Welcome to Fr. Ben Hegarty OP. from Ennismore who will preach at 9.30am & 12noon Masses this Sunday.  Fr. Ben will introduce the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the thinking behind this event which has been inaugurated by Pope Francis for the worldwide church.

Our Parish Pastoral Council has arranged commemorative bookmarks and stickers bearing the Jubilee Year of Mercy logo. These have been prepared in special envelopes with the intention of one envelope per family.

We thank Fr. Ben for his words this weekend and the ongoing support of the Dominican community at Ennismore for our parish events.

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.

On Holy Saturday Night 2015, Joshua Brinkmann publicly commenced his preparations for adult baptism during our Easter Vigil.  Joshua has continued his preparations during the past year both in our own parish and at the Chaplaincy in U.C.C. where he is currently a second year student.  His journey continues this weekend where he presents himself for the ‘Rite of Election’ at the North Cathedral.  Candidates for adult baptism from other Cork parishes will also be there.

 

Please God, Joshua will complete his preparations in Our Lady Crowned with a view to adult baptism during our Easter Vigil on next Holy Saturday, Mar. 26th. It is inspiring to see, and accompany, someone who is choosing to be baptised as an adult.  We all look forward to Holy Saturday Night and we will keep Joshua in our prayers as he continues to take such a significant and considered step in his life.

Lent 2016 begins on this coming Wed. Feb. 10th.  Lent and Easter are very early this year.  During the past week, some people have begun to prepare their gardens and planting for the spring.  Please God, this work will flourish for Easter and later in the year.  Growth is slow initially, but then flourishes with warmer temperatures in spring and early summer.  

Hopefully we can see the same pattern of change and growth for ourselves.  Growth does come even if it seems impossible at first.  Lent is a time of change and growth which too, seems impossible at first but it does happen. 

It is a time for us to turn our hearts and minds to God as a loving and merciful Father.  Please God, many of us will receive ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday.  We want to receive the ashes and we all want to do our best.  Think about what you can do this Lent; what sacrifice can you make to help us along.  Think about it before Ash Wednesday and be ready to make Lent 2016 important for you and your family.

 

Fr. Michael

 

 

There was a huge attendance at our 9.30am Mass on Ash Wednesday morning.  It was lovely to see many schoolchildren along with their teachers.  All received the ashes on their foreheads as a sign of repentance and a willingness to turn our hearts to God during this special time of the year.  Please God, we can all use this time and season well as a time of prayer and repentance.  It is great to see such a fine attendance at our 9.30am weekday morning Mass during Lent.  Keep going during Lent 2016.  Fr. Michael

 

January has been a long and miserable month for people this year.  We have had frost, ice, rain, floods and huge storms.  Above all, it has been very dark.  Many people remark that both the mornings and evenings remain very dark.  It is a darkness and misery that ‘gets into our bones’ and affects our mood.

We need light and sunlight to open our eyes and indeed, our hearts.  It is not by chance that the most powerful image of Jesus is ‘the light of Christ’ or the ‘light of the world’.  Candles give light, warmth, consolation at times of baptism, marriage, death and in the seasons of Christmas and Easter.

This weekend, we hear that Jesus speaks ‘gracious’ words to the people of Nazareth in their synagogue.  These words are greeted with joy by many and with disdain and rejection by others.  As we gather for Mass this weekend, may these gracious words of faith, hope and charity open our hearts and eyes, giving us new light and fresh hope particularly at the end of a long month.

As always, we are in the right place at the right time and listening to the right words.

Fr.  Michael