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Weekly Bulletin 17th September 2023

Today is the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.   Jesus tells us clearly in the Gospel (Matthew 18:21-35) today that there is no end to how often we must forgive our brothers and sisters. In the first reading (Ecclesiasticus 27:30- 28:7) we are told that it is God who is the judge and we must imitate the divine compassion of this loving God. Even the psalm today (Psalm 102) echoes this same theme with its response “The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy”. The second reading from the letter to the Romans that we have been listening to over the past few Sundays comes to an end on this Sunday.   There were two factions that were at odds with each other in this early Roman Christian community. One faction was still holding on to some of the Jewish dietary prescriptions and for them certain days were more important than others. St. Paul’s faith in Christ convinces him that he is no longer bound by such ritual prescriptions. Those who still held on to some of the Jewish law he called “weak in faith”. Paul and many others were strong in their faith in Christ. Later in his letter Paul tells them“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not please ourselves, let each please his neighbour for his good, to edify him” (Romans 15:1-2). In his letter Paul is trying to bring these two factions together. He calls them to welcome each other “Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God” (Romans 15:7). In today’s second reading Paul is telling them that the gospel that they all have embraced is more important than the social differences that divide them. Today, we would say that faith in Christ is more important than the cultural issues that divide us. Our faith in Christ is more embracing and inclusive than the petty differences that threaten to divide the Body of Christ. Paul was so aware of the factions and divisions that threatened to separate believer from believer. He ends his letter to them with a call to unity. (Read Romans 14:1- 15:13) He reminds both factions that they now live for the Lord who died for them. Consequently, whether they live or whether they die, they belong to the Lord. Christ died so that we might belong to Him. Christ died so that we might live for Him. He did not die so that we might live for ourselves; he died so that we might live for Him. (Romans 14:7-9)

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Feasts of the Week: Wednesday: St. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, priest Paul Chŏng Ha-sang & Companions, martyrs. St. Andrew was the first Korean priest and Paul was a catechist. Many were martyred during the persecutions of the Church in Korea from the 1839 to 1867. Thursday: St. Matthew – the tax-collector who became an Apostle. He is said to have been a missionary in Ethiopia & Persia. Saturday: St. Pius of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, died on this day in 1968. A Capuchin friar, confessor and friend of all who suffer.

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Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £1995 .  We appreciate your support of the Graan during these difficult financial times. Thanks also to all who help in our weekend liturgies. Your presence with us is invaluable.

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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. Cost £2. 

Sun & Mon no duty. Mass (Mon 18th Sept) – Arthur. Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.   Sat 5pm – 6pm. 

Mass: Tues – Fri @ 7pm. Duty: Tues – Brian.  Wed – Victor. Thurs – Antony Connelly.  Fri & Sat  – Anthony.   

Recently Deceased

Mrs.  Sheila Cooney, Enniskillen

Annie McGlone, Belleek

Anthony Drumm, Drumlin Heights, Enniskillen

Annie Boyle, Fintona

Anniversaaries

Richard  & Willie Britton, Ferney Rise, Enniskillen

Gaby (Gabriel) Maguire, Orchard Court, Enniskillen

JP & Teresa O’Reilly, Belmore St, Enniskillen

Sean Farmer , Drumawill, Enniskillen

Annie Feely, Garrison

Abbie & Mary Greene Boho

James & Phillip Firmagar, Enniskillen

Tommy Gannon, Enniskillen

Aileen & Gerry Magee, Tullycolter, Monea

Thomas Love, Enniskillen& Bellanaleck

Paddy & Eily Kelly, Belleek

Dick & Irene Dowd, West Cork

John Clancy, Hillview, Enniskillen

Francie Gilleece, Graan Abbey & Kinawley

Malachy & Teresa McCauley, Monea

Weekly Bulletin 10th September 2023

Today is the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: In the second reading today (Romans 13:8-10) in the last sentence, St. Paul says: “Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments” The Gospel (Matthew 18:15-20) however speaks about the reality of conflict within the Christian community. It gives some guidelines in how to resolve our difficulties with each other. Forgiveness and love must be always to the fore in the Christian community. We cannot simply turn a blind eye to one or more members who consistently, either knowingly or unknowingly, act or live contrary to the values that is central to its identity. Today’s Gospel speaks of a structure of reconciliation that both deals with moral deviance and the injuries that come about when people live together in common. The purpose of the exercise is to “win back your brother/sister” (Matthew 18:15). The response in our Responsorial Psalm 94 states: “O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts”. The psalm goes on to mention two geographical areas where the chosen people who were fleeing from the Egyptians through the Red Sea turned against God. The places are called Meribah and Massah! (Exodus 17:7). It was there that they quarrelled and fought against God – it was the place where they hardened their hearts against His plans. We also have the ability to “harden our hearts” against each other. The prophet Ezekiel in today’s first reading (Ezekiel 33:7-9) is reminded by the Lord of his pastoral responsibility towards those who stray from His ways. The Gospel ends with the assurance that Jesus is with the community in all their struggles. “I tell you solemnly once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name I shall be there with them” (Matthew 18:20). Matthew’s Gospel begins and ends with the assurance of Jesus presence within the Christian community. At the beginning of the Gospel he writes “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel (which means, God with us)” (Matthew 1:23). At the end of his Gospel –“ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20)

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Feasts of the Week: Wednesday: St. John Chrysostom (347-407) one of the four great Greek Doctors of the Church. The “Golden Mouthed” preacher was Archbishop of Constantinople. He incurred much opposition and he died in exile. Thursday: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The discovery of the true Cross by St. Helena is dated 14 Sept 320. The Cross was venerated; the annual commemoration of that event has been celebrated since that date in praise of the redemption won for us by Christ. Friday: Our Lady of Sorrows. Saturday: St. Cornelius became Pope in 251 and died in exile in 253. St. Cyprian (210-258) a friend of Cornelius, was bishop of Carthage. He was a teacher and preacher and was martyred for his beliefs. 

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £2280. We appreciate your support of the Graan during these difficult financial times. Thanks also to all who help in our weekend liturgies. Thanks also to September’s cleaning group.

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Exposition: Every 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. Cost £2. 

Sun & Mon no duty. Mass (Mon 11th Sept) – Victor. Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. Sat 5pm – 6pm.  Mass: Tues – Fri @ 7pm. Duty: Tues – Brian. Wed –Arthur. Thurs – Charles. Fri & Sat  – Anthony O’Leary.   

Recently Deceased

Conor Browne,  Castlederg

Gerry Green,  Aghalun,  Brookeborough

Dolores Daggit,  Belcoo /Ballyshannon & Graan Abbey Care Home

Anniversaries

Patrick, Teresa & Gabriel Brannigan, Tempo

John & Veronica Cosgrove,  Ashbourne Manor,  Enniskillen

Thomas & Mary B Rooney,  Erne Drive, Enniskillen

Kevin Gallagher,  Derrygonnelly

Kathleen Kelly & Deceased Kelly family members, Boho

James Hugh Monaghan,  Ederney

Angela Caron,  Dromore (1st Anniversary)

Eugene & Damien Dolan,  Belcoo Rd, Garrison

John & Brigid McKenna,  Clogher.

Nellie Kerrigan,  Castlederg.

Eamon Maguire,  Castlederg

John Keown & deceased Keown & Keoghan family members Letterbreen & Mullaghdun

Earl Patrick Gallogly, formerly Keady

Weekly Bulletin 3rd September 2023

Today is the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. There is a danger in all of us that we can pick the pieces of the Gospel that suits us, and leave the hard passages to one side as unpalatable and hard to digest. Today we have such a Gospel. (Matthew 16:21-27)  Peter, last Sunday, was praised for his faith.  This Sunday he is rebuked.  Why?  Because he thinks as man thinks and not as God thinks.  He wants Jesus to be a political Messiah, a powerful Messiah that can rid his country of the Romans, a popular Messiah in whose glory he would be able to bask. All the readings at Mass today speak of the struggles that are involved in following the path of the Lord. In the first reading (Jeremiah 20:7-9) Jeremiahwith great feeling, accuses the Lord of deceiving him. God had promised to be with him in his difficulties and success.  He sees only difficulties.  It is hard for him to take! In the second reading(Roman 12:1-2) Paul advises his readers to allow their attitudes to be formed by the Gospel so that their lives may be truly pleasing to the Lord. In the Gospel Jesus declares that the way to glory is the way of the cross. It is by losing one’s life for Him that true freedom and joy can be found.  The way of Christ is the way of love.  It is the way of surrendering our own sectional, self-interest on behalf of the other.  The Cross is not the price that Jesus had to pay to talk God into loving us. It is simply where love will lead us.  If we love, if we give ourselves to feel the pain of the world, it will crucify us.  What the Lord says to Peter is extraordinarily sharp; but this very sharpness shows how serious the matter is.  The way which the Father has pointed out to Christ his Son leads to the Cross. Anyone who attempts to deflect him from this path thinks not God’s thoughts but man’s. Peter becomes a tempter. The Cross is the climax of the life of Jesus. It is the essential mystery of redemption, the mystery of the life of Jesus: we are to have life by his death and to rise by his destruction. There is a prayer that is attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Congregation: “Lord teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward; save that of knowing that I do your holy will.” 

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Feasts of the Week: Friday: The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary – The one who brought the dawn of hope and salvation to the world. Saturday: St. Ciaran. Born in Roscommon around 512. He founded the monastery in 545 in Clonmacnois which became one of the most renowned in Europe. He died aged 33 while the monastery was still being built.

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £2400.  We appreciate your support of the Graan during these difficult financial times. Thanks also to all who help in our weekend liturgies. 

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Exposition: 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, etc. Cost £2. 

Sun & Mon no duty. Mass (Mon 4th Sept) – Charles. Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. Sat 5pm – 6pm. 

Mass: Mon to Fri @ 7pm. Duty: Tues – Brian. Wed – Antony Connelly.   Thurs –  Charles.  

Friday – Anthony O’Leary.   Saturday  –  Antony Connelly.  

The September Church cleaning group will meet Wednesday (6th) immediately after the 7pm Mass.

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

Seamus Mc Manus, Kinawley

Mary Mc Grenaghan, Tattinweir, Tempo

Terry Green, Ballylucas, Enniskillen

Mrs M Kellagher, Garvary, Enniskillen

Anniversaries

Tom & Sheila Mc Caffrey, Enniskillen

 & their daughter Lisa Byrne, Enniskillen

William Mc Gurn, Ashwoods, Enniskillen

Rachel (Baby) & Kevin Leonard, Largy, Garvary, Enniskillen

Rose Ferguson, Belcoo

Kathleen McGinley, New York & formerly Augher

Mollie Harkin, Tempo

Catherine & Luke Mc Govern, Garadice, Ballinamore

Susan Keown, Cornahilta, Belleek

Pat Maguire, Garrison

Mary Cox, Garrison

Canon Lonergon, Garrison

Mary Susan & Michael John Mc Caffrey, Garrison

Kathleen & Michael Goligy, Omagh

Nuala Maguire, Killesher

Edward & Bernadette Mc Loughlin, Killesher

Edward Mc Caffrey, Coa

Gerald Hogan, Enniskillen

John Dolan, Derryargon, Enniskillen

Brian Reilly, Enniskillen

Paddy Gallagher, Gorteen, Garrison

Weekly Bulletin 11th June 2023

Today is the Feast of “The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ”. A deep conviction within the tradition of Celtic spirituality is that there is only a thin veil between the transcendent and immanent, between the sacred and secular, between the Creator and creation, between God and ourselves. The old Celts were also convinced that there are special moments when the veil is lifted or becomes gossamer thin, when our encounter with God becomes palpable, immediate, more than mediated. Again, the mystics of Christian tradition have said as much. The Christian Celts insisted, however, that the veil is at its thinnest, if not entirely lifted, when we celebrate and receive Eucharist. They saw Eucharist as the most mystical of moments—this side of eternity. The commission to parents in the ritual of the baptism states: “You will be the first teachers of your child in the ways of faith”—and by “first” I think the Church means most influential. When I worked in Belfast as a curate, we had great celebrations in our parish for the celebration of “First Holy Communions.” The children were there dressed in their finery, hymns were belted out by the children that were taught by their hard working teachers, but unfortunately we did not see most of them at Mass again until it came to their Confirmation Day! The Second Vatican Council said that the “split” that Christians manage to maintain between the faith we profess and our daily lives deserves to be counted among the more serious errors of our age” (“Constitution on Church in Modern World,” #43). This is a rather amazing statement. Speaking in 1965, you’d think the Council would name communism, or materialism, or secularism, and so on; but no, the worst of errors is the gap we Christians maintain between the lives we live and the faith we profess. There seems to be a “wall of separation” between our daily lives and the celebration of Mass.

