The Holy Year of Mercy in Our Parishes: To help us prepare for Easter to celebrate this Holy Year of Mercy we have invited three speakers to reflect with us on the final three Friday of Lent:
Friday, 4 March, 8pm St Michael’s Church, Kildysart – Fr Billy Swan, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford ‘Mercy and Joy’;
Friday 11 March, 7pm St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen – Ms Cora Guinnane, Clarecastle ‘Hope and Compassion – A story of mercy for our time’;
Friday 18 March, 7pm St Mary’s Church, Cranny – Fr Vincent Sherlock, Kilmovee, Co Mayo ‘The splinters that we carry, finding peace in the shadow of Calvary’.
The Feast of our Lady of Lourdes (Thursday, 11 February) was chosen as the annual day of prayer for and with the sick by Pope John Paul II in 1992.
We will celebrate the feast day with Mass and the anointing of the sick in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Thursday, 11 February at 7.00pm.
All members of our parish are welcome to attend the Mass and anybody suffering from an illness or old age is welcome to receive the sacrament of the sick.
Wednesday 10 February is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
Mass including the blessing and distribution of ashed will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Ash Wednesday at 9.30am and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 8pm.
In his message for Lent Pope Francis reminds us that
‘God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring each of us to love our neighbour and to devote ourselves to what the Church’s tradition calls the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. These works remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbours in body and spirit: by feeding, visiting, comforting and instructing them. On such things will we be judged. For this reason, I expressed my hope that “the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; this will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty, and to enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy” (ibid., 15). For in the poor, the flesh of Christ “becomes visible in the flesh of the tortured, the crushed, the scourged, the malnourished, and the exiled… to be acknowledged, touched, and cared for by us” (ibid.).’