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Parish Bulletin 28 December 2008

NEWSLETTER

CASTLEPOLLARD, CASTLETOWN & FINEA PARISH

28th.December .FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS MARY AND JOSEPH and Feast of The Holy Innocents.

MAKING READY FOR THE NEW YEAR WITH A MESSAGE FOR PEACE BY POPE BENEDICT XVI.FIGHTING POVERTY TO BUILD PEACE, IS THE THEME OF THAT MESSAGE OF IMPORTANCE .

It is the link between poverty and a lack of peace that Pope Benedict concentrates on in his new year message for 42nd.World Day of Prayer for Peace.In his theme of Fighting Poverty to Build Peace, he states that poverty is often a contributing factor or a compounding element in conflicts,including armed ones. In turn, these conflicts fuel further tragic situations of poverty.

Going on to tease out some of the challenges in the fight against poverty, such as pandemic diseases, the relationship between disarmament and development, food crises and demographic change,Pope Benedict cautions against initiatives that seek to compromise human dignity for the sake of success against poverty.

Criticising, rightly, programmes based on birth- reduction, he states that the extermination of millions of unborn children, in the name of the fight against poverty, actually constitutes the destruction of the poorest of all human beings.

Considering effective solutions,Pope Benedict points to the need for a combination, on an international scale, of a form of globalisation directed towards the interests of the whole human family and the common code of ethics based, not upon mere consensus, but rooted in the natural law, inscribed by the Creator on the conscience of every human being.

Just as Pope John Paul stated in 1993, Pope Benedict restates, that poverty remains a problem, which the conscience of humanity cannot ignore, since the conditions in which a great number of people are living, are an insult to their innate dignity and therefore, are as a result, a threat to the authentic and harmonious progress of the world community.

Pope Benedict promises that the Church, which is the sign and instrument of communion with God,and of the unity of the entire human race, will continue to offer her contribution so that injustices and misunderstandings may be resolved,leading to a world of greater peace and solidarity.So, therefore, our programme is to fight poverty to build peace.May we all have a peaceful, healthy and fruitful New Year, with the help of the Prince of Peace and Mary, Mother of God.

PRIESTS OF THE PARISH

Fr. Patrick A. Moore P.P.V.F. Fr. B Condron C.C.

Parochial House Castletown Finea

044 9661126 043 81141

087 2510855

moorep@eircom.net

SUNDAY MASSES

10.15 St. Peter’s Centre Weekday Mass 8.15 St. Michael’s

11.00 Castletown or Finea Saturday Mass 10.00

11.15 St. Michael’s Confessions 10.20, 3.00pm,

Vigil 7pm St. Michael’s 6.45pm & 7.30pm Saturday

Vigil 8pm Castletown or Finea

Adoration 3-8pm Mon Thurs incl, 10am-12noon Tues & Wed

LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR THE COMING WEEK

FEASTS OF SAINTS AND IMPORTANT CELEBRATIONS

Collection for December 20th./21st.Weekly Envelope,€1202.70 and Offertory Collection €631.73. Thank you for supporting the Weekly Collections,Cardinal Toppo Appeal,which realised €2,500.for which we are most deeply grateful, and other occasional collections.

Month of January dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. Year of intense prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. Year of St. Mark in the Liturgy. Year of St Paul in the Universal Church and 150th.Ann of the Apparitions by Our Blessed Lady at Lourdes.U.N.Year of Potatoe.

Sunday 28th.FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH and Feast of The Holy Innocents.Fourth day of Christmas Octave

THE SACRED SEASON OF CHRISTMAS CONTINUES

Monday 29th. Fifth day of Octave of Christmas and Feast also of Sts;Thomas a Beckett,Martyr.

Tuesday 30th.Sixth day of Octave of Christmas and Feast of Sts;Eugene, Anysia and Roger.

Wednesday 31st.Seventh day of the Octave of Christmas and Feast of Sts;Sylvester and Melania.

Thursday 1st.SOLEMNITY OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD AND WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE. Feast also of St.Odilo the Abbott. Mass at 10.00.a.m.;Mass for 42nd. World Day of Peace.Eight day of Octave of Christmas.

Friday 2ndBefore Epiphany and Feast of Sts;Basil,Gregory Nazianzen and Adalhard.FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH. Mass at 10.00.a.m.and 7.30.p.m. List of the Dead.No First Friday Calls today.

Saturday 3rd.Before Epiphany and Feast of Sts;Munchin and Genevieve,The Holy Name of Jesus.Mass at 10.00.a.m.Confessions before and after Vigil Mass today today.Confessions after Mass at 10.00.a.m.Confessions at 3.p.m.Pioneer Collection this weekend.

Sunday 4th. SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS and Feast of Sts; Mochua and Elizabeth Ann Seton. Baptism 12 noon.

MASS INTENTIONS (28th.December to 4th.January.)

Sunday.28th.Readings;Gen.15.1-6,21.1-3.Ps.104.Heb.18.11=12,17.Lk.2.22.-40 Mass.at 10.00.a.m.Ann.James O Neill and Rose Yarde. Confessions after Mass but not at 3.p.m.and before and after Mass at 7 p.m. Vigil.Ann. Madeleine and Jack Brennan.Sunday.10.15.St.Peter`s.11.15.a.m.Anniv. Thomas Smyth, Donegal and Corbally.

Monday: 29th.Readings;I John 2.3-11.Ps.95. Lk.2.22-35.Mass.10.00.a.m.

Tuesday 30th.Readings.I.Jn.2.12-17.Ps.95.Jn.2.36-40.Mass at 10.00.a.m.Month`s Memory Mass for Brigid Daly, Ballycomoyle.Maple Court Mass at 3.p.m.

Wednesday 31st.Readings.1 Jn.2.18-21.Ps.95.Lk..2.36-40.Mass at 10.00.a.m.Ann. for Aoife Moore. London.

Thursday 1st..ReadingsNum.6.22-27.Ps.66.Gal.4.4-7.Lk.2.16-21.Mass at 10.00.a.m.Mass for Peace.Month`s Memory for Peter Reilly,Green Court.Legion of Mary meet at 8.p.m. Room I.Parish Centre.

Friday 2nd.Readings.I Jn.2.22-28.Ps.97.Jn.1.19-28.Mass at 10.00.a.m.Private Intention.7.30.p.m. List of Dead and Ann.Phil Arkins, Water Lane.

Saturday 3rd.Readings.I Jn.2.29-3.6.Ps.97.Jn.1.29-34.10.00.a.m.Specail Intention.Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.and before and after Vigil Mass 7.p.m.Ann.Jack and Bruno Gaffney,Glenview.

Sunday 4th.Readings.Eccles. 24.1-2,8-12.Ps.147.Eph.I 3-6,15-18.Jn.1.1-18 St.Peter`s. at 10.15.a.m.Ann.McGrath Family, Church St.Mass at.11.15.a.m.Ann.Decd. Fivey and Finglas Families.12 noon.Baptism.

R.I.P.

Please pray for all who have died in recent times

all whose anniversaries occur around this time and all whose remains are interred in our cemeteries,

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.