St Agnes Parish Bulletin 27th September 2020

PARISH NEWS…

COLLECTIONS Sunday 20th September weekly collection came to £1450.00 Thank you for your generosity. You can also donate via the Parish website. Click Donate on the Home Page.

 

PARISH OFFICE Wish to advise parishioners that where possible, we will ask you not to enter the parish house/office to protect us and you. If you do need to enter the parish Office, we will ask you to please wear a mask and you will also need to sign in and leave your details for track and tracing purposes. This also applies for those entering the Church.

 

PARISH BULLETIN Our parish bulletin cannot be printed and given out yet but we have started to produce one that will be on the website weekly. There will also be a copy on the notice board in the porch

 

LOST PROPERTY Parishioners are advised that property left behind in the Church ( Gloves, Glasses, Umbrellas etc) will be kept in the Sacristy for two weeks. After the two week period any unclaimed items will be sensibly disposed of, either to a Charity or recycled. Please check within this period if you think you may have left/ lost anything in the Church. Thankyou

 

NB. First Holy Communion Will be held next Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th October ( Sat 3rd October @  10.00am & 12noon) ( Sunday 4th October @ 11am)  Please remember the Children in your prayers.

THERE WILL BE NO 1PM MASS ON SATURDAY 3RD OCT DUE TO THE FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

 

Remember in Prayer…

 

MASS INTENTIONS

Sat: Vigil 6.30pm: Ellen Rouse, Brian McLarnon

Sun: 9.30am: Jim & Bridie Nulty, Pat O’ Hara

12.30pm: Susan Mohan, Tony Devlin, Maureen Mc Court

Mon: 10am: Priest’s intention

Tue: 10am: No Mass

Wed: 10am:Priest’s  intention

Thurs:10am: Priest’s intention

Fri: 10am:Priest’s  intention 

Sat: First Holy Communion 10am & 12pm ( Sun 11am) * NO 1PM MASS ON SAT  3RD OCTOBER*

In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.

 

RecentlyDeceased: Sr. Mairead Bradley C.P, Michael Moran, Pauline Mc Kiernan, Terry Armstrong.

 

Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Dympna O’Rourke, Shelagh & Desmond Schiess, John Hannaway,May & Jack Tierney, Augustine Breen, Monica Mc Cotter

 

HAIRCUT FOR HABITAT (Fr Raymond McCullagh) After over six months, Fr Raymond is shedding his lockdown locks to unlock the door to a better future for families in Ethiopia. All funds raised will help build houses as part of a special Habitat for Humanity Global Village partnership with Ethiopia. If you would like to support this appeal, please use the link below. Your donations will help build hope and safe homes for those most vulnerable in our Covid-19 world. Ameseginalehu! (Thank you in Ethiopian language – Amharic) www.habitatni.enthuse.com/pf/raymond-haircut-for-habitat

 

QUB CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY REOPENS The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s reopens on Monday 21 September. As well as various groups and societies, our Chapel, food bar and study space are open throughout the academic year. Wherever you are on your faith journey, know that we are here for you. www.qubcatholic.org or drop by for a coffee and chat at 28 Elmwood Avenue.

 

DAY FOR LIFE (04th October) Pledge – “As a Catholic, I promise to foster a culture of welcome and acceptance of new life. I will pray and work for better legal protection for pregnant women and the child in the womb”. “Hope in Him, hold firm and take heart”. Psalm 27

 

Visiting HospitalAll visiting across all Southern Trust hospitals and sites has been suspended for the time being. The Trust is encouraging virtual visits, e.g, through smartphones, tablets, etc. Those who might need help setting this up can contact the Virtual Visiting Co-ordinator on 07776516419, from 9am – 5pm daily. Emergency, on-call chaplaincy cover remains in place.

 

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS:  The First Saturday Devotions will take place  in St. Matthias’s Church, Glen Road, On Saturday 3rd October. 3.00pm. Adoration, Confession, Rosary and Act of Consecration.  4.00pm. Mass

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS …is for individuals from any faith background (and none) who want to explore the Catholic faith. Weekly in St. Mary’s Church, Chapel Lane, starting 15th October at 7pm. Email rcia@downandconnor.org or ring Fionnuala on 07702073895.

 

MARY’S MEALS Mary’s Meals is a global movement which sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Email info@marysmeals.org to find out how to donate.

 

               Good intentions

During the recent ‘lockdown’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people found themselves turning to nature. There was a surge of interest in gardening. We tended to flower beds, planted seeds, started herb gardens. Lots of people commented that they noticed the birds singing for the first time in years. In the midst of challenging times, we found ourselves tuning in to the wonder of God’s creation all around us.

     As life begins to return to ‘normal’, can we retain this sense of wonder and awe? In this Season of Creation, we are invited to discover the presence of God in creation, to give thanks for the gift of the earth, and to change our ways so that we may live in harmony with creation. This requires us to be constantly conscious of how we are living – to not just have good intentions but to follow through in our actions.

     In today’s gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the two sons who are asked to go and work in their father’s vineyard. The first son initially refuses, but then thinks better of it and gets to work. While the second son has good intentions, he doesn’t follow through. When it comes to caring for the earth, good intentions are not enough. Our actions matter. We may have been careless in the past but a change of heart is happening, right across our society. It all starts with our actions, as individuals and communities. As we emerge from a challenging few months, let us use the Season of Creation to reflect on how we can do better – to reconnect with God’s beautiful creation and do all we can to love and preserve it.

 

 

 

 

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