Archive for January 2017

Confirmation 2017

Four members of this year’s Confirmation Group 

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Four students (Servers) from St Rynagh’s NS who will be confirmed this year

* Paddy, Caoimhin, Holly and Tomas – 29th Jan 2017

Newsletter – January 29th

Web Address www.strynaghschurch.ie

frpierre@strynaghschurch.ie
Doctor on Duty: Midoc 1850 302 702 Banagher Health Centre 9151247

Readings: 4th Sunday of the Church Year

Banagher St. Vincent de Paul contact no. 086 1000465.

Adoration: Adoration continues Wed. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Concludes with Benediction at 8.30 p.m. Why not give a few minutes to God this Wed. All welcome.
Confessions: Sat. evening from 6.30 p.m. to Mass Time

Mass Times & Anniversaries

Saturday 28th 9.30am   Mel Flynn, Main Street.

7pm    Mary McCormack (10th Anniv.)

Sunday 29th   11 am   Brian Graham, Cuba Avenue.
Monday 30th   7 pm     John & Brigid Ellen Daly, Coolfin.

Tuesday 31st 9.30 am
Wednesday 1st    12 Noon    Sr. Bridget’s  60th Jubilee    (Feast of St. Brigid)  

Thursday 2nd       9.30 am  Candlemas Day
Friday 3rd         9.30 am     Feast of St. Blaise     

First Friday   7 pm    Sean Corrigan  (10th Anniv) & Finian Corrigan (14th Anniv)

Saturday 4th  9.30am    Dorrie Bond (8th Anniv.)

7 pm    Molly Burke (6th Anniv)

Sunday 5th    11 am   Ester, Bernard & Peter Higgins & Deceased Family.

 

Offertory Collection:      Last Sunday  €1,055.00

Restoration Collection:     €620  (Target €700)             Collectors:  Team E

Readers of the Word:   Jan.    7 p.m.    Luke O’Connor and Cora Stronge Smith

11 a.m.   Róisín McMahon and Mark Kenny

Eucharistic Ministers:  Jan.    7 p.m.    Ann McIntyre           11 a.m.  Margaret Daly

The Mercy Pilgrim Icon will be in the homes of the following families:- 29th – 5th Feb. Kelly Family, 5th – 12th Feb. Regan Family, The Crescent, 12th – 19th Feb. Hough Family, Main St., 19th – 26th Maura Reddin and Grogan Family, Birr Road.   If you wish to take the icon to your home please sign your name on the sheet beside the Mercy Image.

Morning Prayer 6.30 a.m.   We begin each day at 6.30 a.m. with silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  We pray for families, the sick, the young.

Church Cleaners:  We are very fortunate here in St. Rynagh’s to have a group of dedicated helpers who look after the Church, cleaning and maintaining the building.  We have two groups, each group cleans the Church once a month on a Thurs. at 10 a.m.  We are looking to recruit new members to this list.   You will have to give 1 hour a month.  If

you can be of assistance and would like to volunteer you can give your name to Fr. Pierre or Ann Cox.

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Computer Classes will commence in Crank House during the months of January & February. Manual Handling course every Friday. Call Carmel on 057 9152003 for further information.

 

 

Local Training Initiatives: Landscape & Horticulture Course (Fetac level 4 award).          St. Rynagh’s College of Further education, Banagher are running the above course for 26 weeks starting in April 2017.  Training will be provided in a range of subjects including: Plant Propagation, Garden Design, Hard Landscaping in Paving, Stonework and bricklaying through a series of practical projects on site and a work placement with an employer, learners will develop the necessary skills to assist them in gaining employment in the industry. For further Information/ details, Please contact 087 6835561

Congratulations to Sr. Bridget L.S.U. Convent who will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary on Wed. 1st of Feb, The Feast of St. Brigid.  We thank her for her 60 years of faithful service as a La Sainte Union Sister and wish her all God’s Blessings for the years ahead.  Mass to mark her Jubilee will be celebrated on Wed. 1st Feb. at 12 noon in

St. Rynagh’s Church.  All welcome to attend.  There will be no 9.30 a.m. Mass that day and Adoration will commence at 1 p.m. and not the usual 10 a.m.

Candlemas Day: On Thurs. 2nd Feb. candles will be blessed for use in homes and in the Parish.  If you wish to have candles blessed you can leave them on the table in the Church during the week.

Feast of St. Blaise on Fri. 3rd Feb.  Blessing of Throats will take place at 9.30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mass

Banagher Men’s Shed 2017 are now up and running.  A committee has been elected and a premises secured for activities. Several ideas are being investigated, as a programme is being drawn up for the year. New members most welcome. Contact Brendan Larkin, 087 1245581, Tony Cormican at Mullin’s Dry Cleaners or James Scully 085 7107569

Banagher Ladies Club Meeting on Wed. 1st Feb. at 8.30 p.m. at the old school hall. Our talk will be on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  All welcome.

Lost a small black Rosary Beads in the vicinity of the Church.  If found please leave into the Sacristy.

The Committee of Banagher, Cloghan Branch of Offaly Hospice Foundation acknowledges with grateful thanks €150 from Liffey Mills, proceeds from a recent fundraiser

Thanks to all concerned for your support for this worthy cause.

An Information meeting about the Permanent Diaconate will take place in Ballinasloe Family Centre, near health Centre, town side of Portiuncula Hospital, this Mon. 30th Jan 8 – 10 p.m.  All Welcome.

St. Rynagh’s G.A.A. Club are presently compiling a History of the Club from 1961 – to date.  We are urgently looking for photos & memorabilia.  If you have any items contact Alo 087 1227669.  All items will be returned, as soon as possible.  Thank you.

For Sale Pansies in flower & Spring Bedding now available at “Sleepy Hollow” Banagher.

057 9151273.

 

 

Parents/Guardians wishing to enrol infants for September in St. Rynagh’s National School are asked to contact the Principal during the week 057 9151419.

 

 

Remembrance Service on Mon. 6th Feb. 2017 at 7.30 p.m. in Portiuncula University Hospital Chapel, Galway. This is a Service for parents who have experienced bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Catholic Schools Week will take place from 29th Jan to 4th Feb. and special educational resources have been prepared to support students and teachers at primary and at post-primary level.  This year’s theme, ‘Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home’.  A dedicated Facebook page called ‘Catholic Schools Week’ shares resources and information about local events around the country and it offers useful analysis on Catholic education

 

Mass in Banagher – Sunday January 22nd 2017

Visiting Priest

As has been the practice in recent times, we again welcomed an outside Priest to celebrate Mass at St Rynaghs.

Fr James McKiernan was today’s celebrant as Fr Pierre Pepper paid a visit to his previous base in Ferbane.

Afterwards, in preparation for First Holy Communion, Fr McKiernan spoke to the children in advance of their receiving of the Sacrament in May

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Newsletter – January 22nd

Web Address www.strynaghschurch.ie

frpierre@strynaghschurch.ie
Doctor on Duty: Midoc 1850 302 702 Banagher Health Centre 9151247

Readings: 3ed Sunday of the Church Year

Banagher St. Vincent de Paul contact no. 086 1000465.

Adoration: Adoration continues Wed. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Concludes with Benediction at 8.30 p.m. Why not give a few minutes to God this Wed. All welcome.
Confessions: Sat. evening from 6.30 p.m. to Mass Time

Mass Times & Anniversaries

Saturday 21st 9.30am

7pm    Leo Mullins, Main Street.

Sunday 22nd    11 am

Patrick Kelly (10th Anniv.), son Patrick & daughter Teresa
Monday 23rd   7 pm     Moira Daly, Middle Road.

Tuesday 24th 9.30 am
Wednesday 25th    9.30 am

Thursday 26th       9.30 am
Friday 27th         9.30 am

Saturday 28th  9.30am    Mel Flynn, Main Street.

7 pm    Mary McCormack (10th Anniv.)

Sunday 29th    11 am   Brian Graham, Cuba Avenue.

                                  Jesus Said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life”.    

