10th January 2016 – Feast of The Baptism of the Lord


Pope Francis baptizes infant in Sistine Chapel

Blessing of the recently baptised At our 12 noon Mass this weekend  there will be a special Blessing for all the Children who were baptised in our parish in the past year. Parents will renew their commitment.    A welcome to parents and infants, godparents, grandparents & family members. We thank our  Baptismal Team for their help and commitment during the year in visiting the families and helping them prepare for Baptism and the Parish Assembly who contacted the families.   A blessing for their first year of life.  As they begin to crawl, teeth and grow, we ask God’s Blessing on them and their families.

Pope Francis speaks to Parents
“While both parents are very special the Pope said
“Without mothers, not only would there be NO new believers, but the faith would lose a good part of its simple and profound warmness”
Motherhood is more then childbearing, the Pope said it is “a life choice” and a “giving of life”  entailing  three  elements:   sacrifice,  respect for life,  and passing on the human and religious values essential for a healthy society.
In the first prayers and religious gestures that children learn, even before they know the explanations, “mothers transmit the most profound sense of religious practice,” the Pope said.
Not only is the “seed of faith”  planted at Baptism and begins growing in the first, very precious moments, but mothers also, the Pope said, inscribe in children the value of faith.
To the mothers and fathers present and to all around the world, Pope Francis thanked them for all they do for their Families, the Church and the World.
Concluding his address, Pope Francis called for applause for all  mothers and fathers.

Diocesan Quarterly Collection: will be taken us at all Masses next weekend. 16th/17th 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.

Death: We remember in our prayers Irene Dermody, Green Lawn who died recently we extend our sympathy to her family.

St Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society  Monthly meeting on this Tues. 12th Jan. after the 10am Mass in the Parish Centre.

Confessions:   Saturdays: after the 10am Mass & after Saturday Vigil Mass or ask one of the priests at any time.

Our Church Choir is looking for new members, contact Paula Murphy if interested at 087-3879733   We thank our Choir for their commitment and how they enrich our liturgies.

Parish Assembly: meet on Mon.11th in Parish Centre at 8 pm   Collect agenda in Sacristy

Pro Life Talk:    “David Quinn of Iona Institute and Margaret Hickey of Family & Life will speak at a Pro Life talk in defence of the 8th Amendment chaired by Paddy Manning at the Silver Springs Hotel, Cork on Tuesday January 19th at 7:30pm in the Regency suite 2. All welcome!”

Viatores Christi:  Do you want to learn more about the possibility of overseas volunteering and/or training in Overseas Development & Mission? Viatores Christi will hold an Information & Recruitment Session on next Sat. 16th Jan.12 noon at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7  Tel. 01-8689986  info@viatoreschristi.com www.viatoreschristi.com

 Alpha Course begins on Wednesday 27th January in Parish Centre at 8.00 pm, 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.