30 April 2017
Holy Week 2008

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HOLY WEEK & EASTER

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Monday 17: 
Masses 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm (No 7.30pm);
Durrow 8pm.
Tuesday 18
Reconciliation at 10.00am & 7.30pm Masses. 
Mass of the Sick 2.00pm (Hospitality Team needed). 
Usual 7.30am Mass.
Wednesday 19: 
7.30am & 10.00am; No7.30pm. 
Chrism Mass Mullingar 7.30pm, bus from Parochial House 6.30pm.  Leave names in Sacristy.
Holy Thursday: 
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm Tullamore;
Durrow 9.00pm. 
Night Prayer 10.30pm.
Good Friday: 
Morning Prayer 10.00am. 
Inter-Church Way of the Cross 12noon from Town Park and finishing in O’Connor Sq. 
Ceremonies 3.00 & 7.30pm, Tullamore.
Holy Saturday: 
Morning Prayer 10.00am;
Easter Vigil 9.00pm. 
Confessions 2.00-6.00pm.
Easter Sunday:
Masses 8.30am, 10.00am (Family Mass), 11.30am & 1.00pm. 
Durrow 11.30am.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick we reach out to our sisters and brothers who are sick or infirm, to comfort and strengthen them in their times of need.  We pray over them, anoint them with oil and invoke the Holy Spirit to bring them healing and peace.  In so doing we are acknowledging that the sick are an integral part of the Christian community who need our special care and attention.  Rather than leaving them isolated in their illness and infirmity the Christian community cherishes them as the priest lays his hands on them and anoints them.  It is the task of all of us who are Christian to continue this work of healing through our words and actions.


BIBLE READINGS
Mon
:  Isaiah 42:1-7
  John 12:1-11
Tues:  Isaiah 49:1-6
  John 13:21-33, 36-38
Wed:  Isaiah 50_4-9
  Matthew 26:14-25

AN SEACHTAIN MHOIR

We begin Holy Week, the highpoint of the Church’s year. On this Palm Sunday we enter already into the week’s events. Glory and defeat are combined here in a way like never before or since. The arrival of Christ in Jerusalem is greeted with triumphal scenes, and the cries of the crowd – “Hosanna to the Son of David” – seem to indicate that at last Christ’s glory has been recognised, he is the Son of David, the Messiah! But crowds are fickle, it’s a short step from crowd to mob, and within the space of a few days their cry becomes “Crucify him! Crucify him!”. And so we read the story of the rejection of Christ by his close followers, by the authorities and by the people, and the shocking events that culminate in his crucifixion and death. But it is precisely these events that will lead to the revelation of Christ’s true glory as the Son of God, his death being the means by which the mystery of God’s love is revealed to us. The ceremonies of Holy Week are a unique opportunity for us to live this saving event.


PRACTICES FOR HOLY WEEK

Sunday 16th:
Eucharistic Ministers for Holy Thursday, 6.00pm;
Eucharistic Ministers for Good Friday, 6.45pm.

Thursday 20th: Durrow Mass of Lord’s Supper, 6.00pm

Saturday 22nd: Easter Vigil 11.00am.


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