St. Joseph’s Church Carrickmacross

Deus Vobiscum...May God Be With You

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Church Bulletin

 How to contact the parish…

Rev. Fr Larry Duffy PP                                                 Rev.Fr Padraig Mac Kenna CC
042 9664367                                                                      042 9661231

Parish Office
Parish Secretary: Yvonne
Tel: 042 9661231
Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00am to 12.30
All Information for Baptisms and Weddings is available in the Parish Office

The Ascension of the Lord ( World Communication day)  17th May 2015 

St Vincent De Paul Contact number 0879171371

Notices for Parish Bulletin: Notices for the Parish Bulletin should be submitted no later than lunchtime on Tuesday via email or typed script. The Parish is not responsible for any  errors or insufficent information submitted to the Parish Office for publishing.

First Holy Communion
We would like to congratulate the pupils of Scoil Rois  who celebrated their First Holy Communion this weekend.

We would like to congratulate the pupils of Bun Scoil Lughaidh Naofa, St Joseph’s Boys National School, Scoil Rois, Corduff National School and Corcreagh National School who celebrate their Confirmation this weekend.

As we prepare to vote: There will be 24hr exposition in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel as we prepare to vote in the Referendum from 9am Thursday May 21st until 10am Friday May 22nd.
Baptism: Please note that the dates for Baptism, in  the months of June, July and August are available in the Parish office.
Faith and Light Fiesta next Sunday 24th at 3pm in Steadfast House. All welcome.
Friends of Lough Derg (FOLD) Carrickmacross. Meeting this Monday 18th May 8pm in Teach Ui Bhriain. New members always welcome.

Pray as we Vote
Some words from Bishop Liam Mac Daid’s Pastoral Letter.
Major decisions should always be made in a calm and respectful state of mind, as far as is practical, with a fully informed conscience. There is nothing to be gained from angry and aggressive words and actions......
Gay people should not have to depend entirely on their parents, family and friends for love and affection. It is our responsibility and our privilege, as followers of Jesus, to accept and to share our love with all people.
Members of the Catholic Church in general do accept the right of gay people to form their own relationships and to have the rights and responsibilities inherent in these relationships enshrined in Law. In this way, human rights are acknowledged and we can live together in an atmosphere of mutuial respect and tolerance.
The vast majority of our people are baptised Christians. Their beliefs, rituals, laws and practices relating to marriage and the family are drawn from the Word of God and the teaching of their Church and have a basis in Reason.
Our civil leaders are exercising major responsibilities in proposing to reshape marriage and the family. They are asking the people of Ireland to accept that the union of same sex couples is essentially the same as the marriage  of a man and a women and, in expectation of approval by those who vote in Friday’s Referendum (22nd May) are already preparing a sheaf of legislative changes to take account of the situation which they expect to emerge . In the Children and Family Relationship Act 2015, for example, it is proposed to remove all mention of mothers and fathers from a whole raft of previous legislation. In the proposed new dispensation what will we be expected to teach our children in school about marriage and the family?
Many would forcefully and legitimately contend that there are other ways, still to be fully explored, where the rights and needs of same sex unions could be respected and protected while the traditional Christian ideal could be accorded its rightful place as the choice of the clear majority of our people.
Our People know we cannot afford to get it wrong. The family has, in many people’s views, taken quite a bashing in recent years and needs more than anything else support and stability from all sides. If we have serious reservations about what is proposed, we have a responsibility to say to our goverment.
Marriage and the family are too important an area to tamper and to experiment with. The Constitution of Ireland is too important a document to allow major changes to its articles, with serious consequential outcomes, to be introduced lightly in this vital area. Before we make any major changes, further reflection will be needed. I believe this to be a responsible stance. Do use your vote on 22nd May; one way or the other, it will shape our future.
“ May God direct you all in finalising your position and may we live lovingly and in mutual respect. May he help us avoid the mistakes of the past and build a better future for all.” (Liam S MacDaid, Bishop of Clogher)

