Weekly Newsletter for 18th February, 2018

 

The First Sunday of Lent


 

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Many thanks to: ‘A Parishioner from Duncannon‘, who prefer to remain anonymous, sponsors of our Newsletter for the month of February, 2018.

 

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Violet & Patrick O’Hara & Dan Grant, Mass this Saturday.

Eileen Murphy, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Maureen & Patrick Keogh & Biddy Downes, Mass next Sat.

Catherine Wallace, Mass next Sunday at 9am.

May they all rest in peace. Amen

 

POPE’S INTENTIONS

FEBRUARY

Universal:

Say “No” to Corruption

That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

In the gospel passage today Jesus is tempted by Satan. He is with the wild beasts and the angels looked after him. I think this is a great reality in all our lives.  There are both wild beasts and also angels in each of our lives. By wild beasts we mean temptations that can be so strong that they almost overwhelm us – the temptation to take revenge on someone who hurt us, the temptation to indulge in wrong sexual activity, to take drugs etc. These temptations can be so strong at times that like the wild beasts they can drag us along almost out of control of ourselves. For sure, there are wild beasts in all of us. But the good news is that, like Jesus, the angels are with us too to help us face and overcome our inner wild beasts just as they did Jesus. It may be someone whom God puts in our path to help us in a time of great trial. In all this the Holy Spirit working through these so-called angels is there with us as he was with Jesus. Jesus knows how we are tempted as he went through it all before us even if the details may differ.  And He who is God loves us as we struggle, even when we fail and try to begin again. That is the Good News Jesus came to proclaim to us. God is a God whose love is not determined in the slightest way by our virtue or our failings. It is always there for us, constant, faithful, unconditional, passionate. But how will we become aware of our wild beasts and angels if we don’t take time to be alone with ourselves. The more we become aware of our struggles and the wild beasts of our sinful inclinations, then we will call upon God’s help which is readily available. But if we don’t take time out for silent reflection from time to time, if not daily, then we run the risk of not knowing ourselves face on. And if we come to know ourselves and realise that we are weak, but still loved by God, should we not also be open to the reality that others are also weak and we should be slow to judge them. Sometimes there failings and struggles are but a mirror of our own. It is not easy to turn off the ‘sound’ and seek the silence but if you do, I assure you that it will have been worth the effort.

 

REFLECTION

The challenge that is put to us not just this week but every time we gather is to believe the good news. We are not being told to perform heroic deeds of self-sacrifice or to overcome and master our sinfulness; no, we are being challenged to really hear and believe that through baptism we have become children of God and that God says to each of us: ‘You are my beloved.’ It is hard to really accept this and there are many voices that try to convince us that it is not the truth. So Lent is a wonderful opportunity to rediscover our worth and the wonder of coming to life in Christ. The readings today challenge us not to focus on storm clouds but to see in the rainbow the beautiful faithfulness of God. Let that be the focus of all we undertake during this season of repentance.

 

REFLECTION FOR THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES

The weakness and suffering of our dearest and most cherished loved ones can be, for our children and grandchildren, a school of life---it’s important to teach the children, the grandchildren to understand this closeness in illness at home—and they become so when times of illness are accompanied by prayer and the affectionate and thoughtful closeness of relatives. The Christian community really knows that the family, in the trial of illness, should not be left on its own. Pope Francis, Gen. Audience, June, 2015. Sickness in the family is painful for everyone, not just for the sick person, but it is also an opportunity for everyone. That’s why sickness and suffering can be a beautiful school.  Caring for the sick helps everyone learn that they are loved and cared for even when they feel like a burden. There is no circumstance or situation where we are left alone.  It is best when this unity is reflected both within the family and within the Church – just as no person is left alone, no family should be left alone to fend for themselves, either.  We can bring meals to each other, watch each other’s children, or just be there to listen.  In this way, one person’s cross lifts everyone around him.

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Lord Jesus, you entered the desert and faced yourself. Give us the Holy Spirit to come to know ourselves and realise that you love us as we are, not as we would like to be or think we should be. Give us the courage to face ourselves and invite your Holy Spirit through his angels to help us. Amen

 

A LENTEN THOUGHT

Pray a bit, read the gospel every day, do something good for another every day – this is the way to share in the saving love of God. Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free, you are the Saviour of the world.

