We remember in prayer:
Fri 24 Dec 5.00pm Catherine Moloney, Ardmayle & Clonmel
Sat 25 Dec 11.00am Willie Dwyer, Ballytarsna
Sat 1 Jan 7.30pm Tom & Mairéad Kevin, Lr Nodstown and dec members of the Stokes and Kevin families
Sun 2 Jan 11.00am Stephen O’ Dwyer, Bawnmore & dec members of the O’ Dwyer family
Mon 3 Jan 10.00am Pauline Tanner, Gaile
Sun 26 Dec 9.30am Josephine Long, Clonmel
Sat 1 Jan 6.30pm Tom Hannon, Meldrum & Twickenham, England
Pray for: Kit Colton (née O’ Dwyer),Ballyroe and Barnsley, England; Michael O’ Dwyer, Ardmayle (Mass offered)
Today is the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Mon 27 Dec is the feast of St John, Apostle and Evangelist. St John repeatedly emphasises for us that God is love.
Tue 28 Dec is the feast of The Holy Innocents, martyrs. ‘He came to his own, and his own did not receive him.’
Sat 1 Jan is the solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Mary is honoured as being truly the Mother of God and Mother of the Redeemer (Vatican II).
Christmas Wishes and Thanks: As priests of the parish, we wish to express sincere thanks to all who have helped in so many different ministries in the parish during the past year. We are indeed very grateful for the friendship, support and cooperation we receive from so many people. We have many loyal, committed and dedicated people in the parish and we appreciate you all. We pray that all the parishioners of Boherlahan-Dualla will find friendship, hope and peace this Christmas and that we will bring a good spirit of joy and care into 2022.
Christmas Masses this weekend:
- Fri 24 Dec (Christmas Eve): Dualla 4.00pm; Boherlahan 5.00pm
- Sat 25 Dec (Christmas Day): Dualla 9.30am; Boherlahan 11.00am
- Sun 26 Dec (St Stephen’s Day): Dualla 9.30am; Boherlahan 11.00am
Note the earlier Mass times on Christmas Eve and no vigil Masses on Christmas Day.
There will be no morning Mass in Boherlahan on Monday 27 December.
Holy Communion Ministers (on duty this weekend and next weekend)
Boherlahan: Fri Christmas Eve 5pm: Mary Coman; Sat Christmas Day 11.00am: Katie O’ Dwyer; Sun St Stephen’s Day 11.00am: Marie Ryan
Sat 1 Jan 7.30pm Nellie Taylor; Sun 2 Jan 11.00am Aidan Ó Gormáin
Dualla: Ann Barry Ward; Joanne Flanagan
Julie Ann Ryan; Josephine Gleeson
We need new volunteers in Boherlahan to help as Communion Ministers. The meeting of the new ministers has been postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.
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.
Christmas Confessions: Confessions will be heard after the Masses in both churches each weekend during the month of December.
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
Stewards: Willie O’ Gorman; Catherine Hayes; Carmel Flanagan; Maura Lahart
Altar Society: Kate Ryan; Maura Hunt; Aileen Sheehy; Mairéad Power
Boherlahan-Dualla End of Year Parish Report: The annual Parish Report was distributed recently. 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. If you have not received your copy of the Parish Report, please let us know.
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.
Advent & Christmas Thought:
Someone was once asked why people go on pilgrimage- the Camino, Lough Derg and many other places. A common sometimes unconscious reason is ‘they want to learn what they believe’ (in Guy Stagg, The Crossway)…At Christmas you can give a bit of time to ‘learning what you believe’. This is different to believing what your have learned! It’s finding out what keeps us going in faith and in life. Advent and Christmas can be annual stages on a pilgrim journey of life. The crowded churches at Christmas are made up of all sorts of people- the regulars, the occasionals, and the annuals. Maybe a question for Christmas in the middle of all the secular and religious celebration is ‘what do I learn about my faith?’ In discovering why I go to Mass at Christmas maybe I discover what I really believe in! A pilgrimage ends with what we bring home with us. Christmas ends with what we bring with us through the year, -if we are extra kind at Christmas, we can be so for the rest of the year. If we worship or pray, why not during the year? If we do things that help us enjoy family life, we can do the same. As we move home from a pilgrim place, we move into the New Year that follows. We bring the spirit of our pilgrimage with us all year. (Donal Neary SJ)