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The Town at the Crossroads (Baile na gCros) - A History of Castlepollard, Castletown and Finea Parish.


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Farewell to Fr. Barry Condron

The parish sadly bids farewell to Fr. Barry Condron, as he moves to Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, and expresses its gratitude.

We were very fortunate here, in the year 2000, to have Fr. Barry Condron appointed as C.C. to Castlepollard and to reside in Castletown-Finea, taking care of that area of our parish. This he did very diligently, and succeeded in building up the communities in both parts of the area, creating an atmosphere of pastoral care and love. He also endeared himself to the people here in Castlepollard. Coupled with his involvement in the catechetical work in the schools, in the whole diocese, he faithfully served as a priest in our parish, each week, as well. His work in the schools in Finea and Castletown was very effective in sustaining the staff and pupils and supporting the involvement of parents. That is much appreciated by everyone. His special care for the young and children is a charism of his share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ and their response to that was always positive and genuine.

Mingling and mixing with the people of Castletown and Finea, he was always warmly received and genuinely accepted totally. There is, naturally, then, great sadness among all, at his leaving us. Each child, each adult and each housebound or ill person feels this deeply, as they bid their farewells.

On the occasion of marriages, Baptisms and funerals, he could blend and empathise with all the families concerned and make sure the family occasion was properly celebrated liturgically, as well as being involved socially afterwards. He initiated and organised many parish events for fundraising and other ventures very successfully. In simple language, over the past 9 years, we have been gifted to have a very good priest among us, serving our people for Christ. We will miss him very much now. We wish him many blessings in his new posting and we pray that we will soon have a priest to assist Fr. P, with whom Fr. Barry worked so well, in the running of the whole parish.

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Parish Newsletter 12 July 2009

NEWSLETTER

CASTLEPOLLARD, CASTLETOWN & FINEA PARISH

12th.July.2009.FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME and Feast also of Sts; Veronica,John Gualbert, Marciana and Fortunatus.Second Sunday of Month of the Precious Blood.


POPE BENEDICT`S RECENT ENCYCLICAL "CARITAS IN VERITATE". ON INTEGRAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN CHARITY AND TRUTH.A VALUABLE INTERVENTION.

Pope Benedict, in the introduction to the encyclical, reminds everyone that charity is at the heart of the social teaching of the Church.Unless it is connected with the truth of the Gospel, this charity just remains interchangeable with a pool of good sentiments, helpful for social cohesion, but of little relevance.

He also reminds us that if profit becomes the exclusive goal in human development in our time,if it is produced by improper means and without the common good as its ultimate end,it risks destroying wealth and creating poverty.Here he deals with situations that we know much about in recent economic experiences worldwide; malfunctions of development: financial dealings that are "largely speculative", migratory flows "often provoked by some particular circumstance and then given insufficient attention" and " the unregulated exploitation of the earth`s resources". In the face of these interconnected problems,the Pope calls for " a new humanistic synthesis" noting how development today has many overlapping layers.. The world`s wealth is growing in absolute terms, but inequalities are on the increase" and new forms of poverty are coming into being.

He also deals with the scandal of hunger and expresses his hope for " equitable agrarian reform in developing countries"He dwells also on the question of respect for life," which cannot in any way be detached from questions concerning the development of peoples" affirming that " when a society moves towards the denial or suppression of life, it ends up no longer finding the necessary motivation and energy to strive for man`s true good."He also states that "Violence puts the brakes on authentic development and this applies especially to terrorism motivated by fundamentalism" These ideas are dealt with in the first three of the six chapters of the encyclical.Next week we can look at the remainder in similar summary form.


PRIESTS OF THE PARISH & MASS TIMES


Fr.Patrick A. Moore P.P.VF. Fr. B. Condron.C.C.

Parochial House. Castletown Finea.

044.9661126/0872510855. 043.6681141.

Email: moorep@eircom.net


Sunday Masses

10.15 St. Peter's Centre. Weekday Mass 8.15a.m. St.Michael's

11.00. Castletown or Finea Saturday Mass at 10.a.m. St.Michael's

11.15. St.Michael's Confessions. 10.20a.m.; 3.00p.m. &

Vigil 7.p.m. St. Michael's 6.45p.m. & 7.30.p.m. Saturdays.

Vigil 8.p.m. Castletown or Finea.

Adoration. 3-8.p.m. Mon-Thurs incl.

10.a.m.-12 noon. Tues and Wed.



LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR THE COMING WEEK

Pope's Intentions for Prayer during the month & Feasts of Saints

and Important Celebrations.

Collection for July 11th/12th.Weekly Envelope €684.70 and Offertory Collection €575.03 St..Peter`s €65.29. Thanks to all who generously contribute each week to each collection and all who gave to the Eucharistic Congress Collection which realised €1000 .00. July; Month dedicated to The Most Precious Blood of Jesus.Year of St.Mark in the Liturgy.Year of The Priesthood in the Universal Church.U.N. Year of Astronomy.Year of St.Bernadette in Lourdes

Sunday 19th.SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME and Feast of Sts;Macedonius,Arsenius,Simmachus and Alipius.Baptism at 12.15.p.m.Summer Offerings Weekend.

THE SEASON OF ORDINARY TIME CONTINUES

Monday 20th.Monday 16th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast also of Sts;Margaret, Elias,Paula, Wilgefortis,Vulmasr,Lydia,Apollinaris and Cyril.

Tuesday 21st.Tuesday 16th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;

Lawrence of Brindisi,Daniel and John Cassian.

Wednesday 22nd.Wednesday 16th. Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Mary Magdalene and Eusebio.

Thursday 23rd.Thursday 16th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Bridget of Sweden,Patroness of Europe, Liborius and Philip Evans.Legion of Mary Meeting.Room I. 8.p.m.

Friday.24th.Friday 16th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts; Declan, John Boste,Christina and Meneus.

Saturday 25th.Saturday of 16th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;James the Apostle, Valentina and Christopher the Martyr.

Sunday 26th.SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME,and Feast of Sts;Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and also St.Valens. Baptism 12.15.p.m.Reek Sunday, Croagh Patrick.


MASS INTENTIONS (19th.July to 26th.July. 09.)

Sunday.19th.Readings.Jer. 23.1-6. Ps.22. Eph.2.13-18.Mk.6.30-34.(Sat. 18th.Mass.at 10.00 a.m.Ann.Mae and Mark Kelleghan. Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.Vigil Mass at 7.p.m.Ann.Brian, Pat, Jack and Bruno Gaffney,Glenview) Summer Offerings Weekend.


Sunday.10.15.a.m. St.Peter`s.St.Michael`s .11.15.a.m. Ann.James Mulvey, Gilbertstown.Offerings Day.

Monday: 20th.Readings;Ex.14.5-18.Ps.Ex.15.1-6.Mt.12.38-42.Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Tuesday 21st.Readings.Ex.14.21-15.1.Ps.Ex.15.8-12.Mt.12.46-50.Mass at 8.15.a.m Ann.Patrick and Annie Halpin, Church St.

