16th March 2014 – 2nd Sunday of Lent (A)

God’s promise to Abram in the Old Testament reading for the second Sunday in Lent marks the beginning of the salvation of fallen humanity. Abram had faith in the promise and became Abraham, our father in faith. The promise to him leads to the Old Testament covenants and ultimately to the “new and eternal covenant in the blood of Jesus,” which is renewed at every Mass.  Today’s gospel account of the transfiguration reveals Jesus as the one through whom God’s plan for our salvation is brought to fulfilment, and we are told: “listen to him.” By faith, we are children of the promise, called to a holy life, called to follow Jesus to heavenly glory.  Abraham listened to God and set out on a journey into the unknown.  May we also listen to Jesus the Word of God, and continue in faith on our Lenten journey.

images-2St. Patrick’s Day: There will be no vigil Mass on Sunday 16th March .  On Monday 17th March there will be two Masses 10am & 12 noon,               no evening Mass.  St. Patrick’s Day:

lentWeekday Masses 10am & 6pm.     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday mornings after the 10.00 am Mass until 11.00 am.  Morning Prayer of the Church (office of Lauds) after 10.00 am Mass on Friday mornings. Ten minutes, leaflets available for everybody. Evening Prayer of the Church  (office of Vespers) after 6.00 pm Mass on Friday evenings.  Again, ten minutes, leaflets for everybody.


The Call “Come follow me”

Vocations Information Day  The Annual Cork and Ross Vocations Information Day will be held at St. Dominic’s Retreat Centre, Ennismore, Montenotte, Cork, on Saturday, April 5th from 10.30am to 4pm.
Many contemplating the possibility of a vocation to priesthood are nervous about taking the first step. This day allows prospective students to explore the possibility of a vocation and make enquiries in an informal setting. Seminarians for the Diocese will also attend.   Further information from:Fr. Tom Deenihan  021 4301717  Canon Bertie O’Mahony 021 4371684

Ministers of the Eucharist:  Rotas can be collected in the Sacristy after Mass.

“Do this in Memory” Meeting of Parents Representatives in Fr. Kerry’s House on Tuesday 18th (note day) at 7.30pm

Spring Dues:  We would appreciate if the Area Collectors would collect the envelopes for their areas this weekend 15/16th March. in the Sacristy

images-1Mother’s Day: Sunday 30th March.  The 12.00 noon Mass on that day will be offered for all our mothers living and deceased. Cards will be available in the Sacristy during the week and in the office  next weekend.

Deaths: We extend our sympathies and prayers to the families of Tadgh O’Donovan, Greenhills Estate, who died during the week and of Rae Whelan who died recently in England. May they rest in eternal peace.

Feast of St Joseph on Wed 19th March

Evening of Prayer and Meditation with Fr Laurence Freeman OSB on Thursday 20th March from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in Church of Our Lady Crowned, Mayfield. Fr Laurence is the founder and director of the World Community for Christian Meditation.   No charge – donations welcome.

Arthritis Ireland lecture by Prof. Gerry Wilson, UCD;  “Working on a Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis” : Rochestown Park Hotel on  Wed 26th March 7.30pm.   Admission free. Booking essential:- Book online: arthritisireland.ie <http://arthritisireland.ie>   or Call 1890 252 846.