3rd January 2016 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas

wisemen-300x231Like the wise men we are searching for meaning and purpose to life. Perhaps a good New Year Resolution might be to take our faith more seriously, and to ask the Lord to deepen that faith.  We pray for strength and courage on our journey especially when the going is difficult. As Pope Francis said in his World Day of Peace Message, “may we refuse to fall into indifference or a monotonous routine which prevents us from discovering what is new, “let us ward off destructive cynicism!”

14942480-religious-christening-of-an-adorable-baby-girlBlessing of Children:    This year on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday next 10th January at the 12.00 noon Mass  there will be a special Blessing for all the Children who were baptised in our parish in the past year.   A welcome to parents and infants, Godparents & Grandparents and family members. We thank the Parish Assembly who are contacting the families and our  Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting the families and helping them prepare for Baptism. As we begin the new year we pray God’s blessing on all your families.

Deaths.  We remember in our prayers Margaret Hayes, Mercier Park, who died recently and we extend our sympathy to her family.

Feast of the Epiphany    Wednesday 6th January, Holy Day of Obligation. Vigil Mass on Tuesday 6.00 pm.  Masses on Wednesday at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.

Alpha  Our third Turner’s Cross Parish Alpha begins later this month, and provides an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in an adult way, in a friendly environment.  Team meeting in Fr Billy’s House at 7.30 pm Wednesday next 6th January

Catholic Newspapers: The Irish Catholic and  The Universe & Catholic Times  are on sale each weekend   We encourage you to keep up to date on faith issues by purchasing a copy each week.  If you have not received your Parish Calendar some copies are available at the back of the Church

Important Dates 2016                                                                                                           Blessing of Children: 10th January
Ash Wednesday:10th February                                                                                             World Day of Prayer for Sick 11th Feb                                                                               First  Confessions: 1st March                                                                                              Easter Sunday:  27th March                                                                                                Parish Confirmations: 19th April                                                                                              First Holy Communions:  14th May

Happy New Year 2016 Images HD Wallpapers3“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”
― William Arthur Ward