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Weekly Bulletin – 30th June 2024

Today is the Thirteenth Sunday of the Year: We read in the Gospel today, (Mark 5:21-43) about two women.  One who suffered for twelve years with a painful, embarrassing illness, and was given a new lease of life by Jesus, and another who was only twelve years old and was given back life itself. The God we believe in is a God of life. Today in the first reading we are told that God did not create death. The Eucharist that we celebrate Sunday after Sunday is a celebration of life – because Jesus is the Bread of Life. When Jesus continues on his journey to bring healing to the little girl he has a meeting with the messengers of no hope.“Your daughter is dead, why put the Master to further trouble?” (Mark 5:35). There is a lot of messengers of no hope around today.  We hear them cry” “What is the point of life?” We need to contrast the despairof the mourners with the hope of Jesus.  We need to contrast the unrestrained distress of these same mourners with the calm serenityof Jesus. Jesus can do nothing in the face of death and no hope. And neither can we. That is why we need a faith community to support us.  Jesus brought into the sick room of the little twelve year old girl her mother and father and his companions, so that in an atmosphere of faith, trust and love the impossible can be done.  In the presence of Jesus death is not the last and permanent word that can be spoken. With Jesus, death is impermanent as sleep. Jesus fulfils what we read in the first reading today: “Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living” (Wisdom 1:13). The words of the hymn “Abide with Me” comes to our mind: “When other helpers fail and comfort flees, Help of the Helpless abide with me” The first woman that Jesus meets in today’s Gospel story who furtively touches Jesus in the hope of being cured, has a naive almost a superstitious faith. Jesus does not despise her; rather He helps her to approach him in a personal way and so transform her gesture into an action which saves and gives peace This secret suffering woman was called by Jesus to announce what had happened. Who touched me?”   (Mark 5:30) Jesus is not a mobile relic that works magically on us.  He demands a response of faith.  She comes forward and he brings her assurance of salvation and peace of mind and heart. “My daughter your faith has restored you to health; go in peace and be free of your complaint” (Mark 5:34) We give thanks to the God of the living. He did not make us for death, but for life. His Son causes us to rise and gives us Himself, the bread of life to eat.

Feasts of the Week: Monday In the Passionist calendar today it is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood. In Ireland it is the feast of St. Oliver Plunkett. The last Catholic to die for the faith in Tyburn London on this date in 1681. Wednesday: St. Thomas the Apostle – declared his great act of faith in the Risen Jesus with the words “My Lord and My God” Saturday:  St. Maria Goretti  Virgin & Martyr (1890-1902). We have an altar dedicated to St. Maria here in the Graan who was stabbed to death in defence of her virtue

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £1805. 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.

First Friday: Friday next the 5th July is the First Friday in the month.

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 (1st July) Mass @ 7pm – Brian.  Confessions & Duty: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. Sat 5pm – 6pm.

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

Gluten-Free Hosts: If you are Coeliac and you wish to receive communion please come up to the altar and stand beside the Eucharistic Minsters where you will receive the gluten-free host. 

July’s Church Cleaning group will meet on Wednesday 3rd July next.

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

Enniskillen St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Branch are running a bus from Enniskillen on Wednesday 7th August to the Diocesan Pilgrimage at Knock Shrine. Bus leaves Head Street, beside St Michael’s Bookshop, at a time to be confirmed. To book a seat, contact Pat Clarke on 07788433683.

Month’s Mind Mass for Anna Palmer of Enniskillen on Saturday 6th July -– @ 11am here at The Graan.

Month’s Mind Mass for Tony Gollogly of Enniskillen on Saturday 6th July ––@ 3pm here at The Graan.

Anniversaries

Moira Carleton, Ashwoods, Enniskillen (1st Anniversary)

Hilary Kinahan, Lisgoole Park, Enniskillen

Mary & Bill Armstrong, Scaffog, Sligo Road, Enniskillen

Eddie & Brigid Dolan, Dublin Rd, Enniskillen

The Bannon & Dolan families, Lisbellaw & Enniskillen

May & Jim Martin, Ballyconnell

The Mc Guinness Family, Irvinestown

Kathleen Mc Govern, Belcoo

Denis & Mary Maguire, Letterbreen

Philomena Gartland, Ederney

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