             Please pray for the soul of John James McDermott, The Crescent;  Rose Cooney,

Canada, cousin of Ann Mullins;  Larry Ryder, Dublin, brother of Sr. Helen Ryder;

Denis Doorly, Dublin, brother of Ailbe Doorly.  May they rest in peace.

 

Offertory Collection:      Last Sunday  €1,150.00

Restoration Collection:     €560  (Target €700)             Collectors:  Team D

Readers of the Word:   Jan.    7 p.m.    Luke O’Connor and Cora Stronge Smith

11 a.m.   Róisín McMahon and Mark Kenny

Eucharistic Ministers:  Jan.    7 p.m.    Ann McIntyre           11 a.m.  Margaret Daly

The Mercy Pilgrim Icon will be in the homes of the following families:- 22nd – 29th Langtry Family and 29th – 5th Feb. Kelly Family. If you wish to take the icon to your home please sign your name on the sheet beside the Mercy Image.

Morning Prayer 6.30 a.m.   We begin each day at 6.30 a.m. with silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  We pray for families, the sick, the young.  Why not make a new year’s resolution not about the body, but about the soul.

Pastoral Council Meeting  this  Mon. 23rd Jan. at 8 p.m. in The Presbytery.

Church Cleaners:  We are very fortunate here in St. Rynagh’s to have a group of dedicated helpers who look after the Church, cleaning and maintaining the building.  We have two groups, each group cleans the Church once a month on a Thurs. at 10 a.m.  We are looking to recruit new members to this list.   You will have to give 1 hour a month.  If you can be of assistance and would like to volunteer you can give your name to Fr. Pierre or Ann Cox.

 

 

Do you want Banagher & District Community Games to Survive? If so please make an effort to attend a Public Meeting on Mon. 23rd Jan. St. Rynagh’s N.S. at 7 p.m.  For a list of activities log onto community games.ie   All welcome.

 

Banagher Active Retirement Club: The next club meeting is on Tues. 24th Jan.  2 – 4.30 p.m.   * The Annual Club Dinner will take place on Fri. 27th Jan.

Banagher College Coláiste na Sionna – OPEN NIGHT for sixth class students and their parents/guardians takes place on Thursday, 26th January commencing at 7.30 p.m.
Banagher Library staffed hours for 2017 are Tuesday 10 – 1 p.m. & 2 – 5 p.m., Thursday 2 – 5 p.m. & 6 – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 – 1 p.m. To use the library on a self-service basis, 7 days per week, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., please bring photo ID and proof of address to the library during staffed hours. For further enquires phone 057 9151471

Two further dates for Rathcabbin Players production of “Thy will be Done” is the 28th and 29th Jan. in Rathcabbin Hall. To book call (087) 2360096 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Cancer Society Fundraiser: Big thanks to all those who helped with raising funds for the cancer society, Corrigan’s Corner House,  Post Office,  Railway Bar and all staff and all who bought and sold tickets at the Christmas market and the mall.  We have raised €1,362.00. Big thanks again to all involved without people like you this wouldn’t be possible.

Ferbane/Banagher Macra: Our next club meeting will take place in Mc’Intyres, Shannon Harbour on Monday 23rd January at 9 p.m.  If interested in coming along to see what Macra is all about, contact our club Chairperson Sarah Jane Egan on 085 1036705.

An Information meeting about the Permanent Diaconate will take place in Ballinasloe Family Centre, near health Centre, town side of Portiuncula Hospital, on Mon. 30th Jan 8 – 10 p.m.  Speakers will include Deacon William Gacquin & his wife Carmel, Curraghboy, Athlone & Deacon Seamus Talbot & his wife Teresa, Kilteevan, Roscommon.  All welcome.

St. Rynagh’s G.A.A. Club are presently compiling a History of the Club from 1961 – to date.  We are urgently looking for photos & memorabilia.  If you have any items contact Alo 087 1227669.  All items will be returned, as soon as possible.  Thank you.

