Current Notices

At a Glance …

NEW CHRISTIANS: We welcome Kate, Patrick, Sophia & Oliver into our faith community. As they join our community through the waters of Baptism may they also continue to grow strong in body, mind and spirit in the years ahead.

CHRIST CIRCLE ROUND US: This is our theme for Advent this year. God’s light, grace, encircling us to bring us life. We will sing the following hymn through our Advent Season. “Christ circle round us, Christ may your light surround us. Shine in our living, fill our hearts with great thanksgiving.”

JOYFUL SUNDAY: Next Sunday we have our 11.30am and 6.30pm Masses geared towards our 1st Communion children and their families and will focus on the joy of the celebration of the feast of Christmas. All welcome.

TAÍZÉ PRAYER IN ADVENT: There will be Taízé Prayer service taking place in the St. Kilian Church, Blacklion on each of the Friday’s of Advent at 8pm. The liturgy each week will be aimed at helping us to reflect on and prepare for the feast of the Nativity. All welcome.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE: will be celebrated in The Holy Rosary church on Tuesday 17th at 8pm for the whole Pastoral Area. This gives each of us a great opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness and healing as we prepare to celebrate his birth at Christmas. All welcome.

CAROL SERVICE: Our parish Carol Service takes place Thursday the 19th Dec. at 8pm in Holy Rosary Church. This service enables us to take time out from all the running around and busy preparations so that we can nourish our souls for the coming celebration of the coming of the Lord. All welcome.

HOSPITAL VISITATION: If you know of anyone who is sick in hospital or at home and would like a visit, please don’t hesitate to call one of the priests of the parish or the parish office.

CHARITY TAX REBATE: A big thank you for all who support the parish through the Planned Giving Collection. This is the only collection that stays in the parish. You can further support the parish by completing a CHY3 form. This permits the parish to claim the tax back on your donations to the parish. It is a simple process that can yield extra funds to support parish initiatives. Contact the parish office for further details. Thank you.

BECOMING A CATHOLIC?: Are you or someone you know interested in finding out more about the Christian Faith and the Catholic Church. If so please contact Fr. John after Mass or make enquiries to the Parish Office. We will begin our preparation for Adults wishing to be baptised or indeed make their 1st Communion or be Confirmed in the Catholic Faith at the Easter Vigil next Easter soon during the month of September.

All this news and more, available and in further detail on the Parish Information Sheet.

Online Advent Calendar

Archbishop Eamon Martin has urged people to share on social media the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference online Advent calendar.

“I ask that people would not just reflect on the content personally but share it with others on social media. At this busy time I encourage everyone to take a few moments of pause in the stillness to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas which is that Christ is alive and that He is our hope,” he said at the launch.

This is the sixth year the online Advent calendar has been made available and it can be accessed behind a virtual door each day during the season of Advent.

The calendar has prayers and suggestions for acts of kindness or charity that individuals and families are encouraged to undertake during December.

The calendar also shares tips on how families can care for creation, our common home, by having a more sustainable Christmas.

Our Parish Advent Calendar of Prayer

The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year.

Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.

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An Advent Calendar of prayer

(Images and prayers by kind permission of ‘The Prayer Trust’ www.theprayertrust.org.uk)

See other Seasonal Reflections available on this site

See Colouring Pages for the younger ones and young at heart!

The Advent of Christmas… a Nostalgic Reflection!

From the perspective of a happily unorganised housewife!

She woke, with a sensation of slight panic, to the sound of the morning media announcement of one hundred plus days to Christmas. A mid-September sun, beaming the promise of an unusually balmy day through the drapes, distracted her as she focused on the perceived pressures ahead.

She was approaching her fiftieth year as “facilitator of family festivities” she realised.

Another period of frenzied crowds, cleaning, cooking and card writing loomed. Forward planning seemed the solution to this familiar seasonal shock. She would make an immediate and methodical attack on the house.

Later as she dealt impatiently with the duster defying debris in the recesses of a drawer, a crumpled yellowing piece of paper emerged. She read:

NOSTALGIA

There is a loneliness at Christmas time
That old folk often feel
When bells ring out in merry chime
And echo every peal.

As children chatter in delight
And romp and play with toys
A mist or memories mars their sight
And taints with tears their joys.

They listen as the tales are told
And watch the revellers in the snow:
They too, were merry, bright and bold,
And young, yes! years ago.

But now they strive to hide their tears,
Surrendering a sigh
for cherished friends of former years
And Christmasses gone by.

Her brother, blessed with an insight beyond his then sixteen years, penned the poem. Was Christmas less complicated in those days? Soon now the media would run features advocating this or that theme for festive food and colour scheme – the tried and tested traditionalist or the ultra modern minimalist.

She wished for a Christ conscious Christmas and a lived-in loved-in look for the house, with truly memorable memories such as He gave us long ago.

Ditching the duster she calmly went into the garden to enjoy another God given gift, that of the glowing Autumnal sun trusting all would be right on the night.

Written by EMG 2002/Original poem by SFG 1946 (aged 16).

Week of Witness

Eleven Christians are killed for their faith every day, while thousands of others face relentless persecution for their belief in Christ. ‘Red Wednesday’:– November 27th this year – is a day organised by Aid to the Church in Need Ireland in which prayer vigils are held in parishes throughout the country.

People are also encouraged to wear red to symbolise the blood being shed for the Faith.

According to Dr Michael Kinsella, Director of ACN Ireland, “at no other point in human history has the persecution of Christians – existentially and spiritually – ever been as bad”.

The Week of Witness, held this year from November 25 to December 1, is an invitation to the Faithful in Ireland to rise in support of persecuted Christians around the world who are discriminated against, tortured and die for their Faith according to Dr Kinsella. “It’s not just about remembering the persecuted, it’s about praying for the persecutors as well, because that’s what Jesus calls us to do,” he said.

WEAR RED THIS WEDNESDAY

The End of the Liturgical Year

On Sunday 24th November, we celebrate the last Sunday of the Church year with the Feast of Christ the King.

We begin a new year the following week with the season of Advent.

The liturgical year, which has been passed down to us by tradition, and which never ceases, is the heartbeat of Church life. Around and around we go.

From Advent to Christmas to Lent to Easter to Pentecost and the time after up through our remembrance of the dead in November during which in our Mass readings we anticipate the Second Coming of Christ.

The cycle of the liturgical year is meant to take us deeper into our lives of faith bringing us closer to God. We cannot sit by and let time pass on without changing either for better or for worse.

There is a sense of urgency in reflecting on the end of the liturgical year.

Which way are we going: towards God or away from him?

He is coming again whether we are ready or not.

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