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Weekly Bulletin 5th November 2023

Today is the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: Today Jesus addresses the scourge of Pharisaism. This is a person who is self-righteous and hypocritical. They have the tendency to place heavier expectations on others rather than on themselves. Jesus calls the people to listen to the words of the Pharisees but He says to them “do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practise what they preach” (Matthew 23:3). The first reading from the prophet Malachi (1:14-2:2.8-10) takes the priests of his day to task. He berates them for not living up to their calling. Their vocation was to mediate to the people God’s word of love and reconciliation and to sum up in their own lives their commitment to the Lord. Instead, by a lack of reverence for God’s name, and by showing partiality, they drove a wedge between the peoples. The psalm (130) beautifully sums up what it means to belong to the Lord.  The one who wrote this song sees himself/herself like a “weaned child.” They are the ones that have been successfully separated from their mothers. The natural narcissism of a child’s earliest existence, in which the world seems to exist, only to meet the child’s needs, has been outgrown and replaced with the ability to be calm and quiet and yet they are still in a healthy relationship with their mother. Narcissism and self-importance has faded. St. Paul is the antithesis of the priests Malachi condemned so vigorously. He can declare, without embarrassment, that he loved his Thessalonians and cared for them like a mother. Cardinal Francis George was Archbishop of Chicago addressed a group of young priests who were all ordained during the time of Pope John Paul’s papacy. They were a group full of faith; however, many were caught up in the externals of being a priest. He told them “It is never enough just to throw the truth at people and drop it on their lap and walk away but we have got to help them to carry that truth in their ordinary lives”

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Feasts of the Week: Monday: All Saints of Ireland.  Tuesday: The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.  This is the cathedral church of the Bishop of Rome and is known as the “Mother and Head of all the churches of the City and the World” Friday: St. Leo the Great – pope and doctor of the church. Died in the year 461 taught the two natures, human and divine of Christ at the Council of Chalcedon and the primacy of the see of Peter. Saturday: St. Martin of Tours (316-397) apostle of rural Gaul, founder of monasteries. Patron of France, soldiers, beggars and innkeepers

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Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £2160. We appreciate your generosity in these financially straitened times. Thanks to our Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist and all who help in our weekend liturgies.

November Dead Lists are available in the porches: Mass will be celebrated every day in the monastery for those of your deceased family and friends, and those names you put on the list. May they all rest in peace. 

Graan Draw: Takes place here in The Graan on December 8th @ 6pm and can be viewed on our web-cam. First prize in our draw is £5000 and the second prize is £1000 followed by 5 prizes of £100. Tickets are available at all the doors of our Church for our draw. We are grateful to all the outlets and the many people who are helping to sell tickets for our draw.

Ticket Selling Outlets: We will be in Rooney’s Centra, Belleek & Lilleys Centra, Dublin Rd, Enniskillen on Friday next 10th November.

The Diamond Enniskillen – 17th & 18th Nov. 

Dunnes Stores Enniskillen – 23rd & 24th Nov.

Martin Rooney’s Enniskillen 1st & 2nd December.

The Shop has restocked for Christmas. There are a great selection of cribs on display as well as candles, diaries, cards and new Christmas Mass Bouquets.  Cost £2 / €2.50.     Shop: Monday to Saturday – 9.30 – 7pm. Sun 9.30pm – 4.30pm.

Duty: (No Duty Sunday & Monday). Tuesday to Friday from 2pm – 5pm.  Sat 5pm – 6pm.

Monday Mass @ 7pm – Arthur.

Mass: Mon – Fri @ 7pm. Duty: Tues – Antony Connelly. Wed – Victor.  

Thurs – Brian.  Fri – Anthony O’Leary. Sat  – Charles.   

Save Our Acute Hospital: To demonstrate solidarity with our Acute Hospital there be a public meeting on Sunday 12th November on the Diamond in Enniskillen @ 2pm. There will be a tractor, truck & vintage car run as well as family entertainment and music. 

Recently Deceased

Pat Clarke, Moneymore

Tommy Mc Dermott, Arney

Anniversaries

Mary & Thomas Mc Manus, Boho & Derrylin

Sean, Mary & Anna Monaghan, Cornagrade, Enniskillen

David & Sarah Mc Hugh & Family, Ederney

Frank & Sylvia Mc Morrow, Belleek

Benny Mc Goldrick, Castlebalfour, Lisnaskea (Month’s Mind)

Joseph Deery, Eskra

James Mc Keever, Tempo

Patrick Mc Nulty, Roscor, Belleek

Jim Mc Elroy, Tempo

Francis John Mc Guinness, Carrickbeg, Boho

Thomas James Gormley, Roscor, Belleek

Philomena Brewster, Dublin Rd, Enniskillen

Tom, Una & John Long, Dublin

Hal & Ita O’ Callaghan, Dublin

Ellen Todd, Trasna Way, Lisnaskea

Bridie & Charlie Gallagher, Cashel

The Gallagher and Dolan Families

Louie Mc Loughlin, Omagh

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