Wednesday 22nd.Readings.Song.3.1-4.Ps.62.Jn.20.1-2.11-18. Mass at 8.15.a.m

Thursday 23rd.Readings.Ex.19.1-2,9-11,16-20.Ps.Dan.3.52-56.Mt.13.10-17..Mass at 8.15.a.m.Legion of Mary Parish Centre Room 1 8.p.m.

Friday 24th.Readings.Ex.20.1-17.Ps.18.Mt.13.18-23.Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Saturday 25th.Readings.2.Cor.4.7-15.Ps.125.Mt.20.20-28.
.
Mass at 10.00.a.m. Ann.Gorman Family, Finea Rd. Henry Family, Church St. Confessions after Mass and.at 3.p.m. and before and after Vigil Mass at 7.p.m.Ann.Owen Roe, May and Dermot O Neill, Dublin Rd.

Sunday 26th.Readings.2 Kgs.4.42-44.Ps.144.Eph.4.1-6.Jn.6.1-15.St.Peter`s Mass at 10.15.a.m.Ann.Elizabeth Davitt,Dublin Rd. Mass at 11.15.a.m. Ann.Bartle Farrell, Mullingar Rd.Please continue to pray for all who are ill in the parish and for those who care for them.Baptism 12.15.p.m.


R.I.P.

Please pray for Gretta McIntyre nee Moore late Ardnagcross and Longford,Very Rev Fr.Eugene Conlon P.E, Oldcastle, all who have died recently,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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES FOR THE WEEK.

Baptism preparation course on Third Wednesday at.8.p.m.

Those with babies for Baptism should register for this course

in the Parish Centre, two weeks beforehand.It will be run by the MULTY Group,Wed,August 19th.at 8.p.m.Parents, who have no babysitters, may take the baby along.


Parish Centre Programme for week;July 19th.to July 26th.

Tuesday 21st.8.30.p.m. A.A. Meeting will take place.Room 1

Thursday 23rd.Legion of Mary Meeting Room I.8p.m.

Friday 24th.Block Booking .

Catholic Newspapers Available on sale and through the Legion of Mary in the Parish.Irish and English papers available each weekend.

Please purchase the paper in the church or from the kind members of the Legion of Mary who sell them in the parish.We thank them for this.

Altar Servers Group for the
week.July 19th.Group 3.Girls.Megan Devine,Patricia Ayres,Devyn O Neill and Jemma Mulvaney.Servers are expected to be present on their week of duty, especially during the holidays.


Alcoholics Anonymous Group weekly meeting in Parish Centre.

AA group will continue here on Tues,21st.at 8.30.p.m. in Room I. Parish Centre.To get information,please tel. 087.6282646 Bill..

Pope`s intentions for your prayer for the month of July.

That,the Christians of the Middle East may live their faith in full freedom and be an instrument of peace and reconciliation.

That the Church may be the seed and nucleus of a humanity reconciled and reunited in God`s one and only family, thanks to the testimony of all the faithful in every country in the world.

Reek Sunday. Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage. Sunday 26th July. 2009.

Donohoes Bus will travel to Croagh Patrick picking up pilgrims at Castlepollard at 6.15.a.m. Coole 6.30.a.m. Edgeworthstown at 6.45..a.m. and Longford 7.00.a.m. Book your seat with Tom Egan at 0449661142.or with Angela at 0876460537 before 20th.July..

Times due to be filled for Adoration Rota in Oratory, Mon-Thurs incl. Dates and times; Mon.5-6; Tues.6-7. Wed.3-4. Thurs.3-4,4-5,6-7 and 7-8.If you have an hour a week to spare, please sign for adoration.Thanks to the people,who, in recent days, have given in their names to fill the vacant slot




Please support the Blood Transfusion Service. Thurs 23rd. 4.30.p.m. to 8.30.p.m. at G.A.A. Centre.

Annual Vintage Tractor Run to Fore Village. 19th July. At 2.00.p.m.

Please support as it comes for 1 hour.Enquiries 0469432713.

12th.Annual 5 K race through Tullynally Castle. Wed.Aug.12th.

Please support this annual event through sponsorship and by attending

Donation opportunities to support work done on Sacristy of Church.

1.Table and 12 chairs.

2.Bathroom equipment and wheelchair facility

3.Hoover and polishing and cleaning equipment.

4.Storage facilities.

5.Vestment/server garb renewal. 6.Icon, images and notice boarding.

7.Decoration and church style tiling.

8.Server seating.

Amounts from €50 will be gratefully received and recorded.A plaque will be affixed in sacristy to honour donors. Costs of each detail above will be printed in upcoming newsletters.Your support will be deeply valued.

Cemetery.Preparations for August 2nd Annual Devotions for Parish.

A skip will be in the cemetery from Monday 20th.Please keep the cemetery in the usual tidy state by ensuring nothing is dumped in the area.Half of the main gate may be opened but the full gate may not be opened for use by cars.The side entrance should be used for this purpose.Care must be taken not to drive up on kerbing or on to the tarmacadamed areas.Devotions will be at 12 noon on Sunday August 2nd. 3.p.m. Kilafree. 4.p.m. Licbla and 4.45.p.m. Rathgarve.Sat 1st. 6.p.m. St.Peter`s and 7.30.p.m. Priests` Cemetery at church.There will be a cup of tea in the Parish Centre after the 12 noon ceremony.We welcome all who will be here for the ceremonies.

Parents and children during holiday time: a reference to the spiritual.

All parents are reminded to take good care of family prayer, Mass at weekends and the meeting with the Lord in the Sacraments at all times and especially in the holiday season.Please ensure the children and young people do not neglect the spiritual in their lives.

Confirmation for the parishes here in 2010 has been given a date.

On February 24th.Confiramtion for Castlepollard, Collinstown and Coole will be in Coole Church at 11.00.a.m.



Castlepollard Parish Newsletter 14 June 2009

          NEWSLETTER 

CASTLEPOLLARD, CASTLETOWN & FINEA PARISH

14th.June.2009.SOLEMNITYOF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.(CORPUS CHRISTI)

and Feast also of Sts; Davnet, Methodius and Rufinus.

HAVING A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE EUCHARIST AND ALSO HOLDING DEEP RESPECT FOR THE REAL PRESENCE OF JESUS IN THIS MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT IS OF THE VERY ESSENCE OF OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH.

Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

In France this Feast is known as Fete Dieu, which literally means the feast of God.This is quite apt, as it intimates that the Eucharist is the presence of God among us.Since we believe that Jesus is God and the feast is in honour of the Body and Blood soul and Divinity of Jesus, surely one can say it is indeed the feast of God.The feast each year highlights for us that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life,but it also gives us an opportunity to examine our own faith in the Mass and Holy Communion and the real presence of Jesus.

Faithfulness to and respect for the Mass is a lodestone of our Christian belief. When slippage occurs in these, our faith falters and we become careless about every tenet we should hold dear.Being loyal to Sunday and even daily Mass does make a difference in a person`s life.Its effects can be readily seen.Having a deep understanding of  and a high regard for the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist brings stalwart strength to a living faith.This feast reminds us  how important that is.

