PENTECOST SUNDAY 31ST MAY 2020

Parish News…

CHURCH OPENING TIMES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER ONLY  Following decisions by the NI Executive and the statement (18 May 2020) from Bishop Treanor, St Agnes’ Church will open from 10.30am until 2pm each day.

All visiting the Church are asked to follow the advice and directions provided at the entrance door from the Church car park. Certain sections of the Church are cordoned off and a one-way system is in operation.  All visitors are asked to strictly observe social distancing rules and only occupy the marked seating. You will be able to visit the shrines to light candles and pray.  We will have sanitiser and towels for your use entering and leaving and there are posters with some necessary advise in place, please read the information to keep you and others safe. 

All visitors to our church for private prayer are asked to note No communal recitation of prayers led by and at the initiative of any individual (e.g. the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet etc) should take place during the time the church is open for private prayer

The Church toilets are unavailable.

 

Parish Collections We are very much aware of the difficulties families are currently facing with personal finances. Several parishioners have contacted us with concerns as to how they continue to financially support our parish. We are most appreciative for the donations we have received, and we would be grateful for your continued support. As many of you know, it helps us to pay our bills, allows to support our employees during this health crisisUsing 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. To make  a donation to the Parish please click on the  DONATE  button on our HOME PAGE ( Navigation). www.stagnesbelfast.com 

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 safe. God Bless you all.

Down and Connor Diocesan Triduum

Following on from the successful Diocesan Novena earlier this month, the Diocese of Down and Connor will close the month of May with a Triduum of Prayer to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.  In the Christian tradition Pentecost is known as the Birthday of the Church.  Over these three days, prayers will be offered for the Family (the Domestic Church), our local Parishes and Pastoral Communities (the Local Church), and for the mission of all Christians in the world (the Universal Church).

The Triduum will run from Friday 29th May until Sunday 31st May.

Bishop Noel Treanor warmly invites everyone to join with him as he leads the prayers on-line via the webcam (www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral) from St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast.

Each evening will begin at 7.00 pm and will last approximately 15 minutes.

Intentions may be sent by email to novena@downandconnor.org and they will be placed in front of the altar and included in the prayers each evening.

A booklet of the prayers being used in the Triduum can be requested using email address above.

 

Remember in Prayer…

Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Fr Harry Carlin,  Sr Ultan Smyth OP, Joanne Mc Closkey, Thomas Straney, Mary Keenan, Bernadette Devlin, John & Margaret Laverty, Ester Martin, Michael Jones.

 

Prayer for Our Families And all families

 we need God: all of us! We need his help, his strength, his blessing, his mercy, his forgiveness. And we need simplicity to pray as a family: simplicity is necessary! Praying the Our Father together around the table, is not something extraordinary: it’s easy. And praying the Rosary together as a family is very beautiful and a source of great strength! And also praying for one another! The husband for his wife, the wife for her husband, both together for their children, the children for their grandparents…praying for each other. This is what is means to pray in the family, and it is what makes the family strong: prayer. - Pope Francis Homily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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