St Agnes Parish Bulletin 31st January 2021




Due to the restrictions caused by Covid19, the 2021 Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes will consist of the Novena Prayers being led by Fr Thomas at each Scheduled Mass time from Wednesday 3rd to Thursday 11th February, and each evening at 7pm  Fr Thomas will lead the Rosary and recite the Novena Prayers. For this years Novena any Petitions or Thanksgivings can also be made online,  and anyone wishing to do so please send them to our parish email at  



Ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings. Look on us with love and pity. You appeared at the Grotto of Lourdes and made it a holy sanctuary of prayer and healing grace. Many sufferers have already been healed in soul and body. We come, therefore, with complete confidence to implore your intercession. Most Loving Mother, obtain for us the graces we seek. We will endeavour always to imitate your virtues that we may one day rejoice with you in the glory of heaven.




Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son in the Eucharist; and the gift of your Spirit in our lives. We thank you for sending us your Son, Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary. We are grateful for the many gifts we have received through her intercession, and we especially thank you for the many gifts of healing. In our gratitude may we share your gifts with those whose lives we touch and so make our homes and parishes places of healing and peace. We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord.


In light of the extension to the current lockdown, the Irish Bishops have agreed that public Masses are now suspended until 5th March 2021 .


Statement by the Northern Catholic Bishops Re extension of the Covid-19 Shut-down by the Northern Ireland Executive to 5th March 2021.

 The Northern Ireland Executive took the unanimous decision to extend the current Covid-19 restrictions until Friday 5th March 2021. This decision was based on the strong recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Advisor, as a result of the continued extremely high level of transmission of the Covid-19 virus throughout the community (which over these last four weeks had not reduced to the level that had been hoped for), along with the increasing numbers in hospital and intensive care. In the light of this decision, and on the basis of the clear and unequivocal public health advice that people should continue to stay at home, the Northern Catholic Bishops have decided that, until 5 March (but subject to ongoing review in line with any change to the public health advice), the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgies should continue to take place without the physical presence of the faithful. Marriage, funeral, baptismal liturgies and drive-in services may continue (subject to strict safety guidelines and regulations). Arrangements for recording and/or livestreaming and making individual visits for private prayer are also permissible in accordance with regulations. We encourage parishes, where possible, to continue to broadcast the celebration of Mass – and other devotions and prayer services – online and on other media, knowing that faith and prayer can be a tremendous support to individuals and society during these difficult times. We once more make this decision reluctantly, conscious of the pain that not being able to gather for public worship causes for all the faithful, but in the hope that this period of sacrifice is inspired by the command of Jesus to love our neighbours and undertaken for the protection of life and health and for the Common Good. We continue to ask for prayers for the sick, the bereaved and all those whose livelihoods have been particularly impacted by the pandemic. We keep especially in mind all health workers, carers, chaplains and other essential workers. We welcome the announcement that a similar position is being taken by the leaders of the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland and many other denominations and faith communities in response to the unequivocal message from public health authorities that as many people as possible stay at home at this time.

Most Rev Noel Treanor DD Bishop of Down and Connor


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 OUR NEW WEBCAM . 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.

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 post funeral 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.. or telephone 02890 615702 0r 07850685870 only, and not in person.  Thank you.


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 (  on the Homepage . Just click on WEBCAM 

DIOCESAN PRIVACY POLICY The Privacy Policy for the Diocese of Down and Connor is available on our Parish website.


The Diocese of Down and Connor is available on FaceBook to view


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: Pat ( Patrick ) Shannon, Therese ( Terry ) Anderson, May Sergeant

Sat: 10am: Deirdre O’ Neill ( ill)

Sun: 9.30am: Priest’s intention

Mon: 10am: Bobby Rooney ( Month’s Mind ) 

Tue: 10am: Priest’s  intention

Wed: 10am: Eileen Clayton 

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: Celine Mc Grattan, Mary & Dan Doran

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

31 January 2021

Genuine authority

But man, proud man,

Dress’d in a little brief authority,

Most ignorant of what he’s most assur’d…’

Measure for Measure –
William Shakespeare


We probably wouldn’t have to think too hard to come with examples of people who seem to fit the above description. Puffed up with a sense of their own importance, they are anxious to be seen as the expert on everything, in spite of limited knowledge or experience. We tend to criticise politicians and other public figures if we feel they are blind to the struggles of ordinary people. They don’t know what it’s like, to example, to live on a minimum wage, to care for a family member with a disability, or to be at risk of homelessness. On the other hand, it is refreshing when those in power have either faced some of these issues themselves or have made the effort to do some research and really listen to people. We can tell when someone is speaking with genuine authority, care and compassion.

     In today’s gospel, those who listen to Jesus’ teaching in the synagogue know there is something different and exciting about him. His teaching is in sharp contrast to the scribes they are used to hearing, and makes a deep impression on them. The difference, as stated twice in this passage, is his authority and it leaves his audience ‘astonished’. He does not use his position the way we might use our ‘little brief authority’ to make ourselves look good. Instead he uses his authority to serve, to love, and to bring mercy and freedom.



Pope Francis: COVID-19 Vaccine In an interview that aired Jan. 10, Pope Francis spoke about getting the COVID-19 vaccine the next week, and urged others to do the same. “I believe that ethically everyone should take the vaccine,” the Pope said in an interview with TV station Canale 5. “It is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others.” In December, he urged countries to make vaccines “available to everyone” during his Christmas message.

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