Weekly Newsletter for 14th January, 2018

 

The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


 

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Many thanks to: 'A Parishioner from Balliniry', who prefer to remain anonymous, sponsors of our Newsletter for the month of December, 2017

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Tilly Nolan, Mass this Saturday.

Pat Holgersen, Mass this Sunday at 11am.

Maria Raggio, Mass next Saturday.

Mary Kate Doyle, Mass next Sunday at 11am. 

May they all rest in the peace of Christ. Amen.

 

POPE'S INTENTIONS

JANUARY

Evangelization: Religious

Minorities in Asia

That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Jesus was tempted to be a military leader, a dazzling magician, a revolutionary who would construct a new social order, and a universal healer and provider for us in all of our hurts, wants, and needs. war, famine, despair, and powerlessness He gives us His friendship bringing with it the one gift our humanity needs more than anything else, namely hope. Whenever we feel lost in a religious life that But He resisted all of those temptations and asked for only one thing from us - friendship! He loved us, and still does, even when we don't deserve it. He forgives us even when we can't forgive ourselves. He gives us far more than we ask for or even expect. He gives us a loveliness that is not pretty but is powerful. He asks us to be more than nice; He asks of us everything. And in the midst of seems too complicated, or whenever we feel lost in a world that seems to be unmanageable and out of control, and whenever we're tempted to give up on ourselves, remember that our faith in its purest form is the personal friendship we can have with Jesus. That is how it began with Andrew and his brother Peter. And that is the solid rock upon which our relationship with Jesus is grounded. For no matter what happens in our world, or in our spiritual lives, or in our relationships with others, we can always find our way once again with those seeking and questing words we heard in today's Gospel message to you and to me. "What do you want?" "Come and see".

 

REFLECTION FOR THE MEETING OF FAMILIES

Praying always lifts us out of our worries and concerns.  It makes us rise above everything that hurts, upsets, or disappoints us, and helps to put ourselves in the place of others, in their shoes. The Family is a school where prayer also reminds us that we are not isolated individuals; we are one and we have a neighbour close at hand: or she is living under the same roof, is a part of our life, and is in need.  Pope Francis, Mass for families, Ecuador, July 6th,2015. Everything in life is easier if we have someone on our side who loves us.  Prayer is so important because it reminds us of that. Family life isn't easy - just because we live with people doesn't mean we always feel as if they are on our side or that they love us. That's why we need to be patient with our families and ourselves.  And we need prayer for that!

 

PRAYER FOR THE WEEK

God, our Father, You redeemed us and made us Your children in Christ. Through Him, You have saved us from death and given us Your Divine life of grace. By becoming more like Jesus on earth, may I come to share His glory in Heaven. Give me the peace of Your kingdom, which this world does not give. By Your loving care protect the good You have given me. Open my eyes to the wonders of Your Love that I may serve You with a willing heart. Amen.

 

REFLECTION

The idea of a relationship of trusting faithfulness underlies the notion of faith in the Bible, and everything else including our morality flows from this. we can learn a great deal from both Samuel and Paul about a morality based on the scriptures. For these men, all their actions arose out of their relationship with God. This was the determining factor when they asked themselves the question 'What should I do? If today many people fail to understand the demands of a Christian morality, could it be that like the boy Samuel they 'have as yet no knowledge of the Lord'? If our approach to morality is based solely on our own wants and needs, then Paul's statement that 'You are not your own property, you have been bought and paid for' will make no sense to us. Christian living is really only possible when we have come to know Christ and have responded to the invitation to 'Come and see.'

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

This Week: (1) Martin Kennedy, Diane O'Hara & Peggy Colfer.

Next Week: (2) Dora Kent, Ann French & Peggy Colfer.

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

PLEASE NOTE:

Whilst the Church repairs are being carried out, the cleaning duties of the Altar Society have been suspended.


CHURCH REPAIRS

As you may be aware, the Church is undergoing repairs to the ceiling following the damage that occurred some time ago. For the duration of the repairs (possibly 10 to 12 weeks), the church will be considered a building site and MUST NOT BE ENTERED by anyone other than those involved in the repairs.

During the repairs, Mass will be celebrated, at the normal times but in the Star of the Sea Community Centre, adjacent to the Church.