We must approach the celebration and reception of Eucharist as a “thin veil” moment in the midst of the ordinary and everyday. So, Eucharist must arise from and return to life, with the commitment to live as disciples. Surely, that is what Vatican II meant when it said that the liturgy should be the “summit and source” of Christian faith (“Constitution on Liturgy,” #10).  After receiving the Body and Blood of Christ we take time to pray our thanksgiving. There is a little pattern or mnemonic that might help us to express our thanksgiving in silent conversation with Jesus. The word is “A-L-T-A-R”. Each word begins with the letter of the word “altar”

  • Adoration: Pause to be in awe and amazement at this moment of divine/human encounter; welcome Jesus and thank him for coming to you in the Eucharist; 
  • Love:Tell Jesus you love him and ask him to kindle the same spark of love in your heart that is so aflame in his for us all.
  • Talk: Talk to Jesus about your life, about what you’re “up to” and whatever is “going on” there; 
  • Ask: Recognise the help and blessings you need in your life at this time and ask for them; 
  • Repent/Resolve: Ask forgiveness as needed and make resolutions about how you will try to live as a disciple of Jesus, placing your life in his hands. 

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Feasts of the Week: Tuesday: St. Anthony of Padua. The patron saint of “lost things”!  A friar of the Franciscan Order born in Lisbon in 1195 and died in Padua in 1231. He was canonised a saint less than a year after his death. Friday: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also the world day of prayer for priests. Saturday: The Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

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Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £1590.  We appreciate your generosity. A word of thanks also to our Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, Ushers, and Singers who help in our celebrations of the weekend 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, Birthday, Exams, Wedding etc. Cost £2. 

Sun & Mon no duty. Mass Mon  12th June  @ 7pm – Brian. Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.  Sat 5pm – 6pm. 

Mass: Tues – 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. 

June’s Church Cleaning Group. Thank you as always to June’s Church cleaners for their continued hard work.

Recently Deceased

Joe Corrigan, Forthill Park, Irvinestown

Mrs Marie Donnelly, Draperstown.

Anniversaries

Barney & Anna Mc Hugh, Drumna, Boho

The Mc Gurn family,

Ashwoods &  Togher family, Belmullett

Gerry Cassidy(1st Anniversary) Devenish Crescent, Enniskillen

Noel Donegan, Rossorry Church Road, Enniskillen

Eddie & Alice Donegan, Mill St, Enniskillen  

Donal & Dympna Blake, Tobermore Park, Enniskillen

Frs Cosmas & Marius Donnelly C.P, The Graan Monastery

Kevin Donnelly, California & Enniskillen  

Eileen Slevin, Tempo

Annie & Harry McGale,  87,Riverside, Enniskillen

Annie & Francis Keown, Cornahilta, Belleek

James & Peggy Keown, Roscor Belleek

Michael & Sarah Breen, Belfast

Paddy McGowan, Enniskillen  

Weekly Bulletin 30th October 2022

Today is the Thirty-First Sunday of the Year. We hear the story of Zacchaeus the small man who had to climb a sycamore tree to see Jesus as He passed by (Luke 19:1-10). “When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and said to him “Zacchaeus  come down. Hurry, for I am to stay at your house today” And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully’ (Luke 19:5-7). Roland Rolheiser a Canadian Oblate priest and an excellent spiritual writer holds a particular view on this Gospel. He speaks about the small Zacchaeus and the big Zacchaeus. He goes on: –  The gospels point out that, before his conversion, Zacchaeus was a short man, someone lacking in height, but that, after his conversion, the tall man gave back what the small man had stolen. Meeting Jesus, it seems, made Zacchaeus grow bigger in stature. In essence, we all have two souls, two hearts, and two minds. Inside of each of us there’s a soul, heart, and mind that’s petty, that’s been hurt, that wants vengeance, that wants to protect itself, that’s frightened of what’s different, that’s prone to gossip, that’s racist, that perennially feels cheated. Seen in a certain light, all of us are as small in stature as the pre- converted Zacchaeus. But there’s also a tall, big-hearted person inside each of us, someone who wants to warmly embrace the whole world, beyond personal hurt, selfishness, race, creed, and politics. We are always both, grand and petty. The world isn’t divided up between big-hearted and small-minded people. Rather our days are divided up between those moments when we are big-hearted, generous, warm, hospitable, unafraid, wanting to embrace everyone and those moments when we are petty, selfish, over-aware of the unfairness of life, frightened, and seeking only to protect ourselves and our own safety and interests. We are both tall and short at the same time and either of these can manifest itself from minute to minute”.

Are we big-hearted? We don’t live in easy times. We live in a very polarised church – and it is not easy to be vulnerable. The best definition of the word Catholic comes from Jesus himself: “In my Father’s house there are many rooms” (John 14:2).  In speaking of the Father’s house, Jesus is not speaking about a mansion in the sky, but about God’s heart. God’s heart has many rooms. It can embrace everything. In the first reading today from the Book of Wisdom (11:22-12:2): Yes you love all that exists, you hold nothing of what you made in abhorrence = (hatred) for had you hated anything you would not have formed it.” (Wisdom 11:24). God has a wide large heart. God is not sectarian. It is wide, un-petty, open and opposed to all that is factional, fundamentalist, and ideological. It is a heart that does not divide things up according to ours and theirs. One poet wrote: “The bosom of God is not a ghetto” Fundamentalism is a heart with just one room! They prefer slogans to critical thought. Their narrow mean little gods that they create to frighten others has no place in the heart of a follower of Jesus. Take to heart today the words in our Responsorial Psalm 144 – “The Lord is kind and full of compassion slow to anger abounding in love. How good is the Lord to all compassionate to all his creatures

 

Feasts of the Week: Tuesday: All Saints Day. Masses are at 10.30am – Charles. 12noon – Charles & 7pm – Brian.  

Wednesday: All Souls Day. Masses are at 12noon – Charles & 7pm – Victor.  

