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Parish Newsletter 15 March 2009

NEWSLETTER

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.

044.9661126/0872510855.         043.81141.

Email: moorep@eircom.net


 

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 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.


 


 


 


 

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.


 


 

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.

Parish Bulletin 8 March 2009

NEWSLETTER

CASTLEPOLLARD, CASTLETOWN & FINEA PARISH

8th.March.2009.SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, and Feast also of Sts;Senan and John of God and Silvanus.

A MEDITATION ON THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS FOR LENT.

Lent is a time to tame the wild beasts in our lives.Over the centuries, these have been associated with what came to be known as the Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Capital Sins. An article appeared in a newspaper last week depicting them and, strangely, analysing them on the basis of which of them were easier for men or women, related to their different makeups,to commit.This article stated that some people had forgotten what the seven sins and the opposite virtues were.So, perhaps we should take a brief look at them both.All of us should know that the seven are; pride; covetousness; lust; anger; gluttony; envy and sloth.In opposition to them the virtues are known as Humility;Charity;Chastity; Patience;Temperance;Kindness and Diligence. The list goes back to the 6th C to Pope Gregory the Great and again comes up in Dante`s Divine Comedy. The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the recent statement of Bishop Gianfranco Girotti of the Sacred Penetentiary in the Vatican, include in these seven deadly sins, modern sins such as environmental pollution,genetic manipulation,obscene wealth,infliction of poverty,drug trafficking,morally debatable experiments, and violation of the human rights of nature.This all makes a great deal of sense, but the basics are still the same ; the roots are clear.

Pride;(superbia) It is considered to be the most serious; it was the sin of Lucifer who became Satan.It is the desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others and having an excessive love of self, keeping God out of the picture.Vanity and narcissism are prime examples of the sin of pride. It has nothing to do with a positive appreciation of self, healthy self esteem and an awareness of talents given as gifts by God,all of which are necessary for good healthy human growth.It is,in fact, assuming that all we have and are is due to self and no one else, not even God and that frame of mind eventually gets a fall.The book of Proverbs states that one of the six things the Lord hates is the proud look.The devil, the father of pride, tried to tempt Jesus, in the desert, to sin by pride,but failed, since Jesus referred all that He had and was, was due to the love of the heavenly Father.Once we see how much we need God, how much we owe Him, how much we depend on Him and how much He loves us, we will be able to conquer the temptation to commit the deadly sin of pride.Pride always gets a fall.


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

Parochial House. Castletown Finea.

044.9661126/0872510855. 043.81141.

Email: moorep@eircom.net


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 February 28th.February /1st.March.Weekly Envelope €1465.00. and Offertory Collection €\Lenten Offerings.Thank you for supporting the Weekly Collections and Lenten Offerings Collection; we are most deeply grateful.A report on 6 weeks of envelope collection will issue mid 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 8th.SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT and Feast of Sts;Senan,John of God and Silvanus.

THE SACRED SEASON OF LENT CONTINUES.

Monday 9th.Second Week of Lent and Feast also of Sts;Frances of Rome,Catherine of Bologna,Pacian, Veremund and Aibert.

Tuesday 10th.Second Week of Lent and Feast of Sts;John Oglivie,Forty Martyrs of England and Wales and Macrinus.Liturgy Committee meet at 7.p.m. Room I.Parish Centre.

Wednesday 11th.Second Week of Lent and Feast of Sts; Aengus, Constantine,Sopohorinus,and Candidus.

Thursday 12th.Second Week of Lent and Feast of Sts; Maximilian,Theophanes,Pope Innocent I,and Seraphina.Legion of Mary Meeting.Room I. 8.p.m.Diocesan Meeting of St.Joseph`s Young Priests` Society with Mass followed by meeting in Parish Centre.

Friday.13th.Second Week of Lent and Feast of Sts; Euphrasia, Roderick,Sabinus, Joseph of Arimathea and Blessed Ida of Louvain.

Saturday 14th.Second Week of Lent and Feast of Sts;Maud,Leobinus,Mathilda and Eutychius.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. Polish Mass at 8.p.m.

