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Weekly Bulletin 10th December 2023

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent. The opening lines of the Gospel (Mark 1:1-8) speak of the “Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God”. John the Baptist is his herald. Throughout this season of Advent we remember Mary our Mother who is pregnant with Jesus. Caryll Houselander, (1901-1954) the twentieth century mystic, in her book “The Reed of God” (Ave Maria Press 2006) spoke about our Mother in these terms: “When a woman is carrying a child, she develops a certain instinct of self-defence. It is not selfishness; it is not egoism. It is an absorption into the life within, a folding of self like a little tent around the child’s frailty, a God-like instinct to cherish and some day to bring forth the life. A closing upon it like the petals of a flower closing upon the dew that shines in its heart. This is precisely the attitude we must have to Christ, the Life within us, in the Advent of our contemplation. We could scrub the floor for a tired friend, or dress a wound for a patient in a hospital, or lay the table and wash up for the family; but we shall not do it in martyr spirit or with that worse spirit of self-congratulations, of feeling that we are making ourselves more perfect, more unselfish, more positively kind. We shall do it for just one thing, that our hands make Christ’s hands in our life, that our service may let Christ serve through us, that our patience may bring Christ’s patience back to the world. By his own will Christ was dependent on Mary during Advent; he was absolutely helpless; he could go nowhere but where she chose to take him; he could not speak; her breathing was his breath; his heart beat in the beating of her heart. Today Christ is dependent upon us. This dependence of Christ lays a great trust upon us. During this tender time of Advent we must carry him in our hearts to wherever he wants to go, and there are many places to which he may never go unless we take him.!” Christ is within each one of us. We are called like Mary to bring Him to others. Let us not forget Christmas is the time when God came in our flesh. God came once. We must practice how to make him come again, every day.


Feasts of the Week: Wednesday: St. Lucy. Virgin & Martyr. She was martyred in 304 at Syracuse in Sicily during the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletian


Thanks for the collection last weekend. It came to £1925. We appreciate your generosity. Thanks also to all who help in our weekend liturgies – our ushers, singers, readers and Ministers of the Eucharist.

Graan Draw Winners

1st prize (£5000):  Bridie Maguire, Boho.

2nd Prize   (£1000) –  A Mc Cusker, Tempo.

The following won £100.  A Stunt, Market St, Enniskillen,

B Mc Guinness, Cootehill,  

M Smyth, Enniskillen,

Fr Brendan Gallagher, Fivemiletown   

P Gunn, Teemore.  

Once again we want to thank all who volunteered and gave of their time and energy to sell tickets, and we thank all the various outlets in the district who gave us their permission to use their property to sell the tickets. Thanks also to all who bought tickets, we appreciate your support of our work here at the Graan.  You are remembered every day in our prayers. 

The Shop: There are cribs, cards and Christmas Mass Bouquets.  

Shop: Mon to Fri: 9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30pm – 4.30pm.

Confessions & Duty: Sun & Mon no duty.  Mon to Fri Mass @ 7pm.

Mon (11th December) Mass  – Charles. Duty 2pm – 5pm.

Tues – Antony Connelly.  Wed Victor & Arthur.   Thurs – Brian & Antony Connelly.  

Fri – Charles & Anthony O Leary.

(Note: Extra Confessions on Saturday 16th December from 2pm – to 6pm) – Charles & Anthony O’Leary.     

Fr Brian’s new Book: ‘The Best of Brian’ is available at our shop here at The Graan. Cost: £17 or €18. You can buy online by following the link.

Graan Calendar 2024: Is available at our shop free of charge.

December’s Cleaning Group: Thanks to all our cleaning groups for their dedication throughout the year.

Aisling Centre: Hope Healing Growth 2024 ‘Ripples of Hope’ Annual HOPE HEALING GROWTH Day of Inspiration 9.30am – 3.30pm, 6th January 2024.  For more info

Christmas Masses @ The Graan

No 4pm Masses: There will be no 4pm Mass on Christmas Eve nor Christmas Day.

Christmas Masses: Vigil of Christmas @ 5pm. Late Evening Mass @7pm.

Christmas Day: Dawn Mass @ 9am. Day Mass @ 10.30am & Noon Mass @ 12noon.

Recently Deceased

Kathleen Devenney, Mc Crea Park, Drumquin

Cathal Gaffney, Greystones, Co Wicklow


Joe Carlton, Ashwoods, Enniskillen

Tommy & Willie Gilleece, Drumawill, Enniskillen

Maura Curran, Westbridge House, Enniskillen

Eddie Flynn, Waterford

Agnes & Bernard Magee, Springfield

Marjory D’Arcy, Glasgow

Tommie Wilson, Omagh

Francie Mc Gowan, Drumcose, Monea

Paddy & Peggy Meehan, Derrygonnelly

John & Margaret Presley, Market St, Enniskillen

Gerry Murphy, Omagh


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N. Ireland.

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