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Weekly Bulletin 19th May 2024

Today is Pentecost Sunday. Today we have prayed in our psalm “Send forth your Spirit O Lord and renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 103).  Although we have all heard of the Holy Spirit, She can sometimes be the most difficult of the three Persons of the Trinity to understand. A couple of weeks ago trees fell here in Co. Fermanagh because of the wind. Jesus compared the Holy Spirit to the wind. (John 3:8).  We cannot see the wind, which is invisible, but we can see its effects on the objects around us. In the same way, although the Spirit Himself is invisible, and often works in hidden ways, we can recognise his presence in the works that he accomplishes in those who believe. She blesses us with gifts! St Paul calls these works and gifts – “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” – the fruits of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23). Today Jesus breathes on his apostles. It recalls that moment when God created the first human being. In the first book of the Bible we are told; “Then Yahweh God formed man, dust drawn from the clay, and breathed into his nostrils a breath of life and man became alive with breath” (Genesis 2:7). Jesus breathes his Spirit upon us on this day which is the birthday of the Church. We are a new creation formed by the breath of God. This breathing of life into us is constantly ongoing. Our first intense experience of the world comes through our breathing – gasping for air. The rest of our lives it happens automatically – it is said that we breathe 28,000 times a day! Breath represents an interior spiritual dimension of life. We cannot live without it. When we take it in or breathe it out, it is “our” breath. The only human existence without breath is a lifeless corpse. St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) who is one of only four women who were made doctors of the Church said: “We live as feathers on the breath of God” The Breath of God is always working in our lives – we just need to ask God for them and surrender to God’s way! Remember that the gifts are giving not for “ourselves alone” – but for the spread of the Kingdom of God and building up of the body of the Church! The Wind of the Spirit still blows in a million ordinary gifts – moving us on the way as we wander along. These gifts are still available – and free on demand. 

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Feasts of the WeekMonday: The Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of the Church. St. Augustine said that Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because with charity she cooperated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church and St. Leo the Great said that while the birth of the Head is also the birth of the body, thus indicating that Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church. Pope Francis re-introduced this feast day for the universal church on February 2018. Friday is our World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. It is the memorial of Our Lady Help of Christians.

Thanks for the collection last weekend. It came to £2120. We appreciate your support of our mission here in the Graan. A big word of thanks also to our Ushers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, singers and all who help in the smooth running of our weekend liturgies.

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

Shop: Open Mon to Sat – 9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30am – 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. Mon (20th May) Mass  @ 7pm  – Brian. Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.

Sat 5pm – 6pm.

Mass: Tues to Fri @ 7pm.  Tues – Brian. Wed – Victor.   Thurs –  Charles.   Fri – Anthony. Sat – Anthony.    

Enniskillen St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Branch are holding a Coffee Morning Fundraising event in St Michael’s Parish Centre, Enniskillen on the 25th May at 10.30 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Pilgrimage to Knock: Takes place on Saturday 22nd June. Bus leaving Halls Lane @ 8.45am. Contact Parish Office: 02866322075. Pat Clarke: 07788433686 or Eileen Maguire:02866324439)

