A Word in your Ear
Recently a friend shared this little story with me and it got me thinking……………
A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air. Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings. The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth - we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.
Fr. Martin

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The word ‘deacon’ comes from the Greek word ‘diakonia’, which means ‘service’. The work of the deacon is an act of service to the community. Deacons can read the Gospel, preach the homily, baptise and perform other ceremonies where there is no Mass. There are two types of deacon who minister in the church. The first is someone who is training to be a priest and this is the last step before finally being ordained a priest. The second is called a Permanent Deacon and he is not going to be ordained a priest. We know that priests cannot get married, but a married man can be ordained a Permanent Deacon. At the moment we have very few Permanent Deacons in our country.

Mooncoin Juvenile Club
The officers elected at the recent AGM were: Chairman: Jamie Dunphy. Secretary: Colm Lehane. Treasurer: Mick Holton. PRO: Pat Hogan. Bord na nÓg delegates: Tom Hanlon, Maurice Flynn. Registration to the Juvenile Club will take place on Friday, February 24 at 7.30pm in the Complex. All kids from beginners to minors, old or new, are welcome to register on that night. We look forward to seeing a lot of new faces.

Moondharrig Players
Rehearsals are now in full swing for this year’s production “The Kings of the Kilburn High Road” by Jimmy Murphy. Mooncoin Hall is the venue, and it runs from Tuesday, February 28 - Sunday, March 4. This play explores the all too familiar story of 6 young men who leave Ireland in the mid 70’s with high hopes and dreams of making their fortunes in London and returning home like kings. 25 years later, one of them does make it home, but sadly it is in a coffin. The remaining 5 men now gather to wake their friend and to reflect on their lost dreams. The reality is that they are now old men and are never going home. We would like to point out that this play contains strong language and is unsuitable for young children.

Silver Circle - Week 14
€200: Elsie McGrath, Dournane. €100: Ann Purcell, Suir Crescent. €50: Ger O’Neill, Rathkieran. €20: Jody Laffan, Aglish. Breda O’Shea, Portnahully. Una Kelly, Crawn. Eleanor Healy, Dungooley. Eoin Dunphy, Ballinlough. Paddy Quigley, Ballintarsney. Paddy Delahunty, Luffany. Tommy Kavanagh, Urlingford. Orla Wall, Corluddy. Kate & Laura Dillon Dunphy, Tubrid. Margaret Phelan, Luffany. Vinnie Power, Crawn. Theresa Dermody, Ballincur. Sr. Mary Lenihan, c/o Convent. Pat Mackey, Mooncoin Heights. Mary Telford, Carrick Road. John Behan, Ballygriffin. Anne Bowe, Turkstown. Sinead Quinn, Polerone Green. Rene Comerford, Main St.

Masses during the week
Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am

Monthly collection next weekend February 18/19.

Carrigeen Church Finance Committee AGM
Will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7.30pm in Carrigeen Hall.

Kilnaspic A.G.M.
Kilnaspic Area Annual General Meeting on Saturday, Feb 18 after 8pm Mass. All are welcome.

Bible Study Group
Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 8.00pm – 9.00pm in the Nagle Chapel. All Welcome. Contact: Sr. Mary on 051 895114.

Peace in Christ Retreat House
The Annual Collection will take place on Saturday and Sunday Feb. 25/26.

Mooncoin Ploughing Association
Will hold the Annual Ploughing Match on Sunday Feb 12 at 12noon

READERS: Feb 18/25 (6.30pm) Lucy Quinn, Ann Purcell. Feb 19/26 (11.15am) Rogin Joesph, Richard Wilson.

MINISTERS: Feb 19 (10am) Margaret Brennan,
Eileen Williams.
READERS: Feb 19 (10am) Ronan & Una Walsh.
ALTAR SOCIETY: Feb 18 - Judy Doherty, Breda Guthrie.

MINISTER: Feb 18 - Katherine Hogan.
READER: Feb 18 - Aoife Kearns.
CLEANERS: Feb 18/25 - A. Hearne, D. Aylward.

Jim Shortiss.
Frank Carr.

John Hearne, Filbuckstown.
Neddy Kenny, Lower Corluddy.
Willie Rowe, Kilcraggan.
Tom Crowley, Barrabehy.
Walter Walsh, Luffany.
May they Rest in Peace.