Newsletter 17th November 2013

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C -  17th November 2013

THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
17h NOVEMBER 2013
As we come towards the end of the Church’s Year we are reminded of the end of all time. Before it comes there will be time of trial: for the believer who endures in faith the end will not bring condemnation but healing and life
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TODAY’S TRÓCAIRE EMERGENCY APPEAL
In light of the enormous tragedy that has occurred the Trustees of Trócaire have agreed that today’s special church collection for Syria should be shared with the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on Friday morning, 8 November, as a Category 5 super typhoon with 195 mph winds. The resulting damage to an area already recovering from an earthquake is catastrophic. Caritas Philippines estimate that thousands have lost their lives with hundreds of thousands being displaced from their homes. Desperate shortages of food, water, medicines and shelter will likely see the death toll rise. This is a major humanitarian crisis and Trócaire is responding with €100,000 already committed. Trócaire is also working with the International Caritas Network to assemble a specialist team to support their efforts and are providing vital help to Irish missionaries in the affected regions. A special pre-printed envelope is available at the Cathedral entrance. Please take one and return it at any Mass this weekend. Further donations can be made online at www.trocaire.org Your support saves lives, thank you.

NOVEMBER – CEMETERY ROSARY
The Rosary will be recited today at 3pm and next Sunday, the 24th of November, in Sligo Cemetery
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CLOSING OF THE YEAR OF FAITH
“…a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in him and proclaim him with joy to the people of our time…”           Benedict XVI October 2012
To mark the worldwide closing of the Year of Faith a special ceremony will take place at the 10.30am and 12 noon Masses in our Cathedral on the beautiful Feast of Christ the King, Sunday 24th November 2013 when we will gather to praise and thank God for all his graces and blessings throughout this past year. We extend a warm invitation to all to be present at one of these celebrations. We also take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in the many different events, occasions and ways that took place to celebrate the Year of Faith in our Cathedral Parish over the past 12 months.

ADVENT COMMENCES SUNDAY 1st DECEMBER 2013
WAY OF GENTLENESS – a celebration of the coming of the Christ Child, in the CATHEDRAL on TUESDAYS 3rd, 10th and 17th DECEMBER at 8.00 PM. The call to focus on Christ’s coming into our hearts and homes is the only true meaning of Christmas. Everyone is welcome to join in this hour of guided prayer, silent time and music in preparation for Christmas.
ADVENT – SCRIPTURE SHARING IN THE HOME
With the approach of Advent we invite parishioners to consider hosting Scripture Sharing Groups in their homes over this sacred season. Groups should be kept small and consist of 3 to 6 people to allow all to participate fully in the sharing of Scripture.  Guidelines are available at the Parish Office and if you are interested in participating please contact Tel: 9162670.
CHRISTMAS CATHEDRAL CHOIR CAROL SERVICE  
Sunday 22nd December at 8.15pm.  This candlelit service is a special occasion, always giving a glimpse into the true meaning of Christmas.  Please reserve date in your diary!

A PRAYER SERVICE
In remembrance of all babies, children and young people who have died will take place in the Outpatient Department, Level 3, Sligo General Hospital on Wednesday November 20th at 7.30pm. All are welcome to this multi-denominational service. For further information contact Sligo Regional Hospital on 071 917 4633\4 or 071 917 4452.

READINGS: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24
1st Reading: 2 Sam.   5: 1-3.  2nd Reading: Col. 1: 12-20.  Gospel: Lk. 23: 25-43.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Lord, we remember all those who have died,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom, where we may all be reunited, where all tears are wiped away.  Amen.

FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK
Fri 22: St Cecilia, virgin & martyr;
Sat 23: St Columban, abbot and missionary.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
A Remembrance Service for deceased members of local choirs and concert bands will be held on Friday 22nd November at 8pm in the Cathedral. Local choirs and concert bands will take part in the Liturgy of Remembrance. All most welcome.