Recently Deceased

Plunkett Doran, Pomeroy

Dan Higgins, Ballycastle

Anniversaries

Angela Acheson, Blaney

& her parents Kate & Denis Mc Guinness, Garrison

Kay Seddon, Bristol

Eileen Mc Hugh, Boho

Mary & Philip Bonner, Springfield

Mary Ann Keown, Roscor, Belleek

Michael Flanagan, Old Rossorry Park, Enniskillen

Agnes Gray, Holywell, Belcoo

Mary Ackroyd Warwickshire formerly Tempo

Brendan Mc Cabe & Susan Muldoon, Omagh

Francie Mc Cauley, Erne Drive, Enniskillen

Patsy & Brigid Magee, Belcoo

Philip O’Connor, Whaley Terrace, Enniskillen

Feast of the Ascension – 12th May 2024

Today is the Feast of the Ascension: Between Easter Day and Pentecost we celebrate that time of change during which the Risen Jesus vanishes from the sight of the disciples, only to open up a new way of being present to them. As if by a bridge spanning a river, the disciples had now to leave the familiar bank of the natural presence of Jesus and cross over to the other side. They will be taken hold of by the Spirit of the Risen Lord. This invisible presence becomes more intense in depth and extent in a way that would have been impossible had his former bodily presence continued. St. Luke wrote two closely connected books: the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Acts of the Apostles. The ascension is the turning point between Jesus’ own ministry and the mission of the Church. At the beginning of his Gospel Luke describes the Annunciation to our Mother Mary and says that she will be overshadowed by “the power of the Most High” (Luke 1:35). At the end of that same Gospel, Jesus’ promises to clothe the apostles with “the power from on high” (Lk 24:49).  There is a real connection between the task of Mary who brought forth the Son of God and the task of the group of disciples, now called the Church, to bring forth the Son of God for the world today. Although Jesus will be physically taken away from his disciples in the Ascension, he will be re-incarnated (made flesh), in his Church. In St. Luke’s second work, Book of Acts, Jesus reveals to Saul of Tarsus that any attack against the Church is a direct attack against Jesus’ very person – “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you Lord?” he asked and the voice answered, “I am Jesus and you are persecuting me” (Acts 9:1–9). The Ascension produces not an absence but a more profound presence of Jesus in the lives of his disciples and in us also! As long as Jesus was physically present, he was available only to those he directly met; however by the grace of the Spirit, he became powerfully present to many through his prophetic successors – the disciples. 

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Today is World Communication Day throughout the Catholic Church. In his message for the 58th World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis urges humanity to cultivate wisdom of the heart in the age of artificial intelligence. Bringing his message for World Communications Day to a close, Pope Francis recalls that “it is up to us to decide whether we will become fodder for algorithms or will we nourish our hearts with that freedom without which we cannot grow in wisdom.”

Feasts of the Week:  Monday Our Lady of Fatima – the apparition to three children took place on this day in the year 1917. Tuesday: St. Matthias was an apostle who took the place of Judas Iscariot.  Thursday: St. Brendan – born in Kerry, founded a monastery in Clonfert died there in 578. Thursday: St Gemma Galgani (1878 – 1903) was a laywoman who lived near Lucca, Italy. She yearned to be a Passionist nun, but her poor health prevented this. Instead, she was mystically espoused to Jesus and faithfully lived out the Passionist spirituality.

Thanks for the collection last weekend. It came to £2100. We appreciate your support of our mission here in the Graan. A big word of thanks also to our Ushers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, singers and all who help in the smooth running of our weekend liturgies.

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

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 (13th May) Mass  @ 7pm  –  Arthur.   Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.   

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

Recently Deceased

Jim Montgomery, Arney

Stephen Mc Guigan, Omagh

Christopher Mc Bride, Omagh

Bishop Anthony Rebello, SVD, Botswana

Anniversaries

Eamon Corrigan, Derrygonnelly

James, Philomena, John & Tony Gavin, Mountdrum, Lisbellaw

The Clancy, Leonard & Nolan families, Enniskillen & Sligo

Sean Mc Gowan, Drumcose, Enniskillen

Patrick & Margaret Flanagan, Roscor, Belleek

Emily Kerrigan, Derrin Park & Mullaghdun

The Kerrigan & Carrigan families, Moneygashel & Blacklion

Patrick Joseph Campbell, Keady

Thomas Horan, Renmore, Galway

Margaret Collins, Kilrid, Magheraveely

Jim O Rourke, Scaffog Avenue, Enniskillen

John & Catherine Mc Gullion, Sandhill, Derrygonnelly

Joseph & Pat Sheerin, Drumcor Hill & Hillview, Enniskillen

Bridget Mc Caffrey, Coa

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

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 passionistvocations@gmail.com

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

Anniversaries

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

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

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

2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER 2ND APRIL 2024

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter: On the Octave of Easter, the Risen Christ reappears in the Upper Room – that same room where He instituted the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders ten days earlier and where the Pentecost gift of the Holy Spirit will be bestowed forty days later. Once more, He greets His chosen disciples, but then quickly turns His full attention to Thomas. He wants to convince Thomas that He is truly risen, and He does so by pointing to His holy wounds. Why? Those wounds on the Body of the Glorified and Risen Lord teach us several things. 

