Of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face. It is you face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me
I confess to
almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my
thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my
fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary
ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord
V. Lord, have mercy. R. Lord,
V. Christ, have mercy. R. Christ, have mercy.
V. Lord, have mercy. R. Lord, have mercy.
FIRST READING Genesis 22:1-2.9-13.15-18
God put Abraham to the test. 'Abraham, Abraham' he called. 'Here I am' he replied. 'Take
your son,' God said 'your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him as a burnt offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.' When they arrived at the place God had pointed out to
him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood. Then he stretched out his hand
and seized the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven.
'Abraham, Abraham' he said. 'I am here' he replied. 'Do not raise your hand against the
boy' the angel said. 'Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. You have not refused
me your son, your only son.' Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a
bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt-offering in place of his son. The
angel of the Lord called Abraham a second time from heaven. 'I swear by my own self - it
is the Lord who speaks - because you have done this, because you have not refused me your
son, your only son, I will shower blessings on you, I will make your descendants as many
as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants shall gain
possession of the gates of their enemies. All the nations of the earth shall bless
themselves by your descendants, as a reward for
RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Ps 115:
Response : I will walk in the presence of the Lord
in the land of the living.
I trusted, even when I said:
'I am sorely afflicted.'
O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful. Response
Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:
I will call on the Lord's name. Response
My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem. Response
SECOND READING Romans 8:31.34
With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but
gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not
refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God
acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us-he rose
from the dead, and there at God's right
hand he stands and pleads for us.
Gospel Acclamation Mt 17:5
and praise to you, O Christ !
From the bright cloud the Father's voice was heard
'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.'
Glory and praise to you, O
GOSPEL Mark 9:2-10
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they
could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes
became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared
to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. 'Rabbi',
he said it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one
for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a
cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, 'This is my
Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.' Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one
with them any more but only Jesus. As they came down the mountain he
warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from
the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed
what 'rising from the dead' could mean.
believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his
only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at
the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of
saints,the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body,and life
everlasting. Amen.Pray, brethren, that my
sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good and the good of all his holy
The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our
R. It is right and just.
At the end of the Preface all say:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
The mystery of faith.
Resp: We proclaim your death, O Lord,
and profess your
until you come again.
Behold the Lamb of God, behold him
who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the
supper of the Lamb.
R. Lord, I am not worthy that you
should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
Ml & Mary Ann Donohoe & son Patrick
Mar 04: Willie Keeley, Ballybrennan
& Bernadette Ryan, Coolteigue; Patrick
& Mary Murphy, Ballybuckley & daughter Kay Carr, Coolcotts.
Mar 10: James McKelvie, Macmine
Mar 03: James Doyle
Mar 04: Jim
Mar 10: Bridie Walsh
Mar 11: Anne
Masses this Week
Wednesday & Friday. No mass on Thursday
The Envelope collection last
weekend amounted to 363.00. Thank you
to all contributors.
Envelopes for 2012 are available for
collection in the Church porch. Adult, wage-earners are
invited to contribute to the support of our church and parish by registering at the parish
office for a set
of weekly envelopes or a direct debit mandate.
Bishop Brennan will administer the
sacrament of Confirmation to 80 young people in our parish church at 12 noon today. Congratulations to the newly confirmed and we wish
them a memorable day with their families and friends in celebrating this milestone in
Bishop Donal McKeown, auxiliary
Bishop of Down and Connor said last year's Trocaire Lenten collection
raised 8.2m, while it is estimated that in the six and a half weeks to Easter, Irish people will spend
800m on alcohol. "Per head of the
population the five million Irish spend more on drink than Uganda (34.5 million) has to
spend on everything -- health, education, roads etc. There is something wrong there,"
he said. Trócaires Lenten campaign
this year focuses on communities in northern Uganda who are trying to rebuild their lives
after 20 years of war.
