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Weekly Bulletin – 26th May 2024

Today is Trinity Sunday: The feast of Trinity is not just one feast among many others, as if it is just an item faith.  Belief in the Trinity is the heart of the Christian faith, and every feast and every Sunday is a celebration of the Trinity.  However it is good to have one day set aside for reflecting and praying that it is the centre of our faith. It took the Church two Ecumenical Councils and a few hundred years to untangle what we know and believe about the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God is a communion of persons, Father Son and Spirit, every time we cross ourselves we remind ourselves of that fact. Three persons, one God!! This is a mystery to be celebrated with child-like love and trust.  God is a Father to us; God is a Brother to us; God is the Consoler and Guide to us. From earliest childhood we have been told that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them (Genesis 1:27).  We are created to be like God. God is a communion of relationships. Thus we also are created for communion with one another. It is in our DNA – it is hard-wired into us -that we should be in communion with each other. We are wired for intimacy.  Human beings are social animals – loved into existence by a loving God. Every human being’s greatest drive, greatest urge and greatest need: is for union, togetherness.  God’s own inner self is to “be with”, to be in connection, to be family; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  What makes God, – God,-  is intimate relationships and no wonder we can’t help it if we are the same way.  Yet loneliness also is part of human life. One person described loneliness as being at the bottom of a well and no one hear your cries. It is a deep hunger in the pit of your stomach that gnaws at you and is hard to express. Loneliness is most dangerous when it is not recognised accepted and worked through creatively. We can take refuge in the bottle…..or other substances…that deal with the pain yet fails to truly satisfy the hunger that is deeply held in our hearts. There is many an old country song that sings of the pain of that kind of hunger and heartache!  But there is a place in all our hearts that only God can fill. Blaise Pascal (1623 -1662) French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher said “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person which cannot be satisfied by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known to us through Jesus Christ.” This is not a new idea. In 398 AD, St. Augustine of Hippo wrote in his autobiography: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” 

Feasts of the Week: Friday: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday: St. Justin born in the Holy Land and settled in Rome. He became a Christian and is remembered for his defence of Christ belief and practice. He was martyred in 165 AD

Bank Holiday Monday – Mass @ 11am only. There will be no 7pm and the shop and church will be open until 4pm. 

Thanks for the collection last weekend. It came to £1900. 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 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 Bank Holiday (27th May) Mass  @ 11am only – Charles.   Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.

Sat 5pm – 6pm. Mass: Tues to Fri @ 7pm.  Tues – Brian. Wed – Victor. Thurs – Arthur.   Fri – Anthony.

Sat – Anthony.    

Coffee Morning in aid of Cancer Connect NI takes place in Franco’s Garden Room on Queen Elizabeth Road Enniskillen on Saturday 1st June 10am – 1pm.

Pilgrimage to Shrines of Italy 8 Days, inc. San Giovanni, Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel, Lanciano, Assisi (inc. Tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis), etc. Depart 28th August 2024 Ex Dublin – STG £1090. Limited places. Contact: Anita 07769744836.

Recently Deceased

Christopher Kerrigan, Sion Mills

Martina Mc Mahon, Roslea

Sr Teresa Mc Cusker, Dublin & Newtownbutler

Vincent Cox, Tempo Road, Enniskillen

Eddie Carr, Bundoran

Lizzie Herbert, Donagh

James Curry, Teemore

Anniversaries

Colm Goodwin, Windmill Heights, Enniskillen

John & Annie Hassard, Drumlyon, Enniskillen

Rosaleen Curran, (1st Anniversary) Westbridge House, Enniskillen & her sister Maura Curran, Enniskillen

Mairead Spratt, Castlebalfour Road, Lisnaskea

Bernadette Layden, Old Rossorry Road, Enniskillen

Josephine Tuohy, Galway

Annie Kate Dillon, Kilmacormick Close, Enniskillen

Sean & Susan Nugent, New Street, Ederney

Ellie D’Arcy, Bellanaleck

Jim Brennan, Derrin Park, Enniskillen

The Brennan family, Enniskillen & Mullaghdun

(Cissie) Mary & Brian Farmer & the Farmer family Mullaghdun

Benny Mc Manus, Trasna Way, Lisnaskea

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