I am in the process of writing a Pastoral Letter about the ongoing decline in the number of priests and the consequence of this for both parishes and priests.  It is important to prepare all parishes for this imminent development.  Having a well-trained and effective Parish Pastoral Council and an efficient and informed Parish Finance Committee are essential elements in this process of moving to an increasing number of parishes without a resident priest and also parishes where the resident priest is looking after the pastoral needs of an additional area.  The future of the faith in our parishes depends on the people of the parish and on the supports and capacities we promote and encourage.  We have a unique and precious opportunity to serve the Lord by preparing and encouraging and engaging with parishioners to take more and more responsibility for the formation, promotion and practice of the faith.           +Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois

For Sale Pansies in flower & Spring Bedding now available at “Sleepy Hollow” Banagher.

057 9151273.

 

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Computer Classes will commence in Crank House during the months of January & February. Manual Handling course every Friday. Call Carmel on 057 9152003 for further information.

 

First Holy Communion – Preparation (Sunday 15th January 2017)

Fr. Pierre teaching this year’s First Holy Communion Group after Mass today, in preparation for the Sacrament on the 14th May

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Newsletter – January 15th

Web Address www.strynaghschurch.ie

frpierre@strynaghschurch.ie
Doctor on Duty: Midoc 1850 302 702 Banagher Health Centre 9151247

Readings: 2nd Sunday of the Church Year

Banagher St. Vincent de Paul contact no. 086 1000465.

Adoration: Adoration continues Wed. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Concludes with Benediction at 8.30 p.m. Why not give a few minutes to God this Wed. All welcome.
Confessions: Sat. evening from 6.30 p.m. to Mass Time

Mass Times & Anniversaries

Saturday 14th 9.30am    Joe Butler, Cuba Avenue (1st Anniv.)

7pm    Ambrose Hughes, Harbour Road.

Sunday 15th     11 am   Marie Rigney, Cushcallow.
Monday 16th   7 pm     John Heraghty, Harbour Road

Tuesday 17th 9.30 am
Wednesday 18th    9.30 am   Special Intention

Thursday 19th       9.30 am
Friday 20th         9.30 am

Saturday 21st  9.30am

                          7 pm   Leo Mullins, Main Street.

Sunday 22nd    11  am  Patrick Kelly, Main Street. (10th Anniv.)

Offertory Collection:      Last Sunday  & Holy Day €1,800.00

Restoration Collection:     €825  (Target €700)             Collectors:  Team C

Readers of the Word:   Jan.    7 p.m.    Luke O’Connor and Cora Stronge Smith

11 a.m.   Róisín McMahon and Mark Kenny

Eucharistic Ministers:  Jan.    7 p.m.    Ann McIntyre           11 a.m.  Margaret Daly

The Mercy Pilgrim Icon will be in the homes of the following families:- 15th – 22nd Coughlan Family, 22nd – 29th Langtry Family and 29th – 5th Feb. Kelly Family. If you wish to take the icon to your home please sign your name on the sheet beside the Mercy Image.

Morning Prayer 6.30 a.m.   We begin each day at 6.30 a.m. with silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  We pray for families, the sick, the young.  Why not make a new year’s resolution not about the body, but about the soul.

Children’s Choir CD  now on sale.  You can purchase a copy in the Church or in local shops over the coming weeks.

Baptism:  We welcome into the Christian Community Charlie Flanagan, Harbour Road.

Pastoral Council Meeting  on Mon. 23rd Jan. at 8 p.m. in The Presbytery.

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Computer Classes will commence in Crank House during the months of January & February. Manual Handling course every Friday. Call Carmel on 057 9152003 for further information.

Banagher Graveyard Committee:  We are making a fresh appeal to members of the community to consider joining the Graveyard Committee for a 2 year period only.  To date we have only one new member to replace the 5 who finished their term.  It will be a pity if the work done to date returns to the former disgraceful conditions.  Please consider giving 2 years.  You can give your name to Fr. Pierre.

Unwanted Christmas Gifts: These can be given to either the St. Vincent de Paul shop in Birr or to the Sue Ryder Shop, Main St., Birr.

