SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
16th February, 2020
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK
Mon 10.00am The deceased members of the Starrs Family, Mullinboy
Tues 10.00am Tommy & May Corrigan and deceased members of the Corrigan family
Wed 10.00am Mass of the day
Thur 10.00am Eamon and Barney McDonagh
Fri 10.00am The deceased members of the McAlinney Family
7.30pm Noreen Murray
Tommy & Sarah McCarroll (Shared Mass)
Sat 10.00am Eddie McDonald (Month’s Mind)
MAY THEY ALL ENJOY LIGHT, HAPPINESS AND PEACE
Feast days of the week
Monday: Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order. St Fintan, abbot. Friday: St Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church. Saturday: The Chair of St Peter, Apostle.
The Baptisms for February will take place today Sunday 16th February after 11.30am Mass.
The Bare Minimum
There are times when we try to get by with the bare minimum. Maybe we have scraped through an exam with the minimum of effort, or done a last-minute rush job to complete a work project. Plenty of us know what it’s like to do just enough around the house to keep it from descending into total chaos! Perhaps unconsciously, we sometimes take the same approach to our relationships – only phoning a parent once in a blue moon to ‘check in,’ or visiting a friend only when we are reminded. It can be easy to slip into a pattern of acting out of a sense of duty rather than love. Of course, our faith can go the same way. Are there times when we approach the Eucharist with a niggling feeling that something is not quite right? If so, Jesus has some strong words for us in today’s Gospel. If we believe that all we are expected to do is ‘follow the rules,’ we have missed something important. Jesus does not want us to merely follow the letter of the law. Where is the joy or the challenge in that? He tells us that our virtue must go deeper than simply doing the bare minimum. Not only must we not kill, we must not be angry with others. Not only must we not break a promise, we must be honest in all our dealings and in our speech. If we approach the altar without being on good terms with others, we are not in true communion with God. Obeying the rules is the bare minimum. The Gospel is calling us to a more radical way of living.
Our pilgrimage will be co-ordinated by Joe Walsh Tours and they have requested that we would send a deposit of £200 per person travelling. If you could leave your deposits in with Anne on or before Friday 28th February 2020 we will forward them to JWT.
PARISH ENVELOPES 2020/21
As you know the parish is dependent on the generosity of it’s parishioners for the upkeep and maintenance of the parish property and it’s priests and employees. With the ever increasing cost of maintenance this begs that we all take our responsibility and share the financial burden, we do this best by contributing through our envelopes which if we are a taxpayer can also be supplemented by 20% through the gift aid scheme. The envelopes for the coming year will be distributed during March and if you are a wage earner and do not currently receive envelopes please put your name down to receive them by contacting either of your priests or Anne in the parish office. There will be an opportunity to sign a gift aid form also which will be included with each box of envelopes.
A Book of Blessings and Prayers
A Book of Blessings and Prayers for special occasions commissioned by our Bishop Larry Duffy and composed by Canon Marron is available to purchase through the diocesan office, Monaghan 00353 47 81019, Mo’s Newsagency or in the Beeches Pastoral Centre. Cost £7.00 or €10. Proceeds are in aid of St. Macartan’s Cathedral repair fund.
Walk With Me’ Lenten Prayer Book
With Lent starting on 26th February, we have a limited number of the ‘Walk with Me’ booklets available to purchase. They take us on a daily journey of reflection and prayer from Ash Wednesday right through until Easter Sunday. Priced at £1 each the booklets are available at the back of the Church this weekend and in the entrance to the Oratory during the coming week.
Senior Citizens club continues on Tuesday 18th February from 2.00pm until 4.00pm in St. Patrick’s Hall. New members welcome. Seamus Doris will be with us for next few weeks putting us through some light exercises.The membership fee of £5 is now due please.
- This week’s lotto numbers were 12, 16, 22 and 23. There was no Jackpot winner. Two people matched 3 numbers and shared £100. Next week’s jackpot is now £2,900.00. The lotto draw is going to change. From the week beginning 2nd March the draw will now take place on a Thursday night and will be drawn at the whist drive in the Beeches in the presence of the whist players.
- The 12 week lotto ticket sellers are reminded to have ther tickets returned by 6.00pm today Sunday 16th February.
- Club membership is now due for 2020. Payment can be made online to Klubfunder, or by contacting Mike Kelly 07802894407 or Kieran McGillion 07919575416. Family £45.00, Adults £20.00, OAP £10.00 and Youth £5.00.
Ailish Murray, Tattyreagh Road, will be holding a coffee morning in St. Patrick’s Hall next Sunday 23rd February from 10am until 2.00pm. Ailish is heading off to Tanzania in early June for four weeks with Friends of Africa. Please call in for a cup of coffee and help Ailish in her fundraising campaign. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Plearacha Na Nóg 2020
Fintona CCÉ will showcase The theme of Ireland’s Mass Rocks and the mystical fairy forts scattered throughout County Tyrone, in St Patrick’s Hall Fintona on Friday 28th February. Doors open at 8pm
Pilgrimages To Medjugorje
Bookings are now being taken for two Pilgrimages to Medjugorje, leaving from Belfast International Airport on 30th May and 29th August 2020. Total cost of the Pilgrimage is £589 per person sharing with an additional charge for a single room. Please contact John Murray on 0780 1105575 or 02882 841265 for more details.
Suicide – Accidents – Depression/ Share – Addicts – Decision Relatives Support Group meeting in Fintona Golf Club at 8.00pm every second Wednesday in the month. Open to anybody, bring a friend, have a cup of tea and a chat. Share your concerns – we will discuss any misfortunes which have happened or might happen.
World Light-Weight Boxing Title
Ben Mulligan from Fivemiletown will fight Thomas Murray, Manchester, for a World Light-weight title in Belfast on Saturday 16th February. We wish him all the best.