Newsletter Sunday 17 December 2023

The Third Sunday of Advent (B) Liturgical Colour violet Prayers + Readings for Sunday on page 416 in the St. Paul Sunday Missal- Masses streamed live daily via webcam. www. webcam

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Third Sunday of Advent Catechesis 16 /17 December

16th /17th December

The first part of the Liturgy of the Word is made up of readings from Scripture.  On Sundays and solemnities, there are three Scripture readings. During most of the year, the first reading is from the Old Testament and the second reading is from one of the New Testament letters. During Easter Time, the first reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles which tells the story of the Church in its earliest days. The last reading is always taken from one of the four Gospels. The Scriptures are the word of God, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In the Scriptures, God speaks to us, leading us along the path to salvation. The Responsorial Psalm is sung between the readings and corresponds to each reading, as such should be taken from the Lectionary. It helps us to meditate on the Word of God. The high point of the Liturgy of the Word is the reading of the Gospel. Because the Gospels tell of the life, ministry, and preaching of Christ, it receives several special signs of honour and reverence. The assembly stands to hear the Gospel introduced by an acclamation of praise.


Please pray for Monica Mullen recently deceased and for Pat & Ronnie McWilliams & Maura Flynn , Madelaine & Tony D’Arcy, Essie Carroll , Tony Dermot & Brendan Payne , deceased members of the Johnston & McKeever families & Pat & John O’Malley whose anniversaries occur around this time. MAY THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE. AMEN

intentions – Saturday 16 December 2023

10.00 a.m. Celebrant’s intention

5.00 p.m.- Mary Corcoran R.I.P.

Anna, Des, Shauna, Taylor & Isabell Kavanagh

Eileen Matthews & her daughter

Geraldine Tansey- anniversaries

Jack Stafford – Anniversary

Rory Byrne - Anniversary

Sunday 17 December 2023

9.00 a.m.- Michael & William Ferrick- anniversary

Joan Morrin - Anniversary

10.30 a.m.- William & Elizabeth Walsh -anniversary

Michael & Joan Hyland – Anniversary

Deceased members of the Kelly Family

Christina & Patrick Masterson – anniversary

Eric Kelly – Recently deceased

12 noon – Tom Gallagher – R.I.P.

Michael Tobin – anniversary

Derek Doyle – 6th anniversary

Kathleen, Maurice & Rosemary Boothman – anniversaries

Larry & Nora O’Toole – anniversary

Monday 18 December 2023

10.00 a.m. – Sheila Stephens – Birthday Remb.

Doris Perkins & Mary Kate Shea – anniversary

Oliver, Jane & Johnnie Reynolds – anniversaries

Christine & Yvonne Ryan – Anniversary

Thanksgiving Mass Intention

Tuesday 19 December 2023

10.00 a.m.- Parishioners Intentions

Wednesday 20 December 2023

10.00 a.m.- Christmas Triduum Mass

Thursday 21 December 2023

  1. a.m. – Christmas Triduum Mass

Friday 22 December 2023

10.00 a.m.- Christmas Triduum Mass

Carol Service in the Church 5.00 p.m. Sunday 17 December

Monday 18th December - Penitential Service 7.00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday 18th – 23rd December inclusive

Mass at 10.00 a.m. Confession after 10.00 a.m. Mass

Sat. 23rd Dec.5.00 p.m. Vigil Mass of Sunday

Sunday 24th December- 9.00 a.m., 10.30 a.m. & 12.00 noon Masses for 4th Sunday of Advent

Sunday 24th December- Christmas Eve-6.00p.m. Vigil Mass of Christmas (Family Mass)

Carols from 7.40 p.m. 8.00 p.m. (Night Mass)

Monday 25th December - Christmas Day-9.00 a.m. (Dawn Mass), 10.30 a.m.  & 12.00 noon (Day Mass)

Tuesday 26th December to Saturday

30th   December 2023 - Mass at 10.00 a.m. only


A Christmas Fundraiser Draw in aid of Church Repairs- will be held for multiple prizes after the Carol Service at 5.00p.m. this evening 17 December. Thank you to those who organized & promoted the Draw & contributed to the Draw and to those who donated the prizes.

The Pope’s Intention for December 2023- For Persons with disabilities.                                 

A word from Pope Francis about our care for God's Creation- Laudate Deum “If we are confident in the capacity of human beings to transcend their petty interests and to think in bigger terms, we can keep hoping that COP28 will allow for a decisive acceleration of the energy transition, with effective commitments subject to ongoing monitoring” (LD 54)

The Family Mass each Sunday 12 Noon. Children are encouraged to take part through Drama, Prayer and Singing. All children are welcome to attend. Children preparing for First Holy Communion or who have recently received their First Holy Communion are particularly encouraged to attend.

The Annual Appeal for St Vincent de Paul funds raised €7489 at last week’s collection. Thank you for your generosity.

 Christmas Schedule of Services leaflet 2023 is available from tables near the doors. Return envelopes for Christmas Dues 2023 available on the tables near the exits. TRIDUUM MASS Christmas CARDS are in the parish shop.  €10 on 20th, 21st & 22nd of Decembe. Offerings will go to the Church Maintenance fund.