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12 March 2023 3rd SUNDAY OF LENT

JOHN PAUL 2 Awards will take place at 7.30pm Mass this Saturday, 11th March in the Cathedral.

Masses for St Patrick’s Day Cathedral : Thurs 16th (Vigil Mass) 7.30pm Friday 17th 9.30am & 11am. (Please note change of time) Killygarry 9.30am Butlersbridge 10.30am

Weekend Masses

Cathedral Saturday 7.30pm (vigil)

Sunday 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am

St. Clare’s Chapel Sunday 10.45am

St Brigid’s Killygarry Sunday 9.30am

St Aidan’s Butlersbridge Sunday 10.30am

WEEKDAY MASSES THIS WEEK Masses this week in our Parish

Cathedral Monday –Thursday 10am Thursday 7.30pm (Vigil) Friday 9.30am & 11am

St. Clare’s Chapel Monday & Tuesday 7.30pm; Mon – Thurs 7.30am

St Brigid’s Killygarry Friday 9.30am

St Aidan’s Butlersbridge Wednesday 7.30pm Friday 10.30amm

St Clare’s Chapel ADORATION

Eucharistic Adoration 11am to 7pm daily. In order to facilitate social distancing, it will be held in the main part of the church until further notice. New members to undertake 1 hour of pray per week in the presence of the Blessed of the Sacrament are especially welcome. Contact Liam at 087 2358440 to arrange your hour.

BENEDICTION in St Clare’s Chapel on first Sunday of the month at 7pm.

Next Sunday’s Readings

1st Reading: 1 Sm 16:1, 6-7, 10-13

2nd Reading: Eph 5:8-14

Psalm 22

Gospel: Jn 9:1-41

CONFESSIONS in Cathedral Saturday 2.30pm -3pm

Baptisms in our Parish Booking essential at 049 4331404. Please give 4 -6 weeks notice.

Recent Baptisms

We welcome into the Christian Community all who were baptised recently

“Ave Maria Bible study group meet on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm till 9pm on Zoom. It is a friendly Christian fellowship sharing God’s word together. Contact Tom 086 3478539 “

Christian Meditation every Thursday evening at 7pm in the Conference Room at the back of the Cathedral. Everyone welcome.

Are you one of those people affected by someone else’s drinking?. We can help – Al Anon meeting every Friday morning at 10.30am in Conaty Centre (Pastoral Centre), St Patrick’s College, cavan

Faith Renewal – Knock Shrine Lenten Reflections – Weekly Talks with Guest Speakers taking place Online and at St John’s Welcome Centre, Knock Shrine Time: 8.15pm -9.15pm March 14th – Jane Mellett ‘Almsgiving: Responding to the Cry of the Earth and the Poor through Care for Creation.’ March 21st – John Connell ‘Living more simply in a complex world’

A Concert to Celebrate Saint Patrick Celebrate Lá Fhéile Pádraig, Saint Patrick’s Day at Knock Shrine by joining us for a special concert on Thursday 16th March. Celebrating Irish music, heritage and culture with many well-known Irish favourites performed on the night. The concert will take place in Knock Basilica at 8.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

ACCORD CAVAN We are now recruiting volunteer facilitators. Are you a good communicator with an enthusiasm for supporting couples as they prepare for the sacrament of marriage and future family life? Formal training will be provided in presenting and facilitating our marriage preparation programmes. Gain ongoing support and continuous professional development by being part of the Accord Marriage preparation team. Our programmes are engaging and interactive and cover topics such as good communication skills, how to deal with conflict and the responsibility and significance of the sacrament of marriage. If you are interested you can contact: Email or

Eileen (Pastoral Centre, Cavan) 049 4375004; Aisling (Accord Central Office) 01 5053112

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje 24th - 31st May 2023. The cost will be €795. Spiritual Director is Fr Peter Okpetu. Accommodation beside church. Contact Margaret Blessington 086 3850861

Positive AgeSelection of Dances and light exercises from 12noon – 2pm every Monday and Arts & Crafts every Friday 2-4pm in the Positive Age Hall, Castlemanor. All welcome.

Refreshments served. Bring a friend.

Volunteers Wanted For Daffodil Day Friday March 24th

It’s that time of year again when spring is in the air and Daffodil Day draws near. Daffodil Day is on Friday March 24th. If you could spare one or two hours on Daffodil Day it would be greatly appreciated. Even if you have volunteered in the past please contact Martina on 086 3782928 (with GDPR regulations I need people to contact me). We need over 100 volunteers on the day. I will try to accommodate all requests but I would ask for some flexibility. Or perhaps you could host a Coffee Morning or some other fundraising event in your workplace or community – I would be happy to help with merchandise or advise.

YOUTH CHOIR – If you are in Secondary school or older and would like to join this choir please contact Jenny 049 4331404

Faith Renewal – Knock Shrine Lenten Reflections – Weekly Talks with Guest Speakers taking place Online and at St John’s Welcome Centre, Knock Shrine Time: 8.15pm -9.15pm March 7th – Kieran Cronin ‘Laudato Si: St Francis and Prayer for Ecological Conversion.’ March 14th – Jane Mellett ‘Almsgiving: Responding to the Cry of the Earth and the Poor through Care for Creation.’ March 21st – John Connell ‘Living more simply in a complex world’

Online Lenten Retreat. The Priory Institute is delighted to offer a FREE OF CHARGE online Retreat 'Reflecting on the Sunday Gospels of Lent as Stepping Stones on our Journey to East' Visit our website or click on this link to register/find out more. On the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in 1973, the Irish Bishops wrote to the Christian people of Ireland establishing Trócaire. As we mark 50 years of Trócaire, we mark 50 years of perseverance, courage, participation, accountability and solidarity. From supporting human rights defenders in Central America, to leading the relief effort in Vietnam following the war, to providing essential emergency assistance in the midst of crisis, Trócaire has been proud to work on behalf of the people of the island of Ireland in fighting injustice across the world. We thank God for our supporters and partners who empower us to do this vital work. We pray that the next fifty years will see all the people of the world working together for a more just world, and that the fruits of this work will be clear to see.

