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Date : Sunday 4th March 2007.
 

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
Parish Priest:
Monsignor Sean Cahill, 1 Darling Street Tel 028-66-322627
Priest on Duty: Fr Owen Gorman, 4 Darling Street Tel 028-66-322075

Sunday Mass Times:
Vigil Saturday 6.00pm
Sunday 8.00am; 9.30am; 11.00am; 12.30pm; Lisbellaw 10.00am

Parish Missal Readings (Year C) page 786 and Proper 1024

First Reading Genesis 15:5-12.17-18
God makes an agreement (a covenant) with his servant Abraham.

Second Reading Philippians 3:17-4:1
Remain faithful, trusting in the power of the risen Lord.

Gospel Luke 9:28-36
Jesus is transfigured in the presence of Peter, James and John.

MASSES FOR COMING WEEK
Sat, 3rd March Vigil 6.00pm)(Months Mind)Fr Richard Owens, SSC, Old Rossorry, Cooneen and Dalgan Park
Sun, 4th March (Lisbellaw) Margaret McGovern, Barbour Court and Belcoo
Mon, 5th March 2nd Week of Lent
7.15 am Private Intention
10.00 am Gaby McDermott, Eden Street
6.00 pm (Convent) John Henderson, Riverside
Tues, 6th March Lenten Weekday
7.15 am Private Intention
8.00 am (Convent) Special Intention
10.00 am Patrick & Niall McManus, Carnmore Rise and McManus & McPartland families
Wed, 7th March Lenten Weekday
7.15 am Private Intention
8.00 am (Convent) Private Intention
10.00 am Owen & Elizabeth Sheerin and Margaret & Philip Kildea, Hillview Park
Thurs, 8th March Lenten Weekday
7.15 am Private Intention
8.00 am (Convent) Private Intention
10.00 am Phyllis Boyd, Corban Ave and Boyd family, Dame St
Fri, 9th March Lenten Weekday
7.15 am Private Intention
8.00 am (Convent) Private Intention
10.00 am Francis Murphy, Queen Street
7.30 pm Kathleen Gilheaney, Drumcor Hill
8.00 pm (Lisbellaw) Angela Blake, Moneen, Mullaghlevin
Sat, 10th March Lenten Weekday
10.00 am Gabriel Maguire,Drumcor Hill, Lynch & Maguire families
10.30 am (Convent) Robert & Agnes Fitzpatrick, Riverside and Kathleen
Hagan, London

Reflection “It is wonderful for us to be here”
Jesus and his friends can now face the worst, having experienced the best. This is part of the meaning of the mountain top experience in today’s Gospel.

The apostles have seen Jesus in his ‘glory’, but soon they will see him in agony, tortured and dying on the cross. We witness many people who experience different agonies; the terminally ill, the depressed, those who suffer for the cause of justice.

We remember the story of the Transfiguration and we know that all is not lost. Glory, goodness and beauty will overcome the pain and agony.


Deaths - We pray for the recently deceased:
James Corrigan, Irvinestown;
Stanislaw Ilnicki, Lower Celtic Park and Poland;
Lily McKenna(née Rogers) London and Hillview Road. May they rest in peace.

St Michael’s Parish Draw ~ Week 16
£1,000 Ursula Hanna, 96 Hillview Road
Promoter Rita Swift, 144 Hillview Road
£200 Martin Rodgers, 66 Loughview Drive
Promoter Pat Moohan, 24 Galliagh Terrace
£100 Geraldine McManus, Killaghy, Newtownbutler
Promoter Mary McCaffrey, 89 Riverside

Weekly Offering 25.02.07 £5,539.00

February Red Envelope (Renovations) £1,810.00

Children’s Liturgy each Sunday at 9.30 am Mass.

Faith and Light are having a special celebration this Sunday 4th March. We will have our usual gathering in Scout Hall at 3.00pm, followed by music and dancing in The Three Ways Inn at 7.00pm. All are welcome.

