St John’s Church:
Christmas Eve: 7.00pm (with Liturgy for Children) and 9.00pm (Mass of Christmas Night)
Christmas Day: 9.00am (Bilingual Mass), 10.30am and 12 Noon
St Brendan’s Church, Curraheen:
Christmas Eve: 12.00 Midnight
Christmas Day: 11.00am with Liturgy for children
Immaculate Conception, Rathass
Christmas Eve: 7.00pm
Christmas Day: 10.00am
CONFESSIONS: Saturday/Sunday 22nd/23rd of December after Vigil and Sunday Masses in St, John’s, Curraheen and Immaculate Conception Churches.
Christmas Eve. from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm in St. John’s Church
who has been with us in the Diocese for 31/2 years and in St. John’s for 3 years is to take up an appointment as Chaplain to the Defence Forces based at Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick on December 12th. We thank him for his service and wish him well. We pray God’s Blessing on his future ministry.
will be celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass Sunday 23rd and Wednesday 26th of December, at 12 noon.
(Christmas Dues) will shortly be delivered to households along with our Parish Calendar. These offerings pay the salaries of the Parish Clergy who thank parishioners for their support. Envelopes are also available in the churches and the Parish Centre for households who do not receive an envelope delivered to their homes.
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.
As children of God we are loved and cherished. We are endowed with gifts and talents in an abundance. We have many trials and tribulations for sure but simultaneously so too do we have many good and happy days. We might take some time this week as we journey towards Christmastime to think of others-those who might need a friendly face or an open ear to help with the burdens of life. We might think of those who have helped us when we were feeling somewhat lost or alone and reached out with love and compassion to us. Take some time away from the hustle and bustle to celebrate simplicity, patience and all that is good in humanity.………..Margaret Theresa Naughton.