Through the apostolate of Adoration today, many people bear fine witness to the vital centrality of the Eucharist in personal and parish life.This giving of time in devotion and love to the Lord Jesus and waiting and watching with Him in prayer, helps to build up the body of the Church.It also brings many blessings and graces with it..

The ministry of those who are ministers of Holy Communion in a parish, also gives an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the Eucharist and bears witness to the community, that people in the church are willing to serve in the name of the Lord of the Eucharist, during a key moment in the Mass and by giving example of dedicated  daily living in the parish.We expect ministers of Holy Communion to live lives worthy of that ministry.

Of course we are most concerned today that people really know what the Mass is all about.It is felt that many do not know.Hence, Mass missing,treating Mass as another outing, putting sport, shopping and entertainment before Sunday Mass and not bothering to take the children to Mass, can be based on a lack of proper understanding of the Mass as well as carelessness,laziness and sadly apathy.On this feast, we should pray for a revival of faith in and understanding of the Mass among all our people, so that the call and challenge of the Lord Jesus will not be ignored in our time.May the Lord of the Eucharist deepen our faith and make us living members of His Body,the Church.


 

Fr.Patrick A. Moore P.P.VF.

Parochial House.

044.9661126/0872510855.

Email: moorep@eircom.net


 

Fr. B. Condron.C.C.

Castletown Finea.

043.81141.


 


 

Sunday Masses

        10.15 St. Peter's Centre. Weekday Mass 8.15.a.m. St.Michael`s

        11.00. Castletown or Finea Saturday Mass at 10.a.m.

        11.15. St.Michael's Confessions. 10.20.a.m.; 3.00.p.m. and

        Vigil 7.p.m. St. Michael's 6.45.p.m. and 7.30.p.m. Sats.

        Vigil 8.p.m. Castletown or Finea.

        Adoration.     3-8.p.m. Mon-Thurs incl.

        10.a.m.-12 noon. Tues and Wed.


 

LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR THE COMING WEEK IN THE PARISH

Collection for June 6th/7th.Weekly Envelope €662.80 and Offertory Collection €522.38.St.Peter`s €45.40 Thanks to all who generously contribute each week to each collection and to the recent Summer Offerings. June; Month dedicated to The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.Year of St.Mark in the Liturgy.Year of St Paul in the Universal Church.U.N. Year of Astronomy.Year of St.Bernadette in Lourdes

Sunday 14th.SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST and Feast  of Sts; Davnet, Methodius and Rufinus. Eucharistic Congress 2012 Collection Day.


 

THE SEASON OF ORDINARY TIME CONTINUES.

Monday 15th.Monday 11th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast also of Sts;Vitus, Germaine and Aleydis.

Tuesday 16th.Tuesday 11th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;

Aurelian, Benno,Julitta and John Francis Regis.7.30.p.m. First Meeting of New Finance Committee.8.30.p.m. Meeting of Parish Centre Managerial Committee. Both Meetings MCH.

Wednesday 17th.Wednesday 11th. Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Teresa,Sanchia of Portugal,Rainerus of Pisa,Pellegrinus and Helena. St Joseph`s Young Priests` Society Meeting 7.p.m. Pre-Baptism Meeting at 8.p.m.Both Meetings Room I Parish Centre.

Thursday 18th.Thursday 11th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Gregory Barbarigo,Marina,Elizabeth of Schonau,Grevase and Protase.Legion of Mary Meeting.Room I. 8.p.m.

Friday.19th.Friday 11th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts; Romuald,Deodatus,Juliana Falconieri and Emily de Vialar.Feast also of THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS.Commencement of the Year of the Priest. Mass at 7.30.p.m. Consecration of Families.

Saturday 20th.Saturday of 11th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Adalbert,Alban,Julius,Aaron,Govan,Silverius and the 17 I rish Martys.Pope Benedict visits San Giovanni and tomb of St. Pio.Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Sunday 21st.TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME,and Feast of  Sts;Aloysius Gonzaga and Ralph.                                                                                                

           
 

MASS INTENTIONS (14th.June to 21st. June 09.)

Sunday.14th.ReadingsEx.24.3-8.Ps.115.Heb.9.11-15. Mk.14.12-16,22-26. (Sat. 13th.Mass.at 10.00 a.m.Ann.Brendan Fagan.Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.Vigil Mass at 7.p.m.Ann.Betty and Michael Brady) Sun..10.15.a.m. St.Peter`s.St.Michael`s .11.15.a.m. Ann.John Gannon, Slieveboy.Eucharistic Congress Collection after Holy Communion.

Monday: 15th.Readings;2 Cor 6.1-10.Ps.97.Mt.5.38-42.Mass at 8.15.a.m. 

Tuesday  16th.Readings.2 Cor.8.1-9.Ps.145.Mt.5.43-48..Mass at 8.15.a.m.Finance Meeting 7.30.p.m. Centre Committee Meeting 8.30.p.m.

Wednesday 17th.Readings.2 Cor.9.6-11.Ps.111.Mt.6.1-6.16-18..Mass at  8.15.a.m.St.Joseph`s Young Priests` Meeting 7.p.m.Pre Baptism Meeting. 8.p.m.Castlepollard Group I. Michael and Una.

Thursday 18th.Readings.2 Cor 11.1-11.Ps.110.Mt.6.7-15.Mass at 8.15.a.m. Legion of Mary Parish Centre Room 1 8.p.m.

Friday 19th.Readings.Hos.11.1,3-4,8-9.Ps.Is.12.2-6.Eph.3.8-12.14-19.Jn.19.31-37..Mass at 8.15.a.m.and 7.30.p.m. Consecration of Families.  

Saturday 20th.Readings.2 Cor.12.1-10.Ps.33.Mt.6.24-34.Mass at 10.00.a.m. Ann.Kathleen Fitzsimons,London.Confessions after Mass and.at  3.p.m. and before and after Vigil Mass at 7.p.m. Ann.Thomas Lynch Robinstown.

Sunday 21st.Readings.Job.3.1.8-11.Ps.106.2 Cor.5.14-17..Mk.4.35-41. St.Peter`s Mass at 10.15.a.m Ann.Lily and Jimmy Thornton.Mass at 11.15.a.m.Ann.Sheila and Tom Hand Loughpark.Please continue to pray for all who are ill in the parish and for those who care for them.

R.I.P.

Please pray for Joe Fagan, Rathconnell and late Moortown, Patrick Burke, Bonnington Drumcree,for all who have died recently,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.

 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES FOR THE WEEK.

Baptism preparation course on Third Wednesday at.8.p.m.

Those with babies for Baptism should register for this course

in the Parish Centre, two weeks beforehand.It will be run by the Castlepollard Group,Wed,June 17th.at 8.p.m.Parents, who have no babysitters, may take the baby along.

 
 

Parish Centre Programme for week;June 14th.to June 21st.

Tuesday 16th7. 7.30.p.m. Finance Committee Meeting MCH.8.30.p.m. Centre Managerial Committee Meeting MCH.Room I.8.30.p.m. A.A. Meeting will take place.

