Third Sunday of Lent, Year C.  24th March 2019

We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Recently Deceased: Maureen Lane, nee Mulrooney. Melbourne, Australia & Ballycallan.

Jimmy & Mollie Maher, Ballykeeffe (Sat 7.30). Billy Ronan, Ballykeeffe (Sun 10.30)

Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Peggy Brennan, Kilbraghan (1st Anniversary (Sun 9.30)
Tommy Butler, Corstown. Months Mind (Sun 10.30)

Communion Class
Congratulations and well done to the young people who received their First Penance (confession) last Wednesday. They had practiced really hard for the sacrament and this produced a meaningful celebration of God’s forgiveness.
The young people will now continue with leading the prayers and bringing up the offertory at our Saturday evening Mass. This is a helpful way to involve them, as well as remind us all that we have an obligation to attend Mass every week.

Parish Envelopes

By now, you should have received your new envelope pack. It contains both the weekly contribution envelope and the 6 annual priests collection envelopes. Please use both so we can keep track of your contributions. Thanks

Lenten Station
Sincere thanks to all who have, and will contribute to the Lenten Offering for the support of the priest. The envelope for this collection is the first purple envelope in your new weekly contribution pack. The Lenten station is one of 6 collections that make up for the salary of the priest in the parish. Note: the yellow weekly envelope goes to the parish, NOT the priest. Thanks for your support.

Wise Words: It is wonderful what God can do with a broken heart, if He gets all the pieces.   Samuel Chadwick

Cathedral Draw
I’m grateful to the 10 or so people who have joined with the parish in supporting the Cathedral draw,. The Cathedral is the Mother church of our diocese and as such, we all have an obligation to care for it as a place of worship and as the seat of our diocese.
The first of the draws for the coming year takes place next Wednesday in the Chapter Rooms in St. Mary’s The first prize each month is €2,000, the second is €1000, 3rd €500, followed by a number of smaller prizes, a total of 10 in all. If you would like to join the draw with me, then it’s €10 per month or €120 for the year. Alternatively, you can join in the Cathedral Bookshop and while in there have a look through their many books and religious items.

New Eucharistic Ministers
The last night of training for our new ministers is next Friday in St. Kieran’s College, starting next Friday at 7.30pm. This night will be on the practical elements of being a minister. Current ministers can also attend of they wish.

Parish Readers
There’s a helpful guide to being a reader available in the sacristy. It will assist all readers in preparing for and proclaiming the Word of God. Please do take one, with our compliments.

The Lotto is now a handsome sum of €2,900. That would be a nice win heading into Easter. Tickets are €1.50 from the usual outlets. Thanks to all who support the lotto.

Emigrants Collection
Last weeks collection for emigrants realised €388. Sincere thanks to all who supported this collection.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the hour of conflict. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast Satan down to hell, and with him all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Liturgy Meeting
I hope to meet the Liturgy Group, this Monday, 25th at 8pm in the parish house in Kilmanagh.

Parish Pastoral Council
The PPC will meet at the parish house in Kilmanagh next Wednesday at 7.30pm. There is a lot to discuss and plan for. All members are asked to attend. If you have any item of interest of concern to the parish, then contact any member of the PPC and they will bring it to the meeting.

Sea of Change Choir
My sister-in-law (Anne Taylor), is part of the inspirational choir ‘Sea of Change.’ They went straight to the live shows of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent,’ (Golden Buzzer), and will appear next week on the show. Do consider giving them your vote. If they win, they are donating any winnings and royalties to ‘Aoibhean’s Pink Tie’ an organisation that provides financial and practical support to children and their families battling cancer in Ireland.
You can view and like ‘Sea of Change’ on Facebook and watch their debut on YouTube.
Anne is the girl, front row, centre-left with red hair.

Tree Trimming
After numerous requests, we are planning to trim back the trees along the road at Kilmanagh church Some of them have gone wild and a good trimming back will benefit them. Note, we are not cutting the trees down, just trimming them to about 8 foot. Suggestions welcome.