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Fr Denis’ Advent Message

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ADVENT

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Many people do not like having to wait. At times we can grow impatient if we have to wait in a queue of traffic or in a shop or if someone that we have an appointment with is late or whatever. We like things to happen now.
Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. We are waiting and preparing to celebrate the great and wonderful Feast of Christmas. While all around us the Christmas trees and decorations are appearing and the Christmas music is ringing in our ears we are invited to focus on the true meaning of the Feast. While we all have to live in and engage with the real world we should not allow the commercialism take over completely.
In the midst of the shopping, the cards, the gifts and the visits to Santa let us pause and reflect on the presence of Christ in our lives. If Christ had not been born we would not have Christmas. We need to ensure that we do not have Christmas without Christ.
As we journey through Advent let us commit to doing something each day that reminds us of Christ and his unfailing love.
Perhaps we might take a little time out from the hustle and bustle and ask ourselves
What part will Christ play in our preparation for Christmas?
Loving God, Bless our families and our homes this Advent season.
Strengthen our faith and hope in your unfailing love for us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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– Christmas Message – from Fr Denis

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

As we celebrate this beautiful Feast of Christmas, we celebrate in a very special way, the great love that God has for us.  He sent his Son into the world as a living sign of how loved we are by Him.  Jesus came into the world as our Saviour. He came to forgive our sins and to win for us the gift of eternal life.  That is what Christmas is about.  It is the real meaning of the season.  May we all find hope in the fact that Jesus came into our world as a light shining in the darkness.

Today many people face darkness and uncertainty through sickness, bereavement, personal or family difficulties, financial worries and so on. Christmas reminds us that we do not  face these challenges on our own. God is with us. May his presence fill us with peace and hope as we go forward on the journey of life.

At this time I would like to express my appreciation to all parishioners for the kindness, support and generosity shown to me in so many ways over the year.  I wish to express a particular word of thanks to all who are involved in parish committees, liturgical ministries and to all who care for St. Cronan’s and St. Anne’s and their grounds.  Without your generosity of service the parish could not function.  A word of thanks also to the parish staff for their ongoing work and commitment.

Congratulations to all who celebrated Marriage, Baptisms, First Communion and Confirmation this year.  There are all very happy occasions that we rejoice in.  Christmas can be a very lonely and difficult time for those who have suffered a bereavement during the year.  Many of us have heavy hearts this Christmas.  Let us be very mindful in our prayers of all who have had a bereavement, of those who are sick and of all who face challenges of any kind at this time.

Likewise, we think of our emigrants. Distance may separate us but prayer unites us.  This Christmas, as we reflect on God’s love for us let us be thankful for all who share love and goodness with us.  Let us place our families, our neighbours, our friends before God in prayer. 

May the blessing of this most sacred Feast fill our hearts with peace and hope.  May all of us bring a little peace, a little joy and a little hope into some else’s life this Christmas time.  Let us seek to bring a little light into someone else’s life at this time.

May God bless you all this Christmas and throughout 2017.

 

Happy Christmas

Fr Denis

Mass for Exam Students

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This will be celebrated in
St. Cronan’s Church
on Sunday May 8th at 11am.

All students doing exams and their families are invited to attend.

The readings, prayers and music will be led by students of Balla Secondary School.

Some lovely links to prayers etc.
are online here

DIOCESAN PRIEST STATISTICS

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There are 103 Diocesan Priests in the Diocese.
32 are retired and 71 in active ministry.
There are 5 seminarians.
Since 2005 we have had 38 deaths and 4 ordinations.

The age profile is: 2 are in their 90s, 2 in their 80s, 25 in their 70s, 21 in their 60s, 19 in their 50s, 12 in their 40s, 3 in their 30s, 0 in their 20s.

These figures speak for themselves and remind us of how important it is to pray for vocations to priesthood and to reflect on how we can all do our bit to support the handing on of faith within our own community.

Exams

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exam prayerGood Luck to all who begin

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams this week.

You will be remembered in Masses

celebrated in the parish over the next few weeks.

May the Holy spirit support you at this time.