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5th Sunday of Easter – 28th April 2024

Today is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Last Sunday in our Gospel (John 10) Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd. In today’s Gospel He speaks of Himself as the vine “I am the true vine and my Father is the vinedresser” (John 15:1) An attractive feature of St. John’s Gospel is his sensitivity to centrality of love and friendship in our lives.  He uses a Greek word meneim. It occurs some forty times in John’s Gospel and it carries such a depth of meaning. In various different version of the New Testament it is translated in various ways: abide, stay, remain, rest, dwell. He is telling us that Christian spirituality is relational. “Whoever remains in me, with me in them, bears fruit in plenty for cut off from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  We are called to be one with Christ. St. Paul experienced the reality of this fact when he was converted by the words of Jesus, on the road to Damascus as he asked the question “Who are you?”  “And he said “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:5). In today’s first reading we read that the early Christian community found it difficult to believe that Paul’s conversion to Christianity was genuine. (Acts 9:36-21). Jesus identifies totally with His suffering people. Pope Benedict in Germany at a World Youth Day in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin in 2011declared: “This belonging to each other and to him is not some ideal, imaginary, symbolic relationship, but – I would almost want to say – a biological, life-transmitting state of belonging to Jesus Christ. Such is the Church, this communion of life with Jesus Christ and for one another, a communion that is rooted in baptism and is deepened and given more and more vitality in the Eucharist. “I am the true vine” actually means: “I am you and you are I” – an unprecedented identification of the Lord with us, with his Church”.

We are all connected. We are part of the Vine. The Cistercian monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968) had an experience on a street in Louisville Kentucky US when he was a monk, his attitude of thinking of himself as the lone solitary figure making his way to God, was shattered by the experience. This is what he wrote:  “In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, (now called Muhammed Ali Street) in the centre of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realisation that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness… This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud… I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realise what we all are. And if only everybody could realise this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”

Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £2270. 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, 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

May’s Church Cleaning Group will meet on Wednesday next the 1st of May.

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 (29th)  April  @ 7pm – Charles. Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. 

Mass: Mon – Fri @ 7pm. Tues – Brian. Wed – Victor. Thurs – Charles.  Fri – Charles.  

Sat 5pm – 6pm – 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. 

In aid of Cancer Focus Enniskillen and Palliative Transport Fermanagh. Lord and Lady Anthony Hamilton are having a charity open day at their gardens at Killyreagh Tamlaght on Sunday 12 May. 1pm to 5pm. All welcome.

Recently Deceased

Anthony Hanley, Kilmacormick, Enniskillen

Barney O’Dowd, Drumee, Co Meath formerly Co Down

Mary Thompson, Main Street, Irvinestown

Dessie Duffy, Doagh, Derrygonnelly

Betty Keown, Garrison


John Farry, Erne Drive, Enniskillen

Mellon, John & Neill Mc Nabb & Colette Maguire, Trillick

John Mc Cusker, Gardiners Crossroads, Tempo

Jim Kelly & deceased family members, Irvinestown

Micky Harkin, Mountdrum, Lisbellaw

Charles & Teresa Murphy, Lisgoole Pk, Enniskillen

Richard & Bea Jones, Drumbeggar, Derrygonnelly

Gerard Mc Gurk, Cookstown

Mary & Henry Mc Goldrick, Omagh


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