Today is the First Sunday of Advent. Today is the first weekend of the Church’s New Year. This graced time of Advent is a time for reflection. St. Paul in today’s second reading (1 Corinthians 1:3-9) states “….you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed …” The experience of ‘waiting’ is an all too familiar phenomenon. We know that events do not usually happen with the precision with which we plan them. Often, we are forced to wait. Especially today in the age of ‘the instant’, we are in danger of becoming ‘instant people’. We want and expect everything now – instantly! In our efforts to be masters of time, we can forget that we are living in time which only gradually unfolds itself in history. We don’t want to wait; but wait we must! We are almost powerless in our waiting, but we cannot do otherwise. Everything is not under our control. Sometimes in a desperate attempt to control time and make everything happen in an efficient manner, we become impatient. We are no longer capable of waiting, we think we are wasting our time. A special kind of strength is required to yield to time, to let it enter into our lives, to allow it to introduce us to the yet undisclosed and unrevealed future. To pray is to wait – patiently, expectantly, hopefully, alert to the Presence (God) now in the present moment. According to St John of the Cross: the whole meaning of life is to live in loving, attentive expectancy. St Teresa of Avila teaches: the best method of prayer is not the mumbling of words, but the fixing of the mind on God in prayer – to look at him. The founder of the Passionists St Paul of the Cross speaks of: staying lovingly attentive to God…with your desire…with your will. In prayer we wait for the Lord to make the first move. Not to wait is to take the initiative ourselves and start determining our lives as we want. By reason we try to control God, but by faith we let God control us. God must be the focus and we have to let ourselves be loved by God – immersed in God’s love. How often do we find our anxieties increase and our miseries deepen because we cannot be patient with God and wait for God? Let us reflect on our personal experience: we find it difficult to pray, so we give-up praying; our prayers are not answered (at least in the way we had hoped for), so we lose faith in God; a fault or failing in our lives is not yet eradicated after years of trying, so we despair. Be patient with God and wait! All will happen in God’s time and in God’s way. It took thousands of years to prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah. By our impatience, we can easily frustrate the plan of God for us. The Gospel today (Mark 13:33-37) tells us, not to give up, but to “Stay awake”
Feasts of the Week: Thursday: St. Ambrose (339-397) Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Friday: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin. Today is a holy day of obligation. Masses here in the Graan are Thursday Vigil Mass at 7pm Friday Morning Mass at 10:30 am and 12noon and 7pm. This feast celebrates the fact that Mary our Mother from the very first moment of her existence “by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God and in view of the merits of Jesus, was preserved free from all stain of original sin”
Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £1985. We appreciate your support of our work here. A special word of thanks also to all who help in our weekend liturgies.
Graan Draw will take place at 6pm on Friday evening. The proceedings can be viewed on our web-cam. Please make sure you have your counterfoils in by Wednesday of this week. You can buy the tickets on line from our web-site just follow the DONATE link. We are very grateful to all the outlets that have allowed us to sell tickets and especially we are so appreciative of our many volunteers who gave of their time and energy in braving cold conditions to sell the tickets and the many good people who bought the tickets. You are remembered every day in the prayers of this community.
The Shop: There are cribs, cards and Christmas Mass Bouquets. Shop: Mon to Fri: 9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30pm – 4.30pm.
Confessions & Duty: Sun & Mon no duty. Monday to Friday Mass @ 7pm. Mon (4th December) Mass – Arthur
Duty 2pm – 5pm. Tues – Charles. Wed – Arthur. Thurs – Antony Connelly. Fri & Sat Anthony O Leary. Sat 5 – 6pm.
Fr Brian’s new Book: ‘The Best of Brian’ is available at our shop here at The Graan. Cost: £17 or €18. You can buy online by following the link. http://frbriandarcy.com.
Graan Calendar 2024: Is available at our shop free of charge.
Christmas Masses @ The Graan
No 4pm Masses: There will be no 4pm Mass on Christmas Eve nor Christmas Day.
Christmas Masses: Vigil of Christmas @ 5pm. Late Evening Mass @7pm.
Christmas Day: Dawn Mass @ 9am. Day Mass @ 10.30am & Noon Mass @ 12noon.
Joe Clancy, Boston formerly Manorhamilton
Philip Kildea, Tempo
Patsy Bradley, Devenish Crescent, Enniskillen
Sarah Fee, Tempo
Daniel Mc Govern, Belcoo
Fergus Cleary, Lissan, Garvary
Fr Cathal Gallagher, Columban Missionary, Lima & Garrison
Caroline Tummon, nee Hanley, Carron Close Enniskillen
Kathleen Quinn, Boho
Joe & Molly Duffy, Monea
John & Libra Mullen, Sligo Rd, Enniskillen
Mary Corrigan, Mullaghdun & Enniskillen
Eddie Flynn, Manchester & Waterford
Kevin Gilbride, Boho
George & Claire Burleigh, Belfast
Telephone: 028 6632 2272
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