Newsletter 10th February 2013

5th Sunday in Ord Time Year C

TODAY – 10th FEBRUARY 2013
FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The vocation to serve God does not follow a standard pattern, it is as unique as the person who is called. It came for Isaiah while he was at prayer. It came for Peter in the middle of his work. For both men it means a sense of unworthiness before the presence of God, but both learnt that the service of God does not spring from innate human goodness as much as from the forgiving power of God’s love.

WORLD DAY OF THE SICK – TOMORROW- FEBRUARY 11
Tomorrow, Monday is World Day of the Sick. A Special Blessing and Anointing of the Sick will take at the 10.30 a.m. Mass on that day. Please advise all the sick and housebound of your area and provide transport if necessary. Thank you.

LENT – Ash Wednesday – February 13

Ash Wednesday this year falls on February 13 and Masses in the Cathedral will be celebrated at 8 am 10.30 am, 1.05 pm and 7.00 pm.

LENTEN COMMITMENTS – A SUGGESTION
This Lent Trócaire is asking people to stand in solidarity with those in the developing world who are living in fear and anger because of poverty. Please take a Trócaire Box home with you this Lent and remember the world’s poor.

WAY OF GENTLENESS 2013
Commencing on Tuesday 19th Feb. at 8pm in the Cathedral.

SCRIPTURE SHARING GROUPS
Resources available from Ann Allen 071 9634960
ann@elphindiocese.ie.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – LENT 2013
After the 10.30 a.m. Mass on each Friday during Lent there will be a short meditation on the Way of the Cross – all are encouraged to attend.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION MASS
The next preparation Mass for our young people preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation takes place today at 10.30am. All are encouraged to attend.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Lord, help me to be fully alive to your Holy presence. Enfold me in your love
. Let my heart become one with yours. Amen.

FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK
Thurs 21st St Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the church;
Sat 23rd St Polycarp, bishop and martyr.

READINGS FOR SUNDAY NEXT FEBRUARY 17th
1st Deut. 26:4-10; 2nd : Rom. 10:8-13; Gospel: Lk. 4: 1-13.

ANNIVERSARIES&REMEMBERANCES
Tuesday 12th February: 8am PADDY, ANNIE & PÁDRAIG McSHARRY; 10.30am MARTIN McLOUGHLIN;
Wednesday 13th February: 8a, SR RITA St LAURENT; 10.30am KATIE McDONNELL;
Thursday 14th February: 8am
PEIG McKEON; 10.30am MARTIN McMANUS;
Friday 15th February:10.30am
IstAnniversary DERRY&MAURA O’DONOVAN;
Saturday 16th February: 10.30am
Month’s Mind PADRAIG FOWLEY.

FIRST CONFESSIONS
First Confessions will take place for all children making their First Holy Communion this year on Thursday the 21st of March at 7p.m. in our Cathedral.

BAPTISM IN THE CATHEDRAL PARISH
If you plan to have your child Baptised during the month of March or subsequent months you must now undertake a one night Baptismal Course which will take place in St Michael’s Family Life Centre, Church Hill on the third Thursday of every month. The first of these courses will take place on Thursday 21st February beginning at 8pm. To book a Baptism and register for this course please contact the Parish Office on 9162670. It is necessary to attend this course prior to the Baptism of your child.

LENT LIVING FAITH – LIVING THE MASS~
5 Lenten Exploratory reflections 11am and 3pm St Anne’s Day Chapel, Cranmore Rd. Friday 20
Lent & The Year of Faith; Friday 27 Lent, Faith & the tough times in life. March: Weds 6 Lent, Faith & our identity; Weds 13 Lent, Faith & the need to belong; Weds 20 Lent, Faith & our culture today. Presented by Colette Furlong, Catechist to the Sligo Parishes Cluster. All are welcome. For further details please contact clustercatechist@sligocathedral.ie

ELPHIN DIOCESEAN PILGRIMAGES 2013
KNOCK SHRINE
Takes place Sunday, August 18th starting at 2.30 pm.
LOURDES: – Takes place from Weds., August 28th to Monday, Sept 2nd. For booking forms please contact Joe Walsh Tours Tel: 01 241 0800.

DO SOMETHING SPECIAL THIS LENT!
Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for Lent. Take this opportunity to help someone you love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being. Take the Short-Term pledge and make a difference to someone’s life! Contact Raymond O’Connor 01 874 9464 or visit www.pioneerassociation.ie .

