Newsletter 19th January 2014

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2nd Sunday in Ord Time Year A 19 Jan 2014

TODAY – 19th JANUARY 2014
SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
WORLD DAY FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
Jesus came as the Servant of God to serve the deepest needs of people. He offered his life to remove the tragedy of sin from human life and so restore us to peace with God, and each other.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18th – 25th 2014
Theme: “Is Christ Divided?”
(based on 1 Corinthians 1:13)
Church Unity Week continues until Saturday, January 25th.  During this time we are asked to pray in a special way for unity among all Christians.
PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Father of all creation through the power of your Spirit You sent in the fullness of time your Son, Jesus Christ to live among us and to make us one.  May the example of His life continue to inspire all Christians.  As we journey together towards the celebration of this New Year may the unity He signifies bind us together in love.  Amen

INTERDENOMINATIONAL SERVICE
CATHEDRAL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
SLIGO
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24th – 8.00 P.M.
Homilist: RIGHT REV BISHOP S. FERRAN GLENFIELD
Church of Ireland Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh
All are welcome to attend.

OUR CATHEDRAL ORGAN RESTORATION FUND
We would like to thank most sincerely all those who contributed so generously at the Carol Service just before Christmas. The amount raised for the organ restoration fund was €1,370.

SLIGO CATHEDRAL CHOIR
Can you sing? Did you sing in a choir? Would you like to sing in a choir again? Well why not think about joining our Cathedral Choir? Music is at the heart of our worship and our choir is the heart of our music. If you are interested in joining new members are always welcome! Just contact the Parish Office!
Rehearsals resume on Monday January 20th at 7.30p.m.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN THE CATHEDRAL & PARISH

JANUARY
Sat. 18 – Sat. 25th             Church Unity Week
Sun. – 19th                          Confirm our Children – 10.30am Mass
Friday – 24th                       Interdenominational Service      8.00 pm
Sunday – 26th                    Do This in Memory of Me –  10.30 am. Mass

FEBRUARY
Saturday – 1st                    St. Brigid’s Day – Crosses blessed at 8.00 am and 10.30 am Masses
Sunday – 2nd                        Day for Consecrated Life – Members of Religious Orders will renew their vows at 12 noon Mass
Monday – 3rd                      Feast of St. Blaise – Blessing of Throats at 8.00 am and 10.30 am Masses
Sunday – 16th                      Do this in Memory of Me – 10.30 am. Mass

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Sunday January 26th to Sunday February 2nd
Theme: ‘Catholic Schools – Centres of Faith and Learning’.
This week school communities across the country celebrate our schools being firmly rooted in the wider community of faith, being just one place within that community where the faith of our children is nurtured, deepened and challenged. This week is also about strengthening relationships among all who have a stake in our schools – students, staff, families, priests, parishioners, and members of the wider community.


SLIGO SAMARITANS SPRING RECRUITMENT
Samaritans is an internationally-recognised volunteer-led charity with a national, regional and local presence. Ranked in the top 5 ‘most trusted charities’ in Ireland its volunteers have been providing confidential support 24/7 for 60 years. To touch another person’s life when it really matters is a rare gift. Many  have it in them to be a Samaritans volunteer. If you are interested an Information & Selection Evening will be held on Wednesday 22nd January at 7.30 pm at Sligo Samaritans Centre, 3 The Mall, Sligo. All welcome.

SAINT BRIGID’S CROSSES
Reeds are being gathered at the moment and work will commence shortly on the preparation of Saint Brigid’s Crosses for her Feast Day on Saturday, Feb 1.  Those willing to help should contact the Sisters of the Presentation Tel: 916 0740. Thank you.

READINGS FOR SUNDAY NEXT JANUARY 26th
1st : Is. 8:23-9:3;
2nd : 1 Cor.: 1:10-13. 17;
Gospel: Matt. 4:23.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Lord, help me to befriend the lonely, protect children and work for the rights of all. Amen.

FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK
Mon 20th St Fabian, pope & martyr; St Sebastian, martyr;
Tues 21t-st: St Agnes, virgin & martyr;
Weds 22nd: St Vincent, deacon & martyr;
Fri 24th St Francis de Sales, bishop & doctor of the Church.

ALTAR SOCIETY – NEW MEMBERS REQUIRED
Our Altar Society would welcome the addition of new members. If you could spare some time please contact Helen on 087 261 5323. Thank you.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
AUGUST 28 to SEPTEMBER 2, 2014.
Please consider joining the Elphin Diocese on this Sacred Pilgrimage this year!  For details and Booking Forms please contact the Parish Office on 916 2670 or Joe Walsh Tours 143 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 241 0800. Thank you.

REST IN PEACE
Your prayers are asked for the repose of the souls of:
DAN WALSH, Dublin, brother of Michael Walsh, Oakfield Road and
KITTY McKAY, Shannon Oughter.
We also remember with fondness DOREEN MITCHELL
wife of Rev Alan Mitchell, Sligo Presbyterian Church who died during the week.
May God grant them eternal rest and comfort and console their bereaved families and friends.

ANNIVERSARIES & REMEMBRANCES
Monday January 20th: 8am Aaron Christopher McGoldrick;
Tuesday January 21st: 8a, Annie Kelly; 10.30am Jean Henry;
Wednesday January 22nd: 8am Bernadette O’Doherty & Mary Harrison; 10.30am 1st Anniversary Eileen Harrison;
Thursday January 23rd: 8am Elaine McSharry; 10.30am Nora McDermott;
Friday January 24th: 8a, John Finan & Deceased Family Members;
Saturday January 25th: 8am Gerry Keaney; 10.30am Month’s Mind John Gallagher.

CATHEDRAL PARISH – 2200 FAMILIES
THANK YOU for your contribution: Sunday 12th January
PARISH ENV: €2,884  PL/STAND.ORD €1,453
St Mary’s Presbytery
Phone 071 916 2670. Cathedral Sacristy Phone 071 916 1261.
E-mail us at information@sligocathedral.ie
We welcome your comments. Thank you

BINGO – GILLOOLY HALL – TONIGHT AT 9PM
TONIGHT’S JACKPOT €1950!!
Raffle at interval with refreshments available at start of Bingo and at the interval.  All welcome

CURA VOLUNTEERS
Would you like to train as a volunteer Counsellor with Cura Crisis Pregnancy counselling service? If you are free during the day and interested in finding out more there will be an information morning on Tuesday 21st January from 11am to 1pm in the Radisson SAS, Ballincar, Sligo. For more call Cura Sligo on 914 3659 or e-mail curasligo@eircom.net

ST MICHAEL’S FAMILY LIFE CENTRE, CHURCH HILL
New Spring/Summer 2014 brochure is now available with a variety of morning evening and weekend courses. Enrolment  in person, by e-mail stmichaelsfamilylifecentre@eircom.net, phone 9170329 / 9170329, or visit  www.stmichaelscentre.wordpress.com

DATES TO REMEMBER

COMHALTAS CEOLTEOIRÍ ÉIREANN
Traditional Irish music classes resume in Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré, St Mary’s GAA Clubhouse, enrolment Saturday at 10.30am. Tuition in whistle, fiddle, flute, harp concertina, accordion & more. Enquiries to Margot Farrell 086 0628428.

HEARING HELP (LIP READING) CLASSES
Starting in Feb 2014. If you are interested or suffer from a hearing loss contact Carmel on 919 4975, text 086 796 1324 or call to DeafHear.ie, Abbeyville Centre, Sligo.

OXFAM
Oxfam are currently very short of donations/stock. Donations of unwanted quality items (clothes, shoes, bags, books, CD’s/DVD’s, homewares, electrical, bric a brac, jewellery & accessories) would be greatly appreciated. Oxfam seek Volunteers to join in Customer Service, Merchandising, Stock control, Books, Music and Till Operators. 4 hours per week.  No Experience necessary. Please drop into the shop at 17 Grattan Street for an Application Form or call 071 913 8913.

 

 

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