CASTLEPOLLARD, CASTLETOWN & FINEA PARISH
25th.January .THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME AND FEAST OF CONVERSION OF SAUL.CHRISTIAN UNITY SUNDAY. and Feast also of Sts;Donatus and Gregory the Eastern Theologian.Christian Unity Week of Prayer ends today.
THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE NEW BOX OF ENVELOPES YEAR AND HOW PARISHIONERS CAN HELP ITS SUCCESS.
At this time , each year, the new boxes of envelopes are prepared for dispensing by those who kindly deliver them to the homes in the last week of January.We are deeply grateful to all who collect and count each week and to all prepare as well as deliver the boxes of envelopes.
Each person over 18, who has an income, is invited to help the good running of the parish and to take a box of envelopes.It is essential that the weekly envelope be returned each weekend.We request that €2 as a minimum be put into it or €5, if that can be afforded. The finances accruing from this collection pays for all the repairs and projects taken on in the parish. For instance, most of the cost of repairing the cemetery walks came from this fund, with close on €10,000 still to be paid.We are most grateful to all, who hand in the weekly envelope.We note that our most loyal contributors are the pensioners, some who can least afford it and other people who are very careful to ensure they get the envelope in each week. This is invaluable assistance to the fund and is most deeply appreciated.
We are trying to organise the return of envelopes that should come in and do not.Apart from making a banker`s order available, which some are using, we hope, through the Committee being set up, to keep the collection boosted, to make contact with people who genuinely will support the collection, but from time to time need reminding about sending in their contribution. We hope you will not be irritated by this approach, but if the collection continues to drop in income, we will be unable to run the parish properly. In the pipe line quite a lot of repair and renewal work has to be done on the roof of all three of our churches and the two parochial houses as well as on heating systems and surfacing in grounds.This is all quite expensive and will have to be done in stages.So we must build up the envelope fund to encounter these demands. Shortly, in each parish, a finance committee will be set up, as a response to the diocesan directive and it will be responsible along with the priest for all of this.Each parish has to ensure that it looks after its property and particularly the buildings in its charge.We know that you, our parishioners, with a great history of generosity and Christian responsibility, will be foremost in ensuring this, through your continued support and particularly through the weekly envelope collection, which is a convenient and fruitful resource.
Fr.Patrick A. Moore P.P.VF. Fr. B. Condron.C.C.
Parochial House. Castletown Finea.
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 January 17th./18th.Weekly Envelope,€1366.30 and Offertory Collection €Retired Priests`Fund. Thank you for supporting the Weekly Collections,Retired Priests` Fund Collection,for which we are most deeply grateful. 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 Astronomy.
Sunday 25th.THIRD SUNDAY OF YEAR, FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF SAUL AND CHRISTIAN UNITY SUNDAY and Feast of Sts;Donatus and Gregory the Theologian.End of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.Baptism at 12 noon.Unity Ceremony at 8.p.m.Blessing and Installation of Icon of St.Paul.
THE SEASON OF ORDINARY TIME COMMENCES.
Monday 26th.Third Week in Ordinary Time and Feast also of Sts;Timothy,Titus and Paula.Commencement of Catholic Schools Week. "A Vision for Life."continues until Feb.1st.
Tuesday 27th.Third Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Angela Merici and Julian.
Wednesday 28th.Third Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Thomas Aquinas and Valerius.Deanery Meeting, Delvin at 3.p.m.
Thursday 29th.Third Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Gildas the Wise, Sabinian,Constantine and Papias.Legion of Mary Meeting 8.p.m.25th.Anniv.of Episcopal Ordination of Michael Smith.
Friday.30th.Third Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;Aidan, Bathilde,Hyacinth Mariscotti,Irish Martyrs, Francis Taylor and Margaret Ball. Ballycomoyle Club.Dinner Dance.
Saturday 31st.Third Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of Sts;John Bosco,Founder of the Salesians.Mass at 10.00.a.m.Confessions after Mass and before and after Vigil Mass.Confessions at 3.p.m.Vigil Mass at 7.p.m.
Sunday 1st.FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME AND DIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF SILVER JUBILEE OF BISHOP MICHAEL SMITH. and Feast also of Sts;Brigid, Patroness of Ireland.Mass in Cathedral at 3.p.m. for 25th.Anniv.Celebration.
MASS INTENTIONS (25th.January to 1st.February.2009.)
