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Weekly Bulletin – 7th January 2024

Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today we hear the Father declare about Jesus to the Christian reader of Mark’s Gospel “You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you” (Mark 1:11). As Jesus is about to embark on his public ministry God solemnly affirms both his status and his call.  In this story of the baptism Jesus was not being cleansed from sin – because He is without sin. At His Baptism He was publicly declared to be the One who would carry out his Father’s mission. From this point on, He would be defined as God’s Son, God’s envoy, God’s prophet, God’s lover. “I have come to do the will of Him who sent me” (John 5:30). This was the motto of Jesus at his baptism. His Baptism defined Him. We live in a world today as God’s children that try to define us. Our call to be His disciple can be easily challenged and even obscured. Many are consistently told to be other than what they are – because what they are is not good enough! They – whoever “they” are – tell us our main mission is to be beautiful and feel good about ourselves. We are nothing if we are merely ourselves! Yet that is lie! These opinions subvert altogether any sense of being made in God’s image, touched by the Spirit, affirmed in our identity and dignity at baptism and loved madly by God.  Archbishop Tutu, who died 26 December 2021 from pancreatic cancer, said that his message is simple “It is that “God loves you”. “I tell them that because the entire culture tells them that they are unlovable and I have to give them the message of who they really are, because God loves them”  Our baptism defines us as God’s child and with that privilege also comes the responsibility to be a missionary for Christ. Pope Frances in his Apostolic Exhortation to Young People called “Christ is Alive” on 25 March 2019 quotes from the image used by Blessed Carlos Acutis.  Pope Francis speaks in the context of communication advertising and social networking that can lull us into addicts of consumerism said:  “Carlo didn’t fall into the trap. He saw that many young people, wanting to be different, really end up being like everyone else, running after whatever the powerful set before them with the mechanisms of consumerism and distraction. In this way they do not bring forth the gifts the Lord has given them; they do not offer the world those unique personal talents that God has given to each of them. As a result, Carlo said, “everyone is born as an original, but many people end up dying as photocopies”. Don’t let that happen to you!” (Number 106)

Thank you for your very generous weekend collection. It came to £2555.  We appreciate your kindness and your support.

A word of thanks alsoto our Readers, Ushers, Singers, and Ministers of the Eucharist who help in the smooth running of our religious services.

A word of thanks also for the crib collection for the local St. Vincent de Paul conference in Enniskillen. We will have a final total collected in next weekend’s bulletin.   Your generous out-reach to our neighbours who are struggling with financial difficulties and other issues are noteworthy.  May the Lord bless your magnanimous hearts! 

The Church cleaning group for January will meet to clean our Church after the 7pm Mass on Wednesday 10th January. If you would like to volunteer please leave your name and number at reception.

Confessions Sunday & Monday no duty. Mass Monday @ 7pm – Brian. Duty: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm.

Sat 5pm – 6pm. Tues – Brian. Mass @ 7pm – Arthur. Wed – Arthur.  Thurs – Anthony. Fri  & Sat Anthony.

Shop: Open Monday to Saturday   9.30am  – 7pm. Sunday 9.30pm – 4pm. 

Exposition: Continues each Friday 10am – 2pm. 

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.

Recently Deceased

Frank Timoney, Belcoo

Michael Mc Carney, Fintona

Mairead Gray, Ederney

Brian Monaghan, Ederney

Una Love, Kilmacormick Drive, Enniskillen

Teresa Leonard, Derrin Park, Enniskillen

Month’s Mind  – Saturday 6th  January @ 12noon

Tom Mc Gurran, Carrigan Park, Enniskillen

Anniversaries

Gerry Maguire, London formerly Mullymesker

Frankie Burns, Enniskillen

Leo Mc Carney, Drumclay Road, Enniskillen

Kathleen Mc Cullagh – Maguire, Omagh

Philip & Sarah Mc Glynn, Castlederg

Joe & Maggie Murray, Swanlinbar

Lawrence Clancy, Armagh

Johnny Henderson, Hillview, Enniskillen

Frank Mc Gaughey, 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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