Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan Fr. Tom Ryan
Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051 Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557
Rhona Kett-Sheridan 7pm this Saturday
Willie Farrell, his parents Willie and Bridget Farrell and Catherine Healy and Martin Farrell and
Michael Walsh 11.30am this Sunday
Mary Collins Months Mind and Pa Joe and Paddy McCormack and
Nora Murphy 7pm next Saturday
Deceased members of the Walsh Family, Cloughnadromin and
Kitty and James Lynch 10am next Sunday
May They Rest in Peace
Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: Boher: Eilish Bartley.
Murroe: Elizabeth Power-Lynch 7pm, Willie Carey 9am, Margaret Holmes 11.30am
Masses for coming week:
Boher Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.30am
Murroe Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am
Murroe-Boher Senior Citizens Party will take place on Sunday 12th January in Millennium Centre Caherconlish. Mass at 1.00 followed by Lunch at 2.00. Music by Sean, Paddy and Karen. Tickets €15 available from Kathleen 087 2387686 or Carmel 087 6107132, also available in Sacristy of both Church’s.
Sincere thanks to all who helped prepare our Churches for Christmas; the Sacristans, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Organists, Choirs, Altar Servers and everybody else who helped. Special thanks to the people who assisted with the car parking in Boher Church on Christmas Eve, much appreciated. Also, to all those who helped in any way during the past year – many thanks.
Christmas Book: Murroe-Boher Annual Newsletter is now on sale at retail outlets throughout the parish. The committee wish to thank all organisations and contributors for their co-operation and contributions to the magazine this year.
Lotto Results for 22/12/19 -9,12,19,21- No Winner. €20 Lucky Dips Elaine O’Brien, Tomas Hickey, Tomas & Helen Hickey and Grace Walsh. Next week’s Jackpot €8,300 Draw in The Valley Inn.
YOGA classes continue in Boher Community Hall this January. Invest in your health and wellness in 2020 with yoga to calm and relax the mind, bring flexibility and strength to your body. Beginners welcome. Classes start 7th January: Tues 8.15pm-9.45pm, Wed 4pm-5pm or 8-9.30pm. Enquiries and bookings to Lucia on 086 8214512 or www.luciasheehan.com
Murroe AFC would like to wish all our members, supporters and the wider community a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Reflection: Today in union with the whole Church, we honour and celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, Mary, Joseph and Jesus. After the unfolding events Jesus’ birth, the gospel today tells us about the dreams of Joseph through which God speaks to and leads him as he cares for his new family.
Herod was eager to destroy anyone or anything that would threaten his power or authority, so he decided to kill all newly born male children. Through a dream Joseph is warned of this and told to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt for safety. This perhaps reminds us of the reality we see every night on our televisions; millions of men, women and children, refugees, exiles and immigrants being forced from their homeland because of climate change, terrorism and warfare. Despite all the lovely Christmas cards depicting the Holy Family, there is nothing romantic about being forced from your home. The danger and uncertainty that these people suffer today is exactly the same experience that Mary, Joseph and Jesus had.
While Mary is called to be the Mother of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirt, Joseph also has major part to play in the life of Jesus. Unlike Mary, we actually don’t know a lot about Joseph. According to the gospels, he is not present for the public life of Jesus. Joseph, like Mary was called by God; he too was unsure and perhaps even worried and anxious. He is assured and strengthened with the words, ‘Do not be afraid.’ God who called him will not abandoned him. Neither Joseph nor Mary knew what lay ahead of them as parents; but they accepted in hope and trust what God asked of them. They responded in faith and lived everyday of their family life believing that God was with them. They were not free from the daily trails, worries and anxieties of parenthood or family life.
Today, perhaps is a day for us to take some time to think about our own families and from where we come. It is said that we can choose our friends but not our families. Our own families are given to us as a gift from God, and in return we are given to them as gifts. All our families are sacred and holy places; they are the places where ideally we can truly be ourselves and still be loved! Our families shape and mould us in countless ways for better or worse. But as we know from experience, all families suffer and struggle with problems and difficulties. Sadly, sometimes families are not places of love or acceptance.
Today, in union with the Holy Family, let us pray for all our families and thank God for them. Let us pray especially for those families we know who are struggling or who are in pain in any way. As God was with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, may God also guide, support and protect those families who are experiencing problems or difficulties. (Br Michael Moore OMI)