Parish Bulletin

Parishes of Ardcath/Clonalvy and Curraha
Fr. Brendan Ferris: 01-8350136 Mobile 087-2204788
Fifth Sunday of Easter (29th of April 2018) 

Parish E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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 31st May 2018 and July 12th 2018.

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

May 5th/6th          Ministers of the Eucharistic                     Ministers of the Word
Ardcath 6.30pm       Lara McCormack                                        Patricia Fox & Liz Gough
Clonalvy 10.00am    Margaret Andrews                                     Cathal Caffrey
Curraha 11.30am     Eleanor Laffey                                           Peter McMahon

Church Collections 21st/22nd
Envelopes Ardcath/Clonalvy €115 Offerings €5
Envelopes Curraha €145 Offerings €70
Plate: 6.30pm €255.01 10am €233.16 11.30am €516.77

29th April Fifth Sunday of Easter
Vigil Ardcath 6.30pm For the people of the parish
Sunday Clonalvy 10.00am M.M. Nancy Andrews A.V. Tom, Patty & Mike Boylan
Sunday Curraha 11.30am A.V. Patrick Mooney A.V. James & Marcella McDermott A.V. May,
                                      Richard, Stephen and baby Maurice King

Monday Curraha 9.30am 30th Jimmy McConnon
Tuesday Clonalvy 9.30am 1st Bridget McManus
Wednesday Ardcath 9.30am 2nd John Corry
Thursday Curraha 9.30am 3rd Bartle Bermingham
Vigil First Friday Curraha 8.00pm 3rd Parish list of the Dead
Friday Ardcath 9.30am 4th Parish List of the Dead

6th May Sixth Sunday of Easter
Vigil Ardcath 6.30pm A.V. John Corry & wife Maureen & DFM
Sunday Clonalvy 10.00am A.V. Paddy & Philomena Reilly  & Deceased Members of Reilly
                                       & Andrews Family
Sunday Curraha 11.30am M.M. Bartle Bermingham A.V. Maura Devaney & Pat A.V.
                                      McDermott Family Ballyhack

Fr. Brendan would like to express a huge thank you to Mr. Brennan and all the staff in St Andrew’s school. He would also like to thank the parent’s and the children who received confirmation and the parent’s association for the refreshments after the ceremony. He would also like to thank Bishop Smith for bestowing the Sacrament of Confirmation on the children and so enriching our parish community with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Supporting a Culture of Life’ - pastoral message by Bishop Denis Nulty
On 25 May, a referendum will be held on the question of removing the right to life of the unborn child from the Constitution of Ireland.  I want to explain in these short words why I will be voting No.

Let me state the obvious at the outset.  There is no easy way to talk about abortion.  I am very conscious of those who are affected by their choice to have an abortion at some point in the past.  I believe that there is real grieving in the wake of an abortion and that compassion and care should be our first response.  I pray for all who seek healing. My concern here is not to dwell on the past but to safeguard the future.   Nothing is as important for the future of our shared humanity as the right to life.  Therefore, I wish to speak boldly and clearly.

I do not believe that life begins at birth.  I believe that life begins before birth.  Think of the simple scene we have all witnessed countless times of family and friends craning their heads to look into a buggy to marvel at a new born child.  I even watched this very scene unfold on the platform of a train station recently, strangers admiring a baby in its mother’s arms, wondering if it was a boy or a girl, the age and the name.  This wonder does not start at birth.  The time a child’s first kick in the womb and the time a child takes its first faltering steps are but different moments on the same journey.

You might take a moment to bring your hand close to your face and consider your fingerprints.  I have invited every congregation at Confirmations this year to do this simple action.  It is a powerful sight.  Fingerprints are unique to you.  When did they first form?  Much earlier than we might imagine.  Likewise, our own heartbeat, when did it begin?  All of this is determined in the womb, long before birth.  Indeed, it is written into our genetic code.

There is nothing to be gained by denying the truth that our lives begin at conception.  What we have learned about our development in the womb will only be added to in the years ahead, but we already know enough.  However, regrettably, the abortion debate is not really about biology.  Everyone knows that a life has begun.  The question is: whether it is right to deliberately stop that life being born?

Some people argue strongly that a pregnant woman should have an absolute right to choose the fate of her pregnancy.  I cannot agree.  I believe that none of us - women or men - have an absolute right over the life of another. It does not serve the truth to minimise abortion, for what it is, and how prevalent it can become.  We cannot pretend that abortion can be reduced to taking a pill in the first weeks.  This is not the reality.   The hard truth is evident to everyone in the statistics from the UK and elsewhere.  Once we deny the right to life of the unborn, we can no longer defend ourselves from what flows from an abortion culture.  

For instance, we are in deep denial if we cannot recognise that an abortion culture fundamentally alters our attitude towards disability.  The statistics in this regard from other jurisdictions do not lie.

This leads us on to profound issues about the future of our shared humanity.  I believe that a culture that permits abortion cannot be separated from a culture that seeks full control over the gift of life.  In recent years, I have the sense that we are walking with our eyes closed into an era of eugenics, unwilling to look where we are going but still continuing on.  I know I am not alone in thinking this. 

Some claim that we have been behind the times in Ireland in regard to abortion.  I would argue the very opposite; that upholding the right to life of the unborn is timely and far-seeing.  We risk compromising our humanity if we do not continue to be supportive of life, even when this poses great difficulties.  Therefore, for all of the above reasons, on 25th May I will be voting no to affirm human life and thereby the common good.  I ask you to join with me in voting to retain the Constitutional right to life of the unborn child.

Of course, voting no is not enough.  The real challenge for us is to work even harder to strengthen a culture that values all life.  Being pro-life must mean that we advocate for all who are in need of protection in our society.  Let us rededicate ourselves to this essential and blessed task.  

The ChCurraha Lotto results 16th April 2018ristian Message is a message of life. It is about how every human life is a reflection of the very life of God. Each of us is created in the image of God. Catholic teaching clearly affirms that every human life has unique and irreplaceable dignity. Every human life has the right, from its very beginnings, to flourish and develop as God wants it to. Compassion and support for women in difficult situations also belongs to the essence of Catholic teaching. Any society which attempts to define certain lives as being of lesser worth and of lesser protection betrays the common good. All should be equal in the face of the law. That is a fundamental principle of our Constitution – and indeed of democracy – to be maintained and protected.

Ardcath Parish Fields Priencetown: 10 acres will be available in the coming weeks for rent. Please contact Ray White Auctioneers in writing with your offer by Thursday 3rd May.

. There was no jackpot winner the numbers drawn were 2-11-20-21. There was no Match 3 winner which will rollover to next week and will be €300.00. The Jackpot is now at €1800.00 and the next draw will take place in The Becks.

Curraha G.A.A. Underage, minor and adult teams all back training: new players always welcome.

St Vincent’s Windfall not won. Numbers drawn were 14-25-28. Names drawn for monthly draw were Monica Byrne and Joseph Woods. Next week's jackpot is €4900.00.

Stand up for life. Nationwide rally Dublin City Centre 12th May 2pm. All welcome.