Calendar this week:
Monday, 31 Dec: 8.30 a.m. Mass
Tues: New Year’s Day: Feast of Mary, Mother of God, one Mass at 11 am
Wed – Friday: 8.30 a.m. Mass
Sat 5 Jan. Fatima Prayer 4 pm in Hall
Sat – Sun: usual Weekend Schedule.
CCD First Reconciliation: it was thought advisable to transfer this to Jan 2019.
RCIA on Thursday, 10 January at 8 p.m.
World Apostolate Fatima Prayer Group: Sat 5th Jan. at 4 pm in Hall. 4 pm: Fatima Prayers & Discussion on “The Brown Scapular” and “3rd Apparition of Angel to the children.” 5 pm: Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available for those who wish. 5.30 pm: Pray the Rosary. 6.30 pm: Vigil Mass.
St Patrick’s Passionist Province: Offertory collections at 4 Christmas Masses go to St Patrick’s Passionist Province. ‘Christmas Collection’ envelopes are still available. ADP cheques can be written also.
Thanks for your generous response – total donated published soon.
Reading of Bible for Children during 9.30 a.m. Mass on top level: 2019: Jan. 13 & 27: Feb: 10 & 17; Mar 17 & 31 Apr: 7 & 14; May 12 & 26; June 16 & 30: contact Monique.
Collection 22/23Dec: € 2,649; ADP: €208 & La Quête App: 30€.
Pastoral Council met on Mon. 17 Dec: a rich sharing on the Parish Meeting of 9 Dec. followed; the Letter to Fr Provincial, C.P. is being sent signed by ministries; 2nd Conversation in Parish on Sun. 17 Feb. at 1.30 p.m.; agenda items suggested for this meeting; preparations for 150th Anniversary of St Joseph’s continue; new lights for the Altar and Lectern area are planned for early 2019; upgrade of present “grille” is hoped for soon; census of numbers at Mass to be taken in January; Minutes of Pastoral Council and Parish meetings to be posted on website – occasionally editing may be needed; an editor is now in place; this will, hopefully, overcome the inadequacy of these Bulletin notes published after each meeting; ‘Mardi Gras’ in Hall on Sat. 2nd March after Vigil Mass; Next Pastoral Council 21 Jan. 7.30 pm
A book would be needed to thank all who made Christmas 2018 so special at St Joseph’s. After several difficult weekends in the city and in this area, the response of such wonderful numbers of worshippers touched me deeply. Regular faithful parishioners were joined by returning parishioners and a great number of tourists. The kindness of peoples’ words to me personally – unmerited – were signs of the appreciation of people from all over the world for our community at St Joseph’s. All we can do is try even harder to reach out to people and reveal the love and tenderness of Christ.
A truly blessed and Happy New Year to all and those dear to you.
A warm welcome to Fr Eugene McCarthy, C.P. who will be with you during my absence.