Thursday: St. Malachy (1094-1148) Bishop of Armagh. Friend of St. Bernard. He brought the Cistercians to Ireland in 1142. Also the Feast of Blessed Pius Campidelli Italian Passionist student (1868-1889) Beatified by Pope John Paul 11 on November 17. 1985

Friday: St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) Cardinal Archbishop of Milan. Patron saint of catechists and seminarians.

Saturday: St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639). Peruvian Dominican brother who worked for the poor.

 

Confessions & Duty: Please note we will have extra confessions tomorrow Monday (31st Oct)  from 2pm – 5pm – Charles & Anthony. Mass @ 7pm – Charles.

Tues–  Brian.  Mass @ 7pm – Brian.  

Wed – Victor & Arthur. Mass @ 7pm – Victor.     

Thurs – Arthur & Charles. Mass @ 7pm – Arthur  

Fri – Anthony. Sat 5 – 6pm.

Sat –  Anthony.

 

Thank you for the wonderful collection taken up last weekend in aid of the oversea missions. It came to £3080. Your support of the work of all who are serving the Gospel far from their own homeland is truly remarkable. A sincere thank you on their behalf.

 

The November cleaning group will meet on Wednesday 2nd November. We appreciate your time and effort.

 

November Dead Lists are available beside the Shrine to Our Lady of Fatima. Mass will be celebrated every day in the monastery for those of your deceased family and friends, and those names you put on the list. May they all rest in peace. 

 

Graan Draw: Tickets are available at all the doors of our Church for our annual draw. The draw will take place on the 2 December 2022 and can be viewed on the webcam. It is the only fund-raising activity that we have we would appreciate your support by buying or selling tickets for us. We are grateful to all our retail outlets & volunteers. Ticket selling in Belleek on Friday 4th Nov.

 

The Shop has restocked for Christmas. There are a great selection of cribs on display as well as candles, diaries, cards and suitable gifts for Christmas and new Christmas Mass Bouquets.  Cost £2 / €2.50.

 

Recently Deceased

 

Pat O Brien, Fortwilliam Pk, Belfast

Agnes Mc Caffrey, Lisnaskea

Angela Isherwood, Bath, England

Siobhan Owens, Sligo Rd, Enniskillen

Ann Gray, Holywell, Belcoo

Nishey Harte, Omagh

 

Anniversaries

Thomas & Mary B Rooney, Erne Drive, Enniskillen

Sony Keown, Gleneast, Garrison

Sr Margaret Mc Govern, South Africa formerly Tempo

Bernie Gallagher, Glenwood Gardens, Enniskillen

The Gallagher families Arney & Mulleek

Patrick,  Bridget & Peggy Murphy, Brookeborough

The Mulhern Family, Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim

The Maguire Family, Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim

Leo Gray, Belcoo & London

Art Maguire, Hillview, Enniskillen

Franzie & Philomena Mc Govern, Garrison

John Mc Govern, Loughside Rd, Garrison

John Joe & Mary Flanagan, Treel, Boho

Henry & Mary Hurrell

Jim & Michael Murray

Nellie Conroy, Beragh

Thomas James Gormley, Roscor, Belleek

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin 23rd October 2022

Today is the Thirtieth Sunday of the Year. Today also is Mission Sunday.  The collection taken up at all Masses today will go to Missio Ireland. Missio Ireland is the Irish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies. They are the Holy Father’s official charity for overseas mission. Wherever the Church is present, they are there, meaning they can reach out across five continents to support over 1,100 mission dioceses. Each Missio is headed by a National Director, appointed by the Holy Father. The theme of this year’s Mission Sunday is “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). In the Gospel today (Luke 18:9-14) Jesus speaks about two men going up to the temple to pray but there is only one who is really praying! The Pharisee makes his prayer. We have no reason to doubt what he declares. He begins his prayer with a thanksgiving to God for keeping him good, not for the goodness in God; and he concludes with a disregard for others. He believes that all in him is godly. He is unaware that he loves no one, neither God nor his neighbour; he doesn’t recognise how corrupted his prayer has become. He sees evil outside of himself. The tax-collector, considered a sinner on two counts: being a bad person and because he collected taxes for Rome, expresses his relationship with God in a simple supplication that he repeats various times, as he strikes his chest: “God be merciful to me a sinner”. Given his extreme poverty, it is only in God that he can find his salvation. Jesus praised the tax-collector. In doing so, Jesus is not inviting us to be sinners so that God will pay attention to us. Jesus is inviting us to discover that we are loved for our frailty and not for our excess of piety. He asks us to be humble; not to come before God (nor before others) praising our virtues and our good works. Whoever thinks he is rich, asks for nothing. Whoever considers himself wise, doesn’t ask questions. Whoever thinks he is perfect, has no need to beg pardon for anything. We read in today’s first reading (Ecclesiasticus 35:12-19) “The Lord shows no respect of personages to the detriment of the poor man…the prayer of the humble person pierces the clouds.” Contrasting with these reflections it would appear to be St. Paul the Apostle’s attitude as he praises his own merits. Listen to what he says in today’s second reading (2 Timothy 4:6-18) I have fought the good fight to the end, I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith, all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me” We know that Paul is not exaggerating in summing up his adventures and his sufferings for Christ. Paul states that should he glory in any aspect of his life, it should be on the Cross of Christ. Thus, he recognises that the prize which God has prepared for him is not only for him: …and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance”. What is more important: he recognises that …the Lord stood by me and gave me strength…I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.” The Apostle does not fall into self-sufficiency, but rather into the attitude of gratitude because of the good that God has permitted him to do for the sake of the Christian Communities and for the evangelisation of the world. We remember our missionaries especially in our prayer today. 

 

Feasts of the Week: Friday: Sts Simon and Jude: Apostles. Saint Jude is the patron saint of hopeless cases.

Prayer to St. JudeO glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus! The name of the traitor has caused thee to be forgotten by many, but the Church honours and invokes thee universally as the patron of hopeless cases – of matters despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolations and succour of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly… (here make your request), and that I may bless God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise thee, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, and I will never cease to honour thee as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to thee. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us. And for all who invoke thy aid. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress! Amen. 

 

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £1800. We genuinely appreciate your generosity and support of our work here at the Graan. We remember our benefactors every day in our community prayers. Thanks also to our Readers, Singers, and Ministers of the Eucharist who help with the liturgy over the weekend.

