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Weekly Bulletin 28th January 2024

Today is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: When certain people speak we refuse to take them seriously. Why? Because for us their words carry no authority. When Christ spoke, all open-minded people listened. Why was this? Because he spoke with authority. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. (Mark 1:22).His words have a ring of truth and people knew that he meant them. In today’s Gospel (Mark 1:21-28), far from being disturbed by Jesus’ authority, as the religious leaders were, the people were greatly impressed by it. They were all amazed, Mark tells us, and kept asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching, with authority.” Jesus spoke and acted with the authority of God. For those who had eyes to see and ears to hear, it was a liberating authority. We all need an authority of some sort as a reference point in life. The real issue is who or what will we take as our authority. The gospels assures us that it is Jesus who embodies the authentic authority of God, an authority that empowers us to become fully human and fully alive. The people in the synagogue knew authority when they saw it – as the centurion did in St. Matthew’s Gospel: “For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go” and he goes and to another, “Come” and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this” and the slave does it” (Matthew 8:9). The higher Spirit of God who descended upon Jesus at his baptism, was the source of this authority “And when he came up out of the water, immediately, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove…” (Mark 1:10). The Spirit of God leads His mission and does not allow lesser beings to harm those whom God loves. It commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man possessed…”Jesus said sharply, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” (Mark 1:25).It’s proof that Jesus’ authority wasn’t just a claim. He actually had the power he said he had. The kingdom of God truly was at hand. No one else could drive the unclean spirit away. No one else had the authority of Jesus. In driving out devils Jesus shows that in the reign of God there is no room for oppressive evil forces which weigh down on God’s children. No one should have to live in hell. Jesus is in agony until the end of the world, standing with us against all forms of addiction, exploitation, violence and abuse. No one is too far gone for God to save. Because the kingdom of God is at hand, even the demon-possessed have a chance! It also means this: Jesus has the authority to change us!

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Feasts of the Week: Wed: St. John Bosco (1815 -1888). Italian priest founded the Salesian Order to educate boys for life. He is one of the patron saints of youth. Thurs: St. Brigid (454-524) Abbess, Secondary Patron of Ireland. Her cult is widespread not only in Ireland but in several European lands. Fri: Presentation of the Lord – It is also a the World Day of prayer for Consecrated Life. Saturday: St. Blaise martyred in Armenia on 315. Since the 8th century venerated as patron of those who suffer from disease of the throat. 

St. Brigid’s Cross – We celebrate the feast of St. Brigid on Thursday 1 February, Philip McGrade has kindly made St. Brigid’s Crosses and they are on sale @ £1 / €1. The money will be donated to Mary’s Meals, Enniskillen Branch.

February 2nd is the feast of The Presentation. Candles will be blessed after the 7pm Mass on Friday. Candles on sale in our shopSaturday 3rd February St Blaise:  Blessing of Throats will take place after the Vigil Mass at 6:30 pm.

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £2010. Your support of our mission here in the Graan is very much appreciated especially during these difficult financial times. Be assured of the prayers of this community.

Confessions: Sunday & Mon no duty. Mass Mon (29th Jan)  @ 7pm – Charles.  

Duty: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. Sat 5pm – 6pm. Tues – Brian. Wed – Victor. Thurs – Charles.  Fri Arthur. Saturday – Anthony.  

Shop: Open Monday to Saturday  9.30am  – 7pm. Sunday 9.30pm – 4pm. 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament each Friday 10am – 2pm. Friday next is the First Friday of the month

Novena of Hope: There will be a meeting on Monday 5th February after the 7pm Mass in preparation for the Novena. 

It takes place from 2nd & 3rd March to 11th March. Please put these dates in your diary.

We can save SWAH. Save Our Acute Surgery (SOAS) continues campaigning to restore Emergency General Surgery to SWAH. Our Hospital was approved to host Northern Ireland’s first Bariatric (weight loss) surgery clinic in 2019. SWAH was judged to be the best-equipped hospital to host this service. Weight Loss Surgery requires a permanent team of surgeons and would help restore Emergency Surgery in SWAH. However, the Department of Health has now launched a consultation – ending two weeks from now – to decide which hospital this surgery will go to. We must fight to ensure SWAH is chosen again. We are asking you to help by signing the consultation forms in the church porch after each Mass today.

Recently Deceased

Anna Dympna Martin, Beech Hill, Enniskillen

Kevin Mc Govern, Doagh, Derrygonnelly

Rosaleen Maguire, Lawnakilla, Enniskillen

Bernard Keown, Belleek

Annie Lynch, Church Street, Killeshandra

Maureen Kearns, Wicklow formerly Kilnaleck, Cavan

Eamon Mc Gahan, Carrickmacross

Annie Mc Manus, Belcoo

Freda Hudson (nee Tapster), Chanterhill Rd, Enniskillen

Anniversaries

Baby Ellie Marie White, Loughview Meadows, Enniskillen

Sean Maguire, Erne Drive, Enniskillen

Margaret & Bernard Flanagan, Boho 

Briege Maguire, Newry

Gerry & Noreen Maguire, Tullycreevy, Monea

Paddy Mc Teggart, Drumgallon, Enniskillen

Eamonn & Patricia Dolan, Drumclay Rd, Enniskillen

Jim & Annie O’Brien, Oakfield, Culkey, Enniskillen

Fiona Armstrong, Seskinore, Fintona

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