 

Offaly County Council is delighted to announce that Offaly 1916/2016: A film record of the Commemorative year’s events DVD is now available to purchase.   Costing €15 the DVD contains the film, commissioned by Offaly County Council, and produced by Aura Productions, capturing a diverse range of commemorative events held throughout the county’s towns and villages. It includes many of the civic ceremonies, exhibitions, theatrical and film productions, and other cultural events held during the year. Bonus features include footage of the 1966 Parade in Tullamore and extracts from the programme’s flagship event ‘Offaly 100′ a Ceremony of Commemoration and Centenary Concert. The DVD is available from county libraries, council buildings (Aras an Chontae, Municipal Districts of Tullamore/Birr/Edenderry) and online from the Offaly Historical Society Website www.offalyhistory.com/shop/books/offaly-1916-2016-commemorative-dvd

Used Stamps for Charity:  The ISPCC receives less than 10% government funding, yet we are the only organisation in Ireland providing a 24 hour listening support service for children and young people.   You can help us support our services by turning your used stamps into money. All you need do is to put your used stamps into an envelope and send to:  ISPCC,  29 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.   There’s no need to lift them off the envelope, but if you have time to trim them leave a 1cm margin all around.   Even a little stamp can make a big difference.

Banagher Review is on sale in local shops €13.

Cloghan Calendar 2017 now available in local shops. Cost €10.

New Eucharistic Ministers List & Readers List available in the Church.

 

Clonmacnois Prayer Vigil in Cluain Chiarain Prayer Centre on Friday 20th January. Mass at 9 p.m. Adoration and Prayers will follow. Finishes at 2.10 a.m.  All Welcome. Enquiries Dave 085-7746763. (‘These ruins are still charged with a great mission’ St. Pope John Paul II).

Introduction of Ministry of Parish Catechist and of Permanent DeaconsFurther information on the Ministry of Parish Catechist is available from Fr Nigel Charles, Boherquill, Lismacaffrey, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, 043   665847,  Email : nigelcharles2003@yahoo.co.uk   Further information on the Order of Deacon is available from Fr Aidan Ryan, Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. 090 643 0124. Email: aidanfryan@eircom.net Also at the following website: www.vocations.ie

Dochas Offaly Cancer Support Group, Offaly Street, Tullamore.  Drop in Centre. Mon. – Thurs. 10 – 2 p.m. phone Support 057 9328268.

 

Newsletter – January 8th

Web Address www.strynaghschurch.ie

frpierre@strynaghschurch.ie
Doctor on Duty: Midoc 1850 302 702 Banagher Health Centre 9151247

Readings: Mary, The Baptism of the Lord

Banagher St. Vincent de Paul contact no. 086 1000465.

Adoration: Adoration continues Wed. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Concludes with Benediction at 8.30 p.m. Why not give a few minutes to God this Wed. All welcome.
Confessions: Sat. evening from 6.30 p.m. to Mass Time

Mass Times & Anniversaries

Saturday 7th 9.30am     Rose Riccoboni.

7pm    Eileen Dolan, Cushcallow. (2nd Anniv.)

Sunday 8th     11 am   Johnny O’Brien, Ard Abhainn. (5th Anniv.)
Monday 9th   7 pm     Peter, Phyllis & P.J. McCormack.

Tuesday 10th 9.30 am
Wednesday 11th    9.30 am

Thursday 12th       9.30 am
Friday 13th         9.30 am

Saturday 14th  9.30am

                          7 pm   Ambrose Hughes, Harbour Road.

Sunday 15th    11  am  Marie Rigney, Cushcallow.

Jesus Said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life”.
Please pray for the soul of Pat (Patricia) Ryan, Derrysallagh, Birr, sister of
Bernadette Lyons, Main Street. May she rest in peace.

First Friday: Fr. Pierre will make his house calls this Friday 13th Jan.

Offertory Collection: Last Sunday €1,102.00

Restoration Collection: €485 (Target €700) Collectors: Team B

Readers of the Word: Jan. 7 p.m. Luke O’Connor and Cora Stronge Smith
11 a.m. Róisín McMahon and Mark Kenny

Eucharistic Ministers: Jan. 7 p.m. Ann McIntyre 11 a.m. Margaret Daly

The Mercy Pilgrim Icon If you wish to take the icon to your home please sign your name on the sheet beside the Mercy Image.