 

November Dead List are available in the church porches The enrolled names will be left on the Altar during November and remembered at every Mass offered during the month of November.                                                                                                 

 

Graan Draw: Tickets are available at all the doors of our Church for our draw. The draw will take place on the 2 December and can be viewed on the webcam. It is the only fund-raising activity that we have we would appreciate your support by buying or selling tickets for us. We are grateful to all our outlets and volunteers who are giving of their time to sell tickets for us in our various outlets.

Ticket Selling Outlets: On Friday 28 & Saturday 29 Oct  next – McKeagney’s Tempo. Belleek – 4 Nov. Martin Rooney’s Enniskillen 18 & 19 Nov. Dunnes Store, Enniskillen 24 & 25 November.

 

The Shop has restocked for Christmas. There are a great selection of cribs on display as well as candles, diaries, cards and suitable gifts for Christmas and new Christmas Mass Bouquets.  Cost £2 / €2.50.

 

Confessions & Duty: Masses Mon to Fri @ 7pm. Sunday & Monday  – No Duty. Mass (24th Oct) @ 7pm – Arthur.

Duty – 2pm to 5pm: Tues–  Brian.   Wed – Victor.    Thurs – Arthur.   Fri – Anthony. Sat 5 – 6pm. Sat –  Anthony     

 

Recently Deceased

 

Aidan Morris, Henry St, Enniskillen

Anne Hannon, Sligo

Mary Dundas, Windmill Heights, Enniskillen

Bridie Mc Sherry, Tullybogey, Belleek

Una Maguire, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Kevin Quinn, Collegeland, Co Armagh

Patrick Trainor, Coa

Anne Padden, Mill Street, Enniskillen

 

Anniversaries

Erne Jones, Drumlyon Drive, Enniskillen

Ann Cox, Shankill, Enniskillen

Theresa Donnelly, Old Rossorry Rd, Enniskillen

Kiara Mc Coy, Derryhurdan, Lisnaskea

Peter Smith, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan

Michael Mc Ginley, Maspeth, New York

Joe Doherty & The Doherty Family, Gortgall, Boho

Frances Gannon, Menapian Way, Enniskillen

The Bannon Family, The Cottage, Mountdrum, Lisbellaw

John Mc Govern, Garrison

Eamon & Fergus Mc Gullion, Monea

Alice & Hugh Mc Manus, Boho

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin 16th October 2022

Today is the 29 Sunday in Ordinary Time: One of the big words that come from the readings at Mass today is the word, “perseverance” We have the story in the first reading (Exodus 17:8-13) of Moses persevering in prayer despite being exhausted. In the Gospel (Luke 18:1-8) a widow harasses a judge until she gets her case heard. The word “perseverance” means holding a course of action, belief or purpose without giving way. It is a person who is steadfast in their commitments. It involves persistence, tenacity and determination. The Christian life isn’t about a blissful problem free existence but a better way of living in relationship with God. A relationship does not mean anything unless it endures trials and hardships. Prayer is a relationship, a long-term one. Relating to anyone long-term has its ups and downs. Nobody can be interesting all the time, sustain high energy all the time, or fully invest himself or herself all the time. Never travel with anyone who expects you to be interesting, lively, and emotionally invested all the time. Real life doesn’t work that way. Neither does prayer. What sustains a relationship over the long term is ritual, routine, and a regular rhythm that enfleshes that commitment. What eventually makes us stop praying, St. John of the Cross says, is simple boredom, tiredness, lack of energy. We simply cannot sustain that kind of energy and enthusiasm for prayer all the time. We are human beings limited in our energies, tired, dissipated, and torn in various directions. That is why we need ritual. We need a routine. We need some kind of rhythm in our lives where the Lord gets space to speak to the depths of our being.  The saints and the great spiritual writers have always said that there is only one non-negotiable rule of prayer: “Show Up! Show up regularly!” The up and downs of our minds and hearts are of secondary importance.  We need to listen to what the Lord is asking of us today. It is not possible to bring in the peace of Christ while our hearts are full of resentment and blindness. We need humbly to be converted to his truth, to mobilise all our forces in order to retrace our steps from false ways, and to allow ourselves to be guided by the Spirit that inspired the whole life of Jesus.  The last sentence in today’s second letter from Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:14-4:2) states: “Refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience -but do all with patience and with the intention of preaching”. The readings today call us to perseverance but above all we need to be patient with ourselves and accept the reality of our humanity. Read the Opening Prayer of the Mass today: “May your grace, O Lord, we pray at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works…”

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Feasts of the Week: Monday: St. Ignatius of Antioch. Died a martyr in Rome about the year 107. He wrote letters to the various Christian communities on his way to Rome urging Christians to unity around the Eucharist and their bishop. “I am the wheat of God ground by the beasts’ teeth, to be the pure bread of Christ” Tuesday: St. Luke. Writer of the Gospel. Was a physician and worked with St. Paul on his second Missionary journey. Wednesday: St. Paul of the Cross. (1694-1775). Founder of our Congregation the Passionists. The Passion of Jesus moved Paul to want to reach out to others because its message had already penetrated his own heart. The remembrance of the Passion was for him a privileged place of encounter with God.  Saturday: St. John Paul 11. He was pope for over twenty-six years. He died on the 2 April 2005. 

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Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £2055. We appreciate your generosity and support of our work here in the Graan. Thanks also to our Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers and Singers who helped with the liturgy over the weekend. 

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Mission Sunday: Next Sunday is Mission Sunday. This is a moment of universal solidarity when each member of the Church family, play their part in supporting our brothers and sisters who are working overseas in spreading the Gospel. The total collection next Sunday will be taken up here in the Graan will be for this cause. I know we can rely on your wonderful generosity.

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Graan Draw: Tickets are available at all the doors of our Church for our annual draw. The draw will take place on the 2 December 2022 and can be viewed on the webcam. It is the only fund-raising activity that we have we would appreciate your support by buying or selling tickets for us. 

Ticket Selling Outlets: The Mart, Enniskillen  – 20 Oct. Irvinestown 21st & 22nd Oct.  McKeagney’s Tempo – 28 & 29 Oct. Belleek – 4 Nov. Martin Rooney’s Enniskillen 18 & 19 November. Dunnes Store, Enniskillen 24 & 25 Nov

 

Shop is open:  Monday to Friday from 9.30am -7pm and Sunday from 9.30 -5pm.  

