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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. 23rd February Year A(II)
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Anniversaries   
Carmel O’ Halloran, Pottlerath (Sat 6.30)
May Purcell, Ballykeeffe (Sun 9am)
Michael Murphy, Dreelingstown (Sun 10:15)
Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Richie Murphy, Killeen (Sat 6.30)
Tommy Maher, Damma Upper (Sun 10:15)
Ash Wednesday
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  We will have Mass in Kilmanagh at 10am and at 7pm in Ballycallan.  At these Masses, the ashes from last year’s Palm Sunday branches will be blessed and placed on our foreheads as a sign of repentance and our willingness to prepare for 40 days in readiness for the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection at Easter. 
Lent
And as Lent begins, we enter into a holy time of fasting and prayer, readying ourselves for the events of Easter.  Lent is 40 days and reflects Jesus’ time in the desert where hunger, thirst and temptation were put before him.  We too are invited to face our own personal ‘demons’ follow the example of our Lord in choosing God above all else. 
A Journey
Of course, 40 days can be quite long, and life can make us forget what, and why we are doing something.  As a help through these 40 days, a sheet is available  in our churches that gives you a small task to complete each day of Lent, from giving to charity to forgiving a wrong, it’s practical, it’s challenging and most of all, it’s possible for everyone.
Do Take a sheet with you and see if you would like to follow a step a day right up until Easter.
Trócaire Boxes
A way of helping those less fortunate than ourselves is to take a Trócaire and box and put some of the money you save from ‘giving up something,’ into it.  The money collected is used to fund Trócaire’s third world programmes.  Boxes are available at the back of all churches.
Confirmation
We keep in our prayers the 47 young people from our parish and school who will receive their confirmation this coming Thursday.  This is the final sacrament of initiation that will make these young people full members of our church.
We extend a warm welcome to Bishop Farrell who will confer the sacrament on the young people. 
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.
Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
Bookings for our Pilgrimage, May 17th to 22nd inclusive, can be now made directly with Liz Molphy, Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 2410800
Email: info@joewalshtours.ie Anyone wishing to travel as an Assisted/Sick Pilgrim, should contact the Co-Ordinator, Anna Corr on 086 0744675. All bookings should be made and paid for before Good Friday, April, 10th 2020. Fare €790 p.p.s.  Application forms available at the back of the church
Ossory Bookshop
St Mary's Cathedral Book & Gift Shop stocks a large selection of books, rosaries, crucifixes, gifts and cards. There are over 40 different Bibles on display. It has recently received new stock for First Communions and Confirmations. It also has Irish language Mass Cards, Mass Bouquets and First Communion Rosettes. Opening times, Tuesday to Friday, 9.00 - 5.00
St. Aidan’s NS
Enrolments for Sept. 2020 are now being accepted by St. Aiden's N.S.  Enrolment forms are available on our website, www.staidans.scoilnet.ie by phoning Brigid on 7769340 or from Carmel Everard. Enrolment forms need to be returned before March 31st.
(Note: Those applying to the school, you need a birth cert for your application, you DO NOT need a baptismal cert.  Fr. Liam)
Preparing for Lent & Holy Week
A number of initiatives are planned by the diocese for the season of lent.  See posters in the churches for details.
Parish Envelopes
Thanks to all who contribute to the parish.  Using the parish envelopes, and contributing €5 per week, may allow us to claim back the tax that has been paid on you contribution if you are PAYE, self-employed or those who pay tax on pensions etc.  New envelopes will be distributed for the new year starting in March.  If you don’t already receive envelopes and would like to contribute to your parish, then get in touch.
Thanks
Thanks from the Irish Wheelchair Association for supporting their recent church gate collection.  The Amount raised was €360.
Thanks also from the Carers Association, their recent collection raised €270.
Day of Prayer for Abuse Survivors
Next Friday is the Day of Prayer for Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Our Mass at 10am will be offered for this intention and we will light the candle of atonement which will burn throughout the day in our 3 churches. All are welcome to join us in praying for this special intention

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (II) 16th February 2020
We Pray For Our Deceased Loved Ones
Recently Deceased: Carmel Byrne, Ballykeeffe.
