Bulletin 6th March 2016

MASS TIMES: As on the notice board. Requiem Mass for Nora Emsley a week on Monday, 14th March

MASSES RECEIVED:

Lately dead

Nora Emsley

Birthday Memories

Betty Brierley

Others

Barbara Bell (80th birthday) Sarah Horton, Samuel Horton, Anthony Horton, Peter Reid, Peggy Krinks, Philomena's Intention, A dear Friend, Roman Lyzniak, Lucy Pat Barlow, Connie Moss, Fred Owen Moss and Pauline Halpin. Mother's Day Masses - Kath Nealon, Win McCormick, Agnes Wadsworth, Alice Morgan, Norah Livesey and May Wilmington, Kitty Basha, Jack & Bridget Sloyan, Madge, Merion & James Roberts. Gravin & McMannimon families and Fr. Joseph (50th Birthday)

WELCOME into the family of St. Luke Ollie Luke Downes. Congratulations Vicky and Liam.

ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO next Saturday at the Cathedral. Please see the notice board.

TIMES OF CONFESSIONS during Lent in the Deanery Parishes please see the notice board.

UCM: Meeting Wednesday 9th March in the Parish Centre after 7pm Mass.

PARISH MEETING Monday at 8pm in the Parish Centre. ALL are welcome.

SLIDE AGM. Sunday 20th March in the Parish Room after 11am Mass.

GIFT AID ENVELOPES FOR 2016/2017 now available in the Narthex for people who contribute using envelopes.

NEXT WEEK’S BULLETIN:

Contact Trisha 793 4901 or see Fr. John.

  MOTHERING SUNDAY

THE PRODIGAL SON

"He squandered all his money on a life of debauchery ... Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you"

And incredibly, not only no reprimand BUT "SON, WELCOME HOME"

Yes, THE NAME OF GOD IS MERCY. (Pope Frances)

His Father is overjoyed. His son may have rejected him but HE has never rejected HIS Son. He runs to him with open arms and tears in his eyes and KISSES HIM..

"Let's have a celebration, a feast, because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found." (This means God's love for you and me)

Charles Dickens said this was the best short story in the English language.

"THE NAME OF GOD IS MERCY"

"Every Saint has a past and every sinner has a future"

MOTHERING SUNDAY

"Lord, bless all our mothers for all their

 LOVE AND UNTIRING PATIENCE"

ROSES FOR MAMA

Years ago there was a country western song titled “Roses for Mama”. It’s Mother’s Day, and a man goes to the florist shop to buy his mother a bouquet. He knows he should visit his mother, but he has more exciting plans so he decides to send her flowers instead. At the florist shop the man encounters a little boy who wants to buy some roses for his mother, but he doesn’t have enough money. The man gives the boy some money and then buys his mother’s bouquet. As the man drives away from the florist shop, he happens to pass by a cemetery. Glancing in the cemetery he sees the little boy kneeling at a grave, a bouquet of roses in his hand. The man pulls into the cemetery and asks the boy what he is doing; the boy explains that his mother has been dead a year, and he comes there all the time to talk to her and, on this special day to give flowers. The man turns around and drives back to the florist. There he asks the florist if his flowers have been delivered yet. When the florist tells him no, the man tells him to cancel the delivery. He wants to deliver them himself.

A MOTHERS LOVE - A reflection of God's Love.

A mother’s love is something that no-one can explain, it is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain.

It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may, for nothing can destroy it or take that love away ….

It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking

It believes beyond believing, when the world around condemns, and it glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems

It is far beyond defining, it defies all explanation, and it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation …

A many splendoured miracle man cannot understand and another wondrous evidence of God’s guiding hand.

And a few random thoughts!

God could not be everywhere so He made MOTHERS!

Men have sight, women have insight!

Mirror, mirror on the wall - I'm like my mother after all!

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good.

THIS NOT DIFFICULT!

 "MY MUM IS THE BEST GIFT I EVER GOT" (Billy aged 8)

AND SO SAY ALL OF US!

HAPPY MOTHERING SUNDAY - AND THANK YOU!

And my annual request: Fr. John, Please, Please don't tell our Mums to stay out of the kitchen - WE'LL STARVE!!!