ASH WEDNESDAY – 22nd OF FEBRUARY.
FAST FOR LENT
Fast from hurting words … and say kind words.
Fast from sadness … and be filled with gratitude
Fast from anger … and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism … and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries … and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints … and contemplate simplicity,
Fast from pressures … and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness … and fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness … and be compassionate to others,
Fast from grudges … and be reconciled.
Fast from words … and be silent so you can listen!
DAY OF PRAYER FOR SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS OF ABUSE
The Annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse is an initiative of Pope Francis and is held on the first Friday of Lent, which falls on February 24 this year.
We will be praying for this intention during the Friday Night Candlelight staring with 6 pm Mass followed Holy Hour 6.30-7.30 pm
Irish Jesuits International has launched an appeal to help those impacted by the devastating earthquakes in Syria on Monday, 6 February 2023. You can phone
+353 1 8366509 or visit Donate Now – Irish Jesuits International (iji.ie) to donate.
Irish Jesuit Tony O’Riordan SJ reports:
“The situation here in Aleppo and Syria remains indescribably grim. Images and words cannot capture the depths of pain and misery. Words also fail to capture, how alongside this darkness, grace is also at work. I noticed with many of the JRS Aleppo team today, that with some help and now one week on, there was light back in their eyes. One father of two young children who said last week he could never go home out of fear- has gone back to his home tonight. But the journey is long. Even those with light in their eyes once more confess that they cannot sleep at night. They have nightmares. They remain fearful and they face all the struggles that pre-existed the earthquake to make ends meet. They grieve – one of our team has lost 15 members of his family!”
FAITH AND FLOWERS- A Lenten Journey
BOOK OF THE WEEK
The Discernment of Spirits by Timothy Gallagher OMV
This book is for all who desire greater awareness of God’s action in their daily spiritual lives. A great introduction to the basics of Ignatian discernment of spirits. Available in the Parish Shop.
THE NOVENA OF GRACE
In honour of St. Francis Xavier’s begins on 4th March and continues until the 12th March. Our preacher this year will be Fr. Dermot Preston SJ.
Mon-Sat: 11 am, 1 pm &6 pm
Sunday11 am, 12.30 pm & 3.30 pm
OUR RECENTLY DECEASED
We remember in prayer those who have died recently:
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
LAST WEEK COLLECTION
Church: € 804
Accord Special Collection: € 419
IDonate & card readers: € 205
The blue bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s), The red bag is for Share.
All contributions are gratefully accepted, and the donors are remembered in our prayers.
Two Card readers are available at the back of the Church.
Towards Peace is a service offering spiritual support for anybody who has been abused, physically emotionally, sexually, spiritually, in a religious/church environment.
The Towards Peace office hours are Monday and Tuesday 9am – 4pm and Wednesday 9am – 12noon. For further information phone 01 5053028 or 086 7710533 or visit www.towardspeace.ie or https://www.facebook.com/TowardsPeaceSpiritualSupportService/.