Newsletter 5th January 2014

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SUNDAY 5th JANUARY 2014
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
For many the New Year is a time for making resolutions, to alter personal and material ways of their life.  We are called to renew our commitment to follow – “The Word made flesh” – full of grace and truth.

As Christ welcomed the Wise Men from the East we, as a believing community, should reflect the welcome of Christ always by welcoming all of those who come to our country and our community from far away seeking new beginnings as migrants or asylum seekers or refugees.

TOMORROW – MONDAY 6th JANUARY 2014 – FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Epiphany.
As we enter a New Year may Christians everywhere celebrate their faith with joy and renewed hope.
MASS TIMES: MONDAY, January 6th
8.00 a.m., 10.30 a.m., & 7.00 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO VIGIL OR 12.00 NOON MASSES ON THIS HOLYDAY
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God’s plan for the world, the mysterious  purpose of existence, is unveiled by the coming of Christ. God wants it to be known, and it will be known, by all who follow the light of the faith leading them to Christ.
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Father, you revealed your Son to the nations by the guidance of a star lead us to your glory in heaven by the light of faith.  Amen.
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The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of  Israel, Son of God and Saviour of the world.  The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East.  In the magi, representatives of the neighbouring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the Good News of salvation through the Incarnation.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY – JANUARY 18th – 25th 2014
Theme: “Is Christ Divided?”
(based on 1 Corinthians 1:13)
Church Unity Week commences on Saturday, January 18th and will continue 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
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.

VISIT OUR CHRISTMAS CRIB
Come and pray with us at our Christmas Crib.
Let God love you in Jesus, the child of Bethlehem.
Father, as we celebrate the birthday of Christ, our Saviour, may we come to appreciate more deeply the meaning of what is being offered to us.  May we too share in the joy of the Angels who gave Glory to God in the highest and sang of peace to the people on earth.

A CALENDAR PRAYER FOR 2014
Loving and caring God, in my calendar you document my past, herald my future and focus my now.  You remind me of duties, you keep me in touch with friends, and teach me the value of time.  I ask your blessing on all my promises and on all my remembering,  Bless all that I arrange, all that I do, all that I encounter in this New Year.  Amen.

SLIGO CATHEDRAL – ST MARY’S PARISH
*  If you have just recently moved into a new home in the parish and would like to have it blessed, just make contact with the priest of your area.

*  If a member of your family or a neighbour is seriously ill, whether in hospital or at home, and would like a visit from a priest, just leave a message at the Parish Office on 916 2670.

*  If you are getting married over the next six months make contact with the priest now and make sure the preliminary paperwork is completed in good time.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL THANKS
St Vincent De Paul, 35 Wolfe Tone Street, wish to offer sincere thanks to all who contributed to their recent Church Gate collection which amounted to €7,170.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Dear Jesus, as You led the Three Kings to You by the light of a star, please draw us ever closer to You by the light of Faith. Give us the grace to overcome all the obstacles that keep us far from You.  Amen.

READINGS FOR SUNDAY NEXT, JANUARY 12th
1st Reading: Is. 42: 1-4. 6-7;
2nd Reading: Acts: 10: 34-38;
Gospel: Matthew 3: 13-17.

FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK
Tuesday 7th: St Raymond of Penyafort, priest.

FIRST FRIDAY CALLS
Please note that the Priests of the Parish will carry out their First Friday calls over the coming weeks.  Thank you.

ANNIVERSARIES & REMEMBRANCES
Tuesday 7th January: 8am Michael McMorrow; 10.30am Patrick & Mary Ellen Lynch;
Wednesday 8th January: 8am Deceased Members of the O’Hanlon Family; 10.30am Tom & Emily Murren;
Thursday 9th January: 8am Oonagh Flynn, Joe & Birdie Scanlon & Deceased Family Members; 10.30am Eamonn Henry;
Friday 10th January: 8am Mary Jane Healy; 10.30am Catherine Mullen;
Saturday 11th January: 8am Frances Lynch; 10.30am Month’s Mind Agnes Tiernan.

REST IN PEACE
Your prayers are asked for the repose of the souls of:
PADDY McCOLE late of 13 Jink’s Avenue;
DEBORAH MILLS late of Cranmore and
PATSY HENRY late of Surrey, England and formerly Garavogue Villas.
May God grant them eternal rest and comfort and console their bereaved families and friends.

CATHEDRAL PARISH – 2200 FAMILIES
THANK YOU for your contribution: SUNDAY DECEMBER 22nd
PARISH ENV: €2,099  PL/STAND.ORD €1,500
THANK YOU.

ST MARY’S PRESBYTERY Telephone: 071 916 2670 (Monday-Friday 9am-4pm)
CATHEDRAL SACRISTY Telephone:
071 916 1261 (Monday-Friday 9.30am-12.30pm)
E-mail us at information@sligocathedral.ie
We welcome your comments. Thank you.


BINGO – GILLOOLY HALL – TONIGHT AT 9PM
TONIGHT’S JACKPOT €1850!!
Raffle at interval with refreshments available at start of Bingo and at the interval.  All welcome!

STUDY THEOLOGY WITH THE PRIORY INSTITUTE
The Dominicans offer a distance learning theology programme, up to degree level, specifically for lay people. Please contact www.prioryinstitute.com or  The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24 on 01 404 8124/7.

SENIOR HELP LINE
A confidential listening service for older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. LoCall 1850 440 444 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.,  and 7.00 p.m.,to 10.00 p.m.

ST MICHAEL’S FAMILY LIFE CENTRE, CHURCH HILL
New Spring/Summer 2014 brochure is now available detailing courses, seminars and services at the Centre. Brochures can be emailed by request or posted. Enrolment for courses takes place in the coming weeks and is on-going while places are available. Telephone 071 917 0329, e-mail stmichaelsfamilylifecentre@eircom.net or visit  www.stmichaelscentre.wordpress.com

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION 2013
Scoil Cnoc na Ré Friday May 3rd 11.30am.
Scoil Éoin Thursday 16th May 4pm.
Scoil Ursula Pentecost Sunday 19th May 12 Noon.

DATES TO REMEMBER

FR. FLANAGAN PRAYER GROUP – Next Meeting – Tuesday, 14th January at 7.00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Presbytery.  All are most welcome.

SLIGO ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION Meeting at 2.30pm in the Dominican Friary Hall on Tuesday 7th Jan. New members welcome.

GARDA ENTRY TRAINING Clarion Hotel Sligo, 25th January 2014. www.getready.ie Contact Jim for full details on 087 605 1730.

 

 

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