St. Joseph’s Church Carrickmacross

Deus Vobiscum...May God Be With You

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Church Bulletin



Holy Thursday 17th April.
3.00pm:  Mass of the Last Supper.  
7.30pm:   John Joe & Brigid Cumiskey & deceased family members, Farney St.
Good Friday 18th April.
3.00pm:   &  7.30pm:   Easter ceremonies.

Sunday 20th April  –  Easter Sunday 2014
 
Mass intentions for the week            
Holy Saturday 19th April.
9.00pm: Vigil Mass for Easter.       
Sunday 20th April to Sunday 27th April.
9.00am:   Colm Duffy, Mullinary.  10.30am:  Dave Ryan, Creevy.  John & Mary Slevin & Charles & Mary B Caulfield & their great-grand son Cian Coughlan.   Johnny Gartlan, Ardee Rd & Patrick & Annie Winters, Tullynaskeagh.  Thomas & Elizabeth Callan & Luke Brennan, Drumgowna.   12Noon:   Malachy Boyle, Castleblayney Rd & deceased of the Boyle, Finnegan & Donaghy families.  Agnes & James Halligan, St. Macartan’s Villas & deceased of the Woods & Halligan families.  Johnny Finnegan, Cuchullain Tce & his deceased parents & sisters & Mary Kate & John Hand & deceased of the Hand family, Donaghmoyne Rd.
 
Monday 21st April.                         
10.00am: Tom & Margaret McBrien, Farney St.     No Evening Mass.
Tuesday 22nd April.       
10.00am:  ..........,   No Evening Mass.
Wednesday 23rd April.               
10.00am:  Patricia Callan, Lurgans.   No Evening Mass.
Thursday 24th April.
10.00am:   Deceased of the McEneaney family, Cloughvalley Lower.     No Evening Mass.
Friday 25th April.
10.00am:  Owen & Julia Meegan & Frank & Mary McNally.  No Evening Mass.
Saturday 26th April.
10.00am:  Eugene & Kathleen Ward & their grand-daughter Suzanne Muirhead & deceased of the Ward family, Coolfore.  11.00am:   M.M.Mass.  Annie Rooney, 6 Woodlands.
 
Saturday 26th April.
6.30pm:  Vigil Mass.  Frank Connor, 85 Cloughvalley.  Tony O’Kane, 3 Drummond Heights.  Brian & Bridie Daly, Lough Eigish.
Sunday 27th April.
9.00am:   ...........  10.30am:  Ned & Kathleen Keenan, 33 St. Macartan’s Villas.  Deceased of the Hand & Keenan families, St. Macartan’s Villas.  Pat McEneaney, Peaste.  12Noon:   Kevin O’Farrell, Creevy.  Ann Connolly, 79 Cloughvalley.  Rita & Peter Cogan, Patrician Drive.  Kathleen Smith, 35 Highfield.


Easter Message
A word of thanks to all who had active parts or helped in any way in the Holy Week Ceremonies.  Indeed you are all to be commended in the way you attended Mass during Lent and the Holy Week Ceremonies.  We the Priests of the Parish wish you all the Blessings of Easter.


Easter Prayer.
Raise me up! Renew my life!  Father of life, I see the light again! I was in darkness and had lost hope
but Jesus Christ, your son, has won out over death - for me.  I celebrate today, your love, the life you give me. I feel your presence as you breathe on my mind and open my heart.
So many times in my life my eyes are closed but today I see the risen Lord in the breaking of the bread.
Thank you for this morning of hope, thank you for such incredible love.








Local News & Events



Divine Mercy Sunday Silver Jubilee Celebration Sunday 27th Apr at 3pm in St. Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan.  All welcome.

Bus to Knock Divine Mercy Sunday 27th Apr leaving Shirley Arms at 8am sharp.  Booking essential.  Tel 9662197 or 086 3948171.  Proceeds Lough Derg Fund.

Carrickmacross Vintage Club Annual Easter Monday Road Run.    Supporting Stedfast House & St. Mary’s Hospital, Castleblayney.  All Vintage Vehicles welcome.  Tel John Joe 087 2371221.

Carrickmacross/Corduff Community Games Area Final for Talent on Tue Apr 29th at 7pm in the Holy Family Hall.  Competitions for three different age groups. Group competitions may be all girls, all boys or mixed. U12:  Solo Recitation; Group Dance (Irish Contemporary) U13:  Solo Music U14:  Solo Singing; Solo Dance; Group Music; Group Singing; Group Disco Dancing; Group Drama/Comedy Sketch. Cost €2 per person. The top 3 from each competition will represent Carrickmacross/Corduff at the Co Finals on Fri May 9th.

Carrickmacross Allotments A limited number of plots are available for anyone wishing to grow their own vegetables or flowers. For further details contact Ann at 087 1941716. Members are reminded that it is time to renew their subscription.

Carrick-Cancer Ladies Mini Marathon Due no walk organised in Carrick this year one is being organised in Inniskeen. So come on ladies, help to raise funds for Carrick- Cancer. No registration fees, no buses needed for transport, just turn up at Inniskeen Social Club on June 1st at 12Noon. All you need is a sponsorship card Tel Rita Callan, Sinead Byrne 0876753308, Catherine Dooley 0868560327, Bernie Smith 0877902886, Mary Woods 0876177347.

'Handbags and High Tea' In aid of Lisdoonan NS on 22nd Jun.  Please support by donating any new or nearly new handbags. Handbags can be dropped in the school.

DaisyChain Childcare Easter Arts & Crafts Camp Tues 22nd to Fri 25th Apr 10am to 1pm Daily, €12.50 per day - all meals included. Call Charlotte on 9692255.

Blayney Blades Moving On Programme Children's Party in Iontas Centre, Castleblayney Easter Mon from 12-3pm.  All welcome.  No booking necessary.  Tel Josephine/Barry at 042 9753404.

CMX Gymnastics Classes for all ages in the Phoenix Centre every Mon.  Classes start May 12th 6 wks €50 sibling discounts.  To book/ Info call 087-8319582.  Registration day & payment secures place Tues May 6th 3.30pm-5.30pm Phoenix Centre.

Carrickmacross Men’s  Shed  Mon– Fri  9.30-1.30 . Everyone welcome to drop in. Call Adam 087 1701824

Donore & Rosnaree Group will stage the play 'Moll' in the Parish Hall on Sun 27th Apr at 8pm, to once again support Killanny LGFC. Price €10. Please, come along, a free cup of tea.  A comedy set in a rural presbytery in Kerry -the newly appointed Moll is a priest's housekeeper who takes over a parish house with a divide & conquer strategy.

Girls Day Out - Fundraiser for Kingscourt Cancer Shop & Cavan Oncology Day Unit Sun 18th May 2-6pm in Magheracloone Community Centre.  Pamper yourself with our Hair, Beauty, Reiki, Reflexology & Nail Technicians & Raise funds for a fantastic cause.  Refreshments served. Tickets €5 on sale locally or pay at the door. For info or to volunteer your services Tel Carmel 0876341933 or Pauline 0876642360

Clann MacKenna are hosting an Information night in the Blackwater Valley Learning Centre, Emyvale on Mon 28th Apr at 8.30pm.  Speaker Brian MacDomhnaill on the period 1845-50 in Co. Monaghan, with particular reference to the impact of the Great Hunger in Truagh. Gerard Mc Kenna on the origins and heraldry of the MacKenna's and his involvement in building the genealogies of the major branches of the clan from sources all over the world.  All Welcome, no charge, refreshments served.

Carrickmacross Active Retirement  Meeting on wed 23rd Apr.  All monies for North East Regional trip to the Balmoral Show due in on the 23rd.

German for   beginners Starting Tue 6th May Carrickmacross workhouse free 8 week course 7-9pm. Tel Mary 9749500 or come along on the night.

Castleblayney Hurling Club Breakfast Morning in Iontas, Castleblayney on Apr 27th from 9-1. Call in on your way to Croke Park.

Art Classes in The Workhouse. 6 week courses starting Wed 30th Apr.  Mornings 10am to 12noon Evenings  7pm to 9pm Phone Orlagh on 087 689 5524 for details

CAMCAS (Cavan and Monaghan Community Area Services), work with ‘Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’ to carry out the’ Warmer Home Scheme’, providing Attic and Cavity Wall Insulation.  Free scheme, based on the following criteria: Ownership of your home which was built prior to 2006, and in receipt of one of the following: Fuel Allowance, Family Income Supplement, Jobseekers allowance for over 6 months, and with a child under 7 years.  Tel CAMCAS 049 9527384.

Pilates classes by Chartered Physiotherapist commences in Iontas Centre Castleblayney Wed 30th Apr. 6 week course. Cost €65. Mats provided. Beginner class 7-8pm, intermediate class 8-9pm. Tel Edel on 087-7463382 to book place.

The 2014 - Wetlands Duathlon in Ballybay Wetlands Centre on Apr 26th at 10am and consists of a 10k run, 40k cycle and a 5k run to finish. Registration, entries will be taken on the morning of the race or in advance through the Runireland and Triathlon Ireland websites. Registration is open at the Wetlands on 25th April 6-8pm and 26th 8- 9.30.





Sosad Carrickmacross new volunteers.  If you have experience in office administration, addiction or bereavement counselling, or a qualification in psychology and have a few hours to spare please Tel Joanne on 9668992/086 1459168. Are interested in taking part in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon for Sosad Tel Leanne on the above numbers.

Charity CD Footprints on Sale, in Birdy’s /Keegan’s /Walsh’s Shop, Sosad, Cost €10 by local musician 13 year old Jamie Malone, all proceeds to the three charities Sosad Ireland, Ronald McDonald House Crumlin & Cara Cancer Support Centre.

Steadfast House old mobile phone & iPods collection in conjunction with Down Syndrome Ireland for a new iPad. Collection point in Steadfast Charity shop.

There are times when only a Mother's faith
Can help on life's way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.










