Following a professional Deep Clean on Thursday 27/08/2020 St Agnes’ Church is once again open for Private Prayer and Mass.
Fr Mc Glynn under took a Covid test with a negative result
Thank you for your understanding and patience at this time and for your messages and prayers.
St Agnes Parish
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. Please use the Hand Sanitising stations provided at the entrance and exit and other points throughout the church.
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.
FACE COVERINGS IN CHURCHES
The Church leaders, including Archbishop Eamon Martin, following recent consultations with public health authorities, are formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all Masses and other liturgical celebrations, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing, from Sunday 30th August 2020, and earlier if practicable.
It should however be noted that some people are exempt from the wearing of face coverings, as outlined in public health agency guidance: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-face-coverings
It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc, is likely to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. The use of face coverings is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers and practical love for our neighbour.
With appreciation for your help and assistance in ensuring your own safety and that of your parishioners in these challenging days.
+ Noel Treanor
Bishop of Down and Connor
Recently Deceased: Anthony Zemrowsky
Anniversaries occurring about this time: Doris & Tommy Robinson & Daughter Phyllis, Jenny Thompson, Rose Macklin, John Gillespie, Richard Wilson, Samuel Cavanagh, Seamus Mc Cormick, Brendan Carey, Paul Martin Floyd.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION My Jesus, I believe that You are 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
SACRAMENTS AND CEREMONIES UPDATE Funeral Services and Requiem Mass in the presence of the deceased, with numbers according to the capacity of the Church which is 120 people and whilst observing social distancing regulations.
Weddings can be held indoors, with numbers according to the capacity of the Church, and with social distancing observed.
Baptisms with just Parents and Godparents at this time, and with social distancing observed.
PARISH OFFICE: Is now open 9am-2pm Monday – Friday. Please ring 02890 615702
Parish Envelopes: Are now available 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. Your continued helpful generosity is much appreciated. Thank you
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.
Preparation for Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion The Catechetics Council of the Irish Bishops Conference are producing a series of resources which would be very useful in the preparation of children for First Holy Communion. They will consist of three movie episodes (30mins each) with an accompanying worksheet. Episode 1 has already been uploaded and the remaining episodes will be uploaded as they become available. Episode 1: Preparing to Celebrate the Eucharist – Sacrament of Reconciliation The sacrament of Reconciliation (or as some call it ‘Confession’) is the focus for this first lesson. These series of resources could be used by parents, schools or parishes in preparing children for First Holy Communion and could form the foundation for a short refresher programme for children who will be making their First Holy Communion over the next few weeks. All episodes and resources are being made available and delivered through the iCatholic player. https://www.icatholic.ie/category/sacraments/