Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January, 18, 2009

Holy Father,
God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.
We praise You for Your unequalled greatness.
Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.
Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.
To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.
To teach others to love by loving them.
Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem,
He came for us.
So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.
That we could share Love with others.
Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,
in the chirping of sparrows in our backyards,
in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.
Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,
so that we may know You better and better.
We rejoice in the world You loved into being.
Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.
We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.
Forgive us for falling short this past year.
We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.
We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what's ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want.
I say it again, we rejoice!
In Jesus name,

€200 - Lucy Quinn, Carrigeen. €100 - Sinead Walsh, Mooncoin Heights. €50 - Martin Murphy, grange. €20 - Karen Purcell, Mullinavat; Alice Dunphy, Polerone; Dick Walsh, Corluddy; Ena Delahunty, Grange; Richie Coady, Barronswood; Suzanne Walsh, Ballincur; John Joe Kinsella, Dournane; Pat Mackey, Mooncoin Heights; Ger Sutton, Dournane Road; Paula Phelan, Dournane; Mary Comerford, Old Luffany; Josephine Sutton, Dournane Road; Alice Conway, Carrick Road; John Bowe, Dungooley; Peggy Madden, Ballymountain; Liam O’Brien Jnr., Comeragh Close; Jack Brennan, Roseleigh; Stephen Phelan, Kilcraggan; Ciaran Dunphy, Moonveen; Anthony Green, Polerone Green.

Camogie Club
The AGM will take place on Friday, January 23 at 8pm in the Complex. Parents, players and those interested in helping out are asked to attend. We will also be taking orders from players for the club hoodies directly after the meeting. Sizes will be available to try on and anyone interested in buying a hoodie is asked to come along, as they may not be available later in the year. For info call Ann, 086- 8187675, or Colette 086- 8354844.

Juvenile Badminton Club
Many thanks to all who supported our club on our recent bag packing days in Centra. Thanks also to Michael & Alice Blanchfield for the opportunity to fund in your store.

Enable Ireland
Annual Church Gate Collection will take place on the weekend of Feb 7/8.

Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill, Carrick-on-Suir
Will hold an enrolment night for the incoming 1st years on Monday, January 19 at 7.30pm in the school. Application Forms are available from Primary Schools and from the school office. Call 051-640383.

Meeting in Comerford’s Lounge on Wednesday, Jan 21 at 8pm. We will be discussing the forthcoming visit to Brittany from 8 - 17 April (Easter). The cost for a standard car with roof rack, 2 adults, 2 children and a 4 berth cabin, will be approx. €550 return. We hope you can join us.

Conference meeting on Tuesday, January 20 at 8pm.

Meeting in the Convent on Thursday, Jan 22 at 7.30pm.

We welcome into our Faith Community, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, who was baptised recently.

MINISTERS: Jan 24 (8pm) Anna Walsh (B), Declan Walsh. Jan 25 (10am) Margaret Brennan, Mary Hassett.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Jan 17 - Bridget Phelan, Kitty Hewetson.

MINISTER: Jan 25 - Jason Dunphy.
READER: Jan 25 - Helen Brennan.
CLEANERS: Jan 24/31 - K. Walsh, C. Norris.

Sr. Anne Murphy, Presentation Convent.

John & Nancy Carberry, Aglish; Eddie Lacey, Portnahully; Bridie Hewetson; Walsh Family, Portnascully; Tom Rochford, Barronswood; Mary McCarthy, 9 Comeragh View; Aiden Byrne, Dournane Road; John Falconer, Clonmore; Thomas Hennebery, Cloncunny; James Grace, Portnahully; Annie O’Keeffe, Moonveen.

The Baptism of The Lord, January 11, 2009

To “let go” does not mean to stop caring, it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To “let go” is not to cut myself off, it’s realisation I can’t control another.
To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To “let go” is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another, its to make the most of myself.
To “let go” is not to care for but to care about.
To “let go” is not to fix but to be supportive.
To “let go” is not to judge but to allow another to be a human being.
To “let go” is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their destinies.
To “let go” is not to be protective, it’s to permit another to face reality.
To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept.
To “let go” is not to nag, scold or ague, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.
To “let go” is not to criticise and regulate anybody, but to try to become what dream I can be.
To “let go” is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To “let go” is to fear less, and love more.

Christmas Fair
The Christmas Fair was a total success, raising in excess of €12,500.00 for the hall. This happened because of the help and generosity of the people of the parish . The ticket sales within that figure was €6,600.00. This was achieved through the efforts of the group that sold those tickets and the people that bought them. Winners of the raffle were:
1. T.V. Ann Dobbyn, Comeragh View
2. Shaws Voucher Weygold Family, Rathkieran
3. Icon Travel Voucher Niall Mackey, Riverquarter.
4. Dinner for 2 at the Mill Sr. Mary Presentation Convent.
5. Brandy & Whiskey Seamus Crowley, Riverquarter.
6. Christmas Cake Hilda Walsh, Emil.
Our sincere thanks to you and also to those who helped on the day. May we wish you all a Happy New Year.

Mooncoin Community Garden Project Committee
Have been working hard over the past few months on a community garden project for the village. The project is a response to our current economic difficulties and is broadly based, incorporating allotments, job creation and social development aspects. We feel its time to introduce the project to you and invite your involvement and ideas. To this end we have arranged a public meeting in the Parochial Hall for Jan 23, at 8.30pm. All are welcome and if you cannot attend, but still would like to find out what is happening, please feel free to contact Patrick on 087-0670008, or pop into Veritas, Mooncoin (Fr. Graces old residence).

The Day Care Centre
Re-opens on Wednesday, January 14 at 1.30pm. Anyone interested in helping, or attending are more than welcome.

Mooncoin GAA
The ongoing works to the Complex have resulted in the downstairs sector of the building being closed. The upstairs area and meeting room will remain in use for the present.

Art Classes
At The Old Vocational School, Slieverue, are to re-commence on Thursday morning/evening January 15, and Tuesday morning January 20, for ten weeks. For more information please phone Annette at 086-8514545 or Yvette at 086-8550221. Whether you want to pursue your hobby or whether you are an absolute beginner, all are welcome.

St. Vincent DePaul
Monthly collection next weekend January 17/18. Conference meeting Tuesday January 20 at 8.00pm.

We welcome into our Faith Community, Cathal Anthony Joy, Portnascully, who was baptised recently.

Month's Mind
Nora Walsh, Clogga & Dublin.

We commend to your generous prayers, the following who died recently. Michael Treacy, Elm House, Mick Quinn, Clonmore, Liz Griffin, Comeragh View, Sean Cashin, Roseleigh.
May they Rest in Peace.

Nancy Carberry, Aglish; James O’Brien, Grange; Sean O’Toole, Comeragh View; Liam Mackey, Riverquarter; Martin Dingley, Dunmore East; Alice Walsh, Clogga; Ciss Mackey, Polerone; Eileen Brooks nee Wilson, London; Michael Keane, Ballytarsney; William Doran, Liverpool, Walter Dunphy, Lr. Tubrid; Hannah & William Kearns, Barronswood.