MASS INTENTIONS for the week ahead:
Sat Vigil: Chris Gargan & his parents Philip & Anne.
Sun 9am: Paddy, Peggy & James Herbert.
Sun 11.30am: Nicholas Dunne, Lillie O’Brien M.M.
Wed 9.30am: Jim Lynch & Dec’d Family & Kit Ward
Thurs 7.30pm: Betty Healy
Fri 8am: List of the Dead
Fri 7.30pm: List of the Dead
Sat 10am: Jim & Kitty Monaghan
Sat Vigil: Larry, Phyllis & Martin Geraghty, Rose (Dodie) Smith M.M.
Sun 11.30am: Angela Haran M.M., Veronica Sheridan M.M.
WEEKDAY MASSES: Mon at 8am, Tues & Thurs 7.30pm, Wed 9.30am, Fri 8am & 7.30pm, Sat 10am.
MINISTERS OF THE WORD for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Feb 4th) Stephanie Martin 11.30am (Feb 5th) Julie A. Corrigan.
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Feb 4th) Jacinta Farrell, Mary Kearney, & Siobhan Kelly. 11.30am: (Feb 5th) Rita Ennis, Mary Finnegan, Jackie Leavy, Robert Gath, & Anne Leavy.
ADORATION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT: on Friday commencing after morning Mass and continuing throughout the day until late.
COLLECTIONS: Athboy €915, Rathmore €120, Rathcairn €250. Your generous support is greatly appreciated.
FEASTDAYS in the week ahead: Mon Jan 30th – St Aidan
Tues Jan 31st – St John Bosco
Wed Feb 1st – St Brigid
Thurs Feb 2nd – Presentation of the Lord
Fri Feb 3rd – St Blaise, St Ansgar
REST IN PEACE: Your prayers are requested for Anne Canty, Trim (nee Brogan), Lyda Andrews, Trim & Michael Phelan, Main Street.
COMMITMENT CEREMONY for Confirmation candidates takes place at all Masses this weekend.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK commences today Sunday Jan 29th.
CANDLEMAS- FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD- Thursday Feb 2nd: Candles will be blessed after Mass on Thursday evening.
BLESSING OF THE THROATS on Friday Feb 3rd the feast of St. Blaise after Masses on Friday.
OFFERING DAY: Sunday next Feb 5th is an Offering Day for the support and care of the priests of our parish. (Candlemas Offerings).
PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING on Monday night Jan 30th at 8pm.
FIRST FRIDAY – Friday Feb 3rd: Mass at 8am and 7.30pm will be offered for those on the List of the Dead.
COMMUNION CALLS on Friday Feb 3rd at the usual times to the sick and housebound.
BINGO in aid of Church funds takes place next Sunday Feb 5th at 3pm in the Darnley Lodge Hotel.
BAPTISMAL MEETING: The next baptismal meeting for parents who wish to have their babies’ baptised takes place on Monday February 6th 2017 at 8pm in the Parochial House. Please enrol in advance to the Parochial House.
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST & OF THE WORD: We are presently seeking new Ministers of the Eucharist and of the Word. If you are interested, please contact Fr. O’Connor at the Parochial House.
RATHMORE NS PARENTS ASSOCIATION present Claire Crawley, psychologist who will be talking on family matters (Don’t be mean behind the Screen) on Wed Feb 1st at 7pm in the school. This is a free event. All welcome.
O’GROWNEY NS, ATHBOY: The closing date for applications to enrol for Junior Infants class for September 2017 is January 31st 2017.
ATHBOY MACRA are hosting a Table Quiz at 9pm on Thursday Feb 2nd in Flood’s Bar. Table of 4 €40.
MOYLAGH JFK 50 MILE launch walk Sun 5th Feb 2pm Moylagh Centre.
Two Lives, One Love, is the title of the submission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland. Some key points from the submission include:
- We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 reflects the appropriate balance of rights.
- There is no such thing as a human life without value.
- The deletion or amendment of Article 40.3.3 would serve no purpose other than to withdraw the right to life from some categories of unborn children. To do so would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental right.
- Many thousands of Irish people are alive as a direct result of the enactment of the Eighth Amendment, who might otherwise never have been born.
- We believe that every unborn child, irrespective of his or her medical condition or the circumstances of his or her birth, has the right to be treated equally before the law.
- Where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby. Abortion, by contrast, is the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby and is gravely immoral in all circumstances. It is not a medical treatment.