CASTLEPOLLARD, CASTLETOWN & FINEA PARISH
15th.March.2009.THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, and Feast also of Sts;Longinus,Isaac of Spoleto,Louise de Maurillac,Clement Hofbauer and Lucretia.
A MEDITATION ON THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS FOR LENT.
Last week we meditated on the first Capital or Deadly sin,Pride, and saw how it, as a root of evil, can bring us down and away from God. God sees to it that the haughty are taken down a step and the humble exalted.Pride has no place in the life of a Christian, since it rejects others and their efforts.
The next deadly sin to consider for Lent, is covetousness.Covetousness ( avaritia ) or greed is a sin of excess..As greed, it is applied to acquisition of wealth in particular.It also relates to the desire to acquire more and more possessions.The world, at present, is suffering badly from the fallout of greed.The whole economic crisis has been caused by greed or covetousness. People could never feel satisfied,wanting more and more and accumulating.Spending rather than saving became a way of life for too many.People took on too many jobs and took short cuts in carrying out work and contracts and duties.Reliability and keeping ones`s word went off the map.Overcharging and putting up prices became the order of the day.Above all greed drove people away from God;every moment of time was used to make money; even the Lord`s day and God, for many, was put on the back burner.People had little time for one another either and got into a fever of tension, called stress.Marriages went to the wall in some instances and family life was well and truly shattered for too many.The bubble had to burst and burst it did.Writ large for all of us is the outcome of greed or being covetous.St.Thomas Aquinas said that greed is a sin against God because it condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things, in other words, a strange god takes over in place of the true God.In Dante`s Il Purgatorio, the penitents were bound and laid face down on the ground for having concentrated too much on earthly thoughts.The word avarice related to greed and covetousness, being the Latin root for it, is more a blanket term to describe many other examples of greedy behaviour which include, disloyalty,deliberate betrayal,treason for personal gain, for example through bribery.Scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects,drug dealing and drug wars, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed.The opposite to greed is charity or generous love and is the great cementer of relationships in all spheres of life;it, and not greed, is the motif of the Christian life.Beware of greed it makes a stone of the heart.!
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
Collection for February 7th.March.8th.March;Weekly Envelope €875.00. and Offertory Collection €705.61.Thank you for supporting the Weekly Collections and Lenten Offerings Collection; we are most deeply grateful.A report on 8 weeks of envelope collection will issue end March. Month of March dedicated to St Joseph.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.U.N. Year of Astronomy.
Sunday 15th.THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT and Feast of Sts; Longinus, Isaac of Spoleto,Louise de Maurillac,Clement Hofbauer and Lucretia.
THE SACRED SEASON OF LENT CONTINUES.
Monday 16th.Third Week of Lent and Feast also of Sts;Heribert and Syriac.7.p.m. Vigil Mass of St.Patrick`Day.
Tuesday 17th.Third Week of Lent and Feast of Sts;Patrick,National Patron.Masses as on Sundays and Parade at 5.30.p.m.
Wednesday 18th.Third Week of Lent and Feast of Sts;Cyril of Jerusalem and Salvadore.Confessions in .N.S. 7.p.m. St.Joseph`s Young Priests` Society Meeting and 8.p.m.Pre-Baptism Meeting.
Thursday 19th.Third Week of Lent and Feast of Sts;Joseph.Legion of Mary Meeting.Room I. 8.p.m.
Friday.20th.Third Week of Lent and Feast of Sts;Cuthbert Magnus, Herbert,Claudia and Leontius.
Saturday 21st.Third Week of Lent and Feast of Sts; Enda, Serapion,Clement and Blessed John of Parma.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 22nd.FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (Laetare Sunday.)and Feast also of Sts;Benevenuto,Lactean,Rita, Lea and Sophia of Kiev. Mothers`Day.12.15.p.m. Baptism.
MASS INTENTIONS (15th.March to 22nd. March 09.)
Sunday.15th.Readings Ez.20.1-17.Ps.18.I Cor.1.22-25.Jn.2.13-25. Mass.Sat.at 10.00.a.m.Ann.Decd.Castlepollard Branch members of I.C.A. Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.and before and after Mass at 7.p.m. Vigil Ann.Sean Murphy late of the Square.St.Peter`s 10.15.a.m. St.Michael`s 11.15.a.m.Ann.Laura McCormack, Stonetown.
