Church of the Assumption, Beauparc

 

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MASSES

Sunday                 10.30 a.m.

Mon.—Fri.             9.00 a.m.

Saturday                7.00 p.m. (Vigil)

                         

INTENTIONS:  

Sat 7.00 p.m.:      Thomas & Mary Smyth,  Jim Sheehy,  Sean & Ita Collins, Tony, Anne, Pat, & PaddyRuane

Sun. 10.30 a.m.    Rose Quinn, Dessie Mooney, Paddy Mullaney, Winifred McGuirk, Patrick McKeever

Sat. 14th Dec.      Lorraine Hughes

Sun. 15th Dec.     Mary McGuirk & Con McGuirk, Catherine & John Scanlon, Julia Farrell, Julia Donegan 

      

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:

Thursday        3.00 p.m.—10.00 p.m.

Friday:            7.00 a.m.—11.00 a.m.

 

 
Parish News

ST.VINCENT De PAUL Phone 1800 677777 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Annual St. Vincent de Paul Collection takes place next weekend 7th & 8th December.  Please give generously as these funds go to help the needy families in our area.

 

PARISH CAROL SERVICE

Kentstown Church

Sunday 15, December,  7-8 p.m

 

HOMELESS APPEAL

Thank you for all your donations.  We now need only: Underwear (New) Men’s & Women’s. Socks, Hats & Gloves.  Food—chocolate, Juices, (small cartons) Biscuits, Bars, Pot Noodles

 
Thought for the Week

THE DEEP END

Change of heart

‘Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.’ (Dave Barry)

     We might recognise ourselves in the above statement! We are so used to the commercial side of Christmas – the frenzy of ads and gift-buying, the extravagant decorations and parties – that it is easy to forget what we are really celebrating.

     That’s where John the Baptist comes in. We first meet John in Luke’s Gospel, before he is even born: Elizabeth’s pregnancy is announced at the same time as Mary’s, though John will be born first. The next we hear of John, he appears as God’s messenger (as we hear in today’s Gospel), preparing the way of the Lord. His job is to set the stage for Jesus to begin his ministry, and his central message is repentance. The Greek word for repentance was metanoia, which literally means a change of heart, or turning one’s life around. So John is inviting his audience to make a break with the past, turn to God, and go in a different direction. When Jesus begins his own ministry, his first message is the very same: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’

     This is a fitting message as we enter the second week of Advent. As we prepare to welcome Jesus, we are invited to metanoia, or change of heart. As we ponder the mysteries of Christmas, we are nudged onwards in a new direction. This week, we could make a conscious effort to move away from the noise and lights of ‘the mall’, to still our minds, and to open our hearts to God’s call.

‘Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.’ (Washington Irving