We remember in prayer:
Sat 8 Jan 7.30pm Pauline Tanner, Gaile & her sister Joan Hanly
Sun 9 Jan 11.00am Mattie Connolly, Ardmayle West; Mattie & Winnie Browne & son Matthew, Ballytarsna
Thu 13 Jan 10.00am Augusta Thabah, India
Sat 15 Jan 7.30pm Bobby & Peggy Manton, Synone
Sun 16 Jan 11.00am John O’ Connell, Ardmayle and dec. family members; Rose and J.J. McGrath, Freighduff
Mass has been offered for Hannah Barry, Ardmayle.
Sat 8 Jan 6.30pm Liam Hallinan, Ballykelly
Sun 9 Jan 9.30am Judy Frankovich, Racecourse Cross & her mother Nell Flanagan, Erry; Denis & Mary Kennedy, Lowergate Sq., Cashel
Sat 15 Jan 6.30pm Jim & Peggy Sheridan, & son Kevin, Dualla
Please pray for: Lizzie Croke, Gaile; Mary Teresa Connolly, Loughmore; Kathleen Nagle, Cashel, who died last week.
Today is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today’s celebration invites us to reflect on the meaning of our Baptism and to take seriously the commitments we undertook to fulfil. We remember in our prayers the children who were baptised in the past year, as well as their parents, families and sponsors. We think too of those families whose celebrations have had to be postponed due to Covid-19.
The Baptism of the Lord: Some of us grow up thinking about Baptism like a divine vaccination, like we were taken to clinics to get vaccinations, like a kind of protection! Jesus’ experience of being baptised was a celebration of being God’s beloved. This is what our Baptism is also about: God’s words repeated, but now to us. We pray to grow in this unconditional love on a daily basis (Patricia Carroll).
Fri 15 Jan is the memorial of St Ita.
New Year Good Wishes and Thanks: as priests of the parish, we wish to express sincere good wishes to all the people of the parish. We are indeed very grateful for the friendship, support and cooperation we receive from so many people. We have so many loyal, committed and dedicated people in the parish and we appreciate you all. Thanks to all who have helped in so many different ministries in the parish during the past year. We pray that all the parishioners of Boherlahan-Dualla will find good health, friendship, hope and peace in 2022.
Holy Communion Ministers (on duty next weekend)
Boherlahan: Bernadette McGrath; Nora Moloney
Dualla: Mona Heffernan; Marie O’ Gorman
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.
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
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.
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.
Reflection: We are God’s instruments of love to others
A priest visited Ethiopia during the 1985 famine. He was horrified at the sight of so much suffering and so many dying children. His immediate reaction was to scream at God in anger for allowing so much suffering to take place in our world. Suddenly he checked his faith-instinct, realising that God was screaming at the world through the agony and suffering of the children. The Christian God is a God who is already there with us, Emmanuel: in creation, in history, in humanity, and in the body of Christ in the world. (Dermot Lane)
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.
Thought for a New Year—Use time well:
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back. (Harvey MacKay)