Monday: 16th.Readings;2 Kg.5.1-15.Ps. 41-42.Lk.4.24-30.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Mass at 7.p.m. Vigil of St.Patrick`s Day. Ann. Joe Kennedy,The Square.
Tuesday 17th.Readings.Jer.1.4-9.Ps.116.Rom.10.9-18.Mk.16.15-20.Mass at 10.15.a.m. St.Peter`s.11.15.a.m.St.Michael`s with blessing of Shamrock.Ann.Maureen Fagan,Church St.
Wednesday 18th.Readings.Deut.4.1,5-9.Ps.147.Mt.5.17-19..Mass at 8.15.a.m.Maple Court Mass at 3.p.m.. Confession N.S.7.p.m. St.Joseph`s Young Priests` Society Meeting.Pre-Baptism Meeting 8.p.m.
Thursday 19th.Readings.2 Sam. 7.4-5,12-14,16.Ps.88.Rom.4.13,16-18,22.Mt.1.16,18-21,24..Mass at 8.15.a.m.Ann.Patrick and Mary Fagan,The Square.Legion of Mary meet at 8.p.m. Room I.Parish Centre.
Friday 20th.Readings.Hos.14.2-10.Ps.80.Mk.12.28-34.Mass at 8.15.a.m. Ann.Agnes and Frank Halligan,The Square.
Saturday 21st.Readings.Hos.5.15,6.6.Ps.50.Lk.18.9-14.Mass at 10.00.a.m Ann.Moss Finglas, Green St. Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.and before and after Vigil Mass 7.p.m.Ann.Helen McCormack, Loughpark.
Sunday 22nd.Readings.2 Chron.36.14-16,19-23.Ps.136.Eph.2.4-10.Jn.3.14-21. St.Peter`s. at 10.15.a.m.Mass at 11.15.a.m.Ann.Bert Matthews,London.Baptism 12.15.p.m.
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 Castlepollard Group,Wed,Mar.18th.at 8.p.m.Parents, who have no babysitters, may take the baby along.
Parish Centre Programme for week,Mar.15th.-.Mar.22nd.
Monday 16th. Bowles MCH 8.p.m.
Tuesday 17th.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 18th.Dancing 4-5.p.m. MCH. Bowles MCH 8.p.m.Pre-Baptism Meeting 8.p.m. Room.I. and Gun Club Meeting 9.p.m.
Thursday 19th.Art Class MCH. 10.30.a.m. to 12.30.p.m.Dancing 4-6p.m. MCH.Legion of Mary Meeting Room I.8.p.m.
Friday 20th.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.Mar.15th..2009.Group 4.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,17th.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 March.
That,the role of women may be more appreciated and used to good advantage in every country in the world.
That,in the light of the letter addressed to them by Pope Benedict XVI, the bishops, priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful of the Catholic Church in the Popular Republic of China, may commit themselves to being the sign and instrument of unity, communion and peace.
Fatima Pilgrimage 7th-14th.May 2009. Details in Church Porch Notices.
For those details, please contact Maura at 0868069891/0449371170.
Confirmation meeting and day with a call for help for hospitality.
Confirmation is on 26thMarch at 11.00.a.m. There will be hospitality for all three parishes in the Parish Centre afterwards.The Parents Council are requesting cakes, buns and other goodies for the day from parishioners for this.Please support their efforts in welcoming all and serving the all important refreshments, after wards.Extra help is also needed for this and for cleaning up grounds and church for pastoral visit of bishop and Confirmation families and visitors
The Year of St.Paul in parish and area. Events planned and in place.
There will be a Novena on some themes of St.Paul`s life and teaching here in the church with a different speaker during Mass each of the nights, commencing on March 25th. and ending on April 6th.The Novena will pray for all who are ill, those who have faith and family problems and for a deepening of our own individual faith.We expect parishioners and others to come to this time of indulgenced prayer in this special Year of St.Paul, who is a very powerful saint. Talks on St.Paul in the Parish Centre are now for booking.Please use the booking form in church..
The icon of St.Paul, will travel through the deanery commencing in April and ending in June, with special ceremonies when it is in the churches of each parish.Then, the talks on St.Paul, for which we will have to book, will be 30th.April,7th and 28th.May.