Priests Christmas Dues: A sincere thanks to those who contributed to the Priest Dues Collection. This money goes to the upkeep and living expenses of the Priests.

Morning Prayer 6.30 a.m. We begin each day at 6.30 a.m. with silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. We pray for families, the sick, the young. Why not make a new year’s resolution not about the body, but about the soul.

Schools: All Schools re-open this Monday 10th Jan. after the Christmas Break.

Children’s Choir CD now on sale. You can purchase a copy in the Church or in local shops over the coming weeks.

Banagher Graveyard Committee: We are making a fresh appeal to members of the community to consider joining the Graveyard Committee for a 2 year period only. To date we have only one new member to replace the 5 who finished their term. It will be a pity if the work done to date returns to the former disgraceful conditions. Please consider giving 2 years. You can give your name to Fr. Pierre.

Banagher Active Retirement Club resumes on Tues. 10th Jan. from 2-4.30 pm.
Looking forward to seeing you all then. Our Annual Dinner in Dooley’s Hotel is on Fri. 27th Jan. Wishing all our members a very happy New Year.

Ferbane/Banagher Macra: Our 1st club meeting of 2017 will take place in Flynn’s, Banagher on Mon. 9th Jan. at 9 p.m. If interested in coming along to see what Macra is all about, contact our club Chairperson Sarah Jane Egan on 085 1036705

Chiropody Clinic will be attending Banagher Health Centre on Fri 13th Jan. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for general and diabetic foot care. Home clinic and house calls available by contacting Emma on 086 1901247.

Karate Classes will recommence in Eyrecourt Hall on Thurs. 12th Jan. Beginners welcome to start any Thurs. night. Classes are suitable for adults and children over 7 years, beginners through to advanced students. Instructors are qualified National and International Coaches. For more info. contact 086 8621747. Class times 7 – 8.30 p.m.

Unwanted Christmas Gifts: These can be given to either the St. Vincent de Paul shop in Birr or to the Sue Ryder Shop, Main St., Birr.

Offaly County Council is delighted to announce that Offaly 1916/2016: A film record of the Commemorative year’s events DVD is now available to purchase. Costing €15 the DVD contains the film, commissioned by Offaly County Council, and produced by Aura Productions, capturing a diverse range of commemorative events held throughout the county’s towns and villages. It includes many of the civic ceremonies, exhibitions, theatrical and film productions, and other cultural events held during the year. Bonus features include footage of the 1966 Parade in Tullamore and extracts from the programme’s flagship event ‘Offaly 100′ a Ceremony of Commemoration and Centenary Concert. The DVD is available from county libraries, council buildings (Aras an Chontae, Municipal Districts of Tullamore/Birr/Edenderry) and online from the Offaly Historical Society Website www.offalyhistory.com/shop/books/offaly-1916-2016-commemorative-dvd

Used Stamps for Charity: The ISPCC receives less than 10% government funding, yet we are the only organisation in Ireland providing a 24 hour listening support service for children and young people. You can help us support our services by turning your used stamps into money. All you need do is to put your used stamps into an envelope and send to: ISPCC, 29 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. There’s no need to lift them off the envelope, but if you have time to trim them leave a 1cm margin all around. Even a little stamp can make a big difference.

Banagher Review is on sale in local shops €13.

Cloghan Calendar 2017 now available in local shops. Cost €10.

New Eucharistic Ministers List & Readers List available in the Church.

Thoughts at the beginning of a New Year

‘We will open the book. It’s pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. This book is called opportunity and it’s first chapter is the first week of the new year.’ – Edith Pierce

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The start of the new year is always greeted with enthusiasm. There is a sense of beginning a new journey, leaving old and worn roads behind us, making positive changes in our lives and looking forward in hope.
We won’t be able to change the world, we won’t be able to do a complete changeover, but we can be open to trying some small positive changes in our lives. Every day presents new opportunities but especially the start of a new year. We welcome these opportunities and for us to know that God is gently journeying with us in all our hopes, dreams and plans for the New Year.