(1) They show that this Jesus is not a ghost but a real flesh-and-blood Person. 

(2) They serve as powerful reminders of the great love of God for us, a love so great that in Christ God died, so that our sins might be forgiven. The only man-made things in heaven are the wounds of Christ

(3)  The wounds of Christ illustrate the continuity between the earthly life and ministry of Jesus and His eternal high priesthood, by which He lives to make continual intercession for us before His Heavenly Father (cf. Hebrews 7:25).

There is an ancient legend that says that the devil the master of disguise tried to get into heaven by pretending to be the Risen Christ.  He took with him demons who were disguised as angels of the light and had them cry out the traditional first part of the welcome psalm: “Lift up your heads, O you Gates of Heaven, lift up your doors and the King of Glory shall enter.”  The real angels looked down on what they thought was their King returning in triumph from the dead. So they in turn shouted back with joy the refrain, “Who is the king of Glory?”  The devil made a fatal mistake. He opened his arms and spread his palms and declared “I am” The angels immediately slammed the gate of heaven and refused to let the impostor in.  They saw right away that there were no marks of the nails on his palms.  The impostor had no wounds of love. He had not paid the costs. Authentic love costs.

It is not an accident that Thomas comes to faith, not by simply seeing an apparition of Jesus, but only after being instructed to pay heed to those sacred wounds, which are not scars of defeat and ignominy. They are tokens of victory and love.  Because Jesus loved us to death, our sins are forgiven, and that love remains present in the Godhead forever. Therefore, when we meet Christ face to face on Judgment Day, He will look just as He did during that first Easter season. Jesus, you see, is in a unique position to judge us, precisely because He shared our human condition completely and bore the burden of our sins, which is why the Father has given over to Him the role of judgment of the human race (cf. Jn 5:22). The judgment the Lord most desperately wants to make, however, is that of forgiveness, if only we allow Him to do so. 

 Pope Francis said: “We, too, are wounded; who isn’t wounded in life? Who does not bear the scars of past choices, of misunderstandings, of hurts that stay inside and that we struggle to overcome? God does not hide from our eyes the wounds that have pierced His body and soul. He shows them to show us that a new passage can be opened at Easter” (April 2023). 

We appreciate last weekend’s Easter Sunday collection. Thank you for your very generous support despite the financial difficulties that we are now all experiencing. Thanks also to our Readers, Singers, Ushers and Ministers of the Eucharist for their wonderful help during our weekend liturgies. 

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

April’s Church Cleaning Group: Thanks to April’s cleaning group who cleaned the church this week.

Devotions Prayer Group: Will take place each Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm in our prayer room here in The Graan starting on Wednesday 10th April. All are welcome.

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

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

Sunday & Monday no duty. Mass Monday (8th  April  @ 7pm – Arthur. 

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. 

Divine Mercy Sunday: Takes place today 7th April in St Naile’s Church, Kinawley at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.

Recently Deceased

Philomena (Mena) Monaghan, Maguiresbridge

Patrick Keaney, Belcoo

Tommy Flanagan Jnr, Treel, Boho

Anniversaries

Audrey Gallagher, Belcoo

John & Elizabeth Maguire,  Art & Alice Maguire

& the Maguire & Conroy families Lahinch, Newtownbutler

Tom & Teresa Mc Grenaghan, Sedan Terrace, Enniskillen

Phelim Gollogly, Epsom, Surrey

Patrick Gallagher, Belcoo

James Curran, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim

William & Susan Ward, Gorteen, Garrison

Patrick Mc Manus, Drumaraw, Springfield

Enda Phillips, Omagh

Tommy Mc Partland, Donegal Town

Easter Sunday 31st March 2024

Today is Easter Sunday. This is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian calendar. St. Bede who lived in the sixth century maintained that the English word “Easter” came from “Eostre” who was the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. In Latin and Greek the Christian celebration of Easter is still called “Pascha”. This word denotes the Jewish festival, known in English, as Passover.  The feast of Passover commemorates the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt. We, Christians, celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ by his death and resurrection has freed us not from slavery in Egypt but from sin and death. The opening prayer of Mass on Easter Sunday morning states: “O God who on this day through your only begotten Son have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity….” One of the customs on Easter Day when I was a child was, with the rest of my siblings, rolling hard boiled eggs down a hill. The eggs