 

Guild Mass Cards:  We have a new selection of Christmas Mass Bouquets.

 

Confessions & Duty: Masses Mon to Fri @ 7pm. Sunday & Monday  – No Duty. Mass (17th Oct) @ 7pm – Charles.  

Duty – 2pm to 5pm: Tues–  Brian.   Wed – Victor.    Thurs –  Charles.  Fri – Charles. Sat 5 – 6pm. Sat –  Arthur.     

 

Recently Deceased

 

Mary Doonan, Beach Hill, Enniskillen

 

 

 

Anniversaries

Vincent Mulligan, Knocks, Lisnaskea

The Brady Family, Drumeer, Maguiresbridge

Vesty, Margaret & Michael Healy, Glangevlin

Hugh, Sheridan & Hugh & Peggy Sheridan, Glangevlin

Rose & Vincie Mc Govern, Glangevlin

The Clancy, Leonard & Nolan families, Enniskillen & Sligo

Eamon Kelly & the Kelly Family, Ederney

Sean Mc Cusker & the Mc Cusker family, Omagh

Johnny Hoy, Derrygonnelly

Mary & Pat Joe Dolan, Manchester

Stephen Mc Garrity, Ashwoods, Enniskillen

Tom, Una & John Long & Peter O Callaghan, Dublin

Patrick & Katherine Flanagan, Roscor, Belleek

 

 

Weekly Bulletin 9th October 2022

Today is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  In the Gospel today (Luke 17:11-19) we hear the story of the leper who was a Samaritan returning back to thank Jesus for healing him. We are now in the month of October, traditionally known as the month of the Rosary. Some find it difficult to pray the rosary. Others find that praying the Rosary using the beads as a useful way of keeping them focused on what they are doing. The beads are helpful and remind us to focus our minds and heart on prayer. Even if we are distracted, the beads call us back. As we seem busy in our lives, there’s always time for a quick decade since the rosary is as easy as prayer can get. Pope Paul V1 said: “As a Gospel prayer, centred on the mystery of the redemptive Incarnation, the Rosary is a prayer with a clearly Christological orientation. Its most characteristic element, in fact, the litany-like succession of Hail Marys, becomes in itself an unceasing praise of Christ.” Prayer is not merely our work but it is God’s work in us. We are told in the second reading today (2 Timothy 2:13) “We may be unfaithful, but he is always faithful…” Remember the old Penny Catechism had it that: Prayer is the raising up of the minds and hearts to God to adore Him, to bless his Holy Name, to praise his goodness and to return him thanks for all His benefits. This definition of prayer put a lot of emphasis on the work that we do when we pray. The new Catechism speaks of prayer being a relationship. It emphasises God’s work in us. It says that: Prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts for us so that we may thirst for Him ( No: 2559). In the Gospel today we have the four aspects of all prayer

  1. PetitionThey stood some way off and called to him, Jesus! Master! Have mercy on us” (Luke 17:13)
  2. Praise – “Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice” (Luke 17:15)
  3. Adoration – “…and he threw himself prostrate at the feet of Jesus” (Luke 17:16)
  4. Thanksgiving “and thanked him!” (Luke 17:17)

Pope Francis in his homily on this Gospel remarks: Everything is his gift. He is our strength! Saying “thank you is such an easy thing, and yet so hard! How often do we say “thank you” to one another in our families? These are essential words for our life in common.Sorry”,   “May I”, “Thank You”. If families can say these three things, they will be fine. (13 October 2013)

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Feasts for the Week: Tuesday: St. John XX111 (1881-1963). He was elected Pope on 28 October 1958. He called the Second Vatican Council which opened on 11 October 1962.  Saturday: St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) She established Carmelite convents under a reformed rule and wrote much on prayer and the spiritual life

 

Thanks to the October cleaning group who gave of their time and energy in cleaning the Church last Wednesday evening. We appreciate your hard work on our behalf. Thanks also for the collection last week. It came to £1950. We appreciate your generosity and support of our work here in the Graan. Thanks also to our Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers and Singers who helped with the liturgy over the weekend. 

 

Graan Draw: Tickets are available at all the doors of our Church. The draw will take place on the 2 December 2022 and can be viewed on the webcam. It is the only fund-raising activity that we have we would appreciate your support by buying or selling tickets for us. Thank you to all who bought and sold tickets on The Diamond, Enniskillen.  

 

Ticket Selling Outlets: (Market Yard) in Lisnaskea – 14th October, The Mart, Enniskillen  – 20 October. Irvinestown – 21st & 22nd October. McKeagney’s Tempo – 28 & 29 October. Belleek – 4 November. Supervalue, Newtownbutler – 11th November. Martin Rooney’s Enniskillen 18 & 19 November. Dunnes Store, Enniskillen 24 & 25 November.

 

Shop is open:  Monday to Friday from 9.30am -7pm and Sunday from 9.30 -5pm                          

 

Guild Mass Cards:  We have a new selection of Christmas Mass Bouquets.

 

Confessions & Duty: Masses Mon to Fri @ 7pm. Sunday & Monday  – No Duty. Mass (10th October)  @ 7pm –  Arthur.

 

Duty – 2pm to 5pm: Tues–  Brian.   Wed – Victor.    Thurs – Charles.   Fri –  Arthur.  Sat 5 – 6pm. Sat –  Charles.

 

Healing of the Family Tree Mass on Wednesday 19th of October @ 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Arney with  Fr Gerry Campbell. 

