Newsletter 5th May 2013

6th Sunday of Easter Year C

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TODAY – MAY 5th – SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
The night before He died Jesus promised the gift of the Spirit to his disciples. God the Father sends the Spirit to keep the word of Christ and for those who keep that word there is the great promise of Christ’s peace – being at home with the Father and the Son.


FR RAY BROWNE – BISHOP ELECT DIOCESE OF KERRY
We congratulate Fr Ray Browne on his appointment as Bishop to the Diocese of Kerry. Fr Browne ministered in the Cathedral Parish for some years.  We pray God’s blessing on his work in his new ministry.

MONTH OF MAY
As we celebrate the month of May we place our lives and work in a special way under the protection of Mary, Mother of God.  The Rosary will be recited before the 10.30 a.m. daily Mass during the month of May. All are invited to attend from 10.15 a.m. for this traditional prayer in honour of the Mother of God.
YOUTH MASS – EXAMINATION PREPARATION
Each Sunday during May our evening Mass at 7pm will be offered for all students undertaking Second and Third Level Examinations. Students are encouraged to be present during this time of prayer for their wellbeing and success.
CHILDREN’S ROSARY 13th MAY 2013 at 7.00pm.
CHILDREN, THEIR FAMILIES & FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO THIS SPECIAL CELEBRATION.

YEAR OF FAITH
PARISH VISITATION
To mark the Year of Faith and in preparation for the upcoming Festival of Faith our Parish Visitation will take place over the coming 3 weeks. We ask our Parishioners to welcome those who have volunteered into their homes.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO INISMURRAY
The Parish is organising a pilgrimage to Inishmurray Island for the Year of Faith on Monday June 3rd. The boat will leave from Mullaghmore at 11am with the cost of the trip €35.
Mass will be celebrated on the Island and we will be returning at 5pm. To secure a place the full cost must be paid to the Parish Office by Thursday May 16th. Places are limited. Please bring refreshments. For more details contact the Parish Office on
 9162670.

FESTIVAL OF FAITH May 19-27th
Theme: The Door is always open. Organised by Sligo Parishes Cluster and taking place in our Cathedral, St Anne’s, Carraroe, St Joseph’s, St Patrick’s Calry, Strandhill, Ransboro, Rosses Point & The Friary. Including celebration of the Eucharist, Vigils, Pilgrimages, liturgies of the Word, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Speakers include: Fr Gareth Byrne.

EXCHANGE OF PULPITS
In preparation for the upcoming Festival of Faith the Sligo Parishes Cluster will exchange pulpits this weekend. We welcome the priests of St Anne’s to our Cathedral as our priests minister in the Parish of St Joseph’s and Calry
.

Sunday May 19
7:30pm Strandhill Church            
Festival Concert
Monday May 20
7:30pm Peace Park         
The Door is always Open!
7:45pm The Cathedral                   Festival Opening Mass
Tuesday May 21
Learning Belonging – Baptism and the Gift of Community
3:30pm Carraroe Church
7:30pm St. Anne’s Church           
Revisiting Baptism
Wednesday May 22
Forgotten Powers – Confirmation and the life of the Spirit within
3:30pm Calry Church                      7:30pm St. Joseph’s Church
Thursday May 23
Who do you think you are – The Eucharist and the gift of identity
3:30pm Rosses Point Church
7:30pm The Cathedral
                   Celebration of the Eucharist
Friday May 24
Exploring the paths to Healing and Reconciliation
3:30pm Strandhill Church
7:30pm The Friary
            (Confessions available)
Saturday May 25
The call to be family, the call to Christian service
3:30pm The Friary                            8:15pm Ransboro Church
Sunday May 26
Sligo Churches Together Camino
Monday May 27
Keeping the door open –who will if we don’t?
3:30pm Sligo Abbey
7:30pm St. Anne’s Church           
Celebration of the Eucharist:
Holding the door open for those coming after us!
Homilist: Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland

