Today’s reading from the prophet Baruch contains some very consoling lines. Among these is an invitation to a city to stand tall again:
‘Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height; look toward the east, and see your children gathered from west to east ... rejoicing that God has remembered them’. These words take flesh at key moments in our lives: when we are forgiven for some wrongdoing; when the alcoholic manages to stay off the drink for yet another week; when we complete our last bout of chemotherapy and all is well; when we get through our final exams;
when our emigrant children return safely home … (Salvador Ryan)
EUCHARISTIC MINSTERS NEXT WEEKEND 7TH / 8TH DECEMBER:
7:30 p.m. Maura Clarke, Mary Clifford, Alan Deane, Bridie Farrell
9.30 a.m. Noney Lavin, Mary Lavin, Teresa Sweeney
11:30 a.m. Francis Walsh, Marie Wynne, Teresa Carty, Kathleen Candon
READERS NEXT WEEKEND 7TH / 8TH DECEMBER:
7.30 P.M GABRIEL LAVIN
9:30 a.m. John / Josephine Boylan
11.30a.m. Evelyn O’ Donnell
EUCHARISTIC MINSTERS NEXT WEEKEND 12TH / 13TH DECEMBER:
7:30 p.m. Pat Gannon, Breege Mulryan, Geraldine Mc Dermottroe, Martin Purcell
9.30 a.m. Sean McKeon, Miriam McGee, Ciaran O’ Connor
11:30 a.m. Kathleen Cregg, Martin Dolan, Marie Kennedy, Ita Lohan
READERS NEXT WEEKEND 12TH / 13TH DECEMBER:
7.30 p.m. ABBEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
9:30 a.m. Michael Chapman
11.30a.m. Children’s Mass
Year of Mercy:
Pope Francis has declared a Year of Mercy from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (2015) to the Feast of Christ the King (2016) . It’s an opportunity for all of us to receive the Lord’s Mercy and Compassion.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Tuesday 8th December:
Mass Times : 7.30p.m. Vigil on Monday 7th December and on Tuesday 8th December 9.30a.m.and 11.30a.m.
Parish Pastoral Council:
A meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Tuesday 8th December at 8p.m. in St. Joseph’s Resource Centre.
Volunteers For Ministry:
Last weekend we asked for volunteers for various ministries in the parish. Hopefully you gave it serious thought. There are still some application forms at the main door of the Church.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society:
A meeting of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society will be held on Wednesday 9th December after the 10a.m. Mass.
St. Vincent de Paul:
Our annual collection to replenish the funds of our local conference will take place at all Church doors at all Masses on next weekend December 12th and 13th.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed in the Church every morning after 10a.m. Mass throughout the Year of Mercy. All welcome.
Mass Offerings for the week
Monday Vigil 10.00 a.m.
Mondfay 7.30p.m. Michael and Mary Gavican, Joe Shannon
Tuesday 9.30 a.m. ---
Tuesday 11.30a.m. James, Margaret and Willie Clarke, Nora and Frank Hughes
Wednesday 10.00a.m. Eileen Mc Dermott and The Deceased Members of the McDermott Family
Thursday 10.00 a.m. ---
Friday 10.00 a.m. ---
Friday 7.30pm Joe Regan, Brian, Tom, and Mary Ann Battles and The Deceased Members of the Battles, Williams and Collins Family, John Joe McKenna and The Deceased Family Members, Tom and Mae Cawley, Bertie and Eileen Devine, Ita, Elizabeth , Michael and Carmel McGuire
Saturday Vigil 7.30p.m. Paddy and Lily McKeon
Sunday 9.30a.m. Brendan Mc Quillan (1st Anniversary)
Sunday 11.30a.m. Nora and Martin Cryan and The Deceased Members of The Cryan Family
Dates For Your Diary:
• Abbey Community College will sing at the 7.30p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday 13th December.
• Boyle Musical Society will sing at the 7.30p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday 19th December.
• Ecumenical Carol Service at 8p.m. on Thursday 17th December in St. Joseph’s Church.
• Penitential S ervice on Sunday 20th December at 7p.m. in St. Joseph’s Church.
Thank You from the Irish Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Children:
The Society extends thanks to everyone who supported and helped with the Annual Church Gate Collection last weekend. Together we raised £828.15.
Grange Text Alert: is currently working on setting up a Text Alert Service in the Grange area. This service is at the moment in operation in other areas and nearby parishes and has proven to be of great benefit. A member of our community Alert Group will explain all details of this service to you when they call to your door in the coming weeks.
Boyle Arts Festival and Fregoli to present Pleasure Ground :on December 12th
Fregoli Theatre, in association with Boyle Arts Festival are delighted to bring the play Pleasure Ground home to Boyle - which is of course also home town to the writer,
Jarlath Tivnan and the director Maria Tivnan.
Pleasure Ground will be performed in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle on next Saturday December 12th at 8pm. Tickets priced €12 and €10 are available now from Taylors Jewellers, Bridge Street, Únabhán Tourism, King House, Boyle and on www.eventbrite.ie This production is not suitable for children under 16.
Offertory Collection amounted to €2397.24 on Sunday 29th November.