Today marks the end of the Season of Creation, a time to remember that we are protectors of this earth and have been given responsibility to care for it, not to plunder and destroy it. The parable told in the Gospel today also speaks to this as we hear that the workers of the vineyard have lost sight of their original agreement with the owner and, consumed by greed, have lost their way.
Today is also the feast of St Francis of Assisi. He experienced all of God’s creation as family: ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Wind, Sister Water’. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who saw how intimately connected everything in this world really is. The COVID 19 crisis has reminded all of us of this deep interconnection; what happens in one part of the world affects us all as we share one common humanity and live together on a common home.
During the days of lockdown many of us became more aware of simple things like birdsong, trees, flowers, the earth resting. Pope Francis says that this deeper awareness, ‘takes us to the heart of what it is to be human’ and gives us an opportunity to regain a sense of awe and wonder for creation. ‘Just as happens when we fall in love with someone, whenever St Francis would gaze at the sun, the moon or the smallest of animals, he burst into song.’ (Laudato Si’, 11). The roots of the environmental crisis are deeply spiritual. As we bring this Season of Creation to a close, let it be a spring-board into contemplation and action where our relationship with God’s creation is concerned. This is an urgent call. And one which faith communities have a responsibility to respond to. ‘Truly much can be done!’ (Laudato Si’, 180).
COLLECTIONS Sunday 27th September weekly collection came to £1145.00 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.
FUNERALS It is known that large gatherings of people, especially at funerals, greatly increase the chances of cross-infection. We stress again the need to be extremely cautious, adhering to the instructions around numbers, social distancing, hand sanitising and the wearing of face masks. It is imperative that we all follow these rules, in order to keep everyone safe, especially the most vulnerable among us.
FACE COVERINGS IN CHURCHES All Church leaders, are 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…… …….. 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-facecoverings 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. We would ask that all those attending St. Agnes’ to please wear masks/facecoverings.
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
CONGRATULATIONS To all the boys and Girls from Holy Child P.S on making their First Holy Communion this weekend here in St Agnes’. Please keep the children in your prayers.
PRAYER INTENTIONS: We extend our sympathies to the families of those who died recently and those whose month’s mind and anniversary occur at this time.
Sat: Vigil 6.30pm: Anne Grehan, John Mc Caughey, Josie Mc Carron
Sun: 9.30am: Priest’s intention
12.30pm: Patrick Agnew
Mon: 10am: Funeral
Tue: 10am: No Mass
Wed: 10am: Jean Mc Givern
Thurs:10am: Isobel, Joe & Aidan Mc Cartney, Geroge & Kathleen Duffy
Fri: 10am: Josephine Anderson
Sat: 1pm: Margaret Dunne
In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.
RecentlyDeceased: Michael Murray, Kathleen Fegan, Theresa Brannigan
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Susan Mohan, Tony Devlin, Maureen Mc Court, Ellen Rouse, Brian McLarnon, Jim & Bridie Nulty, Pat O’ Hara, Maureen Mc Court, Margaret Mc Mullan & Mc Mullan family, Martin & Harry Sergeant, Edward Mc Keown
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY This is our chance to show love and solidarity to our global Church family. Through our prayers, we support missionaries everywhere in spreading the Good News and by donating we respond to Christ’s call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. www.wmi/wms.
World Mission Sunday will take place over the weekend of the 18th October. Worryingly, it is in jeopardy. The pandemic will mean fewer offerings for this vital collection. The implications for overseas missionaries and communities in the months ahead will be devastating. Please, if you are in a position to help, Support overseas Missionaries.
Safeguarding Sunday This year, as Bishop of the Diocese, I have designated Sunday 25 th October as ‘Safeguarding Sunday’. This will be an opportunity for all the parishes to pray together and acknowledge the dedication of hundreds of Volunteers in our parishes who serve in the ministry of Safeguarding across the Diocese. During the celebration of the Sunday liturgy we will also renew our commitment to the pastoral care of victims of abuse of every kind as well as young people and adults in our parishes. On Sunday 25 th October, 7pm, parishioners are invited to join online the celebration of Evening Prayer, led by Bishop Noel Treanor, from St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast. To join, kindly follow the links to the Cathedral webcam: http://www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral Liturgical resources for use at Masses on 24/25 th October will be made available in due course.
DAY FOR LIFE (Today, 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