St. Fintan’s Parishes Mountrath Ballyfin – Sat. 13th – Sun. 14th March 2021 – 4th Sun. of Lent
Fr. P.J. Fitzgerald C.C. (087) 605 5783 Fr. Joe (087) 2411 594
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We pray for Joan Moore who died in Birmingham, England on Sat. 13th Mch. R.I.P. Wife of Stephen Moore
Sister-in-law of Tom Moore, New Line Road.
We Pray for Martin Lower Sconce Funeral Mass on Sat. 13th March
We pray for Annie Hill (Nee Ryan) Funeral Mass on Sunday 14th March
We pray for Martin Ryan. Clondalkin (Formerly New Line Road)
Funeral Mass on Wednesday 10th March – (See Newsletter)
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A Prayer on Mothers Day
All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for Mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and for themselves, with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways. We remember mothers who are separated from their children; May they feel the loving embrace of God. We pray for women who are not mothers but love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers. grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and in our hearts
and nourish us with their love. Amen.
A Thought During Lent – The Important Role Lay People can Play Fr. P.J. Fitzgerald. S.P.S.
Priests and religious (nuns and brothers) are not the only labourers in the harvest of the Lord. In the Gospel we are told that the Lord sent out 72 others to every town he was to visit. These were not Apostles, they were disciples, followers, lay people. Jesus entrusted them to announce the Good News. Lay people can do the same today. Indeed the future of the Church may depend on lay people volunteering to do this work. Lay people play a large part in the spread of the Gospel on the Missions. In Japan, St. Francis Xaviour was the first to bring the Gospel. He reached there in 1549. From the start, he and his Jesuit priests involved lay people in their work. About 1630 the government banned the church there and expelled the foreign priests and murdered other priests and lay people. The church went underground. When missionaries were once again allowed into Japan in the 1870’s they were surprised to discover Christian communities who had survived in secret and who had passed on the Faith from generation to generation – without priests. God can use people in a similar way today. So, pray during Lent that you are ready when the call comes.
Exploring a Practice for Lent: Praying the Rosary
The Catechism suggests to us that Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ (CCC 2708). The purpose of this meditation is to draw us closer to Jesus. The prayer we know as the Rosary offers us a special way of meditating on the Mysteries of Christ. It is a scripture based prayer, with the Our Father, Hail Mary (x10) and Glory Be to the Father, forming the basis of each decade. Each decade draws us in, to meditate on one of 20 mysteries from the life of Christ. In the 16th century Pope Pius established the standard fifteen mysteries of the Rosary which he grouped into three, the Joyful, the Sorrowful and the Glorious Mysteries. In 2002, Pope St John Paul II added a new set of five, known as the Mysteries of Light or Luminous Mysteries. As we pray the 12 prayers in each decade we are called to meditate and reflect on the mystery associated with the decade. As a personal devotion, people are free at any given time to pray whichever mystery they choose.
A tradition has emerged where particular mysteries are associated with particular days of the week as follows: Joyful – Monday, Saturday, and the Sundays of Advent; Sorrowful – Tuesdays, Fridays and the Sundays of Lent; Glorious – Wednesdays, and the Sundays outside of Advent and Lent; Luminous – Thursdays. The Lenten season is a most suitable opportunity to spend time, individually or as a family, meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries: The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46), the Scourging (Matt 27:26), the Crowning with Thorns (Matt 27:29), the Carrying of the Cross (John 19:17), and the Crucifixion (Luke 23:33-46). See kandle.ie to download a Rosary Prayer Card and a card on the Mysteries of Light. (www.kindle.ie)