Together we Journey Together in Faith
Newsletter for 24th May 2020
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Sacrament of the Eucharist
Sunday and weekday Masses will be celebrated in private
Saturday 23May Mass offered for everyone buried in local cemeteries
Sunday 24 May Mass offered for everyone buried in local cemeteries
Monday Private intention
Tuesday Parish Mass Cards
Wednesday Private intention
Thursday Private intention
Friday Private intention
Saturday 30 May Michael Farrelly
Thomas Ennis & deceased family members
Sunday 31 May Bill & Kate Egginton
Prayer of Protection
Jesus Christ you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. Come to our aid now, that we may experience your healing love and protection. Amen
Prayer life in our Parish
Fr Patrick celebrates Mass each day in private in the Oratory located in the Parochial House for the intentions of all parishioners and for the Mass intentions that have been booked. Parishioners are encouraged to set some time aside each day for family or individual prayer.
St Mary’s & St Feichin’s churches
Both churches in our parish are open during these Easter Days. If you are passing as part of your daily exercise you are welcome to visit the Easter Garden or light a candle. Please note due to the virus doors will be left open with the main body of the church cordoned off – parishioners are only permitted into the back of the church so as to reduce the spread of infection.
Cemetery Sunday 2020 takes place this weekend.
Fr Patrick will offer Masses this weekend for all buried in our local cemeteries and will bless the graves privately.
It is probable that large crowds, as seen at cemetery Sunday, may not be able to gather over the next 12 months.
Parishioners are encouraged to gather pictures of loved ones who have died and to place those pictures on a special table in your home this weekend and light a candle and place some flowers.
It is Important that we don’t abandon important traditions that bring us comfort. Instead let us find new ways of living out traditions that are important to our lives and that give comfort. The tradition of setting aside a weekend in summer to remember our dead and connect as family should not be lost.
Though the silent weeping of your heart lessens, you get on, more or less, with your life; a place is kept within you for the one who is gone. No other will ever be given the key to that door. As the years go on you may not remember the departed every day with your conscious mind. Yet below your surface mind, some part of you is always in their presence.
From their side, our friends in the unseen world are always secretly embracing us in their new and bright belongings. Though we may forget them, they can never forget us; their secret embrace unknowingly shelters and minds us.
The bright moment in grief is when the sore absence gradually changes into a well of presence. You become aware of the subtle companionship of the departed one. You know that when you are in trouble, you can turn to this presence beside you and draw on it for encouragement and blessing.
The departed is now no longer restricted to any one place and can be with you any place you are. It is good to know the blessings of this presence.
May the Lord support us all the day long ‘til the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is done. Then in his mercy may He grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last. Amen. (Cardinal Newman)
Moments of peace and moments of crisis. We Christians must learn to manage both. Both of them. A spiritual father said that going through a moment of crisis is like passing through fire so as to become strong.
May the Lord send us the Holy Spirit so we may be able to resist the temptations of moments of crisis, to know how to be faithful to the first words, with the hope of living moments of peace later. Let us think of our crises: crises in the family, in our neighbourhood, at work, social crises throughout the world, in our country… so many crises, many crises.
May the Lord give us the strength not to sell out our faith in moments of crisis.
Saturday, 2nd May 2020
Preparing to celebrate Mass Together again.
As you know the Government have indicated that public Masses will be permitted in churches from 20 July as long as certain conditions are met. This date could be moved closer or postponed depending on the virus.
It’s important to remember that things won’t be ‘going back to normal’. We have to get used to living with this virus until a vaccine is found which will probably be this time next year at the very earliest. It looks like face coverings will be expected to be worn by everyone in the church building and other public places.
A number of questions need to be addressed in how we celebrate Mass together. Realistically can choirs lead music given social distancing restrictions? How will church music be led? Could choir members take turns on their own at leading the congregation in song with the help of an instrumentalist? How are church collections to be taken up at the weekend? How do we queue to receive Holy Communion, how do we exit the church in a way that complies with social distancing?
With current social distancing of 2 metres St Mary’s church will only have capacity for less than 60 people and St Feichin’s for no more than 30 people. These numbers can be increased if households sit together and come to the same Mass. Will more weekend Masses be needed? Who will wash down the seats after each Mass, not just for a few weekends but for the next 12 months and after each ceremony. And how will we ensure correct numbers of people are in the church?
As I said we won’t be ‘going back to normal’ until a vaccine is got and therefore how we gather for Mass each weekend will be greatly affected. So it’s important that we come up with ideas and solutions in these weeks so as to be ready when public Masses begin.
I imagine for everything to go smoothly we will need a large number of volunteers – stewards and cleaners. I would like if those in the parish who are not already volunteers in the parish to help in this. I do not wish to add to the load of those who are already volunteering. Please contact Fr Patrick by e mail or drop a note in the letter box if you are willing to help. I am probably looking for over 8 stewards for St Feichins and 12 for St Marys (allowing for extra Masses). Stewards would divide into teams and would only have to steward one Mass each. They would meet parishioners at the church door and bring them directly to their seat. The same number of cleaners, divided into teams would also be needed in order to get the job done quickly.
Without parishioners help and cooperation the authorities will not let us gather together for Mass. I will hold a meeting towards the end of June with these volunteers when we will know more of what our responsibilities are. Training will be provided. ‘Hand sanitizing stations’ have been ordered for the entrances to each church
It will all take a bit of getting used to and some learning along the way. If we approach it in the right manner it should bring our community even closer together.
Let us continue to remember each other in prayer.
Parish Mass Cards available
Those who wish to purchase Parish Mass Cards please contact Fr Patrick by e mail. Mass Bouquets and Masses for the dead. Intentions will as usual be included in 3 Tuesday Masses celebrated by Fr Patrick and the donation of €10 goes towards the payment of the diocesan levy on the parish each year for the Retired Priests Fund.
Thanks to all those who are supporting the Parish financially during these unprecedented times, it is greatly appreciated.Fr Patrick understands that many are not in a position to do so due to loss of work and change in circumstances.
Bank online details :
IBAN : IE26 BOFI 90185357124274
When contributing online please indicate your name and envelope number so we can credit you at the years end.
A big thanks to parishioners who are contributing through this method.
Thanks to those who are dropping their parish envelope through the letter box of the Parochial House and thanks to those who are storing up the envelopes and hope to bring them to Mass when the Government lifts the restrictions.
Hopefully this challenging time will pass soon and the most important reality is to keep safe and look after each other.
Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement.