PATRICKSWELL/BALLYBROWN WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
St. Brigids Cross
The story is told that, one night, Brigid went to sit with a dying man. He was a Chieftain, and members of his household hoped Brigid would speak to him of Christ, and perhaps convert him before he died. However the man was very ill and couldn’t listen to such talk. So Brigid prayed for him instead. As she sat by his bedside, she picked up some of the rushes scattered on the floor. (This was typical of the time; rushes were warm and kept the floor clean). She began to weave rushes into a Cross, and as she did the Chieftain asked her about it. She wove and spoke of Jesus and prayed for the Chieftain. He came to know Christ that night was baptised and died in peace. St. Brigids Crosses are traditionally made by Irish people around her feast day. Many homes place them over a door lintel or in the thatch of a house.
The Cross of St. Brigid is a sign of simplicity and of faithful presence. May we be generous with our time, our presence and our love this year.
We celebrate the Feast of St.Brigid on 1 st day of February.
St. Blaise, died 315. Bishop of Sebaste, martyred in Armenia. Patron for sore throats and sick cattle. Tradition states that he was a physician before becoming bishop. Since the eighth century he has been venerated as the partron of those who suffer from disease of the throat.
The blessing of St. Blaise is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for the sick. Using two crossed and unlighted candles, blessed on the memorial of St. Blaise or on the feast of the Presentation of the lord, the minister touches the throat of each person, saying: “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from all ailments of the throat and from every other evil (or from every disease of the throat and from every other illness). In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Ballybrown Camogie Registration
Will take place on Friday 6th February 8pm-9.30pm in Ballybrown Clubhouse. €30 per child, €55 per family U18, €50 per adult. New players always welcome - please bring a copy of birth cert. Also any adults wishing to get involved as coach, mentor or on our club committee are welcome.
Any queries please contact Pauline Gillane , Secretary (087) 775 8603.
8 Week Computer Course: Commencing with Beginners - Monday 2 nd February from 10.00am – 12.00noon and 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
Intermediate & Advanced - Tuesday 3rd from 7.00pm – 9.00pm and Wednesday 4 th from 10.00am – 12.00noon, also 12.30pm – 2.30pm and 7.pm – 9.00pm. Places still available. Registration Fee €20 for 8 weeks. Contact Resource Centre at 061-353140 or Maura at 087-2565443
Flower Arranging Classes: Commencing Tuesday 10th February at 8pm for 8 weeks. All welcome. Contact Resource Centre.
Grieving after Suicide: A talk and discussion led by Fr Brendan McManus SJ in Corpus Christi Primary School, Moyross, Saturday 7th February 6.00pm to 7.00pm.