FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, February 26, 2012

A Word in your Ear: First Sunday of Lent
Lenten Psalm of Awakening
Come, O Life-giving Creator,
And rattle the door latch
of my slumbering heart.
Awaken me as you breathe upon
a winter-wrapped earth,
gently calling to life virgin Spring.

Awaken in these fortified days
of Lenten prayer and discipline
my youthful dream of holiness.
Call me forth from the prison camp
of my numerous past defeats
and my narrow patterns of being
to make my ordinary life extra-ordinarily alive
through the passion of my love.

Show to me during these Lenten days
how to take the daily things of life
and by submerging them in the sacred
to infuse them with a great love
for you, O God, and for others.
Guide me to perform simple acts of love and prayer,
the real works of reform and renewal
of this overture to the spring of the Spirit.

O Father of Jesus, Mother of Christ,
help me not to waste these precious Lenten days
of my soul’s spiritual springtime.
Fr. Martin

We all sit down to listen to what the priest/deacon has to say about the readings we have heard and how we might be able to put this into practice in our everyday lives. We call this the homily. The priest/deacon normally stands at the ambo to give the homily. At the end of the homily the priest may sit down and we can spend a few minutes in quiet prayer. This time lets us think about what the priest has said and ask God to help us to live as he would want us to.

“The Kings of Kilburn High Road” by Jimmy Murphy, runs this week from Tuesday, February 28 – Sunday, March 4 in Mooncoin Hall at 8pm nightly. A good night’s entertainment is guaranteed and of course the welcome cuppa at half time is an added bonus!. Because of the subject content the play contains strong language and is not suitable for younger children.

WEEE Ireland have confirmed WEEE collection days for March. Collections are for household electrical goods (previously operated by a plug or battery), used batteries, cfl bulbs and fluorescent tubes. The collection will take place between 10am – 4pm on March 3 in Mooncoin Church Car Park.

Silver Circle - Week 16
€200: Mother & Toddler Group, Mooncoin. €100: Sarah Forde, Chapel St.
€50: Niall Bollard, c/o Boy’s School. €20: Marion Flynn, Nicholastown. Margaret O’Hanlon, Kilmacow. Paudie Purcell, Middlequarter. Martin Murphy, Grange. Roy Foran, St Anne’s Tce. Lily O’Keeffe, St Anne’s Tce. Johnnie Phelan, Dournane. Sinead Quinn, Polerone Green. Ellie Croke, Polerone. Siobhan Kearns, New Road. Stefan Gilchrest, Clonmore. Chrissy Power, c/o Bingo. Shane O’Neill, Ballincur. Eilish Anthony, Mullinavat. Stephen Phelan, Kilcraggan. Danny Purcell, Polerone. Aidan Dermody, New Aglish. Jay Dunphy, Ballygorey, Geraldine O’Brien Polerone, Ned Maher Ardera.

Masses during the week
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am

Friday the First Friday: The sick and house bound will be visited.
Kilnaspic: Thursday 7.30pm
Mooncoin: Friday 9.30am
Carrigeen: Friday 7.30pm

Enable Ireland
The collection for Enable Ireland came to €509. Thanks to all the collectors & everyone who donated.

Thank You
John Smyth would like to say a big thanks to everyone for their kindness and support during his recent illness. It was greatly appreciated. Mass will be offered for your intentions.

READERS: Mar 3/10 (6.30pm)Geraldine Purcell, Trina O’Keeffe. Mar 4/11 (11.15am) Margaret Hayes, Mary Grace.

MINISTERS: Mar 04 (10am) Anne Walsh, Eileen Dowling.
READERS: Mar 04 (10am) Ned & Eimear Phelan.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Mar 03 - Teresa Comerford, Joan Dunphy.

MINISTER: Mar 03 - Richard Hogan.
READER: Mar 03 - Sarah Norris.
CLEANERS: Mar 03/10 - K. Walsh, C. Norris.
ALTAR SERVERS: Mar 03 - Andrew Long.

Kilnaspic committee meeting next Saturday, March 3 after 8pm Mass.

Adoration for the blessed sacrament will take place each Sunday for the duration of Lent from 3-4 pm in Kilnaspic Church.

We commend to your generous prayers,
Mary Dungan, Cloncunny, who died recently.
May she Rest in Peace.

Robert & Margaret Walsh, New Aglish.
William Dunphy, Luffany.
Paddy, Kitty & Nellie Healy, Dungooly.
Peter Reid, Ballincur. Willie Dunne, Carrick Road.
Jim Sinnott, Carrick Road. Mary Hayes, Asdee, Co. Kerry.
Margaret Foskin, Rathcurby. Eileen Woods, Chapel St.
May they Rest in Peace.