August 25th. ...Some of the Roses, their families and escorts will join with St. John’s Community for Mass at 10.30am. We welcome them and all visitors and pray that their visit will be joyful and memorable.
will be celebrated in St. John’s Church on Saturday, September 7th at 6.10pm for all couples celebrating significant jubilees this year (1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th , etc…). Any such couples should submit their names to the Parish Centre.
from Goa in India who will be visiting us for a few weeks.
We wish to welcome Fr. Amos Ruto who arrived during the week. Fr. Amos joins Fr Vitalis Barasa, who arrived last month, is also from the Diocese of Kitale, Kenya and will work in Kerry Diocese for three years. They will be based in St John’s parish, Tralee for a year of induction and familiarisation. We welcome them, we wish them every blessing and pray that their ministry in our diocese will bear much fruit.
Saturday Vigil Mass in Curraheen will be at 8pm for the months of June, July and August, beginning on Saturday June 1st.
Mass will revert to 7.30pm for the winter months beginning on Saturday September 7th.
Communities organising an Area Mass for their neighbourhood are asked to contact their local priest through the Parish Centre ( 066 7122522) to make the necessary arrangements.
CURRAHEEN AREA MASS: Monday 19th August at Curraheen Lár, 7.00pm.
CROILAR COMMUNITY MASS: Tuesday 10th September at 7pm. Aras an Phobail Community Area.
In the changes to tax relief on donations to charities effective from 01/01/2013, St. John’s Parish can successfully benefit from a tax rebate on contributions of €250 or more per annum. For instance, for the year 2017, the parish received a total of €38,457 from the scheme. The Parish Finance Committee wish to thank all parishioners who continuously and so generously contribute to the parish. Thanks also to all those who participate in the tax rebate scheme and have kindly returned the tax rebate scheme certificate for 2018. A gentle reminder to anyone who may have over-looked doing so. If you are not already participating in the scheme and think you might be eligible, please contact Catherine Dwyer at the Parish Centre for further details.
Stained Glass Windows in
St. John’s Church
Stained glass is often referred to as the poor man’s Bible as it was used from the Early Middle Ages to illustrate scriptural stories and the lives of the saints to largely uneducated congregations. Interestingly, at least sixty-five fragments of glass, including some painted medieval pieces, were found during the excavations in Ardfert Cathedral in the 1990s. In more recent times, stained glass is viewed as a spectacular art form to enlighten, inspire, console and instruct those who look upon them.
Our hand is such a powerful weapon. It has the capacity to both hurt and to heal. When we raise our hand against another, we hurt and harm them in so many ways. However, when we reach out our hand we can help to make the burden of life a little easier to carry. When we give a hand full of love and compassion to those who are struggling, we are giving them a most precious gift. When a hand of empathy and kindness is our hallmark, we are demonstrating that we wish to play our part in making the darkness turn to light that little bit quicker...…
Margaret Theresa Naughton