St Agnes Parish Bulletin 3rd May 2020

PARISH NEWS…

3rd May – The Fourth Sunday of Easter …
GOOD SHEPHERD or VOCATIONS  SUNDAY
Please pray for more vocations to the
Priesthood and Religious Life.

The DIOCESAN NOVENA continues from St Peter’s Cathedral at 7pm each evening this week until its close on Thursday 7th May.
We can join in the Novena by using the Cathedral webcam,
available through the Down and Connor website.

PARISH CEMETERIES ARE NOW RE-OPENED

Following the guidance from the Northern Ireland Assembly the Parish Cemeteries will now be re-opened.  Please continue to respect social distancing when visiting the cemeteries.  The cemeteries will be closed to the public when there is a funeral taking place or when essential maintenance is being carried out. Please don’t bring dogs into the cemeteries – respect the cemeteries as sacred places!

Act of  Spiritual Communion Those who are unable to make sacramental Communion with Christ by participating in the Eucharist, can express the desire to receive him in their spirit with these words that help to make spiritual communion with Him:

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love you above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.   Amen

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Remember in Prayer…

Recently Deceased: Sarah (Sadie) Dowling;  May Hickland

Those whose anniversaries occur at this time:  Mary Cox, Daniel Murray, Lily Fitzsimons

Months Mind: Margaret Weir

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.

DONATE BUTTON 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 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)
THIS DONATION WILL SUPPORT THE WORK OF ST AGNES’ PARISH.YOU WILL BE PROMPTED TO ENTER AN AMOUNT WHEN YOU SELECT THIS ITEM.     

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.

 

The Mental Health Foundation, a charity with a mission to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health, have put together some top tips for supporting those that are struggling.

1. Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while

2. Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them

3. Make a cup of tea for someone you live with

4. Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know

5. Help with a household chore at home

6. Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call

7. Tell someone you know that you are proud of them

8. Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them

9. Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling

10. Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up

11. Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal

12. Send an inspirational quote to a friend

13. Send an interesting article to a friend

14. Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a phone call

15. Spend time playing with your pet

16. Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation

17. Donate to a charity

18. Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding it all

19. Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well

20. Arrange to have a video lunch with a colleague

21.Send an inspirational story of kindness from around the world to someone you know

22. Donate to foodbanks

23.Offer to skill share with a friend via video call – you could teach guitar, dance etc.

24. Offer support to vulnerable neighbours  Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal

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