Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Message
A time filled with New Possibilities
In the present climate there is much gloom, between the budget, the odd bad weather day and the economy national and global etc. In the midst of suffering, darkness and depression there is light at the end of the tunnel. I heard a little joke recently – Due to cut backs the light at the end of the tunnel has been switched off. The light at the end of the tunnel of Holy Week is Christ risen to new life. He is the Light of the world. Let our thoughts turn towards that first Holy Week… the apostles and friends of Jesus were devastated by the fact that their Lord and Saviour was crucified with two criminals. What a downturn it must have been for them. They had given their everything to Jesus and now what was there but suffering, death and that it would possibly be the same for them. Those words in the Gospel to Mary: ‘It is I’, ‘Why look among the dead for someone who is living’, or words to Thomas… ‘doubt no longer but believe’. These are but a few of the words of encouragement. I join with the Good News in giving words of encouragement – Christ is for us the Light of the World. May He who strengthened the first disciples strengthen you and your families this Easter time. May every grace and blessing be yours this Springtime and may the love of God reign in your hearts and homes as we journey together in the ways of the Lord. I take this opportunity to thank one and all who helped in the Easter ceremonies and I wish you a Happy Easter and may all your loved ones experience the love of the risen Jesus. Fr. Eamonn O’Gorman P.P.

The parish office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, April 13/14. It will re-open on Wednesday morning at 9.30am.

The family of Michael O’Keeffe, ‘Suirview’, Polerone, Mooncoin, would like to thank most sincerely the many people who sent him Get Well Cards and Mass Bouquets and the numerous people who also visited him while he was in hospital in both Waterford Regional and St James’ Hospital in Dublin. Michael and his family are most appreciative for the many kind regards and good wishes that were extended to him during his long stay in hospital. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Primary School Results: Mooncoin 3-8 : Piltown 1-1. Mooncoin 0-4 : Graig 1-6.
School Fixtures: Mooncoin v Castlecomer on Thursday, April 23 in the Complex.
W.C.L. Results: Mooncoin 1-4 : Mount Sion 3-3.
Club coaching at Carrigeen School during lunch break every Monday. Next school team training on Monday, April 20 in the Complex at 3.30pm.
A big welcome to all the boys and girls who joined the club recently. Beginners training takes place every Sat at 4.00pm in the Complex. Helmets, hurleys and club gear will be on sale on training days.

Carrigeen: June 5, 8pm
Mooncoin (Old) : June 9, 7.30pm
Mooncoin (New): June 12, 7.30pm
Kilnaspic: July 16, 7.30pm

Our annual display will take place next weekend April 18/19 in the Parish Church, before and after all Masses. Please come and view.

Monthly Collection next week end April 18/19.
Conference meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 8.00 pm.

We, as a parish, are grateful for the time and dedication that Fr. Dermot Ryan has and continues to give to us over the past number of years and wish him every grace and blessing as is reaches the final stages of the journey towards his Doctorate.

READERS: Apr 18 (6.30pm) Sean Hassett, Elaine Delahunty. Apr 12/19 (11am) Joe Cashin, Ann Purcell.
CLEANERS: Apr 18/25 - Jo Laffan, Ena Laffan, Joan Foskin, Katrina O’Keeffe.

MINISTERS: April 18 (8pm) Mary Murphy, Declan Walsh. April 19 (10am) Josephine Rowe, Catriona O’Reilly.
READERS: April 18 (8pm) Tony & James Gaynor. April 19 (10am) Ronan & Eilish Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: April 18 - Ann Grant, Mary Fewer.

MINISTER: April 19 - Brigid Rochford.
READER: April 19 - Padraig Kirwan.
CLEANERS: April 18/25 - M. Gilmartin, M. Rochford.

Mary Esther McDonald, Emil.
Thomas Walsh, Portnahully.
John Connolly, Abbeyleix.
Bill Walsh, Rathcurby.
Michael Norris, Clogga.
Mary Holden, Main Street.
Catherine Durney, Jamestown, Piltown.