Today is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today is also Temperance Sunday and it’s also the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It’s a good time to reflect on our lifestyle, our social activities, the way we spend money, the habits of indulgence and the various addictions that can take hold of our lives. Perhaps it’s a good time to think about a few terms that nowadays might be considered unpopular and even old fashioned eg self-denial, personal sacrifice, abstinence, self-discipline and penance. On Temperance Sunday each year, we’re encouraged to think about the importance of being temperate in all things, not just in relation to our consumption of food and drink. Today also is the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. It takes place on the 11 February the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In the 150 years history of Lourdes only 67 miracles have been officially recognised. The town receives an impressive five million pilgrims and visitors each year, making Lourdes the most visited Christian shrine in the world. It is estimated that more than 200 million pilgrims have visited Lourdes since 1860. To place miracles at the heart of Lourdes would be a misconception. What is central is not the miraculous but a prayerful hopeful and vibrant pilgrim community in that holy place asking the Lord for healing and peace. This Wednesday is also Ash Wednesday the beginning of the season of Lent. On that day we recognise that we are dust. We are always in the process of dying. We are the only beings who know about this, that we are bound for death. Scripture tells us that we are like grass in the field, like an empty puff of air. But the good news of salvation rings out. “The Word became flesh’. God has placed the dust of the earth on His own head. He has become flesh, flesh that suffers even unto death. Christianity is without doubt the earthiest of all religion. Unlike most other religions it doesn’t call you out of the physical, out of the body or out of the world. Rather it tells you that God enters the physical, becomes one with it, blesses it, redeems it, and that there is no reason to escape from it. With the coming of Christ life has changed. “Remember that you are dust” in these words we are told everything that we are: – nothingness that is filled with eternity, death that teems with life; dust that is God’s life for ever. May we all have a blessed Lent!
Feasts of the Week: Wednesday: Ash Wednesday. The beginning of the Lenten Season. Ashes will be distributed at the 12 noon and 7:00 pm Masses.
Friday is a Special Day of Prayer for the Victims of Abuse
Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £2620. A word of thanks also to our Readers, Ushers and Ministers of the Eucharist and all who help in our weekend liturgies.
Confessions: Sun & Mon no duty. Mass Mon (12th Feb) @ 7pm – Arthur. Duty: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.
Sat 5pm – 6pm. Tues – Brian. (Ash Wednesday) – Charles. Thurs – Victor. Fri – Arthur.
Saturday – Anthony.
Shop: Open Mon Sat 9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30pm – 4pm.
February’s Church Cleaning Group: Thanks to the February’s cleaning group. We appreciate your hard work.
Novena of Hope: Sat 6:30 pm Vigil Mass 2nd March and ending on Monday 11th March 2024. Thanks to those who attended the meeting last Monday evening in preparation for the Novena. The Novena posters and petitions leaflets will be available shortly. Car Park: If anyone would like to volunteer to help in the car park during the Novena please leave your name & details @ reception.
Guild Mass Cards: We have a selection of cards for Deceased, Novena of Hope, Mass Bouquets, etc. Cost £2 / €2.50.
Friends of the Centre Centre: Join us at Enniskillen Golf Club for a fundraising coffee morning to help support cancer patients and their families on Saturday 17th February from 10.30am – 1pm.
Ladies night of Wellness and Beauty: Takes place on 28th February in the Westville Hotel, Enniskillen in Aid of Air Ambulance NI. Tickets £15 available on Eventbrite. www.eventbrite.co.uk
Seamus Mc Quaid, Irvinestown
Kevin Rice, Lisnaskea
Thomas Kelly, Monea
Tom Cox, Killyhavlin Demesne, Enniskillen
Frankie Mc Cormack, Donagh
Angela Montgomery, Lisnaskea
Joe Shannon, Drumlyon, Enniskillen
Bridie & Jimmy Melanophy
& the Melanophy & Gilmurray families, Belcoo
Paddy Mc Caffrey, Belcoo
Phil Maguire, Mullaghmore, Boho
Phil & Kathleen Dooris, Cornagrade Rd, Enniskillen
Nicola Mc Nulty, Oranmore, Co Galway
Thomas Duffy, Derrin Road, Enniskillen
Cassie Mc Manus, Doagh, Derrygonnelly
John & Mary Deery, Eskra
Francis Duffy, Birmingham,
John & Kevin Ward, Eskra
The Kilkenny Family, Mian Street, Swanlinbar
Owen & Mary Mc Govern & Family, Drumbar, Swanlinbar
Thomas Moohan, Drumlyon, Enniskillen
Owen Gormley, Roscor, Belleek
Tommy Dolan, Dromore
Mamie Mullan, Eskra
Joe & Una Leonard, Monea
Jim Magee, Farnaconnell, Boho
William Mc Sherry, Letterbreen
James Dillon, Kilmacormack Close, Enniskillen
Gerry Maguire, Kilmacormack Drive, Enniskillen
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