Parish Notices


Parish Assembly
The assembly began with a Prayer of gratitude for blessings evident in the Parish.  During a brief presentation we heard how a Parish cannot be viewed in isolation. It exists within the Diocesan and Universal Church, to which it offers both respect, and support and in exchange receives Priests and many support services.  This explains why the Parish supports financially the Diocese especially in the training and formations of Priests, in the care of the aged and ill priest, in addition to providing services for youth, safeguarding children, marriage preparation etc within the Diocese.  This costs €35 annually per Catholic family for each of the 2,100 Catholic homes in this Parish.  With fewer people, especially the young, attending and supporting the Church it will be necessary to reflect afresh on how Parishes are to be financed.  Gifts or stipends received for marriage, funerals and Baptism celebrations along with the priests monthly collection in pooled so that each priest get remunerated as directed by the Diocese.
The Assembled heard the finding of a religion survey of youth in our secondary schools, a presentation by two young people on how youth wish to be involved, and a personal account of how involvement with the John Paul 11   Awards has inspired one young person.  There is need of greater youth involvement in the various Parish ministries.
The gathering expressed satisfaction with the current heating of St. Joseph’s church; a desire for greater quiet and reverence in God’s house; a willingness to reach out in welcome to Parish newcomers; and a wish that more people spend time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
Parking at St. Joseph’s Church raises health and safety issues.  Since parking in the Church grounds was essentially intended for the disabled, the assembly agreed that from the beginning of May the main gates of the Church will remain closed for ten minutes after Mass ends, until the parking difficulty is solved.
The Assembly was generally experienced as a positive exercise allowing Parishioners share planning and responsibility for the future of the parish.  Did the absence of young parents and under 40’s say something to us about the Parish or does it reflect a deeper malaise in the Catholic Church in Ireland?  In conclusion we congratulate the Parish Pastoral Council for having the courage to offer us this opportunity to gather together and discuss Parish.

OPEN DAY - ST PATRICK'S COLLEGE, MAYNOOTH, SATURDAY 3rd MAY AT 10AM. For men who are interested in studying for the Priesthood. Informal talks, an opportunity for questions and a tour of the college. No booking necessary.

Carrickmacross Cemetery Committee Have you some spare time?  The Cemetery Committee are looking for helpers both Male and Female to assist us with some sweeping and tidying for the next few weeks.  1 or 2 hours per week would be very helpful and would be appreciated.  Benefits – Socially rewarding, no pay and generally you will enjoy it!  Contact: Any Committee Member or 087 677 9755

Triduum of Prayer and Healing Tue 29th April to Thurs 1st May
The triduum is a three-day period of prayer in preparation for the feast of St Joseph the worker celebrated on May 1st who is the patron saint of the parish of Carrickmacross.  The theme is Encouragement for the Journey of Life.  This event offers a unique opportunity for those who seek healing and hope.  It provides encouragement for those who are searching.  It also reassures those who regularly practice their faith and welcomes those who do not.  This is an occasion to nurture individual and family faith. 
The liturgies are scripture based and include the celebration of daily Eucharist at 10 am and 7.30pm.  The evening liturgies will focus on issues that are relevant and the topics presented are practical and inspirational. 
A Eucharistic Service of Healing is celebrated on Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm which includes individual anointing (visiting priests will be available). 
This triduum is a hope-filled event providing the opportunity to reflect on the purpose of life, to find the way forward and deepen or re-establish a relationship with Christ.  It promises to be an occasion where individuals will experience spiritual renewal and support for the journey ahead. 
Prayer Petitions: Please write out your petitions and place them in the petition box which is located at the altar to St Joseph at the front of the Church.
Morning Liturgies are: Mass at 10 am on Tue 29th, Wed 30th Apr & Thurs 1st May
Evening Liturgies are: Mass at 7.30 on Tue 29th Apr
Eucharistic Service of Healing at 7.30 on Wed 30th Apr.  Mass at 7.30 pm on Thurs 1st May.
The triduum will be conducted by Fr Ben Hughes a priest of the Diocese of Clogher. After completing 15 years of full-time parish ministry, his work now includes adult faith formation within a variety of pastoral contexts.  As a retreat facilitator and spiritual director he integrates spirituality and psychology to explore the spiritual journey, promote personal development and provide space for healing and transformation. Triduum Candles on sale, €2 each at all masses this weekend.

Clogher Diocesan One Day Retreat on Lough Derg led by Bishop Liam MacDaid Mon 19th May.  Boats from 9.15am.  (Tea/coffee & scones).  10.20am Opening Prayer & Way of the Cross, 11.20am Prayer of Intercession & Healing of memories. 12.45pm. Lunch, 1.45pm. Sacrament of Reconciliation 2.45pm Mass, 4pm. Departure.  Island Adm €40.  Booking essential Tel 071-9861518. 
Preparing for First Holy Communion: A Guide for Families is an activity book, designed to help parents and families prepare for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion with their children. It contains activities and prayers to work through together, and has accessible, child-friendly language and illustrations.  Completed order forms can be sent to your local Veritas store, or orders can be made to marie.oneill@veritas.ie

Prayer for Easter
May the light of Jesus shine continually to drive away all darkness. May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no setting, find his light ever burning in our hearts—he who gives his light to all creation, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.


Confessions for Easter                  Holy Saturday 19th April:  10.30am – 12Noon only.

You are invited to a three-day celebration. The Easter Triduum (Triduum=three days) is celebrated from Holy Thursday at 3pm to Easter Sunday evening.  This extended celebration offers people of faith a deep spiritual engagement with Christ’s Passover through death to risen life, what we call his Paschal Mystery.  The celebration is marked by three Liturgies:  The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday afternoon & evening, with its themes of service (the gospel of the washing of the feet) and the gift of the Eucharist; the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday is a unique Liturgy. “austere and very sad”, which ponders on the saving death of the Lord Jesus; and the Vigil of Easter Night with the proclamation of Christ’s resurrection from the tomb and of our rising with him from sin to the new life of love and grace.  But there is more to celebrate than Liturgies.  In the Triduum, the penitential fast of Lent gives way to the Paschal Fast, which is to be kept sacred by all on Good Friday and, if possible prolonged through Holy Saturday, so that we may come to the joy of the Sunday of the Resurrection with ready and uplifted hearts.  Will you join us in this three day celebration?
RSPV (personally and directly) to the one who said “Do this in memory of Me”.

