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Weekly Bulletin (Palm Sunday) 2024

Today is Palm Sunday.  Today also is the beginning of Holy Week. This is the most important week in the Church’s life. Why? Because on this week we commemorate the fact that Christ the second person of the Blessed Trinity died and rose for all. And we are told and taught that when we celebrate these days in church they become present to us again. On Palm Sunday we hear the Passion according to Matthew, Mark or Luke, while on Good Friday every year we hear the Passion according to St. John. The passion of Jesus Christ is not only a great human drama. Christians have seen in it the decisive moment when God has made himself known. We usually put the adjective “Almighty” before the word “God”. The lonely figure of Jesus Christ following the way of the cross, seems not so much the revelation of God but rather the contradiction of everything that has been commonly believed about God. The point is we are invited now to see God in the Son, in this despised, rejected, suffering figure, not in some remote heavenly place far removed from our reality. God comes among us in weakness and humility. To understand God we have to begin with the Cross, with what happened here on earth and not with our childish imagination of the “man up in the heavens with the big beard!” Jesus Christ is “the human face of God” In him we meet God communicating himself to us in the medium of our own human existence. Jesus died on the Cross to reveal the very heart of God. The cross is where God’s life crosses our life to create life otherwise unimaginable.

“If forgiveness were forgetting, then God would have to suffer the most acute amnesia, but it is God’s unimaginable creativity, which takes what we have done and makes it fruitful. The medieval image of God’s forgiveness was the flowering of the cross. The cross is the ugly sign of torture. It is a sign of humanity’s ability to reject love and to do what is utterly sterile. But the artists of the Middle Ages showed this cross flowering on Easter Sunday. The dead wood put out tendrils and flowers. Forgiveness makes the dead live and the ugly beautiful”. (Timothy Radcliffe O.P.)

Prayer for Holy Week:  As I enter into this Holy Week, enable me to walk with You and to offer my own life as a sacrifice in union with Your own perfect Sacrifice. May your Holy Week transcend time and permeate every aspect of my life so that, as I die with you, I may also share in the glory of your Resurrection. Jesus I trust in you. 

Thank you for the collection last weekend. It came to £2125.  Thank you for your generosity to us here in The Graan.

Holy Week Leaflets: Please take a Holy Week leaflet with you. It will help to remind you of the times of our Services.

 Confessions will be celebrated each day of Holy Week from Monday to Thursday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Good Friday:  (Extra Confessional times) 11am – 12.30pm.   2pm – 2.45pm & 4.15pm – 5pm.

Holy Saturday:  (Extra Confessional times) 11am – 12.30pm.  2pm – 5pm. Please note on Holy Saturday the church will close at 5:00 pm to help us personally prepare for the Vigil.

Holy Week Timetable

Monday to Wednesday Mass will be celebrated at 7pm each evening.

Monday to Wednesday – Stations of the Cross will be prayed before Mass beginning at 6:30 by Brendan.

Holy Thursday: Mass @ 5pm – Charles.  Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Celebrant: Brian at 7.30pm.

Holy Hour on the theme “Watch with me” between 9-10 pm.  Charles.

Good Friday – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm. Anthony.

Good Friday – Witnesses at The Passion at 7.30pm – Charles & Readers.

Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil at 8pm – Celebrant:  Charles & Community.

Easter Sunday – Masses at 10:30 am – Charles. 12noon – Brian  & 4pm – Anthony.

The Shop: Open Mon to Sat:9.30am – 7pm. Sun 9.30 – 4.30pm. Guild Mass Cards: Our selection includes Deceased, Mass Bouquets, Get Well, Wedding, Birthday, Anniversaries, & Easter Mass Bouquets. Cost £2. 

Friday Exposition: There will be no Exposition on Good Friday but it continues on Friday 5th April from 10am – 2pm.

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. 

Don Mullan and John Pridmore (two of our Novena speakers) books are on sale at our shop.

Recently Deceased

Elizabeth (Dolly) Magee, Newtownards

Peter Lunney, Kinawley

Rhoda Murphy, Macken, Enniskillen

Kelly Marie Lynch, Lisnaskea

Lucy Carey, Lisnaskea

Pat Mc Grath, Derrylin

Joan Mc Ginn, Cornagrade, Enniskillen

Anniversaries

Thomas Mc Goldrick, Swanlinbar

Maura Burns, Brughas, Enniskillen

James & Teresa & Margaret O’Doherty, Belmore St, Enniskillen

Pappy & James Mc Connell, Knockmore, Derrygonnelly

Grainne Timoney, Belcoo

Monica Mc Auley. Rigg Road, Lurgandarragh

Roseanne Murphy, Omagh

Michael Mc Gaughey, Omagh

Gabriella Mc Dermot, nee Mc Intyre, New Jersey & Derrygonnelly

Hugh Green, Coa

Noel Farry, Armagh

Patrick Gilbride, Drumcullian, Kinawley

Mary Jane Mc Nulty, Roscor, Belleek

Mary Kate Gormley, Roscor, Belleek

Patrick Keown, Roscor, Belleek

John & Elizabeth Carrigan & Carrigan family, Moneygashel & Blacklion & John Carrigan, London

Michael Keown & the Keown families, Mullaghdun

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