BAPTISMS
We welcome into God’s family KAYNE SCANLON who was baptised recently
in our Cathedral.

ANNIVERSARIES & REMEMBRANCES
Monday 18th: 8am MARY SHORTT Birthday Remembrance;
Tuesday 19th: 8am THOMAS O’CONNOR; 10.30am MARY McTERNAN;
Wednesday 20th: 8am ELLEN HESSION; 10.30am COLM HARGADON;
Thursday 21st: 8am MICHAEL & LILY HUGHES; 10.30am JOHN & NORA GALLAGHER;
Friday 22nd: 8am NORA DYKES & Deceased Family Members; 10.30am 1st Anniversary NANO HARKIN & her son MICHAEL (2nd Anniversary):
Saturday 23rd:8am DENIS FARRELL; 10.30am Month’s Mind MICHAEL KANE

REST IN PEACE:
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our prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of:
ANNIE O’NEILL, late of New Jersey, aunt of Bernadette Breslin, Summerhill Village.
May God Grant her eternal rest and comfort and console her bereaved family and friends

CATHEDRAL PARISH – 2200 FAMILIES
THANK YOU for your contribution: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10th
PARISH ENV: €2,466 PLATE/STAND.ORD €1,897
ST MARY’S PRESBYTERY Tel: 071 916 2670 SACRISTY Tel: 071 916 1261

RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP
Should you be issuing a cheque to our Cathedral please make it out to: Elphin Diocese Cathedral No. 1 Parish Account.
Our bank has become very strict on this matter.
We take this opportunity to thank all who contribute to the upkeep of the parish especially during these difficult economic times when all of us, the Cathedral included, are experiencing a shortfall in incomes.

GILLOOLY HALL BINGO – 9.00 p.m.
Tonight’s JACKPOT is €1,550!! Raffle prizes & refreshments.
All welcome to join in the fun!

THE ANNUAL MASS
For deceased members of the staff of Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann will take place in the foyer of MacDiarmada Station, Sligo on Thursday 21st November at 8.30pm. All very welcome.

MASS AT MERVILLE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Mass for deceased members of Merville community will be celebrated on Thursday 21st November at 7.30pm. The unwell of the area will also be remembered. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. All very welcome.

NORTH WEST SIMON COMMUNITY
Sincerely thank all those who assisted and supported their  church gate collection of the 7th and 8th of November. The total collected in St. Mary’s was €806.82. All funds  goes toward preventing homelessness in Sligo, Leitrim & Donegal.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
St Michael’s Family Life Centre, Church Hill. First prize is a weekend in the Mespil Hotel, Dublin, with 4 other great prizes. Funds raised will go towards the running of the centre. Tickets can be collected in person or sent by post. €5 each/€20 per book of 5. Please contact 071 917 0329 for more.

JOE DALTON HEALING & RENEWAL WEEKEND
In Sligo Park Hotel 22nd, 23rd and 24th November.  For further details please contact Mary at 087 784 7304 or Nuala on 086 838 3725.

DATES TO REMEMBER
ALLIANCE OF THE TWO HEARTS Family Advent Retreat at Knock Shrine Sat 23-Sun 24 Nov led by Fr Edgirdo Arellano from 9am-6pm. For more see the Cathedral noticeboard or call Miriam on 086 8068259.

THE GATHERING – Reflections on Ireland Is a wonderful new book by the Irish Hospice Foundation. Featuring inspiring reflections on what it means to be Irish, compelling personal stories & spectacular pictures. Available in bookshops nationwide & at www.hospicefoundation.ie RRP €20. All proceeds in aid of the IHF.

HEART FAILURE Sligo General Hospital Heart Failure Department are holding a free public information meeting in association with the Irish Heart Foundation on Wednesday 20 November from 6.30-9pm in Sligo Park Hotel for patients and all those affected by or interested in heart failure including families, carers and medical professionals.

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