During the summer months, some estates organise an area Mass. The Mass is often held in the green area of the estate. It is an opportunity to bring the residents together for a Mass. It is also of benefit to have a cuppa afterwards, to have a chat and to meet new faces. Some of areas have an annual Mass and others have it occasionally. Some of the areas that have had a Mass in recent years include Stacks Villas, Ballyroe, Connolly Park, Cois Coille, Woodbrooke, Rathoonane, Mounthawk Manor, Ard Carraig/Leedale, Shanakill, Gort na Sidhe & Listellick/Curravough. Ifyou would like to have a Mass in your estate/area, please contact the Parish Office

Group at a recent celebration for the babies baptised during the year pictured by John Cleary.

Our Parish Office will take bookings for 1st Anniversary Masses on this Monday May 9th. All other bookings will be taken from the following day Tuesday May 10th. We encourage you to call to the Parish Office to make Mass bookings during these days. Next year Sunday Funerals will take place at the 12.30pm Mass. The 10am and 11.15am Masses will be
available for anniversaries.

Congratulations to the boys and girls in Scoil Eoin, Holy Family, Listellick & Educate Together who were confirmed on Thursday & Friday April 14th and 15th. Many thanks also to their teachers and parents who helped prepare them for Confirmation.

Fr. Patsy planting a hazel tree after the 10am Mass on Sunday, April 17th to mark the beginning of Earth Week 2016.

EARTH WEEK from April 17th to 23rd is an initiative of the Diocese of Kerry Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee [JPIC]. The committee raises awareness of Catholic Social Teaching by encouraging action, by providing resources and building networks with other groups. This year, in response to Pope Francis’ letter on the environment, Laudato Si - one of the cares Francis asks us to respond to is the loss of biodiversity and this is our chosen theme for Earth Week 2016. A limited number of leaflets on how each individual can respond to the challenge is available at the doors of the Church and it can also be downloaded from www.dioceseofkerry.ie

 

The recent appeal by Seán O’Mahony who has decided to volunteer for a year with a Catholic Youth Outreach program known as NET Ministries amounted to €980. Many thanks

Tickets for our annual Silver Circle (Parish Draw) are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased from the Parish Office & from the Sacristy. The Fundraising Committee are presently selling tickets in your area. Tickets are also available for sale at the Church doors after all Masses this Sunday. Your support is appreciated.

Pope Francis challenges us to live just as God is merciful towards each one of us.

Last week we invited you to write on a card at the Sacred Space words that come to mind when you think of Mercy. These are a sample of the words that were written - goodwill, kindness, healing, understanding, forgiveness, hope, compassion, love, openhearted, grace, tolerance, gentleness, blessings, welcome, thanksgiving for others, feeling loved by God and sharing. This week we invite you to write in the notebook a short story of mercy, i.e. when you have experienced mercy.

The last remaining boxes will be delivered to households in the Parish this week. The amount raised in this collection in 2015 was €56,157. This fund has enabled us to continue projects in the Church and Pastoral Centre. This year we need to carry out remedial works to the roof of the Pastoral Centre. If you do not receive the parish envelopes, please contact the Parish Office. Your generosity is very much appreciated.