Bulletin 14 January 2024

Reflection on today’s readings:

May I suggest two simple exercises that I find helpful. Start each day by thanking God for refreshing sleep and the gift of a new day. May it be a good day, a day of helping others. Take a few deep breaths and invite the Holy Spirit to fill your lungs with God’s love. You may be under pressure of time but this morning prayer will only take a minute or so. Then, at the end of the day, it’s a grand form of prayer to sit quietly and reflect on the day. Don’t concentrate too much on your faults or what wrong you did. Rather, recall the good things, the blessings of the day. The fact that you are alive, a nice meal, something beautiful that you saw or heard, a helpful shop assistant, a funny moment, good example. The list is endless but we are not sufficiently aware of these blessings. End the day on a note of thankfulness. Perhaps, make a note of one blessing in your diary.

We can learn from Samuel in today’s First Reading. “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” And as he grew up, he let no word of God fall to the ground. Fr Silvester OFM Cap Prayer Lord Jesus, grant us the grace to be at home with you in prayerfulness. May we experience prayer as a time when you are looking at us as we are looking at you. May we be friends, enjoying your presence, happy to spend time with you. We pray for those who do not know you. Break through the clouds that darken their lives. May your face shed its smile upon them and draw them to follow you.

Diocesan Needs Quarterly Collection

The Diocesan Needs Quarterly Collection will be taken up this weekend. This quarterly collection contributes to the day-to-day running costs of the Diocese including the cost of personnel, utilities (light, heat, phone, postage & stationery, repairs, maintenance, insurance), professional fees, primary and secondary school religious advisory costs, safeguarding, data protection, mission and ministry and levies paid by the Diocese for national hierarchy costs. People have been very generous to these quarterly collections over the years and your support would be greatly appreciated in the upcoming collection. The last Diocesan Needs Quarterly Collection in October 2023 amounted to €45,607 throughout the Diocese, which is much appreciated.

Parish Assembly meets Monday 15th January

Recent Death The death has occurred of Ita Jerreries, South Douglas Road. We pray for her and we sympathise with her family.