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Weekly Bulletin 25th February 2024

Today is the Second Sunday of Lent. Trust in the Lord is the theme that links all this week’s readings. As we continue our Lenten journey, we are reminded of the extent of the Lord’s love and generosity – if we but listen to his voice and place our trust in him. In the First Reading (Genesis 22:1-18)we see the depth of Abraham’s trust in God as he is asked to sacrifice his beloved son. Abraham’s faithfulness is rewarded with more blessings than he could ever have imagined. In the Second Reading, (Romans 8:31-34)echoing the story of Abraham and Isaac, St Paul challenges us to recall the immensity of God’s love for the world in giving up his Son. With Jesus standing at the right hand of God pleading for us, we can have confidence in placing all our trust in him. In the Gospel, (Mark 9:2-10) Jesus asks Peter, James and John to trust him and not speak of the wonder of what they have witnessed on the mountain top. One of the most comforting readings today comes from our second reading. It claims “With God on our side who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Over the centuries, Paul’s Letter to the Romans has been regarded as one of the most influential. Up to 28 extracts from it are read over the three years of the Sunday Lectionary, with Chapter 8 quoted more often than any other. In this chapter, Paul tells of how the whole of creation is being renewed. God loves us and his Spirit will triumph over all difficulties. Paul’s language reflects that of the law courts: God is our judge, but he is on our side. The series of rhetorical questions (to which no answer is required or expected) are the sort a legal prosecutor would use for dramatic effect. In Lent, we are invited to integrate faith and life. As we look at the world today, with its countless problems – our troubled Church, the climate emergency, the slaughter in the Holy Land, in Ukraine and elsewhere, widespread corruption, injustice, and avoidable suffering – we long for a better world, in which God’s presence is honoured, not ignored. The Church proposes three God-centred practices to help us: (1) prayer – listening to God more attentively; (2) fasting – being ready to move out of our comfort zones so as to be more aware of our need of God; and (3) almsgiving – sharpening our practical concern for God’s favourite people: the poor, the sick, those in any kind of need. Pope St. Leo the Great said: “Since Jesus has taken upon Himself all the infirmity of our humanity, in Him, we shall overcome what He has overcome, and receive what He has promised, provided that we persevere in faith and love of Him. And so, my beloved, that we may do what He has told us to do, and bear our trials in patience, we should have ever in our ears the voice of the Father telling us: “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him” (Sermon 51)

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Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £2170. A word of thanks to our Ushers, Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist & Singers.

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Tuesday is the feast of St Gabriel, patron saint of The Graan. There will be a blessing with the relic of St Gabriel after 7pm  Mass on Tuesday.

World Day of Prayer: You are all invited to Rossorry Church of Ireland on this Friday 1 March at 7:30 pm. It was called the Women’s World Day of Prayer but now all people are invited. The theme of the evening of worship is entitled “I beg you, bear with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:1ff). Two of our readers will participate in the service. 

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Novena of Hope: All the times of the various sessions of our Novena are to be found on separate brochures. These brochures are in the porches of the Church.  It also contains the prayers that we will use at each session of the Novena.  Please take one home with you. The two times to remember is 12:30 pm and 7:30 pm each evening. (except Wednesday and Saturday the times on those days are at 11:00 am and 7:30 pm). May this special time be a moment of grace and blessing for all who attend.

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Community Celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick will take place on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30 pm. 

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Community Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliationwill take place at both services on the Tuesday of the Novena

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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: On Mon (4th) & Tues (5th), Thurs (7th), Fri (8th) & Mon (11th) March from 2pm – 5pm.    

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Petitions: Come to the Graan and write out your petitionsThere will be pens and paper available in the Church. However if you are unable to travelyou may send in any petitions for the Novena by either post or email. If you wish to receive the Novena brochure please ring us at the Graan (028-66322272)  between 9:30 -4pm. Some may be read out during the Novena prayers.  

Confessions: Sun & Mon no duty. Mass Mon (26th  Feb)  @ 7pm –  Anthony. Duty: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. Sat 5pm – 6pm.

Tues – Anthony. Wednesday – Victor.  Thurs – Charles.    Fri – Brian. Mass: Arthur.  Saturday – Arthur.  

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

Guild Mass Cards: We have a selection of cards for Deceased, Novena of Hope, Mass Bouquets, etc. Cost £2 / €2.50. 

Recently Deceased

Peter Maughan, Lisnaskea

Elizabeth Greene (nee Hughes), Derrygonnelly

Margaret Cleary, Drumbawn, Enniskillen

Anniversaries

Mary Waddell, Tempo & (her husband Sam who died on 2nd Feb)  

Mary Mc Murray, Leamore, Letterbreen

Jody Nolan & the Nolan Family, Skea, Culkey

Denis Kelly, Monea

Mary Daly, Blackwastertown, Co Armagh

Francie Mc Crory, Ardmore Heights, Omagh

Chris Woods, Omagh

Bridie Mc Kinney, Old Rossorry Road, Enniskillen

Bobby Armstrong, Tattyreagh, Omagh

Patsy Mc Cabe, Carryduff & Belcoo

Peter Drumm, Beechill & Bellevue Ring, Enniskillen

Patrick & Sarah Murphy, Belfast

Tony O’Connor, Omagh

Colin Mitchell, 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