Newsletter 24th March 2013

TODAY – MARCH 24th 2013
Palm Sunday

pal sunday year c 24th march 2013
Jesus was tortured and humiliated by the pride and self-will of people. He accepted this fate so as to overcome human destructiveness. His humble attentiveness to God allows God’s power to be active and recreative.


RECONCILIATION SERVICE
TODAY – PALM SUNDAY
Beginning at 3.00pm and ending at 5.00pm.
There will be a number of priests from the surrounding parishes in attendance and so we ask that people would avail of this opportunity to make their Easter Confession.

HOLY WEEK
As Holy Week approaches we encourage parishioners to attend the different liturgies and celebrate our gift of faith and the extraordinary love of God for each one of us.

CHRISM MASS 2013 – WEDNESDAY MARCH 27th
This year’s Chrism Mass will be Celebrated at 7.30pm. We encourage as many Parishioners, their families, and friends to join with us for this very sacred and special occasion.

HOLY THURSDAY – MARCH 28th
MORNING PRAYER OF THE CHURCH 10.30 am.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7.30 pm
Holy Hour at the Altar of Repose 11.00pm followed by an ALL NIGHT VIGIL at the Altar of Repose.

GOOD FRIDAY – MARCH 29th
CELEBRATIONS OF THE LORD’s PASSION at 3.00pm and at 8.00pm,
STATIONS OF THE CROSS which will include readings, intercessory prayers and quiet reflection.
All Welcome.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Lord, may your spirit guide me to seek Your Loving presence, for it is there I find rest. Amen.

READINGS – EASTER SUNDAY – MARCH 31st
1st Reading: Acts 10:34 37-43. 2nd Reading: Col. 3:1-4.
Gospel: Jn. 20:1-9.

CHARITY TAX FORMS – REMINDER
Sincere thanks to all who have so far returned their charity tax form. The closing date has been extended to April 5th. Please return your form before this date if you have not already done so. This is a vital source of income for us in these difficult economic times. Thank you.

CHAPEL OF ADORATION
Please note that the Chapel of Adoration will close at 1.00 pm on Wednesday next, March 27th and re-open on Tuesday, April 2nd after the 8.00am Mass. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Adorers a most sacred and blessed Easter.

ALTAR SOCIETY
The Altar Society would be most grateful for either donations or flowers for Holy Week and Easter. Many thanks to all.

EASTER SUNDAY ENVELOPE – SUPPORT OF CLERGY
As is traditional the Easter Sunday collection is one of four each year dedicated to the SUPPORT OF THE PRIESTS. We ask you please to give as generously as you can so we can meet the cost of the Priests salaries. Thank you.

TRÓCAIRE BOXES
Please remember to return your Trócaire Box at any Mass or ceremony over the coming days. If you would like to contribute but have yet to do so there are still a number of Boxes available in the Cathedral Sacristy. Thank you.

DIOCESAN PUBLICATION – THE ANGELUS
Please watch out for the next edition which will be available over the coming days in our Cathedral. The Angelus keeps us informed and up to date with happenings and issues throughout the diocese.

CONFIRMATION & FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
The season of Easter is a time for growth in faith, – a time of handing on the faith. Important examples of this are First Communion and Confirmation. Throughout the coming weeks many boys and girls together with their families and schools will be busy preparing to receive these Sacraments. Let us pray for them over these weeks of final preparation and reflect in our own lives on how we can engage in deepening or handing on our faith.

REST IN PEACE
Your prayers are asked for the repose of the souls of:
ELIZABETH (Elsie) HERAGHTY, Circular Rd;
SR GERTRUDE McDEVITT, Ursuline Order Sligo and Kenya;
DEIRDRE KILPATRICK Riverstown, niece of Michael McKeever Rathedmund;
MAUREEN NICHOLL sister of Pat Gillogley, Summerhill Village;
BRIDGIE CLANCY late of Killery, Ballintogher, sister of Matt Clinton Knocknarea Villas.
May God Grant them eternal rest and comfort and console their bereaved families and friends.

ANNIVERSARIES & REMEMBERANCES
Tuesday 26th March: 8.00 am JOSEPHINE McGUIRE; 10.30 am JOE, JAMES & D.C. HENRY Birthday Remembrance;
Wednesday 27th March: 8.00 am PADRAIG & LUCY CONNOLLY & Deceased Family Members.

