Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan Fr. Tom Ryan
Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051 Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557
Bernard Carey 7pm this Saturday
Foley Family 9am this Sunday
Mary and Seamus Clarke 10am Monday
Jim Kenny Months Mind and Son Francis Kenny and Jimmy Rabbitte and his parents Bill and Mary Rabbitte 7pm next Saturday
William and Christine Bolster and Nellie Ryan 10am this Sunday
May They Rest in Peace
Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Eilish Bartley.
Murroe: Nora Lonergan 7pm, Suzanne Barron 9am, Breda White 11.30am
Masses for coming Week: Boher: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.30am
Murroe: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am
Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration Assembly Day, St Patrick’s College, Thurles on Saturday next 30th March 2019. 10.00am – Rosary. 10.20-10.50am – Tea Break 10.50-11.30am – Adoration. 11.45am-l.00pm – Holy Mass, followed by Healing Service. Celebrant: Rev Fr John Keane, CC Macroom
Maranatha Prayer Ministry Healing Retreat on this Sunday 24th March 2019 at 2.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick through the Ministry of Rev. Fr. John Walsh, Limerick and Lay Speaker Jomon, Voice of Peace. All welcome.
Annual Coffee Morning in Aid of Cancer Research – Preliminary Notice – This year the annual coffee morning in aid of cancer research will take place on Saturday 27th April from 10.30 am until 1.00 pm at Madaboy House, Abington. To date, this event has been hugely successful in raising much needed funds for targeted research into many cancers. The musical talents of the Limerick-based Ukealadies will once again provide entertainment. Please put this date in your diary and plan to come and enjoy delicious treats and great chat while supporting such a worthy cause which touches so many people.
Murroe Darkness into Light 4am, 11th May in aid of Pieta House. Early registration at reduced rate open until 31st March – so please register as soon as possible. See https://www.darknessintolight.ie/event/murroe. Route starts and finishes at Muintir an Tíre hall, the walk goes through the grounds of Glenstal Abbey, and parking is provided.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a blood donor clinic in the Community Centre, Newport, on this Sunday 24th March. Time: 12noon – 3pm.
Social Dance in Millennium Centre Caherconlish on Saturday 30th March. Music by Chris Dallat. Tea served. Admission €10
Doon Community Council are holding their annual monster table quiz in all five pubs, in Doon, on Friday the 29th of March, starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4, €20 per table. Raffle and spot prizes on the night
Murroe AFC Notes: Team News: The A, B or C teams or Ladies team had no fixtures for the past 2 weekends due to weather and a weekend off for St Patrick’s day. Its back to business this weekend. This Sunday the Ladies face Moyross Utd (2pm) & Listowel Celtic (2:30pm), both played in Murroe Wood Park as part of the Winter League. Meanwhile the Mens A team face Corbally Utd at home at 11am in the league, The B team are at home also at 11am against Wembley Rovers in the league, while the Mens C team are away to Parkville in the Div 4 Hayes Cup 1st Round also at 11am. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for fixtures and results.
Murroe AFC’s book “Murroe AFC The First 50 Years 1968-2018”is still available to purchase at Spar, and English’s. The book is a fabulous record of the story of the first 50 years of soccer in Murroe, and is available at a price of €15.
Reflection: Jesus was a great story teller! He spoke to the people in ways that they were familiar with and understood. He spoke about farming, shepherds, wine, fishing and sowing seeds. Jesus spoke the language of the people of his time. Today, in our gospel is no different.
Bad things unfortunately happen to good people; it’s a fact of life. At the time of Jesus, as some believed in the gospel, those who died at that hands of Pontius Pilate were great sinners. Jesus doesn’t think so! But he does warn those who are self-righteous that they will suffer – unless they change and repent.
To illustrate this, Jesus offers the people and us today a parable; a farmer plants a fig tree in his vineyard. Even after three years of care, watering and maintenance, it produced no fruit whatsoever.
He asked one of his workers to dig it up and throw it away. The worker suggested another solution: ‘Leave it one more year, give me time to dig around it; it may bear fruit next year, if not, then you can cut it down.’
What could this possibly have to do with us today? Let’s be honest; none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes; we say and do things that are wrong, that hurt others and break our friendship with God.
However, God does not dismiss or disown us; we are always given another chance to change, grow and improve. Who knows, we too might produce good fruit if we are given the time! (God has plenty of time!)
Jesus comes and accepts us as we are; he loves us not because we are perfect, but in the hope that we will change over the course of our lives and become perfect. If I were to wait until I was perfect to welcome Jesus it would never happen.