Dates for your diary.
The Blessed Sacrament Procession will take place this year on the 7th June at 3pm through Mullinary.
The Blessing of the Graves takes place on the first Sunday of July, July 5 after 12 Noon Mass, beginning at 1.30pm.
Ordination to Priesthood of  Rev Leo Creelman takes place on Sunday 5th July at 3.00pm in St Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan.
Lourdes Pilgrimage: Led by the Most Rev. Liam S. MacDaid D.D. Monday 6th – Saturday 11th July 2015. Total Price 735 Euro. To book contact 048 67721342 or 04867737850.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage: Irish Centre 7 nights B&B, flight and transfer for 566 on 6th, 11th and 18th May. Contact 0144 345 10 for further Information.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2015. St Joseph’s Parish Council in conjunction with Fr Duffy are planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2015. Thursday 8th -Friday  16th of October, and will be lead by Fr Brendan Cooney.   Price 1498 Euro. For details contact Jim 0872241894, Bernie 0871092957, Alice 0873122122. 

Inniskeen Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine: On Sunday 31st May 2015. Bus Leaving Carrickmacross at 8.15am. Fare 20 Euro. For further details please contact Geraldine after 6pm on 042 0378504 or 087 9643884. 

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje May 27th, departing Dublin half board 659 Euro. Director Fr Sam Igbafe Msp. Please contact Mary for further details on 0879163608.

Laura Crossan Trust Fund : Saturday 23rd May. Entertainment for all the family from 4pm till late at Corduff /Raferagh Community Centre (Mountain Dew) to raise much needed funds for the Laura Crossan Trust Fund. Your support is much appreciated.
Free Walking Tours of Carrickmacross recommence on Saturday May 23rd at 11am. Meet at the Courthouse, tour takes approx. 90 mins every Saturday.

Mass Intentions :
Saturday 16th May 11.00am: First Holy Communion, Scoil Rois.
6.30pm: Vigil Mass Tom, Nancy, Tim and Kevin McCartney, Ardee Road, Carrickmacross.
Sunday 17th May 9.30am M.M Pat Kerley, Rockdaniel Road. Peter and Bridget Mc Donald, their daughter Veronica Kelly and deceased members of Mc Donald family, Mullinary. Felix and Mary Marron and deceased members of the Marron family, Creevy. 12Noon: Rosemary Downey, Corcuillogue. Owen and Rose Smith, Emmett Street. Sean and Nancy Devine and deceased of Devine family. Noel Mullins, Crann Nua.

3.00pm: Confirmation, Bunscoil Lughaidh Naofa, St Joseph’s Boys School, Scoil Rois, Corduff and Corgreagh.

Monday 18th   May 10.00am: ............ 7.30pm: Bernard and Mary Doherty, St Mary’s Terrace, Castleblayney and deceased of Kiernan family, Lurgans.
Tuesday 19th   May 10.00am: Cyril and Anne Devine and Brendan and May Devine, Monaghan. Vincent Fox, the Mc Donald and Fox families, Monaghan.  No Evening Mass
Wednesday 20th May 10.00am: ..................7.30pm: James, Brigid and Michael Connor, Atavey.
Thursday 21st   May 10.00am: Deceased of Stedfast Shoes Brass Band. No Evening Mass.
Friday 22nd   May 10.00am: ................... 7.30pm: Michael and Katie Marron, Corcrin. 
Saturday 23rd May 11.00am: M.M. Harry Mc Mahon, Rossdreenagh and Scotland.
6.30pm Vigil Mass: Francis Montague, Alderwood. Patsy, Margaret, Paddy, Mary and Eddie Bray. P.J. Donnelly and deceased family members, Emmet Road.
Sunday 24th May 9.30am: Katie Boylan, Farney Street and deceased of the Boylan family, Lisnaguivera.
12Noon: Francis Walsh, Dundalk Road. Jack and Mary Mc Cabe, Mile River and Angeline Mc Eneaney. Thomas Murray and Katie Caroll.
Recently Deceased: Jack O’Gorman, Drumalee, Cavan Town. Sr Sheila Duffy, St Louis Convent. Anna Meegan, Kingscourt Road. Fr Hugh Mc Cann. England.