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3rd Sunday of Easter 2024

Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. Last Sunday the Gospel reading was taken from St. John’s Gospel 20:19-31. He told us about how Thomas doubted the fact that Jesus had risen from the dead. This Sunday we have an account of one of the appearances of Jesus to the disciples after the resurrection from the pen of St. Luke 24:35-48. Often, we think that Thomas was the only disciple that doubted the resurrection of Christ.  Today Luke reveals that Thomas was not alone in his unbelief. Jesus asked his disciples: “Why are you agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? (Luke  24:38). Of course, Jesus knew that most of his disciples doubted, even though they did not show their unbelief publicly. They were locked in a room. The disciples are not looking for Christ. As far as they are concerned He is dead and buried. It is Christ who is looking for them. It is Christ who comes into their midst. It is Christ who decides the time to reveal Himself to them. Here is the great mystery of faith. In every moment of our lives, in the brightest and in the darkest of times, it is God who reveals Himself in new and unexpected ways. And God reveals Himself to us not when we seek, demand or ask for it…God reveals Himself in His own time….even in moments when we do not search for Him or even try to hide from His presence. The great truth of this Gospel is that we are not in control….God is. And no matter when God reveals himself to us His message is always the same: “Be at peace…for I am here to save you.” The disciples, in today’s Gospel struggle to believe that Jesus is truly present with them.  Can we be a little like the disciples in their unbelief? How many of us attend Sunday Masses and yet, do not believe in the Eucharist? How many are Christians, and yet do not believe in the resurrection of the dead? How many receive the sacrament of confession, and yet do not believe in the forgiveness of sin? How many are Christians, and yet do not believe that Jesus is true God and true man? How many of us are Christians, and yet do not believe that Christ was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit? There are different shades of doubt. We manifest them differently. May the Risen Christ illuminate our minds that we may believe in him. Alleluia.

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Prayer: Give to us God the courage to enter into this moment in time// Into this gathering of your disciples// into this time of grace. Give to us God the courage to enter into the tasks and challenges before us// in a spirit of exploration and generosity// in the spirit of your Son. Give to us the courage to enter in to the idea and suggestions to be voiced//and to hear them with an open and receptive ear// alive to the wisdom they contain. Give to us God the courage to enter into your Presence// the courage to be carried along by your power// reaching out to bless us. Amen

Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £2060. A word of thanks to our Ushers, Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist & Singers.

Exposition: Continues each Friday from 10am – 2pm.

Devotions Prayer Group: Will take place each Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm in our prayer room here in The Graan All are welcome.

Shop: Open Mon to Sat – 9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30pm – 4pm. 

Guild Mass Cards: Our selection includes Deceased, Mass Bouquets, Get Well, Wedding, Birthday, Anniversaries, Christening, New Home, Father’s Day & Retirement Mass Bouquets. Cost £2. 

Sunday & Monday no duty. Mass Monday (15th)  April  @ 7pm – Brian.  

Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. 

Sat 5pm – 6pm.  Mass: Mon – Fri @ 7pm. Tues – Brian.   Wed – Victor.   Thurs – Arthur. 

Fri & Sat  – Anthony.    

Gluten-Free Hosts: If you are Coeliac and you wish to receive communion please come up to the altar and stand beside the Eucharistic Minsters where you will receive the gluten-free host. 

Caritas are having an Annual Spring Concert: A Night at the Musicals, in the Ardhowen at 8pm on Thursday 18th April.  Tickets are on sale at the Ardhowen 02866325440 or online at www.Ardhowen.com

Mary’s Meals -Crisis in Ethiopia: Mary’s Meals provides school meals to over 2.4 million children every day. Founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow will share more about this crisis this Tuesday 16th April at 7pm.  www.marysmeals.org.uk .

Recently Deceased

Gerry Mc Elroy, Lisnaskea

Benny Gough, Lisnaskea

David Daly-Costello, Castleblaney & Luanda Angola

Tony Murtagh, England

Michael Farry, Derrin Road, Enniskillen

Bartley Mc Cullion, Birmingham formerly Drumcor  Hill, Enniskillen

Paddy Hughes, Dromore

Anniversaries

Brendan Conway, Brackvede Park, Enniskillen

Terence & Ellie Cullen & the Cullen Family, Sligo

Lily & Michael Jones, Westville, Enniskillen

The Jones and Gray Families, Enniskillen

Packie Corrigan, Arney

Finn Gillen, Irvinestown

Benny & Elizabeth Breen, Brookeborough

John Rooney, Carrickleitrim, Manorhamilton

John Cathcart, Kinawley

Agnes Mc Hugh, Drumma, Boho

Ellen, Joseph & Sean Reid, Fintona

Eileen Mitchell, Riverside, Enniskillen

Simon Glenn, Strabane

Jack Keown, Cornahilta, Belleek

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N. Ireland.

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