Mass Of Chrism Takes place in the Cathedral, Monaghan on Holy Thursday at 11am. Everyone is welcome. We suggest that people involved with the care of the sick and children who were Confirmed and their parents might find this Mass of special Spiritual help.
Sick In The Town & Rural Areas will be brought Holy Communion after 3pm Mass on Holy Thursday by Eucharistic Ministers. If you do not want a call, let the priests know, contact the priests house, Tel:9661231.    Eucharistic Ministers who have pyxes please leave them in the Sacristy before Wednesday 16th Apr as they will be needed on Holy Thursday after the 3.00pm Mass. 'Altar of Repose' People are invited to spend time in prayer at the 'Altar of Repose' until Midnight. We suggest that people living in the Rural Area would make a special effort between 9-10pm. People Living West of Main St 10-11pm. People Living East of Main St 11pm to Midnight.
 
TROCAIRE BOXES Please bring your Trocaire Boxes to the Church on Holy Thursday. Place them in the Collection Boxes at the entrance of the Church, they will be carried to the Altar in the Offertory Procession. We would like to get all the subscriptions in on Holy Thursday. In this way we can send the full amount away as soon as possible.  Paper money only please.  This year Trocáire wishes all monies to be forwarded by 2nd Sunday of Easter.
Good Friday is a day of FAST & ABSTINENCE. The Celebration of the Lord's Passion is at 3pm and 7.30pm. It will consist of (a) Liturgy of the Word. (b) The Veneration of the Cross.  (c) Holy Communion.
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Will be closed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter Monday. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues as usual times from Tuesday 22nd April.
If you are Celiac and would like to receive Holy Communion please come to the Sacristy and inform the Sacristan. 
Please note:  Easter Vigil Mass is at 9.00pm.
Please Note:  There will be no evening Mass on Monday 21st, Wednesday 23rd & Friday 25th Apr. 
The sick & housebound in the Town & Rural areas will be visited by Ministers of the Eucharist in their homes on Holy Thursday 17th April. 
TODAY Palm Sunday
Palm will be blessed at all Masses.  There will be a blessing outside the Church at 11.55am (weather permitting).  People are asked to assemble across from the main doors after the blessing to join in the procession into the Church for 12noon Mass.

Easter Vigil  The Celebration of Easter Day, the Resurrection of the Lord begins with the Easter Vigil at 9pm outside the Main door of the Church with the Blessing of the New Fire. You are asked to assemble there. It is the single most important celebration of the Church Year. From antiquity it has been known as the 'Feast of Feasts'. The music, the candlelight, the paschal fire adds drama to the Liturgy which we do not have at other times of the year. It is a fitting end to the season of Lent and to commence the season of Easter.
“Come to me all you who are weary and heavily burdened …” (Mt 11:28)
From today you will see a second large cross in the church porch. As we remember Christ’s passion we are invited to unite our own crosses with his. We place at the foot of the cross our personal crosses / sufferings, or suffering in the world. You may write a petition, or leave a memento or newspaper cutting in the collection box provided. These will be brought to the altar at the afternoon liturgy of Good Friday.


St Joseph’s Triduum Healing Service Wed 30th  Apr at 7:30pm. Masses 29th/30th Apr & Thurs 1st May at 10am. 29th Apr/1st May at 7:30pm. Triduum Candles on sale, E2 each at all masses this weekend.
Triduum Prayer to St Joseph
Dear St Joseph, kind and loving father, you are always helpful to those in need.  I come before you in sincerity of heart. Listen kindly to my prayer and obtain for me the favours I ask.
(Pause and make your request)
Through your powerful protection bless the unfolding journey of my life.  Grant me patience, wisdom, healing and encouragement.  Give me courage that I may stand secure and face the challenges of life.  Shelter me in times of difficulty.  Help me to admit when I am wrong and when necessary gently lead me towards a new beginning.   Grant me health of mind, body and spirit so that I may contribute to the world and enjoy my one precious life.  Obtain for those who have asked my prayer everything that is beneficial to them in the plan of God.    Glory be to the Father...

Clogher Diocesan One Day Retreat on Lough Derg led by Bishop Liam MacDaid.  Boats from 9.15am.  (Tea/coffee & scones).  10.20am Opening Prayer & Way of the Cross, 11.20am Prayer of Intercession & Healing of memories. 12.45pm. Lunch, 1.45pm. Sacrament of Reconciliation  2.45pm Mass, 4pm. Departure.  Island Adm €40.  Booking essential Tel 071-9861518. 


National Pilgrim Paths Day Sat 19th Apr at 10:30am.  Walk in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrim along the ancient Lough Derg Pilgrim Path 12km (approx 3hrs) Cost: €5 includes refreshments Tel: 0719861518 Email:  info@loughderg.org
Holy Week Time-Table 2014




A Triduum of Prayer & Reflection  in preparation for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker (May 1st) will be held in St. Joseph’s Church Tue April 29th to Thurs May1st.  Fr. Ben Hughes will lead the event.  It is intended to have evening Mass on Tue 29th & Thurs 1st with a Healing Service on Wed 30th at 7.30pm daily. 
St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of the Universal Church is patron of our Parish.  He is the faithful father figure, the carer, the silent and obedient man of the Gospels.  What better friend to bring our prayers and needs to the Throne of God.


Diocese of Clogher Lourdes Pilgrimage led by The Most Rev. Liam MacDaid D.D. Sat 6th – Thurs 11th July 2014.  Total price €735 To book Invalid places Tel Canon Joseph Mullins, Lisnaskea 048- 677 21342.  To book Pilgrim places  P.J. McGilly 048 677 37850.
National Pilgrim Paths Day Sat 19th Apr at 10:30am.  Walk in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrim along the ancient Lough Derg Pilgrim Path
Distance: 12 km (approx 3 hours) Cost: €5 includes refreshments Tel: 071 9861518 (Email:  info@loughderg.org


Prayer to Saint Joseph

St. Joseph,
Obtain for us the Spirit of Wisdom that it may guide us all in our ways.
Come for us like a loving Father, in all our concerns.

Extract from YOUCAT Youth Prayer.

Novena to St. Joseph Tue Apr 29th – Thurs May 1st. 
St. Joseph’s Candles on sale next week for €2 for home or Novena use.

Diocese of Clogher Lourdes Pilgrimage led by The Most Rev. Liam MacDaid D.D. Sat 6th – Thurs 11th July 2014.  Total price €735 includes flights Full board accommodation / meals Transfers from designated places throughout the Diocese to & from the Airport, Complimentary comprehensive insurance.  To book Invalid places Tel Canon Joseph Mullins, Lisnaskea 048- 677 21342.  To book Pilgrim places  P.J. McGilly 048 677 37850.

"Clogher don Óige Pilgrimage to Taizé 9th – 18th Aug An extraordinary Pilgrimage to the Youth Monastery in Taizé for young people aged 15/16 years. Cost €460 (€150 deposit, price includes travel, accommodation & food).  For further details please contact info@clogherdonoige.com or call 04772784.

New Heart New Spirit are offering a pilgrimage to the Holy Land Mon 13 - Tue 21 Oct 2014. Other pilgrims will be very welcome to join our group. I
attach the proposed outline of the programme as well as the booking form, which should be returned directly to MAP Travel, with a deposit of €250.
Bookings should be received preferably before Easter.

Pilgrimage to Fatima 25th Sept 2014. 7 nights departing from Dublin. €774 & €25 insurance if required.  If paid in full by Feb. 3rd, €100 off price or €50 off deposit. Spiritual directors; Fr. Jimmy McPhillips, Derrygonnelly & Fr. Raymond Donnelly, Enniskillen. For details Tel Noeleen Keenan 0879828831.


Church Duties for April
Collectors:   Vigil:  Denis Durkan, Derryolam.  Brendan Doyle.   9am:  Hugh Carroll, Lisanisk.  Brian Finnegan, Donaghmoyne Rd.  Francie Traynor, Mullinary.  10.30am:  Patsy McNally, Magheross.  Patricia Duffy, Corcuilllogue.  Noleen Keenan, St Macartan’s Villas.  12noon:  Ollie Swinburne, St. Macartan’s Villas.  Michael Ward, Lossets.  Jimmy McMahon, Cloughvalley.
Weekday Readers:
Monday 10am:     Anna Mc Cabe   
    7.30pm:           Carmelita Pyke   
Tuesday 10am:    Kathleen Murtagh
Wednesday 10am:    Pat Drury
    7.30pm:    Maeve Callan
Thursday 10am:    Paddy Gallagher
Friday 10am:                Peggy Swinburne
            7.30pm:    Gretta Murphy
Saturday 10am:    Seamus Kelly
Sunday Readers:
6.30pm Vigil:      Kathleen Murtagh      
9am:         Laurence Jones
10.30am:                   Brian McDermott
12noon:        Margaret Bourke

National Convention For Life Sat 12th Apr, Dublin Castle. A day of Renewal to Bring Ireland Back to Life and move the pro-life movement forward. Hear exciting speakers on the day. For Tickets Register:www.nationalconventionforlife.org or Tel 018730465 Book your seat on the Monaghan, Castleblyaney, Carrickmacross Bus, phone Pat on 0868163995 or 0876274031.





A special Lenten fast
Give up harsh words: use generous ones.
Give up unhappiness: take up gratitude.
Give up anger: take up gentleness and patience. Give up pessimism: take up hope and optimism. Give up worrying: take up trust in God.
Give up complaining: value what you have. Give up stress: take up prayer.
Give up judging others: discover Jesus within them.
Give up sorrow and bitterness: fill your heart with joy.
Give up selfishness: take up compassion for others.
Give up being unforgiving: learn reconciliation. Give up words: fill yourself with silence,
and listen to others.

Time Apart
Lord, you went to lonely places to pray.  In my busy days of noise and action, remind me of my need for time alone and for peace and quiet and silence within.  Be with me now as I pause for a few moments in quietness.


Baptisms
1st Sunday of each month at 1.15pm and Third Saturday of each month at 3pm (subject to change due to Weddings in the Parish)
Confessions
Saturdays & Eves of Holy Days 10.30am.
Eves of First Fridays 10.30am.
Penitential Services Advent & Lent.
Marriages
All couples must give at least 3 month’s notice of their marriage to the Registrar of marriage www.groireland.ie.  Plan to do your pre-marriage course well in advance.
ACCORD www.accord.ie is the official provider of pre-marriage course in the Diocese of Clogher.
Devotions
Miraculous Medal Novena Devotions after 10am & 7.30pm mass each Monday.
Morning Prayer each morning at 9.45am.
Rosary after 10am Mass Mon – Fri & 7.30pm Mass on Mon, Wed & Fri.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Mon, Wed & Fri 8.00am – 9.00pm.  Tue & Thurs 8.00am – 8.00pm. Sat 8.00am – 6.00pm.  Sun 8.00am – 7.00pm.
Please Note:  blessed Sacrament Chapel is CLOSED during all Mass Times.

