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Weekly Bulletin – 2nd June 2024

Today is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Today we give thanks to God the Father, for Jesus, the high priest of the new covenant. He gave over his Body, poured out his blood for the salvation of all. In the Mass we share in that life offered for us.  An English doctor called William Harvey (died 1657), discovered only in the 17th century that blood circulates around the body. However from ancient times blood was seen as the symbol of life. In the first reading today (Exodus 24:3-8) blood is thrown on the altar and on the people as a sign of God’s treaty or covenant with them. In the second reading (Hebrews 9:11-15) we are told that the blood of Christ shed on the Cross purifies our hearts and gives God true worship. This Eucharist obtains salvation for us by being the memorial of the unique and definitive sacrifice which seals the new covenant. In the Gospel (Mark 14:12-26) we are told that Christ brings about what he says; we are saved by communicating in his Easter mystery, until he comes. Among other things, the Eucharist is a memorial, a ritual re-enactment of Christ’s sacrifice of himself for us. Among all the dimensions of the Eucharist, this one, sacrifice, is perhaps the least understood. How is the Eucharist a sacrifice?  A sacrifice is any act of selflessness, of self-denial, which helps someone else. For example, the mother who freely gives up her own dreams of achievement so that her children might have her needed presence during their childhood years is making a sacrifice for her children. It is possible that they will mature more fully and healthily because of her presence with them in their early years. As Christians, we believe that Jesus, not unlike a loving mother, sacrificed his life for us, particularly in the way he gave himself for us in his death. Indeed we believe that we are “saved” by his death, by his sacrifice on Good Friday. But how? How can one person’s death help someone else, centuries later?  Through the Eucharist. The Eucharist, among other things, is a memorial of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, of his great act of “being broken”, of giving himself over in love. Properly understood, the Eucharist, as a ritual, gives us another kind of “real presence”. It makes present for us the reality of Christ’s dying as well as God’s response to that, the resurrection, and invites us to participate in that event. What the Eucharist makes present is not an iconic Christ to be adored or even consumed, but the reality of Christ’s dying and rising as an event to be participated in. But how can we participate in an event now long past in history?  We prayed in the Opening Prayer of the Mass today; you have left us a memorial of your Passion…so that we may experience the fruits of your redemption!” When we ritually tell the story of Jesus’ sacrifice (in the Eucharistic prayer, the very heart of liturgy) we experience the “real presence” of the event of Christ’s dying and rising. The Mass is not simply something to be merely watched on a computer screen but to be participated in. While watching Mass on TV or on a computer screen someone can reflect upon the readings, hear the homily, and pray along with the community at that Mass. These are all good and pious things that bring spiritual benefit. However, that benefit is not the same as being present in church with the Lord and receiving him in Communion.

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Feasts of the WeekMonday St. Kevin – the hermit of Glendalough in which a monastic settlement grew. He died in 618. Tuesday: St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, twenty-two Ugandan youths martyred in 1886. Wednesday: St. Boniface. Bishop and Martyr (673-754) From Devonshire went as a missionary to Germany. Friday: The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also the World Day of Prayer for Priests. Saturday: The Immaculate Heart of the BVM.

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Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £2160. 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: 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.

First Friday: Next Friday the 7th is the First Friday in the month. Mass is at 7pm.

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. 

June’s Church Cleaning Group will meet on Tuesday 4th June @ 7.30pm. Newcomers are always welcome.

Sun& Mon no duty. Mon (3rd June) Mass  @ 7pm – Arthur.    Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.

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

Sat – Charles.    

Recently Deceased

Neil Moohan, Drumlyon, Enniskillen

Laurence Morris, Drumclay Road, Enniskillen 

Charlie Breen, Tamlagh, Enniskillen

Anniversaries

Kathleen Maguire, Clones

Teasey & Cormac Mc Gurn, Castlecoole Road, Enniskillen

Jimmy & Margaret Byrne, Drumclay Road, Enniskillen

Patrick (Packie) Callaghan, Knocknastacken, Fivemiletown

Kathleen, Joe & Brendan Mc Govern, Borim, Swanlinbar

James & Carmel Mc Sharry, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Tommy & Maureen Love, Enniskillen

Jack, John & David Nolan, Derrin Rd, Enniskillen & Belfast

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