Today is the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today also is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It is always celebrated on the last Sunday of September. The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers. “Free to choose whether to migrate or to stay” is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR). Pope Francis intends to promote a renewed reflection on a right that has not yet been codified at the international level: the right not to have to migrate or, in other words, the right to be able to remain in one’s own land. Pope Francis in his message for this day states: “ ..even as we work to ensure that in every case migration is the fruit of a free decision, we are called to show maximum respect for the dignity of each migrant; this entails accompanying and managing waves of migration as best we can, constructing bridges and not walls, expanding channels for a safe and regular migration. In whatever place we decide to build our future, in the country of our birth or elsewhere, the important thing is that there always be a community ready to welcome, protect, promote and integrate everyone, without distinctions and without excluding anyone.” The Gospel (Matthew 20:1-16) tells us today that God is not small-minded, and vindictive. God is generous, compassionate, and forgiving. Rather than counting our sins or good works, God gives us salvation freely and generously. That same generosity of spirit is an important ingredient of discipleship. Pope Francis speaking on the theme of this day states: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:35-36). These words are a constant admonition to see in the migrant not simply a brother or sister in difficulty, but Christ himself, who knocks at our door” He ends his message with this prayer:
God, Father Almighty, grant us the grace to work tirelessly
for justice, solidarity and peace,
so that all your children may enjoy
the freedom to choose whether to migrate or to stay.
Grant us the courage to denounce
all the horrors of our world,
and to combat every injustice
that mars the beauty of your children and the harmony of our common home.
Sustain us by the power of your Spirit, so that we can reflect your tender love
to every migrant whom you place in our path, and to spread in hearts and in every situation the culture of encounter and of care.
Feasts of the Week: Wednesday: St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) founded the Congregation of the Missions and the Daughters of Charity, in 1633, these were the first sisters to work outside their convents in active service.
Friday: Sts Michael, Gabriel & Raphael – Archangels. Gabriel brought the message to Mary at the Annunciation. Raphael was guide to Tobias and Michael has been venerated as protector of Christians. Saturday: St. Jerome (340-420) translated the Bible into Latin and wrote commentaries on sacred scripture.
Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £2045. Thank you for your generous collection. Thanks also to all who help in the week-end liturgies.
Exposition: Continues each Friday from 10am – 2pm. Shop: Monday to Saturday – 9.30 – 7pm. Sun 9.30pm – 4pm.
Guild Mass Cards: Our selection includes Deceased, Get Well, Wedding, Graduation, Wedding etc.
Sun & Mon no duty. Mass (Mon 25th Sept) – Antony Connelly. Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.
Sat 5pm – 6pm. Mass: Tues – Fri @ 7pm. Duty: Tues – Brian. Wed –Victor. Thurs – Charles.
Fri- Antony Connelly & Sat – Arthur.
Rita Swift, Hillview Rd, Enniskillen
Brigid Mc Sorley, Belfast & formerly Gloucester
Marion Roche, Thurles, Co Tipperary
John Brady, Swindon formerly Granard, Co Longford
Elizabeth, Joseph, Sarah, Patrick Mc Gilley & the Mc Gilley family, Enniskillen & Clones
Francis (Francie) Leonard, Tempo Rd, Enniskillen (1st Ann.)
Vesty Healy & Margaret & Michael Healy &Hugh Sheridan,
Hugh & Peggy Sheridan & Rose & Vincie McGovern, Glangevlin
Francis & Annie Keown,Cornahilta, Belleek
James & Peggy Keown, Roscor, Belleek
Sarah Brady, Drumeer, Maguiresbridge
Attracta, Bernard & Colette Mc Grath, Old Rossorry, Enniskillen
Eileen Mc Grail, Tempo(1st Anniversary)
Joe Carty, Garrison
Niall & Ignatius O Neill, Lisnaskea
Patrick Mc Nulty, Roscor, Belleek
Anne Mc Carthy, Portaferry
Patrick Devenney, Newtowncunningham
Margaret Sullivan (nee Devenney), Newtowncunningham