Sunday.25th.Readings;Jon.3.1-5,10.Ps.24.I Cor.7.29-31.Mk.1.14-20. Mass.Sat.at 10.00.a.m.Ann.Saoirse Casserly-Farrelly.Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.and before and after Mass at 7 p.m. Vigil.Ann.John and Annie Hennessy, Gilbertstown. Sunday.St.Peter`s 10.15.a.m. Ann.Carmel Shiels, the Staff.11.15.a.m.Anniv.Michael Davitt,Dublin Rd.Baptism 3.p.m.Unity Ceremony at 8.p.m.
Monday: 26th.Readings;2 Tim.1.1-8.Ps.95.Lk.10.1-9.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Ann.Anthony McGlynn, Water St.
Tuesday 27th.Readings.Heb.10.1-10.Ps.39.Mk.3.31-35.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Ann. Kathleen, Patrick and Thomas Dowd,Green St.
Wednesday 28th.Readings.Heb.10.11-18.Ps.109.Mk.4.1-20.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Ann. Bernadette and Michael Carroll,The Square.Deanery Meeting 3.p.m. Delvin.
Thursday 29th.Readings.Heb.10.19-25.Ps.23. Mk.4.21-25..Mass at 8.15.a.m.Maple Court Mass at 3.p.m. Legion of Mary meet at 8.p.m. Room I.Parish Centre.
Friday 30th.Readings.Heb10.32-39.Ps.36.Mk.4.26-34.Mass at 8.15.a.m.
Saturday 31st.Readings.Heb.11.1-2,8-19.Ps.Lk.1.69-75.Mk.4.35-41.Mass at 10.00.a.m Ann.Peter Masterson, Robinstown, with memory of Patrick also.Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.and before and after Vigil Mass 7.p.m.Ann.Thomas O Driscoll, Limerick.
Sunday 1st.Readings.Deut.18.15-20.Ps.94.I Cor.7.32-35.Mk.1.21-28. St.Peter`s. at 10.15.a.m.Mass at 11.15.a.m. Ann. Joseph Markey,Cresley.3.p.m. Silver Jubilee Mass of Bishop Michael Smith.
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.
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,Feb.18th.at 8.p.m.Parents, who have no babysitters, may take the baby along.
Parish Centre Programme for week, Jan 25th.to Feb.1st.
Sunday 25th.MCH.3-5.p.m.Comhaltas.Clann Lir Branch
Monday 26th.6-7.p.m.Weightwatching/ Gymnastic class.Room I. Bowles MCH 8.p.m.
Tuesday 27th.Dancing Class 8.30.p.m. to 10.00.p.m. MCH.8.30.p.m.Room I. A.A. Meeting will take place.
Wednesday 28th.Dancing 4-5.p.m. MCH. Bowles MCH 8.p.m.
Thursday 29th.Dancing 4-6p.m. MCH.Legion of Mary Meeting Room I. 8.p.m.
Friday 30th.Block Booking.
Catholic Newspapers available each weekend in parish. Please support.
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.Jan 25th.2009.Group 4
Boys.Ciaran Fagan,Oisin Weitzman,Jason Hannon and Michael Carroll.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,27th.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 February.
That,the Pastors of the Church may always be docile to the action of the Holy Spirit in their teaching and in their service of God`s people.
That,the Church in Africa may find adequate ways and means to promote reconciliation, justice and peace, efficaciously, according to the indications of the Synod of the Bishops` Specail Assembly for Africa.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th.to 25th.Jan. in St.Paul`s Year.
Christian Unity week of Prayer commenced, with the theme;"that they may be one in your hands".The ceremony here this year takes place in the Church of Ireland on Sunday 25th. Feast of Conversion of Saul at 8.p.m, with compline and talk, as well as refreshments,
Annual Weekly Envelope Collection.Dispensation of Boxes.Notice.
The boxes will be dispensed by those who kindly do this work each year at end of January.Those who kindly dispense the boxes and literature are requested to come to the Parochial House on Wed. 28th.at 8.p.m.The Trocaire boxes will be dispensed this week too..
Ballycomoyle G.A.A.Club Annual Dinner Dance.Bloomfield Hotel.
This will be on Friday 30th.Jan.Tickets available.087.2207374.Please support this local club which does great work in the area.
Ringtown Camogie Club Annual General Meeting on 29th.January.
This will take place in Ringtown at 8.p.m.next Thursday.
North Westmeath Suicide Outreach Group Monthly Meeting Notice
The monthly meeting will take place in the Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar,on Thurs.3rd.Feb. New Volunteers very welcome.Contact no. is 087.7979890.Please support.
Church Cleaning for the month of January ending.Thursday 29th.
The church will be hoovered on that date. Cleaning may take place as suits after that. We are very grateful to all who do this good work.