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Weekly Bulletin 21st January 2024

Today is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Today is the beginning of Catholic Schools Week and it is also the Sunday that is dedicated to the Word of God. The first celebration of “Sunday of the Word of God” occurred on January 26, 2020. Pope Francis in his letter establishing this day highlights the link between the Word of God and the sacraments, the emphasis placed on Scripture by Vatican II, the importance of study of Sacred Scripture. The January timing of the observance means that it will occur near the week of prayer for Christian Unity and commemorations for Holocaust Memorial Day. Pope Francis said “This Sunday of the Word of God will thus be a fitting part of that time of the year when we are encouraged to strengthen our bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity” In the Gospel (Mark 1:14-20), the call of the disciples is undertaken after Jesus announces “ “The time has come, and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the Good News”  The people of the city of Nineveh heard the word of God from the prophet Jonah in today’s first reading (Jonah 3:1-10) and they changed their behaviour. God’s Word has power. For the people of the Bible –  the Word first of all is ACT – something dynamic, productive, an extension of the person who speaks.  They don’t distinguish between thought and action.  Word is sacramental…it effects what it says! The word has the power to create. When God speaks, God creates. When God says: “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3) light comes immediately. God’s Word does what God says! There is a little story told in the Irish tradition about a young girl who was sick and the family sent for a holy priest to pray over her. He went into the room where the young girl lay in pain. He said that he would read a piece of Scripture and pray with her. But standing in the room was her uncle who was a professed atheist. He did not believe in God at all. He said to the priest: “What good would that book do?” And the priest turned on him and said to the uncle: “You are a stupid fool; ignorant and uncouth and without any understanding!” The uncle’s face turned red with embarrassment and he began to sweat profusely! And the priest said, with a smile –“Look at how my few words has upset you, how much more can God’s word powerfully work in your sick little niece!”

Feasts of the Week: Wednesday: St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Bishop of Geneva. He worked with gentleness and love to rebuild the Catholic faith after the Reformation. Patron saint of journalists, writers & editors.

Thursday: The Conversion of St. Paul – A persecutor of the faith becomes its preacher and teacher. Friday: Saints Timothy & Titus – friends of St. Paul. Timothy was Bishop of Ephesus and Titus organised the Church in Crete.

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £1975. Thank you for your generosity and support of our mission here at the Graan. A word of thanks also to our Readers, Ushers and Ministers of the Eucharist for their service at our weekend liturgies.

Confessions Sunday & Monday no duty. Mass Monday (22nd  Jan)  @ 7pm – Arthur.  

Duty: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.

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

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.  

St Brigid’s Crosses: Philip Mc Grade has been making us St Brigid’s Crosses. We appreciate and are thankful to Philip. They are on sale at our shop at the usual price of £1/ €1. The money this year will be donated to Mary’s Meals, Enniskillen Branch.

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

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

Recently Deceased

Michael Murray, Roslea

Patricia Cassidy, Hillview, Enniskillen

Viola Loane, Kesh

Breda Nee formerly Williamstown, Co Galway

Fr Seamus O’Connell, Park, Co Derry

Bridget Maguire, Graan Abbey NH & Newtownbutler

Gabrielle Smyth, Lisnaskea

Anita Prunty, Lisnaskea


Kathleen, Thomas, Hugh & Anna Quinn, Sligo

Kevin Maguire, Old Rossorry, Enniskillen

Theresa Mc Cobb, Derry

John Sherrin, Marlbank

Patrick & Margaret Breen, Maguiresbridge

Brian Mc Cusker, Brookerborough (Month’s Mind)

Brian O’Reilly, Bailieboro, Co Cavan

Elizabeth O’Kane, O’Kane Park, Omagh

John Collins, Kilrid, Magheraveely


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N. Ireland.

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