Parish Newsletter- 10th April 2022 PALM SUNDAY

Week ahead MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday 9th April@7.00pm
Clara
No Intention.
Sunday 10th April@10.00am
Horseleap
Richard & Margaret Mears.
Tom, Kathleen & Eddie Darcy.
Sunday 10th April@11.30am
Clara
Joe Sammon
Tuesday 12th April@7.00pm
Clara
St. Wigbert
No Intention
Wednesday 13th April@10.00am
Clara
No Intention.
Holy Thursday 14th April@7.00pm
Clara
Mass of the Lord’s Supper & Holy Hour
Good Friday 15th April@3.00pm
Horseleap
Stations & Veneration of the Cross.
Good Friday 15th April@7.00pm
Clara
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Holy Saturday 16th April@10.00am
Clara
NO MASS
EASTER VIGIL 16th April@8.30pm
Clara
THE LORD’S RESURRECTION.
Mary Graham.
Tom & Kathleen & deceased of the Cornally family
EASTER SUNDAY 17th April@10.00am
Horseleap
Sr. Tess Keegan. Christy McGuinness.
Thomas Gannon. Theresa Walsh
Sunday 17th April@11.30am
Clara
Pat Jo & Eileen Flattery and deceased of the Flattery and Minnock Families. Joe & Jamie Dunican

Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist
Jesus says ‘Come to me all you who labour and are burdened and I will give you rest.’
Monday & Friday – 5.00-6.00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday – after 7.30pm Mass to 9.00pm.
All are welcome!


We continue to keep the people of Ukraine in our prayers and we pray for all who have died in this needless war.
Loving God, we pray for all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders for compassion, strength, and wisdom to guide their choices. We pray for the world; that in this moment of crisis, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need. May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us! Our Lady of Kyiv, pray for us!


Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Our Gospel today is a very rich one. Almost every phrase has something new: actions, images, symbols, words. When you read the passage, stay with whatever part of it resonates with your own life, but make sure when you pray it that you stay with the passage until you get beyond the violence and the horror to find a good news lesson for you. In this scene of great tragedy, there are people helping others, either reluctantly or with compassion: Simon, the women of Jerusalem, the criminal on the cross, and Jesus himself. Note the differences in the manner in which the help given (as a burden, with sympathy, etc). What has been your experience of helping and being helped? Despite the persecution by the leaders Jesus still shows forgiveness. When have you seen that spirit of forgiveness in yourself or in others? In your experience what is the effect of a forgiving spirit … or the absence of that spirit? Towards the end there is a ray of light. Jesus says ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit’. His relationship with his Father was one of trust, even at a moment like this. What difference has it made to you in times of difficulty or pain to have a relationship of trust with God, or with someone else?


Please join us to clean the church in Clara for Easter on Tuesday From 6.15pm.


Dates for the Diary!
Confirmation
– Wednesday 27th April @ 11.00am.
First Communion in Horseleap – 1st May @ 10.00am.
First Communion for Scoil Bhríde – 8th May @ 11.30am.
First Communion for Scoil Phroinsiais Naofa 22nd May @ 11.30am.
Blessings of the Graves in Clara – 29th May @ 4.00pm.
Blessings of the Graves in Horseleap – 5th June @ 4.00pm.

Chrism Mass will take place in the Cathedral on Wednesday 13th April at 7.00pm.

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Tom Deenihan, 12th to 17th September. Fare includes return flights, 5 nights full board, from €759. For booking form, contact Joe Walsh Tours 01-2410800 or

The Ceili Community in Kilbeggan is hosting a “Sober Living” weekend from Friday April 29th to Sunday 1st May. The weekend, open to all, focuses on how the 12 Step Program can enhance our appreciation of our Catholic faith. Go to YouTube, search for Ceili Community to view our Podcast. If you would like to join us, please contact the Ceili Community at: or call +44 7955 980.


Our Lenten pilgrimage this year will have the added element of the Synodal Pathway. I echo the invitation of Pope Francis to each member of the Christian community in the Diocese of Meath to join in this moment of listening as we prayerfully discern together what the Spirit of God is saying to the Church in this diocese at this time. It is important that we have this discussion about the local church or what we call parish. This discernment must be relevant to our local parishes and influence our local parishes. This discernment must be practical, not theoretical, and must influence what we do in the years ahead. It will be a discernment guided by the Holy Spirit and rooted in faith. May the ashes that will mark our foreheads on Ash Wednesday mark us out as the People of God on a journey, pilgrims seeking to discern God’s will. And may Mary, Mother of the Church and St. Finian, our teacher of the faith, guide our steps in the way of faith, hope, and love.”
Extract from Bishop Deenihan’s Letter for Lent. You can read the full letter here on our website by following this link: Lenten Letter re:Synod


Collections for 2nd/3rd April:
Development Fund: €1,900; Plate: €325; Ukraine Appeal: €1,200; Offerings: €85.
Thank You!


Wishing you a Joyful and Hope-filled Easter with the Peace of Christ Risen!

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