Parish Clergy: Fr Loughlin Brennan Fr. Tom Ryan
Tel. 386227 Mobile 087 9814051 Tel. 352223 Mobile 087 6291557
Recent Deaths: James (Jim) Ryan, Hospital & formerly of Brittas, Boher
Philip (Phil) Bartley, Northampton England late of Killinure, Brittas
Denis O’Malley, Cork & formerly of Murroe
Mary Collins Months Mind and Pa Joe and Paddy McCormack and Nora Murphy 7pm this Saturday
Paddy and Anne Meade 9am this Monday
Deceased members of the Walsh Family, Cloughnadromin and Kitty and James Lynch 10am this Sunday
Bridie Foley and Breda Cartwright 10am next Sunday
May They Rest in Peace
Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend:
Boher: Marie O’Flynn.
Murroe: Bridget Hayes 7pm, Michael O’Loughlin 9am, Kathryn Buckley 11.30am
Epiphany of the Lord – Holy Day – on Monday. Masses:
Murroe 9am and 11.30am. No Vigil Mass
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.
Srs. Consilio and Agnes Fitzgerald of Cuan Mhuire Bruree would sincerely like to thank the parishioners of Murroe and Boher for their very generous contributions of €621.86 in our recent church gate collection. We would sincerely like to thank the people who stood at the collection tables for this worthy cause. We are most grateful to the people of Murroe and Boher for all their help over the years.
Lotto Results for 29/12/19 -2,5,7,30- No Winner. €20 Lucky Dips Johnny & Frances Walsh, Herbie Power, Richie O’Malley & Pa Ryan(Al). Next week’s Jackpot €8,400 Draw in Powers.
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 Boher Bord na nOg, would like to wish all of our members, old and new, a happy and prosperous new year. We would also like to thank all those who supported/volunteered for our most recent bag pack before Christmas in Dunnes Stores on the Childers Road.
Murroe AFC Happy New Year to all of our friends and supporters, players and coaches, hope you all had a great Christmas! We’re looking forward to a great 2020!
Team news: The Fixtures are back after the Christmas break this weekend (Sunday 5th January), with the A team taking on local rivals Caherconlish in the First round of the Lawson Cup at 11am in Caherconlish. That’s the only fixture for this weekend. Keep an eye on the club Facebook page and Twitter feeds for up to the minute fixtures and results!
Reflection: The word ‘January’ comes from the name of a Roman god; Janus. His statue had two faces; one that looked backwards and the other forward. The Romans believed that this was the appropriate time to give thanks for what had passed and to be hopeful for what lies ahead. We keep this ancient tradition alive when we let go of the old year and make new year’s resolutions. For what am I thankful from last year? Am I beginning this new year with faith, hope and optimism?
As we celebrate the Epiphany, we recall that Jesus is born for everyone and the whole universe. The word ‘Epiphany’ means to show or to reveal; the curtain is pulled back and all is now revealed to us. God is not distant, silent or remote. God is with us personally in the very person of Jesus. When Jesus speaks, we hear God speaking; when we see the face of Jesus as the Magi did, it is God’s eyes into which we look. No one is outside the loving gaze or embrace of God through the person and presence of Jesus.
Beginning something new can fill us with anxiety, especially a new year. We don’t know what will happen to us or what lies ahead of us. But we are not our own; God is with us. There is the modern parable about the woman who was worried about the new year. She prayed to God saying.; ‘Lord, give me a light so that I can find my way as this year starts.’ There was silence. Then she heard God say, ‘No, I will not give you a light. You take my hand and we will walk into the new year together.’ We are not our own as we continue this New Year. The Nativity and the Epiphany call us to remember and celebrate the deep mystery and reality that God is with us in the most personal and intimate way possible. To repeat, God is now no longer distant, remote or silent. St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians reminds us of this and encourages us with these profound words; ‘The secret is that Christ is in you.’
When the shepherds looked at Jesus, they saw someone like themselves who later said, I am the Good Shepherd. When these visitors from East offered their gifts, they too saw one like themselves, who later said, Yes, I am King. Take some time these days to look into the crib; who and what do you see? Do you see yourself in this child’s face? Do you see someone like just like you? As Pope Leo the Great reminds us; O Christian be aware of your dignity and nobility, it is God’s own life that you now share.
(Br Michael Moore OMI)