1st Sunday of Advent
Saturday /Sunday – 27th / 28th November 2021
We are celebrating the First Sunday of Advent
The Church begins another liturgical year with the season of Advent. The word ‘advent’ means ‘arrival’ or ‘coming’. There is a threefold coming of Jesus to which the Church draws our attention: first, Jesus’ coming as a human being; second, his daily coming into the lives of people; and third, his glorious coming at the end of time. The use of purple vestments underlines the special character of the season.
Encouragement from Pope Francis to pray to the Holy Spirit:
The prayer to the Holy Spirit is spontaneous, it has to come from your heart. In moments of difficulty, you have to say: “Come, Holy Spirit”. This is the key word ‘Come’. You have to say it yourself in your own style, in your own words. Come, because I find myself in difficulty. Come, because I do not know what to do. Come, because I am about to fall. Come, Come, this is the Holy Spirit’s word to call upon the Spirit. Let us learn to invoke the Holy Spirit often with simple words throughout the day. With the presence of the Spirit, we will protect our freedom. We will be free, free Christians, not attached to the past in the bad sense of the word, not chained to practices, but free with the Christian freedom, the kind that makes us grow.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Annual Christmas Collection
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Annual Christmas Collection will take place next weekend, Saturday & Sunday, 4th and 5th December. The local conference would like to thank most sincerely the parishioners of Monaleen for their continued support.
Our weekly notices and Mass intentions are available on our recently relaunched parish website at www.monaleenparish.ie where you will also find other information and useful resources.
We remember those for whom this Weekend Masses are offered:
Saturday 27th 7:00pm – Darren Egan RIP (A)
Sunday 28th 10:00am – Joan Compelli RIP (A)
Patrick Lonergan RIP Month’s Mind
11:30am – John Moloney RIP
Nancy O’Sullivan RIP (A)
Jack O’Sullivan RIP Month’s Mind
Baby John O’Sullivan RIP (A)
The Mass intentions for the coming week:
Tuesday 30th – St Andrew, Apostle 9:45am: Noel McCarthy RIP
Wednesday 1st – of the day 9:45am: Danny Desmond RIP
Thursday 2nd – of the day 9:45am: Sonny Corrigan RIP
Friday 3rd – St Francis Xavier – Frist Friday 9:45am: Joan Griffin RIP
Next weekend: 2nd Sunday of Advent
Saturday 4th – 2nd Sunday of Advent 7:00pm: Jim Corless RIP (A)
Sunday 5th – 2nd Sunday of Advent 10.00am: John & Kitty Fitzgibbon RIP (A)
11:30am: Michael Parkes RIP (A)
Note: All Masses are available online via church services
- Eucharistic Adoration
In this parish we have the privilege of Eucharistic Adoration every day – on Tuesday from 10am until 10pm and on the other six days from 6pm until 10pm. This is a wonderful devotion from which flows transforming graces for those who take part and for our whole parish. All are welcome and indeed we earnestly encourage your participation. In order to ensure its continuation, please consider committing yourself to a particular hour on one or more days a week.
PRAYER WHILE VISITING THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
My Lord Jesus Christ, for the love which You bear to men, you remain night and day in this Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit You. I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore You from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank You for all the graces which You have bestowed upon me and in particular for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me your holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit You in this chapel. I now salute Your most loving Heart: and this for three ends:
- In thanksgiving for this great gift; 2. To make amends to You for all the outrages which You receive in this Sacrament from all Your enemies; 3. I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are the least revered and the most abandoned.
– by St Alphonsus Ligouri