Newsletter 30th March 2014

Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A 30th March 2014

TODAY – 30th MARCH 2014
FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Jesus came among us to lead us from darkness into the light of faith.  Through Adam’s fall we were born as slaves of sin but now through Christ we are reborn as God’s adopted children.

This Sunday – Mother’s Day
We wish all mothers every grace and blessing on this special day and we thank them for reflecting the unconditional love of God for each one of us.
A Prayer for Mothers
Dear Lord,
we thank your for the great gift of motherhood. May all Mothers find daily strength to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love – the very heart of the vocation of motherhood. Amen.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
The Way of Gentleness  Tuesdays 8 P.M.
Stations of the Cross      After the 10.30 a.m. Mass every Friday of Lent.
SLIGO PARISHES CLUSTER
LENTEN PROGRAMME 2014
Mondays 8:00 P.M.
The Way of Gentleness
St Patrick’s Church, Strandhill
Wednesday April 2, 10:30 A.M.
45 Minutes
A Lenten Journey with Pope Francis
St Joseph’s Parish Centre
Wednesday April 2, 3:00 P.M.
45 Minutes
A Lenten Journey with Pope Francis
St Anne’s Day Chapel
Wednesday April 2, 7:00 P.M.
Reflective Prayer
Trust, Surrender, Receive
Carraroe Parish Church
Thursday April 3, 1:00 P.M.
20 Minutes
Lunchtime with Pope Francis
St Bernadette’s Chapel
Thursday April 3, 8:00 P.M.
45 Minutes
A Lent Journey with Pope Francis
St Michael’s Family Life Centre
EASTER CEREMONIES
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

HOLY WEEK 2014
WEDNESDAY  –  APRIL 16th
Mass 8.00 a.m.  10.30 a.m. and MASS OF CHRISM at 7.30 p.m.
HOLY THURSDAY – APRIL 17th
Morning Prayer of the Church    10.30 a.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper           7.30 p.m.
Holy Hour at the Altar of Repose               11.00 p.m. to Midnight
Silent Adoration  Midnight to 8 a.m. on Good Friday
GOOD FRIDAY – APRIL 18th
Morning Prayer of the Church    10.30 a.m.
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion             3.00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross                      8.00 p.m.
HOLY SATURDAY – APRIL 19th
Morning Prayer of the Church    10.30 a.m.
Easter Vigil                                          9.00 p.m.
EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 20TH
Masses at 8.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 12.00 noon & 7.00 p.m.
MONDAY – APRIL 21st – SATURDAY APRIL 26th
Masses at 8.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.
HOLY WEEK CONFESSIONS
Penitential Service
Holy Thursday   April 17th             11.00 a.m.           12.00 noon
8.30 p.m.             9.30 p.m..
Good Friday       April 18th               11.00 a.m.           1.00 p.m.
From 9.00 p.m.
Holy Saturday,   April 19th              12.00 noon – 5.00 p.m.


Afternoons of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Saturday April 5th    Saturday 12th    Saturday 26th
In the Star of the Sea Convent in Mullaghmore. The afternoons commence at 3 p.m. & end with supper at 6 pm. Please let us know as soon as possible which of the above dates suit you on 916 2670. Thank you.

THE LIFE AND WORKS OF JOHN PAUL II
You are invited to a talk on the life and works of John Paul II Tuesday, April 1st in the Dominican Friary Hall at 7:30 P.M. Admission free. All most welcome.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME

The second gathering for Parents of children preparing for First Communion takes place Monday March 31 at 8pm in the Gillhooly Hall. This week’s Theme: Strengthening our Family Bonds, at Home and in the Parish.

EMIGRANT INFORMATION
Do you have a family member, relation or friend living abroad?  Are they experiencing difficult of any kind or in need of support?  The Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants does offer support and advice to those intending to move abroad and to those living abroad.  Since 1957 the Irish Bishops Conference has being providing information for those emigrating as well as direct services in many countries. For further information you can call the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants, Maynooth on 01-5053155, E-mail:
emigrants@iecon.ie or speak with any of the parish clergy.

FESTIVAL OF FAITH 2014
Taking place in Sligo Parishes Cluster from the 19th to 23rd of May and will be led by the Ember Team of the Vincentian Order.

READINGS FOR SUNDAY NEXT APRIL 6th
1st: Ezek. 37: 12-14; 2nd:
Rom. 8: 8-11; Gospel:
Jn. 11: 1-45.

FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK
Tues 1st: St Ceallach, bishop;
Weds 2nd: St Francis of Paola, hermit;
Fri 4th: St Isidore, bishop & Dr. of the Church; Sat 5th: St Vincent Ferrer, priest.

