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4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER 21st April 2024

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter: It is also called “Good Shepherd Sunday”. It is a day set aside when we pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. However we often think of vocations in terms of ministry within the church: to be ordained or a lay minister. However, vocation, simply means what you are called by God to be and do. For some, this will be in formal ministry whether lay or ordained. But for all of us it will mean serving God through faithful discipleship in everyday life. Life is a vocation and it is one which God calls us by name! Our vocation is to know God, love Him, and serve Him in our fellow brothers and sisters. Every state of our life is a calling from God. We are called to life when we were born. We do not exist by accident. We were also called to the Christian life in Christ Jesus when we were baptised. We have specific vocations to matrimonial life, consecrated life, or to live life in single-hood. Whatever our state or calling, living fully within God´s plan for us is a vocation. A life, God intended for us to know, to love, and to serve Him in others. The fact is that there is always a call from God. He is always calling us, but all that makes the difference to God´s call is our response: our answer to his constant invitation. God´s call to come to us is always direct, but cloudy too. Hence, there is always the need for guidance, discernment, clarity, and decision to respond. Jesus tells us today in the Gospel “I am the good shepherd, I know my own and my own know me” (John 10:14). Hence, one of the most doubtful feelings in life is to feel called by God. It is full of a deep sense of uncertainties, insecurities, and the unknown. We ask on this special day of prayer for all those who are discerning a call to ministry in our church that the Holy Spirit will guide them in their deliberations

May the prayer that Saint Paul VI composed for the first World Day of Vocations, 11 April 1964, accompany them on their journey: “O Jesus, divine Shepherd of souls, you called the apostles and made them fishers of men. Continue to draw to yourself ardent and generous souls from among the young, (and the not so young), in order to make them your followers and your ministers. Give them a share in your thirst for the redemption of all… Open before them the horizons of the entire world… By responding to your call, may they prolong your mission here on earth, build up your Mystical Body which is the Church, and be ‘the salt of the earth’ and ‘the light of the world’ (Mt 5:13)”.

Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £1830.  A word of thanks to our Ushers, Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist & Singers.                                    

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

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

Passionist Vocation Retreat: A weekend retreat for young men interested in knowing more about life as a priest or brother in the Passionist Community will be held at the Passionist Monastery, Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar, County Down, beginning on the evening of Friday, 14 June and ending with lunch on Sunday, 16 June. If you are interested, please contact Fr Paul Francis CP at passionistvocations@gmail.com

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. 

Sun& Mon no duty. Mass Monday (22nd)  April  @ 7pm – Arthur. Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.  Sat 5pm – 6pm.  Mass: Mon – Fri @ 7pm. Tues – Brian.   Wed – Victor. Thurs – Arthur. 

Fri – Charles & Sat  – Arthur.     

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. 

Recently Deceased

Declan Quinn, Ballygawley

John Mc Grath, London formerly Corr, Boho

Josie Mc Garrity, Irvinestown

Patsy Mc Cauley, Belleek

Sadie Hussey, Boho

Anniversaries

The Stewart Family, Boho

Tommy Tierney, Derrygore Terrace, Enniskillen

Barney & Annie Hamilton & the Hamilton family, Ederney

Frank Larkin, Meadow Lane, Enniskillen (Month’s Mind)

Kenny Ledwith, Cooper Crescent, Enniskillen

Mary Kate Maguire, Gallagh, Killesher

Thomas Mc Kenna, Mc Crea Park, Clogher

Eamon Mc Cluskey, Clones & London

Maura Mc Cusker, Glen, Tempo

Dympna Mc Quaid, Park View, Enniskillen

Mary & Owen Mc Caffrey, Killaculla, Tempo

Patrick & Annie Montgomery & their son John & daughter Margaret, Bellanaleck

Margaret Pattison, Enniskillen & Armagh

Mary Ann, Charlie, John & Pauline Donaghy, Fivemiletown

Bridget O’Neill, Fivemiletown

Contact

The Graan,
Enniskillen,
Co. Fermanagh,
BT74 5PB

N. Ireland.

Telephone: 028 6632 2272
Fax: 028 6632 5201
Email: thegraan@btconnect.com

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The Community

  • Fr Charles Cross Superior
  • Fr Arthur Mc Cann Vicar
  • Fr Victor Donnelly
  • Br Brendan Gallagher
  • Fr Brian D'Arcy
  • Fr Anthony O’Leary