 

Recently Deceased

 

Stephen Mc Caffrey, Lisnaskea

Jim Moore, Tamlaght, Enniskillen

 

 

 

Anniversaries

Thomas (Tommy) & Mary Durnien & their daughter Rosemary, Main Street, Lisnaskea

Vincent & Frances Mulligan, Mountview Dr, Lisnaskea

Annette & Ciaran Gilgunn, Enniskillen

Ronnie Dane, Ashwoods, Enniskillen

Lee Whitley, Moyletra Gardens, Enniskillen (Month’s Mind)

Geraldine Bogue, London & Doon Tempo

Michael O’Reilly, Belleek

The Gunn & Murray families, Teemore

Agnes & Joseph Elliott, Drumcor Hill, Enniskillen

Colin Mc Kenzie, Silverhill Manor, Enniskillen (Month’s Mind)

Hugh, Maggie, Margaret & Frank Keaney, Tullyrossmearan, Belcoo

 

 

Weekly Bulletin 2nd October 2022

Today is the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: All we have and are is God’s gift to us. Today we are told that we are servants. I remember saying to a good man one day, “God has been very good to you!”  And he replied, Yes, but I have not been bad to Him! We can never put God in our debt.  There can be a certain tendency in all of us to view our relationship with God as a kind of “gave and take”. The last line of today’s Gospel (Luke 17:5-10) states “…when you have done all you have been told to do, say. “We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty” (Luke 17:10) No person should feel that they have earned thanks for doing what in any event they could have been compelled to do.  The law does not lay down a reward for a parent who feeds and clothes and educates their child.  But it does lay down a penalty for those who do not do these things.  However, God’s relationship with us is a relationship of love.  It is impossible to pay for the gifts of love.  It may be possible to satisfy the claims of law, but every lover knows that nothing can ever satisfy the claims of love. We can end up with a mercenary attitude towards God, some might think… I have done the hard pilgrimage in Lough Derg for you God, I have prayed and fasted all my life, for you God…. now reward me and do this for me!”  Some people think that they are doing God a favour when they keep his laws and worship Him. What we need is faith and trust. Here is a wonderful little tale told about St. Peter “One day Jesus said to his disciples: “I’d like you to carry a stone for me.” He didn’t give any explanation. So the disciples looked around for a stone to carry, and Peter, being the practical sort, sought out the smallest stone he could possibly find. After all, Jesus didn’t give any regulation for weight and size! So he put it in his pocket. Jesus then said: “Follow Me.” He led them on a journey. About noontime Jesus had everyone sit down. He waved his hands and all the stones turned to bread. He said, “Now it’s time for lunch.” In a few seconds, Peter’s lunch was over. When lunch was done Jesus told them to stand up. He said again, “I’d like you to carry a stone for me.” This time Peter said, “Aha! Now I get it!” So he looked around and saw a small boulder. He hoisted it on his back and it was painful, it made him stagger. But he said, “I can’t wait for supper.” Jesus then said: “Follow Me.” He led them on a journey, with Peter barely being able to keep up. Around supper time Jesus led them to the side of a river. He said, “Now everyone, throw your stones into the water.” They did. Then he said, “Follow Me,” and began to walk. Peter and the others looked at him dumbfounded. Jesus sighed and said, “Don’t you remember what I asked you to do? Who were you carrying the stone for?” If the motive behind our good deeds – even behind our prayers – is the praise of man, to receive their honour, then Jesus declares that that is the only reward we will get. Therefore, consider the motives behind the things that you do. As we accept that the only righteousness we have is found in Jesus and not in what we have done or haven’t done or in the purity of our motives, we begin to stop trying to earn our self-worth from our performance. As we come to a deeper grasp of His great love for us, that gave everything so that we might have new life, we desire more and more to carry any stone for Him, for His glory, because we love Him so much.

 

Feasts of the Week: Tues: St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) abandoned all things for the love of Christ. Patron saint of ecologists. Wed: St. Faustina (1905-1938). Polish Sister of Our Lady of Mercy.  Inspiration behind the movement of proclaiming devotion to the Divine Mercy. Thur: Blessed Isidore de Loor, (1881- 1916). Passionist brother from Belgium. A man who had his right eye removed in 1911 and died of cancer aged 35. He lived religious life for only nine years joyfully and faithful to the will of God. Fri: Our Lady of the Rosary

 

Day for Life: Today is a day dedicated to Life. The focus of the Day for Life this year is on older persons. Pope Francis said: We invite people to think again about the value and worth of older persons in families, in society, and to make practical choices to build bridges between the generations. We call for people and parishes to devote quality time, energy and creativity in caring for the older persons in our communities”.

 

 

Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £2050.  We appreciate your generosity and kindness as always. A word of appreciation to our Readers, Singers and Ministers of the Eucharist for their help during our weekend liturgies.

 

 

Graan Draw: Tickets are available at all the doors of our Church for our annual draw. The draw will take place on the 2 December 2022 and can be viewed on our webcam. It is the only fund-raising activity that we have and we would appreciate your support by buying or selling tickets for us. Thanks to Una and staff at Lilleys Centra and to all who bought and sold tickets for us.

 

 

Ticket Selling outlets: The Diamond Enniskillen – 7th & 8th October. The Mart Enniskillen – 20th October. Mc Keagney’s Tempo – 28th & 29th October. Belleek – 4th November. Martin Rooney’s – 18th & 19th November. Dunnes Store – 24th & 25th November.

 

 

Our Shop is open:  Monday to Friday from 9.30am -7pm and Sunday from 9.30 -5pm

 

 

Guild Mass Cards:  We have a new selection of Christmas Mass Bouquets.

 

 

Confessions & Duty: Masses Mon to Fri @ 7pm. Sunday & Monday  – No Duty. Mass (3rd October)  @ 7pm – Charles.      

Duty: Tues 2pm – 5pm  – Brian.    Wed – Victor. Thurs – Arthur. Fri – Charles. Sat 5 – 6pm. Sat – Charles.   

 

 

Church Cleaning Group: October’s cleaning group will meet on Wednesday next @ 7.30pm. 

 

 

Aisling Centre Mindfulness Mediation, 8-week prog.  Mindfulness can be particularly beneficial to anyone living with anxiety, depression, pain or illness. Programme starts 17th October.  Information night Monday 3rd October.  Call – Aisling Centre 028 66 325811. 

