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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. 


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

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


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


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N. Ireland.

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