Wednesday  17th. Dancing 4-5.p.m. MCH. St.Joseph`s Young Priests` Society Meeting at 7.p.m. Room.I. Pre Baptism Meeting at 8.p.m. Room I.

Thursday 18th.Dancing 4-6p.m. MCH.Legion of Mary Meeting Room I.8p.m.

Friday 19th.Block Booking .

Catholic Newspapers Available on sale and through the Legion of Mary in the Parish.Irish and English papers available each weekend.

Please purchase the paper in the church or from the kind members of the Legion of Mary who sell them in the parish.We thank them for this.

Altar Servers Group for the
week.June 14th.Group 6.Boys.Barry Higgins,Joseph Rabbitt,Lee Kiernan,Darragh O Reilly and Aaron O Reilly.Servers are expected to be present on their week of duty.

 Alcoholics Anonymous Group weekly meeting in Parish Centre.

AA group will continue here on Tues,16th.at 8.30.p.m. in Room I. Parish Centre.To get information,please tel. 087.6282646 Bill..

Pope`s intentions for your prayer for the month of  June.

That,the international attention towards poorer countries, may give rise to more concrete help, in particular, to relieve them of the crushing burden of foreign debt. That,the particular churches operating in regions marked by violence, be sustained by the love and concrete closeness of all the Catholics in the world.

The Year of St.Paul in parish and area. Events planned and in place.

The closing of the year of St.Paul will be at the feast on 29th June.Details later...

Eucharistic Congress Dublin 2012.Episcopal Conference Directive.

To cover the cost of running the Congress,the Bishops have requested

that,commencing this Corpus Christ.14th.June and for the next 3 years,

on this feast, a second collection be taken up at all Masses.Please support  this collection.The Congress, which was last here in 1932, will be held in Dublin and will involve all the parishes of the country.

Novena to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is from 11-19.June.

Tuesday 23rd June at 7.30.p.m. MCH Parish Centre the AGM of Ministry of Holy Communion,Adoration and Reader will take place.The Leaders of each group are asked to notify the members.It is important that all attend.The Parish Pastoral Support Group as it still stands will be required to meet on Thursday 25th June at 7.30.p.m. MCH Parish Centre.

Castlepollard, Castletown & Fine Parish Newsletter 7th June 2009

NEWSLETTER

CASTLEPOLLARD, CASTLETOWN & FINEA PARISH

7th.June.2009.SOLEMNITYOF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY. and Feast also of Sts; Colman,Sabianus,Marie-Therese Soubiron,Meriadoc and Jeremiah. Last Day for Easter Confession and Communion.


 

WHAT DOES THE FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY MEAN FOR US IN OUR DAILY CHRISTIAN LIVES IN THE CHURCH AND WORLD?


 

Feast of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.The Family Of God.


 

Last weekend we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Spirit. Jesus revealed who the Spirit is to us and spoke quite a lot to the Apostles about the Holy Spirit, especially in the time preceding and subsequent to His death and resurrection.He also spoke about the Father and to the Father in the presence of the Apostles and the people.They could see that He had a deep and intimate relationship with the Father,His Father, our Father.He revealed that the Father was Creator and Sustainer and Lord of all but that He was coequal with Him. "I and the Father are one" He taught that the Spirit emanated from the Father and showed the connection between the Spirit and Son by indicating that the Holy Spirit could not descend until He returned to the Father.

The intimacy and unity of the inner Family life of God was, then, revealed to us by Jesus.So, we know that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal persons but One God…One God in three Persons.

Apart from being aware of this Mystery and Truth and keeping it central in our faith lives, as we make the sign of the Cross,as we offer our prayers privately and in public worship, to the Father, through the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit, we should govern our lives with the harmony that is in the life of the Most Holy Trinity.We know we have received all the Sacraments in the name of the Holy Trinity and so are united to the life of the Holy Trinity,by this grace, but this should reflect itself in the harmony that should be in our daily lives.

The harmony in the life of the Most Holy Trinity is based on love and so should the harmony we must have in our own lives too.Firstly, our harmony with God; that should manifest itself in the way we regard our faith and practice it in prayer, worship and right living.Jesus promised us that if we lives in such harmony with God, they, that is, the Holy Trinity, will come and live in us.We will also be bearing witness to Divine love.Secondly, harmony with the Church, the Body of Christ; each of us should feel at home in the church community and make sure we are active members, living out the call of our Baptism, and do our best to draw others into the community of faith by our apostolic endeavours based on the call and challenge of Jesus.Thirdly, we should be in harmony with others, in our family and outside and be the cause of bonding together in peace and not be instruments of conflict and lastly,we should be in harmony within ourselves, with a correctly informed conscience and a well disciplined life, based on the call of the Gospel.That could be a practical programme to honour the Most Holy Trinity.We should think and pray about it all.


 


 

Fr.Patrick A. Moore P.P.VF.

Parochial House.

044.9661126/0872510855.

Email: moorep@eircom.net


 

Fr. B. Condron.C.C.

Castletown Finea.

043.81141.


 

Sunday Masses

        10.15 St. Peter's Centre.
Weekday Mass 8.15.a.m. St.Michael`s

        11.00. Castletown or Finea Saturday Mass at 10.a.m.

        11.15. St.Michael's Confessions. 10.20.a.m.; 3.00.p.m. and

        Vigil 7.p.m. St. Michael's 6.45.p.m. and 7.30.p.m. Sats.

        Vigil 8.p.m. Castletown or Finea.

        Adoration.     3-8.p.m. Mon-Thurs incl.

        10.a.m.-12 noon. Tues and Wed.


 


 

LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR THE COMING WEEK IN THE PARISH

Collection for May 30th. May 31st.Weekly Envelope €658.11 and Offertory Collection €Summer Offerings.

Thanks to all who generously contribute each week and to each collection and to the recent Summer Offerings.Trocaire Collection realised €8,500.00. June; Month dedicated to The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.Year of St.Mark in the Liturgy.Year of St Paul in the Universal Church.U.N. Year of Astronomy.Year of St.Bernadette in Lourdes


 

Sunday 7th.TRINITY SUNDAY and Feast of Sts; Colman,Sabianus, SabianusColman,SabianusMarie-Therese Soubiron,Meriadoc and Jeremiah.Last Day for Easter Confession and Communion.


 

THE SEASON OF ORDINARY TIME CONTINUES.

Monday 8th.Monday 10th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast also of Sts;William of York, Maximus of Aix,Medard and Macrina.

Tuesday 9th.Tuesday 10th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;

Columba or Colmcille,Ephraim and Diana.

Wednesday 10th.Wednesday 10th. Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Margaret,Ithmar and Landry of Paris.

Thursday 11th.Thursday 10th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Barnabas and Rembert.Legion of Mary Meeting.Room I. 8.p.m.

Friday.12th.Friday 10th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts; Pope Leo 111,Onophrius,Basilides and John of Sahagun.

