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Weekly Bulletin 19th May 2024

Today is Pentecost Sunday. Today we have prayed in our psalm “Send forth your Spirit O Lord and renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 103).  Although we have all heard of the Holy Spirit, She can sometimes be the most difficult of the three Persons of the Trinity to understand. A couple of weeks ago trees fell here in Co. Fermanagh because of the wind. Jesus compared the Holy Spirit to the wind. (John 3:8).  We cannot see the wind, which is invisible, but we can see its effects on the objects around us. In the same way, although the Spirit Himself is invisible, and often works in hidden ways, we can recognise his presence in the works that he accomplishes in those who believe. She blesses us with gifts! St Paul calls these works and gifts – “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” – the fruits of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23). Today Jesus breathes on his apostles. It recalls that moment when God created the first human being. In the first book of the Bible we are told; “Then Yahweh God formed man, dust drawn from the clay, and breathed into his nostrils a breath of life and man became alive with breath” (Genesis 2:7). Jesus breathes his Spirit upon us on this day which is the birthday of the Church. We are a new creation formed by the breath of God. This breathing of life into us is constantly ongoing. Our first intense experience of the world comes through our breathing – gasping for air. The rest of our lives it happens automatically – it is said that we breathe 28,000 times a day! Breath represents an interior spiritual dimension of life. We cannot live without it. When we take it in or breathe it out, it is “our” breath. The only human existence without breath is a lifeless corpse. St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) who is one of only four women who were made doctors of the Church said: “We live as feathers on the breath of God” The Breath of God is always working in our lives – we just need to ask God for them and surrender to God’s way! Remember that the gifts are giving not for “ourselves alone” – but for the spread of the Kingdom of God and building up of the body of the Church! The Wind of the Spirit still blows in a million ordinary gifts – moving us on the way as we wander along. These gifts are still available – and free on demand. 

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Feasts of the WeekMonday: The Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of the Church. St. Augustine said that Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because with charity she cooperated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church and St. Leo the Great said that while the birth of the Head is also the birth of the body, thus indicating that Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church. Pope Francis re-introduced this feast day for the universal church on February 2018. Friday is our World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. It is the memorial of Our Lady Help of Christians.

Thanks for the collection last weekend. It came to £2120. We appreciate your support of our mission here in the Graan. A big word of thanks also to our Ushers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, singers and all who help in the smooth running of our weekend liturgies.

Devotions Prayer Group: Will take place each Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm in our prayer room here in The Graan All are welcome.                        

Exposition: Continues each Friday from 10am – 2pm.

Passionist Vocation Retreat: A weekend retreat for young men interested in knowing more about life as a priest or brother in the Passionist Community will be held at the Passionist Monastery, Crossgar, Co Down, beginning on the evening of Friday, 14 June and ending Sunday, 16 June. If you are interested, contact Fr Paul Francis CP at passionistvocations@gmail.com

Shop: Open Mon to Sat – 9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30am – 4pm. 

Guild Mass Cards: Our selection includes Deceased, Mass Bouquets, Get Well, Wedding, Birthday, Anniversaries, Christening, New Home, Father’s Day & Retirement Mass Bouquets. Cost £2. 

Sun& Mon no duty. Mon (20th May) Mass  @ 7pm  – Brian. Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.

Sat 5pm – 6pm.

Mass: Tues to Fri @ 7pm.  Tues – Brian. Wed – Victor.   Thurs –  Charles.   Fri – Anthony. Sat – Anthony.    

Enniskillen St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Branch are holding a Coffee Morning Fundraising event in St Michael’s Parish Centre, Enniskillen on the 25th May at 10.30 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Pilgrimage to Knock: Takes place on Saturday 22nd June. Bus leaving Halls Lane @ 8.45am. Contact Parish Office: 02866322075. Pat Clarke: 07788433686 or Eileen Maguire:02866324439)

Recently Deceased

Plunkett Doran, Pomeroy

Dan Higgins, Ballycastle

Anniversaries

Angela Acheson, Blaney

& her parents Kate & Denis Mc Guinness, Garrison

Kay Seddon, Bristol

Eileen Mc Hugh, Boho

Mary & Philip Bonner, Springfield

Mary Ann Keown, Roscor, Belleek

Michael Flanagan, Old Rossorry Park, Enniskillen

Agnes Gray, Holywell, Belcoo

Mary Ackroyd Warwickshire formerly Tempo

Brendan Mc Cabe & Susan Muldoon, Omagh

Francie Mc Cauley, Erne Drive, Enniskillen

Patsy & Brigid Magee, Belcoo

Philip O’Connor, Whaley Terrace, 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