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Meeting this Monday 5th March at 8.00 pm in the Parish Centre. Everyone welcome.

Ministers of the Eucharist
A reminder to all Ministers of the Eucharist, that there is a meeting this Tuesday, 6th March at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Primary School (Cornagrade).

Lenten Programme
• Weekday Masses St Michael’s 7.15am Monday – Friday, 10.00am Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm Friday; Convent Chapel 6.00pm Monday, 8.00am Tuesday – Friday, and 10.30am Saturday; St Mary’s Lisbellaw 8.00pm Friday.
• Praying the Gospels for Lent(Lectio Divina) on the Wednesdays of Lent after 10.00 am Mass, in the Parish Centre. Everyone welcome.
• Evening Prayer for Lent Sunday at 7.00pm.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Tuesday 10.30 am-6.00 pm.
• Trócaire The theme of this year’s Lenten Campaign is Gender Equality. Please pick up a Trócaire Envelope in the Church.
• Lenten Reading: “Lent Extra” - £1.00; “Bible Alive - £1.00; “Walk with Me” – £1.00 at the back of the Church or in St Michael’s Bookshop.
New Envelopes 2007

Parishioners will receive their new box of PARISH ENVELOPES for 2007/2008 this week. Please use your new envelopes from this Sunday.
• We are grateful to parishioners for their generous support for the parish; special thanks to all who have helped with the preparation and distribution of the new envelopes.
• If you wish to make an Annual Contribution, or make up missed envelopes, please do so in the last of the old envelopes of 2006/2007.
• When you receive your new envelopes please check your name on the box. Please note that your number changes each year.
• Now is an opportune time to review your contributions to the parish. If you would prefer a Standing Order, please ask for a form at the Parish Office.

Ministers of the Word for the Sundays of March
6.00 pm Sat (Vigil) Frank O’Reilly; 8.00 am Dympna Slowey; 9.30 am Rita McKechnie; 11.00 am Seamus Falconer; 12.30 pm Lorraine Irvine.

Ministers of the Eucharist & Collectors for March (Team C) begin their rota this Saturday/Sunday, 3rd/4th March. Please check your rota.

Pioneer PTAA Meeting in the Parish Centre this Tuesday, 6th March at
7.30 pm. All Pioneers and others wishing to join, please attend.

Preparing for Baptism
• Parish Baptism dates for March: Sunday 18th at 3.00 pm and Saturday 24th March at 4.00 pm
• Please book Baptisms at the beginning of the month at the Parish Office, Phone 66322075. Call at the Parish Office for a Baptism Pack.
• Next session for parents and godparents to prepare for Baptisms in March is this Wednesday 7th March at 8.00 pm St Michael’s Church.
First Penance 2007 in St Michael’s Church Tuesday 27th March at 7.30 pm, in St Mary’s Lisbellaw Wednesday 28th March at 7.30 pm.

The Graan Charismatic Prayer Group Healing Weekend on Saturday/Sunday, 17th/18th March in the Cleenish Millennium Hall, Arney.

Novena of Hope at the Graan from Sunday 18th March (Saturday night Vigil 17th March @ 6.30 pm) to Monday 26th March. Sunday services are 9 am, 10.30 am, 12 noon and 4.00 pm. Weekdays 12.30 pm and 8.00 pm. Services for the Sick Wednesday 21st & Saturday 24th at 2.30pm. Graan phone 66322272

St Michael’s College ~ 50 years
o Work on building the new St Michael’s College at Drumclay went on throughout 1957. The new school opened in September 1957 with Fr. Patrick Mulligan as President.
o A Mass of Thanksgiving to mark these 50 years of St Michael’s will be held in St Michael’s Church on Sunday, 11th March at 3.00 pm. The Chief Celebrant will be Bishop Joseph Duffy, Bishop of Clogher.
o All present pupils, past pupils and their families are invited and will be welcome for light refreshments afterwards in the college.

