Archive for February 2018

Newsletter – 25th February

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Adoration every Wednesday 10am – 9pm at St Rynaghs Church

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

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Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honouring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.

During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.

In its fullest essence … Eucharistic Adoration is “God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!”

The Eucharist is: Jesus truly present – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity!

At the moment of Consecration, during the Mass, the “gifts” of bread and wine are transformed (transubstantiated) into the actual Body and Blood of Christ, at the Altar. This means that they are not only spiritually transformed, but rather are actually (substantially) transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. The elements retain the appearance of bread and wine, but are indeed the actual Body and Blood of Christ. This is what is meant by Real Presence: the actual, physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Christ instituted this Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist in order to remain with mankind until the end of time (Jn. 14:18).

Newsletter – 18th February

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Special Valentine Service – Tuesday 13th February

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Pro Life March

A bus will travel from Banagher to Dublin on March 10th to join the tens of thousands of people who will call for protection for the unborn. This is a crunch time for Irish society, when the unborn are under attack.


Please show your support for keeping the 8th Amendment by travelling with us.

* If you wish to travel, contact Fr. Pierre 057 91 51338

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is 14th February. We will distribute ashes at 8.30am and again at 7pm at St Rynagh’s Church, Banagher.


Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.

Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s palm Sunday Mass.

It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. Some faithful take the rest of the day off work and remain home. It is generally inappropriate to dine out, to shop, or to go about in public after receiving the ashes. Feasting is highly inappropriate. Small children, the elderly and sick are exempt from this observance.

Priest applying ashesIt is not required that a person wear the ashes for the rest of the day, and they may be washed off after Mass. However, many people keep the ashes as a reminder until the evening.

Recently, movements have developed that involve pastors distributing ashes to passersby in public places. This isn’t considered taboo, but Catholics should know this practice is distinctly Protestant. Catholics should still receive ashes within the context of Mass.

In some cases, ashes may be delivered by a priest or a family member to those who are sick or shut-in.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

Newsletter – 11th February





POPE Francis is inviting people to celebrate St Valentine’s Day.


In his document on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis refers directly to St Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life.

As part of the preparations for World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August 2018, organisers are also inviting people to mark February 14this St. Valentine’s Day in a special way.

Dublin has been chosen by the Pope to host WMOF2018. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church.

Families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin from August 22-26 to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith.

The event will consist of a joyful and reflective programme of workshops, talks and discussions for adults; an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as faith and fun activities for children.

Now, the WMOF2018 office has prepared flyers with ideas on how to mark St Valentine’s Day and gift tokens that people can give to their loved ones.

These are available in each Cathedral across Ireland, Veritas Shops and Accord centres and can also be downloaded from the WMOF2018 website:

The tokens include: a technology-free evening to do an activity of your choice; set aside time for prayer, go for a hand-in-hand walk together; a special dinner cooked by me, loads of tender hugs; a journey down memory lane: take time to remember how we met and have grown together; pray together as a couple.

A reliquary containing the remains of St Valentine is in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin. People can visit the shrine and pray through his intercession for their intention in regard to finding love or growing in the love they have already found.

Catholic faith an influence for New England Patriots’ assistant coaches

For a block of time each Saturday evening before a home game, several New England Patriots’ coaches break away from the task of finalizing game plans.
They attend Mass together along with other members of the Patriots’ staff. Monsignor Mike Foley, a priest from the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, comes to celebrate the Mass for any players, coaches and staff who want to attend.
“He’s been a fantastic friend. I’ve really grown to appreciate his willingness to be there with us,” said Patriots’ special teams coach Joe Judge regarding Foley.
Defensive line coach Brendan Daly said it’s a time in their week he looks forward to.
“It definitely is something that I like to do before we go to the (stadium) on Sundays,” Daly told The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “It’s something that allows me to focus, take some time, be at peace and get away from the game element of it. It’s also time where I kind of reflect on the other aspects of my life, if you will, in terms of family and faith and those things, which is something I think we all need to do more of.”
Wide receivers’ coach Chad O’Shea also sees it as part of finding that balance between the demands of coaching in the NFL, living the faith and having a family.
“It’s difficult, but if you do have faith and you have a great family that believes in the same things that I do and you do have strong faith, you’re able to do it,” O’Shea said. “It’s not easy at times, but at the end of the day, I think it’s important to be able to balance those.”
O’Shea, Daly, Judge and company had plenty to balance with the demands of Super Bowl week, leading up to the Feb. 4 game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The team had a schedule full of travel, extended media sessions, team meetings and practices. Though each of the three coaches have Super Bowl experience already with the defending champion Patriots, they did not see the preparation as automatic.

“Every year, as we always say, is different just like every day is different,” O’Shea said. “You’ve got to approach that that way. The challenges, regardless of what they are, are going to be there, and it’s our job as coaches to kind of provide some answers to those challenges and put our players in the best position possible.”

Last year’s win marked the fifth Super Bowl title for the Patriots. O’Shea, Judge and Daly have been part of the past two Patriots’ championship teams.

“I’m blessed to be a part of this organization and just appreciative and grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with such great people and great players,” O’Shea said.

Before the coaches’ time, the Patriots won their first two Super Bowls on game-winning kicks. None of the past five Patriots’ Super Bowl appearances has come down to a special teams play like that, but Judge wants the special teams units ready for such high-pressure situations.

“My job is make sure the players are as prepared as they can be going into the end of the game, make sure they’re alert for whatever situation that may come up and know how to handle it and to make sure we practice executing all of our techniques, so they have a chance to execute them under high pressure,” Judge said.

He enjoys the role where he has contact with every player on the team as each one has a special teams role.

“It’s great because you get to know every player, you get to know how to coach every different player,” said Judge. “They all have their own individual personalities, and they have their different learning styles. It allows you to build relationships with the entire locker room and allows you to really have influence in the entire locker room.”

Faith helps Daly recognize the difference between what he can control and what he can’t whether on or off the field. That has included the Patriots facing injuries on defense this season and having other players step up.

“A couple of things that I lean on is handling the mental grind and also focusing on the things that you can control and leaving the things that are out of your control to whoever it is that can control it,” Daly said. “Having the faith and the trust that those things will work themselves out however it is that they’re meant to be.”

Judge indicated that Saturday night Mass together can really be an off-field highlight for the members of an NFL team.
“Any time you get to go to Mass or a church service with people you respect and are close with, that’s really special,” Judge said.
Davis is on the staff of The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Newsletter – Feb 4th