The Fourth Sunday of Advent: This year, the Fourth Sunday of Advent is swallowed up in Christmas Eve. May we not to lose the riches of this final week of Advent. At any birth we concentrate on the mother who is giving birth. The readings of Mass speak of the new Messiah being a son of David, who is open, not only to one nation, but to the whole world. The Opening Prayer of the Mass today comes from the common prayer that we pray at the Angelus. The Lord is near – this evening, we hold out our suffering world in yearning to the Prince of Peace.
Bridie Mc Aloon, Derrin Rd, Enniskillen
Sr Ignatius Mc Manus, Cork & Culkey, Enniskillen
Kieran Mc Crory, Fintona
Mai Mc Keown, Scotland formerly Cherrymount, Enniskillen
Philomena Baker, Newtownbutler
Karl Burns, 2nd Anniversary & brother Conor Burns, Enniskillen
Niall Mc Manus, Sligo Road, Enniskillen
Sean Whitley (1st Anniversary) & son Lee Whitley, Enniskillen
Ewan Watson, Monea
Eddie & Bridie Mc Caffrey, Mullanaskea, Enniskillen
Gerald & Anne Cox-Murphy, Cavanacross, Garvary
Katie & Hugh Fay, Belturbet
Seamus Mc Cabe, Newtownbutler
Marie Devitt, Omagh
Bella & Jimmy Nelson, Belleek
Lena & Charlie Dolan, Belleek
On behalf of the community and all the staff here at the Graan may I wish you and all your family and loved ones a very happy Christmas. May the year 2024 bring blessings to you in abundance.
Christmas Day: Pope Leo the Great (400-461) gave this wonderful sermon to the people one Christmas Night – his words are still true for us today who are moving into the year 2024
Around the crib there is no reason for sadness.
The birthday of life which does away with the fear of death,
And gives the joy of the hope of immortality, is what we celebrate.
Christ comes with redemption for all.
Let the saints rejoice: for he hastens to his crown.
Let the sinners be filled with joy: for pardon is offered to him/her.
Let all be encouraged: for all are called to life.
The angel exults at the birth of the Lord and sing:
“Glory to God in high heaven”
Peace on earth for people on whom his favour rests.
How greatly ought mere humans to rejoice at this work of the divine love?
When the angels on high thrill so much at it.
Let us give thanks to God the Father who loved us and had pity on us
When we were dead through sin, and in giving life to Christ has given life to us also.
O Christian be aware of your nobility –
It is God’s own nature that you share:
Do not then by an ignoble life, fall back into your former baseness
Think of the head, think of the body of which you are a member.
Recall that you have been rescued from the power of darkness
And have been transferred to the light of God, the kingdom of God.
Through the sacrament of baptism you have been made a temple of the Holy Spirit;
do not, by evil deeds, drive so great an indweller away from you, submitting yourself once more to the power of evil.
For you were bought at the price of Christ’s blood. Amen.
News from the Graan: Fr. Antony Connelly C.P. who recently joined our community will be working in our parish of Holy Cross, Ardoyne temporarily until Fr. Gary recovers from his eye operation.
Christmas Mass No 4pm Masses: There will be no 4pm Mass today (24th) nor tomorrow Christmas Day.
Christmas Masses: Vigil of Christmas @ 5pm & Late Evening Mass @ 7pm.
Christmas Day: Dawn Mass @ 9am. Day Mass @ 10.30am & Noon Mass @ 12noon. No 4pm.
Christmas Cards and Gifts: The Community would like to thank you for all the Christmas cards and gifts they have received in the past few weeks. We promise to pray for all your intentions now and in the New Year.
Thanks to our Ushers, Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Singers and all the voluntary workers for their dedication.
Collection: There will be a special collection taken up today for the Community’s work here at The Graan.
Remembering the Dead at Christmas: We have placed all the names of your deceased relatives on the altar.
Christmas Crib: Please visit our Crib during this special season. The proceeds will go to St Vincent de Paul in Enniskillen. Thanks to everyone involved in erecting the crib at Our Lady’s Grotto.
Fr Brian’s new Book: ‘The Best of Brian’ is available at our shop here at The Graan. Cost: £17 or €18.
Exposition resumes on Friday 5th January 2024 @ 10am.
We will celebrate Mass each morning next week at 11am. However, there will be NO 7pm Mass.
Masses next weekend. Saturday 30th @ 6.30pm with Confessions 5pm – 6pm.
Sunday New Year’s Eve Masses are -: 10.30am, 12noon & 4pm.
New Year’s Day (Monday) Mass @ 11am only
Shop Opening Hours: 26th & 27th Dec – 9.30am – 12noon.
Thursday 28th & Friday 29th from 9.30am – 4pm.
(Saturday 30th) 9.30am – 6.30pm.
Sunday (New Year’s) 9.30am – 4pm
New Year’s Day (Mon) 9.30am – 12noon
Telephone: 028 6632 2272
Fax: 028 6632 5201