March 2nd 2003 – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Food for Thought
This Lent should be a time for reflection, so that we can see where Christ is leading us. There are areas in our lives where decisions are needed. Resolutions must be made and kept which will help us to walk more sincerely in Christ’s footsteps.
Often the very thing which would release God’s power in us is the very thing we avoid. It may be a sin we are afraid to tackle, a weakness too difficult to give up. Now is the time to call on God’s strength to help us in our weakness. We are sustained and strengthened by the power of Christ’s resurrection.
We cannot expect a rich harvest of joy and fulfilment in Christ if we have not gone down with him into the darkness of suffering and pain, the starting point of all life. In our Lenten prayer we grow in the love of God: in our Lenten penance we grow in the knowledge of ourselves. We make Lent a growing time.

Season of Lent
Wednesday next, Ash Wednesday, is a day of fast & abstinence.
Ashes will be distributed at all Masses.
Mass times for Ash Wednesday only:
        7.30 am,  10.00 am & 6.00 pm.
Mass times for the season of Lent, Monday — Friday:
         7.30 am  and  10.00 am.
There was a large majority in favour of the 7.30 am Mass for the season of Lent.

The Second Collection
next weekend 8th/9th March will be for St. Anne’s Family Services &Adoption Society. The most recent annual accounts for the year ended 31st December 2001 disclose the running costs of the Organisation was over €200,000 that year. Your continued support is vital.

We remember in our prayers:
Jerry Hurley,  late of 31 Capwell Avenue,
Joan Kidney,  late of 5 Capwell Road
who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

The March issue of The Fold
will be on sale on the weekend of 8th/9th March. This will be an expanded issue featuring 50th Anniversary material.

Parish Visitation
Fr. Kerry will visit O’Connell Crescent.
Fr. John will visit Kilcolman Lawn and Palaceanne Lawn.

Congratulations to Nemo Rangers
on their All Ireland Club Semi-Final
success against Errigal Chiaráin

Trócaire Lenten Family Fast boxes
are available at the back of the Church and in the Parish Office.

Service of Remembrance
St. Patrick’s Church, Rochestown,
Saturday 8th March at 2.00 pm
to remember all babies who died through miscarriage,
stillbirth and any time after birth
For parents recently and long ago bereaved.

St. Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund
A Springtime Concert
Wednesday 12th March 2003
Tickets from St. Patrick’s Sacristy and Pro-Musica
Full details on Poster at back of Church.

The Coeliac Society
The Southern branch of the Coeliac Society
will hold their usual meeting in the SMA Centre,
Wilton, on Tuesday 4th March at 8.00 pm.
We will have a talk of Ann Manning, the compiler of the
List of Gluten-Free Manufactured Products,
followed by refreshments.

LOTTO DRAW 24th February
Numbers drawn:  9,  13,  25,  26.
€35 CASH
A. O’Carroll.  B. O’Regan,  E. Dunne,  B. O’Mahony
Promoters Prize:    P. O’Callaghan
Last week’s net “take”       €3,269
Last week’s second Collection       €1,363
Anonymous Donation    £200 = €253.90    

The Old Money is still welcome for the Restoration Fund. Box at back of the Church.