Christmas Blessings 2015
Christmas signifies many things for different people depending on their status in life.
For a child it may mean Santa Claus and the anticipation of presents.
For a newly married couple a first Christmas might mean a looking forward to many years of future happiness.
For me personally, the year 2015 has been a significant one in my life, for on the 15th July 2015 I celebrated the
silver jubilee of my ministry. Once again I would like to put on record my appreciation to all whose who organised and participated in the various
celebrations and functions.
So this year has been a very memorable and joyous occasion and will live long in my memory.
The support and the kindness of the parishioners during that time and indeed throughout the whole year has been very encouraging, particularly as we lost Fr. Robert in September.
He has been transferred to Navan parish and in time will take over the role of Administrator there. It is a very challenging assignment and I thank him for his time spent in the parish and wish him all the best in his future ministry.
Challenge is a part of the christian vocation. What could be more challenging than the journey Mary and Joseph made to take part in the census in Bethlehem. In these days we pray that we can rise to the challenges in life and we remember with joy and gratitude the birth of our Lord in a lowly stable in Bethlehem. “Today in the City of David a Saviour has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
I wish you all a Holy and peaceful season and a Happy New Year
- The Parish Office will close at 12:30 pm on Wednesday 23rdDecember and will re-open on Monday 4th January at 9:30 am.
- Please note there will be no 10 am Masseson Tuesday, 29th Wednesday, 30th and Thursday, 31st
- First Friday 1stJanuary: Mass will take place at 11 am in Julianstown.
- First Friday calls will resume on Friday, 5th
- Feast of the Epiphany: Masses will take place at 10 am in Julianstown and 11 am in Stamullen.
Supporting the Parish
Total Offertory: € 1015.00
Envelopes Stamullen € 690.00
Envelopes Julianstown € 485.00
Thanks to the Legion of Mary, Mosney and all who helped to clean and prepare both Churches for the Christmas Ceremonies.
Sincere thanks also the donor for the re-gilding of the Sanctuary Lamp in St. Mary’s Church, Julianstown.
Congratulations to Mary Kate Barlow who has travelled home from LA to make her Confirmation in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, 27th December.
We wish Mary Kate and her parents and family best wishes on this wonderful occasion.
We wish to advise Parishioners, if they prefer, donations can be made electronically using the following numbers: IBAN IE29BOFI90354182447761 and BIC BOFIIE2D.
Please remember cheques should be made payable to Stamullen Julianstown Parish otherwise the bank will return same.
Ceremonies in the Parish: Baptisms
This weekend we welcome in baptism: Cormac Duffy and Donnchadh Teeling. May these newly baptised children always know and love Jesus as their friend. We welcome these children into the Parish Community and ask parishioners to pray for them and their families.
Adoration Christmas Recess
Adoration has taken a break for Christmas in Stamullen and will resume on January 14th. We wish all our adorers and their families every grace and blessing this Christmas and in 2016.
True Light Prayer Group
The True Light Prayer Group has taken a seasonal break and will resume meetings on the Tuesday 12th January 2016 in the Parish Centre, Stamullen from 8 to 9.30 pm.
St. Paul’s Missal for 2016
A limited number of St. Paul’s Missals are available from the Sacristy. The cost is €7
Preparations continue for our first Alpha Course which will run from January to Easter. For more information check www.icatholic.ie/alpha-5-minute-intro or if you have any questions you can contact Colin on 0879484216.
St. Vincent de Paul
The local conference of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank all who have left gifts at the Giving Tree in Parish Churches and St. Patrick’s NS. All gifts were distributed locally. Thank you.
Hot Water Bottles
Thanks to all who have supported the hot water bottle campaign. The response was fantastic. Boxes will be left in the churches over Christmas week for anyone who leave a hot water bottle for distribution among the homeless.
Stamullen Goal Mile
Stamullen Goal Mile 2015 will take place on St Stephens Day at St Patrick’s GAA club, Stamullen. Kick off this year is 11am, tea and scones available in the clubhouse from 10 am! Please come down with the family, run, jog or walk off that Christmas dinner! Then, have a well earned cuppa in the clubhouse with friends and neighbours. Please make a donation, whatever you can, to help GOAL help some of the worlds poorest and most desperate people. Over the past 5 years, the GOAL Mile has raised over €800,000 for the poor and vulnerable in the developing world. Without your support this would not have been possible.
This year has been a busy one for GOAL. They have brought humanitarian assistance to millions in need of food, shelter and protection due to war and natural disaster from Nepal to South Sudan, from Syria to Haiti. The money raised by the GOAL Mile 2016 will aid greatly in continuing this vital work.