 

 

Recently Deceased

 

 

Tenley Rooney, Boston  

Moira Young, Belfast formerly Kinawley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anniversaries

Edward & Mary Jane Mc Teggart, Sligo Rd, Enniskillen

Tom Mc Taggart, Belfast

Vincent Mc Teggart, Navan & Tony Mc Teggart, Enniskillen Gaby D’Arcy, Bellanaleck

Ellen & Hugh D’Arcy, Bellanaleck

Pat Brogan, Omagh

Barney Mc Loughlin, Lisgoole Pk, Enniskillen

Celine Duffy, Drumary, Derrygonnelly

Sheila Maguire, Lisnaskea

John Thomas Mc Govern, Aughindigh, Kinawley

Packie, Cissie & Mary Ellen Mc Keogh, Glengeen, Trillick

John, Rita and Joe Timoney, Agho, Belcoo

 

 

 

Weekly Bulletin 25th September 2022

Today is the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees. The theme of today is entitled “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees” chosen by the Holy Father for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis highlights the commitment that we are all called to share in building a future that embraces God’s plan, leaving no one behind. Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation the “Joy of the Gospel”  (24 November 2013) declared- God has shown the poor his “first mercy” and that this “divine preference has consequences for the faith life of all Christians (No 198). The parables of Jesus make up half of Luke’s Gospel. They are framed around the story of Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem. We have one of those parables in today’s Gospel (Luke 16:19-31). It is the story of the rich man who totally ignores the poor man Lazarus lying at his gate. The name Lazarus means “God is my Help” While the rich man wore the purple clothes of an emperor, and feasted every day, the poor man was covered in sores that were licked by the dogs of the street. Lazarus hopes were small. He hoped to get the bread that was used to wipe the hands of those who fed at the rich man’s table. In the second part of the story  Lazarus is now transferred to the Higher Realms (Bosom of Abraham). The rich man was having a hot time of it and the dividing line was no longer a gate but an eternal gulf. The roles that were taken for granted in the world are dramatically reversed. Mary the Mother of God sang about this reversal in the song of the Magnificat:  He has shown the power of his arm he has routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things the rich sent empty away (Luke 1:51-53). The Magnificat is not so much about Mary’s personal exultation as it is about the exaltation of the poor. In this prayer, she gives voice to how God ultimately responds to the powerlessness and oppression of the poor. What Mary affirms in the Magnificat is a deep truth we can only grasp in the faith and hope, namely, that even though at present injustice, corruption, and exploitation of the poor, seem to reign, there will be a last day when that oppressive stone will roll back from the tomb and the powerful will topple. The Magnificat is the ultimate prayer of hope – and the ultimate prayer for the poor. While they lived on this earth the rich man didn’t kick Lazarus or insult him or call the police – he did nothing.  He was totally insensitive to his suffering like the women spoken about by Amos in today’s first reading. (Amos 6:1a, 4-7). Is this the point of Jesus parable? Sometimes innocence becomes a crime. When we say “I did not do anything” That is not a justification but it can be a conviction. At the Confiteor at the beginning of Mass we pray: “I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts, in my words, in what I have done and in what I failed to do” That is called the sin of omission. The poor man Lazarus was lying at the gate, and the rich man simply could not care less. The poor man died someone picked him up and put him in an unmarked grave, and the rich man probably poured himself another cup of coffee.  He had done nothing wrong against Lazarus, of course. But he did fail to do a good deed. He failed to reach out and share a little of his blessings with the poor man. It is not what we carry in our purses or bank accounts that matters. It’s what we carry in our hearts. That is where the rich man was found wanting. Poverty of heart is the worst form of poverty.

 

Feasts of the Week: Tuesday: St. Vincent de Paul (1580-1660). Committed to caring for the poor and disadvantaged.  Founded the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity (1633). Thursday: St. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael – Archangels. Friday: St. Jerome (340-420) Translated the Bible into Latin. Saturday: St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. Better known as the “Little Flower” Died in Carmel at Lisieux on 30 September 1897. Patron Saint of the Missions. 

 

Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £1860.  We appreciate your generosity and support as always. Thanks to our Singers, Readers and Ministers of the Eucharist who help out in the weekend liturgies.

 

Graan Draw: Tickets are available at all the doors of our Church for our annual draw. The draw will take place on the 2 December 2022 and can be viewed on our webcam.

Ticket Selling: Over the next number of weeks we will be selling the Graan tickets at various outlets throughout the county. We will be looking for volunteers to help out. Next week we will have a full list of the various outlets and if you would like to help for a few hours we would be grateful.   Please leave your name and number at reception and we will be in contact with you. 

Friday next 30th Sept and Saturday 1st October we will be selling Lilleys Centra, Shore Rd, Enniskillen. 

 

Our Shop is open:  Monday to Friday from 9.30am -7pm and Sunday from 9.30 -5pm

 

Guild Mass Cards:  We have a new selection of Christmas Mass Bouquets in stock.

 

Confessions & Duty: Sunday & Monday  – No Duty. Mass (26th Sept)  @ 7pm –  Arthur. 

Duty: Tues 2pm – 5pm  –  Brian.  Wed – Victor. Thurs – Arthur.  Fri – Anthony. Sat 5 – 6pm. Sat – Anthony.   

 

 

A Charity Dance will be held in Coa Hall on Friday 7th October in memory of the late Gerard Baird. Proceeds to Fermanagh Palliative Care. For further information call Aileen 07719541056.

 

 

Recently Deceased

 

Alison Hadingham, Drumcose, Enniskillen

Hugh Quinn, Cliffoney, Sligo

Francis (Francie) Leonard, Enniskillen

Patrick Devenney, Newtowncunningham

Margaret Sullivan (nee Devenney), Newtowncunningham

 

Anniversaries

Elizabeth, Joseph, Sarah & Patrick Mc Gilley

   & the Mc Gilley family, Enniskillen

Vincent & Kitty Mc Dermott & their grandson Paul, Lisnaskea

Frank Mc Ginley, Lisnaskea  

JP & Teresa O’Reilly, Belmore Street, Enniskillen

Eileen & Patrick Corrigan, Shanvalley, Kinawley

Mabel Mc Nulty, Tullyrosmearn, Belcoo

Alan & Denis Hussey, Birmingham

Theresa Hopkinson, Warrington

Malachy & Tessie Mc Auley, Drumscollop, Monea

John Mc Loughlin & Geraldine Cameron, Boho

Niall & Ignatius O’ Neill & The O’Neill Family, Lisnaskea

Joe Carty, Garrison

Patrick & Mary Reilly, Drumgallon, Enniskillen

Susan Keown, Cornahilta Belleek

Francis & Annie Keown, Cornahilta Belleek

Peggy & James Keown, Roscor, Belleek

 

 

Contact

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N. Ireland.

Telephone: 028 6632 2272
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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