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

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

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

 

FAMILIES VIDEO

"Lets Talk Families" video and discussion is beginning in the former St Michael's Street School, now The New Pastoral Centre, from 7.30pm to 9pm, on Tuesday, 20th February, and all are welcome - refreshments provided.

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

An online retreat is a valuable opportunity to journey with God throughout Lent, wherever you are, whenever you would like. The Jesuit websites, Sacred Space and Pray As You Go, join forces to offer an excellent Lenten retreat, Into the Wilderness. To access this, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

 

SCHOOL ENROLMENT

Any parent who wishes to enrol their child/children in St. Oliver’s N. S. Duncannon, for September next, please contact the school on email: stoliversns@eircom.net or(051) 389 206, on or before Wednesday 28th February 2018.

 

TEENAGE DISCO

There will be a Teenage Disco in Campile Hall on Friday, 23rd February, 1st - 3rd year from 9pm -12am - Doors open 8pm - Strictly no alcohol or drugs allowed. This is a fully supervised event.

 

PILGRIMAGE

Visit Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other sites associated with the Holy Family on a pilgrimage which takes place from 10th to 18th October 2018. Price - €1395 – (including taxes and tips). Led by Bishop’s secretary in Ferns Fr. John Carroll, places can be booked by phoning (01) 878 8159.

 

COMMUNITY GAMES QUIZ

If your child is in 4/5/6th class and they would like to take part in the community games quiz please send me their name, address, date of birth and a photo of their birth cert. The first round takes place, in Wexford, in March. Closing date for entries is this Thursday. If you’d be able to provide transport that’d be great. 

 

COMMUNION/CONFIRMATION

If you have a Communion or Confirmation this year please contact St. Louis Day Care Centre for your catering needs. We provide a full range of outdoor catering, sweet and savoury foods, confectionery, cakes made to order, at reasonable rates for your special occasion. One weeks’ notice required for orders.

For further details, contact St. Louis Day Care Centre (051) 389 509 or email;

stlouisdaycarecentre@gmail.com

 

SCHOOLS CHESS CHALLENGE

Duncannon National School won gold at the Wexford Schools Chess Challenge, held at St. Joseph’s N. S. in Gorey, on Wednesday, 7th February. The Duncannon champions fought off strong competition from 200+ players, from all over the county, to bring home the gold. Well done to our senior players: Molly Lynch, Caoimhe O’Connor, Ryan Lynch, Cora Foley, Aaron Ely and Dan Nolan. Duncannon Junior Chess Club would like to thank the chess coaches Syd Cassidy and Glyn Stevens and the parents who provided transport.

 

RAMSGRANGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT  

Monthly Meeting

Monday 5th March, in St. Louis Day Care Centre, starting at 2.15pm. Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun.

Annual Dinner

Will be held tomorrow, Sunday, 18th February, in the Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford - €20.

Cinema Wexford.

Trip to Omniplex Cinema, Wexford, on Friday, 23rd February to see Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missouri,  - Cost €12 - Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 12 noon sharp - Usual pick-ups from Ramsgrange to Wexford - phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

50 + Expo show

The first 50 Plus Expo of the year - The City Hall, Cork 3rd March.

Cost to Members €15; Non-members €20 - Bus leaving Ramsgrange at 9am sharp - pick up in Campile 9.10am - To book, phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

Musical in New Ross

Trip to St. Michael's Theatre, New Ross, to see Top Hat, a musical by Irving Berlin, on Monday, 5th March - Cost, which includes ticket and bus, €20, Non-members €25 - Deposit €10 - Bus leaving Ramsgrange car park at 7pm sharp - Pick-up in Campile at 7.10 pm - To book, phone (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

May Holiday 2018.

From Monday, 14th May, to Friday, 18th May - Arklow Bay Hotel - Cost per person sharing, €335, single room supplement €70 for the 4 nights - Cost includes 4 nights B & B and evening meal, a day-trip each day, transport to and from Arklow and Gratuities - Non Refundable Booking Fee of €100 is required - Booking open to non-members from 1st February. Enquires to (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4076. Travel Insurance: Allianz.ie Tel (01) 448 4848.