St Michael’s College
For all present pupils, past pupils and their families, a Mass of Celebration to mark 50 years of St Michael’s College will be held in St Michael’s Church Sunday 11th March 2007 at 3.00 pm. The chief celebrant will be Most Reverend Joseph Duffy, DD. More details closer to the time.

The Community Safety Advisors Project aims to reduce the fear of crime among elderly and vulnerable adults in Co Fermanagh. Volunteers visit individuals in their own homes on a regular basis. They often spend some time having a cup of tea and a chat and can offer practical safety advice and reassurance. We support volunteers on a on-going basis by providing specific training for this project, travel expenses and other assistance. Would you like to become a volunteer and help someone in your area. (Even half an hour a week of y our time can improve the quality of a person’s life.) Are you already providing this service and would like some support? Are you feeling vulnerable and would like someone to visit you? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then we would like to hear from you. For more information please contact Martina at Fermanagh Volunteer Centre, Tel 66328438.

St Michael’s Youth Club now open every Tuesday 7.00 – 9.30 pm. Young people 11 yrs + welcome to come along with your parent for registration.

Aware Defeat Depression – Enniskillen Support Group for all those affected by depression meets in the Aisling Centre, Darling Street on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30 pm. New members welcome

Dates for your Diary 2007
* Easter Sunday 8th April
* Pentecost Sunday 27th May
* Confirmation St Michael’s Church, Sunday 13th May at 3.00 pm
* First Holy Communion in St Michael’s Church, Saturday, 5th May at 11.00
am; Lisbellaw, Sunday, 3rd June at 10.00 am.

Counselling for survivors of Sexual Abuse
Nexus offers support to anyone who has been sexually abused, assaulted or raped at any time in their life and are now 17 years old and over. Counselling provides an opportunity for survivors to deal with the effects of sexual abuse, assault or rape. It can help in the process of recovery and enable survivors to create a more positive future. Contact Nexus in confidence at 028 66320046.

Accord Marriage Preparation Courses 2007
Venue: ACCORD Centre, Ros Erne House,8 Darling Street, Enniskillen
Fee: £80.00 per couple
Courses: (Friday 8.00 pm – 10.30 pm and Saturday 10.00 am – 5.30 pm)
February 23rd/24th; March 23rd/ 24th & 30th/31st; May 11th/12th; (all booked)
June 1st/2nd & 15th/16th; September 14th/15th; October 12th/13th; November 9th/10th & 16th/17th.
Couples should have completed their Marriage Preparation Course at least
4 months before their wedding. Application forms available now at Priests’ House or from ACCORD Secretary, St Michael’s Parish Centre, 28 Church Street, Enniskillen, phone 66325696.

Parents Advice Centre provides a telephone helpline and face-to-face support and guidance service for families. Helpline Freephone 0808 801 722. Helpline Email parents@pachelp.org

Gamblers Anonymous Meets in the Day Centre, Tempo Road each Sunday at 8.00 pm.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Enniskillen Meetings:
Monday – Nurses’ Sitting Room, Erne Hospital
Thursday and Saturday – Day Centre, Tempo Road
All meetings at 8.30pm. For further information contact 028 90434848

CURA
Free and confidential crisis pregnancy counselling.
Monaghan Centre – 00353 47 836000. Open: Monday 11.00 am – 1.00 pm; Thursday 7.00 – 9.00 pm; Saturday 11.00 am – 1.00 pm.

St Vincent de Paul Thrift Centre 48 Forthill Street welcomes good quality clothes and household items. Please leave items at the Thrift Centre, phone 028 66329893. Open Monday – Saturday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Closed for lunch 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm. Closed Wednesdays.

NEXUS offers Workshops for survivors of sexual abuse on various topics including anger management, stress management, self-awareness and assertiveness. Family Education and Support Groups are offered for family members, parents and partners of survivors. Nexus provides an opportunity for those close to the survivor to learn more about the impact of sexual abuse and ways to support both the survivor and themselves. Contact Nexus in confidence 028 66320046.

