Masses are continuing on our normal schedule and we thank those who have been coming to clean the Church seats and carpets. We also thank those helping to facilitate the congregation in following the present health procedures. Those attending Mass must also be complimented on how they follow the procedures – especially the one-way system to enter and exit the Church and the row-by-row Holy Communion procession.
As those attending Mass will be aware, more volunteers are needed to help out both at Masses and with the cleaning of the Church. Those willing to assist are asked to give their names to the sacristan or to the Parish Office.
PARISH OFFICE: Is now open 9am-2pm Monday – Friday. Please ring 02890 615702
Parish Envelopes: Will be available from this Weekend 15th August at the side entrance of the Church. The Envelopes are in alphabetical order. Please select your Envelope Box and observe the one way system and Social Distancing when doing so. Thank you
Feast of the Assumption: Saturday 15th August Mass at 1pm
First Holy Communion Will be held this year on Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th October ( Sat 3rd October @ 10.00am & 12noon) ( Sunday 4th October @ 11am) Please remember the Children in your prayers.
Accord Marriage Preparation. Courses are available to book online, please check www.accord.ie and select a place and time. If you have booked a wedding ceremony in the parish, you are expected to have completed a preparation course
Recently Deceased: Linda Short, Margaret Weir, Linda Quigg, Patrick Hesketh
Anniversaries occurring about this time:
Sarah, Eileen & Philomena Hunter; Annie & Charlie Thompson; Regina & Daniel Kane; Bridget & John Murray; Paddy Park; Patrick Branagh; Dolores Mc Lean; William Molloy; William & Catherine Harvey; Phyllis Harvey; Aine Dunphy; Cormac Wilson
First Saturday Devotions: Will take place in St. Matthias’s Church, Glen Road on Saturday 5th September. Please come and bring a friend
4pm. Holy Sacriface of the Mass
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION On the Assumption of Mary into Heaven The feast of the Assumption of Mary is a call to each of us, especially those who are afflicted by doubt and sadness, and live with their gaze turned down, unable to raise their glance. Let us look up. Heaven is open. It does not inculcate fear. It is no longer distant because on the threshold of Heaven, a mother, our mother, is awaiting us. She loves us, she smiles at us and she thoughtfully assists us. Like every mother she wants the best for her children and she says to us: ‘You are precious in God’s eyes; you were not made for the small satisfactions of the world, but rather for the great joy of heaven’. Yes, because God is joy, not boredom. God is joy. Let us allow Our Lady to take us by the hand. Each time that we hold the Rosary in our hands and pray to her, we are taking a step forward, towards the great destination of life.
Pope Francis, Feast of the Assumption, 2019
Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living
Drumalis, Larne – commencing Monday, 14 September (online by Zoom)
Due to the success of last year’s course, applications are now being accepted for the new intake of this one-year programme for those who want a closer relationship with God. Living out faith isn’t easy against the backdrop of our fast-paced, noisy and instantaneous culture. The Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living course will give you the tools and space to become attuned to God’s voice in the midst of the clamour. Taking place over 30 Monday Evenings from 7 pm – 9:30 pm, the course will take place initially by Zoom and eventually in-house when Drumalis re-opens. Please note that it will also be possible to attend the whole series by Zoom if this is your preference. For further information, please contact 028 28276455/28272196 during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org Details are also available on the Drumalis website - http://www.drumalis.co.uk
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