Margaret (Peggy) Cassin (nee Egan), Dama, Ballycallan & Ballacolla.
Anniversaries   
Liam Delaney, Ballycuddihy (Sun 10:15)
Ursula & Pat Maher, St. Fiacre’s Place.
Anniversary Masses Next Weekend:
Carmel O’ Halloran, Pottlerath (Sat 6.30)
Michael Murphy, Dreelingstown (Sun 10:15)
Welcome Sisters
Sisters from St. Elisabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus will be visiting our parish this coming Tuesday and Thursday to tell us a little about their work and to offer for sale, Christian handcrafts made in their community. The money raised goes toward their charitable projects, such as children with special needs in belorussian orphanages. They will visit us on Tuesday, 18th in Kilmanagh church at 10am and on Thursday, 20th, in Ballycallan church at 7pm.
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.
Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
Bookings for our Pilgrimage, May 17th to 22nd inclusive, can be now made directly with Liz Molphy, Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 2410800
Email: info@joewalshtours.ie Anyone wishing to travel as an Assisted/Sick Pilgrim, should contact the Co-Ordinator, Anna Corr on 086 0744675. All bookings should be made and paid for before Good Friday, April, 10th 2020. Fare €790 p.p.s.
Application forms available at the back of the church
Ossory Bookshop
St Mary's Cathedral Book & Gift Shop stocks a large selection of books, rosaries, crucifixes, gifts and cards. There are over 40 different Bibles on display. It has recently received new stock for First Communions and Confirmations. It also has Irish language Mass Cards, Mass Bouquets and First Communion Rosettes. Opening times, Tuesday to Friday, 9.00 - 5.00
Defibrillator Course
We have 16 volunteers so far for the course. We will now begin to target individuals who work locally and who would be available at short notice should an emergency arise. Training will take place on Saturday, 21st March . A maximum of 20 can be trained at any one time. If you think you’d be interested please let myself or Siobhán O’ Brien, the organiser know. More on this next week.
St. Aidan’s NS
Enrolments for Sept. 2020 are now being accepted by St. Aiden's N.S. Enrolment forms are available on our website, www.staidans.scoilnet.ie by phoning Brigid on 7769340 or from Carmel Everard. Enrolment forms need to be returned before March 31st.
(Note: Those applying to the school, you need a birth cert for your application, you DO NOT need a baptismal cert. Fr. Liam)
Preparing for Lent & Holy Week
The Diocesan Liturgy Committee will present an evening of preparation for LENT AND HOLY WEEK in St. Fiacre's Church on Monday 17th February at 7.30 pm. Fr. Dan Carroll (PP Danesfort), Ms. Maeve Mahon (Faith Development Services, Kildare and Leighlin Diocese) and Fr. Richard Scriven (Adm. St. Mary's Cathedral) will present an evening on ‘The Liturgy and Scripture of Lent and Holy Week. Preparing a Sacred Space for Holy Week.’ Music and Psalms for Lent and Holy Week. Ministers of the Eucharist and the Word, members of Liturgy Committees, Choir Members and all those involved in Parish Liturgy are invited to attend.
PS: Date for Choir members: Rehearsal for Mass of Chrism will take place on Sunday April 5th at 3.30pm in St. Mary's Cathedral.
Parish Envelopes
Thanks to all who contribute to the parish. Using the parish envelopes, and contributing €5 per week, may allow us to claim back the tax that has been paid on you contribution if you are PAYE, self-employed or those who pay tax on pensions etc. New envelopes will be distributed for the new year starting in March. If you don’t already receive envelopes and would like to contribute to your parish, then get in touch.
Confirmation Night
Thanks to all who were involved in organising and running the recent confirmation preparation night in Ballycallan. Special thanks to Mr. Leslie Sweeney for leading the reflection on scripture, the parents who led the groups and the Aluna choir for leading the music. Thanks also to the school for the use of the building. I’m sure the young people found the experience uplifting. Confirmation will be on the 27th at 11am in Ballycallan.
Wise Words: He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all.