Cura Cares
Crisis Pregnancy may be hard to face.  It can help to talk to someone.
Talk to us today, we will listen.
Tel 1850 622 626

Prayer for Trust
Trust Him when dark doubts assail you.
Trust him when your strength is small
Trust him when simply to trust,
is the hardest thing of all.


Lord God,
you revealed your Son in the waters of the Jordan
and anointed him with the power of the Holy Spirit
to proclaim good news to all people.
Sanctify us by the same Spirit,
that we may proclaim the healing power of the gospel
by acts of love in your name. Amen.




J






Family Prayer

We give you thanks Lord God who blessed us with life and love.
You have given us the gift of the family.
Help us to nurture and protect, to guide and to love each other.

Through the intercession of the Holy family,
Jesus, Mary & Joseph,
Protect us.

Give us wisdom and courage, joy and faithfulness in responding to our special vocation as a Christian family,
So that we may help each other to grow in grace and love to the Glory of God. Amen.

A Prayer for the New Year
On Sunday grant me peace and rest, that
all my days Lord may be blessed.
On Monday Lord, for hope I pray to hearten each and every day.
On Tuesday, send me from above understanding, light and love.
On Wednesday, teach me to be kind and have a clean and decent mind.
On Thursday, courage, Lord, renew and make me fearless straight and true.
On Friday, if my steps should fall give me strength, which will prevail.
For Joy on Saturday I ask when I complete my weekly task.







Dates for your Diary
Confirmation
Sunday 23rd March 2014
First Holy Communion
Scoil Rois – Sat 3rd May 2014
Bunscoil Lughaidh Naofa Sat 17th May 2014
St. Joseph’s Boys NS Sat 24th May 2014


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Prayer for the Deceased

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Amen.







Useful Contact Numbers
Garda Confidential Line:  1800 66 61 11
SOSAD Carrickmacross 24 hours, 7 days a week. Tel 042 9668992 or 086 0459168
Senior Help Line LoCall 1850 440 444.
Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90
Console Suicide Awareness/ Bereavement Support:  1800 201 890
Bernardos Bereavement Counselling for Children:  01 4732110
Living Links Suicide Bereavement Support: 087 4122052
1Life 24hr Suicide Prevention Helpline 1800 247 100
Aware (Depression Support) 1890 303 30
Mental Health Ireland: 01 2841166
Rainbows (Children Support) Cavan 049 4371363
Life Support Monaghan Helpline:  087 2405942
Cavan family Resource Centre:  049 4371363
Cruse Bereavement Cavan 049 4372999







The Value of Time
The bank of time credits you with 86,400 seconds every morning.  It carries no balance from the previous day.  There is no overdraft.  Every day a new account is opened for you.  Every second you didn’t use is written off – gone.  If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.  There is no drawing against tomorrow’s fund.


To realise the value of one year, ask a student failed his exams.
To realise the value of a month, ask the parents of a premature baby.
To realise the value of a week ask the editor of a newspaper.
To realise the value of a day ask the worker with a large family to feed.
To realise the value of an hour ask two lovers ready to meet.
To realise the value of a minute ask a person who has missed a flight.
To realise the value of a second ask the person who has survived an accident.
To realise the value of a millisecond ask the winner of a silver Olympic medal.
TREASURE EVERY MOMENT.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give You my heart and my soul. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe out my soul in peace with You.




A Blessing for Young People going on a Journey
Gracious Father, maker of all the world,
bless our young people as they prepare for their journey. 
Be with them on every road,
on every hill, meadow and stream,
under cloud, under stars,
through storm and in sunshine.
Guard them, O Father, protect them, O Christ,
guide them, O Holy Spirit,
now, and in weariness,
now, and in delight,
now, and in danger,
now, and in journey's ending.
Enfold them in your love,
and surround them with your care,
that they may sing your song
every step of the way.

Knowledge is wisdom come from God.

Prayer for the deceased.
Into your hands, O God we entrust those who have died.
In this life, you embraced them with tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them enter eternal rest.  The old way has passed away; so welcome them into heaven where there is no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only the fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.  Amen.




Church Duties for July
Collectors:   Vigil:   Brian Ward, Drumgoan.  Phil Gartlan, Lurgans.  Padraig McNally, Nafferty.    9am:  John Morris, St. Macartan’s Villas.  Francie Treanor, Mullinary.    10.30am:  James Conlon, Aghalile. Patricia Duffy, Corcuillogue. 12noon:  Teresa Linden, Corcuillogue.   Ollie Swinburne, St. Macartan’s Villas.   
Weekday Readers:
Monday 10am:     Teresa O’ Hanlon   
    7.30pm:           Alan Kent
Tuesday 10am:      Mary Deighan
Wednesday 10am:    Noeleen Keenan
    7.30pm:    Jim Cumiskey
Thursday 10am:    Rosaleen Haworth
Friday 10am:                May Cumiskey   
Saturday 10am:    Joe Mundy
Sunday Readers:            
9am:         Sr. Olivia
10.30am:         Malachy Marron



Choose Life 2013

Prayer for the Child in the Womb 
Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives.
May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected.
Lord Jesus, help us to choose life in every decision we take.     Amen


A time for clarity and truth
We value the skill and efforts of our doctors, nurses and other care professionals who have helped to earn Ireland’s place as one of the safest countries in the world for mothers and their babies during pregnancy.

