NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THURSDAY 11TH FEB
FRIDAY 5TH FEB 10AM NOVENA MASS & 7PM ROSARY
SATURDAY 6TH FEB 10AM NOVENA MASS & 7PM ROSARY
SUNDAY 7TH FEB 9.30AM NOVENA MASS & 7PM ROSARY
MONDAY 8TH FEB 10AM NOVENA MASS & 7PM ROSARY
TUESDAY 9TH FEB 10AM NOVENA MASS & 7pm ROASRY
WEDNESDAY 10TH FEB 10AM NOVENA MASS & 7PM ROSARY
THURSDAY 11TH FEB 10AM NOVENA MASS & 7PM ROSARY
ALL VIA OUR PARISH WEBCAM AND PARISH RADIO
COLLECTIONS The collection on the 1st Feb came to £2055.00 . Thank you for your contribution. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page aswell .
COVID UPDATE In light of the extension to the current lockdown, until 5th March 2021, Mass will be broadcast online via the webcam and Parish Radio, as follows:-
MIDWEEK + WEEKEND MASSES : Monday – Saturday @10am, Sunday @ 9.30am
CONFESSION Has been suspended.
PERSONAL PRAYER:Monday – Sunday, 10.30am – 2pm. NB Adoration has been suspended for this current period.
FUNERALS: Are currently limited to 25 people, with no pre- or postfuneral gatherings.
WEDDINGS: Are currently limited to 25 people.
BAPTISMS: Are currently limited to Parents and Godparents every second and fourth Sunday of the month.
NB The wearing of masks is mandatory in our church
PARISH OFFICE To reduce the risk of infection, the Parish Office can be contacted by email or telephone only, and not in person. Please continue to drop any Mass offerings, SVP envelopes etc. into the letterbox outside the Parish Office. Thank you.
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: Una Bateson, Bernadette Press
Sat: 10am: Harry & Mary Bradley, James Higginson
Sun: 9.30am: Rosaleen & Frank O’ Prey, Maria Mc Comish
Mon: 10am: John Clayton
12pm: Funeral Mass of Teresa Spence RIP
Tue: 10am: Joseph Hughes
Wed: 10am: Brian Fitzsimmons
Thurs:10am: Patrick Herald
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, Eileen Clayton
Jesus the Healera
In today’s Gospel we read about Jesus’ first healing in Mark’s Gospel. Jesus hears of the illness of the mother of Simon’s wife and goes to her. Due to the purity laws of his time this scene would have been considered controversial. His first healing is of a woman and we are told that he touches her, raises her up; he completely restores her to health. Many of his actions here would have been considered inappropriate.
The ‘whole city’ was crowded around the door as many people wanted to be healed. What a commotion! Jesus, very early on in his ministry is clearly a very popular and attractive figure. Another important aspect of this story is that Jesus does not remain comfortable in this house. He keeps moving, keeps going outward. This requires so much energy and an outpouring of love for those in need. Jesus shows us in today’s Gospel what it takes to stay energised for our various ministries: quiet time and space for real encounter with God. Even then, the people hunted for him and said, ‘Everyone is searching for you’, and still today, everyone is searching.
We too are called to bring healing to others in any way that we can, to those who are seeking, those who are lost, those who are isolated. Jesus shows us that to do this we must be connected to that Divine Presence within us and in our world. Today we can ask ourselves, what do I need healing from? Bring this to Jesus in prayer. And also, how can I reach out, with a healing presence, to others, especially during this time of pandemic?
‘I ask God to prepare our hearts to encounter our brothers and sisters, so that we may overcome our differences rooted in political thinking, language, culture and religion. Let us ask him to anoint our whole being with the balm of his mercy, which heals the injuries caused by mistakes, misunderstandings, and disputes. And let us ask him for the grace to send us forth, in humility and meekness, along the demanding but enriching path of seeking peace’. (Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, 254)
LENTEN PIONEER PLEDGE
Many people choose to abstain from alcohol during Lent. Why not take this opportunity to perhaps help yourself or someone you know with an alcohol or drug problem by offering your sacrifice for freedom from addiction? Please consider taking the short- term Lenten Pledge and make a difference to someone’s life and say the following daily prayer.
PRAYER:” I promise in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary to abstain from all alcoholic drink during Lent.”
Ask your MP to sign a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain A new parliamentary motion (EDM 1340) is calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain. The evidence that babies can feel pain in the womb, and during many abortions, highlights the humanity of the unborn child and provides another important reason to introduce legislation to protect the unborn child from abortion. Right To Life UK have set up an easy-to-use tool which makes it simple to contact your MP, and ask them to sign this motion calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain. It only takes 30 seconds using this easy-to-use tool. This tool can be accessed by visiting the link : www.righttolife.org.uk/FetalPainMotion
POPE’S INTENTION FOR FEBRUARY Violence Against Women We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society, and have their sufferings considered and heeded.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 028276 38512