were boiled mixed with the flower of the whin bush which turned the shell of the egg yellow. The egg that travelled the farthest while remaining intact – won the game! This ancient medieval egg-rolling game symbolised the rolling away of the stone from Christ’s tomb.  It was fun but Easter has little to do with childish games. G. K. Chesterton in his book “Everlasting Man” wrote “On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realised the new wonder; but even they hardly realised that the world had died that night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but of the dawn”. What we celebrate today is not about Easter eggs or bunnies or daffodils or Spring but it is about a body that is risen.  It is about a dead Jesus who has come back to harass us.  Who urges us to fight for justice, who is appalled that every six seconds a child dies in our world because of hunger. Pope Francis said: “Putting the paschal mystery at the centre of our lives means feeling compassion towards the wounds of the crucified Christ present in the many innocent victims of wars, in attacks on life, from that of the unborn to that of the elderly, and various forms of violence. They are likewise present in environmental disasters, the unequal distribution of the earth’s goods, human trafficking in all its forms and the unbridled thirst for profit, which is a form of idolatry”  

Happy Easter to all from the community at the Graan.

Thanks for the collection last weekend. It came to £2370.  Your generosity is very much appreciated. The Easter collection this week is taken up for the community. 

Thanks to all our Readers, Ushers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Singers and all who helped during the Holy Week ceremonies. It was a privilege for us also to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation with so many people this past week. Your faith and commitment to Christ spurs each one of us to be better disciples of the Risen Lord.

Exposition: Continues next Friday 5th April from 10am – 2pm.

April’s Church Cleaning Group will meet on Wednesday next after the 7pm Mass. New members always welcome.

Devotions Prayer Group: Will take place each Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm in our prayer room here in The Graan starting on Wednesday 10th April. All are welcome.

Easter Monday (1st April) & Easter Tuesday (2nd April) Mass will be at 11am only.

There will be no 7pm Mass.

The shop will be open until 12noon on Monday & Tuesday. (Confessions & duty) resumes on Wednesday (3rd April)

from 2pm – 5pm – Anthony.  Thursday – Brian.  Fri –  Anthony with Mass @ 7pmSaturday 5 – 6pm.

Sat – Anthony

Recently Deceased

Patrick Reihill, Lisnaskea

Maureen Rice, Lisnaskea

Mary Boyle Corranny, Roslea

Tony Cannon, Donagh

Packie Quigley, The Diamond, Clones

Vincent Burns, Bundoran formerly Moyglass, Enniskillen

Anniversaries

Charlie, Bea, Theresa & Kieran Burns, Moyglass, Enniskillen

Jim Duffy, Rossorry Church Road, Enniskillen

Ellen & John Maguire, Mullymesker, Bellanaleck

Mary Ellen Kelly, Augher

John Paul & Ellen Reilly, Dungannon

Brian & Teresa Reilly, Enniskillen

Brian Mc Donagh, Strabane & Declan Mc Donagh, Dublin

Eddie Todd, Lisnaskea

Jamie Ridout, Milton Keynes

Sean Flanagan, Bellanaleck

The Young Family, Wellington Place, Enniskillen

Eddie Todd, Lisnaskea

Rita & James Leonard, London & Arney

Canon Padraig, O’Reilly 

Weekly Bulletin (Palm Sunday) 2024

Today is Palm Sunday.  Today also is the beginning of Holy Week. This is the most important week in the Church’s life. Why? Because on this week we commemorate the fact that Christ the second person of the Blessed Trinity died and rose for all. And we are told and taught that when we celebrate these days in church they become present to us again. On Palm Sunday we hear the Passion according to Matthew, Mark or Luke, while on Good Friday every year we hear the Passion according to St. John. The passion of Jesus Christ is not only a great human drama. Christians have seen in it the decisive moment when God has made himself known. We usually put the adjective “Almighty” before the word “God”. The lonely figure of Jesus Christ following the way of the cross, seems not so much the revelation of God but rather the contradiction of everything that has been commonly believed about God. The point is we are invited now to see God in the Son, in this despised, rejected, suffering figure, not in some remote heavenly place far removed from our reality. God comes among us in weakness and humility. To understand God we have to begin with the Cross, with what happened here on earth and not with our childish imagination of the “man up in the heavens with the big beard!” Jesus Christ is “the human face of God” In him we meet God communicating himself to us in the medium of our own human existence. Jesus died on the Cross to reveal the very heart of God. The cross is where God’s life crosses our life to create life otherwise unimaginable.

