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Weekly Bulletin 3rd March 2024 (Novena of Hope)

Today is the Third Sunday of Lent. Today our Novena of Hope begins. For the next nine days we will gather, listen to God’s word, bring our petitions before Him, and renew our faith in learning how to become better disciples of Jesus Christ. We can pray for all those areas of the world where places of holiness and sanctuary are debased and de-valued.  We pray too, for all people who are prevented from worshipping openly, and from practising their faith in freedom. We welcome all our visitors who have come to share this sacred time with us. In the First Reading today, (Exodus 20:1-17) God speaks to the people of Israel after their release from slavery in Egypt. The Ten Commandments show his people how to freely live in service of the One who has liberated them. St Paul writing to his friends in Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:22-25) reflects on the way in which those who are called to follow Jesus see the crucified Christ. For those early Christians, and ourselves, this is not a sign of God’s foolishness or weakness, but a demonstration to the world of God’s power and wisdom. In today’s Gospel (John 2:13-25) Jesus and his disciples travel to Jerusalem for Passover, where Jesus expels the merchants and consumers from the temple, accusing them of turning it into “a market”. All the pilgrims that visited Jerusalem went to the Temple. It was God’s dwelling place. For Jesus it was his Father’s “house” (John 2:16). When Jesus finds trade going on in that sacred place He takes vigorous prophetic action.  “Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market”. Jesus is not merely chasing the animals out of the temple because of their polluting effects but He is indicating that the reality of the reconciling functions of the temple sacrifices will be replaced once and for all by the saving effects of His own death on the Cross. The disciples later remember the words of Psalm 69:9 “Zeal for you house will consume me” The dictionary definition of zeal is “enthusiastic and diligent devotion in pursuit of a cause, ideal, or goal; fervent adherence or service; extreme and ardent commitment Another word that could be used for zeal is passion. Have you a passion for life? Jesus wanted to reclaim the world, not just the temple, as the place where human beings as “children of God’ are at home in their Father’s house. He want us all to belong to Him. We give thanks to God our Father for the foolishness of his love. Jesus, His Beloved, gave himself over for the Church. He gives us his body and blood. He makes us temples of His Spirit. May our time of Novena be a blessed, graced time for all of us. Amen

Thanks for the collection last week. It came to £2345 . We appreciate your generosity. Thanks to all who helped in cleaning the Church in preparation for our Novena. We genuinely appreciate the work of all those who helped in preparation for this Novena. A word of thanks to our Ushers, Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Singers, Car Park volunteers and church cleaning groups. 

Children Drawings:  As you can see there are many children’s drawings with the theme of hope all around the church. Thanks to the children and their teachers for preparing such beautiful artwork.

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Novena of Hope: All the times of the various sessions of our Novena are to be found on separate brochures. These brochures are in the porches of the Church.  It also contains the prayers that we will use at each session of the Novena.  The two times to remember are 12:30 pm and 7:30 pm each evening. (Except Wednesday when Masses will be at 11am & 7.30pm & Saturday 11am and 6.30 pm)

Novena Brochure: Please keep your Novena leaflet with you for each day of the Novena.

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Community Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliationwill take place at both services on the Tuesday of the Novena

Community Celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick will take place on Wednesday (6th) and Saturday (9th) at 2:30 pm. 

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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: On Mon (4th) & Tues (5th), Thurs (7th), Fri (8th) & Mon (11th) March from 2pm – 5pm.   

Petitions: Petitions: If you wish to send in any petitions please do so either by post or email. If you wish to receive the Novena brochure please call (02866322272) during office hours. 9:30-5:00 pm. Some may be read out during the Novena prayers. 

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Novena On-Line: We are aware there are some who are unable to attend the Novena.  However if you have the facility, you can view our Novena on our webcam which can be found at www.thegraan.com. The service will also be recorded each night (7.30pm) only and can be viewed at a time that is suitable to your personal schedule. 

Duty: There will be a priest available each day of the Novena from 2pm to 5pm. Except Wednesday: 3.30pm – 5pm & Saturday from 3.30 – 6pm.Shop: Open Mon to Sat – 9.30 – 7pm. Sun 9.30pm – 4.30pm.  The Shop has been restocked for the Novena.  

 Cuan Mhuire: Shamrocks will be on sale here on Sunday next 10th March at 10.30am 12noon & 4pm  Masses. The money raised will go to  Sr Consilio Charity.

Recently Deceased

Fr Mark Whelehan C.P, Minsteracres, England

Kevin Cassidy, Irvinestown

Pat Keown, Roscor, Belleek

Alice Campbell, Derrin Park, Enniskillen

Eamon Corrigan, Drumbawn, Enniskillen

Teresa Douris, Fivemiletown

Rita Carters, Warrington

Anniversaries

Mary Rose & James Foy, Clarnagh, Tempo

Hugh Mc Cormac, Enniskillen

Gerry Treacy, Tullyholvin, Boho

John Curran, Boho

Mary & Paddy Feely, Belleek

Gabriel Shannon & the Shannon family, Mullynabarb, Derrylin

Imelda Maguire, Derrylin

Eileen Mc Brien, Skea, Arney

Josephine Murphy, Carlow & England

Thomas, James & Catherine Keenan, Farancassidy, Belleek

James & Alice Brogan & Alice Cassidy, Irvinestown

Margaret Mc Glynn, Stranorlar, Co Donegal

Phonie Maguire, Glenwood Gardens, Enniskillen

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

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