Hello Spring. The first day of February is viewed as the start of spring. Dating from pre-Christian times, it was named Imbolc and made up one of the four Celtic pagan festivals along with Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain.
The Christian Calendar
The Christians took the opportunity to rebrand the day for the Christian calendar and it is now St Brigid’s day.
She is one of Ireland’s three national saints alongside St Patrick and St Columcille.
Her patronage covers the areas of healing, fertility, brewers, blacksmiths, sailors, scholars and so many more.
It is traditional to have a Brigid Cross in your home or in any out houses used for livestock.
Brigid rose to position of Bishop at a time in Celtic history when women were accepted as equals in all aspects of secular and spiritual life.
It’s traditionally the day when we should throw open our windows and start spring cleaning. Under Tier 5, we’ll have lots of time to do this!
LOTTO Jackpot is at €10,800
The Brosna GAA Club jackpot currently stands at €10,800.
Results from the January 25th draw are: No jackpot winner. Wins of €50 for Alison McEnery with €20 each for: John O’Donnell, Reacashla; Geraldine Brosnan, Reacashla; Jerry O’Connor, Glountane – ticket bought online and Joan Browne, Carrigeen.
Tickets available from Murphy’s Foodstore or online through https://smartlotto.ie/brosna-gaa/.
Help Available During Lockdown
For any elderly members of our community who need to reach out for support during this ongoing pandemic, please call 0818 222 024.
The church office remains closed as we are still in Tier 5. For anyone wishing to acquire Mass cards please call 086 1520415.
Church Dues can be dropped into the boxes provided at the church entrances. A box is also available at the sacristy door each Saturday from 11am to noon.
With thanks to everyone for their continued generosity.
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