will be at 10.30am which will be First Communion Masses. There will be no 10am Mass.
Saturday May 4th:
C.B.S. Primary, 10.30am St. John's Church.
Blennerville N.S. 11am, St. Brendan's Church Curraheen.
Saturday May 11th:
Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn. 10.30am St. John's Church
Caherleaheen N.S. 11am Church of the Immaculate Conception
Saturday May 18th:
Presentation Primary. 10.30am St. John's Church
Derryquay N.S. 11am St. Brendan's Church, Curraheen
Saturday May 25th:
Moyderwell Primary, 10.30am St. John's Church
Video recording or photography is not allowed during the actual ceremony. We wish every grace and blessing on those receiving their First Holy Communion and those who helped prepare them.
FIRST COMMUNION PARKING: We invite families for First Communion to park in the car park near the Church as the avenue and space in front of St. John’s is a ‘No Parking’ area for safety and emergency reasons.
In the changes to tax relief on donations to charities effective from 01/01/2013, St. John’s Parish can successfully benefit from a tax rebate on contributions of €250 or more per annum. For instance, for the year 2017, the parish received a total of €38,457 from the scheme. The Parish Finance Committee wish to thank all parishioners who continuously and so generously contribute to the parish. Thanks also to all those who participate in the tax rebate scheme and have kindly returned the tax rebate scheme certificate for 2018. A gentle reminder to anyone who may have over-looked doing so. If you are not already participating in the scheme and think you might be eligible, please contact Catherine Dwyer at the Parish Centre for further details.
will take place on Sunday May 5th at 3pm.
April 28th. Devotions in St. John’s Church at 2.45pm. All Welcome.
The Annual Diocesan collection in aid of Peter’s Pence will be taken up at all Masses this weekend (April 27th/28th) as a joint Offertory collection. This collection supports the ministry of the Pope in his task of uniting the many different strands of the Church and enables the many charitable initiatives promoted by the Holy Father.
Mass on Radio na Gaeltachta will be broadcast from Curraheen Church on Sunday 19th May at 11.00am. Failte roimh cach.
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.
When we are challenged by the ups and downs of life it is easy to become a doubting Thomas. It can become so easy to question the existence of god or the wisdom of his ways. We can simply become disillusioned by his seeming absence. However, try to open your hearts even when you feel lost and alone to the possibility of God holding out his hand to you. Reach out to God in your pain and you might just find that he reaches back
Margaret Theresa Naughton.