Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday             15 April 2012
Fr Frank Grey, Carrick, Finea, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. 043 6681129
e-mail: ballymachugh@eircom.net

Mass Times And Intentions
Sat 14th Apr 8:00 pm
Felix & Mary Harten and Olivia Goldrick,
Servers: Donna Smith. Jack O’Reilly.
Tue 17th Apr 8:00 pm
Tony McGarry and the deceased members of the McGarry family, Ballyheelan.
Thur 19th Apr 8:00 pm
Pat Sweeney and John Middleton.
Fri 20th Apr 8:00 pm
Mary and John Sheridan and son Pat, Clonoose.
Sat 21st Apr 8:00 pm
Michael and Kathleen Briody, Clonlohan.
Servers: Donna Smith. Jack O’Reilly.
Sun 15th Apr 12 O’clock 
Patricia O’Neill, Castlepolard.
Servers: Darragh Sheridan. Niall Briody.
Mon 16th Apr 9:30 am Mass
Sun 22nd Apr 12 O’clock 
Kathleen Reynolds, Carrickbane. Months Memory.
Servers: Darragh Sheridan. Niall Briody.

Divine Mercy Sunday
God chose Sister Faustina to make known his Merciful Love to the world. Sister Faustina came from a large but poor peasant family near Lodz in Poland. After a few years of work as a domestic servant, at the age of twenty she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. As a religious she performed the duties of cook, gardener, and doorkeeper in several of the congregation’s houses. Pope John Paul II declared her a Saint on 20th April 2000. She was canonised as the first Saint of the New Millennium.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet
Our Lord said to Saint Faustina:
Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Saviour....
Begin with the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Apostle's Creed:
Then, on the large bead before each decade:
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On the ten small beads of each decade, say:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Conclude with (Say 3 Times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

From Hopes and dreams to Despair
This Sunday marks the sinking of the Titanic in the early hours of April 15th 1912. Built by Harland and Walff, Belfast, the 46,328 ton Titanic, the world’s largest and most luxurious liner, was on her maiden voyage with 2,227 passengers and crew, when she sank.
113 third class passengers, mostly poor Irish emigrants, boarded at Cobh. As she finally steamed out into the Atlantic at 2 pm on 11 April, Eugene Daly, and Irish piper, played Erin’s Lament.
Four days later when the Titanic reached the north Atlantic ice fields, she ignored no fewer than six radio warnings of icebergs from other ships in the area. Instead of slowing down to about four knots, as other vessels did, the Titanic ploughed on at her full speed of 22 knots. Her owners were more interested in making money than in the safety of their passengers.
The principal cause of the sinking was the cutting open of a large gash in the left side of the ship after colliding with an iceberg, fatally damaging six of the bulkheads. There is some evidence that the failure of the rivets in this area made the opening bigger, letting in more water than the ship could cope with. Ironically, the Titanic would not have suffered the same damage, if she had hit the iceberg head-on, as the watertight compartments would not have been so damaged.
There were 2,227 people on the liner, but only enough lifeboats for 1,178. She was originally fitted with thirty-two lifeboats, but sixteen were later removed—to save money. The White Star Line was notorious for its meanness. Unbelievably, the few crew members saved from the Titanic had their pay stopped at 2.20 am, the exact time she went down!
Fewer than one-third of those aboard, 705, mostly women and children, were saved, while 1,522 were lost. More would have been lost in the icy sea had the Cunard liner Carpathia not arrived on the scene twenty minutes after the Titanic sank. Only one-quarter of the third-class passengers survived—because the sixteen lifeboats were on the first-class deck.
Nearly all the engineers and stockers, 112, were lost as they worked below deck to keep the engines running and the lights on during the three hours until the liner finally went down bow first, in the calm but icy sea at 2.20 am.
187 Irish passengers were saved, among them Kate Connolly from Cortrasns and Julia Smyth from Pottlebawn, Kilcogy. They met at Ballywillian train station and made their way from there to Queenstown, Cork.
It is said that Kate Connolly was the first to wake in her cabin and pulled the other girls out of bed ’by the hair of their heads’ because they were unwilling to take the reported accident seriously.
Several aspects of this tragedy speaks directly to us to-day.
It is a reminder of our vulnerability and our mortality. It teaches us that despite all the achievements of science and technology—and they are many—we can never have total control of our destiny.
We are always travelling into the unknown.

 Station Masses: The group market with have been booked for Station Masses.
Please contact Fr Frank at 043 6681129 to organise Station Masses for your area
Group 1
Group 4
Group 5
Moynagh Up
Moynagh Lr
Group 7
Group 9
Group 11
Group 13
Group 15
Group 2
Maughera Up
Maughera Lr
Group 3
Group 6
Group 8
Group 10
Group 12
Group 14
Group 16

We remember in our prayers James Connelly, Moynagh, whose funeral took place on Friday also Alfie Heaney, brother of Elsie Blakley, Tullyboy who died in Lisburn on Saturday 7th April. May they rest in peace.
Divine Mercy Sunday
The first Sunday after Easter was set aside by Pope John Paul II as a special day of devotion to the Divine Mercy, The revelations to St. Faustina, a visionary who lived in the Pope’s own diocese of Krakow, are a great gift to the whole church. Mercy is God’s great gift to us.
Youth Volunteer Of The Year Award
Congratulations to Peter Mulligan who was awarded the above award by Cavan V.E.C.
It is a great achievement and wall deserved.
It will mean an award of €500 to the youth club and also a grant of €350 to the club.
Last Respects.ie
If you would like to receive a free text message with details of funerals arriving at St Mary’s Church Ballynarry then text last109 to 51444. For more information visit our website at www.lastrespects.ie
Ballynarry:              7th April € 474.96
Carrick :                  1st April  € 519.73
                                8th April  € 519.90
Collection for St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society on Holy Thursday € 325.00.
Trocaire:  € 913.47
 Eucharistic Congress Donation Envelopes, dated 10th June, should be handed in no later than the weekend of the 5/6 May. This collection is to help defray the cost of hosting the Eucharistic Congress.