We remember in prayer:
Sat 22 Jan 7.30pm Michael O’ Dwyer, Tobberadora
Sun 23 Jan 11.00am Mary Anne & Martin Fahey & dec. family members, Gaile
Thu 27 Jan 10.00am Brian Henry, Co. Longford
Sat 29 Jan 7.30pm Donal Cullen, Longfield & Clonoulty
Sun 30 Jan 11.00am Lizzie Croke, Regaile. (Months Mind)
Sat 22 Jan 6.30pm Jim & Annie Gibbons, Coleraine, & dec. Ward family
Sun 23 Jan 9.30am Willie & Mary Gleeson, Garraun, & daughter Anne, Dualla Rd, Cashel; Ned O’ Dwyer, The Shop, Ballytarsna
Please pray for: Martin Power, Dualla House, who died last week.
Today is the Sunday of the Word of God. The Word of God is an inexhaustible treasure for the whole People of God. We give thanks for the many Readers of the Word of God in the churches of the parish. Pope Francis says: ‘Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without the scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible.’
Today also marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. The theme for this year is Catholic Schools: Living Life to the Full. Let us give thanks to God and to each of the three Catholic schools of our parish for the invaluable service they give day and day out to our children. We wish the teachers, ancillary staff, and pupils every blessing for this year 2022.
Mon 24 Jan is the memorial of St Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church. He is regarded as one the great spiritual writers of the Church.
Tue 25 Jan is the feast of The Conversion of Paul, apostle. Today also marks the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. “Unity of action leads to full unity of faith” (Ut Unum Sint, 40). The theme for the week is ‘We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him’ (Mt 2:2). It is above all a call to unity. The theme was elaborated by the Beruit-based Middle East Council of Churches.
Wed 26 Jan is the memorial of Ss Timothy and Titus, bishops. They worked closely with St Paul on his missions.
Fri 28 Jan is the memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1224-74), priest and doctor of the Church. An outstanding theologian, he is a patron of schools, universities, students and booksellers.
Holy Communion Ministers (on duty next weekend)
Boherlahan: Katie O’ Dwyer; Mary Coman
Dualla: Billy Gleeson; Joanne Flanagan
The meeting of the new ministers has been postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.
Ministers for the Month of January:
Boherlahan (We invite those normally collectors to act as ushers in each church.)
Ushers: (Sat) Brendan Ryan; Margaret O’ Dwyer; (Sun) Willie Joe Dwyer; Tricia Donnelly; Mary Ryan (F)
Readers: Sat. eve. John Devane: Sun. Morn. Michael Taylor
Readers: Willie Fahey; Muriel Cummins
Ushers: Willie O’ Gorman; Catherine Hayes; Carmel Flanagan; Maura Lahart
Altar Society: Kate Ryan; Maura Hunt; Aileen Sheehy; Mairéad Power
Scoil San Isadóir: Enrolment for the school year 2022/2023 in Scoil San Isadóir is now open. Application forms can be downloaded and printed from our website www.boherlahanns.com or phone the school office to request a form on 0504 – 41184 or email email@example.com
Booking of Masses: Anniversary Masses etc. continue to be offered as usual. Bookings may be made by contacting the sacristan or either of the priests of the parish.
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.
Prayer to St Roch (Protector against infectious diseases)
O Blessed St Roch, Patron of the sick, look with mercy on those who suffer illness. Your power was so great when you were in this world, that by the sign of the Cross, many were healed of their diseases. Now that you are in heaven, your power is no less. Offer to God our intentions and tears and obtain for us the physical and spiritual health we seek. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St Roch: Pray for us, that we may be relieved from all diseases of body and soul.
Pope Francis and Life: on 6 January 2019 Pope Francis published a thought-provoking Letter addressed to the Pontifical Academy for Life. In the Letter he reaffirms the Academy’s objectives and activities, including ‘…its constant effort to promote and protect human life at every stage of its development, its condemnation of abortion and euthanasia as extremely grave evils that contradict the Spirit of life and plunge us into the anti-culture of death.’
Believe in Life
May there be peace within you today.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let His presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and bask in the sun.
It is there for each one of you as you step out into the world hand in hand with God our Father.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. (St Alphonsus de Liguori)
On the life of faith: ‘A passive inert laity is only two generations removed from non-practice. Non-practice is only two generations away from non-belief ’(Frank Duff, 1948)