding heart;
A sense of humour;
Time for quiet, silent meditation;
An awakening to the presence of God in my life;
The patience to wait for the coming of these things,
With the wisdom to recognize them when they come. Amen.

A New Year’s Prayer

May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.

Recipe for a Happy New Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, cleanse them completely from every clinging pain; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work, hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humour.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2018

Feast of the Epiphany Mass Times

January 5, 2018 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
January 6, 2018 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Friday 5th 8pm Vigil Mass St Kilian’s Church, Blacklion

Saturday 6th 10am Mass Holy Rosary Church, Greystones

O Come O Come Emmanuel

May the music and images in this short video inspire you and touch your spirit this Christmas.

O Come O Come Emmanuel, performed by ThePianoGuys

(Watch in full screen for more impact)

Christmas Mass Schedule

Mass Schedule for Christmas Weekend

23/24/25 December 2017

Saturday 23rd December
6pm Holy Rosary, Greystones
7pm St. Joseph’s, Newtown
8pm Holy Spirit Oratory, Newcastle
Sunday 24th December
8:30 St. Joseph’s, Newtown
9:30 Carmelite Monastery, Delgany
10:00 St. Kilian’s, Blacklion
10:30 St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole
11:00 Holy Rosary, Greystones
11:30 St. Joseph’s, Newtown
12:00 St. Patrick’s, Kilquade
12:15 Holy Rosary, Greystones
Christmas Eve
5pm Holy Rosary, Greystones
6pm St. Kilian’s, Blacklion
7pm St. Joseph’s, Newtown
7:30pm St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole
8pm Carmelite Monastery, Delgany
8pm Holy Rosary, Greystones
8pm Holy Spirit Oratory, Newcastle
9pm St. Joseph’s, Newtown
10pm St. Patrick’s, Kilquade
Christmas Day
8:30 St. Joseph’s, Newtown
9:30 Carmelite Monastery, Delgany
10:00 St. Kilian’s, Blacklion
10:30 St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole
11:00 Holy Rosary, Greystones
11:30 St. Joseph’s, Newtown
12:00 St. Patrick’s, Kilquade
12:30 Holy Rosary, Greystones

The Christmas C(h)ord

A spoken word on Christmas…

Reflections on Advent and Christmas

Fr. Richard Rohr, a Fransciscian, operates out of the Centre for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico.

This year he and two other members of the centre offer their reflections in Video and text format on the meaning of Advent and the Incarnation.

They are worth taking time to watch. You can find them here:

Reflections on Advent and Christmas

Times of Confessions for Christmas

There are opportunities for individual confession for Christmas in the different churches in our pastoral area as follows:

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Newtown: 10am to 1pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Kilcoole: From 12 midday.

Kilquade: 2:30pm to 4pm

Greystones (Holy Rosary) 10am to 12 midday.

Blacklion: 12 midday to 2pm

Thank you Fr. Eamonn

November 26, 2017 10:30 am to 11:30 am

As a Pastoral Area we say thank you to Fr. Eamonn Clarke for his nearly 20 years of ministry in Kilquade Parish and the wider Pastoral Area.

Fr. Eamonn will be retiring from parish ministry on Sunday 26th November.

The 10.30am Mass in Kilcoole, the feast of Christ the King, will celebrate his great service to the community through those years.

There will be a reception in the school hall afterwards. All are welcome to both celebrations.

We pray that he may enjoy many years of good health in his retirement.

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