Saturday 13th.Saturday of 10th.Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Anthony of Padua and Aquilina.Confessions after Mass, and at 3.p.m. and before, and after the Vigil Mass. Polish Mass at 8.p.m.

Sunday 14th.SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,and Feast of Sts;Davnet,Methodius and Rufinus.2nd Collection, this weekend, after Communion, at all Masses for the Bishops`appeal for the Eucharistic Congress 2012.


 

MASS INTENTIONS (7th.June to 14th. June 09.)

Sunday.7th.Readings.Deut.4.32-34,39-40.Ps.32.Rom.8.14-17.Mt.28.16-20. (Sat. 6th.Mass.at 11.00 and not 10.00.a.m.Ann.Christopher and Rose Masterson. Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.Vigil Mass at 7.p.m.Ann.Thomas Murray) Sun..10.15.a.m. St.Peter`s.St.Michael`s .11.15.a.m. Ann.Connell Family Decd. Raheen.Last Day for Easter Duty..

Monday: 8th.Readings;2 Cor 1.1-7. Ps.33.Mt..5.1-12.Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Tuesday 9th.Readings.Rom.12.1-2,9-13.Ps.33.Mt.19.27-29.Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Wednesday 10th.Readings.2 Cor.3.4-11.Ps.98.Mt.5.17-19..Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Thursday 11th.Readings.Acts 11.21-26,13.1-3.Ps.97.Mt.10.7-13.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Ann. Thomas and Jane Murray, Cresley.Legion of Mary Parish Centre Room 1 8.p.m.Novena to Sacred Heart of Jesus commences.

Friday 12th.Readings.2 Cor.4.7-15.Ps.115. Mt.5.27-32.Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Saturday 13th.Readings.2 Cor.5.14-21.Ps.102.Mt.5.33-37.Mass at 10.00.a.m. Ann.Brendan Fagn, Cresley.Confessions after Mass and.at 3.p.m. and before and after Vigil Mass at 7.p.m. Ann.Betty and Michael Brady,Ballycomoyle.Collection after Communion for Eucharistic Congress 2012.

Sunday 14th.Readings.Ex.24.3-8.Ps.115.Heb.9.11-15.Mk.14.12-16,22-26. St.Peter`s.Mass at 10.15.a.m.Mass at 11.15.a.m.Ann.John Gannon, Sliveboy.Please continue to pray for all who are ill in the parish and for those who care for them.

R.I.P.

Please pray for Bridget (Bee)Rynn.N.T. Retired Principal,Drogheda and Loughegar,aunt of Rynn family Millcastle, Nancy
Rabbitt The Square,,for all who have died recently,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.


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES FOR THE WEEK.

Baptism preparation course on Third Wednesday at.8.p.m.

Those with babies for Baptism should register for this course

in the Parish Centre, two weeks beforehand.It will be run by the Castlepollard Group,Wed,June 17th.at 8.p.m.Parents, who have no babysitters, may take the baby along.


 

Parish Centre Programme for week;June 7th.to June 14th.

Monday 8th.9.p.m. Tidy Towns Meeting.

Tuesday 9th.Room I. I.C.A. 10.30.a.m. to 12.30.p.m. 8.30.p.m. A.A. Meeting will take place.

Wednesday 10th. Dancing 4-5.p.m. MCH.

Thursday 11th.Dancing 4-6p.m. MCH.Legion of Mary Meeting Room I.8p.m.

Friday 12th.Block Booking .

Catholic Newspapers Available on sale and through the Legion of Mary in the Parish.Irish and English papers available each weekend.

Please purchase the paper in the church or from the kind members of the Legion of Mary who sell them in the parish.We thank them for this.

Altar Servers Group for the
week.June 7th.Group 5.Boys.Andrew Keating; Alan O Reilly and Jimmy Holtkamp.Servers are expected to be present on their week of duty.


Alcoholics Anonymous Group weekly meeting in Parish Centre.

AA group will continue here on Tues,9th.at 8.30.p.m. in Room I. Parish Centre.To get information,please tel. 087.6282646 Bill..

Pope`s intentions for your prayer for the month of June.

That,the international attention towards poorer countries, may give rise to more concrete help, in particular, to relieve them of the crushing burden of foreign debt. That,the particular churches operating in regions marked by violence, be sustained by the love and concrete closeness of all the Catholics in the world.

The Year of St.Paul in parish and area. Events planned and in place.

The closing of the year of St.Paul will be at the feast on 29th June.Details later...

Eucharistic Congress Dublin 2012.Episcopal Conference Directive.

To cover the cost of running the Congress,the Bishops have requested

that,commencing this Corpus Christ.14th.June and for the next 3 years,

on this feast, a second collection be taken up at all Masses.Please support this collection.The Congress, which was last here in 1932, will be held in Dublin and will involve all the parishes of the country.

Novena to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is from 11-19.June.

Castlepollard, Castletown & Finea Parish Newsletter 24 May 2009

NEWSLETTER

CASTLEPOLLARD, CASTLETOWN & FINEA PARISH

24h.May.2009.THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD JESUS.WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THOSE IN THE COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA. and Feast also of Our Lady Help of Christians and Sts;Rogatian, Donatian,David of Scotland and Vincent of Lerins.Papal Visit to Montecassino.


 

WHAT POPE BENEDICT SPEAKS ABOUT IN HIS MESSAGE FOR THIS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THOSE IN THE COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA.

World Day of Prayer for the Communications Media people.

The Papal message for this annual day is always very much to the point, and no less so this year.The theme for the day is; New Technologies,New Relationships;Promoting the Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship.In his message, he stresses, what we know, that the new digital technologies are bringing about fundamental shifts in patterns of communication and human relationships.These changes are particularly evident among those young people who have grown up with the new technologies and are at home in a digital world that often seems quite foreign to those of us who, as adults, have had to learn to understand and appreciate the opportunities it has to offer for communications.He states that he wishes to address those who constitute the so-called digital generation and would like to share with them,in particular, some ideas concerning the extraordinary potential of the new technologies, if they are used to promote human understanding and solidarity.These technologies are truly a gift to humanity and we must endeavour to ensure that the benefits they offer are put at the service of all human individuals and communities, especially those who are most disadvantaged and vulnerable.The interactive nature of many of the new media facilitates more dynamic forms of learning and communication, thereby contributing to social progress.

He states that the desire to reach out to others and to be connected with them are very obvious in contemporary culture and are aided by the models and methods of digital communication.He encourages people of goodwill who are active in this emerging environment of digital communication to commit themselves to promoting a culture of respect, dialogue and friendship.And towards the end of the message, he calls particularly on young Catholic believers to be conscious that these means of communication can be very effectively used to proclaim the love of the Gospel; to bring the values on which their Catholic Christian lives have been built,reminding them that the proclamation of Christ in the world of new technologies requires a profound knowledge of this world, if the technologies are to serve our mission adequately.It falls to young people who understand these digital technologies well, to take responsibility for the evangelization of this "digital continent"Be sure, he tells them to announce the Gospel to your contemporaries with enthusiasm,through these media..

Fr.Patrick A. Moore P.P.VF.

Parochial House.

