Weekly Newsletter for 13th January, 2019

 

The Baptism of the Lord

 

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ANNIVERSARIES

Martin Kennedy, Mass this Sat.

Tilly Nolan & Months Mind Mass for Tom French, Mass next Saturday.

Pat. Holgersen, Mass next Sunday at 11am.

May they all rest in the peace of Christ. Amen.

 

POPE’S INTENTIONS

JANUARY

Evangelization: That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

The words which we hear at the baptism of Jesus find an echo in another incident much later in Jesus' ministry. It is the event we know as the Transfiguration. On that occasion too those who are with Jesus see Him as he really is, transfigured and standing in the presence of Moses and Elijah. In the man Jesus they see the glory and presence of God and just as at the baptism so here too they hear the Father's voice. This time, however, something that is only implicit at the baptism becomes very explicit. As well as the Father's voice proclaiming, "This is my son, my beloved. He enjoys my favour", the disciples also hear the words which follow immediately: "Listen to Him". This of course is the response which God is asking of us as well. As Christians it is not enough for us to hold some truths just in an intellectual way. Our faith must engage all of us, not just our minds. It must, we might say, also engage our hearts if it is to be real. And this perhaps is the question today's celebration puts before us: in my day to day life, with all its challenges and its possibilities, are the eyes of both my mind and my heart fixed on Jesus? If he really is God's Son, as today's gospel proclaims Him to be, isn't this precisely where my life should be centred? Am I really listening to his voice each day? And this leads to an even more challenging question: what am I doing to respond to this voice, to this call of the Lord in my life? We do, of course, need to train ourselves to listen - and in our noisy and busy lives this is not always easy. Apart from the obvious fact that when we come to Mass we have the scriptures read and explained for us, one of the reasons why the Church is so insistent on the need to come to Mass each week is because it provides us with such a precious opportunity to step aside from our normal activities and enter into a different space where everything is designed to help us enter into a time of communion with God. Today then, let the gospel challenge us not in an accusing way but with a precious invitation: in Jesus we encounter the Beloved Son of God and come to know God, and His love for us, in a new and powerful way: why would we not want to listen to Him and then respond to Him with love and in faith?

 

REFLECTION

How do we know that God exists?

We know that God exists because we can see his footprints all over the world. Look at all this: the sun in the sky, the stars at night, the woods, mountains, seas and rivers, the big and the small animals, people on all continents. God made all this. The fish in the sea said to one another, “They say our whole life depends on water. But what is it? We have never seen it.” So they asked a wise old fish to show them the water. The old fish said: “Oh, you stupid fish! You are living in it… and you’ve never realized it?”  Just like the fish in the water, man lives in God. He cannot live without his Creator and Sustainer. And yet he asks: “Where is God?” You need to know 2 things. First: God is everywhere, nothing exists without him. And secondly: God is not everything, but he is the Origin of everything. He is infinitely greater than everything there is.

Pope Francis asks us to: “Be a living chain, so that from generation to generation, the gospel may always be present in our families, our communities and in the Church.”

Tune in next week for more of the 12 Questions.

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Open the heavens, Almighty Father, and pour out your Spirit upon your people. Renew the power of our Baptismal cleansing, and fill us with zeal for good deeds. Let us hear your voice once again, that we may recognize in your beloved son our hope in inheriting eternal life. Grant this through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal light, God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

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

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

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

19th January:

Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy.

26th January:

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy.

 

ANNUAL ENVELOPES

The Christmas Dues and the other annual envelopes are now ready and are available at the Altar Rails. Please take yours and your near neighbour’s with you.

