Parish Newsletter- 28th April 2024

Mass times for the week aheadMASS INTENTIONS
Saturday 27th April @7.00pm
Clara
Hughie O’Brien (Month’s Mind).
David McGrath
(Month’s Mind). Tommy & Ann Redmond.
Sunday 28th April @10.00am
Horseleap
J.J. & Mary McCormack
Sunday 28th April @11.30am
Clara
Paddy Dunne.  Paul Grennan.  Patrick Coen.
 John, Mary, Joe & Marie Dunne
Tuesday 30th April @7.30pm
Clara
St. Pius V, Pope
Jack, Emily, Sonny & Vincent Colgan.
Wednesday 1st May @7.30pm
Clara
St. Joseph the Worker
James Kelly
Thursday 2nd May @10.00am
Clara
St. Athanasius
No Intention
FIRST FRIDAY
Friday 3rd May @10.00am
Clara
Ss. Philip & James
Mass for All on the Parish List of the Dead
Saturday 4th May @10.00am
Clara
St. Conleth
No Intention
Saturday 4th May @7.00pm
Clara
Jack & Lizzie Coughlan. Sean, Terence & Michael Bracken
Sunday 5th May @10.00am
Horseleap
Patricia Johnson. Jimmy & Mairead O’Connor.
Sunday 5th May @11.30am
Clara
Patrick Robbins (Month’s Mind). Margaret McCormack.
BOYS’ SCHOOL FIRST COMMUNION.

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


Please pray for the souls of William Maher, Cork Hill; and for Joe Daly, Horseleap: both recently deceased.  R.I.P.


I am the Vine, You are the Branches…
In last week’s Gospel it was sheep and shepherd. This week, it is vine and branches. If we admire nothing about Jesus except that he was a superb observer of people and nature and that he was an equally superb storyteller, we will have much to admire. Sheep, vines, wheat, corn, sowing, harvesting, salt, foxes, snakes, coins – you name it, and Jesus could brilliantly work it into a story or parable to explain the Love of God for us and the coming of God’s Kingdom to us. He was a man wonderfully in tune with creation and constantly finding examples of God’s presence in it. From this alone, we have a lot to learn. God does not live in cathedrals, temples, mosques, synagogues or churches; more accurately, God does not only live in these places. God is all around us, in the extraordinary wonders of the cosmos and the most ordinary snowflake or ray of sunlight; in the homeless beggar who sits at our feet as we pass by without even noticing, and in the first cry of a new-born child welcomed into the arms of a loving family. Ordinary and extraordinary, rich and poor, sinner and righteous – God is present in all of them. As we look this week at Jesus’ observations of a working vineyard, we might open our own eyes to the stories God is telling in everything we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. The stories are there and so too is God. As we move even closer to Pentecost and the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise – God’s promise – ‘to be with us always, even to the end of time’, we continue to bask in the light of the Resurrection. Jesus is “the true vine”. As his followers in today’s world, we are called to be the fruitful branches of that vine, filled with the conviction and certainty of the Resurrection and ever renewed by the Joy of the Gospel. But are we?


Blessings of Graves will take place on Sunday 2nd June at 3.00pm in Clara & at 4.00pm in Horseleap


A talk on Traditional Catholic Family Life by John Lacken, with discussion & refreshments in St. Brigid’s Parish Centre, Tuesday 30th April @ 7.30pm.

YOUTH MEET & PRAYER GATHERING (+18 years) in the Church of St. Cianán, Duleek at 7:30pm on Friday 3rd May. An opportunity for young adults to join together for adoration, prayer, reflection & with priests from the diocese and the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. Share the invite and bring a friend or two. More info:

The March for Life 2024 on Monday 6th May in Dublin at 2.00pm, meeting across from University Church, St. Stephens Green. It is being held to draw attention to the rapidly increasing abortion rates in Ireland and to call for support for pregnant women and their babies. More on www.marchforlife.ie

Young Adult Retreat for Eastertide: Saturday May 4th, 10.00am to 5.00pm. An opportunity to join with other young people in peace, prayer, Holy Mass, friendship, talks and confession. Cost 20 euro. Contact: Sr Úna 090 6481666 or email .

Our One Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg, Monday 27th May. Please let Fr Seamus Houlihan (090) 648 1951 or Dominique Foley (086) 387 4253 know if you are interested in going. The cost of the retreat is €80 incl. transport.


Dates for Your Diary!
First Holy Communion: Boys School, Clara – Sunday 5th May
Girls School, Clara – Sunday 19th May
Horseleap & Streamstown Schools – Sunday 26th May
Blessings of Graves in Clara & HorseleapSunday 2nd June.


Collections for 20th/21st April:
Development Fund: €1,370; Plate: €765; Easter Offerings: 140.
Thank You!

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