044.9661126/0872510855.

Email: moorep@eircom.net

Fr. B. Condron.C.C.

Castletown Finea.

043.81141.

Sunday Masses

        10.15 St. Peter's Centre. Weekday Mass 8.15.a.m. St.Michael`s

        11.00. Castletown or Finea Saturday Mass at 10.a.m.

        11.15. St.Michael's Confessions. 10.20.a.m.; 3.00.p.m. and

        Vigil 7.p.m. St. Michael's 6.45.p.m. and 7.30.p.m. Sats.

        Vigil 8.p.m. Castletown or Finea.

        Adoration.     3-8.p.m. Mon-Thurs incl.

        10.a.m.-12 noon. Tues and Wed.


 

                

LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR THE COMING WEEK IN THE PARISH 

POPE`S INTENTIONS FOR PRAYER DURING THE MONTH.

FEASTS OF SAINTS

AND IMPORTANT

CELEBRATIONS. 

Collection for May 16th. May 17th.Weekly Envelope €762.00 and Offertory Collection €686.00. and €66.41 St.Peter`s. Thanks to all who generously contribute each week and to each collection.May; Month dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary.Year of St.Mark in the Liturgy.Year of St Paul in the Universal Church.U.N. Year of Astronomy.Year of St.Bernadette in Lourdes

Sunday 24th.ASCENSION OF THE LORD JESUS.WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THOSE IN COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA and Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians and Sts;Rogatian Donatian,David of Scotland and Vincent of Lerins.

THE PASCHAL SEASON CONTINUES. 

Monday 25th.Monday 7th.Week of Easter and Feast also of Sts; Bede the Venerable, Mary Magdalene de Pazzi and Pope Gregory VII.

Tuesday 26th.Tuesday 7th.Week of Easter and Feast of Sts;Philip Neri, Mariana and Thelelaeus.Lough Derg Day Pilgrimage.7.00.a.m. Mass for pilgrims.

Wednesday 27th.Wednesday 7th. Week of Easter and Feast of Sts;Augustine of Canterbury and Julius.Deanery Meeting at 3.p.m.

Thursday 28th.Thursday 7th.Week of Easter and Feast of Sts;Germanus of Paris,Martha of Egypt and Sarona.Legion of Mary Meeting.Room I. 8.p.m.Final Pauline Talk at 8.p.m.Parish Centre.

Friday.29th.Friday 7th.Week of Easter and Feast of Sts;Maximus, Theodosia,Joachim and Anastasia.Marian Devotions 7.30.p.m. Art Exhibition opens in Parish Centre at 8.30.p.m.

Saturday 30th.Saturday of 7th.Week of Easter and Feast of Sts;Joan of Arc and Ferdinand,Confessions after Mass, and at 3.p.m. and before, and after the Vigil Mass. 7.p.m. Art Exhibition continues.

Sunday 31st.PENTECOST SUNDAY. and Feast of The Visitation of Our Lady and Sts;Cantius,Cantiana,Cantianella and Petronella. Credit Union Day 2.30-5.30.p.m.The Square.Whit Offerings weekend.


 

MASS INTENTIONS (24th.May to 31st. May 09.)

Sunday.24th.Readings.Acts.1.1-11.Ps.46.Eph.4.1-13.Mk.16.15-20. (Sat. 23rd.Mass.at 11.00.a.m.Private Intention.First Communion Mass. Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.Vigil Mass at 7.p.m.Ann.Laurence Kennedy) Sun..10.15.a.m. St.Peter`s.M.M. Larry Dowd, Green St and Dublin.. St.Michael`s.11.15.a.m.Ann.Martin, Michael and Lil Bergin.

Monday: 25th.Readings;Acts.19.1-8.Ps.67.Jn.16.29-33.Mass at 8.15.am. Ann.Gladys Martin late The Square.

Tuesday 26th.Readings.Acts.20.17-27.Ps.67.Jn.17.1-11.Mass at 7.00.a.m. for Lough Derg Pilgrims and Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Wednesday 27th.Readings.Acts. 20.28-38.Ps.67.Jn.17.11-19..Mass at 8.15.a.m.Deanery Meeting 3.p.m.

Thursday 28th.Readings.Acts 22.30.23.6-11.Ps.15.Jn.17.20-26.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Legion of Mary Parish Centre Room 1 8.p.m.Pauline Talk 8.p.m. MCH Parish Centre.All welcome.

Friday 29th.Readings.Acts;25.13-21.Ps.102.Jn.21.15-19.Mass at 8.15.a.m.May Devotions at 7.30.p.m. Art Exhibition opens Parish Centre MCH at 8.30.p.m.

Saturday 30th.Readings.Acts.28.16-20,30-31.Ps.10.Jn.21.20-25. Mass at 10.00.a.m.Ann.Decd. members O Neill Family, Granard Road and James O Neill Water St.Confessions after Mass and.at 3.p.m. and before and after Vigil Mass at 7.p.m. Ann.Larry McDonnell,Freighmore.Art Exhibition continues Whit Offerings Weekend.

Sunday 31st..Readings.Acts 2.1-11.Ps 103.Gal 5.16-25. Jn.15.26-27.16.12-15. St.Peter`s.Mass at 10.15.a.m.Mass at 11.15.a.m.Ann.Edward,Una and Kathleen Fagan late Slieveboy.Please continue to pray for all who are ill in the parish and for those who care for them.

R.I.P.

Please pray for Bernie Casserly New Glenview,for all who have died recently,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.


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES FOR THE WEEK.

Baptism preparation course on Third Wednesday at.8.p.m.

Those with babies for Baptism should register for this course

in the Parish Centre, two weeks beforehand.It will be run by the Castlepollard Group,Wed,June 17th.at 8.p.m.Parents, who have no babysitters, may take the baby along.


 

Parish Centre Programme for week;May 24th.to May 31st.

Monday 25th. Bowles MCH 8.p.m. 9.p.m.Room 1 Tidy Towns Meeting.

Tuesday 26th.Dancing Class 8.30.p.m. to 10.00.p.m. MCH.Room I. 8.30.p.m. A.A. Meeting will take place.

Wednesday 27th.Dancing 4-5.p.m. MCH. Bowles MCH. 8.p.m.

Thursday 28th.Dancing 4-6p.m. MCH.Legion of Mary Meeting Room I.8p.m. MCH.Pauline Talk.8.p.m.

Friday 29th.Block Booking . Official Opening of Art Exhibition at 8.30.p.m.MCH.

Saturday 30th.Art Exhibition MCH 8-10.p.m.

Sunday 31st. Art Exhibition. 3-6.p.m.MCH

Catholic Newspapers Available on sale and through the Legion of Mary in the Parish.Irish and English papers available each weekend.

Please purchase the paper in the church or from the kind members of the Legion of Mary who sell them in the parish.We thank them for this.

Altar Servers Group for the
week.May 24th.Group 2.Laura Coyle, Cameron Birney and Amy Gahan .Servers are expected to be present on their week of duty.


Alcoholics Anonymous Group weekly meeting in Parish Centre.

