Parish of Clonmacnois
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, SHANNONBRIDGE
ST. CIARAN’S CHURCH, CLONFANLOUGH
Fr. Gerard Brady P.P.
Tel. 087 231 2353
THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
28th February, 2016
Nobody warns, ‘So many shopping days to Easter!’ No costly gifts, no monetary loss. Easter seems too easy. It is - if you forget the cross. Joseph T. Nolan.
In the Gospel the barren fig tree is given ‘one more year’. God is the patient gardener ever willing to give us a second chance. Lent is one such opportunity.
Mass times:- Shannonbridge, Saturday (Vigil), 8.00 p.m.; Sunday, 12.00 noon, Weekdays, 10.00 a.m., except Thursday; Clonfanlough, Sunday, 10.30 am., First Friday, 7.00 p.m.
Mass is celebrated at Cluain Ciaráin Prayer Centre, on Wednesday evenings at 7.30.
The Rosary is recited in church at . (before Mass) on the weekdays of Lent.
A Holy Hour is facilitated at Árd Ciaráin, Shannonbridge, on the Mondays of Lent,
Year of Mercy, Mass, Confessions and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:- Shannonbridge, Thursday, , facilitated by Fr. Peter Burke. Clonfanlough, Friday, , facilitated by Fr. Pierre Pepper.
Mass for the Intentions of the People of the Parish, Missa pro Populo, in Shannonbridge this Sunday, 28th, at .
Friday is the First Friday of March. The Holy Communion calls to the sick and housebound will be made on Friday.
The Confirmation Ceremony of Commitment takes place in St. Ciaran’s Church, Clonfanlough, on Sunday, 6th March, at
Tuesday, 1st March, is the Feast of St. David, c.520-c.601, Bishop and Abbot of Menevia, Patron of Wales.
Friday 4th, St. Casimir, 1458-1484, born in Krakow, son of the king of Poland. He refused to become engaged in warfare and declined a politically advantageous proposal of marriage with the emperor’s daughter. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 26 and was canonised in 1521. A patron saint of Poland and Lithuania.
Saturday 5th, St. Kieran, first Bishop of Ossory (Kilkenny).
Pastoral Letter. Bishop Francis Duffy has written a Pastoral Letter for the Year of Mercy. In two pages the letter presents and explains the designated year. Copies are available at the church doors. Please take one and read it. See also: http://www. ardaghdiocese.com http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en.html
Revised Mass Schedule. The revised Mass programme comes into effect on the first weekend of July, 2016. Copies of a statement giving details and background are available at the church doors.
Congratulations to Emer Kilduff and Eoin Matthews who were married on Saturday, 20th February.
The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place
from Friday, 27th May, to Wednesday, 1st June. Five nights. Fully inclusive price €715.00. Flights from Knock. Contact: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, ' 01 241 0811, 01 241 0812. Details regarding the special section for the sick from Rev. Michael Scanlon P.P., Cloghan, ' 090 645 7122. The organisers request the names of sick people who would like to join the pilgrimage. Names should be submitted as soon as possible, please.
Church Cleaners: Kathleen Price, Catherine Curley, Patricia Anderson.
Altar Servers for this week: Group 3, Kate, Paddy, Adam.
Readers for next weekend: Group 6, Darren Finnerty, Dympna O’Carroll.
Ministers of the Eucharist: Group 1, Saturday Evening, M. Murphy (C. Curley).
Sunday, D. Fitzpatrick (M. Killeen).
Clonfanlough:- Altar Servers for Sunday next: Group 2, Jane, Tadhg, Roisín.
Reader for next Sunday: Sophie Gilson.
Minister of the Eucharist for next Sunday: Niamh Hynes.
Newsletter. Items for inclusion in the Newsletter by on Thursday, please.
Shannonbridge Hall. The interior of the hall has been redecorated at a cost of €5,031.40 which was paid from Church funds.
Thank you for last Sunday’s collection, €845.00.
Contributions to the Lenten Alms Collection, this weekend, please.
Masses for the Dead:-
Saturday 27th, Shannonbridge, ,
Kathleen Lantry, Tullabeg, Month’s Mind.
Sunday 28th, Clonfanlough, , Michael and Mary Kelly, Clonfanlough.
Sunday, 6th March, Clonfanlough, ,
Joseph, Kathleen and Gregory Mahon, Clonfanlough.