“If forgiveness were forgetting, then God would have to suffer the most acute amnesia, but it is God’s unimaginable creativity, which takes what we have done and makes it fruitful. The medieval image of God’s forgiveness was the flowering of the cross. The cross is the ugly sign of torture. It is a sign of humanity’s ability to reject love and to do what is utterly sterile. But the artists of the Middle Ages showed this cross flowering on Easter Sunday. The dead wood put out tendrils and flowers. Forgiveness makes the dead live and the ugly beautiful”. (Timothy Radcliffe O.P.)

Prayer for Holy Week:  As I enter into this Holy Week, enable me to walk with You and to offer my own life as a sacrifice in union with Your own perfect Sacrifice. May your Holy Week transcend time and permeate every aspect of my life so that, as I die with you, I may also share in the glory of your Resurrection. Jesus I trust in you. 

Thank you for the collection last weekend. It came to £2125.  Thank you for your generosity to us here in The Graan.

Holy Week Leaflets: Please take a Holy Week leaflet with you. It will help to remind you of the times of our Services.

 Confessions will be celebrated each day of Holy Week from Monday to Thursday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Good Friday:  (Extra Confessional times) 11am – 12.30pm.   2pm – 2.45pm & 4.15pm – 5pm.

Holy Saturday:  (Extra Confessional times) 11am – 12.30pm.  2pm – 5pm. Please note on Holy Saturday the church will close at 5:00 pm to help us personally prepare for the Vigil.

Holy Week Timetable

Monday to Wednesday Mass will be celebrated at 7pm each evening.

Monday to Wednesday – Stations of the Cross will be prayed before Mass beginning at 6:30 by Brendan.

Holy Thursday: Mass @ 5pm – Charles.  Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Celebrant: Brian at 7.30pm.

Holy Hour on the theme “Watch with me” between 9-10 pm.  Charles.

Good Friday – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm. Anthony.

Good Friday – Witnesses at The Passion at 7.30pm – Charles & Readers.

Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil at 8pm – Celebrant:  Charles & Community.

Easter Sunday – Masses at 10:30 am – Charles. 12noon – Brian  & 4pm – Anthony.

The Shop: Open Mon to Sat:9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30 – 4.30pm. Guild Mass Cards: Our selection includes Deceased, Mass Bouquets, Get Well, Wedding, Birthday, Anniversaries, & Easter Mass Bouquets. Cost £2. 

Friday Exposition: There will be no Exposition on Good Friday but it continues on Friday 5th April from 10am – 2pm.

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. 

Don Mullan and John Pridmore (two of our Novena speakers) books are on sale at our shop.

Recently Deceased

Elizabeth (Dolly) Magee, Newtownards

Peter Lunney, Kinawley

Rhoda Murphy, Macken, Enniskillen

Kelly Marie Lynch, Lisnaskea

Lucy Carey, Lisnaskea

Pat Mc Grath, Derrylin

Joan Mc Ginn, Cornagrade, Enniskillen

Anniversaries

Thomas Mc Goldrick, Swanlinbar

Maura Burns, Brughas, Enniskillen

James & Teresa & Margaret O’Doherty, Belmore St, Enniskillen

Pappy & James Mc Connell, Knockmore, Derrygonnelly

Grainne Timoney, Belcoo

Monica Mc Auley. Rigg Road, Lurgandarragh

Roseanne Murphy, Omagh

Michael Mc Gaughey, Omagh

Gabriella Mc Dermot, nee Mc Intyre, New Jersey & Derrygonnelly

Hugh Green, Coa

Noel Farry, Armagh

Patrick Gilbride, Drumcullian, Kinawley

Mary Jane Mc Nulty, Roscor, Belleek

Mary Kate Gormley, Roscor, Belleek

Patrick Keown, Roscor, Belleek

John & Elizabeth Carrigan & Carrigan family, Moneygashel & Blacklion & John Carrigan, London