AA group will continue here on Tues,26th.at 8.30.p.m. in Room I. Parish Centre.To get information,please tel. 087.6282646 Bill..

Pope`s intentions for your prayer for the month of May.

That,the laity and Christian Communities may be responsible promoters of priestly and religious vocations. That,the recently founded Catholic Churches, grateful to the Lord, for the gift of faith,may be ready to share in the universal mission of the Church,offering their availability to preach the Gospel throughout the world.

The Year of St.Paul in parish and area. Events planned and in place.

Talks on St.Paul in the Parish Centre continue on Thursday 28th.All welcome.Please come along to this very interesting and valuable time in our parish and deanery at 8.p.m..

Annual Lough Derg local pilgrimage. May 26th. 2009. Details for day.

Mass at 7.a.m. Bus leaves the Square, Castlepollard at 7.30.a.m.,Finea 7.45.a.m.

Credit Union Celebration on the Square. Sunday 31st. 2.30. -5.30.p.m.

Mullngar Town Band, Ceoltas and Greg McCabe Music. Funfare for children. Monster Car Draw. All invited and welcome.

Church Cleaning Rota.Church will be hoovered on Thursday 28th.

Those who kindly clean the Church may do so after the hoovering .

School enrolment for Sept.2009.Application forms now at school.

Parents are reminded they are welcome to call to school for forms, with a view to enrolling children for new school year in September.

First Holy Communion arrangements and preparations for the 23rd.

A short meeting for parents will take place in the school at 7.30.p.m.Monday 18th.Confessions for parents, families and children at 8.30.p.m. Thursday 21st. in St.Michael`s Church.First Holy Communion ceremony with Mass at 11.00.am. Sat. 23rd.

May Devotions in honour of Our Blessed Lady for her month of May.

There will be a special evening of devotions on May 29th.7.30.p.m. to 8.30.p.m. with Rosary and Benediction to celebrate the month of Mary.A short procession around the church grounds will follow the devotions, during which the Litany of Loreto will be recited. The evening will be dedicated to praying for peace and those who are ill.

Every home should have a May altar and every family should strive to offer the Rosary each day for the good of the family in these difficult times.

Easter Confession and Easter Communion before Trinity Sunday.

If you have not been to Confession for Lent and Holy Communion, you are reminded that it is important to rectify this before June 7th.

Eucharistic Congress Dublin 2012.Episcopal Conference Directive.

To cover the cost of running the Congress,the Bishops have requested

that,commencing this Corpus Christ.14th.June and for the next 3 years,

on this feast, a second collection be taken up at all Masses.Please support this collection.The Congress, which was last here in 1932, will be held in Dublin and will involve all the parishes of the country.

The recent Ryan report on the Industrial Schools/Abuse of Youngsters.

We hang our heads in shame, at what occurred and ask forgiveness and support with prayer and compassion all who suffered.We also hope, that in the light of such heinousness, the good done by many in such constrained times and since, will not be forgotten.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Castlepollard, Castletown & Finea Parish Newsletter 17 May 2009

NEWSLETTER

CASTLEPOLLARD, CASTLETOWN & FINEA PARISH

17h.May.2009.SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER. and Feast also of Sts;Paschal Baylon, Restituta and Thalassios the Libyian.

THE WEEK OF PREPARATION FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION IN THE PARISH. WE OFFER OUR PRAYERFUL SUPPORT TO THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.


First Holy Communion Mass;Saturday 23rd May at 11.00.am.

There are 17 children for First Holy Communion from the parish on Saturday next. We welcome each one of them and wish them well.

Recently, they all met the Lord, the Good Shepherd, in their First Confession. All during the year, in 2nd Class they have been preparing for both Sacraments.The teacher, priest and parents have been involved in the work of preparation.Most of the work involved has been done in the classroom and we are very grateful to the teacher for working so committedly with the class.Practices have been taking place in the church and parents have attended preparatory meetings for both Sacramental occasions.The children are fully aware that they are meeting the Lord Jesus in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist, as they receive First Holy Communion.It is important that we support that faith.We must pray that their faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist will deepen and become stronger in their lives.

Maintaining that faith growth, in practice, means it is nourished by personal prayer and family prayer and worship.It is important to state that while, First Communion Day, is a very central and focal one for the child, the family and parish community, it is the beginning of a whole way of Christian life that will ensure participation in Sunday Mass each Sunday and a development in learning more about the content of our religion every day of one`s life. It would be sad if First Communion day was treated like a once off social occasion, soon to be forgotten.This would be to miss the whole point of what such an important celebration is all about.It would also be a great pity that such a day would be marred by concentrating on an outward show related to dressing and fashion, bouncy castles and partying only, while gliding over the essential core of what the day is all about.Dressing suitably for the occasion and having a celebratory family meal are very much part of the day, but none of this should go overboard;simple ways are often best appreciated and valued by the child and all concerned.Parents should not be put under pressure, by commercial interests from outside, to celebrate in an exaggerated style unworthy of the spiritual occasion it is.The Church sees it as a day that Jesus is welcomed into the child`s life in a most intimate way, in the Eucharist, the beginning of a life pattern of active faith life which will bring joy and inner peace as well as healing and comfort throughout life and not just as a once off social occasion, overcelebrated and undervalued.We wish our children a very memorable day and many more besides, in union with the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist.


Fr.Patrick A. Moore P.P.VF.

Parochial House.

044.9661126/0872510855.

Email: moorep@eircom.net

Fr. B. Condron.C.C.

Castletown Finea.

043.81141.



Sunday Masses

10.15 St. Peter's Centre. Weekday Mass 8.15.a.m. St.Michael`s

11.00. Castletown or Finea Saturday Mass at 10.a.m.

11.15. St.Michael's Confessions. 10.20.a.m.; 3.00.p.m. and

Vigil 7.p.m. St. Michael's 6.45.p.m. and 7.30.p.m. Sats.

Vigil 8.p.m. Castletown or Finea.

Adoration. 3-8.p.m. Mon-Thurs incl.

10.a.m.-12 noon. Tues and Wed.



LITURGICAL CALENDAR FOR THE COMING WEEK IN THE PARISH


Collection for May 9th. May 10th.Weekly Envelope €847.50 and Offertory Collection €565.19. and €67.64 St.Peter`s. Thanks to all who generously contribute each week and to each collection.May; Month dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary.Year of St.Mark in the Liturgy.Year of St Paul in the Universal Church.U.N. Year of Astronomy.Year of St.Bernadette in Lourdes

Sunday 17th.SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER and Feast of Sts; Paschal Baylon, Restituta and Thalassios the Libyan.


THE PASCHAL SEASON CONTINUES.


Monday 18th.Monday 6th.Week of Easter and Feast also of Sts;Pope John 1,Eric of Sweden,Leonardo Murialdo and Venantius.Short Meeting of First Communion Parents at 7.30.p.m. in school.

Tuesday 19th.Tuesday 6th.week of Easter and Feast of Sts;Pope Celestine V,Theophilus,Dunstan,Pudentiana and Juliana.

