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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!

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


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


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