 

ENVELOPES

The annual envelopes, (incl. boxes of envelopes and individual envelopes for Christmas Dues, Easter Dues, Harvest Collection and Pious List) for this year, are now available in the hallway. Please take your own and your neighbour's with you. Thank you.

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

14th January

At least once a year, in a "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" (from 18th to 24th January in 2018), Christians are reminded of Jesus' prayer for his disciples that "they may be one so that the world may believe" John 17.21). This year's theme is victory over oppression - That All May Be Free - and reminds us that ecumenical activity has a purpose beyond itself, in this case proclaiming the great gospel values of liberation and justice. For ecumenical resources to help celebrate this major spiritual event, visit: NewPilgrimPath.ie 

 

C. E. SCHEME

Vacancies on C. E. Scheme at South West Wexford FRC are:  

* Front Desk Receptionist;

* Community Café Assistant;

* Youth Assistant and

* Childcare Assistants.

For further details, please contact Tilly, CE Scheme Supervisor on (051) 389 418. 

Eligibility criteria - in receipt of a Social Welfare payment and over 21 years old.

 

RAMSGRANGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT  

Monthly Meeting

Monday, 12th February, in St. Louis Day Care Centre, starting at 2.15pm. Come along for a chat with new and old friends over a cup of tea and a bun. New members welcome.

Cinema, Wexford.

Trip to Omniplex Cinema, Wexford, to see The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, on Wednesday, 24th January - Usual pick-ups from Ramsgrange to Wexford.  Cost €12. -, Bus leaves Ramsgrange at 12 noon, sharp. To book please call (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4976.

Annual Dinner

Will be held on Sunday, 18th February, 2018, in the Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford - €20.

May Holiday 2018.

From Monday, 14th May, to Friday, 18th May - Arklow Bay Hotel - Cost per person sharing, €335, single room supplement €70 for the 4 nights - Cost includes 4 nights B & B and evening meal, a day-trip each day, transport to and from Arklow and Gratuities - Non Refundable Booking Fee of €100 is required - Booking open to non-members from 1st February. Enquires to (051) 389 012 or (087) 054 4076. Travel Insurance: Allianz.ie Tel (01) 448 4848.

 

INFORMATIVE TALK

Before you start dreaming of your special 2018 getaway, join Denis White for an informative talk with Q&A on the do's and don't's of booking your holiday and travelling abroad. With over thirty years' experience in the travel industry, Denis has lots of tips and info to pass on. The talk, which is free and to which all are welcome, will take place in Gorey Library, on Tuesday, 16th January, at 7 pm. Booking is recommended. (053) 942 1481. Should you require additional supports to enable you fully participate in this event please contact us.

 

CAMPILE PANTO

Campile Hall Committee proudly presents the pantomime 'Puss in Boots' in Campile Hall, at 8pm, from Thursday 25th January, to Saturday, 27th January and also at 7pm on Sunday, 28th January. Tickets: Adults, €12; Children, €6: Ticket Booking Line: (087) 218 3300.

 

SILVER SURFER AWARDS

Open EIR Silver Surfer Awards

Don't Delay, Nominate Today! Age Action together with Open EIR are making waves to find Ireland's top Silver Surfers.  The awards celebrate and showcase older peoples' use of the internet and technology as well as the volunteers who teach these skills. 

TV presenter, broadcaster & fashion designer, Brendan Courtney, will present the awards at a ceremony on Tuesday 28 March in Dublin.

The closing date for accepting nominations is Wednesday, 21st February 2018.  Full details of the categories and how to nominate are available on our website http://www.ageaction.ie/about-us/open-eir-silver-surfer-awards or by contacting Anne-Marie Walsh on 01 4756989.

We are calling on people across Ireland to nominate a friend, neighbour or relative who uses technology for pleasure or as a way to enhance the quality of their life. 

This is the ninth year of the awards and there are six award categories as follows:

Getting Started IT Award, Hobbies on the Net Award, Golden IT Award, Community Champion IT Award, IT Enthusiast Award, IT Tutor(s) of the Year Award

The public can nominate someone for an award by filling in a form online at:

http://www.ageaction.ie/about-us/open-eir-silver-surfer-awards

or by phoning Anne-Marie in Age Action on (01) 475 6989.