Due to personal circumstances, public Masses and Baptisms will start in St Agnes’ Parish in a few weeks time. As further details become available, they will be posted on the Parish Website and – where possible – in Church Door notices.
THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS AND THE SACRAMENTS On Thursday 25th June, the NI Executive granted permission for Churches to re-open for worship, for the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments. As a Parish we must observe all health and safety regulations, guidelines and risk management including social distancing. This is to ensure the safety and well-being of all our parishioners and to mitigate against the transmission of the virus which is still present in the community. We will not be opening our Churches for public worship until all these directives are put in place. For this to be implemented we need volunteers to assist with stewarding and cleaning the Churches each time Mass or the Sacraments are celebrated. If you wish to volunteer, please contact the Parish Office by email
and leave your name and contact number. It’s important that we all rise to this challenge and be generous with our time so that our Churches can re-open for public worship.
The other Parishes of the West Belfast Pastoral Community will open Churches for the celebration of public Mass during the week beginning Monday 6 July 2020.
Remember in Prayer…
Recently Deceased: Maura Farquharson Michael McGlynn Bobby Storey
Months Mind: Elizabeth O’ Neill
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Maura Ryan, John Hughes, Margaret Kelly, Teresa Short, Jimmy Muldoon
ST. PATRICK’S WAY - A new Camino-style pilgrim walk, St Patrick’s Way, is being launched in Downpatrick from July 1st. New pilgrim guides, Martina Purdy and Elaine Kelly, will in turn lead pilgrims on the journey which includes Inch Abbey, Saul Church, the site of St Patrick’s first church in Ireland, Slieve Patrick and the national monument, Struell Wells, and St Patrick’s Grave. The BBC’s Donna Traynor will walk a second 8 mile route with guides and pilgrims in Newcastle on July 4. Bookings for all or part of the walk, and details available at St. Patrick’s Centre, Downpatrick on 028 44 619 000.
SUPPORT POPE FRANCIS’ COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND Your help is urgently needed to help overseas missionaries and vulnerable communities to defend themselves against COVID-19. In Africa, Asia and Latin America the Church is often on the frontline. In remote, inaccessible areas, it is missionaries who respond, as best they can, to the medical and pastoral needs of suffering men, women and children. Missionaries already face too many challenges; working in over-crowded communities with no running water. In shantytowns and refugee camps where social distancing is simply impossible, and where self-isolation could mean starvation. To help protect these fragile communities, Pope Francis has announced the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. If you can, please give so that our lessfortunate brothers and sisters have a fighting chance at suppressing COVID-19. Donate by going online www.wmi.ie/covid-fund or call Fiona on 00 353 1 497 2035. Bank of Ireland Transfer Details Account Name – Society for the Propagation of the Faith IBAN – IE12 BOFI 9007 5456 9616 36 BIC – BOFIIE2D