3rd December 2017

Sunday Collection: The Collection came to £1405. The Development Collection came to £578. Thank you for your generous contributions as always. There will be a Development Collection taken up next Sunday 10th Dec.


Today is the first Sunday of Advent. As you can see we have our Advent wreath on the sanctuary and a simple Jesse tree. The symbol of the Jesse Tree traces the roots of Jesus’ people from creation to his birth. “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse and a branch shall grow out of its roots.” (Isaiah). Each character on this ‘family tree’ of Jesus is represented by a symbol which recalls a Bible story about that person. An additional group of people will be added each Sunday during Advent, with the symbol of Jesus to be placed at the top on Christmas Day. The tree invites us to remember the real meaning of Christmas.   It’s time to prepare for the coming of Christ among us in this Christmas season.

The Advent Wreathis circular to express the circle of life, beginning with God as creator and ending with God as our final destiny. The circle also represents Christ who came in the past, comes every day through grace, and will come again in final glory. Evergreen leaves show the unfailing love of God and our constant hope. The four outer candles are for the weeks of preparation before lighting the white candle at the centre for the birth of the Saviour.

Advent Season: Take a moment to prepare seriously for Christmas! Fr Charles will give a talk and discussion on the characters in the Advent story over the next 3 Tuesday nights. Tuesdays 5th 12 & 19th at 8.30 in the Prayer Room. Everyone welcome.


Altar Servers: A meeting for the Altar Servers and their guardians takes place tomorrow Monday the 4th from 7.15pm – 7.45pm. If any child would like to become an altar server please come along on the evening also.


Friday is a Holyday of Obligation: The Masses for the Immaculate Conception are the Vigil Thursday at 8pm – Victor.

Friday - 10.30am – Charles. 12noon – Augustine. 8pm – Anthony.

There will be no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday 8th Dec. Adoration resumes on Friday 15th & 22nd as usual.


Christmas Mass Bouquets: We have a wide selection of Christmas Mass Bouquets which cost £2 / €2.50 each. Enrolling your family and friends on our daily Mass Guild makes a special Christmas gift.


Priests available: Tues - Fri 2pm – 5pm. Mon – Mass @ 8pm – Charles. Tues: Augustine. Wed: Arthur.   Thurs: Victor.  

Fri: Anthony. Sat (5 - 6): Anthony.    (Celebrants may change as circumstances dictate).


Christmas Carol Service with Caritas: Takes place here in The Graan Church on Saturday 16th December @ 8pm. Donations on the night go to Donation in lieu Fermanagh Stroke Support Group.


St Michael’s Scout Bandwill play at the 4pm Mass on Sunday 17th. They will also play at the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass (Dec 24th) beginning with carols at 7.30pm in preparation for the blessing of the crib @ 7.50pm and Mass @ 8pm.    Christmas Day Masses will be at 9am. 10.30am, 12noon. There will be no Christmas Day Mass at 4pm.


Confession Time for Christmas: Mon 11th to Sat 16th Confession 2pm – 5pm. There will be no Confessions on Sunday 18th. From Mon 18th - Fri 22nd confessions 2pm – 5pm & Saturday 23rd confessions will be heard from 1pm – 6pm. Please come early. There will be no Confessions on Christmas Eve (Sunday). Masses are at 10.30am, 12noon & 4pm.


Church Cleaning Group: December’s cleaning group will meet on Wednesday 6th next at 8.30pm. E Burns, J & M Connolly, M Bonner, M Westwater, C Kelly, M & A Molloy, D Masterson, A Kirkup & Brenda Pye.


St Patrick’s P.S., Derrygonnelly Book Fair Monday 4th – Thursday 7th December 2pm-4pm Everyone welcome.    

An Afternoon of Christmas Poetry with Rosemarie Keenan at the Aisling Centre - Shining a light on the age-old celebration of Christmas - Tuesday 5th, 2.00pm – 4.00pm - All welcome, No prior knowledge of poetry necessary for info contact 028 66 325811.

The Shop: Our shop has restocked for Christmas. There is a selection of cribs on display as well as candles, cards and suitable gifts for Christmas. Bulletin: Please take a bulletin home with you. They are free.

Recently Deceased Anniversaries

Peter Cahery, Lisnaskea

Mary Bridget Mc Govern,   Corlough, Cavan

Margaret Monaghan, Ederney

Rose Corrigan Derrygonnelly

Fr Joe Mc Cluskey,   Carrickmacross

Teresa Lindsy, Graan Abbey NH   & Enniskillen

Martin Wall, Laois &   Leamington Spa


John & Ellie Barrett, Stralongford, Trillick

Kathleen & Patrick Higgins, Mullylogan

Tom Mc Farland, Enniskillen

Margaret (Babs) Mc Guinness,   Belcoo (Month’s Mind 8th Dec)

Maureen Mc Grory, Drumlin   Heights, Enniskillen

Elizabeth & Patrick Duffy,   Tonnagh, Derrygonnelly

Gerry Sheerin, Enniskillen   & Patrick Sheerin Marlbank

May Mc Brien, Dublin

John & Ellie Maguire, Mullymesker, Arney

Margaret Hoy, Drumbawn, Enniskillen

Peggy Gibson, Killynure, Enniskillen

John, Kieran & James Brazil, Enniskillen