CLONMACNOIS PARISH BULLETIN DECEMBER 24th 2017
Fr. Tom Cox Adm. (Adm)
Tel. 090 9674125/ 086-8319500
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Offertory : Dec 17th €970.00
BISHOP’S Christmas Message 2017
At Christmas we recall the birth of a baby in Bethlehem. A birth that would dramatically change the relationship between God and the human race. We remember that Jesus was born into a family; he was a son. He was brought up by Mary and Joseph and by his wider family and local community.
We think of our own family and we miss those who are not with us. At this time we are mindful of families that are vulnerable because of poverty, homelessness and exile.
Next August the World Meeting of Families will take place in Ireland. Dublin was chosen by Pope Francis as the venue to host this important event. It will be a conversation about the value of family life; all are welcome to prepare and to participate. We hope that Pope Francis will be there and I hope that you will be able to come and to celebrate family.
I wish you and your family and your friends a Christmas that is joyful and peaceful and full of hope, because of the birth of Jesus, God among us.
Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois
ENVELOPES FOR 2018 Envelopes for the new year 2018 are shortly available. We thank our parishioners who distribute boxes.
Contributing through the envelope system has the extra benefit for the parish because the parish, as a charitable institution, can reclaim tax on your contributions, provided your total for the year reaches €250 or more. The envelope system is necessary for a paper trail as evidence that you have contributed.
Note: your number may change from year to year with changes.. If you didn’t receive a box, contact Fr. Tom or any member of the Parish Pastoral Council and it will be sorted. Thank you for your continued support.
Shannonbridge: Sat 30th Dec @8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 3 Rachael, Kate, Paddy, Cliodhna
Reader: Seamus Grennan
Euch. Minister: Dympna Fitzpatrick
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly) Anne Ryan, Lena Turley, Maureen Mitchell.
Clonfanlough:Sun 31st Dec @ 10:30
Altar Servers:Group 3 Conor D., Roisin D, Teagan D., Rory D.
Reader: Marie Egan
Min. of Eucharist: Declan McEvoy
Monthly Cleaning Rota (Dec) Kathleen Norton/Helen Darcy
SUNDAY 24th 7p.m.
Reader : Alan Devery
Euch Min Declan McEvoy/Kay Kelly
MONDAY 25th 10:30a.m.
Reader : Anne Rohan
Euch Min Bridie Coughlan
SHANNONBRIDGE ACTION GROUP would like to thank everyone for their support in getting the village lit up for Christmas. Thanks for the generous contributions and we hope you all we have a happy Christmas. The names of all those
For whom bulbs were purchased will be placed on the tree at the Church
RECENT DEATHS Eileen Higgins Clorhane Eileen Walker Glasson, sister in law of Dorothy Darcy.
WORLD MEEETING OF FAMILIES CARD will be distributed at Christmas Eve Masses. You are welcome to use them for a mealtime prayer at Christmastime
ANNUAL CAROL SERVICE re-scheduled to January 6th at 4p.m. in
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it
under a tree. [Roy L. Smith]