Michael Keown & the Keown families, Mullaghdun

St Patrick’s Day 17th March 2024

Today we celebrate the feast of our National Patron, St. Patrick. However the readings of the Mass, today in our missalettes, are from the Fifth Sunday of Lent.  In the Gospel (John 12:20 -30) Jesus says: “I tell you most solemnly unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies it yields a rich harvest.” Patrick, like Jesus, died to himself so that the good news of the Gospels might be proclaimed to our pagan ancestors. History testifies that Patrick’s efforts began a chain of events that not only led to the Christianisation of Ireland but to the arrival of Irish missionaries into mainland Europe. They brought the key elements of the Christian faith that promoted

ecclesial and social unity, which were absorbed by cultures in a way that fostered  education, virtue and basic human rights. This was the legacy of these Irish men and women of courage, and it originated with Patrick their father in faith. The cry of the prophet Jeremiah 31:31 -34 came to fruition when speaking God’s word declared “Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts.” (Jeremiah 31:33). Patrick was captured from his home and made to look after sheep in a place called Slemish. It seemed that at that time Patrick was only a nominal Christian but somehow his suffering in exile on that hill in Co. Antrim changed him. He writes in his confessions “I was like an old stone, lying in deep muck and he who is mighty came and in his mercy, he lifted me up and more than that raised me aloft and placed me on the highest wall !”  (C 12:47-52). Patrick in the midst of his suffering, exile, and pain found God or rather God found him open and receptive to His Presence. Patrick was always aware of that Presence. One prayer attributed to him goes as follows:

I arise today//through God’s strength to pilot me// God’s might to uphold me//God’s wisdom to guide me//God’s eye to look before me// God’s ear to hear me// God’s hand to guide me//God’s word to speak for me//God’s way to lie before me// God’s shield to protect me// God’s host to secure me// – against the snares of the devils, //against temptations of vices//against inclinations of nature//against everyone who shall wish me ill// afar and near, alone and in a crowd.

Masses Today: St Patrick’s Day 17 March 10:30 am and 12noon & 4pm.    

Shop will be open until 4.30pm. 

Thank you for the collection last weekend. It came to £2400. During these difficult trying financial times we appreciate your support of our mission here in the Graan. Thank you too for your great generosity to us at our Novena and to all who helped in any way.

Monday is a Bank Holiday. Mass will be at 11am only. There will be no 7pm.

The shop will be open until 1pm.

St Patrick Day Enniskillen is back with a packed schedule under the theme of Folklore in 24.  Join us today @ Broadmeadow from 1.30-3.30pm for all the usual fun on land and on lough! www.projectstpatrick.com

Duty & Confessions resumes Tuesday 2pm – 5pm.  Tues (2pm – 5pm) – Charles. . Wed – Arthur.  Thurs – Brian.

Friday – Anthony.   Saturday 5 – 6pm –  Anthony.   Shop: Open Mon Sat  9.30am  – 7pm.

Sun 9.30pm – 4.30pm. 

Guild Mass Cards: We have a selection of cards for Deceased, St Patrick’s Day & Easter Mass Bouquets, etc. Cost £2 / €2.50.

Recently Deceased

Mary Lindsay, nee O Brien, Greenisland formerly Enniskillen

Tom Flanagan, Derrygonnelly

Thomas Quinn, Dublin

Danny Mc Garrigle, Strabane

Thomas Duffy, Lisbellaw

Eamon Corrigan, Boho

Kathleen Johnston, nee Donegan, Lisbellaw

June Nolan, Knocklyon, Dublin

Terence (Terry) Rooney, Roslea

Anniversaries

Davy Hoy, Levally, Enniskillen

Patrick & Eileen Corrigan, Shanvalley, Kinawley

Winnie Mc Gee, Pettigo

The Mc Cusker family, Stratigore, Fintona

The Corrigan family, Ballyness, Fivemiletown

The Rooney Family, Blacklion

Cathal Morris, Enniskillen

William & Violet Crozier, Pettigo

Claire Hodgson, Enniskillen

Paddy Love, Eden Street, 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