Bulletin 28 January 2024

La le Bride / St Brigid’s Day

 

Thursday next, 1st February is the feast of St Brigid, Secondary Patron of Ireland (after St Patrick). She was renowned for her hospitality, almsgiving, and care for the sick. Born c. 454. Her father wished to make a suitable marriage for her but, instead, she consecrated herself to the Lord. She founded a double monastery in Kildare. She died in 524, and her cult is widespread, not only throughout Ireland, but in several European countries. This year commemorates the 1500 anniversary of her death.

 

Feast of the Presentation

On Friday we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This feast is a remembrance of the occasion when Mary and Joseph presented their new baby in the Temple. There they met Simeon and Anna, both of whom represented the traditional religion into which Jesus was born. Simeon indicated the greatness of the child being presented: ‘a light to enlighten the Gentiles’. See Luke 2:22-40. The candle is the symbol of this feast and candles are blessed at Mass.

This feast also marks World Day for Consecrated Life.

 

Day for Consecrated Life

To mark the Day for Consecrated Life, Bishop Fintan is inviting members of Religious Communities throughout the Diocese of Cork and Ross to join him in praying Evening Prayer on Thursday, February 1 st at 5pm in the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne. All are welcome to this special Diocesan celebration. Please let the Office for Mission and Ministry know if you wish to attend at 021-7355517

 

St Blaise

Saturday next is the memorial of St Blaise, the traditional day when we have our throats blessed. We will offer this blessing after the 6.00 pm Mass on Saturday evening. St Blaise was a bishop in Armenia. Tradition states that he was a physician before becoming a bishop. He died a martyr’s death in 315. Since the eight century he has been venerated as patron of those who suffer from disease of the throat.

Through the intercession of St Blaise, bishop and martyr, may the Lord deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

Slan agus Beannacht

We wish Fr Michael Carroll every good wish and blessing as he returns to his diocese in the United States this week. He is greatly loved in this parish and we look forward to his visits home in the future.

 

Recent Death: The death has occurred of Phyllis Spillane, Slieve Mish Park. We pray for her and sympathise with her family.