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Weekly Bulletin 7th July 2024

Today is the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Take a look at the second reading of today’s Mass (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). Paul is writing to his friends in Corinth about what is going on in his inner life. He had experienced great revelations from God. But something or someone was preventing him from being the person that he felt called to be. He called it the “thorn in the flesh!”  We do not know what this thorn was but he continues to pray to the Lord to take this thorn away.  He knows the reason that the Lord has given this thorn to him: “…to stop me getting too proud I was given a thorn in the flesh!” (2 Cor 12:7).  He continues to pray constantly that this thorn will be taken away from him. However the Lord answered him in a strange way; “My grace is enough for you –my power is best in weakness!” Paul goes on to say that he will make weakness his special boast. He is NOT saying that so long as we fail, we shall succeed, or so long as we are frustrated we shall be glorious or so long as we are incompetent workers then God will do his best work. He is not sanctioning laziness, and encouraging incompetence. What he is saying is that if our weakness begets God’s strength it is not because of our weakness – but it is rather in weakness that the person of faith clings more closely to God. The Jesuit priest, Fr. James J.Gill, S.J. (1925-2003) the founder of the Human Development Institute, was once asked how he would go about training people for ministry and he immediately replied,“I would help them learn how to fail!” Sounds all wrong, doesn’t it? We don’t need much help with that, we may feel?  But we do!  It’s also the way Jesus trained the Apostles and, like ourselves, they were slow learners. A little verse naming the faults of the famous characters of the Bible outlines this clearly;  Abraham was too old; Noah was a drunk; Isaac was a day-dreamer; Jacob was a liar; Joseph was abused; Moses had a stutter; Gideon was afraid; Samson had long hair and was a womaniser; Rehab was a prostitute; Jeremiah and Timothy were too young; David had an affair and was a murderer; Elijah was suicidal; Isaiah preached naked; Jonah ran away from God; Job went bankrupt; Peter denied Christ; Martha worried about everything; The Samaritan woman was divorced more than once; Zacchaeus was too small; Paul was too religious; Timothy had an ulcer. And Lazarus was dead!  Couldn’t be much weaker than that! But they all played their part in God’s great plan precisely because they didn’t let their weakness get in the way! The late Leonard Cohen song called  “Anthem” speak into  this theme. It states: “Ring out the bells that still can ring, Forget the perfect sacrifice, There’s a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in” So, cracked, broken but beautiful, we can be Easter people carrying the treasure of faith and hope and love in earthenware jars


Feasts of the WeekMonday St. Kilian From the parish of Mullagh Co.Cavan – one of the rare Irish missionaries who were martyred with companions for the faith in Germany in 689. Thursday: St. Benedict (480-547). One of the patron saints of Europe. His rule, observed by Benedictines & Cistercians is noted for its wisdom and balance

Thank you for the collection last week. It came to £1855. Thank you for your support of our mission here at the Graan. A word of thanks also to our Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers, Ushers, and Singers who enhance our Eucharistic celebrations at the weekend. 

Devotions Prayer Group: Takes place each Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm in our prayer room here in The Graan. All welcome.

Graan Rosary Group: Takes place each evening @ 6.15pm here in St Charles prayer room and Saturday 5.45pm. All welcome.                           Exposition: Continues each Friday from 10am – 2pm.

Shop: Open Mon to Sat – 9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30am – 4.30pm. 

Guild Mass Cards: Our selection includes Deceased, Mass Bouquets, Graduation, Wedding, Christening, Retirement. Cost £2/€2.50. 

Sun& Mon no duty. Mon (8th July) Mass @ 7pm – Victor. Confessions & Duty: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. Sat 5pm – 6pm.  

Mass: Tues to Fri @ 7pm.  Duty: Tues – Brian. Wed – Arthur. Thurs – Charles.  Fri – Anthony  & Sat – Anthony.

Gluten-Free Hosts: If you are Coeliac and you wish to receive communion please come up to the altar and stand beside the Eucharistic Minsters where you will receive the gluten-free host. 

July’s Church Cleaning: Thank you to allwho met last Wednesday. We appreciate your dedication and hard work.  

Ellie’s Retreat Open Day: Takes place on Wednesday 10th July 2pm -7pm, Ellie’s Retreat, Castle Archdale Open afternoon.

Enniskillen St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Branch are running a bus from Enniskillen on Wed 7th August to the Diocesan Pilgrimage at Knock Shrine. Bus leaves Head Street, at a time to be confirmed. To book a seat, contact Pat Clarke on 07788433683.

Recently Deceased

Joe Mc Elhill, Castlederg

Pat Blake, The Limes, Enniskillen

Phil Quinlan, nee Tully, Carrick-on-Shannon

Finbar Keenan, Emyvale


Thomas Farmer, Drumgamph, Boho

Maura Greene, Whitehill, Ballinmallard

Pat, Patrick & Rebecca Higgins & the Higgins & Courtney families, Rossbrick & Drumbealimy, Magheraveely

Caroline Cooney, Swords formerly Leenagrenagh, Enniskillen

Patrick Gormley, Roscor, Belleek

George Ferguson, Gortin Road, Garrison

John Mc Elhill, Aghyaran, Co Tyrone

Margaret Thorpe, Derrylin Road, Enniskillen

Tom Brennan, Mountdrum, Lisbellaw  & his sister

Susan Carty, Monea

Annie & Francis Mc Teggart & the Mc Teggart families, Tullycreevy, Monea

Jim Maguire, Old Coach Road, Killesher

Bella Henderson, Hillview Park, Enniskillen

Anna Mullan, Omagh


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N. Ireland.

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