Thought for the week:
Never forget that the darkest hour is only sixty minutes.
Last month the Irish Bishops have published;
The National Directory for Catechesis – ‘Share the Good News’
Over the next few weeks we will take extracts from the directory to give you a flavour of the intention of this new venture for catechesis.
This is a short extract taken from the preface:
“ It is with a strong sense of gratitude for the blessing that Jesus Christ has been in the life of the Irish people down through the centuries, that the Irish Episcopal Conference publishes this National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland. We are convinced that the gifts of goodness, healing and peace that Christ offers the Church and all peoples today have power to teach us, and future generations, how to live generous, just and committed lives with one another in God’s all-embracing love:
I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare … to give you a future with hope … When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29: 11-13). In the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, and of the pastoral attentiveness to catechesis with which the church has concerned.
The Christian faith, like the word of God, is something alive and active. Christ has set our hearts on fire. Like so many in the Gospel stories, we too have heard Jesus calling us. He continues to reach out, drawing near to us in our own particular places. He is conscious of each person in their need and he addresses us personally. This is his way. He came among us in our humanity and he remains with us always. Of the sick man at Bathzatha he asks with intent: ‘Do you want to be well again?’ (John 5:6). He surprises the Samaritan woman at the well, it upsets his companions when he makes a request of her: ‘Give me a drink’ (John 4:7). And to the rich young man, on whom he looked lovingly, he offers an unanswered challenge: ‘Come, follow me’ (Mark 10:21). Despite our weakness and the inadequacies of our efforts, we too have felt his closeness and known his care. He has touched our very being. As in Galilee two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ offers us, now, his healing and forgiveness, comfort and challenge, the tenderness and pain of all-embracing love, and a peace in God’s presence rooted in commitment to one another and to whole- hearted service of our neighbour. (Taken from ‘Share the Good News’ National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland)
I trust that by now you have received your yearly envelopes. If you have not, please contact the Parish Office. Perhaps you are new to the Parish, you are all welcome, and if you are not contributing I invite you and encourage you to do so. We all have a responsibility to do our bit to ensure the parish has the necessary funds to run our ‘Pastoral Programmes’ and for the upkeep of our parish buildings. Thanks to all who distributed the envelopes and to all who contributed so generously.
Fr Liam Power will meet the Parish Pastoral Council on Thursday February 17 at 8.00pm in the Nagle Chapel.
Fr Liam was with us last Friday night and Saturday as we pondered, reflected and planned in a prayerful atmosphere on a vision and a Pastoral Plan for the next two years. We will continue this process on Thursday night. If you have any suggestions please forward them to the Parish Office, or by filling one of the forms in the church. Thank you.
The Great Ireland Run, Sunday, April 10, The Phoenix Park Dublin
Race Distance 10km. Entry Fee €28. You can run/walk/jog for whatever charity you like. A few of us are taking part in the run for the school project in Kilimanjaro – if you would like to join us, please contact the Parish Office 051-895123
THANK YOU TO MOONCOIN VINTAGE CLUB
“The members of the parents association of the Presentation Girls Primary School, Mooncoin Boys Primary School and Carrigeen Primary School would like to send a belated thank you to the Mooncoin Vintage Club for their very generous donation of €1,000 to each school. The money has been put to very good use in the schools and is greatly appreciated.”
WORLD YOUTH DAY 2011
Young people from the Diocese of Ossory are invited to attend World Youth Day in Madrid in August 2011. Pope Benedict invited the young people of the Church to gather in Spain this year at the end of the WYD celebration in Sydney in 2008. Ossory will be there! If you are 18 years, or older on August 1, 2011 and would like to be part of this world wide pilgrimage please contact the Parish Office 051-895123. More information on www.madrid11.com/en
MOONCOIN PLOUGHING ASSOCIATION
Annual Ploughing Match at Silverspring on Sun. Feb. 13 at 12 Noon.
TABLE QUIZ FOR HAITI
The Haiti Haven Housing Project will hold a Table Quiz in the Rising Sun, Mullinavat on Fri. Feb. 25 at 9pm.
Monthly Collection next weekend February 19/20. Thanking you for your continued support. Conference meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 8pm.
MOONCOIN COMMUNION CHILDREN’S LITURGY MEETING (VOLUNTARY PARENTS)
In the Parish Office on Tuesday, February 15 at 7pm.
LITURGY MEETING (ADULT)
In the Parish Office on Tuesday, February, 15 at 8pm.
A choir practice for all those interested in forming a folk/gospel choir will take place on Tuesday night at 8pm in the Parish Church. Please come along. All are welcome.
MASSES NEXT WEEK
Tues - Fri: 9.30am
In Carrigeen on Wednesday, February 16 at 7.00pm. Please pray for the children and their families celebrating their First Penance.
READERS: Feb 20/27(11am) Ailish Conneely, Sr. Mary Lenehan.
READERS: Feb 19 (8pm) Pat O’Neill, Louise Walsh. Feb 20 (10am) Pat Dunphy, Siobhan Dunphy.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Feb 19 Ann Grant, Mary Fewer.
MINISTER: Feb 20 - Helen Brennan.
READER: Feb 20 - Helen Quinn.
Richard O’Halloran, Kilcraggen.
Billy Daniels, Carrick Rd.
Tom Crowley, Barrabehy.
Kitty & John Tobin, Chapel St.
David & Mary Phelan, Kilcraggen.
Tom Phelan, Luffany.
Mary Phelan, Rathkieran.