We remember in prayer:
4th February, 10.00am. Elsie Dwyer, Ballytarsna.
27th January, 6.30pm. Paddy Toomey, Meldrum.
3rd February, 6.30pm. Martin O’Connor, Ballysheehan and Cashel (Month’s Mind).
Holy Communion Ministers (on duty next weekend)
Dualla: Joanne Flanagan. Boherlahan: Anne Flanagan.
Ministers for the Month of February:
Collectors: Main Aisle: P.J. Stapleton; Our Lady’s: Margaret Wallace; St. Joseph’s: Thomas Wallace.
Readers: Aodhán & Nóirín Ó Gormáin.
Collectors: Kevin Leamy & Tom Clarke.
Readers: Eleanor Dwyer and Ann Leamy.
Altar Society: Kitty McGrath, Majella Crosse, Bridget O’Flynn.
Catholic Schools Week concludes this Sunday. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Service”. Let us give thanks for the three schools in our parish and the wonderful work that they do. I wish the teachers, ancillary staff and pupils every blessing for 2024.
Tuesday 30th January, St. Aidan, 6th century. He was a native of Cavan. He built his monastery at Ferns, Co. Wexford. It is also the feast of Blessed Margaret Ball and Francis Taylor, both Dublin, two of our Irish Martyrs.
Wednesday 31st January, St. John Bosco (1815-1888). Founder of the Salesian Order and patron saint of youth.
Thursday 1st February, St. Brigid. Secondary patron of Ireland. She was renowned for her hospitality, almsgiving and care of the sick.
Friday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. On this day we are reminded by Simeon of Christ who is the light that will reveal God to all nations. Today is also World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. On this day we bless candles for use in the church. Candles and offerings for same may be handed in at any time.
Saturday 3rd February, Feast of St. Blaise. He is patron of those who suffer from diseases of the throat. The blessing of St. Blaise will be given before and after Mass on Saturday evening in Dualla.
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Little Flower N.S. Ballytarsna: Enrolment for the school year 2024/25 is now open. Please phone the school office to request an application form on 0504-41323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for applications is 09/02/2024.
First Holy Communion Dates:
Saturday, 4th May, Dualla N.S.
Saturday, 11th May, Little Flower N.S., Ballytarsna.
Saturday, 18th May, Scoil San Isadóir, Boherlahan.
God’s ongoing call.
God is not afraid of new things.
That is why he is continually surprising us,
opening our hearts, minds and souls,
guiding us in unexpected ways. (Pope Francis)
So let us enter the New Year with an abundance of hope because he will walk every step of the journey with us.
Holy Mother Mary, hear our prayer.
Keep us in your loving care.
Whatever the perils of the way,
let us not add to them this day.
To our caution and attention,
we add a prayer for your protection.
We ask God’s blessing on all of us this day,
to travel safely near and far. Amen.
God of Creation, the coming of Spring awakens new hope in all of us.
As we observe new life stirring in the wintered clay of recent times, it reminds us of your fresh call to all of us to care, to share and to bear.
Let us hear your reassuring voice reminding us of your goodness and love at work in our lives.
Give us the energy of Spring to welcome new growth, new challenges and new love into our lives.
Walk with us and may your Spirit renew the face of the earth. Amen.
ALL THE FLOWERS OF ALL THE TOMORROWS
ARE IN THE SEEDS OF TODAY.