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

The Irish Monks of Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick follow the monastic rule of St Benedict. Their day is punctuated with the singing of the Liturgical “Hours”. Three of these services, Lauds, Vespers and Compline, along with daily Mass, are transmitted live each day from the Abbey webcam. Join them in prayer via www.newpilgrimpath.ie

 

THE HOOK OF FAITH

This Week’s Content

This week features a homily for the feast of the Lord’s Baptism by Fr. Sean Devereux, P. P. Cushinstown. There is also an article on how our own baptism is a continual source of meaning for our lives. We have the last of the four talks given at the ‘Faith on Fire’ conference in November, given by Dr Sean O’Leary on ‘Faith Tested’. In this talk, Sean explores the reality of how faith is tested by life today but has within itself the power to endure. Our video this week is from the World Meeting of Families with Bishop Brendan Leahy on ‘Handing on Faith in the Home’. Finally, Maria Colfer, co-ordinator of the Ferns Diocesan Pastoral Council, recalls the exciting times of first being invited to contribute to the pastoral mission of the Church and her hopes for that same enthusiasm today. Check out the latest resources at www.thehookoffaith.com

 

VARIETY CONCERT

Ramsgrange Community School is having a Variety Concert on Thursday, 24th January, 2019. The Concert will comprise a range of acts to include; singers, comedians, traditional players and much, much more. Tickets are €8 each or a ticket for a family of 3 for €20 - an ideal Christmas present. Tickets available in the school. 

 

RAMSGRANGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Monthly meeting

The monthly meeting will be held tomorrow, Monday, 4th February, 2019 in St. Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, starting at 2.15pm. Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun.

Just a reminder that yearly membership fees, of €20 per member, are due by the end of February. This yearly fee includes insurance cover and we also subsidise many outings when we can. We are always looking for new members, so if you are 50 or over, why not come along and join us.

Cinema

Trip to Omniplex Cinema, Wexford on 23rd January, to see Mary Poppins

Cost €15. Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 12 noon - Usual pick-ups on the way from Ramsgrange to Wexford. To book, phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976

Annual Holiday

Our Annual Holiday has been arranged with South East Tours for Monday, 13th May to Friday, 17th May. Cost includes B&B, Evening Dinner, Transport to and from Bantry, Day Trips, Entrance fee, Gratuities. Deposit €100. Why not ask a friend to join you non-members welcome at no extra cost. Phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

 

ST. JAMES’ GAA LOTTO

There was no winner of the €9,800 jackpot in last Tuesday’s draw.

The winning numbers were: 1, 5, 14 & 26. St. James’ Club had one match 3 winner; Michelle Dwyer, Duncannon. 

The Jackpot for the next draw, on 22nd January, 2019, will be €10,100.

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

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from 18th to 25th January.  This year the Diocesan Ecumenical Service will take place in St. David’s Church, Oylegate on Sunday, 20th January, at 7.30m.  The preacher is Rev. Katherine Kehoe, the new Methodist Minister in Gorey.  

This year the theme is: “Justice and only justice you shall pursue,” from Deuteronomy 16: 18-20.

Anyone who would like to be included in the mailing list of the Ferns Diocesan Ecumenical Society so that they will receive notice of our events during the year, please email frjames@eircom.net or (087) 815 2637. All welcome.

 

SUPERVISED STUDY GROUP

Places are still available in our Parents Supervised Study Group for 3rd, 5th or 6th year students in Campile Hall every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm, at a cost of €20 per month. If anyone is interested in joining for the new school term just ring to book in or to make inquiries on (087) 941 8661.

 

FREE TRAINING...

in Healthcare Assistant Training commencing in Kilkenny, on 4th February. Modules include:

• Care Skills

• Work practice Healthcare

• Patient Handling

• Safety and Health at work

• Care of the Older Person

• Career Planning and Job Seeking

 Skills

• Palliative Care

• Infection Prevention and Control

2 days Classroom

2.5 days’ Work Placement

43 weeks duration

For more info. contact Siobhan on online@barrowtraining.ie or (059) 972 1416. If successful, you will be awarded the QQI Level 5 Major Award in Healthcare Support.

Open Information, Briefing & Registration at 10am on Tuesday, 15th January, 2019, in Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny.