Weekly Newsletter for 24th March, 2019

 

The Third Sunday of Lent

 

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ANNIVERSARIES

Patsy Murphy, Mass this Sat.

Thomas, Kathleen & Nicky O’Connor, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Simon Walsh, Mass next Sat.

Tom Kent, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

May they all rest in peace. Amen

 

HOLY FATHER’S INTENTIONS

MARCH

Evangelisation: That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

In today’s gospel, Jesus was very direct in his words when he said: “Unless you repent you will perish.” One might say that this is too harsh to come from Christ who is merciful and compassionate. The truth is that when Jesus speaks this way, it does not diminish his compassion and mercy. Rather, he does so because he actually cares for us and sees what we cannot see. He simply warns us of the negative consequences of living a sinful life and wants us to repent and live a better life. This Sunday, the good news is that we are given the opportunity to learn from the failures of our ancestors and the consequences of their actions. We are given another opportunity to call upon the Lord who is “merciful, compassionate and love.” Jesus wants us to take a bold and positive step towards amending our way of life. This is a call to repentance for the times we neglected and failed both God and our neighbours; for the times we chose evil over good; and for those moments we despaired and displayed remarkable lack of faith in God. The patient, compassionate and loving Father is ready welcome us back. Hence, he says to us this season: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then…I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. Repentance attracts mercy, compassion, forgiveness and salvation. It brings about healing and restoration of hope for a better future. So, if we sincerely repent of our sins, God will not only forgive us, but He will heal us. Finally, compassion means to suffer with, and also to love with. Therefore, God’s compassion and mercy for us is always associated with his love. Just as God knew how miserable the Israelites were in Egypt, He knows how miserable we are under the slavery of sin. He is aware of our enslavement by both habitual sins of omission and commission. He also knows the efforts we are making to live good lives and how we often fail. So this Lent, Jesus is ready to suffer with us so that we might be free from the slavery of sin. Through our repentance, His compassion, mercy, and love we would be healed and restored to life this season and beyond.

 

REFLECTION

Exploring the Apostles’ Creed Fact 3:  ....who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. God became man: the Holy Spirit filled the Virgin Mary; she became pregnant and gave birth to Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.  Through an angel, God asked Mary to be the mother of his son. She was terrified but the angel told her not to be afraid. Joseph was Mary’s fiancé. He trusted the voice of God and took care of Jesus and Mary. Pope Francis says: “Every Christian family can – as Mary and Joseph did – first of all receive Jesus, listen to him, talk with him, guard and protect him, grow with him, and thus improve the world. Let us make a place in our heart and in our days for the Lord. That is also what Mary and Joseph did and it was not easy.” Finally a prayer to Mary, mother of Jesus:  Hail holy Queen, Mother of mercy; Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Father in Heaven, ever-living source of all that is good, keep me faithful in serving You. Help me to drink of Christ's Truth, and fill my heart with His Love so that I may serve You in faith and love and reach eternal life. In the Sacrament of the Eucharist, You give me the joy of sharing Your Life. Keep me in Your presence. Let me never be separated from You and help me to do Your will. Amen.

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

This Week: (1) Martin Kennedy, Diane O'Hara & Peggy Colfer.

Next Week: (2) Dora Kent, Ann French & Peggy Colfer.

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

30th March: Ciss Wallace & Mary Wallace.

6th April: Caroline Bennett & Cath. Ennis.

 

MORNING MASS

There WILL NOT be any weekday morning Mass on Tuesday, 26th or Wednesday 27th March. Normal Masses will resume on Thursday, 28th March, at 9.30am.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Diocese of Ferns

11th to -16th May, 2019 - 5 nights Cost from €749 per person. Highlights include, Mass at the Grotto, Anointing of the sick, torchlight procession & Blessed Sacrament procession. (01) 241 0802.