The Parish Choir is actively
seeking new members. If you have any singing or musical ability please
come along to a rehearsal in Bree Church on Thursday
Camross Passion Play
The Camross Passion Play will be
performed in Wexford Opera House on Saturday. Booking advisable - phone 053-9122144
(Wexford Opera House).
Copies of the Irish Catholic
newspaper for sale at the rear of the Church (beside the envelope box). Cost: 1.30
Popes Intentions for March
General: That the whole world may recognize the
contribution of women to the development of society.Missionary: That the Holy Spirit may grant perseverance to
those who suffer discrimination, persecution, or death for the name of Christ,
particularly in Asia.
I ask all Catholics for
their prayers and support for their brethren in the faith who are victims of violence and
intolerance. In this context, I have felt it particularly appropriate to share some
reflections on religious freedom as the path to peace. It is painful to think that in some
areas of the world it is impossible to profess ones religion freely except at the
risk of life and personal liberty. In other areas we see more subtle and sophisticated
forms of prejudice and hostility towards believers and religious symbols. At present,
Christians are the religious group which suffers most from persecution on account of its
faith. Many Christians experience daily affronts and often live in fear because of their
pursuit of truth, their faith in Jesus Christ and their heartfelt plea for respect for
religious freedom. This situation is unacceptable, since it represents an insult to God
and to human dignity; furthermore, it is a threat to security and peace, and an obstacle
to the achievement of authentic and integral human development. Benedict XVI PP, Dec 2010
A meeting of Bree Development Group
will be held on Monday 5th March at 8.30 pm in Bree Community Centre, also an
E.G.M. of the Group will be held on 21st March at 8.30 pm in the Community
Community Alert is now up and running
in the Parish . Everybody needs to be extra vigilant , and are asked to be aware of any
suspicious activity in the area .In recent days it is reported that some minor thefts have
taken place in the vicinity of The Community Centre and a private house nearby .People are
asked to report anything suspicious to the following no,s .
ENNISCORTHY GDA STATION . 053 -
CLONROCHE GDA STATION . 053 9244102.
All information will be dealt with in strictest confidence . PLAY YOUR PART .
CREATE A CARING COMMUNITY .
Congratulations to all the children and adults of the Bree branch of Slaney Kenpo Karate
who took part in their first grading in Bree Community Centre on Tuesday 28th February.
Senior Professor Ed Downey and Professor John Burgess arrived from Celbridge to conduct
the grading and there was a large attendance of parents and children on the night.
Following excellent demonstrations of all the techniques, forms and sparring learnt over
the last few months. the following were awarded their yellow belts: Aoibhe
Lewis, Ciara Lewis, Conon Donan, Cathy Kilty, Abigail
Quigley, Mathew Dunne, Robert Dunne, Odhrán Kehoe, Róise Eilís
Kehoe, Cormac Kehoe, Mary Byrne, Conor Rodgers, Nicholas
Dempsey, Wojtek Waligora, Ciara Doyle, Jack Kinsella, Hannah
Fitzpatrick, Adam Cairney, Daniel Cairney, Jessica Barker, Conor
Redmond, Travis McCauley, Orla McCauley, Daniel McCauley, Barbara
Reidy, Nicholas Reidy, Benjamin Reidy, Isabel Reidy, Christopher
Reidy, Edwin Jomon, Noel Tijo, Cormac Hamill, Laoise
Hamill, Sarah Byrne, Ciara Parnell, Liam Parnell, Charlie
Parnell, Colm Parnell, Odin Doyle, Cian McCormack, Ben Harrington
and Jason Roche. Well done everyone. Karate classes continue on Tuesday nights
in the Hall at 6.30pm for children and 7.45pm for adults. All newcomers are very welcome
- the first class is free. Any queries contact Barbara at 0872461445.
Stand up for the Education of Our Children and the Heart of Our Communities. PUBLIC MEETING on Thursday 8th March at 8.00 pm in
Bree Community Centre, TDs, Senators and Local Councillors invited. The time to stand up for the Education of our
children and the future of our Communities in now.