Trocaire Prayer

Dear God
You know all our names,
know all about us,
and care for us every day.
Help us to remember children
throughout the world
Who don’t have enough to eat,
And help us to make a world
Where everybody has enough.
Amen.

In Sickness

The Lord gives; the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Lord, in sickness and in health,
I wish to serve you.
I ask for the gift of restored health
but if it is your will that my sickness continue
please give me the strength to bear my cross.

Canticle of Simeon

Now Master you can let your
servant go in peace
just as you promised

because my eyes have seen
the salvation which you
prepared for all the nations
to see

a light to enlighten the pagans
and the glory of your people Israel


The Nunc Dimittis, Luke 2:29-32

At the beginning of a New Year….

I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in
darkness but will have the light of life.

John 8:12

Dear Lord,
When I have doubts and hesitations
act as my guide.
When I am in darkness, shine
like a lamp to light my path.
When I am worried or troubled,
help me to put all my trust in you.
When I feel lonely, help me to
remember that you are always with me.

Prayer for Advent.
May the Lord bless you.
May he wipe away your tears.
May you weep no more.
May your ears be attuned to his Word
and your steps follow his ways.
Then the Lord will guide you in peace
and feed you from the abundance of his love,
so that you may rejoice always and never lose
from your heart the love he gives. Amen

We cherish the ‘Evening of Life’ as we pray:

May he support us all the day
long, till the shades lengthen
and the evening comes, and the
busy world is hushed, and the
fever of life is over and our work is done!
Then in His Mercy may He give us a safe
lodging and a holy rest and peace at last.

Cardinal Newman

 

Suscipe of Catherine McAuley
My God
I am yours for
time and eternity
Teach me to cast myself entirely
into the arms of
Your loving Providence
with the most lively, unlimited
confidence in Your
compassionate, tender pity.
Grant me,
O most merciful Redeemer,
that whatever
You ordain or permit
may be acceptable to me.
Take from my heart all painful anxiety;
suffer nothing to sadden me but sin,
nothing to delight me but the hope
of coming to the possession of You,
my God and my All,
in Your everlasting kingdom.
Amen

Prayer of the Pilgrim
Lord make us prophets of our times,
Pilgrims not wayfarers.
May each day begin with
prayerful preparation, opening
our hearts to you.
Make us aware, that although
individuals, we travel with others
and help us to keep vigil with you
in that holy place within the heart.
Deepen our awareness of your
abiding presence in us and
around us, as we journey
together today.

Amen

Sts Peter & Paul - 29th June

Lord Jesus,
Peter denied you and
Paul persecuted you;
yet you made them witnesses
of your love and truth.
Open our hearts to the
good news they preached,
and grant that we may all love him
whom we do not yet see,
Jesus, your Son our Lord.

Reflection
‘O my God, Trinity whom I adore, grant my soul peace;
make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling, and the place of your rest.
May I never abandon you there, but may I be there, whole and entire,
completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring, wholly given over to
your creative action.’

(Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity)


Reflection Litany to the Holy Spirit
Spirit of light, let the fire of your wisdom burn brightly within us.
Spirit of silence, in the still moment may we be open to God’s presence.
Spirit of courage, dispel the fear that lingers in our hearts.
Spirit of fire, engulf us with the passion of Christ’s love.
Spirit of peace, help us to be attentive to God’s word in the world.
Spirit of joy, enthuse us to proclaim aloud the Good News.
Spirit of love, compel us to open ourselves to the needs of others.
Spirit of power, bestow the gift of your strength upon us.
Spirit of truth, guide us to walk in the way of Christ.


Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus Christ,
While you walked the roads of Palestine,
you chose and called apostles
and confided to them the task of preaching the Gospel, of feeding your flock and ministering your Sacraments.
Grant that, in our day,
Your Church may not be deprived of holy priests who will share with everyone the fruits of your Passion and Resurrection.

Pope John Paul II

Prayer of the Pilgrim

Lord, make us the prophets of our times,
Pilgrims not wayfarers.
May each day begin
with prayerful preparation,
opening our hearts to you.
Make us aware,
that although individuals,
we travel with others
and help us to keep vigil with you
in that holy place within the heart.
Deepen our awareness of
your abiding presence in us and around us,
as we journey together today.
Amen.


