2nd January 2011 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas

Thank You
As 2011 dawns we The Parish Assembly and the Priests of the Parish would like to thank you for you help and support.  Every parish is a kind of family – an extended family. Together united in faith, hope and love,  groups of followers of Jesus Christ gather in mutual support to live a Christian life. Together we worship God, especially at Mass; together we share our faith with others. Such it is, or should be, in every parish.
We thank God that in our Parish of Christ the King, there are so many families and individuals who live the faith they profess. There are many people whose special contribution to parish life is essential and immense. Through their often unnoticed work, the Parish runs smoothly and parish life is enriched. Today we offer our special thanks to these – Those who care for the Church and clean it every week, look after the flowers and altar linens,  Ministers of Word and Eucharist, the Choir, Altar Servers, Church Collectors, Sacristan, Caretaker, Parish Dues Collectors, those who care for the sick and elderly. St Vincent de Paul Society, St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society. Legion of Mary, The Parish Baptismal Teams and Bereavement Group.  We thank those who put up the Crib, Easter and Remembrance Gardens and decorated the sanctuary so beautifully.    We thank you for your generosity in the offertory collection each week for the upkeep of the Church and payment of staff. Our thanks to the Pariah Finance Committee. Our Child Protection Representatives.  
We the members of the First Parish Assembly sincerely thank all for your help and support over the past three years. The process of selecting the new Assembly is under way  and we wish the new Assembly every blessing and success.  As we begin the New Year we pray that 2011 will bring us many blessings and that our homes will be ever more truly places of love, faith and prayer.

The Parish Assembly, Fr. Kerry & Fr. Charlie.

We thank all who contributed so
generously to the following causes during 2010

Trocaire Lenten Campaign  €10,478
Trocaire Haiti Appeal €11,063
Trocaire Pakistan Appeal €7,925
Lourdes Fund        €1,428
Episcopal Commission €1,343
Holy Places        €1,065
Pastoral Planning  €1,318
Popes Collection        €1,588
Education Fund        €1.383
Mission Sunday.        €2.583
Marriage Care :    €1,149
Flood Relief Appeal  €1,900

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord  – 6th January
Holyday of Obligation and Church Holiday,
Mass Times: Vigil Wed 5th Jan. 6 pm
Thurs. 6th Jan.  10 am & 12 noon. & 6 pm

During the coming week when we are about to take down the Christmas tree and decorations, the wise men arrive. The feast of the Epiphany, which we celebrate on Thursday – the 12th day of Christmas, – is an important one. Just like the wise men we are all searching for meaning and purpose to life. We are looking for answers to our deepest questions. The journey of the wise men reminds us that those who are searching for something deeper will find God in their lives. God is waiting to be discovered in the places and people that we least expect God to be. We pray today for guidance and direction in our own daily journey. As we make our New Year resolutions, we like the wise men  pray  for strength and courage on our journey especially when the going is difficult.  Many of our resolutions  evolve around correcting what is negative. It’s little wonder that they don’t last. Of course it’s important to check in on what needs improving but so often we concentrate only on the negative. As we begin this New Year why not check in on all that’s good and positive in our lives. This is a great starting point. We can use all that’s good and positive as areas of growth and potential. When this happens the negative begins to be squeezed out. The message of the Gospels reminds us that it won’t all happen today, but most certainly will over time, if we make the effort.

A Great Christmas
The weather didn’t hamper the efforts  you made to get to the Church, there were great crowds and a great atmosphere during the Advent and  Christmas Masses and Carol Concert it brought a wonderful element of joyful preparation, anticipation, participation, celebration and community, we thank all who were involved in any way.
Thank you for your generous Christmas offerings. We appreciate your warm greetings, good wishes and encouraging words.  
Fr. Charlie & Fr. Kerry

We remember in our prayers: Madge O'Donovan, Green Lawn, and Louise O'Mullane, Fr. Matthew Rd.   We extend our sympathy and prayers to their Families.

St. Vincent de Paul
The members of the Parish Conference wish to thank all who contributed so generously to their annual  Christmas Church Gate Collection the sum of € 5,436 was contributed also those who brought gifts to the Santa Basket. Your continued support will be appreciated during these difficult times.

Prayer for those seeking employment
Maker of the world and of all creation,
You made us in your image and intended us for creative work.
Look with love on those of us who are unemployed.
Help us to enjoy life together with those who have work
and to understand what kind of help we need to give one another,
whether in paid employment or not.
Guide the leaders of our country,
that they may take wise decisions which will benefit us all.
Finally, we ask you Lord, to guide us in the knowledge
that we all have worth in ourselves
and that we are all of equal value in your eyes,
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord