We remember in prayer:
Sat 27 Nov 7.30pm John O’ Dwyer, Freighduff; Wallie Flanagan, Fethard; Betty Maher, Cork & New Inn, and Albert & Alberta Taylor; Liam O’ Dwyer, Nodstown, his father William & sister Noreen Gleeson
Sun 28 Nov 11.00am Tom & Mary Kevin, and daughter Nora, Nodstown
Thu 2 Dec 10.00am Thady O’ Donnell, Lr. Nodstown & dec. members of the O’ Donnell and Mockler families
Fri 3 Dec 10.00am Dr Phyllis Maher, Thurlesbeg and Panama City
Sat 4 Dec 7.30pm Tim & Annie O’ Dwyer, Longfield Cross
Sun 5 Dec 11.00am Jim & Jerry Barry and dec. members of the Barry family, Freighduff
Mon 6 Dec 10.00am Bridget (Dill) Dwyer, Ballytarsna
Sat 27 Nov 6.30pm Ann Ryan, Cooleagh; Sandy Colville, Clonbonane (Month’s Mind); Margaret O’ Dwyer, Ballinure Hill; Matt & Mary Ryan, Garryard, and sons Liam & John & daughter-in-law Kitty
Sat 4 Dec 6.30pm Michael & Ellen Keating and Kate Burke, Cashel; Danny & Alice Troy, Garraun
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is a holy season that invites us to reflection as we prepare for Christmas. ‘The journey of Advent is to kneel where the knees of the ages have knelt! The pilgrim’s path makes all places holy…The way of Christmas is through all the corners, and streets and places of these days, and everything can be made holy—the shopping, the office party, the dinner for the friends, the cards written, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. All of December life is holy just because the God we call Father sent the Son, a small baby, to us. We will kneel at the manger…with hearts filled with memories, hopes, grief and joys. With the joy of family and friends, and the whole Christian world’ (Donal Neary SJ).
Tue 30 Nov is the feast of St Andrew, Apostle. He is honoured as the patron saint of Russia and Scotland.
Fri 3 Dec is the memorial of St Francis Xavier (1506-52), priest. He was one of the first seven Jesuits. He is a patron of the missions, reflecting his extensive missionary work in India, Goa and Japan.
Holy Communion Ministers (on duty next weekend)
Boherlahan: Mary Coman; Aidan Ó Gormáin
Dualla: Mona Heffernan; Marie O’ Gorman
We need new volunteers in Boherlahan. There is a board in the porch of the church and I invite anyone who would like to help to sign their name.
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
First Friday (3 December): The priests of the parish will make individual contact with the housebound during this week.
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.
Covid and Safety in Church: Sensible hygiene measures and the use of face coverings are among the ways in which people’s health can be protected and all can feel confident in gathering in church.Your cooperation in this important matter is much appreciated.
Cashel and Emly Pope John Paul II Awards: If you are a secondary school student from TY year upwards, who is willing to be involved in your parish/school, why not participate in the Pope John Paul II Award. Fr Vincent Stapleton, the Diocesan Director, would only be delighted to visit your parish and assist with the setting up of the Award. Our new diocesan plan – Seeds of Hope – calls us all to encourage the youth of our diocese to get involved. This is a great way to do so.
A Strange Waiting
Advent is waiting for the birth of Jesus,
But it’s a strange waiting:
We are waiting each year for someone we know is here!
We recall in Advent that the Lord Jesus has come among us,
is present all the time and will come again in glory.
He is the child who is born each year,
for the world always needs its God and Saviour.
He is the child awaited each year, for our lives are new each year, and we need him in different ways at different stages of
life, and the world has different needs of God at different times…
And Advent looks ahead, letting us see that the life of Jesus is never over,
that the truth of Jesus is always spoken,
that the love of Jesus is always real, and that he will one day be seen in glory.
For we are people of Advent and Easter,
of waiting and of resurrection; we are people of earth and heaven, and he is the Son of God and Son of Mary, and leads
us through our life on earth to the eternal glory of heaven.
(Donal Neary SJ)