Sunday, January 07, 2018


ENVELOPES FOR 2018  I hope that by now envelopes for the New Year 2018 have reached your home. If there is an error or an omission, please contact me.  Don’t be alarmed if your number is different to  previous years, this happens with changes in parish lists.
I am very grateful to all who donate and I’d just like to remind you that 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.
If you’re attending Church in Moore,Cloonfad, Leamonaghan, Ferbane parish– your envelope is kindly returned by those parishes... Thank you for your continued support.
BAPTISM - The next meeting for parents in our pastoral area who have a child for baptism will be held in the Parochial House in Ballinahown on Thursday 18th January & after that Thursday 15th February. Please contact me in advance.
OFFERTORY Dec 31st  €840
CALENDARS Parish Calendars for 2018 are available at all churches. Our thanks to the distributors of Offertory Boxes, Cards & Calendars in the last few weeks.

CHRISTMAS DUES envelopes are still  welcome. Many thanks. January Monthly Envelope falls due Jan 7th

. GAA Minor Club calendars available in Killeens & Morans- €5. 

PILATES CLASS  returrns Monday 8th at 11a.m. €8 per class

EXERCISE CLASS resumes Tues  9th @ 8p.m.

Fri 5th 8:00p.m. Vigil of Epiphany
Sat  6th Jan 8p.m. Vigil of Sun Michael & Stephen Shrahan
Mon 8th 10a.m. Mass
Tues 9th  10a..m Communion Service
Wed 10th  10a.m. Mass
Thurs 11th 10a.m. Mass
Fri 12th 10a.m. Mass
Sat 13th 12 Noon Peadar Allen (2nd A)
Sat 13th  8p.m. Tess & Tommy Corbett
[2nd Collection after Communion for Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund]

Sat 6th 2018 @10:30a.m. Epiphany
Sun 7th Jan 2018 10:30a.m. Peter & Earl Kelly
Sun 14th 10:30a.m. Bridget Rigney (Anniv)
[2nd Collection after Communion for Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Fund]
Shannonbridge:  Sat  6th Jan 2018@8p.m.
Altar Servers: Group 4 Darragh, Lauren & Isobel
Reader:  Catherine Doolan 
Euch. Minister: Sinead Ryan 
Church Cleaners Shannonbridge (weekly)  Mairead Darcy, Martha Murphy, Marie McManus 
Clonfanlough:Sun 7th Jan 2018  @  10:30
Altar Servers:Group 1 Abigail K,ConorS
Reader: Alan/Leanne Devery
Min. of Eucharist: Kay Kelly
Monthly Cleaning Rota  (Jan) Mary Guinan,Anne Guinan
INTER-DENOMINATIONAL CAROL SERVICE January 6th at 4p.m. in Shannonbridge  Church       
 Extraordinary General Meeting  of Shannonbridge GAA on Sunday 7th January @5p.m. in  GAA Clubhouse
 Sunday January 14th we celebrate WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES This years theme: “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”. We pray & remember our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters . Pope Francis has called on all of us to be generous & welcoming to all who find themselves displaced from family &homeland.
EPIPHANY PROCLAMATION  2018  In ancient times before calendars were common, most people did not know the dates for the upcoming Liturgical year. So on the Feast of the Epiphany, it was sung out… (Don’t worry I’m not going to do that!) But here it  is for 2018
 Know, dear brethren,(brothers and sisters,) that, as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God’s mercy we announce to you also the joy of his Resurrection, who is our Saviour. On the Fourteenth day of February will fall Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season. On the First day of April you will celebrate with Joy Easter Day, the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the Thirteenth day of May will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the Twentieth day of May the feast of Pentecost. On the sixth day of June, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. On the Second day of December the First Sunday of Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom is honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

What Is Chalking the Door? This short liturgy is a way of marking our homes, usually at the front or main entrance, with sacred signs and symbols as we ask God's blessing upon those who live, work, or visit throughout the coming year. In Exodus, the Israelites marked their doors with blood so that the Lord would pass over their homes; but in this service, we mark our doors with chalk as a sign that we have invited God's presence and blessing into our homes   In Deuteronomy 6:9 God tells the people of Israel: “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house… You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Chalking the door is a tangible way to honour God in our lives.

What Do the Numbers and Letters Mean? The first and last numbers simply refer to the current year. The letters C M B come from the traditional names for the three kings: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Some also suggest "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" which means, "May Christ bless this dwelling!"

How To Do It   Mark your calendar: Epiphany is on January 6th, twelve days after Christmas. . Many families gather in their homes to celebrate with friends, food, singing, and gifts... and to chalk the door. Find some chalk: Any colour will do! Gather your household: Everyone should be involved. For those who live alone, consider inviting a friend or neighbour. Or gather at your church to chalk the church entrance. Pray: Use the prayers and liturgy below. Write the inscription: Using the chalk, and taking turns, make the following inscription above the outside of your door.    20 + C + M + B + 18                                                                                                        Liturgy & Prayers for Chalking the Door  Leader: Peace be to this house, and to all who enter here.
People: Amen.One or more of the following prayers maybe said:May all who come to our home this year rejoice to find Christ living among us; and may we seek and serve, in everyone we meet, that same Jesus who is your incarnate Word, now and forever. Amen.      God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only-begotten One to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.Loving God, bless this household. May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness, and abiding in your will. We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.As participants take turns making the inscription, the leader says:
The three Wise Men, [C] Caspar, [M] Melchior, [B] and Balthasar followed the star to Bethlehem and the child Jesus [20] two thousand, [18] and eighteen years ago. [+ +] May Christ bless our home [+ +], and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.  [Lord’s Prayer ]

Fri 5th Jan  @8p.m Shannonbridge
Sat 6th Jan @ 10:30a.m  Clonfanlough

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