ANNUAL DIOCESAN JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE
Will take place for those marking their 10
th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th or 60th anniversaries in our Cathedral on Sunday, June 30th at 3pm. For further details contact St Michael’s Family Life Centre on 9170329 or email stmichaelsfamilylifecentre@eircom.net

VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD
THE WORLD NEEDS CHRIST – CHRIST NEEDS YOU. Have you considered serving the Elphin Diocese as a Priest? If you feel you may have a vocation to Diocesan Priesthood, please contact Fr. Jim Murray, Carraroe, Sligo on 9162136, your local priest or email: vocations@elphindiocese.ie
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
God, you desire the happiness and salvation of all.
Stir up the grace of a holy vocation
in the hearts of many within our parish.
Grant them the willingness and generosity
to give of themselves, their time and talents to the service
of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and to His Church.  Amen.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A DEACON?
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?
Diocese of Elphin is now accepting enquiries from married and single men who may feel called to ministry as a permanent deacon. The four year part-time training programme will begin in Autumn 2013. For further information or a conversation around the topic contact: Director of the Permanent Diaconate, St Mary’s, Sligo, 071 9162670 or visit www.elphinsiocese.ie under “vocations” section.
share in a vocation weekend 26th -28th April. For more visit www.dominicannuns.ie or call 0419838524.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2013
Gaelscoil, Sunday May 12th – 10.30 am.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION 2013
St John’s & Carbury, Thursday 16
thMay  – 4.00 pm.
Scoil Ursula, Pentecost Sunday
, 19th MAY – 12 noon.
We join with our parishioners in congratulating the children of Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré who made their Confirmation on Friday, 3
rd May.

TRÓCAIRE DOOR-TO-DOOR FUNDRAISERS
Will be in our Parish during May. All will have photo ID and will ask for support by way of a monthly direct debit. Trócaire works with the poorest families and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Please support if you can. Thank you.

SLIGO ORPHEUS CHOIR IN OUR CATHEDRAL

Iin association with SLIGO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA present their Annual Spring Concert “AMADEUS”

Friday May 17th at 8.00 p.m. Sligo Orpheus Choir with Sligo Chamber Orchestra, Leader Niamh Crowley, Korean Soprano Eunjoo Goh & Austin McManus Conducting present “Amadeus,”in The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Tickets €15 from Liber Bookshop O’Connell St. Tel: 071-9142219 Hawkswell Theatre Booking Office 071-916 1518 or on the door.
All p
roceeds donated to the North West Hospice.

FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK
Fri. 10th: St Comgall, abbot.

READINGS – SUNDAY APRIL 14th
1st Reading: Acts 1:1-11.
2
nd Reading: Eph. 1: 17-23
Gospel: Luke 24:46-53.

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
Lord, through Your love I exist in this world. May I never take the gift of life for granted.  Amen.

YOUNG ADULT DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO ROME
This pilgrimage, to mark the Year of Faith, will take place from July 7th to 14th to the ‘eternal city’ for young adults aged 18-35. Accommodation at Pontifical Irish College in the heart of Rome with a special programme ofspiritual cultural and social events. Cost €700. For further information contact Frank McGuinness,Director of Youth Ministry on 087 988 0690 or mail frank.mcguinness@elphindiocese.ie. Places are limited so early booking is advised.

WEDDINGS
Congratulations and best wishes to
CLAIRE FEENEY and GARETH MANNION
who were married recently in our Cathedral.

altaltANNIVERSARIES & REMEMBERANCES
Monday 6th May: 8am ANN MARIE DIVERS; 10.30am Month’s Mind ROBBIE McGOLDRICK;
Tuesday 7th May: 8am ALGIS JARSENAS; 10.30am FR JOHNNY CREHAN;
Wednesday 8th May: 8am MARY GUNNING; 10.30am BRENNAN & GRAY FAMILIES;
Thursday 9th May: 8am PATRICK GETHINS; 10.30am DELIA McDERMOTT;
Saturday 11th May: 8am 1st Anniversary MICHAEL HARTE; 10.30am Month’s Mind BEA McCARTHY.

