TODAY – 6th JANUARY 2013
THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
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
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.
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.
FRIDAY JANUARY 18th CHURCH UNITY WEEK COMMENCES
THEME: “WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF US?“
(based on Micah 6: 6-8)
Church Unity Week commences on Friday, January 18th and will continue until Friday, 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 SpiritYou 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.
The priests of the parish would like to thank all who contributed to the Christmas collection for the Support of the Clergy.
CHRISTMAS DAY: Plate €5,354; Envelopes €9,280.
A CALENDAR PRAYER FOR 2013
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.
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.
UNITE FOR LIFE PRO-LIFE VIGIL
‘UNITE FOR LIFE’ Pro-life vigil is to be held in Dublin at 4.30 pm on Saturday 19th January in Merrion Square. The vigil will have a positive, clear message about safeguarding the lives of mothers and babies in pregnancy. Posters will be provided. Please make every effort to attend and do your part to encourage family, friends and neighbours to do likewise. For further information please contact Denise on 087 970 9998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY NEXT JANUARY 13th
1st Reading: Is. 10: 1-5. 9-11;
2nd Reading: Titus 2: 11-14. 3: 4-7;
Gospel: Lk. 3: 15-16. 21-22.
FEAST DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 7th : St Raymond of Penyafort, priest.
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.
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
Monday 7th January: 8am UNA FLYNN & Deceased Family Members ;
Tuesday 8th January: 8am KATHLEEN & CHARLIE McLOUGHLIN; 10.30am MARY JANE HEALY;
Wednesday 9th January: 8am ITA McDERMOTT; 10.30am EAMON HENRY;
Thursday 10th January: 8am MICHAEL McMORROW; 10.30am PATRICK & MARY LYNCH;
Friday 11th January: 8am ANNIE KELLY; 10.30am 1st Anniversary CATHERINE MULLEN;
Saturday 12th January: 8am THE O’HANLON FAMILY; 10.30am Month’s Mind SR DELIA CONNEELY.
REST IN PEACE
Your prayers are asked for the repose of the souls of:
PADRAIG FOWLEY late of Jink’s Avenue and
TERSEA CONLON St Edwards Terrace & Nazareth House.
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 30th Parish Envelopes: €2,484 Plate & Standing Orders: €1,628
ST MARY’S PRESBYTERY Telephone 071 9162670 CATHEDRAL SACRISTY Telephone 071 9161261
To submit notices for our Newsletter and for all other enquiries email us at email@example.com
We welcome your comments. Thank you
FOYER OF LIGHT, CHARITY & LOVE
Annual 5 Day Silent Retreat from February 4th-10th 2013. Cost: €380. Theme:“ If you but knew the gift of God…”preached by Fr. Kilian Byrne at St Mary’s Hostel, Knock, Co Mayo. For further details Contact: on 0861678027 or Mai at 041 9819074 or visit www.foyerofcharity.ie
” The Foyers give authentic spiritual teaching, in a climate of silence, charity, devotion to Mary, which opens souls to conversion, deepens their life with God and forms them for the apostolate”. (Pope Paul VI 12 Nov 1975)
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.
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
ST MICHAEL’S FAMILY LIFE CENTRE
New Spring/Summer brochure is now available detailing courses, seminars and services at the Centre. It can be emailed by request or posted. Contact 9170329, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stmichaelscentre.wordpress.com. Enrolment for courses takes place on Monday14th and Tuesday 15th January from 10am to 7pm and is on-going while place are available.
DATES TO REMEMBER
FR. FLANAGAN PRAYER GROUP
Next Meeting – Tuesday, 15th January at 8.00 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 8th Jan. New members welcome.
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.
BINGO – GILLOOLY HALL – TONIGHT’S JACKPOT €1050!!
Tonight, January 6th at 9pm.
Raffle at interval with refreshments available at start of Bingo and at the interval.
Busses will stop at the usual pick up points and all are 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, Tallagh Village, Dublin 24 on 01 404 8124/7.
L’ARCHE – UNWANTED CHRISTMAS GIFTS
If you have any unwanted items please donate them to the L’Arche Charity Shop in Wine Street. Proceeds go towards providing respite care for people with special needs. Thank you for your ongoing support.