BINGO – GILLOOLY HALL
TONIGHT’S JACKPOT €1600!! Tonight, March 17th at 9pm.
Raffle at interval with refreshments available. All welcome!

CATHEDRAL PARISH – 2200 FAMILIES
THANK YOU for your contribution: SUNDAY MARCH 17th
PARISH ENV: €1,516 PL/STAND.ORD €2,709
ST MARY’S PRESBYTERY (9162670 SACRISTY ( 9161261
Email us at information@sligocathedral.ie We welcome your comments. Thank you.

UPDATE ON THE SLIGO PARISHES CLUSTER PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
The correct dates are: departing Oct. 15 returning Oct 23. As the group travelling has grown our travel agent has extended the booking deadline to March 28. For information contact the Cluster Catechist Colette on 087 953 4904, r email clustercatechist@sligocathedral.ie

SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL
The offices of the Society have moved back to Oznam House, John St. Office hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11am-1pm. Closed Wednesdays.

GALILEE COMMUNITY
Tintagh, Boyle are holding a Scripture course facilitated by Sr Moya Hegarty OSU March 25th from 8-9.30pm on The significant men and women in the bible who could be our guides during this Year of Faith. For further details phone 071 9664101, or email galileecommunity@gmail.com

GOOD FRIDAY PASSION PLAY REHEARSALS
Continue on Monday, March 25th at 8.00 p.m. in the Cathedral Sacristy. All cast please attend. Thank you.

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 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.

UNWANTED CLOTHES??
Three newly qualified social workers are volunteering this summer in Romania in a children’s orphanage which has been organised by a University College Cork lecturer who herself has close links to this orphanage. They will be volunteering during a summer holiday week for the children. This is the highlight of their year. Money raised will pay for the clients part of the holiday- bus, ice cream and a little present. Anything left over will goes to buy them a birthday and Christmas present each. Also, this fund is used to pay for medical expenses and bus fares so that their families can visit them.
The other fund is for the building of a therapy unit and a paediatric hospice.
The collection of unwanted clothes from people are exchanged for cash. All money raised goes directly to the charity. All flights, accommodation, vaccines are self-funded. Your help is greatly appreciated – please contact 087 411 9545 for more information.

SEMINAR ON SECURITY & SAFETY AWARENESS IN THE COMMUNITY “Protection awareness for older people in the community”
With the reported increase in burglaries it is very important that the elderly protect themselves and their property. Three 4th year Business Students from I.T. Sligo Catherine Brennan Sligo, Karl O’Brien Donegal and Brian McMorrow Letrim are organising a Safety and Security awareness seminar. If you want information on how to improve Security and Safety in your homes this seminar is a must. Information will be available on Entitlements House Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Alarms, Smoke Alarms, Panic Buttons, Security cameras, Locks and Security Lighting.
Venue: Institute of Technology, Ash Lane, Sligo
Date: Wednesday 27 March 2013
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

DATES TO REMEMBER
FESTIVAL OF FAITH The next Subgroup meeting will take place on Friday next (22nd) in the Friary at 12pm.

CAR BOOT SALE In the Cathedral Car Park on Sunday 14th April. Funds raised will go to ‘For Your Soul Productions’ – a non profit theatrical company for much needed equipment.

WEEKEND RETREAT with Sr. Peggy Cronin. Fri 19th 6pm (Evening Meal) – Sun 21st April 2pm (after Lunch). €150 (Residential) €80 (Non-residential) Limited places available. Book at La Verna Retreat Centre on 071 9852572.

ANGER ISSUES? Knock Counselling Centre 2 day confidential Anger Management Programme with the Irish Assoc. for Anger Management in Knock on Sat 20th & Sun 21st April. Contact Peter Devers, Regional Consultant, 09493 75032 or log onto www.difficultemotions.com

ARTHIRTIS IRELAND A 6 week programme consisting of one 2½ hour workshop once a week enabling self-management to help manage pain, reduce fatigue, introducing relaxation and exercise. Commencing Tues 9th April 7-9.30pm. Cost €30. Tel: 01 647 0203 www.arthritisireland.ie 

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