A Word in your Ear
Reflection for the First Days of Spring
Such is the grip of winter - we long to escape;
such is the darkness of winter – we yearn for the sun.

Yet, in the grip of darkness
restless seeds struggle towards the light;
from the darkness of the earth buds will burst forth
and dull landscapes will be splashed with colour.

Spring invites us into expectation,
kisses us in anticipation,
awakens us from the quiet months
and enlivens our yearning hearts.

As life breaks out from the earth
the Lord of Spring,
working in our hearts,
calls us to new birth.

As life breaks out from the earth
the Lord of Spring,
working in our world,
calls us to new vitality. Fr. Martin

Moondharrig Players
Producer Frank Hogan is busy putting the finishing touches to this year’s production “The Kings of the Kilburn High Road” by Jimmy Murphy. We have an all male cast of Liam Hoban, Michael Conway, Seamus Kearns, Stephen Kearns and Ronan Walsh. This play gives us a taste of the harsh reality that was emigrant life in London – high hopes and broken dreams, success and failure, bawdy laughter and bitter tears – it’s all there. Come to Mooncoin Hall from Tues Feb 28 – Sun March 4. This play because of the subject matter contains strong language, and is unsuitable for younger children.

• We stand.
• We sing or say an acclamation to welcome the Gospel.
• The reading can only be done by the priest or deacon.
• The priest or deacon greets us again with the same words used at the beginning of Mass.
• The priest or deacon makes the sign of the cross four times. First on the Book of the Gospels and then on his forehead, his lips and his breast. We do the same on our foreheads, lips and breast. We do this to remind us that God’s word should always be on our minds, on our lips and in our hearts.
• At the end of the Gospel the priest/deacon says: ‘The Gospel of the Lord’ and we answer: ‘Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.’
• The priest/deacon kisses the book.

Silver Circle – Week 15
€200: Thomas Foley, Chapel St.
€100: Niall Mackey, Clonmore.
€50: Eddie Quilty, Nicholastown.
€20: Kathleen Dunphy, Suir Crescent. Marion Phelan, Grange Road. Liam Quilty, Clogga. Eoin Corcoran, Clooneen. Mickey O’Keeffe, Polerone. Louise O’Flynn, Roseleigh. Joe Murphy, Aglish. Noreen O’Keeffe, Main St. Michael Holden, Convent View. Liam Sutton, Filbuckstown. Mary Keane, St. Anne’s Tce. Eddie Doyle, Skelpstown. Ger Sutton, Dournane Rd. Kate Dunphy, Tubrid. Theresa Dungan, Mullinavat. Marie Foskin, Rathcurby. Chloe Quinn, Comeragh View. Hannah Moran, Comeragh View. Paddy Delahunty, Luffany. James Coady, Kilnaspic.

Mooncoin GAA Gym
Gym induction on Thursday, February 23 at 7pm. Queries to Joe Flynn 087 1212408.

Mooncoin GAA
As part of the GAA’s Social Initiative, Mooncoin GAA are organising a
trip to Croke Park on March 5.The cost is €30, which includes the bus leaving from Mooncoin GAA Complex at 9am, Tour of Croke Park, entry to GAA Museum and lunch. For more information or to make a booking, please contact Joe Dunphy 086 6028873.

Mooncoin Camogie Club
Registration night will take place on Friday, February 24 at 8pm in the GAA Complex. The cost of registration will be as follows: €20-U12 and under. €30-U18 and under. €40-Over 18 upwards. All new members welcome. The club would like to wish Laura Wall the best of luck playing with University College Cork in the Ashbourne Cup semi-final this weekend.

Masses during the week
Monday for Confirmation
Children & Parents: 7.30pm
Ash Wednesday Carrigeen: 7.30pm
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am
Confirmation Mass Sun Feb 26: 11.15am

Conference meeting Tuesday, February 21 at 8pm.

A.G.M – Carrigeen Church Finance Committee
Will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 7.30pm in Carrigeen Hall.

Sliabh na mBan Climb 2011
This weekend the sum of €7,000 will be presented to the Hospice Association. This is the proceeds of the annual Sliabh na mBan St. Stephen’s Day climb. We take this opportunity to thank all our walkers who turn out hail, rain, snow or sunshine. A word of gratitude also to our sponsors who contribute generously each year. On behalf of the South East Hospice Association.

South Kilkenny Historical Society
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 23 in the Parochial Hall, Mullinavat at 8 p.m. The Lecture is entitled "The Catholic Clergy and the Penal Laws - 1691 to 1760" and the Speaker is Mr. Frank Clarke. Adm €5.00 to non-members.  All welcome.

CLEANERS: Feb 25/Mar 03 Valerie Barlow, Ann Purcell (Polerone),
Mary Power.

MINISTERS: Feb 26 (10am) Teresa O’Neill, Yvonne Pheasey.
READERS: Feb 26 (10am) Breda Walsh, Suzanne Halley.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Feb 25 - Ann Finn, Breda Guthrie.

MINISTER: Feb 25 - Jason Dunphy.
READER: Feb 25 - Mary Gilmartin.
ALTAR SERVERS: Feb 25 - Ciaran & Eimear Quilty.

Patrick Phelan, Kilcraggan.
Philomena Hennebry, Luffany.

We commend to your generous prayers,
Bernie James Conry, Ballyteigan, Portlaoise.
Gerard Delahunty, Carrigeen.who died recently.
May they Rest in Peace.

Davy Phelan, Kilcraggan. Anna & Bill Corrigan, Ballon, Co. Carlow. Kitty & John Tobin, Chapel St. Mike & Lena Foran, 3 Main St. Billy Daniels, Carrick Road. Richard, Mary & Joan Phelan, Kilcraggan. John & Mary O’Brien, Dournane Rd. Martin O’Brien, Dournane Rd. Mickie O’Brien, Ballybrazil. Paddy O’Brien, Main St. Bridgid Grant, Dournane Road. Hannah & Richard Jones, Cloncunny. Patrick Walsh, Aglish. Tom Phelan, Luffany.
May they Rest in Peace.