Newsletter 24th November 2013

 The Solemnity of Christ the King Year C - 24th November 2013

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, UNIVERSAL KING
24thNOVEMBER 2013
We belong to the rule of Christ who rules not by being served but by his service of people, a service so radical that it led to his death. The cross is Christ’s throne: on the cross he is lifted up and makes peace between God and humankind.  Those who follow his rule of service will share in his kingdom of peace.

CLOSING OF THE YEAR OF FAITH
We have come to the end of a Year dedicated entirely to the renewal of the faith in us believers, but there remains the wish to keep alive the teaching we have received.
This Year has helped us to look at the many positive signs of hope that are genuinely present in our Church. The Year of Faith has enabled us to experience this. For this reason we look to the future with greater serenity, strengthened by the experience of this Year and the positive effects of which we hope will be felt for a long time to come.
The following are the events that marked the Year in our parish:
Year of Faith Events
Appointment of Sligo Parishes Cluster Catechist
Baptism Preparation Programme
Visitation to Homes in Cathedral Parish
Diocesan Seminars on Faith
Diocesan Conference on Faith
Cluster Festival of Faith
Pilgrimages to Innishmurray and Lough Derg
Cluster Pilgrimage to Holy Land
Participation with Universal Church in Holy Hour on Feast of Corpus Christi
Consecration of Diocese to Immaculate Heart of Mary with 24 hour vigil
Holy Hour on Friday’s of Lent for Life
Two Catechism Courses with 40 adults participating – ongoing
Three Year of Faith newsletters.
We thank God for all the graces and blessings received by all those who took part in these events throughout the Year of Faith
.


A PRO LIFE MASS
Remembering all the babies who have died from abortion and to pray for the healing of parents affected will be celebrated in St Bernadette’s Chapel on Friday 29th November at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

A THANKSGIVING MASS
For the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition will be celebrated next Sunday, December 1st at 12 Noon in our Cathedral. The Sisters have recently moved to Ballymote from Garden Hill, where they have been since the 1950’s. We wish them every blessing in their new home.

ROSE HILL STATION MASS
Takes place Thursday 28
th of November at 8pm in the home of Colm & Colette McBride.

CONFIRM OUR CHILDREN ENROLEMENT MASS
The enrolment Mass for all those children who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2014 takes place next Sunday, December 1st at 10.30am.

URSULINE ASSOCIATES
Next meeting will be held on Wednesday 27th November in the Convent (opp Cathedral entrance) at 7.00pm. New members welcome.

LAST SUNDAY’S TRÓCAIRE EMERGENCY APPEAL
On behalf of Trócaire and most especially the people of the Philippians and Syria we would like to express our sincerest thanks for the generous response of our parishioners to last weekend’s emergency appeal

ADVENT IN SLIGO PARISHES CLUSTER
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
‘The Way of Gentleness‘ – Tuesdays Dec 3, 10, 17 at 8pm  Guided Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Advent reflections.
St. Bernadette’s Chapel, Rockwood Parade
Wednesdays Dec 4,11,18 at 12:30-1pm – A half hour reflection will be held at lunchtime.
St. Anne’s Day Chapel
Wednesdays Dec 4,11,18 following 10am Mass. Three gatherings lasting an hour reflecting on the meaning and purpose of the
Season of Advent.
St. Joseph’s Parish Centre
Tuesdays Dec 3, 10, 17 at 3pm. Three gatherings lasting an hour reflecting on the meaning and purpose of the Advent Season.
St Patrick’s, Strandhill
Mondays Dec 2, 9, 16 at 8pm: ‘The Way of Gentleness’. Guided Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Advent reflections.
St John’s, Carraroe
Wednesdays Dec 4,11,18 at 7pm: Reflections based on Sunday Gospels.  Friday Dec 6, 7pm: Adoration with Advent Reflection followed by Mass.

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
We invite parishioners to consider hosting Scripture Sharing Groups in their homes over this sacred season. . Guidelines are available from St Mary’s Parish Office on 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!

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

Dear Lord fill my heart and my whole being with the wonder of Your
presence.  Amen.

FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK
Mon. 25
th: St Catherine of Alexandria, virgin & martyr; St Colman, bishop;
Weds. 27th: St Fergal, bishop and missionary;
Sat. 30th: St Andrew, apostle.

READINGS FOR SUNDAY NEXT DECEMBER 1st
1st: Is. 2:1-5;
2nd : Rom.13: 11-14;
Gospel: Matt. 24: 37-44.

REST IN PEACE
Your prayers are asked for the repose of the souls of:
RAY SCANLON Market Close & formerly St Brigid’s;
CHRISTINA (Chrissie) REILLY, St Joseph’s;
ANNA (Nana) KILGANNON, St Edward’s Terrace and
DUNCAN BLAIRE, late of Scotland, Uncle of Jemine Barry, Maugheraboy.
May God Grant them eternal rest and comfort and console their bereaved families and friends

ANNIVERSARIES & REMEMBRANCES
Monday 25th November: 8am George Gethins;
Tuesday 26th November: 8am Phyllis McLoughlin; 10.30am Cathy McElroy;
Wednesday 27th November: 10.30am Margaret Noone;
Thursday 28th November: 10.30am Sally, Bertie & Joseph Henry;
Friday 29th November: 8am Mary Davis; 10.30am 1st Anniversary Sean Durcan;
Saturday 30th November: 8am Albert Gorman; 10.30am Month’s Mind Michael Lynch.

BAPTISMS
We welcome into God’s family
CAITLIN HARTE and
RYAN SCANLON
who were baptised recently
in our Cathedral

CATHEDRAL PARISH – 2200 FAMILIES
THANK YOU for your contribution: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17th
PARISH ENV: €2,943 PLATE/STAND.ORD €1,830
ST MARY’S PRESBYTERY
9162670 SACRISTY 9161261

NEW HOLY WELL CHRSITMAS CARDS
Available from St John’s Presbytery (Carraroe, Sligo), Liber Bookshop, O’Connell St & Veritas, Sligo. These colourful cards, containing Christmas reflections, are available in 2 versions depicting scenes from the Holy Well. They can be viewed on www.holywellsligo.com. For contact Carraroe Parish Office at Tel: 071-6162136 or Email: carraroe@holywellsligo.com. All proceeds go towards the maintenance of the Holy Well.

GILLOOLY HALL BINGO – 9.00 p.m.
Tonight’s JACKPOT is €1,600!! Raffle prizes & refreshments.
All welcome to join in the fun!

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.

MERCY COLLEGE CHRISTMAS FÊTE
On Sunday 1st December from 12 noon to 6pm. To book a stall Phone 086 0231252.

DATES TO REMEMBER

SLIGO I.C.A Winter Federation Meeting will be held on Thursday 28th November at 8pm in the Mespil Room, Sligo Park Hotel. All members are welcome to attend.

NORTH WEST STROKE GROUP next meeting Wednesday 27th Nov. at 8pm at the Irish Wheelchair Association premises in Abbeyville, Sligo.

N.C.B.I. John Street, Sligo welcomes unwanted gifts or donations at their shop. For collections in the Sligo area please call shop manager Christy Foy on 086 893 9682.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

YEATS SOCIETY – YEATS MEMORIAL BUILDING, SLIGO
Young Yeats All Ages Book Club Mon. 25th Nov 6-8pm will read and discuss “The Boy in the striped pyjamas” by John Boyne.
Next monthly Poet’s Parlour Open Mic is on Thurs 28th Nov at 8pm.
Young Yeats Open mic takes place on Sat 30th Nov from1-3pm. welcome.

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