Parish Newsletter- 22nd January 2023

In the foreground is a sailboat on the sea with 2 men pulling in a net filled with fish. They are flanked by 2 other men who are pointing to the distant shore where the figure of a man dressed in white robes is standing, bathed in light, with his arms spread towards them.
Week ahead MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday 21th January @7.00pm
Clara
Trudy & Sean Cushen.  Una Hennessy. Michael Quinn.  Michael Doorley (Month’s Mind).
Sunday 22th January @10.00am
Horseleap
Elizabeth Gaynor. Dina Quinn (Month’s Mind). Annie McCormark. Jimmy Looram. James & Mary Bridget Fox.
Sunday 22th January @11.30am
Clara
Brian & Jenny Finlay & Everly Gaughran. Desmond & Chris Kennedy
Tuesday 24th January @7.30pm
Clara
St. Francis de Sales
No Intention
Wednesday 25th January @7.30pm
Clara
St. Peter Thomas
Michael O’Brien (Month’s Mind)
Thursday 26th January @10.00am
Clara
St. Timothy
No Intention.
Friday 27th January @10.00am
Clara
St. Angela Merci
No Intention.
Saturday 28th January @10.00am
Clara
St. Thomas Aquinas
No Intention
Saturday 28th January @7.00pm
Clara
Rosie Walsh (Month’s Mind). Tom Kinahan. Kathleen Malone.
Sunday 29th January @10.00am
Horseleap
William & Margaret Kirrane. Paddy Parker. Mick Clavin & Deceased of Clavin family. Julia Hernessy.
Sunday 29th January @11.30am
Clara
Michael & Aggie Mullen.

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 soul of Josie Quinlan, The Green; recently deceased. R.I.P.


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Sunday of The Word of God • Catholic Schools Week begins.
‘The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light’ … Jesus applies this to himself and his message. Who have been the Jesus people who have been a source of light to you? Have you been such a light for others? His message was a call to repentance, to a change of attitude toward God, from seeing God as one to be feared, to God who is love. When have you heard that call in your life? What was it like for you? Jesus invited disciples to join him in his mission. In responding, the disciples ‘left their nets’ to follow Jesus. Sometimes we must disentangle ourselves from other things to give ourselves freely and wholeheartedly to a commitment. Have you experienced being ‘enmeshed’ and being free? Where did you find life? In v. 23 we have a summary of the ministry of Jesus – ‘proclaiming the good news of the kingdom’ and witnessing to this by teaching and healing. Who have been the people you have known who have witnessed to the ‘kingdom’, the reign of God in our world? What have been the signs that accompanied their witness? When have you done this yourself?

Each Year, the Church celebrates the contribution of men and women in religious orders and congregations in the church on the Feast of the Presentation, February 3rd. To celebrate the contribution of religious to the Diocese of Meath, there will be a celebration of sung vespers and blessing of candles in the Cathedral, Mullingar @ 4.00pm on Sunday 29th January. The reflection will given by Sr. Karol O’Connell of Kylemore Abbey. All are welcome to attend this celebration!

Vocations Notice: In the Gospel this Sunday, we see Christ walk into the lives of the fishermen. They had been mending nets, the tools of their work. At His word, they leave everything to follow Him. Being with Jesus becomes the essence of their lives, His person becomes the new net which to cast into the waters of time. The disciples become ministers of His Word. Every call to the Sacred Priesthood occurs when the Lord walks into our lives with His words of invitation, “Follow Me.” He is still inviting young men to cast out the nets of faith today. Being a priest is to be always with and near Jesus and to bring Him to others. Answer his call, cast his nets. Be a priest that will bring many to Jesus. Further information available from Vocations Director Fr. Tony Gonoude, 044 9373923, www.meathvocations.com, Facebook: Diocese Of Meath Vocations, Instagram A/C: dioceseofmeath or email:

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2023 (1st-6th August) will be celebrated in Lisbon, Portugal. It will be a massive weeklong event, with Pope Francis, for young Catholics (aged 18-35) to gather and participate in from every corner of the world. Consider joining with others from your parish and the Diocese of Meath to share this experience of belonging to Jesus Christ. You are invited to come along and meet for an information gathering about World Youth Day at the Trim Parish Pastoral Centre at 7.00pm on Friday 27th January. For more details see www.dioceseofmeath.ie. Cost €650 approx. All expenses included. To book contact

Presentation on Irish Volunteer and Proud Gael Sean Robbins – His Life and Legacy and The Volunteers of Clara, Rahan and Ballycumber in Clara GAA Centre, Friday 27 Januaru @8:00pm. Admission free, all are welcome, light refreshments available afterwards.

Laz Molloy and Ronan Scully are looking for participants to walk The Offaly Camino Canal Way Walk from Tullamore’s Fiona Pender Memorial Way along the Canal to Croghan Hill on St. Brigid’s Bank Holiday Weekend Sunday 5th of February at 9.00am, with Mass at Croghan Hill at 2.00pm – Everyone welcome in any capacity or distance and specially to join us at Holy Mass at Croghan Hill. They are also looking for participants to join them to raise much needed funds for Self help Africa. To find out more or to get a sponsorship card contact Laz Molloy 086 6778807, Aislinn Molloy 087 6688530, Ronan Scully 086 6189904, Mark Plunkett 083 0459377, Paul Galvin 087 837540, Ricey Scully 086 8153047. Further information also on www.selfhelpafrica.org


Collections for 14th & 15th January:
Development Fund: €1,220; Plate: €785; Offerings: €70.
Thank You!

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