St Agnes Parish Bulletin 26th April 2020

Parish News…

Pope’s Homilies and Prayers

                     … available to download

The Holy See is making available a free downloadable book entitled Strong in the Face of Tribulation.  This publication (of almost 200 pages) contains a collection of Pope Francis’s prayers, intercessions and homilies as “a sure support in time of trial”.

Strong in the Face of Tribulation contains three sections. Firstly, prayers, rituals and supplications for difficult times.  The second section is dedicated to the indications given by the Church on how people can continue to live out a sacramental life during coronavirus precautionary measures and how to obtain forgiveness from sin despite the impossibility of receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The final part is a collection of Pope Francis’s words to the ecclesial community in these times of trial. It contains all of his homilies from Mass at Casa Santa Marta, and the texts of the Sunday Angelus discourses, beginning from 9 March.

The digital copy of the book will be updated several times a week in the light of new developments and the “rediscovery” of other treasures of the Church’s tradition. It can therefore be downloaded several times to keep abreast of new additions.

Click here to download Strong in the Face of Tribulation in English:

Source: Vatican News


Following the decision of the NI Executive to permit the reopening of cemeteries, Milltown Cemetery will reopen with a limited timetable for the foreseeable future. 

This is based on the need for burials to continue while adhering to the restriction of ten people at a burial. 


The Cemetery will open on Sunday 26 April and following Sundays from 10am until 4pm

Thereafter, from Monday to Saturday, it will open from 2pm until 5pm


Access will be mostly restricted to pedestrians only for the time being with the exception of a limited number of cars, for those who cannot walk long distances. 


The Cemetery Office will remain closed. Staff will be working remotely to arrange burials. 


For anyone visiting the Cemetery please continue to follow the requirement of social distancing. 


These restrictions will be reviewed in due course. 


IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO AN EXPERIENCED COUPLES & RELATIONSHIPS COUNSELLOR DURING THIS TIME OF UNPRECEDENTED STRESS AND PRESSURE ON FAMILY LIFE… Contact: 028 9568 0151 003531 531 3331 9.00 am – 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday All calls charged at local rate.

Accord: Conscious of those who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships and family lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, Accord has set up a support line where callers can talk to experienced couples and relationship counsellors. Call: 028 9568 0151 9am – 8pm, Mon to Fri.

Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Coronavirus Emergency
As highlighted in the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary and stated by the Holy Father in his Homily of 20 March 2020, it is vitally important that the faithful know that if they cannot access confession, then, by making an act of sorrow, by being truly contrite for all their sins with the intention not to sin anymore, and with the intention of going to confession as soon as is possible, they are reconciled with God and obtain the forgiveness of their sins, even mortal sins.    Bishop Noel Treanor

Many parishioners are asking  about donating and what they can/should do about their weekly and monthly envelopes. Our suggestion to you is to do one of a few things:
Using the donate button on our home page, you can use your bank debit or credit card to donate straight to us. Alternatively, you can continue to put your contributions into your envelopes and  save them all until we are opened again and we can receive them all in the weekly plate. Lastly, you can simply donate one larger amount to us when we are all back to normal.
Unfortunately, direct debit/standing order isn’t possible at this time as staff cannot liaise with you with the proper forms and the detail you need as our staff are furlough workers until 31st May 2020.

DONATION  To make  a donation to the Parish please click on the  DONATE  button on our HOME PAGE ( Navigation)

Thanks to those who have already used the  donate option and thanks to all for continuing to support the parish financially and spiritually with your uplifting messages.
Stay home and stay safe. God Bless you all.

ARRANGING MASS  INTENTIONS  You can book an anniversary Mass or a Mass intention by calling or e-mailing

Remember in Prayer…

Recently Deceased: Teresa Brady,  Catherine (Kitty) Donnelly  & Fr Fernando Carberry (Holy Cross)

Those whose anniversaries occur at this time:   Martha and Edwin Leddy,  Tommy Devlin,  Margaret Owens,  Marie O’Hara, Billy Fitzsimons,  Joe McAuley  &  Jane McIlwee, Daniel Murray

A Prayer for Priests during this time of the Coronavirus  Eternal God, be with our priests this day as they seek to minister to your people. May you be a guiding and protective presence with them as they bring the consolation and hope of your word and the grace and nourishment of Eucharist to those entrusted into their care. Grant them the strength of mind and body, keep them safe to do your will, and give them the courage and peace to face each day with trust and confidence in you. Into your hands O God, we commend them; fill them with your grace and healing. Amen.


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