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Weekly Bulletin 23rd June 2024

Today is the Twelfth Sunday of the Year: We all face storms in our lives. The older ones, among us, are frightened of growing disability, dependency and death. Those in the middle of life fear losing their jobs, seeing their income dwindle, their marriage fracture, rejection, betrayal and midlife crisis. Teenagers are frightened of being counted out by the “in” crowd. Children are frightened of the dark, their parents quarrels, being picked on, being different and being left out. We can surely empathise with the apostle cry to Jesus in today’s Gospel. (Mark 4:35-41). “Master, do you not care? We are going down!” The disciples are on their first voyage together.  They are leaving behind familiar territory and are going across to the other side of the lake.  The other side of the lake was where the Gentiles lived. Those were the people that were not Jews, they were different from them, they didn’t pray the same way as they did, they were the odd ones, the ones that they had no dealings with.  Now they have this storm to contend with!  Jesus is asleep on a cushion in the storm tossed boat! (Mark 4:39).  Can we understand their feelings and their terror? Their cries waken the sleeping Jesus.   Jesus rebukes the wind, the chaos.  That word, “rebuke” Marks uses again when Jesus cast out devils. In his first miracle in Mark’s Gospel in the synagogue he heals a man possessed by an unclean spirit with the words “Be quiet! Come out of him” (Mark 1:25). In this Gospel Jesus muzzles the storm.  He is in charge. He knows.  And in the calm that follows that terrifying storm, he asks His disciples two questions….he asks those two questions of us today: “Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). No wonder the awe-filled disciples ask: “Who can this be? Even the wind and sea obey him” (Mark 4:41). We know who Jesus is – by what Jesus does. Like the disciples, at times, we all go through a time of change – moving from the familiar to something new.  Hope demands that we have the openness to be reshaped, reconstructed, revamped, refurbished – remade, top to bottom, inside and out. We are living through days of profound change in our society. Yet remember we are not alone. He is with us on the boat – He is the One who disappoints all our fears and fulfils all our hopes. Pope Francis said: “Faith begins when we realise we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we founder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God – life never dies”.

Feast Days: Monday: The Birthday of John the Baptist – He was the greatest of all the prophets. Friday: St. Irenaeus (130 -202)Bishop of Lyons, Martyr, and Doctor of the Church.He preached a message of love rather than fear. Saturday: St. Peter and St. Paul – Peter died by crucifixion in the year 64 AD and Paul by beheading around 67 AD. 

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £2085. Thank you for your support of our mission here at the Graan. A word of thanks also to our Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, Ushers, and Singers who enhance our Eucharistic celebrations at the weekend. 

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

Graan Daily Rosary Group: Takes place @ 6.15pm here in St Charles prayer room and Saturday 5.45pm. All welcome.                           

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

Shop: Open Mon to Sat – 9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30am – 4.30pm. 

Guild Mass Cards: Our selection includes Deceased, Mass Bouquets, Get Well, Wedding, Christening, Retirement. Cost £2 / €2.50. 

Sun& Mon no duty. Mon (24th June) Mass @ 7pm – Arthur.  

Confessions & Duty: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. Sat 5pm – 6pm.

Mass: Tues to Fri @ 7pm.  Duty: Tues – Brian.  Wed – Victor.  Thurs – Arthur. Fri – Brian & Sat – Arthur.

Botha Renovation Run 5k run/walk on Saturday 20th July at 4pm. Starting and finishing at Killyhommon PS. Boho. Admission £10. Refreshments provided.

Relics of St. Oliver Plunkett will visit The Conaty Chapel of the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Cavan Tuesday 25th June.  The relics will arrive at the Centre at 10:00am and will be available for veneration until 10:00p.m. Contact the Centre on 049 4375004 for further information. 

Recently Deceased

Jimmy Mc Guinness, Irvinestown

Seamus Mc Carney, Bellview Ring, Enniskillen

Una Burns, Drumlar Park, Derrygonnelly

Maureen Monaghan, nee Kearns, Bangor formerly Aughakillymaude

Ollie Murphy, Lisnaskea

Paul Coyle, Swatragh, Co Derry formerly Garrison


Gabriel Mc Namara & his daughter Ann Marie Mc Namara, Old Rossorry Road, Enniskillen

Laura Jane & Denis Oliver Hughes & Laura Joan Hughes, Chanterhill Road, Enniskillen

Elizabeth Greene, (nee Hughes) Derrygonnelly

The Prunty family, Coonian

Hugh & Margaret Quinn, Tempo

Michael & Kathleen Mc Namara, Swinford 

James & Moria Dolan, Bellanaleck

Seamus, Claire & Francis Dolan, Bellalaleck

Teresa Mc Donnell, Lettergesh, Dromore

Bernard & Elizabeth Murphy & their son James Murphy, Derrylin

Michael Boyle, Arney

Aidan Joseph Mc Guinness, Irvinestown


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N. Ireland.

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The Community

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  • Fr Arthur Mc Cann Vicar
  • Fr Victor Donnelly
  • Br Brendan Gallagher
  • Fr Brian D'Arcy
  • Fr Anthony O’Leary