12th January 2014 – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord


     Jesus is Baptised by John

 What does Baptism mean?   The meaning of baptism can be found in the four letters of the word RICE.    R. stands for Rebirth. In baptism we are born again by water and the Holy Spirit. We become children of God in a special way.  I. stands for Initiation. At baptism we are initiated or admitted into membership in the Church, the community of the children of God.  C. is for Consecration. In baptism we consecrate and dedicate ourselves to seek and to spread the kingdom of God, to do His will and serve God and our neighbour.  E. is for Empowerment. At baptism the Holy Spirit comes into our lives and empowers us, equips us, gives us the moral strength to say no to evil and to live as God’s children that we have become.

Today we take the opportunity to thank the members of our Baptismal Teams who visit the homes of the families who have children for baptism. They help them prepare for this important moment in the life of their child. 

The names of all those Baptised in the Parish since the feast of the Baptism of the Lord last year are at the Crib.

Response after the Consecration at Mass:   For the coming year.   Priest: The Mystery of Faith.   People: My Lord and my God.

Turners Cross Active Retirement Group  are reopening on this coming Tues. 14th Jan. in the Centre, Capwell Rd.  at 7.30pm.   New members welcome.

Deaths: We remember in our prayers Nora Buckley, late of Sliabh Mish Park and Eilly Rose (nee Harrington) late of Capwell Rd. who died in Wales. We extend our sympathy to their families.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection: will be taken us at all Masses next weekend. 18th/19th January.  This collection financially supports the diocesan office and diocesan initiatives, The central fund of the diocese is currently operating at an annual deficit of over €300,000.

The Parish Assembly: An information meeting will be held for all those nominated for the New Parish Assembly on this Monday 13th at 8pm  in the Parish Centre .

St Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society  Monthly meeting on this Tues. 14th Jan. after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.

Confessions:   Saturdays: after the 10am Mass & after Saturday Vigil Mass

Autumn Dues:   A special word of thanks to all parishioners who have contributed their Autum Dues.  Your contributions are very much appreciated. We would also like to thank our dues collectors who distributed and collected the envelopes.


Shrine at Lourdes

Lourdes 2014: Young Adults – We are inviting young adults 18-35 to come to Lourdes with the Diocese in our “Come and see and be a helping hand” programme. They will assist with the sick who will travel with the Diocese and be involved in the full pilgrimage programme as well as time for prayer, for making new friends and sharing in the story of Lourdes. For more details/to book a place contact: Sr Karen 021 4537601. or one of the Priests of the Parish.

Ministers of the Eucharist:   There will be a short meeting of all the Ministers of the Eucharist in the Parish Centre this this Wednesday 15th January at 7.30pm

Alzheimer Society meeting of the Saturday Club, Sat.18th Jan. at Bessboro Day Care Centre.  From 2pm until 4pm.  Music John Gibson. Light refreshments provided.   All Welcome.  Information 021 4972504

Synod on pastoral challenges to the Family:  Our thanks to all who returned  the questionnaire.  Members of the retiring Parish Assembly met and collated your responses to the questions.  A composite response has been sent to the Bishop. The Diocesan return will be made by 15th January and the national return sent to Rome before 31st January.  Again many thanks for participating in the consultation.

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