We remember in prayer:
Sat 11 Dec 7.30pm Paddy O’ Dwyer, Thurlesbeg (Month’s Mind)
Sun 12 Dec 11.00am Denis Egan & dec. members of the Egan family, Ballyroe, London & Cashel
Sat 18 Dec 7.30pm Niall Dunne,Thurlesbeg & dec. members of the Hayes & Dunne families
Sun 19 Dec 11.00am Jerry, Bridget, Aileen & Timmy Coffey and dec. members of the Coffey and Maher families
Sat 18 Dec 6.30pm Willie & Joan O’ Gorman, Ballinure
Pray for: Bridget Mulcahy, Thurles (sister to Mary Doherty, Grangemore), who died last week; Kit Colton (née O’ Dwyer) Ballyroe, Gooldscross and Barnsley, England. Funeral in England. Mass will be offered for her in Boherlahan Church on same day; Tom Brennan, Clonmel, Synone and Wakefield, England. Funeral Mass 11.30am Thursday 16 Dec followed by interment at St Patrick’s cemetery, Clonmel.
Today is Gaudete (=Rejoicing) Sunday. ‘During Advent, the Christian population relives a double movement of the Spirit. On one hand, it raises its gaze to the final goal of pilgrimage in history, which is the glorious return of the Lord Jesus; on the other, recalling his birth in Bethlehem with emotion, it bends down before the crib. The hope of Christians is directed to the future, but always remains well rooted in a past event. In the fullness of time, the Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary, “born of woman, born under the law,” as St Paul writes (Galatians 4:4)… We could say that Advent is the time in which Christians must awaken in their hearts the hope of being able, with the help of God, to renew the world’ (Pope Benedict XVI). Think of ways this week in which you could cooperate with God’s renewal of our world.
Mon 13 Dec is the memorial of St Lucy (d. 304), virgin and martyr. She is honoured particularly in Sicily.
Tue 14 Dec is the memorial of St John of the Cross (1542-91), priest and doctor of the Church. He was a Carmelite priest, poet, and spiritual writer.
Holy Communion Ministers (on duty next weekend)
Boherlahan: Mary Ryan (N); Nellie Taylor
Dualla: Billy Gleeson; Marian Gleeson
We need new volunteers in Boherlahan to help as Communion Ministers. We hope to have a meeting of the new ministers during December and we will include them in the roster for January.
Ministers for the Month of December:
Boherlahan (We invite those normally collectors to act as ushers.)
Readers: Sat. eve. Corinne O’ Connell: Sun. Morn. Ann Murphy
Stewards: (Sat) John Foley; Kevin Maher; (Sun) Johnny Ryan; Philip Bargary; Mary Maher (Clareen)
Readers: Noel Hayes; Chris Hayes
Stewards: Bernie Sheehy; Thomas Heffernan; Tommy Walsh; Kieran O’Connor
Altar Society: Ann Ryan; Breda Ryan; Eleanor Dwyer; Nora Moloughney
Christmas Confessions: Confessions will be heard after the Masses in both churches each weekend during the month of December.
Diocesan Pastoral Plan: This plan was launched recently and it gives guidelines on future developments in the Diocese. We hope to call a meeting as soon as possible to discuss and plan how our parish here can play its part. We also plan to distribute some literature on the plan “Seeds of Hope” in the coming weeks.
Newsletter Notices: please forward by Wednesday evening any items for the newsletter to either of the priests or at the usual email address: firstname.lastname@example.org These will be included in the online newsletter which will be posted each week on www.boherlahandualla.ie during the pandemic restrictions.
Advent Scripture Course: ‘In God we live and move and have our being.’ A Scripture Course exploring the Acts of the Apostles with Sr Therese Fitzgerald has been organized over six nights. Further details are available on the notice in the porch of the church. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ActsOfTheApostles. €15 contribution requested. Everyone is welcome.
Christmas Church Decorations: Our sincere thanks to Mary Kevin and all her team for their help in decorating the church in Boherlahan for the feast of the Nativity. Kathleen O’ Donnell and helpers have done likewise in Dualla church. We greatly appreciate the work of the Altar Societies in both churches. Your work gives praise and glory to God.
Lay Pastoral Ministry and Leadership Course: One of the actions emerging from the diocesan pastoral plan Seeds of Hope is supporting and guiding lay people in leadership and pastoral ministry. The Archdiocese is offering each parish two places on a two-year certificate programme in Lay Pastoral Ministry and Leadership. For further information please email email@example.com or contact Katherine 086 1033761 or Sadie 086 1033763. There will be an information on Zoom on Monday 6December, repeated on Thursday 9 December, 7.30pm – 9pm each night. If you would like to join the Information Night, please contact either of the phone numbers given above.
Ninth Collection: This was traditionally the Priests’ Christmas Collection, and it will be taken up this weekend. We sincerely thank all who support our parish collections.
Boherlahan-Dualla End of Year Parish Report: The annual Parish Report is ready for distribution and is available in the sacristy of the church. In the report you will find the Parish Calendar, the End of Year Letter, a Financial Statement and a packet of envelopes for each week or a single envelope incorporating all collections. We express our sincere and heartfelt thanks for your support, your friendship and your loyalty. Every year different people from the parish help in the distribution of the envelopes. If you would like to help in this work, please come to the sacristy after Mass and pick up the envelopes for your townland or estate. This will be a great help to us. We are also very grateful to all those who helped us in the preparation of the Report.
Covid and Safety in Church
- We ask those coming into the church to wear a face covering.
- We again encourage you to follow the direction of the stewards/ushers at each Mass.
- Please sanitize your hands entering and leaving the church and at all times respect appropriate distancing.
- The Collection Box is in the porch of the Church if you wish to make a contribution.
- At the end of each Mass, we are hoping for volunteers to help in sanitizing the pews and seats. Some cloths and sanitizing liquid are available in the church.
- We ask everyone to use good common sense in respecting all the protocols. We thank you for your wonderful cooperation thus far.