18 February 2012

Parish Announcements for Sunday, February 19th 2012

• Wednesday next, February 22nd 2012 is Ash Wednesday, a day of fast and abstinence. Masses here in Sacred Heart Church will be at 10am and 7.30pm with blessing and distribution of ashes.

• For Lent, we will have the Morning Prayer of the Church before weekday Mass at 9.50am.

• The Trócaire boxes for Lent this year are now available at the doors of the Church. Please take one for your home and family.

• Something new for Lent – beginning on Ash Wednesday at 8.15pm and continuing at the same time for the Wednesdays of Lent, we will be screening the Catholicism series at Sacred Heart Church. This should help us to deepen and renew our faith this Lent. See post above.

• The parish boxes with the weekly envelopes will be distributed before March 1st.

• The annual Galway Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from July 1st to 6th 2012, led by Bishop Martin Drennan. Cost €697 includes taxes, transfers, accommodation, coach to and from Shannon airport. Deposit €80 per person. For those with special needs, full fare is €585 and special arrangements and accommodation will be provided. Bookings, all reservations and enquiries to: Fahy Travel Ltd., 3 Bridge Street, Galway. Tel: (091) 594744 or (091) 594747.

• The International Eucharistic Congress committee has allocated 757 tickets to the Galway Diocese for the closing Mass of the Eucharistic Congress in Croke Park, Dublin on Sunday June 17th 2012. If you would like to attend, forms are available in the sacristy of Sacred Heart Church. Application does not guarantee a ticket. Applications will be processed so as to ensure a fair distribution of the tickets throughout the diocese. All applicants will be informed as to whether or not they will receive a ticket. Those allocated a ticket will be asked to contribute €10 to meet the costs of the Eucharistic Congress. The provisional timetable for the day sees the doors opening at Croke Park at 12 noon, with the ceremony starting at 2pm and ending at 5.30pm.

• The Months Mind Mass for Martin McDonagh, Ashe Road, will take place here in Sacred Heart Church on Ash Wednesday Evening at 7.30pm.

• We pray for those who died recently:

- Mary Kelly, Corrib Park

- Sr Alphonsus O’Malley, Presentation Convent, Presentation Road

- Michael Dinnen, Omagh and late of Corrib Park