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Curraha – St Andrew’s Church -
Ardcath– St Mary’s Church & Clonalvy St John the Baptist Church

Children for Baptism: The next meeting for parents who wish to have their children baptised, will take place in the Parish Centre Curraha at 8pm on Thursday the 8th of March and then Thursday 19th of April.

Eucharistic Adoration: Clonalvy Tuesday 10am – 11am. Ardcath: Wednesday 10am – 11am. Curraha Thursday 10am– 12noon, Newcomers always welcome

Feb 24th/25th     Ministers of the Eucharistic Ministers of the Word
Ardcath 6.30pm     Mary Willis                              Lara McCormack & Arthur Moore
Clonalvy 10.00am   Tom Bowler                           Breda Murray
Curraha 11.30am   Margaret Nugent                     Patricia Smith

Please pray for Hilda Farrell Curragha, Annie Jackson and Cay Fitzgerald who were laid to rest during the week. May they rest in peace.

Church Collections 10th/11th
Envelopes Ardcath/Clonalvy €100 Offerings €115
Envelopes Curraha €165 Offerings €66.5
Plate: 6.30pm €328.27 10am €382.30 11.30am €512.11

18th of February First Sunday of Lent
Vigil Ardcath 6.30pm M.M. Nicky Hamilton
Sunday Clonalvy 10.00am A.V. John & Julia O’Brien & Myles & Judith MorganA.V. Joe Whyte
Sunday Curraha 11.30am A.V. William. Bridget, Seamus & Marcella Hennessy

Monday Curraha 9.30am 19th Pat Devaney
Tuesday Clonalvy 9.30am 20th Michael Fanning
Wednesday Ardcath 9.30am 21st Paddy Browne
Thursday Curraha 9.30am 22nd Seamus Moran
Friday Ardcath 9.30am 23rd Special Intention

25th February Second Sunday of Lent
Vigil Ardcath 6.30pm A.V. Pat Byrne & Deceased Family Members A.V. Tom McCormack
                                & Deceased Family Members Carmel & Paddy Russell A.V. David Tuite
Sunday Clonalvy 10.00am A.V. John Collins & Deceased Family Members A.V. Tony &
                                       Agnes Keenan & Deceased Family Members
Sunday Curraha 11.30am A.V. Hugh Ward & Deceased Family Members

LMFM Mass will be broadcast from St Mary’s Church Ardcath next Saturday the 24th of February. Our celebration is very important for all those who are house bound, hospitalized etc, not only in Ireland but further afield. Your participation and presence will enhance our celebration and very important for those joining us in our mass.

Trocaire boxes are still available at the back of each of the Churches.

Reflection for Lent
Just as the Spirit sent Jesus into the desert for forty days we too undergo a time of trial, temptation and testing. St Ignatius of Loyola said “If God sends you sufferings, it is a sign that he has great plans for you and certainly wants to make you a saint.” Just as Jesus was strengthened, comforted and consoled by the Spirit so too are we. So when we suffer, seek the presence of God in that suffering. When we feel lonely, sense in that loneliness an invitation to be closer to God for comfort and consolation. When we feel weak and far away from God, God draws close and makes us strong. Let us find God in all things. Oh Lord shine the light of your Holy Spirit on my heart, test and examine me and lead me in ways everlasting.

Do you want to Fast:
In Lent we are encouraged to give something up, to deny ourselves and abstain. Many choose to deny themselves things like chocolate, sweets or alcohol; others reduce the use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. How we fast or deny ourselves is something only we can discern. Our fasting isn’t an end in itself but rather a way we become aware of our dependence on and need of God. We deny ourselves those things which give us pleasure so as to delight and draw near to the One who is the source of all pleasure and delight. Let’s not just fast from food or drink. Let us also fast from saying unkind or hurtful words, from sadness and walking around with a glum face and from anger, resentment and bitterness.

World Meeting of Families 2018 - Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help?
Thousands of people will be travelling from very distant places to participate in World Meeting of Families 2018 (Dublin, 21-26 August 2018).  Many would be unable to come if they also had to cover the cost of accommodation. Do you have a spare room? Would you be willing to host a person, a couple or a family next August? Help us welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call 01 567 6800.

Ardcath Mass, St Patrick’s Day this year is on a Saturday. Some Parishes are not having a vigil for the Sunday. What do we do here, we can have the Vigil on the evening of St Patrick’s Day, we can have no Mass or we can have a 9am Mass on the Sunday morning in Ardcath. Your preferences to Fr. Brendan.

Ardcath/Clonalvy First Responders Group: Launch night will take place on Wednesday the 21st of February at 8.00pm in St Patrick’s National School. Presenter Aengus MacGrianna, Guest Speaker Parent of a young survivor. Monster Bake sale & raffle on the night everyone welcome.

Thank you to Aisteori Na Boinne who performed the play “It Runs in the Family” for a great night on Tuesday 6th February in the Droichead Arts Centre.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in Ashbourne House Hotel on Monday the 19th of February 2018 and Tuesday the 20th February from 4.30pm to 8.00pm. Help us to Help others.

Curraha Lotto results 12th February 2018. There was no jackpot winner the numbers drawn were 13-16-17-24 There were three match 3 winners Ann Grehan, Clare O’Connor & Tom & Ger Keogh who win €33 each. The Jackpot is now at €900.00 and the next draw will take place in The Becks.

St Vincent’s Windfall not won. Numbers drawn were 20,27,30. Names drawn for monthly draw were Noel Lynch and Pat Daly. Monthly winner of €200 was Thomas Tallon. Next week's jackpot is €3800.00.