Sunday 15th.THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT and Feast also of Sts; Longinus,Isaac of Spoleto,Louise de Maurillac,Clement Hofbauer and Lucretia.


MASS INTENTIONS (8th.March to 15th. March 09.)

Sunday.8th.Readings Gen.22.1-29-13,15-18.Ps.115 Rom.8.31-34.Mk.9.2-10. Mass.Sat.at 10.00.a.m.Ann.Jimmy McGlynn, Water Lane.Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.and before and after Mass at 7.p.m. Vigil Ann.John O Rourke, Shrunaheala.St.Peter`s 10.15.a.m. Ann. Michael, Margaret and Martin Fagan.St.Michael`s 11.15.a.m.Ann.May Blacoe. Church St.

Monday: 9th.Readings;Dan.9.4-10.Ps.79.Lk.6.36-38.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Ann. Decd.members of Smyth Family,Loughpark.

Tuesday 10th.Readings.Is1.10,16-20.Ps.49.Mt.23.1-12.Mass at 8.15.a.m. Ann.Joe Shiels, Glenview.Maple Court Mass at 3.p.m.Liturgy Meeting at 7.p.m.Room I.Parish Centre.

Wednesday 11th.Readings.Jer.18.18-20.Ps.30.Mt.20.17-28.Mass at 8.15.a.m.Ann.Oliver Halpin, Church St.

Thursday 12th.Readings.Jer.17.5-10.Ps.1.Lk.16.19-31.Mass at 8.15.a.m. Legion of Mary meet at 8.p.m. Room I.Parish Centre.8.00.p.m. St.Joseph`s Young Priests` Society Mass and Meeting afterwards in the Parish Centre.

Friday 13th.Readings.Gen.37.3-4,12-13,17-28.Ps.104.Mt.21.21,33-43,45-46..Mass at 8.15.a.m.

Saturday 14th.Readings.Mic.7.14-15,18-20.Ps.102.Lk.15.1-3,11-32.Mass at 10.00.a.m Ann.Decd. Members of Castlepollard Branch.I.C.A. Confessions after Mass and at 3.p.m.and before and after Vigil Mass 7.p.m.Ann.Sean Murphy, The Square.Polish Mass at 8.p.m..

Sunday 15th.Readings.Ex. 20.1-17,Ps.18.I Cor.1.22-25.Jn.2.13-25. St.Peter`s. at 10.15.a.m.Mass at 11.15.a.m.Ann.Laura McCormack, Stonetown.


R.I.P.

Please pray for all who have died in recent times,
Noel O
Connor, Mullingar,Rose Clarke nee Paterson, Birmingham and late Glenview.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.8th.-.Mar.15th.

Monday 9th. Bowles MCH 8.p.m.

Tuesday 10th.I.C.A.Meeting, Room I. 10.30.a.m.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 11th.Dancing 4-5.p.m. MCH. Bowles MCH 8.p.m.

Thursday 12th.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.St.Joseph`s Young Priests`Society Meeting at 8.3.0.p.m. MCH.

Friday 13th.Block Booking .

Sat 14th.6-10.p.m. Reserved 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.8th..2009.Group 6 Boys.Barry Higgins; Joseph Rabbitt;Lee Kiernan; Aaaron O Reilly and Darragh 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,10th.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.

Thanks to all who helped with the meeting for Parents on March 5th at 8.p.m. in Parish Centre,and to all who helped with refreshments afterwards which is deeply appreciated.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.

Mullingar Choral Society. Presents Mendelssohn`s Elijah. 08.03.09.

This magnificent performance will be at 8.p.m. in Christ the King Cathedral.Tickets are €20 available at Arts Centre, Day`s Bazaar and at door on night.Please support.

Castlepollard Hurling Club.Underage A.G.M.G.A.A.Complex.11.03.09.

Parents of all underage hurlers are invited to attend this vital meeting at 9.p.m.as well as all other parties, with a vested interest in the underage scheme.Please come along.