We wish you Easter eyes – Eyes that will allow you see
Beyond death into life
Beyond sin to forgiveness
Beyond division to unity
Beyond wounds to beauty
Through the human to
the divine
Through the divine to
the human
From the ‘I’ to the ‘You’.
And - enabling all of this –
The totality of Easter energy!

Bishop Klaus Hemmerle - Aachen 1993


Dear God,

Thank you for the promises you
made us and for always looking
after us.
Help us to remember that all
people are our neighbours, and
help us to care for them as You
care for us.

Remember your Trócaire Box


TRÓCAIRE 2006

Every child has a right to a childhood…….
All children have the right to be protected against exploitation. This includes protection from work that hinders physical and mental development.
Nearly 15% of children in Nicaragua work: on coffee plantations, scavenging from dumps, selling at the side of the road, in quarries.
In rural Nicaragua, over a quarter of children (aged between 5 and 17)
are workers. Many children working on the coffee plantations work
10 hours a day, from 6.00 am til 4.00 pm.
Remember your Trócaire Box !

Macartan of Clogher 506-2006

A Diocesan Celebration of Fifteen Hundred Years of Faith – in St Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan this Sunday 26th March at 3.00 pm. Light refreshments afterwards in the Hillgrove Hotel.
• Please be seated in the Cathedral by 2.45 pm.
• The Bus (which is free) will leave from the Library at 1.15 pm.

ST MACARTAN.
Saint Macartan was a companion of Saint Patrick. His name associates him with the Rowan Tree, or Mountain Ash. Patrick gave him responsibility for the early Christian community in Clogher, where he died in 506.

This week we celebrate 1500 years of faith in Clogher Diocese, which honours Macartan as
its patron Saint.

Some Prayers...

Glory be to him whose power,
working in us, can do infinitely
more than we can ask or imagine;
glory be to him from generation
to generation in the Church and in
Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3: 20-21

2006

Talk with the year which is coming
as with a friend who is crossing your
threshold to bring you gifts.
Accept the Spring, the Summer, the
Autumn and the Winter of the year
and of life as perfect expressions
of the Creator and be thankful.
Then you will surely grow with it.

Ella W. Wilcox

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you. A Gaelic Blessing

A Family Prayer around the Advent Wreath

O God,
as light comes from these candles,
may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,
warming our hearts and brightening our way.
May Christ our Saviour
bring life into the darkness of this world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.
Amen.



3rd Sunday of Advent 11th December 2005

Father of love,
you made a new creation
through Jesus Christ your Son.
May his coming free us from sin
and renew his life within us,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



Daily Prayer
O Wisdom, Come to teach me the way of truth.
O Lord of Israel, Come to redeem me with an outstretched arm.
O Root of Jesse, Come to bring me new life; do not delay.
O Key of David, Come to open my prison doors and set me free.
O Radiant Dawn, Come to bring light to the darkness in my life.
O King of all Nations, Come to save me and give me peace.
O God-With-Us, Stay with me and send me forth in your name.
Amen.
O Antiphons, adapted

Praise to the Holiest in the height,
and in the depths be praise.
In all his words most wonderful,
most sure in all his ways.


CARDINAL NEWMAN  - 16th October 2005


We cherish the ‘Evening of Life’ as we pray:

May he support us all the day
long, till the shades lengthen and
the evening comes, and the busy
world is hushed, and the fever of
life is over and our work is done!
Then in His Mercy may He give
us a safe lodging and a holy rest
and peace at last.


