PARISH WEBCAM Please be aware that live streaming of all Masses takes place in St Agnes Church and will be recorded. Please go to CHURCH SERVICES and click on ( find a church) type in St Agnes Church Andersonstown and there you will see our Webcam. You can also access the webcam through our website (www.stagnesparishbelfast.com) on the Homepage . Just click on WEBCAM
The Diocese of Down and Connor is on FaceBook
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 and our Webcam 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.. email@example.com or telephone 02890 615702 0r 07850685870 only, and not in person. Thank you.
N.B There will be no 10am Mass on Monday 25th Jan due to Funeral at 1pm
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: John ( Gerry ) Kayes, May Sergeant, Therese ( Terry) Anderson, Joseph Peoples, Brian Eastwood ( United States)
Sat: 10am: Priest’s intention
Sun: 9.30am: Celine Mc Grattan ( 1st Anniversary)
Mon: 1pm: Funeral Mass of Therese ( Terry ) Anderson
Tue: 10am: Priest’s intention
Wed: 10am: Funeral Mass of May Sergeant
Thurs:10am: Priest’s Intention
Fri: 10am: Priest’s Intention
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: Kathleen Montgomery, Deirdre Maguire, Fr Conleth Byrne, Donal & Annie Burke, Anne Maguire, Betty Burgoyne
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
ST. AGNES, VIRGIN AND MARTYR Feast Day was 21st January. St. Agnes, wealthy and beautiful, was martyred for her virginity, in the last persecutions in Rome, in the early 4th Century. St. Agnes is patron of bethrothed couples, gardeners and young girls.
SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD – 24 JANUARY In 2019, Pope Francis declared that the third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be observed as a special day devoted to “the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”
4 CORNERS FESTIVAL BELFAST (31 Jan – 7 Feb) Because of the pandemic, it is a purely on-line project with all events being available in the comfort of your home via “live” video streaming services such as Facebook and YouTube. The theme is Breathe… The Hebrew word Ruach means ‘breath’ or ‘spirit’ – the source of life, and the festival aims to breathe hope and creativity into Belfast and further afield at a very difficult time. The keynote speaker is Prof John Paul Lederach, the internationally renowned author and conflict transformation expert from the University of Notre Dame in the United States. Morning and Night Prayer will be streamed throughout the festival. Night Prayer will be led by Jim Deeds, a pastoral worker in Down and Connor and his colleague, Paula McKeown, Director of the Diocesan Living Church Office, will facilitate a workshop on resilience. There will be discussions on topics such as domestic abuse and racism and one of the moderators will be Seamus McKee. www.4cornersfestival.com.
ACCORD RECRUITMENT Full time Director sought, based in the Columba Centre, Maynooth. If you are interested in taking on a key leadership position, and would like more information, please contact Maria McCaffrey at firstname.lastname@example.org. The current closing date for this role is 27th January 2021.
FAMILY ENRICHMENT IRELAND ‘Marital Love’ is an online course, running February – June 2021. 5 online case-study sessions, mainly via Zoom. For more information about the course or to register, contact email@example.com
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
24 January 2021 • Sunday of the Word of God
Now is the time
More than 50 years ago, in his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, Martin Luther King Jr talked about ‘the fierce urgency of now’. He urged people to take positive action and to march forward together to address inequality and injustice, and his energy and conviction brought about massive change.
That sense of ‘fierce urgency’ seems to grab Jesus and the disciples in today’s Gospel. In the opening chapters of Mark’s Gospel everything happens ‘at once’ or immediately. There is a sense of hurry; the time has come, the kingdom of God is near, and Jesus needs helpers to work alongside him. Simon, Andrew, James and John are certainly ready, so ready that they are prepared to leave behind their livelihoods, and even their families, to attend to the urgent business of spreading the Good News.
Jesus asks the same of us, his modern-day disciples: ‘Follow me’. We are summoned too. We are challenged to set aside our worldly concerns, to see the world in a new way, and to begin a new adventure with Jesus. For every person in our world who is suffering or oppressed or in need, there is a ‘fierce urgency of now’. The work of the kingdom is too immediate to wait.
‘This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilising drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children… The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.’
Martin Luther King Jr