Parish Priest:Fr. Pat Gear Tel: 058 54216 Mob: 086-8368378 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Priest Fr. Robert Arthure Tel: 058 54221
Vigil (Sat): Cappoquin 7.30 pm Affane 8.15 pm Sundays: Cappoquin 11.30 am Modeligo 10 am
Weekdays: Cappoquin: 10 am (Except Funerals or Feastdays: 11:am)
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Happy and peaceful New Year, everybody. The Lord said ‘this is how you are to bless the people. You shall say to them: “May the Lord bless you and keep you, May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace”. From 1st reading New year’s Day.
Mary Mother of God Mary is born to be mother, and her vocation as Mother of Christ extends to every Christian. We are adopted as sons and daughters and enjoy the new life of grace because of her. “This is your mother!” (John:19, 27) Imagine her having authority over the Word made flesh...He allowing himself to be carried by her ..I could go on.. All stages of pregnancy and life are sacred to him. This used to be a Holy Day before and World Day of Peace. It was in Mary’s womb that Mercy and Faithfulness met and Justice snd Peace embraced for the first time. Let us entrust to the Prince of Peace all the hopes of the earth through the intercession of his mother.
Ss Basil & Gregory. They were schoolmates, and dear friends, co defenders of the teaching on the Trinity. Both became bishops and suffered from the hostility of the Arians. In 379 Gregory preached at Basil’s funeral, asking that they meet again and be together forever.
The Holy Name of Jesus. This is the only name by which we can be saved. Think of the love the Father has lavished on us! Whatever we ask for in his name he will do. His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies.
2nd Sunday of Christmas. Blessed be God the Father who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. Before the world was made, he chose us in Christ to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence, determining that we should become his adopted sons...think of that! No Vigil Masses tonight for Epiphany
Epiphany. Mass at 10 this morning and at 7.30 this evening in Cappoquin. This was the day he let himself be made known to gentiles. For he came to save us all. St Gregory the Great says “When the King of Heaven was born, the heavens knew, they immediately sent forth a star. The sea knew because it allowed him to walk upon it. The earth knew because it trembled when he died. The sun knew for it hid its rays of light. The manifestation of the Son of God to the world invites us to trust in him who will lead us home by another way. Arise your light has come, the glory of God is rising on you, though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples. Look for his star! May God send his truth and his love!
18th Commencement of Church Unity Octave.
Baptism of the Lord. This is my son, the beloved, my favour rests on him! Don’t we all hope he can say the same about each of us. Don’t forget it was Jesus who said “if anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him.”
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Be holy in all you do, since it is the Holy One who has called you! (1 Peter 1:15) By professing the One “that takes away the sins of the world” we become a light to the nations, through whom God’s salvation reaches to the ends of the earth. God shows his glory through us, as we glorify the Lamb of God.
Conversion of St Paul.End of Church Unity Octave.
3rd in Ordinary Time. This is our first Sunday of the Word designated by Pope Francis.. We have to be hearers before we can be doers. This was the day he called his disciples. “Behold, the Master passeth by! O seest thou not his pleading eye? With low sad voice he calleth thee, Leave this vain world and follow me.” Be sure and say yes. Hear the Word and keep it. Many people did and accomplished it with great glory.
Think of “Go make Disciples” be one and live it in such a way as to make it attractive so others will be enticed to follow.
It is a time for New Year Resolutions. Give the world a more human face seeing each other as brothers and sisters. True wealth is found in the love of God shared with others. All we have is gift, not the result of our genius or hard work. God is the giver, have an attitude of gratitude.
Thank you to our Priests who make Christmas possible for us every day.
Please pray for those who have died.
John Costin, Sheskin
Marjorie Smith, Newfoundlandt.
JJim Davis, Aglish
Dan Mc Grath, Dungarvan & Dromrue East.
Tommy Cotter, “Maureen’s” Aglish.
Tom Heaphy, Dromrue West & London
May they all rest in peace.
Wed 1st Mary Mother of God
Thu 2nd Ss Basil & Gregory
Fri 3rd First Friday
Sun 5th 2nd Sunday of Christmas
Mon 6th Epiphany
Sun 12th Baptism of Jesus
Wed 15th St Ita
Fri 17th St Anthony Abbot
Sat 18th begin Church Unity Week
Sun 19th 2nd Sunday in Ordinary time
Tue 21st St Agnes
Fri 24th St Francis de Sales
Sat` 25th Conversion of St Paul Church Unity Wk
Sun 26th 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time
Tue 28th St Thomas Aquinas
Fri 31st St John Bosco
A poem found in St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney,
Slow Me Down Lord
Slow me down Lord
Ease the pounding of my heart
by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace
with a vision of the eternal march of time.
Give me, amid the confusion of the day,
the calmness of the eternal hills.
Break the tension of my nerves and muscles
with the soothing music of the singing streams
that live in my memory.
Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art of taking MINUTE vacations,
Of slowing down to look at a flower,
to chat with a friend,
to pat a dog,
to read a few lines of a good book.
Slow me down Lord
and inspire me to send my roots
deep into the soil of life's enduring values
that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.
Author: Wilfred A. Peterson
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