St Agnes Parish Bulletin 17th May 2020

Parish News…

SIXTH SUNDAY of EASTER

MASS TIMES: Fr Mc Glynn continues to celebrate Mass behind closed doors each  MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY AT 10am.

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

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.

 

Remember in Prayer…

Recently Deceased: Corey  O’Meara

Those whose anniversaries occur at this time:  Michael Dobbin

 

Church choirs, singers and musicians

We’d love you to join in….

‘virtual’ blessing for frontline workers 

In recognition of the dedicated service of all involved in providing essential services during these challenging times, singers and musicians in churches on the island of Ireland are being invited to take part in a unique singing, musical and blessing experience.

At a local level participants are asked to select a facility which provides an essential service and to dedicate their rendition of the specially adapted hymn: “Be Thou my Vision”.

Project joint coordinator, Fr Martin Magill, Parish Priest, St John the Evangelist, Belfast said:

“The words of the hymn ‘Be Thou My Vision’ can be traced back to fifth to ninth century Christian Ireland to a tradition of a prayer for protection known as ‘lorica’ (Latin for armour or breastplate.) The references in the prayer to armour and sword are thought to be inspired by some of the imagery in St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 6:16-17 such as ‘shield of faith’, ‘helmet of salvation’ and ‘the sword of the Spirit’.  Praying for protection and blessing is particularly apt during these times.”

Fellow organiser, Philip McKinley, Dublin-based Church of Ireland ordinand said:

“God blesses us abundantly and is present with us, even in very difficult times. This song is an invitation to lift our eyes, to shift our vision far beyond ourselves, to Him. Ireland is famous for its blessings, words to encourage friends, family and neighbours along the journey. We want to bless those on the frontlines with words of hope and life and relationship with the creator of all things.

This is an exciting collaborative video project designed to bless our community and encourage people to lift their vision to the Lord. In the words of the hymn we want to draw people into a greater awareness of ‘thy presence, my light’ in these dark and challenging times.”

Practical details:

If interested, please sign up at www.theirishblessing.com:

Once signed up you will be notified this Saturday 16th May to download our Recording Guide resources from www.theirishblessing.com. All the information you will need to record your contribution will be made available there.

Once recordings are completed, please return to the website to submit these where they will be considered for inclusion in an all-island version of the hymn.

The deadline for recorded submissions is 12 noon on Friday 22nd May.

This final collaborative video will be directed and edited by a renowned team including Greg Fromholz, Stu Reid and Jonny Rea. It will be released on Youtube on Pentecost Sunday, 31 May 2020 at 11am. 

 

 

 Prayers for the Pandemic: for a household in lockdown

God of the indoors, who knew the confines of domestic space at a time of little comfort, help us in this time of confinement, help us to see it as an act of love, in solidarity with those who care for us and put their own lives on the line for the sake of others. Help us to ‘make room’ for each other, even if room is scarce, help us to find reserves of patience we never knew we had, to take offence less easily, to find in our hearts an easy apology when we’re petulant. Help us to be attentive, careful, and thoughtful. May we draw deeply from the well of our most loving times.

Raymond Friel

 

The 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 of the Altar. I love you above all things and 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 Liguor

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