January 6, 2018

Bulletin – The Baptism of The Lord – 2018

Abbeylara Parish Bulletin

Sunday 7th January 2018
Priest on Duty: Fr. Michael Campbell
Phone 043 6686270. 086 8718999
email abbeylaraparish@eircom.net

St. Bernard’s: Sat. 6th & Sun. 7th January 2018
7.30 p.m. Patsy Fagan, Cloughernal. – Birthday Remembrance Mass.
11.00 a.m. Brian and Maureen Smyth, (A) and their son Peter, Toberphelim.

St. Mary’s: Sunday 7th January 2018.
9.30 a.m. Tom and Bridget Lynch, (A) and all Deceased members of the Lynch Family, (A) Creevy.

St. Bernard’s: Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th Jan.
7.30 p.m. Mary Gallagher. (7th A)
11.00 a.m. Babs and Tony Sheridan, their son Tommy (18th A) and Tommy’s brother, Brother Oliver Sheridan. (A)

St. Bernard’s: Sunday 14th January
9.30 a.m.

Weekday Masses: St. Bernard’s.
Monday 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday 7.30 p.m. Betty Macken, (2nd A) Rincoola.
Friday 7.30 p.m. Deceased members of the Prunty Family.
St. Mary’s: Tuesday & Thursday 7.30 p.m.

Death: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of John Donoghue, Main St., Granard who died on Monday, 1st January. May he rest in peace.

Offertory – €1,103; Sick and Retired Priests Fund €398 to date; Church Heating – €823 to date: Cemetery Fund – €442 to date:
Thank you very much.

Congregational Singing: On Sunday, 7th Jan. at the
11 a.m. Mass in Abbeylara.

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus: – On Tuesday, 9th Jan. in Abbeylara Church at 11a.m. You are welcome to attend.

Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Thursday,
11th Jan. in Carra Church at 8 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration on Friday,
12th Jan. in Abbeylara Church from 3 to 4p.m.

A/G Bingo: Jackpot stands at €20,000 in 42 no’s, if not won you could win €1,500 in 47 no’s. There is a second jackpot of €7,300 in 42 no’s. Come along and enjoy.

Community Employment Vacancies: Granard Area Action Group CLG are looking for an Environmental Worker in Bunlahy and Abbeylara. To check eligibility please contact your local Intreo Office. For further information regarding these vacancies, please contact Joe or Michelle on 043 6686922.

Abbeylara Old Time Threshing & Vintage Day: – On Sunday, 7th January. Auto jumble, Vintage Cars, Tractors etc, Sheep Racing;
Tractor Run. Starts at John Gilligan’s Yard on Coole Road at 12 Noon and travels to Derragh Lake and back. . Threshing at 1.30 p.m. in John Gilligan’s Shed. Refreshments & Musical Entertainment. All indoors. Proceeds in aid of Abbeylara Senior Citizens. All happening today Sunday, 7th Jan. More Info Contact John 087-9671231; Gabriel 086-8330271.

Abbeylara Senior Citizens: Meeting on Thursday, 11th Jan. in Abbeylara Parish Centre at 11am. All are welcome.

Dance Classes
: Will commence on Thursday 11th January in the Parish Centre at 8.30 p.m. Bring along a friend. A great fun way to spend a couple of hours.

Interested in Volunteering for the World Meeting of Families 2018: The World Meeting of the Families 2018 will attract thousands of Irish and International pilgrims. Preparing for this event and seeing it through will only be possible with the generous assistance of many volunteers. Further details on volunteering are available at the World Meeting website: http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Get-Involved/Volunteer

Support Group:
-for Stroke Survivors offering an opportunity for those who have had a stroke to engage in chat, advice, exercise, support and activities with others who share your experience. The group meet in Temperance Hall every Tuesday from 11-1pm. Contact Koriena on 0871911060 or email kivers@irishheart.ie

Offertory Boxes of Envelopes 2017/ 2018 Are available at the front of both Abbeylara and Carra Church. Once again thank you very much for your ongoing generous financial support to the offertory and other collections. It is very much appreciated. Thanks very much to the people who prepared the boxes for distribution.

“A Date for your Diary” Friday, 16th February 2018, Seamus O Rourke’s new play “From under the Bed” is coming to the new Parish Centre, Abbeylara. A night not to be missed. Please support. All funds towards the Parish Centre. Please note change of date.
Abbeylara GAA Club: Lotto Results 4/1/18
Winning numbers: 2, 3, 5, 12.
Winners: John Pettit, Granard; Patsy Lynch, Ballywillian; Barry Smyth, Abbeylara; Michael Battrim, Ballinrud; Mark Smyth, Carra:
Next draw is in Crawford’s on 11/1/18. Jackpot €3,900.

Communion Reflection:

‘You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased.’
Thus right from the start of his public mission Jesus received affirmation from his Father.

One of the deepest needs of the human heart is the need to be appreciated.
Every human being wants to be valued.
We all need someone who will help us unfold.
We need someone to believe in us,
who will help us to be ourselves.

We need someone who understands us, someone who can see the hidden self in us that is perhaps afraid to come out into the open.
Only such a person will help us to share all we are, making us believe in our own goodness,
and awakening in us a desire to share it with others.

At our Baptism we too became children of the Father, and we received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit will help us to unfold and grow, bringing his love to our brothers and sisters.
Thus we will become more and more pleasing in the sight of the heavenly Father.

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