Gurranabraher Christmas Market

Date: Friday 16th December 2022

Venue: Parochial Hall

Time: 10am – 1pm

Lots of stalls – full of Christmas gifts ideas.

Carol Singing, raffle, tea and coffee.

Come along and join us.

Admission Free!!

Gurranabraher Christmas Market 2022

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Feast of Immaculate Conception (Thursday, 8th December) Holy Day of Obligation

Vigil Mass on Wednesday – 5.30pm & Thursday 8am and 10am.

On Thursday, 8th December, Christians all over the world celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This feast recalls a hugely decisive moment in salvation history when God intervenes to spare Mary [at her moment of conception in the womb of her mother, Ann], from the consequences of the sin of Adam, (Original sin).

What were/are these consequences of Original Sin? The Church teaches that because of Adam’s disobedience every human being ever born is contaminated by that original sin – resulting in the loss of innocence – where the human will is weakened, the intellect is darkened and human passions are inclined towards evil.

Why was Mary granted this special grace from God? For one reason only – Mary was singularly chosen to bring forth in her womb the Saviour of the world. It could not happen that this Saviour could dwell in the womb of a person contaminated in any way by sin – original or actual. Thus, Mary, seen by God, even before she took existence, as an exemplary disciple, is spared the contamination of that original sin and so is indeed a worthy vessel for the Christ to take human form and to be born. What was granted to Mary before Christ’s death and resurrection is now granted to all of us at Baptism.

O Mary conceived without original sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.

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Community Employment Scheme Opportunities

CE Schemes fund community and voluntary organisations, which in turn provide employment opportunities to benefit the local community. There are 25,000 citizens on schemes, they are managed and organised by 1,250 supervisors and assistant supervisors; – the work of CE supervisors and Sponsors is integral to the overall success and implementation of the CE schemes.

Gurranabraher Parish has benefitted from this scheme by sponsoring staff at Ascension Church and Meals on Wheels.

Currently there are positions available through St. Vincent’s CE as follows:
Kitchen Assistant at Respond, Francis Gardens, Blackpool (Closing date 29/11/2022),
and a
Community Worker with Friendly Call, Parochial Hall, (Closing date 26/12/2022).

Soon there will be Caretaker vacancies available at Parochial Hall – details to follow.

Further info can be found on www.jobsireland.ie along with eligibility criteria.

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November Novena Masses for the Dead

Tuesday, 1st – All Saints (A Holy Day of Obligation).

Vigil Mass on Monday @ 5.30pm & Tuesday @ 8am, 10am & 7pm.

Wednesday, 2nd Nov – Thursday 10th Nov weekday Masses @ 10am & 7pm

Mass Live each day at 10.am @ www.gurranabraherparish.ie

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Easter Schedule at Ascension Parish

Holy Thursday
7pm – Mass commemorating the Institution of the Eucharist

Good Friday
12noon – Stations of the Cross
3pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday
7pm – Vigil Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection

Easter Sunday
9am & 11.30am – Day Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection

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The Feast of the Epiphany – Thursday 6th January, 2022 (Holy Day of Obligation)

Masses (Wednesday 5th Vigil Mass 5.30pm) Thursday 8am and 10am
This feast commemorates the visit of the pagan, wise men to worship the infant Jesus. It is a hugely significant event in that it reveals that this infant King is not only for the Jewish people but a King and Messiah for all nations. Research suggests that they had come from the Arabian Peninsula – and belonged to a pagan sect that longed for a Messiah. Tradition assigns to them the names Caspar, Melchior and Balthassar. The men were astrologers who were looking for the star that would lead them to the promised Messiah. According to the Gospel narratives, the wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and presented them to the infant in the manger. There is huge significance in these gifts that were presented. Gold was a precious and expensive gift; traditionally exchanged among royalty – a recognition that Jesus, despite his lowly birth, is King. Frankincense is a sweet perfume which was often burned in the temple to worship God – a recognition that Jesus should be worshipped. Myrrh was used to keep things fresh – and used by the Jews to preserve the body of one who died. It was used by the women to anoint Jesus’ body when he died. This presentation is a recognition that this Messiah would suffer and die.

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Thanksgiving Vigil on New Year’s Eve

A three-hour vigil of Thanksgiving will take place at Ascension Parish on Friday, 31st December, beginning at 9pm. It will conclude with Mass at 11.45. This Vigil is to give God thanks for all his blessings in 2021 – and asking His protection on our families and nation in 2022. We invite you to spend some time with us on that night.

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Feast of Immaculate Conception – (Holy Day of Obligation)

Masses on Tuesday, Vigil – 5.30pm & Wednesday 8am and 10am.

On Wednesday, 8th December, Christians all over the world celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This feast recalls a hugely decisive moment in salvation history when God intervenes to spare Mary [at her moment of conception in the womb of her mother, Ann], from the consequences of the sin of Adam, (Original sin).

What were/are these consequences? The Church teaches that because of Adam’s disobedience every human being ever born is contaminated by that original sin – resulting in the loss of innocence – where the human will is weakened, the intellect is darkened and human passions are inclined towards evil.

Why was Mary granted this special grace from God? For one reason only – Mary was singularly chosen to bring forth in her womb the Saviour of the world. It could not happen that this Saviour could dwell in the womb of a person contaminated in any way by sin – original or actual. Thus, Mary, seen by God, even before she took existence, as an exemplary disciple, is spared the contamination of that original sin and so is indeed a worthy vessel for the Christ to take human form and to be born.

What was granted to Mary before Christ’s death and resurrection is now granted to all of us at Baptism.

O Mary conceived without original sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

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Handel’s Messiah Recital in Ascension Church – November 28th 2021 @ 8pm

The East Cork Choral Society will perform George Frideric Handel’s great work about the life of Jesus, titled ‘Messiah’, at Ascension Church, Gurranabraher on Sunday, November 28, @ 8pm. Admission – €20.

Soprano – Gemma Magner;
Alto – Sarah Luttrell,
Tenor – Peter O’Reilly;
Bass – Gheorghe Palcu;
East Cork Orchestra – Eithne Willis, leader.
Conductor – Colin Nicholls.

All proceeds, after expenses, will be divided between St Joseph’s Parish Mayfield and our own parish, Gurranabraher.

Tickets available at Parish Office. (021 4303 655)

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