The month of May is the month of Our Lady. The Rosary will be recited each Tuesday during May – this week, 2nd May at 8.00pm on Westpark Green. All are welcome – children especially.
The Rosary is also recited daily after the 10am Mass.
The children from Our Mother of Divine Grace School will be celebrating their First Holy Communion Mass on Saturday 6 May at 10am.
A day trip is planned for Wednesday 26th April to Waterside Hotel, Donabate. A bus will pick ladies up at the roundabout. Glasnevin at 11.15am and then at Ballygall church at 11.30. Keep Fit Class: Thursday 27th April. 3.15 – 4.15pm. in the Fr Moloney Centre.
He is Risen Alleluia!
The Risen Lord by Chinese artist He Qi
The children as always helped us to celebrate most meaningfully the high moments of the Liturgical year.
On Holy Thursday, they gathered around the altar with Fr. Harry. Their re-enactment of the Last Supper left us in no doubt about Jesus’ message of Love and Service. The dressing of the altar with a beautiful cloth depicting these scenes, which was made by them, added so much to the occasion. The celebration of this Eucharist was much appreciated by the congregation present.
Good Friday saw all the children back again. They took us through the stations of the cross, acting out each one in a dignified and reflective manner.
On Easter Sunday, we were greeted by a lovely Easter garden they had created which displays new beginnings and nature. We felt the joy of the Resurrection with the heartfelt singing of the Alleluia by all the children as they waved their yellow banners. They dramatized the Gospel highlighting the wonder and awe of the Easter story.
Many thanks to all the children, their parents and to those who helped in any way to prepare them for these ceremonies. Thanks also to Fr. Joe, Fr. Harry, Sr. Irene and all involved in the choir who added so much to the celebrations. After all their hard work everyone had more than earned their Easter Eggs.
Monday 17th April Mass at 10.00am only, after which the Church will be closed.
The church will remain open as normal from Tuesday after 10.00am Mass.
***PLEASE NOTE*** Mass this week will be celebrated at 10am only (7.25 am Mass will resume as normal on Monday 24th April)
On Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday. We welcomed back the children and their parents who will make their First Communion in May. They joined with the Family Mass group in the blessing of the palms by Fr Harry outside the main door of the church. They all then processed into the Church to celebrate Mass waving their palms with enthusiasm, while singing along with the choir ‘Sing Hosanna.’ Once again the choir were in fine voice and the children were at their best as they led us in prayer. As Mass concluded we asked God our Father to help us to be guided by him with our ‘Acts of Love’ for Jesus as our Lenten journey comes to an end.
Our Prayer this week
Thank you for the chance to begin again. We pray that our acts of Love for you, this Lent will help us to remember that you love us and will always forgive us. May we always follow in your footsteps and guide others in your way too. Amen
Wednesday 12th April – Penitential Rite (Franciscans) 7.30 p.m.
Thursday 13th April, Holy Thursday – Children’s Mass 5.00 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30 p.m.
Friday 14th April, Good Friday – Children’s Liturgy (Stations of the Cross) 12.00 noon, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3.00 p.m., Stations of the Cross 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 15th April, Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil and first Mass of Easter 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 16th April, Easter Sunday – Masses as normal for a Sunday – 9.00 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 12 noon.
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JESUS LISTENED TO HIS FRIENDS
Each week during our Lenten journey, the children have dramatised the Gospel story for the day. They have done so with confidence and dignity. These dramas have enriched the word of God for us, helping us to focus and listen. This week was no different, once again the children were at their best. In our Gospel drama, we heard how Jesus, listened to his friends Martha and Mary who were very upset, because their brother Lazarus had died. Jesus was touched by their sorrow. He prayed and thanked his Father for listening to him. Then Jesus did something amazing. He raised Lazarus from the dead. This story reminds us that Jesus is our friend too, and he listens to us when we turn to him in prayer. So as we all left mass we prayed that our hearts be open to listen to Jesus and that we will reach out, like him, to all in need with love and kindness.
Our Prayer for this week
Thank you, Jesus for being our friend.
Be with us this week, as we continue our journey towards Easter.
Help us, to remember you are our friend.
Help us to listen to others.
Help us to share, and spread joy and happiness as
We follow in your footsteps.
This weekend (1/2 April) to support the Pope’s visit to Ireland in 2018 a special collection will be held at all Masses. It will replace the normal Share Collection.
Also this weekend, the society of St Vincent de Paul will hold their monthly collection after each Mass. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated for this worthy cause.
Next weekend (8/9 April), The St. Vincent de Paul Annual Appeal for Sunshine House, takes place after each Mass.
There will be no meeting for members until after Easter. A day trip is being organised for Wednesday 26th April, Details will issue later. Keep Fit on Thursday 6th April 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Fr. Maloney Centre, Drapier Road. New members welcome.