Wednesday 20th.Wednesday 6th. Week of Easter and Feast of Sts; Bernardine of Siena and Plautilla.Meeting.St.Joseph`s Young Priests` Society at 7.p.m. Pre-Baptism Meeting 8.p.m.

Thursday 21st.Thursday 6th.Week of Easter and Feast of Sts;Andrew Bobola,Godric,Christopher Magallanes and Companions,Victorinus and Donatus.Legion of Mary Meeting.Room I. 8.p.m.Confessions 8.30.p.m. with three priests available for parents and families of First Communion children.

Friday.22nd.Friday 5th.Week of Easter and Feast of Sts;Rita of Cascia,John Forrest,Umilita and Maltiano.

Saturday 23rd.Saturday of 6th.Week of Easter and Feast of Sts; William of Rochester,Desiderius,Emilia and Ivo .Mass at 11.00.a.m. First Holy Communion Mass.Confessions after Mass, and at 3.p.m. and before, and after the Vigil Mass. 7.p.m.

Sunday 24th.ASCENSION OF THE LORD and Feast of Sts;Donatian,Rogation,David of Scotland,Vincent of Lerins and OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS.


MASS INTENTIONS (17th.May to 24th. May 09.)

Sunday.17th.Readings.Acts.10.25-26,34-35,44-48.Ps.97.1.Jn.4.7-10. Jn.15. 9-17 (Sat. 16th.Mass.at 10.00.a.m.Ann.James and Margaret Murray. Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.Vigil Mass at 7.p.m.Ann.Annie Nea) Sun..10.15.a.m. St.Peter`s.Ann.William and Kathleen Creggy. St.Michael`s.11.15.a.m.Ann.Harry Reynolds and decd.Masterson Family.

Monday: 18th.Readings;Acts.16.11-15.Ps.149.Jn.15.26-16.4.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Parents` Meeting 7.30.p.m..

Tuesday 19th.Readings.Acts.16.22-34.Ps.137. Jn.16.5-11.Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Wednesday 20th.Readings.Acts 17.15,22-18.1.Ps.148. Jn.16.12-15.Mass at 8.15.a.m.St.Joseph`s Young Priests`Society Meeting 7.p.m..Pre-Baptism Meeting 8.p.m.

Thursday 21st.Readings.Acts 18.1-8.Ps.97.Jn.16.16-20.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Ann.Bridie Corrigan,Water St.Legion of Mary Parish Centre Room 1 8.p.m.8.30.p.m. Confessions for Ist Communion families.

Friday 22nd.Readings.Acts;18.9-18.Ps.46.Jn.16.20-23.Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Saturday 23rd.Readings.Acts.18.23-28.Ps.46.Jn.16.23-28. Mass at 11.00.a.m.First Communion Mass and Private Intention.Refrehments in Parish Centre afterwards.Confessions after Mass,at 3.p.m. and before and after Vigil Mass at 7.p.m. Ann.Laurence Kennedy, Glenview.

Sunday 24th.Readings.Acts 1.1-11.Ps.46.Eph.4.1-13.Mk.16.15-20. St.Peter`s.Mass at 10.15.a.M.M. Larry Dowd late of Green St and Dublin. Mass at 11.15.a.m.Ann.Martin,Micheal and Lil Bergin, Dublin Rd.Please continue to pray for all who are ill in the parish and for those who care for them.

R.I.P.

Please pray for all who have died recently,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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES FOR THE WEEK.

Baptism preparation course on Third Wednesday at.8.p.m.

Those with babies for Baptism should register for this course

in the Parish Centre, two weeks beforehand.It will be run by the Multy Group,Wed,May 20th.at 8.p.m.Parents, who have no babysitters, may take the baby along.


Parish Centre Programme for week;May 17th.to May 24th.

Monday 18th. Bowles MCH 8.p.m. 9.p.m.Room 1 Tidy Towns Meeting.

Tuesday 19th.Dancing Class 8.30.p.m. to 10.00.p.m. MCH.Room I. 8.30.p.m. A.A. Meeting will take place.

Wednesday 20th.Dancing 4-5.p.m. MCH. Bowles MCH. 8.p.m.St Joseph`s Young Priests` Society 7.p.m. Pre Baptism Meeting 8.p.m. both Room I.

Thursday 21st.Dancing 4-6p.m. MCH.Legion of Mary Meeting Room I.8p.m. MCH.

Friday 22nd.Block Booking .

Saturday 23rd.First Communion Festival 12 noon MCH.

Catholic Newspapers Available on sale and through the Legion of Mary in the Parish.Irish and English papers available each weekend.

Please purchase the paper in the church or from the kind members of the Legion of Mary who sell them in the parish.We thank them for this.


Altar Servers Group for the
week.May 17th.Group 1 Girls.Niamh McCarthy, Lucy Murray,Shannon Daly and Siobhan Nea .Servers are expected to be present on their week of duty.


Alcoholics Anonymous Group weekly meeting in Parish Centre.

AA group will continue here on Tues,19th.at 8.30.p.m. in Room I. Parish Centre.To get information,please tel. 087.6282646 Bill..


Pope`s intentions for your prayer for the month of May.

That,the laity and Christian Communities may be responsible promoters of priestly and religious vocations. That,the recently founded Catholic Churches, grateful to the Lord, for the gift of faith,may be ready to share in the universal mission of the Church,offering their availability to preach the Gospel throughout the world.


The Year of St.Paul in parish and area. Events planned and in place.

Talks on St.Paul in the Parish Centre continue on Thursday 28th.All welcome.Please come along to this very interesting and valuable time in our parish and deanery at 8.p.m..


Annual Lough Derg local pilgrimage. May 26th. 2009. Details for date.

Please contact Mary Fivey. 96.61506 or Mary Mulligan 043.81136 for booking from now on for Tues 26th May.


Congratulations to the school team on reaching the final.St.Michael`s

N.S,team will be playing in the final; in Mullingar on Sunday 17th.at 4.30.p.m. We wish them well.


School enrolment for Sept.2009.Application forms now at school.

Parents are reminded they are welcome to call to school for forms, with a view to enrolling children for new school year in September.


First Holy Communion arrangements and preparations for the 23rd.

A short meeting for parents will take place in the school at 7.30.p.m.Monday 18th.Confessions for parents, families and children at 8.30.p.m. Thursday 21st. in St.Michael`s Church.First Holy Communion ceremony with Mass at 11.00.am. Sat. 23rd.


May Devotions in honour of Our Blessed Lady for her month of May.

There will be a special evening of devotions on May 29th.7.30.p.m. to 8.30.p.m. with Rosary and Benediction to celebrate the month of Mary.A short procession around the church grounds will follow the devotions, during which the Litany of Loreto will be recited. The evening will be dedicated to praying for peace and those who are ill.

Every home should have a May altar and every family should strive to offer the Rosary each day for the good of the family in these difficult times.


Easter Confession and Easter Communion before Trinity Sunday.

If you have not been to Confession for Lent and Holy Communion, you are reminded that it is important to rectify this before June 7th.