Cardinal Newman - 9th October 2005


Give us, Lord,
a humble, quiet, peaceable,
patient, tender, charitable mind
and in all our thoughts, words and deeds
a taste of your Holy Spirit.
Give us Lord,
a lively faith,
a firm hope,
a warm charity,
a love of you.
Give us warmth and delight
in thinking of you
and your grace and tender compassion to us.
The things that we pray for, Lord,
give us grace to work for,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. St Thomas More

I leave you now with this prayer:
that the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to each
one of you,
that He will give you the strength to go out
and profess that you are Christian,
that He will show you that He alone can fill your hearts.
Accept His freedom and embrace His truth
and be messengers of the certainty
that you have been truly liberated
through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
This will be the new experience,
The powerful experience,
that will generate, through you, a more just society
and a better world.
God bless you, and may the joy of Jesus
be always with you.

Amen - John Paul II


Welcome to Enniskillen
Ceád Míle Faílte to all our visitors
to Enniskillen and Fermanagh
during the holidays. We wish you
all a pleasant and enjoyable stay.

PRAYERS

A prayer for those who live alone

I live alone dear Lord,
stay by my side.
In all my daily needs
be thou my guide.
Grant me good health, for that indeed I pray,
to carry on my work from day to day.
Keep pure my mind, my thoughts,
my every deed, let me be kind,
unselfish in my neighbours’ needs.
Spare me from fire, from flood,
malicious tongues,
from thieves, from fear and evil ones.
If sickness or an accident I befall,
then humbly Lord I pray, hear thou my call.
And when I’m feeling low or in despair,
Lift up my heart and help me in my prayer.
I live alone dear Lord, yet have no fear,
because I feel your presence ever near.
Amen

Dear Lord,
Let me know
the cool breeze of your Spirit over me.

Let me know
the gentle warmth of your love within me.

Let me know
that you are here, Lord Jesus.

Help me on dark days
when it seems you have gone away.

Help me on sunny days
when you are here to stay.

Let me know
that you are here, Lord Jesus. Amen.

PRAYER FOR FINE WEATHER

All powerful and ever living God, we find
security in your forgiveness; give us the
fine weather we pray for so that we may
rejoice in your gifts of kindness and use
them always for your glory and our good.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord
Amen.

TIME TO PRAY

I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,
and heavier came each task.
Why doesn’t God help me? I wondered.
He answered, “you didn’t ask”.

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, grey and bleak.
I wondered why God didn’t show me,
He said, “but you didn’t seek”.

I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock,
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child, you didn’t knock”.

I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish

That I HAD to take Time to Pray.

PRAYER for FATHER’S DAY

Bless, O God
our families.

Give to fathers and mothers
and those who care for us
the spirit of understanding
and the spirit of love,
that our homes may be
places of peace and laughter.

Come into our homes, O Lord,
and protect us with your love,
so that we may live in peace
and rejoice in the quiet beauty
of your blessing.

Christopher Herbert

EXAM PRAYER

Dear Lord,
Help me approach my exams
with a clear head and a calm mind.
Give me your strength
and your peace
and let me do justice to
all that I have learned.
Thank you Lord,
for all my talents and gifts.

Grant me, O Lord,
the courage to change the things that I can,
the serenity to accept the things that I cannot,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

God of infinite goodness,
from the very beginning of your Church
you have enabled us to renew our faith
through communion with the
Body and Blood of Christ.
May the sacrament of your love
sustain us as we journey towards the day
when this mystery will stand unveiled
for ever and ever.


The Parish Messenger is published each week on the Parish Website
www.st-michaels.net

Open Wide the Doors
If we let Christ into our lives, we
lose nothing, nothing, absolutely
nothing of what makes life free,
beautiful and great. Only in this
friendship are the doors of life
opened wide. Only in this
friendship is the great potential
of human existence truly revealed.
Only in this friendship do we
experience beauty and liberation.
And so, today, with great strength
and great conviction,on the basis
of long personal experience of life,
I say to you, dear young people:
Do not be afraid of Christ! He
takes nothing away, and he gives
you everything. When we give
ourselves to him, we receive a
hundredfold in return. Yes,open,
open wide the doors to Christ –
and you will find true life. Amen.
Pope Benedict XVI
End of homily at Mass of Inauguration, 24 April 2005