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5th May 2024

Today is the Sixth Sunday of Easter: This Sunday’s readings are probably the heart of Jesus’ teaching and some of the most quoted. Yet such familiarity can sometimes make them hard to hear, and harder still to understand. This is Jesus sermon on the one commandment: “love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). It sounds impossible! Yet Jesus goes on to say: “There is no greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). We are to love as Jesus loves. Yet in today’s first reading (Acts 10:25-48) it is the Spirit that helps Peter to love and accept the first non-Jew called Cornelius and his family into the community of the early Christian Church. It is the Spirit of God that helps us to love. The Gospel today is the second part of last Sunday’s Gospel where Jesus spoke of being the Vine and we being the branches of that Vine. Jesus tells us to remain in His love. We are called to stay connected to his life-giving power through prayer, reception of the sacraments, and listening to his Word in Scripture. Our lives are called to be laid open to all that the Spirit is trying to tell us. Wherever there are words of encouragement, of forgiveness and reconciliation, of mercy and peace, of hope and truth, the Spirit is there. Jesus does not draw up for his disciples (for us) an elaborate code of laws; He had no wish to place a heavy burden on them. He desires to set them free, not to bind them. All that he commands is “Love one another”. We hear that “love “described succinctly in today’s second reading (1 John 4:7-10). We need to take time to pray, to stop and allow God’s power of love to touch us.  Fr. Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest said that prayer is like being in empty silence with no words and consenting to God’s actions within yourself: Here are his words “What’s happening in this prayer is that you’re presenting yourself for the ultimate gaze, the ultimate mirroring, the gaze of God…You gradually allow yourself to be seen to be known in every nook and cranny; nothing hidden, nothing denied, nothing disguised. And the wonderful thing is, after a while you feel so safe and you know you don’t have to pretend anymore. You recognise your need of mercy, your own utter inadequacy and littleness, that the best things you’ve ever done have been done for mixed and false motives. And the worst things you have ever done were done because you were unconscious (unaware) “Someone is giving their self to me! Someone is sustaining me!” That is what you feel like shouting”  (Daily Meditation 24 February 2014)

Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £2155. A word of thanks to our Ushers, Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist & Singers.                                    

Bank Holiday Monday – Mass @ 11am only. There will be no 7pm and the shop and church will be open until 4pm. 

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, Crossgar, Co Down, beginning on the evening of Friday, 14 June and ending Sunday, 16 June. If you are interested, contact Fr Paul Francis CP at passionistvocations@gmail.com

May’s Church Cleaning Group: Thank you for your help as always. 

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. Monday Bank Holiday (6th May) Mass  @ 11am only  – Charles.   No Evening Mass

 Shop Closes 4p.m       Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.   Sat 5pm – 6pm – Anthony

Mass: Tues – Fri @ 7pm.  Tues – Brian. WedArthur  . Thurs – Charles   Fri – Anthony. 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. 

Recently Deceased

Thomas Keenan, Castlederg formerly Windmill Heights, Enniskillen

Eamon O Reilly, Shercock, Co Cavan

Paddy Boyle, Aghadrumsee

Monica Murphy, Mullingar

Noel Treanor, Dublin formerly Clara, Co Monaghan

Anniversaries

Stephen & Susan Mc Teggart, Newtown, Derrygonnelly

John Sheridan, Sligo Road, Enniskillen

William & Elizabeth Mc Elhill, Bellanaleck

Martin Mc Crory, Ardmore Heights, Omagh

Mary Conway, Mullaslin, Omagh

Rosemary Cassidy, Ardmore Heights, Omagh

Tom Mc Grath, Mullaghdun, Belcoo

Paddy, Sarah & Gerard Flynn, Belleek

Francie, Lily & Ken Slevin Killyvilly, Enniskillen

Eugene & Josephine Quigley Bellanaleck

Boyle family, Tonyteige Bellanaleck

Jimmy McKiernan, Newtownbutler

Mary & Michael McGovern Enniskillen  & Shean Maguire  Derry

Margaret Coffey,  Drumscollop,Springfield

Mary & Bill Armstrong, Scaffog Enniskillen

Joseph & Agnes Elliott, Drumcor Hill Enniskillen

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