Parish Newsletter- 3rd December 2022

“I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me… will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”
Week ahead MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday3rd December @7.00pm
Clara
Eileen Johnson. Nicky Keegan. Michael Rooney. Michael Henry & Mary T. White
Sunday 4th December @10.00am
Horseleap
Nancy Montgomery. Ita McGuinness
Sunday 4th December @11.30am
Clara
Michael OBrien.
Tuesday 6th December @7.30pm
Clara
St. Nicholas
Joe & Annie & deceased of the Feery family
Wednesday 7th December @7.30pm
Clara
St. Ambrose
Peter & Paddy Buckley. Deceased of the Walsh family. John & Marian Moran. Jim & Kitty Lowe
Thursday 8th December @10.00am
Horseleap
Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday 8th December @7.30pm
Clara
Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday 9th December @10.00am
Clara
St. Juan Diego
No Intention
Saturday 10th December @10.00am
Clara
Our Lady of Loreto
John Buckley. Matt & Eileen Fleming
Saturday 10th December @7.00pm
Clara
Sean & Bridget McCaffrey. Catherine & Kathleen Fox. Billy & Kathleen Murray
Sunday 11th December @10.00am
Horseleap
Deceased of the Keegan & Fox families.
Lena & Patrick Hughes
Sunday 11th December @11.30am
Clara
Michael Carey. Joseph & Cora Kelly. Maureen & Frank Sheeran. John Tracey

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 during this time of needless war.             Let your Peace reign, O Lord!


Second Sunday of Advent
John the Baptist came to bear witness to Jesus. Who have been the people who have borne witness to us of the good news of the gospel that God loves us – a friend, a parent, a teacher, etc.? To whom have we borne that witness? John appears in the story as one who had the courage to be himself in the face of opposition. He was also a person who knew his own value, did not make exaggerated claims and was content with his mission. Can you recall times when you have been content to be yourself, without pretending to be more than you are? What was it like to have that freedom, even in the face of criticism from others? John was ‘the voice of one crying out in the wilderness’ – announcing confidently to those in the wilderness that they must not despair because God’s grace may come to them at any moment. Have you had the experience of being in the wilderness, feeling lost? From whom did you hear a voice that gave you hope? Have you been able to give hope to other people when they were in the wilderness?


The SVP will hold their National Appeal Collection in the Parish next weekend, 10th-11th December. Those wishing to donate can do so as they leave the church at the end of each mass. Our Helpline number for those who require assistance is 087-2318982. Many thanks for your continued support.

SVP BLUE ENVELOPES CAMPAIGN: This year’s SVP Annual Appeal theme is ‘Impossible Choices’ to reflect what those struggling financially must face every day of their lives. Blue Envelopes will be available at all Masses in the parish from early December. Donations can be placed in these (or any envelope clearly marked SVP) and dropped into one of the church collection boxes, or left into the Vincent’s Shop in Clara, or alternatively posted to the address affixed to the envelope. Donations made in this way go directly to helping those who require assistance in our community, and for which we are extremely grateful.

The National Council for The Blind celebrates the opening of a new charity store in Portarlington, R32 ED26 on Thursday, December 8th.They invite members of the local community and beyond to visit the store and sample some of their top quality pre-loved clothing, accessories and more on offer. Donations are accepted at the Portarlington store, they are accepting expressions of interest in volunteering at the store. Contact .

Scoil Phroinsiais Naofa will hold a Carol Service on Thursday, 8th December at 7.00pm in the G.A.A. Centre, Clara. Tickets available from the school. All welcome!

Synod 2021-2024. A meeting will be held in Dunshaughlin Parish Centre on Saturday 10th December, 2.00pm to 5:00pm to discuss “Enlarge the space of your tent” in conjunction with our diocesan and national syntheses. Anyone interested in participating must register at .

Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat will take place in Newbridge College, on 9th-11th December. For anyone aged 16-35. Great CRAIC!!, Inspiring Talks & Workshops, Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, Prayer, Drama, Games & time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!! Donation only. Free buses leaving from all over Ireland. Register now on www.youth2000.ie

The Annual Musicians Mass will take place on 14th December at 7.30pm.

The 21st Consecutive Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land will take place from March 6th-14th 2023. Cost €2,195. Booking with Navan Travel 046 9068600. Enquires to Kingscourt Parish Office 042 9667314.


Collections for 26th & 27th November:
Development Fund: €1,160; Plate: €625; Offerings: €10.
Thank You!

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