BINGO – GILLOOLY HALL
Bingo TONIGHT, SUNDAY 5th May at 9pm with a
JACKPOT of €1850 and EXTRA RAFFLE PRIZES. All welcome!!.

CATHEDRAL PARISH – 2200 FAMILIES
THANK YOU for your contribution: SUNDAY April 28th
PARISH ENV: €2,731  PL/STAND.ORD €1,512
ST MARY’S PRESBYTERY Telephone 071 9162670 SACRISTY Telephone 071 9161261.
Email us at
information@sligocathedral.ie  We welcome your comments. Thank you.

FRIENDS OF CREGG HOUSE
2nd Annual Social in the Sligo Park Hotel on Friday night May 10th.  Music by Jack Ramsey.  Dancing 10pm to 1am. Adm €10.  Raffle on the night with many valuable prizes. Please support.

SLIGO INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL
Gala summer Concert. Co. Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir with Reading Male Voice Choir in St Anne’s Church on Fri. May 10th at 8pm. Tickets €10 from Liber Bookshop or on door. Proceeds to North West Hospice. Call 086 259 2290 for more.

GALILEE COMMUNITY, TNTAGH, BOYLE – TAIZE PRAYER
Mary – Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church: a model of living Faith is the title of a series of three evenings to be offered in Galilee Community  on Tuesday, May 14th, 21st and 28th from 8pm – 9:30pm. The topic on May 14th is – In Solidarity with Mary-Woman of Faith- we too can go forward with our lives, “Is Feidir Linn.”

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY’S CARE TO DRIVE SERVICE
The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy in Sligo General Hospital, Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe & Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your treatment, please speak to your oncology team in Sligo General or call Gail on 01 2310 566.

The service is free to both the hospital and the patient with the Irish Cancer Society incurring all costs. The service has been running since 2008 and we are currently partnered with the following hospitals; St. Vincent’s; St. James’s; Letterkenny General; The Mater; Mid-Western Regional, Limerick; Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe; Tallaght Hospital; Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown; Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore.


SLIGO INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL
Gala summer Concert. Co. Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir with Reading Male Voice Choir in St Anne’s Church on Fri. May 10th at 8pm. Tickets €10 from Liber Bookshop or on door. Proceeds to North West Hospice. Call 086 259 2290 for more.

LOUGH DERG
Lough Derg One Day Retreats – a great way to keep your connection with the Island May:6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 & 27.  Times: 9.15am until 4.30pmPrice: €40 includes boat fare, refreshments, services & lunch.  Places are limited, please book in advance.  Tell: 071 9861518 email:  info@loughderg.org or visit: www.loughderg.org

Langfield to Lough Derg Walk on 1st June 2013
This 20 mile walk is being organised by Drumquin GAA Club in conjunction with The Gathering.   Walkers will use the old pilgrim route proceeding along the Smugglers Pad from Sloughan Glen to the Donegal  border at Scraghey and then via Lettercran to St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg.   Walkers will receive a blessing on the shore of the lake.  By kind invitation of the Prior those wishing to celebrate Mass will be ferried to the Island.  Return to Drumquin will be by bus. To register (or for information) contact John O’Kane  Tel: (0044) 07743 760140 www.langfieldtoloughderg.com

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA 2013
Taking place from 13-20 June (ex Dublin). 7 nights Recinto Hotel with Spiritual Director Fr Jim Murray. Cost €669 incl. Early booking discount of €100 (or €50 if booking deposit of €200 is received) by 1st Feb. For details call Martin Scanlon @ 9145491.

THE GATHERING 2013 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Are you passionate about Sligo’s culture, traditions or attractions?
Would you like to share your local knowledge with visitors to your area?
As part of The Gathering 2013, Volunteer Ireland is looking for Volunteer Ambassadors to provide a warm Irish welcome to visitors to Sligo during this year’s tourist season. Gathering Ambassadors will pay a vital role in welcoming tourists and provide them with first hand information about events in the area. It is a fun, sociable opportunity to greet visitors from all over the world and show them why Sligo is one of the best places in the world to visit!For more info:Sligo Volunteer Centre Phone: 071-911104. Email: thegathering@volunteer.ie or visit: www.volunteer.ie/events/the gathering  

DATES TO REMEMBER

ST BERNADETTE’s CHAPEL – MONDAY MAY 13th Rockwood Parade. (Due to Bank Holiday Monday). Mass will be held at 5.15 p.m.  All welcome.

