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Weekly Bulletin 14th January 2024

Today is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. This Friday is the beginning of the week of prayer for Christian Unity. This annual observance, sponsored jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity since 1968, invites all Christians everywhere to remember one another in prayer and strengthen the bonds of love and mutual mission we share in Jesus Christ. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a response to Christ’s prayer “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). It is an eight-day period of prayer in which all Christians are invited to participate. The week is celebrated each year from January 18-25, concluding on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. As our Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph 820) puts it: “Christ always gives his Church the gift of unity, but the Church must always pray and work to maintain, reinforce, and perfect the unity that Christ wills for her. (…) The desire to recover the unity of all Christians is a gift of Christ and a call of the Holy Spirit.”  Pope Francis hosted a group of Christian leaders at the end of September last year and he stressed three values for Christians today: (1) to hear God’s voice, (2) to listen to the people of God, and (3) to enter into prayer. We need “to free ourselves from so much noise in order to hear God’s voice. For only in our silence does his word resound.” Francis reminded us that it is only when we fall silent to listen to others that the Holy Spirit is able to “draw together points of view.” And finally, he concluded, silence “is fundamental to prayer, and ecumenism begins with prayer and is sterile without it.”  In the first reading today (1 Samuel 3:10-19) Samuel met the Lord in the temple but he could have missed the moment! The old priest Eli taught him to pay attention …on the third call of God the old priest said: “Go and lie down and if someone calls say; “Speak Lord your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9) When he obeyed the words of the old priest Samuel experienced the closeness of God and his life was changed forever and he continued to pay attention to God all through his life because it says “he let no word of his fall to the ground” ( 1 Samuel 3:19). He paid attention. May we recognise as Christians that what unites us is stronger than what divides us and may we all learn to listen!

Feasts of the Week: Monday: St. Ita. She founded a monastery in Killeedy Co. Limerick which attracted young people. She is given the title of the “foster-mother of the saints of Ireland”. She died in 570. Wednesday: St. Anthony lived a life of solitude. He is called the “Father of Monasticism” He died in 356.

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £2085. We are grateful for your generosity and support. Be assured of our prayers. A word of thanks once again to all who help in our weekend liturgies.

Christmas Crib: Thank you for your kind contributions. The total collected came to £1600 & €155. All your generous offerings have been passed on to the St Vincent de Paul in Enniskillen to help their work with those in need.

A word of thanks to the January Church cleaning group who gave of their time and energy to clean our church last Wednesday evening. If you would like to volunteer please leave your name and number at reception.

Confessions Sunday & Monday no duty. Mass Monday (15th Jan)  @ 7pm –  Charles.

Duty: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.

Sat 5pm – 6pm. Tues – Brian. Wed – Victor.   Thurs – Charles. Fri  & Saturday – Anthony.  

Shop: Open Monday to Saturday   9.30am  – 7pm. Sunday 9.30pm – 4pm. 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues every Friday here in The Graan from 10am – 2pm.  

Fr Brian’s, ‘The Best of Brian’ is available at our shop here at The Graan. Cost: £17 or €18.   http://frbriandarcy.com.

“Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative (FRCI) are now running courses for the REAP programme formerly ASPIRE.  Not Working and looking to move into work or education in 2024?  To check if you are eligible for this FREE support contact the REAP programme on 02866326478 for further information.”

Novena of Hope: Takes place from 2nd & 3rd March to 11th March. Please put these dates in your diary.

Recently Deceased

Melissa Kearns, Aughakillymaude, Derrylin

Hugh Pat Robinson, Coonian, Fivemiletown

Anniversaries

Mona and Packie Keenan, Galliagh Terrace, Enniskillen

Pat Burke, Hill Street, Carrick-on-Shannon

John, Annie & Frank Mc Hugh, Swanlinbar

Bea Burns, Moyglass, Springfield

Cormac Gollogly, Surrey, England formerly Keady

David Mc Elroy, Enniskillen

James Mc Nulty, Roscor, Belleek

Frank Mc Manus, Carngreen, Boho

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