Celtic Roots AGM will be held in the
Dance Studio in Bree Community Centre on Friday 9th March. All members are requested to
The 15th edition of the Bree Parish
Journal is now available in all local shops at 8. This edition contains historical
articles as well as reviews of local organisations within the parish for 2010 & 2011.
A meeting will be held in Bree
Community Centre on Friday 16th March, 10am to 12 noon to air views on setting up a
Mens Shed Group in the area. For further information please contact Billy Whelan
087-6671172 Everybody is very welcome.
Davidstown Community Games
Well done to both Bree Davidstown Handball teams and both dancing troupes who have won
their county finals. The U13 team of Cian Wickham, Colm Parnell, Matt Browne, Killian
Power, Mark Delahunty and Edward Byrne beat Glynn Barntown while the U15 team of Enda
Minogue, Anthony Butler, Liam Rossiter, Alan Armstrong and Jack Reilly beat Glynn Barntown
in the semi final and Castlebridge in the final. The boys will be in action in intercounty
rounds shortly. In the group dancing Bree Davidstown were the clear winners of seven areas
participating. Team members were Amy Long, Louise Butler, Kasey Doyle, Moya Neary and
Sophie McCabe. Team leader was Kay McKelvie. The set dancing troupe of Meave Rochford,
Aoife OBrien, Rachel Long, Erin Fortune, Amelia McComiskey, Carrie Power, Niamh
ONeill and Sarah Jordan with team leader Ann Long were the only set dancing group
competing and gave a lovely performance. Both of these dance teams will compete in the
Nationals finals in Athlone in May. Best wishes to those competing in the Handwriting and
Art Competitions next weekend.
Best of luck to the Bree Macra
Volleyball teams competing in the county final this weekend.
Bri Beag are currently seeking to recruit a cleaner four hours a week, if interested
please contact Lisa by Tuesday morning at 9247111.
Bree Macra members were runners-up in the County Basketball Competition held recently,
while the club was well represented by 4 teams at the County Question Time also held
recently. Well done to all! Wally Furlong represented Bree Macra and Pallaskenry
Agricultural College in the Farm Relief Services Memorial scholarship scheme and emerged
victorious earlier in February, an excellent result! Congratulations to Michelle Hogan who
performed excellently at the South-East X Factor last weekend, she was very unlucky not be
placed on the night. Best of luck to the Bree teams competing this weekend in the
County Volleyball Finals in Askamore on Sunday. Preparations are now well underway for the
National Talent Competition County Final to be hosted by Bree in the local hall on the
for Ballyhogue N.S.
Congratulations to Anthony Butler who won the county final in the Rackard League Handball
competition this week. He overcame opponents from Ferns NS, Glynn NS, Kennedy Park NS and
Coolgreany NS. Congratulations also to Enda Minogue and Colm Parnell who were runners-up
in the doubles final. They beat CBS New Ross, Ferns NS and Kennedy Park NS to get to the
final where they lost to Glynn by a narrow margain. Leinster semi-finals handball
Best of luck to Anthony Butler (U13 Singles), Colm Parnell (U12 Doubles) and Rowan White
(U15 Doubles) who will compete in the Leinster Semi-Finals in Coolboy Co.
Wicklow on Saturday.
Enrolments for Ballyhogue N.S. for September 2012 are now taking place. There will be
an open evening on Thursday 15th March from 5pm to 6pm, all are
welcome. Enrolment forms are available in the school.
Bree Youth Club
Bree had 4 participants in the U12's Chess competition recently with
Peter Doyle claiming the gold and Sarah Phelan the silver medal. Sarah
Byrne and Peter Kelly made up the group of four. Well done to all.
Margo Kehoe from HOPE accepted a check for 250 Euro from the Junior Club members, which
was raised through their Carol singing fundraiser at Christmas. Finally, there will be no
youth club on the 9th of March.