26th March 2017 – 4th Sunday Lent (A)

We give thanks to God for our mission, a wonderful prayerful week and a mission with a difference.   We are encouraged to grow in our relationship with the Lord through Our Lady, a growth and maturing in faith symbolised by the story of the blind man in this Sunday’s Gospel. Our thanks to the St. Patrick’s Community Team of John, Catherine and Niall.   Thanks also to the Parish Assembly Mission steering group, the Choir and the volunteers who helped throughout the mission.

Anointing of the Sick on Saturday 1st April after 10.00 am Mass. Consider offering a lift to a housebound.

Lent: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am. Morning and evening Prayer of the Church after Masses on Fridays.

Ministers of the Word may collect their Rota from the Sacristy.
Confessions:   Saturdays after the 10am Mass & after Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm, or ask one of the priests at any time.

Pilgrimage of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
At the beginning of this year Pope Francis blessed a statue of Our Lady of Fatima before launching it on its pilgrimage to dioceses across the continent of Europe.  The statue arrives in the Cathedral at 4:30 pm on this Sunday, when Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place.  Mass will be at 5:30pm, veneration until 7:30pm

Mothers Day: We wish all mothers a happy Day.  The 12 noon Mass this Sunday is being offered for all our mothers living and deceased. Special cards are available in the Parish Office after Masses.

A Mother’s Prayer   Lord, here I am immersed in my daily routine of mothering a family, feeding, caring for, consoling, listening to those entrusted to me. May your joy erupt within me to brighten the thousand daily actions woven by the thread of life.  Lord stay with me, and let the little deaths of each day lead me along the path to eternal life.

 Society of St. Vincent de Paul – The March Church Gate collection amounted to €1,352.   Since that collection date the local conference has expended that amount of money and provided some extra assistance in the parish.  Without your help the Society could not function and we thank you for your generosity and continued support.  We look forward to your help with the April collection next weekend.

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th April at 19:30pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.