Marking our Remembrance month of November we are hosting a special talk and workshop for those who have experienced grief and loss over the past year. Please come along to our Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 19th November 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The workshop will touch on the following areas:
Stages of bereavement or grief - Coping with grief - Talking about the person who has died - If you need to move on - Counselling and supports that are available.
A sincere thanks to everyone who entered our Christmas Card design project. The six entries chosen are artistic designs by the following: Claudia Crowley, Isabelle Curran, Candy Fitzgerald, Eoin Griffin, Caoilinn Kenny O’Sullivan and Allen Ybanez. All entries received will be on display at the back of St. John’s Church at Masses next weekend. Parish Christmas Cards illustrating the designs chosen will also be available to purchase at the Church porch next weekend and available at the Parish Centre from Monday 2nd December.
St John’s: Friday 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 6.10pm.
St Brendan’s, Curraheen: Thurs 21st at 7.30pm.
Takes place on the weekend of Friday November 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday December 1st. The Bazaar Committee is looking for volunteers to help organise the Bazaar for 2019. Any unwanted items that can be auctioned/ sold are most welcome. Items can be handed in to the Parish centre during office hours. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank You.
Inviting all young adults to St. John’s Side Chapel for a prayer gathering (Adoration/Rosary) followed by a social gathering. Every Thursday at 7.30pm.
AN INVITATION TO JOIN A READING GROUP ON ’LAUDATO SI’, Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter ‘On Care for Our Common Home’. This is an initiative of the St John’s Care of Creation Hub, starting on Tuesday 12th November and running once weekly for 5 weeks. The group will meet in the Parish Centre for one hour at 10.30am.The book of the encyclical will be available to buy (€5), or bring your own copy. Fáilte roimh gach duine.
As part of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of St. John’s Church, the parish hope to hold an exhibition and produce a publication relating to the religious, social and cultural life of the parish over the past 150 years. We would be delighted to receive from parishioners any photographs, memorabilia, ephemera etc. All items submitted will be returned to the owner as soon as they are scanned/photographed. Please contact the parish office .
There has been a number of complaints recently regarding some organisations collecting for their church gate collection at the entrance doors of churches in the parish. We ask all organisations to ensure that collections take place outside church grounds and entrances. The only exception by diocesan stipulation is St. Vincent de Paul.
Stained Glass Windows in
St. John’s Church
Stained glass is often referred to as the poor man’s Bible as it was used from the Early Middle Ages to illustrate scriptural stories and the lives of the saints to largely uneducated congregations. Interestingly, at least sixty-five fragments of glass, including some painted medieval pieces, were found during the excavations in Ardfert Cathedral in the 1990s. In more recent times, stained glass is viewed as a spectacular art form to enlighten, inspire, console and instruct those who look upon them.
A core Christian principle is justice. In fact, we are all called to act and serve justly in all that we do and say. But what does this mean? In a world riddled with inequity and inequality, it can be challenging to see what we can do to help make things better for those who suffer. Each of us may not be able to end world hunger or quell raging famines, but we can act kindly to all we encounter, we can share a little of what we have with those who have little, and we can offer a smile to those who the world sees as contemptible. Scattering of justice, small acts, enormous results...…
........…Margaret Theresa Naughton