Catholic Church teaching is clear: where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are ethically             permissible provided every effort is made to save both the mother and her baby.

This is different from abortion, which is the direct and intentional taking of the innocent life of the unborn. No matter what legislation is passed in any country, abortion is, and always will be, gravely wrong.

We remain convinced that enhanced medical guidelines, which do not envisage the direct and intentional killing of the unborn, could provide the necessary clarity as well as a      morally, legally and medically acceptable way forward. While good health can normally be restored, life, once taken, can never, never be restored.

The above is an excerpt from the statement by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland ‘A time to uphold the right to life’, issued on 11 June 2013. See www.catholicbishops.ie for the full statement.

Prayer for the Child in the Womb 
Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives.

May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected.

Lord Jesus, help us to choose life in every decision we take.

Amen



Useful Contact Numbers
Garda Confidential Line:  1800 66 61 11
SOSAD Carrickmacross 24 hours, 7 days a week. Tel 042 9668992 or 086 0459168
Senior Help Line LoCall 1850 440 444.
Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90
Console Suicide Awareness/ Bereavement Support:  1800 201 890
Bernardos Bereavement Counselling for Children:  01 4732110
Living Links Suicide Bereavement Support: 087 4122052
1Life 24hr Suicide Prevention Helpline 1800 247 100
Aware (Depression Support) 1890 303 30
Mental Health Ireland: 01 2841166
Rainbows (Children Support) Cavan 049 4371363
Life Support Monaghan Helpline:  087 2405942
Cavan family Resource Centre:  049 4371363
Cruse Bereavement Cavan 049 4372999




Hymn to St. Joseph
1. O Blessed St. Joseph! How great was thy worth, the one chosen shadow of God upon earth.  Called father of Jesus, ah, then wilt thou be, Sweet spouse of Our Lady, a father to me.
2. For thou to the pilgrim art father and guide
And Jesus and Mary felt safe by thy side. 
Ah blessed St. Joseph, how safe should I be,
Sweet spouse of Our Lady, if thou wert with me.
3. When the treasures of God were unsheltered on earth, 
Safe-keeping was found for them both in thy worth;
O Father of Jesus, be father to me,
Sweet spouse of Our Lady, and I will love thee.

St. Vincent de Paul mobile phone no 087 9171371

Security around the Church  Parishioners are reminded to secure their vehicles while attending Mass.  Do not leave valuable items visible in cars.


Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
“I will try again tomorrow”.

With each day comes new strengths & new thoughts

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.



 



Gloria
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you, we adore you,
We glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
    have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
    receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
    have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father,  Amen.

Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible .
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered, death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day 
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Eucharistic Congress Hymn
Though We Are Many - (Bernard Sexton)
Though we are many, we are one body,
we who come to share this living bread;
Cup of salvation, shared among all nations,
nourishing us now and evermore.
1.    We gather in this place
round the table of the Lord.
Christ's presence is revealed
in our communion and his Living Word.
I am the bread of life.
I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me shall not hunger.
He who believes in me shall not thirst.
No one shall come to me
unless the Father draw him
And I will raise him up on the last day.


Church Duties for August
Collectors:   Vigil:  Frank Rooney, Woodlands.  Tom Mc Dermott, Drummond Etra.   9am:  Tom McNally, Tullynaskeagh.  Jim & Pauline Fox, Lurgans.  10.30am:   Joe Shankey, O’Neill St.  Packie Deighan, Dundalk Rd. Tom McEneaney, Tullynaskeagh.   12noon:  Gerry Cassidy, Magheraboy.   Thomas Mc Gahon, Cloughvalley.   Robin George.
Weekday Readers:
Monday 10am:     Anna Mc Cabe
    7.30pm:           Carmelita Pyke
Wednesday 10am:    Pat Drury
    7.30pm:    Maeve Callan
Thursday 10am:    Paddy Gallagher
Friday 10am:                Peggy Swinburne
            7.30pm:    Gretta Murphy
Saturday 10am:    Seamus Kelly
Sunday Readers:
6.30pm Vigil:      Sheila Gollogly     
9am:         Hugh Carroll
10.30am:         Noleen Keenan
12noon:        Aileen Devine    











St Vincent de Paul   TEL 087-9171371.

New Pastoral Team
Kathleen Barr
Jim Cumiskey
Alice Deery
Eilish Finnegan
Bernie Jones
Seamus Kelly
Brendan Larney
Padraig O’Reilly
All elected members
Eddie McNally & Anita McGlynn selected by the Priests to be a voice for the Youth in our Parish.  There will be two training nights Jan 30th & Feb 6th 2012 at 8.15pm in Teach ui Bhriain. 
The Priests will meet the group on Wednesday 14th Dec 2011 at 8pm in Teach ui Bhriain.









Prayers for the New Mass

St. Joseph’s Carrickmacross
Weekday Masses
Changes in the people’s parts of the new edition of the Roman Missal.

Greeting
Priest     In the name of the father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
People    Amen.

Priest    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 
Or     Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Or    The Lord be with you.

People    And with your spirit.

Penitential Act
I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever – Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Priest: May almighty God have mercy on us,
Forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.