THE FIRST FRIDAY VIGILS OF REPARATION will resume in St. Clare's Adoration Chapel, Cavan Town, from 6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. every First Friday during Lent. You are invited to attend for even some of it. "Come and watch with Me for one hour" - Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. "Help make reparation for sin, so that souls may be saved" - Our Lady of Fatima. Do it for yourselves, your family, our country and the world.

50th Anniversary Prayer We pray for God’s blessing on the work of Trócaire. We pray that all people may continue to work together for the respect of our shared human dignity and shared human rights. We thank God for the partners and generous supporters who have enabled Trócaire to continue their work for over fifty years, empowering communities to work together for a just world. We pray for peace and may that peace be mine and yours, and with all people experiencing crises in our world. Amen


We are asking people NOT TO PARK their cars on the avenues around the Cathedral while attending Mass or other Church ceremonies.

The emergency services need to have access to the Cathedral at all times. One never knows when the services of an Ambulance or Fire Brigade are required and access routes should not be blocked at any time.

Consideration for others is all we ask and leaving the avenues and all yellow boxes free at all times is essential.

Numbers you may find useful to have

ALONE (Support for Elderly): 0818 222024

AWARE (Support for anxious/depressed): 1800 80 48 48

BODYWHYS (support for those affected by eating disorders) 01 2107906

CHILDLINE (Support for Children) 1800 666 666

MABS (money advice & budgeting service) 0818 07 2000

MEN’S AID (Domestic Abuse/Violence) 01 5543811

PIETA HOUSE (Mental Health) 1800 247 247

SAMARITANS (Someone to Talk to) 116 123

SOSAD phone line 24 hours a day – 049 4326339

TERMANN (Domestic Abuse): 085 8102433

WOMEN’S AID (Domestic Abuse/Violence) 1800 341 900

We remember in our prayers

BRENDAN SMYTH, Dun Laoghaire, Glenside Rd., Cavan & Belturbet


EOGHAN HOMAN, Bermuda son of Colm & Niamh, grandson of Eugene & Marlene Lynch, Shankill Upr.

DR AIDAN SPOONER, Tipperary brother of Anne Crowe

and all who died recently.

Mass Intentions for this week

Saturday 11th 7.30pm

Elizabeth & William Sheridan, St Bridget’s Tce

Bill & Kay Henry, Cootehill Rd.

John Lennon, Earlsvale Rd.

John McCaffrey, Swellan & deceased members of McCaffrey family

Sunday 12th 8.30am

People of the Parish

Sunday 12th 10am

Deceased of McKiernan family, Ardlogher, Cloone

Breege, John, Michael & Mary Collins, Corohoe

Luke O’Sullivan-Cawley

Sunday 12th 11.30am

Edward Kelly, Stragelliffe

Patsy Mc Connell, Ashe St.

Felix Gormley Jnr. & deceased members of Gormley family

Monday 13th 10am

Special Intention

Tuesday 14th 10am

Tom & Cathy Brady

Wednesday 15th 10am

Margaret & Jimmy Mulvey

Thursday 16th 10am

John Maughan

Thursday 16th 7.30pm

Maureen Carty, Jubilee Tce.

Friday 17th 9.30am

Paddy & Mary McManus, Farnham Rd.

Friday 17th 11am

Joseph & Rose Doherty & deceased of family, St Brigid’s Tce.

Saturday 18th 10am

Tom Sullivan, Main St. & deceased family members

Saturday 18th 7.30pm

Christopher Deegan, O’Raghallaigh Park

Anthony Brady, Reaske

Sunday 19th 8.30am

People of the Parish

Sunday 19th 10am

Lily Sexton, Swellan (Month’s Mind)

Billy, Gertrude, Patrick & Liam McCaffrey, Killeshandra

Sunday 19th 11.30am

Martina & Darragh Bannigan, Swellan

Ellen & Andy McPhillips, Billis

ST. Clare’s Chapel

Sunday 12th 10.45am

Maura Finn, Military Row

Peter & Hannah Kinsella, Wolfe Tone St.

Monday 13th 7.30am

Available for Intention

Monday 13th 7.30pm

Thomas, Mary, Monica, James & Tommie Smith

Tuesday 14th 7.30am

Special Intention

Tuesday 14th 7.30pm

Kathleen Hicks, London & Cavan

Wednesday 15th 7.30am

Available for Intention

Thursday 16th 7.30am

Available for Intention

Friday 17th 7.30am


Sunday 19th 10.45am

Available for Intentions


Sunday 12th 9.30am

Bartley & Marion Smith & daughter Susan, Ard na Greine

Thomas & Roseann Higgins, Shankill, Tom & Ann Higgins, England & Eamon Higgins, Australia

Friday 17th 9.30am

Peter & Philomena Connolly, Annagelliff

Sunday 19th 9.30am

Anna & Bernard Cafferty, St Phelim’s Place

Carmel Nulty, Farnham; John Nulty, Tierquin & Mary

Nulty, Drumbarry


Sunday 12th 10.30am

Jimmy, Cissy & Margaret Murphy, Egramush

Patsy & Rose McAdam, Drung & deceased of McAdam & Coyle families

Wednesday 15th 7.30pm

Noel & Betty Mc Govern, Annalee Park; Pa McAvinue England & deceased of McGovern &

McAvinue families.

Friday 17th 10.30am

Available for Intention

Sunday 19th 10.30am

Available for Intentions

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