THE GRAAN WEEKLY BULLETIN

7th February 2016

 

Sunday Collection: Thank you for your continued generosity to The Graan. The collection amounted to £1610. There will be a Development Collection taken up next Sunday 14th.

Today is the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

 

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It’s a day of fast and abstinence. Abstinence means that we do not eat any meat on Wednesday. Fasting means we take only one main meal on that day. Everyone is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and those under 60 are bound to fast. It is a serious obligation for everyone.

Masses - Ash Wednesday: We will have an additional Mass on Ash Wednesday at 12.30pm. Ashes will be distributed at the Mass. We will have a Mass at 8pm as usual on Ash Wednesday night. Again ashes will be distributed at Mass.

Why Ashes: Ashes are a reminder of our own mortality, “Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Lent is a time of challenge to reflect on where our life is heading. When we come to church and receive Ashes it’s a sign we intend to do something special for Lent. Something special can include doing some charitable work for a person in need or giving up what is good and which we really enjoy. Or we could attend daily Mass, take time for prayer, watch less television, give to the poor and do more at home to make our family more welcoming. The prayer over the ashes includes a petition that those who are blessed will have the strength to persevere with whatever penance they take on.

 

Novena of Hope: From 27th/28th Feb – 7th March 2016. The Novena leaflets are available at the porch doors. Please keep your Novena leaflets safe and bring them to the Novena each day.

Please take a petition leaflet home with you and return it in good time so they can be placed on the altar during the Novena.

Posters: We have Novena posters available if anyone would like to display a poster.

Days for the Sick: Please sign the register at the front door if you can help in any way. Almost anybody could help out by preparing plates, looking after the sick and helping to clean up afterwards. You don’t have to be an expert to help. Even if you have volunteered before please do register again.  

Eucharistic Ministers & Readers: Please return your reply slips for the Novena as soon as possible.

Children: In preparation for the Novena of Hope we invite children through schools, and individually to submit posters with the theme of Hope and Good News. You always do such a superb job. It is very helpful to all of us to when you share your inspiration with us. We will display as many of the children’s posters as possible between now and the time of the Novena.

 

February’s Church Cleaning Group: Thanks as always for your continued dedication and hard work.

 

DUTY FOR THE WEEK: Sunday & Monday No Duty. Monday Mass @ 8pm – Victor. Tuesday – Victor.

Wednesday –  Victor / Augustine. Thursday – Brian.     Friday –   Anthony. Mass: Brian.   Saturday –  Anthony.

Masses 13th & 14th Feb Vigil 6.30pm: Anthony. 10.30am: Brian.   12noon: Brian & 4pm: Augustine.    

 

Thursday is World Day of Sick: It is also the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. It’s a day to remember those whose vocation is to help and care for the sick and suffering. We pray especially for healing for the sick.

 

Year of Mercy:“When Pope Francis threw open the Door of Mercy in Rome signifying the start of the" Year of Mercy" on December 8, 2015, he said, "How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy. We have to put mercy before judgment, and in any event, God's judgment will always be in the light of his mercy"--which is infinite!... / Our counting and calculating minds fall back on a manageable notion like judgment. In most sermons I've heard, when speaking about mercy the preacher quickly adds: "But of course God's mercy must always be tempered by his judgment!" Judgment is too often the final word, and so it remains in our memories, which naturally turn toward fear… / I remember speaking at a prayer breakfast in my early years in Cincinnati and saying, "What if the Gospel is really a win/win scenario?" At the break, a successful Catholic businessman came up to me and said in a most patronizing way, "Father, Father, win/win? That wouldn't even be interesting!" And it really wouldn't be interesting to most people who live their entire lives inside systems of weighing, measuring, earning, counting, and performing. (Richard Rohr OFM)

SHOP: Shop is open from Monday to Friday –9.30am8.30pm. Sat – 9.30am – 7pm and Sunday from 9.30am – 5pm

Bulletin: Please take a bulletin home with you. There is no charge.

Recently Deceased Anniversaries

Patrick Morris, Drumquin

Canon Murphy, Newtownbutler

Sir Terry Wogan, Taplow

Gerard Mc Govern,   Fivemiletown

Annie Dolan, Ballyconnell

Anniversaries

Lisa Byrne, Enniskillen

Willie Mc Sherry,   Letterbreen

Br Mark O’Reilly, The Graan   Monastery

Jimmy & Brigeen Reilly,   Breagho

Tommy Cassidy, Cavanacross

Joseph Gray, Holywell,   Belcoo

Thomas Duffy, Derrin Rd,   Enniskillen

Jack Duffin, Belfast

Joan Higgins, Springfield

Peter Keaney, Kiltyclogher,   Co Leitrim

Thomas Mc Dermott,   Glenfarne, Co Leitrim

Benny & Elizabeth Breen,   Brookeborough

Patrick, Mary &   Catherine Mc Quaid, Tempo & Derrin Rd, Enniskillen

Catherine, Brendan &   Liam Sheridan, Scotland & Tempo

Peter Drumn, Beechill,   Enniskillen

Bridget Duffy, Doagh,   Derrygonnelly

John Mc Callan, Omagh