Anniversaries  Remembrances 30th March 2014

LA VERNA RETREAT CENTRE The Friary, Rossnowlagh.
Creative ways with Art; Upcycling Workshop Sat 5th April 10am-1.30pm;
Holy Week; Preached Retreat with Fr Tom Russell
Wed 16th-Sun 20th April. Phone to book on 071 985 2572

CATHEDRAL PARISH – 2200 FAMILIES
THANK YOU for your contribution: SUNDAY 23rd March:
PARISH ENV
2,468 PL/STAND.ORD 1,488
ST MARY’S PRESBYTERY
Tel: 071 916 2670 SACRISTY Tel: 071 916 1261
E-mail us at info@sligocathedral.ie We welcome your comments. Thank you.

BINGO – GILLOOLY HALL – TONIGHT AT 9PM
TONIGHT’S JACKPOT €2,450!!
Raffle at interval with refreshments.  All welcome!

LATIN PRAYERS DURING LENT
3 x 30 minute sessions beginning on Tuesday 1st of April at 7pm in Columbanus House, Church Hill. No experience of Latin required. To book a place ring 087 148 0448. All welcome.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2014
AUGUST 28 to SEPTEMBER 2, 2014. For Booking Forms please contact the Parish Office or Joe Walsh Tours. Tel: 01 241 0800.

CO. SLIGO GOLF CLUB
Male Voice Choir & Sligo Academy of Music host their Annual Spring Concert with Guests in the Radisson, Ballincar on Fri 4th Apr at 8pm. Tickets €15 from Liber Bookshop – tel. 914 2219. All proceeds to Sligo Regional Hospital Cardiac Services.

HAVE YOU A RELATIVE OR FRIEND IN ST JOHN’S HOSPITAL?
Would you consider arranging your visit to coincide with Mass on Sunday mornings at 10.45am? Many of the wheelchair bound patients are unable to attend Mass as they cannot wheel themselves to & from the Chapel. Your help, even once in a while, would be most gratefully received. Thank you

GOOD FRIDAY PASSION PLAY
You can still join the cast of “The Folly of God”, a dramatic presentation forming part of the 3pm Liturgy in our Cathedral on Good Friday. Rehearsals continue Monday March 31st at 8pm in the Cathedral Sacristy.

DIVINE MERCY WEEKEND
Bus for Knock departs Saturday 26th April returning Sunday 27th. Full cost 110 including Meals, Accommodation & Bus to be paid in advance. Call 071 932 0734 or 086 322 2874 for more.

SLIGO PARISHES CLUSTER HUNGER LUNCH
In St. Anne’s Youth Centre, Chapel St., 12 noon to 2.30 pm on Spy Wednesday, 16
th April (in aid of the Mission in South Sudan where Fr. Tommy Gillooly is working).

SLIGO EDUCATION CENTRE
Invite Parents, Teachers, Youth Workers and other professionals working with young people to a talk on the use and abuse of alcohol among Adolescents and its harmful effects. Speaker Dr Bobby Smyth, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist will also focus on how adults’ attitudes and behaviours can excert both positive and negative influences on young people’s alcohol use. Venue Sligo Park Hotel, Tuesday 1
st April at 7p.m. Contact 071 9138700 to register or email info@ecsligo.ie

DATES TO REMEMBER
BRIC-A-BRAC SALE Johnston’s Court Sat. 5th April 10am-5pm in aid of disaster victims at home and abroad. For further details please call Mary or Kathleen on 087 740 4398. Your support is greatly appreciated.

IRISH HEART FOUNDATION Need volunteers for May 15th-17th to sell Happy Heart Badges across various locations in Sligo. Funds this year are going towards a nationwide CPR training & awareness tour. If you have an hour to spare or a business where you could sell the badges please contact Breffni Gorman on Breffnig@gmail.com or 085 150 7860.

SLIGO I.C.A Presents The Mother & Daughter Personal Finance Tour with journalist Jill Kerby, Sligo Park Hotel, Weds 2nd April from 8-10pm. All you need to know about personal finance. Adm free, all welcome.

CELEBRATION OF EASTER HOPE
Presented by Sligo Churches Together on Sunday 6th April, at 7.30pm in St John’s Cathedral, Sligo. Featuring: Gospel pianist Huntley Brown, Chicago; Soprano Eunjoo Goh, South Korea, Gospel singer James Kilbane, Achill & Sligo Gospel Choir. Adm. free.  Offering taken in support of North West Hospice.

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.

HOLY HILL HERMITAGE
Ladies Brae, Skreen. First Sunday April 6th, noon Mass at Holy Hill with liturgy followed by visiting & tea. In Holy Week outdoor Stations of the Cross will begin, weather permitting, at 3pm followed by the Good Friday liturgy. At 5am on Easter morning everyone gathers in the back courtyard for the lighting of the new fire and a candlelight procession into chapel for the vigil liturgy. Refreshments in the library afterwards. All are welcome. Please vist www.holyhill.ie for more.

MICHAELLIAN ENSEMBLE
The Michaellian Ensemble will perform John Steiner’s
The Crucifixion in (please choose from the following). St. Michael’s Church Ballinasloe on Friday April 11th @ 7.30 pm.
Knock Shrine on Sunday April 13th @ 4.30 pm.
Admission free. Donations to St. Vincent de Paul. All welcome.

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