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Weekly Bulletin 17th December 2023

Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. Today is known as ‘Gaudete (‘rejoicing’) Sunday’, from the first word of the entrance antiphon at Mass, ‘Rejoice …!’ (Phil. 4: 4.5). The third candle on the Advent wreath is pink (rather than the usual purple) and symbolises joy in the coming of Christ. This same joy is also particularly evident today in the Second Reading (1 Thess. 5: 16–24) with its exhortation to ‘Be happy’. There is also the emphasis on the Good News in Isaiah, and Mary’s rejoicing in the Magnificat. The readings on this Gaudete (‘Rejoice!’) Sunday are full of encouragement, resonating with joyful hope as we draw closer to the birthday of Jesus: God’s Son coming to live amongst us. Isaiah, Mary, and John the Baptist all bear joyful witness to what God has done and will do for his people. What is joy?  C. S. Lewis, author and college lecturer, who died the same day that President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22 1963. He was born in East Belfast in 1898. He wrote: You can’t find joy, it has to find you. That’s its real quality. You can go to a party and say, “Tonight I’m going to have a good time, if it kills me!” It might! Indeed parties and letting off steam have their place. You might even find good cheer at a party or find a good distraction and these can be needed therapy and a good respite from hard work. But neither is joy. Joy is always the by-product of something else. As the various versions of The Prayer of St. Francis put it, we can never attain joy, consolation, peace, forgiveness, love, and understanding by actively pursuing them. We attain them by giving them out. That’s the great paradox at the centre of all spirituality and one of the great foundational truths within the universe itself: The air that we breathe out is the air we will eventually breathe back in. Joy will come to us if we set about actively trying to create it for others. At the Baptism of Jesus we hear the Father say in the Gospel “This is my Son the Beloved with whom I am well pleased!” (Matthew 3:13) The story begins with the pleasure of the Father in the Son.  At the heart of the mystery of God is this mutual delight. This delight is the Holy Spirit. Mister Eckhart: (14th century Dominican) said “The Father laughs at the Son and the Son laughs at the Father, and the laughter brings forth pleasure, and the pleasure brings forth joy and the joy brings forth love” (Sermon 18). He goes on to say that the joy is like that of a horse kicking its heels in the air. Saint Thomas Aquinas, the famous 13th century Dominican, said that happiness is one of God’s names. But we cannot define it because we cannot understand what it is for God to be God. G. K. Chesterton,(1874-1936) writer and philosopher ended his book called “Orthodoxy” with these words: “There was something Jesus hid from all men when he went up the mountain to pray. There was something that He covered constantly by abrupt silence or impetuous isolation. There was some one thing that was too great for God to show them when he walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was mirth” The opening prayer of the Mass today: “enable us to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing

Thanks for the collection last weekend. It came to £2105. We appreciate your generosity. Thanks also to all who help in our weekend liturgies – our ushers, singers, readers and Ministers of the Eucharist.

Shop: Mon to Fri: 9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30pm – 4.30pm.There are a few cribs, candles, cards and suitable gifts for Christmas.

Our dead remembered: Over the preparation for Christmas there will be a special petition box in the front of the altar. All your family and friends who have died over the past years their names can be placed in the box and they will be remembered in our Christmas Masses.  

Christmas crib: All the proceeds from our crib will go to the St. Vincent de Paul in Enniskillen.

Confessions: We celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation this week from Monday to Friday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm  (Saturday 23rd ) 2.00pm – 6.00pm.   Please Note there will be no confessions on Sunday next Christmas Eve.

 Christmas Mass 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.

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.

Exposition takes place on Friday next 22nd from 10am – 2pm.

St Michael’s Parish Presents A Night of Christmas Magic.  A celebration of Christmas Carols tonight Sunday 17th  @ 7pm. 

Recently Deceased

Mary Burns, Derrygonnelly

Marie Carron, Tobermore Park, Enniskillen

Damien Birmingham, Lisgoole Park, Enniskillen


Gary Mc Aloon, Skea, Arney

The Mc Aloon & Meehan families, Arney & Cashel

Mary & John Mc Aloon and sister-in-law Mary, Arney

Patrick & Teresa Mc Caffrey, Enniskillen

Michael O’Dolan, Ashwoods, Enniskillen

Vincent Haren, Drumbeggan, Derrygonnelly

Breege Mc Auley, Shankill, Garvary

Sarah Carters, Tempo

Niamh Donnelly, Enniskillen

Oliver & Carmel Harte, Garrison & Letterkenny

Cathy Flanagan, Garrision

Rita & Thady Mc Gorty, Garrison

Gemma Doherty, Garrison

Sean & Mary Mc Cusker & the Donohoe Family

Phil & Rose Maguire, Rossnarick Close, Derrygonnelly

Darla & Gareth Humphreys, (baby twins) Enniskillen

Lisa Muldoon-Mc Cahery, Arney

Paddy & Mary Reilly, Derrin Rd, Enniskillen

Vincent & Mary Kate Curran, Brookeborough

Marie Boyle, Old Rossorry, Enniskillen

Joe Mc Govern, Borim, Swanlinbar

Brendan O’Gorman, Main St, Swanlinbar

Elizabeth Mc Cormack, Tempo

Richard & Bea Jones, Derrygonnelly


The Graan,
Co. Fermanagh,
BT74 5PB

N. Ireland.

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The Community

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  • Fr Arthur Mc Cann Vicar
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  • Fr Brian D'Arcy
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