ALZHEIMER CAFE Glasshouse Hotel, Friday 10th May 2013 from 11am to 13:00pm in the View Bar. Alzheimer Cafe mornings are free and anyone affected by Dementia are welcome to attend. Margurite Cryan Team Co-Ordinator with The Psychiatry of Old Age Team  will provide an information session on “Postive Mental Health for Older People”.For more info contact Majella on 9146400/0868638171 modonnell@alzheimer.ie

ST JOSEPH’S
YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY Wish to express their sincerethanks to all who contributed to their Church Gate collection last weekend.

STARCAMP All boys & girls 4-13 years. A fun-filled, non-competitive, week. Special family rates. In Sligo Mercy College. 8-12th July – 9.30am-2.30pm. Book on 021-4377900 or visit www.starcamp.ie.


MOMENTUM – A new government initiative open to those who receive Job Seekers Allowance / Benefit / signing for credits for 12 months+ & may be eligible for a free FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Healthcare Support.. For further details call Sharon or Pádraig in The Carers Association Head Office on 057-9322920 or email sdeering@carersireland.com

PIETA HOUSE Suicide Crisis Centre Darkness into Light 5k walk/run is on 11th May with 20 venues nationwide. Call 01 6282111 or visit dil.pieta.ie.

NEW ICA GUILD IN SLIGO TOWN
There will be an open Information Meeting with the view of setting up an I.C.A. GUILD in the Sligo Town area on Tuesday 7th May at 11am in SOURCE CAFE (upstairs)JOHN STREET/HARMONY HILL.
If you are interested in a fun /friendship group, for more information, please come along – tea/coffee provided. Contacts: Mary Mulligan, Federation President 087 279 8190 / Mary Harkin, Federation P.R.O. 086 375 5894.

CHARISMATIC DAY OF PRAYER & PRAISE Taking place in Emmanuel House, Clonfert, Co Galway on 18th May.  Guest Speakers will be Fr Pat Collins, Eddie Stones & Fr Michael Kennedy. Theme is ‘Come let us adore Him’, Day starts at 11am and finishes at 5pm and bring a packed Lunch. For info ring 00353(0)57 9151552 or email contact@emmanuelhouse.ie.

A NEW YOU EVENT FOR KENYA BUILD
Dual first prize of  TWO ‘Head-to-Toe’ Transformations (Man & Lady). Prizes also Best Dressed Lady & Best Dressed Man. The Jazz Ladswill entertain us all whilst we enjoy. Wine & Canapés on arrival. MAN CAVE for the guys with;-Hot Towel Shave, Neck & Shoulder Massage & lots more! Make-over Workshops also to include Hair, Make-up, Nails etc. Fashion Show of Summer Stock by various Designers & Boutiques Comperé – Noel Cunningham. Other prizes on the night will include but are not limited to; €200 Hamper from Voya Organic Products as well as Gift Voucher from Voya Seaweed Baths €150 Voucher from River Island, €100 Voucher from Pamela Scott, The Celtic Tenors – Two Tickets to a concert of choice. The evening continues with music in the bar provided by Sharon Conway & Ruby Ridge. Tickets for the event are just €15 and can be purchased online via our Facebook Page or in various outlets around town;  Salon 2 Hair Salon, EJ’s Menswear, Nicholson’s Pharmacy, Caheny’s Bar, Kate’s Kitchen. You can also get tickets by contacting 086 8445628.

GORTA are seeking volunteers for their annual Church gate collection on the 15th & 16th of June.  If you can help please contact Ann on 01 661 5522, 087 793 3513 or mail ann@gorta.ie.

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