St Agnes Parish Bulletin 17th January 2021

Parish News…

Following announcements on Thursday 7th January 2021 all Public Worship has been stopped.

In St Agnes’ Parish Fr Thomas will continue to celebrate Mass but behind closed doors as instructed by the Diocese.  These Masses will be broadcast on the Parish Radio and Fr Thomas will keep us informed of any further developments.

The Church will be open for private prayer from 10.30am until 2pm.
When visiting the Church it is necessary to sanitize hands,
wipe the seats  and follow the one-way system.
The wearing of face masks is COMPULSORY in the Church.

 

Weekly Collection  28th Dec 2020  £825

Weekly Collection 4th Jan 2021  £1050

Christmas Collection £1185.00

 

In line with the decision by the Northern Bishops, all public Masses are suspended until 6th February 2021. Mass will be broadcast via our Parish Radio, as follows:-

WEEKEND MASSES: Sat 10am, Sun  9.30am

MIDWEEK MASS : Monday – Friday @ 10am

CONFESSION: Has been suspended.

PERSONAL PRAYER: Monday – Sunday, 10.30am – 2pm. NB Adoration has been suspended for this current period.

FUNERALS: Will continue to be limited to 25 people INCLUDING PRIEST & MUSICIANS, with no pre- or postfuneral gatherings.

WEDDINGS: Will continue to be limited to 25 people.

BAPTISMS: Will continue to be limited to Parents and Godparents only

PARISH OFFICE: To reduce the risk of infection, the Parish Office can be contacted by email.. st.agnes.belfast@gmail.com or telephone 02890 615702 0r 07850685870 only, and not in person.  Thank you.

 

 

Come and see

There is a Brazilian proverb used when a visitor is leaving one’s home: ‘Whoever drinks of this water keeps coming back’. Offering a beverage such as a cup of water or tea to a visitor is a universal gesture of welcome and hospitality. Today we hear how Jesus invites two of his disciples to ‘come and see’ where he lives. He welcomes them into his home and they stay with him for the rest of the day, undoubtedly eating and drinking and conversing with him. Jesus’ invitation is simple, yet intimate. We don’t know where he lived or what his living arrangements were, but we know he wanted his friends to spend time with him and get to know him. This precious early time with Jesus must have set his friends up for a lifetime of discipleship. We too are invited to ‘come and see’, to spend time with the Scriptures and in prayer to get to know Jesus. He welcomes us with open arms.

     As we reflect on the inviting love of Jesus, we are also encouraged to extend a warm welcome to others in a spirit of friendship. Pope Francis has often spoken of our responsibility, as individuals, communities and church, to welcome everyone – including those who are homeless or who have been forced to leave their home or country. Our welcome is a response to the Lord’s supreme commandment to love the other, the stranger, as ourselves. We all have opportunities to do this in our communities.

‘Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.’

Pope Francis

 

 

 

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.

Recently Deceased: May  Sergeant 

 

Sat: 10am: Priest’s intention

Sun: 9.30am: Kathleen Montgomery, Deirdre Maguire, Fr Conleth Byrne, Donal & Annie Burke

Mon: 10am: Priest’s intention

Tue: 10am: Priest’ intention

Wed: 10am: Priest’s intention 

Thurs:10am:  Anne Maguire

Fri: 10am: Betty Burgoyne

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

 

Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Hugh Madill, Henrietta Turner, Ann Kelly, Rosina Kelly, Siobhan Byrne- Scott, Joseph Pettigrew, Kitty Mc Areavey, Joanne Mc Areavey, Kathleen Mc Carthy, Henry Gribbin, Thomas Mc Nally

 

        Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!

 

 

 

POPE FRANCIS’S NEW YEAR’S DAY ADDRESS Pope Francis said the coronavirus pandemic has taught the world “how much it is necessary to take an interest in others’ problems and to share their concerns,” which in turn leads to peace. The pontiff’s wish is that 2021 is “a year of peace, a year of hope.” It is up to everyone to take “by the hand those who need a comforting word, a tender gesture,” he said, and if “we begin to be in peace with ourselves,” it will spread to “those who are near us.”

POPE’S INTENTION FOR JANUARY Evangelization: – Human Fraternity May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS The Pope Francis List -

Don’t gossip -Finish your meals -Make time for others -Choose the “more humble” purchase -Meet the poor “in the flesh” -Stop judging others -Befriend those who disagree -Make commitments, such as marriage -Make it a habit to “ask the Lord” -Be happy

 

CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK (18 – 25 January) Theme – “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”. www.ctbi.org.uk

 

 

MILES FOR MARY’S MEALS CAMPAIGN This is the perfect way to fulfil your new year’s resolutions, while making a long-lasting difference to the world’s poorest children. Simply set yourself an active challenge and make a donation, or ask for sponsorship from friends and family for every mile that you achieve. And thanks to Double The Love, your miles will go even further! Give until 31 January 2021, and the UK government will match public donations, up to £2 million, helping us to reach more hungry children in Liberia.

 

 

Preparing for Marriage?

Catholic Engaged Encounter

A ‘Zoom’ online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 27-28 March 2021.
This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship.
Information/Booking: www.marriageencounter.ie or phone 028276 38512

 

4 Corners Festival Belfast
Promoting reconciliation 31st Jan – 7th Feb 2021
Online streaming on Facebook and twitter due to the
pandemic. For further information visit: www.4cornersfestival.com

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