Today is the Feast Day of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Jesus needed a family to grow to maturity. The Christian community is our wider family. It reminds us that we have a common Father, and that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We cannot reach maturity in isolation from others. The last sentence in today’s Gospel (Luke 2:22-40) states “…meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him”. We thank God the Father of our human family. His Son, knew like us, the slow pathway of growth. He does not cease to make us grow in His Love. Today we thank God for our families. All parents need to be gently reminded sometimes of the importance of how we raise our children and the impact on their future. The perfect parent doesn’t exist but the little verses below could act as the perfect aide memoire!
If children live with criticism
they learn to condemn
If they live with hostility
they learn to fight
If they live with ridicule
they learn to be shy
If they live with shame
they learn to feel guilty
If they live with tolerance
they learn to be patient
If they live with encouragement
they learn to have confidence
If they live with praise
they learn to appreciate
If they live with fairness
they learn what justice is
If they live with security
they learn what faith is
If they live with approval
they learn to like themselves
If they live with acceptance and friendship
they learn to find love and God in the world.
Confessions resumes on Tuesday 2nd January. (Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. Sat 5pm – 6pm). Tues – Brian. Wed – Charles. Thurs – Charles. Fri – Anthony. Sat – Anthony.
Bank Holiday Mon (1st January 2024) Mass & 11am only. There will be no 7pm Mass.
Shop open until 12noon..
Shop: Open Tuesday to Sat – 9.30 – 7pm. Sunday 9.30pm – 4.30pm.
Friday is the Feast of St. Charles of Mount Argus. Fr. Anthony will celebrate Mass here in the Graan on Friday at 11:00 am. There will be a general blessing with the relic of St. Charles after the Mass.
Exposition takes place on Friday from 12noon – 2pm.
Saturday is the Feast of the Epiphany. It is a holy day of obligation.
Masses here at Graan: Friday Vigil Mass at 7pm and Saturday morning at 10:30 am and 12 noon.
Thanks for all your generosity over the Christmas period. We do not take your support for granted. Please be assured that you are remembered in the prayers of this community. A special word of thanks to all who helped in our Christmas liturgical celebrations
Happy New Year from all the community here at the Graan. A prayer for the beginning of the year: Heavenly Father, as we face the challenges of the coming year, grant us strength and courage. Help us to rely on your mighty power and to find our refuge in you. May we be steadfast in our faith, knowing that you are our rock and our fortress.
Christmas crib: All the proceeds from our crib will go to the St. Vincent de Paul in Enniskillen.
Fr Brian’s new Book: ‘The Best of Brian’ is available at our shop here at The Graan.
Cost: £17 or €18. http://frbriandarcy.com.
Aisling Centre: Hope Healing Growth 2024 ‘Ripples of Hope’ Annual HOPE HEALING GROWTH Day of Inspiration 9.30am – 3.30pm, 6th January 2024. For more info theaislingcentre.com
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Jimmy Shannon, Derrylin
Geraldine Donohoe, Cloone, Co Leitrim, formerly Ballyconnell
Kevin Smyth, Enniskillen
Paddy & Molly Breen, Derrin Road, Enniskillen
John & Ellie Barrett, Stralongford, Trillick
Denis & Brendan Durnion, Ederney
Sonny Keown, Gleneast, Garrison
Sr Margaret Mc Govern, Formerly Tempo & South Africa
Patrick (Patsy) Bradley, Month’s Mind, Devenish Crst, Enniskillen
Eileen Mc Donnell, Lisnaskea
Teresa Love, Bellanaleck & Enniskillen
Hugh, Annie & James Gilgunn, Belcoo
Gabriel Moohan, Drumlyon, Enniskillen
Michael Mc Gaughey, Omagh
Sean Corrigan, Graan Abbey NH & Enniskillen
John James Keown, Roscor, Belleek
Patrick Keown, Roscor, Belleek Hugh Mc Mahon, Fivemiletown & his daughter Veronica Mc Keown, Belfast
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