Parish Newsletter- 5th May 2024

Mass times for the week aheadMASS INTENTIONS
Saturday 04th May @7.00pm
Clara
Jack & Lizzie Coughlan. Sean, Terence & Michael Bracken.
Sunday 05th May @10.00am
Horseleap
Patricia Johnson. Jimmy & Mairead O’Connor
Sunday 05th May @11.30am
Clara
Patrick Robbins (Month’s Mind). Margaret McCormack.
BOYS’ SCHOOL FIRST COMMUNION.
Tuesday 07th May @7.30pm
Clara
Barney, Essie, Noel, Frank & Ber Bracken. Margaret & Gerry Flynn.
Wednesday 08th May @7.30pm
Clara
No Intention
Thursday 09th May @10.00am
Clara
No Intention
Friday 10th May @10.00am
Clara
St. Comgall
No Intention.
Saturday 11th May @10.00am
Clara
No Intention
Saturday 11th May @7.00pm
Clara
Jack & Theresa Kelly. George, Michael & Theresa Robbins
Sunday 12th May @10.00am
Horseleap
J.J., Mary & Brendan Kelly.
Sunday 12th May @11.30am
Clara
Dessie O’Keeffe. Tommy & Mary Gaynor. Margaret Swords. Denis & Justin O’Meara. Donie & Molly Recks. Geraldine Daly.

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!


Loving Father bless all children especially the boys who receive Jesus in the Bread of Life in First Communion today. Amen.


I Choose You…
A commandment of love is something of a contradiction in terms. Love is a free choice. That is what gives the thrill to the experience of being loved. Recall times when you received gestures of love from another – a spontaneous embrace from a husband or wife, a wave from a friend; words of comfort and affirmation not because the other person felt obliged to reach out to you but because they wanted to let you know that you were loved. What effect did that have on you? Did it bring you joy? Perhaps you have had a glimpse of. Often love and friendship make demands on us. Parents give freely of their times and energy to the care of their children but sometimes it requires a lot of effort. Also, in responding to the needs of friends or spouses we can be challenged to ‘lay down’ our own ‘lives’ at least for a time. Can you recall when a time when putting yourself out for the truth of what Jesus said, that it is in loving that our joy is complete others bore fruit for them and for you? ‘I chose you’. Have you had the experience of being ‘chosen’ by someone? What was it like for you to be chosen? What is it like for you to consider yourself as one chosen by Jesus? That is what we are – chosen by Jesus and commissioned to bear fruit through our love.


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


Alzheimer’s Tea Day hosted by Elizabeth Fleming at her home in Kilcoursey, Thursday 9th May from 10.30am to 4.00pm. All welcome.

Clara Parish Volunteering Sunday on 25th/26th May. Place your gifts and talents at the service of our parish. We need singers, readers, Eucharistic Ministers, collectors, altar decorators, cleaners, youth ministry, etc.. Our parish can only live if people are involved for the good of all.

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.

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2024 on September 10th. All pilgrims accommodated in hotels and there are 4, 5 and 6 night options, with fares from €769. Info & booking from www.joewalshtours.ie Tel. (01) 241 0800.

Ceili Catholic Community: will run a residential school of evangelisation from September 2024 to May 2025. Information & email: or WhatsApp (087) 978 9150


Ireland needs Fatima! All Ireland Rosary Rally. Join us to Pray the Holy Rosary on Saturday 11th May at 4.00pm at Horseleap Church.


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 27th/28th April:
Development Fund: €1,290; Plate: €840; Easter Offerings: 90.
Thank You!

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