Gloria
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
    have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
    receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
    have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father,
Amen.

Liturgy of the Word
First and Second Reading
The word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God

Gospel
Priest:    The Lord be with you.
People:    And with your spirit.

Priest:    A reading form the holy Gospel according to N.
People:    Glory to you, Lord.

Priest:    The Gospel of the Lord.
People:    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Homily
Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible .

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by  the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day 
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist
Prayers at the Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you Lord God of all creation
For through your goodness
we have received the bread we offer you:
fruit of the earth and work of human hands,
it will become for us the bread of life.
People    Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you Lord God of all creation
For through your goodness
we have received the wine we offer you:
fruit of the vine and work of human hands,
it will become our spiritual drink.
People    Blessed be God for ever.
Priest     Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters),
    that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God,
    the almighty Father.

People     May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
    for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
    and the good of all his holy Church.

Eucharistic Prayer 11

Priest    The Lord be with you.
People    And with your spirit.
Priest    Lift up your hearts.
People    We lift them up to the Lord.
Priest    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People    It is right and just.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Father most holy, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, your Word through whom you
made all things, whom you sent as our Saviour and Redeemer, incarnate by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin.  Fulfilling your will and gaining for you a holy people, he stretched out
his hands as he endured his Passion, so as to break the bonds of death and manifest the
resurrection.  And so, with the Angels and all the Saints we declare your glory, as with one
voice we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Priest:
You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness.
Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying:


TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT: FOR THIS IS MY BODY WHICH WILL BE GIVE UP FOR YOU.

In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT: FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
 
Priest    The mystery of faith.
People (A)    We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
    And profess your Resurrection
until you come again.

Or    (B)    When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
    We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
until you come again.

Or    (C)    Save us, Saviour of the world,
for by your Cross and Resurrection
you have set us free.

Or    (D)    My Lord and my God.

Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we off you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you.
Humbly we pray that, in partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with N. Our Pope and N. Our Bishop and all the clergy.

In Masses for the Dead.
Remember your servant N., whom you have called (today) from this world to yourself.  Grant that he (she) who was united with your Son in a death like his, may be one with him in his Resurrection.

Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face.  Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with the blessed Apostles, and with all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you, through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, for ever and ever.

All    Amen.

Holy Communion Rite
At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:
Our Father......

Priest: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

People    For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you; look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will.  Who live and reign for ever and ever.
People    Amen.

Sign of Peace

Priest    The peace of the Lord be with you always.
People    And with your spirit.

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

Holy Communion

Priest    Behold the Lamb of God,
    behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
    Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

People    Lord, I am not worthy
    that you should enter under my roof,
    but only say the word
    and my soul shall be healed.

Concluding Rites

Priest    The Lord be with you.

People    And with your spirit.
Priest    Go forth, the Mass is ended.

Or        Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.               

Or        Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

Or        Go in peace.

People:   Thanks be to God.





Prayer for Healing
Lord, look upon us with eyes of mercy, may your healing hand rest upon us, may your life giving powers flow into every cell of our bodies and into the depths of our souls, cleansing, purifying, restoring us to wholeness and strength for service in your Kingdom. Amen.





MORNING OFFERING

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, through
the hands of Mary Immaculate Queen, bless
me and give me the grace to spend this day
in a manner pleasing to you.

Close to you, Mary Immaculate Queen,
 I want to live.  With you I desire to offer myself
to Jesus.  Through you I wish to receive
His blessing in order that my whole day,
from morning to night, may be occupied
solely in the carrying out
of His Most Holy Will.

Mary Immaculate Queen, take my hand
in yours so that I may keep in step with you as
we walk along the pathway of the Will of God.
Amen.


"For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven,
it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
- Saint Therese of Lisieux


50th Eucharistic Congress Prayer
Lord Jesus, You were sent by the Father to gather those who scattered.
You came among us, doing good and bringing healing, announcing the Word of Salvation and giving the Bread which lasts forever. 
Be our companion on life’s pilgrim way.
May your Holy Spirit inflame our hearts, enliven our hope & open our minds,
So that with our sisters and brothers in faith
We may recognise you in the Scriptures
And in the breaking of  bread.
May your Holy Spirit transform us into one body and lead us to walk humbly on the earth,
in justice and love,
as witnesses of your resurrection.
In communion with Mary,
Whom you gave to us as our Mother
At the foot of the cross, through you
May all praise, honour and blessing be to the father in the Holy Spirit and in the Church,
Now and forever.  Amen.

50th Eucharistic Congress Hymn
Though We Are Many - (Bernard Sexton)
Though we are many, we are one body,
we who come to share this living bread;
Cup of salvation, shared among all nations,
nourishing us now and evermore.
1. We gather in this place
round the table of the Lord.
Christ's presence is revealed
in our communion and his Living Word.
2. Now our communion recalls
Christ's death and resurrection.
This living sacrifice
is our salvation now and evermore.
3. And through this shared Eucharist
we are the living Church.
We witness to Christ's love
His living body active in our world.

The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth:
He will teach us everything




Prayer for Vocations

Lord, make me a better person, more considerate towards others, more
honest with myself, more faithful to you. Make me generous enough to want sincerely to do your will whatever it may be.  Help me find my true vocation in life, and grant that through it I may find happiness myself and bring happiness to others.
Grant lord, that those whom you call to enter the priesthood or the religious life may have the generosity to answer your call, so that those who need your help may always find it.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.