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Weekly Bulletin 10th March (Novena of Hope) 2024

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. This fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally known as ‘Laetare (Rejoice!) Sunday’, and our readings today suggest many reasons for rejoicing. The first readingfrom (2 Chronicles 36:14-23) describes the destruction of Jerusalem and the days of exile. But God, working through the Persian king, Cyrus, not only brings the Jewish people home to where they belong but also helps them rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. The author of the second reading to the Ephesians (2:4-10) writes that God, whose nature is Universal Love, brought us back to life in and with Christ Jesus through the gift of his infinite grace. Our good works and our lives lived in all their fullness are a grateful and authentic response to all we have been given by God.The Gospel passage from  (John 3:14 -21) tells us that the resurrection of Christ Jesus, who was ‘lifted up and exalted’ on the cross, brings salvation to all who believe in him and in his teachings. Christ’s Passion, for all its injustice and brutality, is a glorious revelation of God’s love for all of humankind, and the source of our healing. The last sentence in today’s second reading speaks beautifully of our dignity and worth “We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it” (Ephesians 2:10). Did you ever consider yourself as God’s masterpiece? That is what you are.  You are a wonder! The 7th Century saint Maximus the Confessor (580-662) wrote “The human person is a laboratory in which everything is concentrated” The German writer Johann von Goethe (1749- 1832) saw the human as the first conversation that nature holds with God. The late Father Tom Berry C.P. ecologist and theologian suggests that “we carry the universe in our being (just) as the universe carries us in its being” Pope Francis in his encyclical letter “Laudato Si’ (24/5/2015) stated “ Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it” (No 139). On this special Laetare Sunday we thank God for the gift of life. We remember our Mothers, living and dead, on this their special day, and we rejoice in the many ways they give us life and blessed us by their love. We thank God also for this week of Novena, for the wonderful speakers, for your support, and for all the many dedicated people working in the background who made this week possible. May we continue on our pilgrim path and know in the depth of our being just how blessed we all are! 

Sunday Collection: Came to £2200 and the surplus is used to help defray the many costs of the Novena of Hope.

Novena Collection: We didn’t have any collections during our Novena because our Novena is about prayer and hope and not money.  However we know you like to help defray the costs. There will be an opportunity at both the 12.30pm and 7.30pm Services tomorrow to make a contribution towards the running costs of the Novena. Thanks to all who have already been so generous.

At the closing tomorrow a special blessing will be imparted at both the 12.30pm & 7.30pm Services.

There will be a priest available tomorrow Monday from 2pm to 5pm.    

Thanks to all our guest speakers.   Each shared the special gifts God gave them and they shared them generously.

Today John Pridmorewill speak at 9am, 10.30am & 12noon & 4pm.

Monday 11th March – we welcome Gerry Farrell whowill speak at the closing Services tomorrow at 12.30pm & 7.30pm.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Tomorrow Monday 11th March between 2pm & 5pm

Thanks to the Priests.  Thanks to all the priests who helped us at the Services for the Sick. Particular thanks to Frs, John Sexton, Frank Mc Manus, Brendan Gallagher, Cathal Deery, and our own Graan Community. Carpark: Thanks to those who helped around the church in so many ways and indeed the ushers and car park attendants and to DD’s Flowers in Irvinestown.

Thanks to our singers, Catherine, Eleanor, Vincie, Jacqui, Sr Marie, Louise & Christopher, Ally & Marian,  Paddy, Kieran & the 10.30 Graan Choir, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, gardeners, ushers, nurses, teachers and children who decorated the church and our Cleaning Groups.   A special word of thanks to Eamon at Beechvale Natural Water for donating the bottled water. 

Please come and visit our shop. We have Novena of Hope candles and cards as well as St Patrick’s Day & Mother’s Day cards.

Shamrocks will be on sale today (Sunday) at 10.30am 12noon & 4pm Masses. The money raised will go to  Sr Consilio Charity.

Duty: There will be a priest on duty tomorrow (closing of the Novena) from 2pm – 5pm – Arthur. Tues (2pm – 5pm) – Brian.

Wed – Victor.  Thurs – Arthur. Friday – Anthony.  Saturday 5 – 6pm –  Anthony.   

Feast of St. Patrick: Sunday17th  March: National Patron of Ireland & Bank Holiday. Times of Masses: Vigil Mass on Saturday evening at 6.30pm. Masses on Sunday 17 March 10:30 am and 12noon & 4pm.     Shop will be open until 4.30pm. 

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

Friday’s Exposition.  Continues each Friday from 10am – 2pm.

Recently Deceased Ann Prunty, Lisnaskea

Joe Shannon, Sligo

Margaret (Sue) O’Brien, Swindon, England

Rita Maguire, Derrygonnelly

Anniversaries

John & Mary Mc Aloon & Gary Mc Aloon

The Mc Aloon & Meehan Families, Cashel & Arney 

Kevin & Lena Jackson, Silverhill, Enniskillen

Gerry Keown, Old Rossorry, Enniskillen

Mary & James Mc Shea, Cavanacarragh, Lisbellaw

Josephine Duffy, Garrison

The Mc Cusker Family, Fintona

Jim Breen, Maguiresbridge

Michael Gallagher, Garrison

Agnes Monaghan, Belleek

Rose & John Mc Guinness, Carrickbeg, Boho

Patrick Francis Keown, Cornahilta, Belleek

Eamonn Fox, Omagh

Winnie Mc Gee, Pettigo

Anna Lilly, Cappog, Sligo Road, 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