From the Pastor’s Desk
In Ireland, Lent is synonymous with
Trocaire or is it the other way around! The Trociare boxes are in the packets on the tables of the Church along with included information with the theme for this year being ‘Let justice flow like a river, righteousness like a never- failing stream.’ (Amos.5:24). Please take a box home - it can be quite amazing how much loose change can amount to.
Forms of Friday Penance
The following are suggestions on ways of fulfilling Friday penance: *Abstaining from meat or some other food; *Abstaining from alcoholic drink or smoking; *Making a special effort at involvement in family prayer; *Making a special effort to participate in Mass on Friday’s; *Visiting a Church or the Blessed Sacrament; *Making the stations of the Cross;*Fasting from all food for a longer period than usual and perhaps giving what is saved to the needy; *Helping the poor, sick, old or lonely.
Intercessions for Vocations
First Sunday of Lent - We pray for vocations and for those who are being called to discern a vocation to the priesthood, the diaconate or religious life. Today’s Psalm says “Lord, make me know your ways … tech me your paths … make me walk in your truth… for you are God my saviour”. We pray that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide those who are being called to discover their vocation.
Acts of love for Lent
“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the Sun does not shine on it- self and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is…. Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you.” Pope Francis.
The celebration of First Penance/ Confession continues for the boys and girls in the Holy Communion classes. On Tuesday 20th February we welcome the pupils from Scoil Oilibhér at 7.00pm. On Thursday 22nd February we welcome the pupils from SFX Junior School at 11.15am.
Team Our fantastic Hospitality Team are hoping to recruit a few new volunteers to help with occasional events in the parish. Would you have an hour or so to spare once in a while? We would really appreciate it—please contact Jean in the office.
Fr. Michael Carey P.P.