Parish Newsletter- 18th December 2022

Week ahead MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday 17th December @7.00pm
Clara
Andy, Una & Eileen Hennessy. Paul Keegan
Sunday 18th December @10.00am
Horseleap
Sean, Kathleen & Matthew Geoghegan. Matt & Elizabeth McGuiness & Maureen Mullins. Eugene Lynam, Michael & Kathleen Kelly.                  Patricia Handibode
Sunday 18th December @11.30am
Clara
Ann Berry. Catch, Carmel & Marion Feehan. Eileen & PJ Fleming & deceased of Dempsey family.
Tuesday 20th December @7.30pm
Clara
St. Fachanan
No Intention
Wednesday 21st December @7.30pm
Clara
St. Peter Canisius
No Intention
Thursday 22nd December @10.00am
Horseleap
St. Chaeromon
No Intention
Friday 23rd December @10.00am
Clara
St. John Cantius
No Intention
Saturday 24th December 12.00-1.00pm
Horseleap & Clara
Confessions
Saturday 24th December @7.00pm
Clara
CHRISTMAS EVE
Mass for the Intentions of All the People of Our Parish
Saturday 24th December @9.00pm
Horseleap
CHRISTMAS EVE
Mass for the Intentions of All the People of Our Parish
Saturday 24th December @Midnight
Clara
CHRISTMAS EVE
Mass for the Intentions of All the People of Our Parish
Sunday 25th December @10.00am
Horseleap
CHRISTMAS DAY
Mass for the Intentions of All the People of Our Parish
Sunday 25th December @11.30am
Clara
CHRISTMAS DAY
Mass for the Intentions of All the People of Our Parish

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!

Please pray for the souls of Gary Mooney, Horseleap; Edward Grennan, Church Road; and Michael Nestor, Woodfield: all recently deceased.  R.I.P.

God Is With Us; Let us believe it and find Joy and Peace!
Today’s Gospel speaks of how ‘God with us’ was revealed to the world in the person of Jesus 2000 years ago. It took some time for Joseph to accept the fact that, in Mary, there truly was Emmanuel – God with us. God is with us now, but at times we struggle to perceive God’s presence. Where have you unexpectedly discovered the presence of ‘God with you’? Recall those experiences and give thanks. Joseph was confused and uncertain about what he should do. It took time, and outside help, for him to discern what his next step should be. Perhaps you have also had difficulties along the way to some decisions or commitments. Recall that journey and the moments when it became clear to you what was being asked of you. Give thanks for the angels who helped you along the way. Mary bore Jesus within her, unseen to all, and unacknowledged by most. In Joseph she found one who believed in the treasure that she bore. We can be bearers of Jesus to others, and they to us. When have you been that kind of a bearer of Jesus to another? Who has been that to you?


Clara Parish Advent Night of Light: As part of our Parish Advent Activities, we shall be having a night of light, with Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration & Confessions on Wednesday 21st December at 7.30pm. All are welcome!

SVP BLUE ENVELOPES CAMPAIGN: Don’t forget to drop your donation in the blue envelope 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.

Clara Musical Society Proudly Present “The Magic of Christmas”. Join us for a celebration of live festive music and song in St Brigid’s Church, Clara on Thursday 22nd December at 8.00pm. Admission: €10 for adults & €5 for children. Festive jumpers are encouraged! Come along and support this fundraising live music event which will guarantee to put you in the festive spirit.

The Church of Ireland Carol Service will take place today, Sunday 18th December at 4.00pm. All are welcome.

ALONE: Would you be willing to provide companionship or make calls to Older People once a week? ALONE are seeking volunteers in your area. Full training and support provided. If interested please sign up here: alone.ie/volunteers for more information, contact Fiona on or on 086 1366539.

May the Blessings of Peace, Hope and Joy fill our lives as we make our final preparations for the great celebrations of Christmas, The Birthday of Jesus, Our Saviour and Friend. Let us be kind, caring an respectful to one another so that the Light of God’s Goodness in Christ Jesus will shine in and through us.
Wishing all in our parish a Safe, Peace and Joy filled Christmas.


Collections for 10th & 11th December:
Development Fund: €1,255; Plate: €430; Offerings: €45.
Thank You!

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