EASTER YOUTH CELEBRATION OF FAITH IN MEDJUGORJE
(March 31 – April 7) Under 18’s €589 incl. half board accom., flights & transfers, insurance & services of a tour guide, Adults €689. Non-refundable deposit of €100 due immediately. Strict no alcohol
policy. Subsidies available (fundraising opportunities) get involved and lower your fare. Further details contact Corina on 086 868 1730.~

BINGO – GILLOOLY HALL
TONIGHT’S JACKPOT €1300!! Tonight, February 10th at 9pm.
Raffle at interval with refreshments available. All welcome!

CATHEDRAL PARISH – 2200 FAMILIES
THANK YOU for your contribution: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3rd
PARISH ENV: €1,983 PL/STAND.ORD €1,504
ST MARY’S PRESBYTERY
(9162670 SACRISTY ( 9161261
Email us at information@sligocathedral.ie. We welcome your comments. Thank you.

LENTEN WITNESS – WHY I BELIEVE
St Patrick’s Church, Strandhill at 7.30pm 20th-22nd Feb.
Weds. 20th John Lonergan;
Thurs. 21st Baroness Nuala O’Loan;
Fri 22nd John Waters. All welcome.

NOVENA
Parish of Ahamlish -Cliffoney, Grange, Mullaghmore
The Faithful Gathering Novena will take place in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Grange, Co. Sligo from Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th Feb. Rosary at 7.30pm, Confessions 7.30-8pm and Novena Mass 8pm each evening (except Sunday 12 Noon).
Feb. 16 Net Missionaries;
17 David Parkes;
18 John Lonergan;
19 John Quinn;
20 Rev. Ian Linton;
21 Sr Moya Hegarty;
22 Baroness Nuala O’Loan;
23 Canon Niall Ahern;
24 John Waters.
See Cathedral notice board for more.

GALILEE COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES
The house is open daily to all who wish to drop in for prayer, quiet time or a chat. All are also welcome to join in Morning Prayer (9:15am each morning and/or Evening Prayer (6:00pm Tues, Wed. and Fri.) MEDITATION each Monday from 7 to 7:45pm. Please see Cathedral notice board.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PERMANENT DEACON IN THE DIOCESE OF ELPHIN?
Elphin Diocese is now accepting applications from married and single men who may feel called to ministry as Permanent Deacons. The four year part-time training programme begins this spring. For further information or a conversation around the topic please contract the Director of the Permanent Diaconate, St Mary’s, Sligo on 071 9162670, or visit the ‘Vocations’ section at www.elphindiocese.

DATES TO REMEMBER

ST. JOSPEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY Monthly meeting will be heldin the Cathedral at 11 a.m. on Monday 11th Feb.  New members welcome.

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE A weekend programme for those grieving the loss of a spouse 1-3 March, Esker Retreat Centre Athenry. For further information contact 087 664 6896, 091 555 228 or (after 6pm) 087 938 4445.

SLIGO ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION
Monthly meeting at 2.30pm in the Dominican Friary Hall on Tuesday 12th Feb. New members welcome.

FR. FLANAGAN PRAYER GROUP
– Next Meeting – Tuesday, 12th Feb. at 8.00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Presbytery. Fr Alan Conway is planning to attend and say Mass bringing members up to date on Fr. Flanagan’s cause.  All are most welcome.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS Inaugural Camino De Santiago Trek taking place from June 29th – July 7th. Participants will receive return Dublin to Santiago flights, airport transfers, half board, breakfast and dinner, seven packed lunches, guides, and much more. Please see Parish notice board or email Thomas.Natole@specialolympics.ie for further details.

GALA FUNDRAISING CONCERT in aid of the MS Therapy Centre’s new facility Woodhaven House, Sea Rd, Sligo at the Sligo Park Hotel on Sat 16 Feb at 8 30pm. A night of music song and storytelling. Tickets 10 on sale from the MS Centre, Ballytivnan, Essential Seconds (MS shop Wine St. carpark) & Kay at 087 6778935.Your support would be greatly appreciated.

LEARN TO SING For ladies & men. Strandhill Barbershop are offering a free ‘learn to sing’ 5 week course in the Glasshouse Hotel. Beginning Tues. 19 Feb. for ladies, Weds 20 Feb. for men at 8pm. All welcome!

N.C.B.I. John St., Sligo. Coffee Morning Thursday 14th Feb 11am til late. All funds raised go to supporting those experiencing problems with sight. All welcome!

SLIGO MEN’S SHED ASSOCIATIONOpen to all men interested in a wide range of social and occupational activities of their own choice. Meetings are held 3 times a week and new members are welcome to join every Thursday at 11.30am. Situated at the rear of St Mary’s Presbytery, Temple St. Contact James on 087 752 0110 or Brendan on 071 9150467.

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