 

THE HOOK OF FAITH

This week’s interview is the second part of the series with Fr. Billy Swan who explores Lent as a time of prayer when we reconnect with God and hear his voice of truth and love. We have a homily for the Third Sunday of Lent and a reflection on Mary’s ‘Yes’ as we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday 25th March. We mark Daffodil Day on Friday 22nd and the challenge to find hope in our faith for people effected by cancer. We include the submission by the Iona Institute to the Government’s planned revision of the Relationships and Sexuality Education programme in our schools. Finally we have a short video on the first of Jesus’ ‘Seven Last Words’ that reflects on the Lord’s amazing love that asked his Father to forgive those who killed him. Check out the latest resources at: thehookoffaith.com

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

“We have forgotten how to value things without a price tag. Hence, when we get to our most abundant gifts — like attention, insight, compassion — we confuse their worth because they’re, well, priceless.” Nipun Mehta is a recipient of the Dalai Lama ‘Unsung Hero of Compassion’ award. He is founder of a major global philanthropic organisation, ServiceSpace, that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. His moving TED talk on generosity can be accessed at www.newpilgrimpath.ie

 

CONGRATULATIONS…

…to the following children who were confirmed last Friday:

Aisling Bennett, Aaron Ely, Cora Foley, Cian Foley, Molly Lynch, Cormac O’Connor, Rebecca Colfer, Daniel Nolan, Sarah White, Finn Dillon, Summagh Walters, Luke Amos and Jake White. Special thanks to their teacher, Martin Lyons, for the work he put in, in preparing them for this happy day for the Community.

 

ST. JAMES’ GAA LOTTO

There was no winner of the €11,300 jackpot in last Tuesday’s draw. The winning numbers were: 3, 4, 7 & 27. St. James’ Club had two match 3 winners; Michael Walsh, Ballycullane and Ester Moore, Tomduff. The Jackpot for the next lotto draw, on 2nd April, 2019, will be €11,600.

Tickets are available from committee members and local shops and pubs. €50 yearly lotto tickets are also available from (086) 882 0773.

 

MUSIC AND LITURGY COURSE

The Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course is now open for booking! Experience a week of music, friendship and community from the 11th to the 17th of August! More info available on our Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @KnockadoonML or our website www.knockadoonml.com

 

CAMPILE DISCO

There will be a Teenage Disco in Campile Hall on this coming Friday night, 29th March, 2019, for all secondary school students. The disco starts at 9pm and runs to 12am. Doors open at 8pm. Strictly no alcohol or drugs allowed. This is a fully supervised event.

 

HIKE TO THE HOOK

There will be a 20km Walk on Saturday of the May Bank Holiday weekend - 4th May, 2019 - The walk will be from Tintern Abbey to Hook Head. To book, see our website: www.hiketothehook.com

 

COCKLESHELL ART ROOM

We will open on Monday from 10am to 12.30pm and Tuesday from 10am to 3pm.

 

RAMSGRANGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Monthly meeting

The monthly meeting will be held on Monday, 1st April, 2019 in St. Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, starting at 2.15pm. Our speaker will be Mr Kelly Orthopaedic Surgeon Whitfield Clinic Waterford. (087) 637 2084.

Come along for a chat with new and old friends. If you ‘re 50 or over, why not come along and join us. (087) 637 2084.

Trip to Kilkenny

Day trip to Kilkenny on Monday, 25th March - Cost €15 - Non-members, €20 - Deposit €10 - Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 9am sharp. Pick-ups: Wellingtonbridge 8.30am, Elm Tree Cross 8.35am, Balliniry 8.40am and Campile 9.10am. To book, phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

Cinema

Trip to Omniplex cinema, Wexford, Wednesday, 17 April - Film TBC - Cost €15 - Lunch in The Farmers Kitchen before the film - Non-members welcome - Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 12.00 pm sharp - Usual pick-ups on way - To book, phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

Trip to Tullow, Co. Carlow

Trip to Rathwood Garden Centre and the chocolate factory, Tullow, on Monday, 8th April, stopping in Camolin for tea break - Cost to members €15, non-members €20 - Pick-ups - Campile 8.45am, Rams-grange 9am, Balliniry Cross/Elm Tree Cross 9.10am and Wellingtonbridge 9.20am. Booking, phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

Annual Holiday

Annual holiday has been arranged for Monday 13th to Friday 17th May, 2019. Staying in the Maritime Hotel Bantry. Cost Per person Sharing €529, single sup €25 per night extra. (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.