Baptism of our Lord Sunday 13 January 2019
Sat 12 20.00 . . Paddy & Kathleen Conboy, Lisdadnan
Sun 13 10.30 . .Tony O’Reilly, MM, Main St.
. . . . . . . . . . . . Paddy Kelly, Ardlougher
Mon 14 10.00 . Pro populo
Tue 15 10.00 . . Peter McGarry, Cormore
Wed 16 10.00 . .Austin, Josephine, & Una Keigher, Ballyglass
Sat 19 20.00 . . .John Mulligan, Laheenamona (1st anniv)
. . . . . . . . . . . . .Mary Clare Farrelly, Shannagh Grove
. . . . . . . . . . . . Francis Bohan, Gortvacan
Sun 20 10.30 . . Marie & Brendan Casey, Drumcroy
. . . . ... . . . . . . Pat & Theresa McGarry, Killamaun
Gorvagh . . . . . John P & Mattie Bohan, Lobbyeslin
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Peggy Ellis, Treanmore & Rose Reynolds, Hyde St. whose funerals took place during the week. May they rest in peace.
Offertory Envelopes 2019
All parishioners should have received their envelopes for 2019. Anyone who has not received a box please contact Fr Pat or Fr Sean.
The Irish Catholic
Copies of The Irish Catholic newspaper are available at the back of the church. Cost € 2 can be placed in the box for CD’s or in the candle shrine.
Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift. . . .We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God's Lordship.
St. Gregory of Nazianzus
Eslin Community First Responders
Please join us for Information night on Eslin Community First Responders on the 25th of January in Eslin Community centre at 20.30. All welcome. www.cfr.ie for more information.
Faith and Baptism
Baptism is the sacrament of faith. But faith needs the community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe. The faith required for Baptism is not a perfect and mature faith, but a beginning that is called to develop. The catechumen or the godparent is asked: "What do you ask of God's Church?" The response is: "Faith!"
For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism. For this reason the Church celebrates each year at the Easter Vigil the renewal of baptismal promises. Preparation for Baptism leads only to the threshold of new life. Baptism is the source of that new life in Christ from which the entire Christian life springs forth.
For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents' help is important. So too is the role of the godfather and godmother , who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized - child or adult on the road of Christian life. Their task is a truly ecclesial function ( officium ). The whole ecclesial community bears some responsibility for the development and safeguarding of the grace given at Baptism.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1253 - 1255
SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
1. The people were searching and John pointed them in the direction of Jesus. On your life’s journey who have been the John the Baptist people for you, people who have pointed you in the right direction?
2. The Baptism of Jesus was a very special moment for him that affirmed him in his identity as Son of God and in his mission. Recall the experiences that affirmed you – either in your sense of who you are, or in relation to the direction you were taking in life.
3. The Baptism of Jesus marks a transition point in his life, and the start of his public ministry. Recall the transition points in your own life. Where did you see the grace of God at work in those times?
4. This experience of Jesus occurred when he was at prayer. What part has prayer played in opening you to being aware of God in your life? What part has prayer played in helping you through a transition point in your life?
John Byrne osa
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. . . Better to illuminate than to merely shine . . .