St Agnes Parish Bulletin 28th February 2021

Parish News…

 

ST AGNES’ CHURCH On  Monday 1st March the present church of St Agnes’, built by the late Fr. Robert Denver will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its dedication by Bishop William Philbin. We especially remember the generosity and vision of all those who made the present church possible 40 years ago.

 

COLLECTION The collection for 22nd Feb amounted to  £2396.00  Thank you for your contribution. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page aswell . 

 

PARISH WEBCAM Live streaming of all Masses takes place in a St. Agnes’ Church.  click on the webcam tile on the Home Page of the Parish website www.stagnesbelfast.com.

 

RECORDINGS Please note, all funerals will be recorded. Please tell us if you do not want your loved one’s funeral recorded.

 

DIOCESAN PRIVACY POLICY The Privacy Policy for the Diocese of Down and Connor is available in the Safeguarding section of the Parish website. 

 

COVID UPDATE In light of the extension to the current lockdown, until 1st April 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. 

 

PARISH OFFICE To reduce the risk of infection, the Parish Office can be contacted by email or telephone only, and not in person. (02890 615702 or email st.agnes.belfast@gmail.com) Please continue to drop any Mass offerings, SVP envelopes etc into the letterbox outside the Parish Office. Thank you.

 

NB The wearing of masks is mandatory in our church

 

MASS TIMES DURING LENT Daily Parish Mass (Via Webcam & Parish Radio only at present) will continue as normal:- 

MIDWEEK + WEEKEND  MASSES : Monday – Saturday @10am  &   Sunday @ 9.30am

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS  Each Friday in Lent Fr Thomas will conduct the Stations of the Cross @ 7pm ( Via our Webcam )   The contact details for the text used for the Stations of the Cross on Friday 26 February, written by Rosaleen McGuinness, is:  pilgrimcentre@hotmail.com  Proceeds support the Catholic Missions based at The Pilgrim Centre in Fatima.

 

TRÓCAIRE BOXES Available for collection at Church Porch. Perhaps you could take one for a friend or neighbour too.

 

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: Nora Toland  (Funeral Mass 12pm Sat 27th Feb)
Christopher Donaghy (Funeral Mass 12noon on Tuesday 2nd March)

Sun: 9.30am:Kathleen Evans, Sadie O’ Neill, Rory Mc Dermott, Fiona Keatings

Mon: 10am: Holy Souls

Tue: 10am: Special intention

Wed: 10am: Special intention

Thurs:10am: Teresa Monaghan, son Michael & daughter Margaret Thornton

Fri: 10am: Gerry Kayes, Harry Hughes

Sat: 10am:Julia Healy  

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: Maggie Corrigan,  John & Owen Farrelly, Leo & Kathleen Mc Kenna & May Bill Mc Kenna, Richard Maguire, Margaret Pollock 

 

 

 

Transfiguration

Can you recall a time when you had an ‘aha moment’? One of those moments when something suddenly makes perfect sense to you. It may have been a long time coming, a combination of various pieces of a jigsaw fitting together or it may be an insight you received from spiritual practice. These are special moments. We are never quite the same afterwards, something changes, even a small thing, but something in us changes. These moments move us outside of ourselves or beyond ourselves in some way. They are moments of transfiguration. 

In the Gospel today, Peter is desperate to stay on the mountain in that blissful moment with Jesus, so much so that he offers to build tents. One can understand Peter’s request, after such an experience of course he would want to stay there. What moments of encounter in your own life do you recall? An encounter where you simply did not want it to end? It may be something very deep and meaningful which gave you a glimpse of God or a moment of complete contentment? 

As with all blissful moments, the disciples must come down from the mountaintop. Jesus’ way involves walking a very different path, a path that will not be so easy. Jesus’ way is different to what Peter may have had in mind. These moments of Transfiguration strengthen us all for walking the more difficult paths, sustaining us on the way. 

‘The Lord is more constant and far more extravagant than it seems to imply. Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see. Only, who could have the courage to see it?’ (Marilynne Robinson)

DIOCESAN VOCATION WEEKEND

Have you ever considered the possibility that God is calling you to the priesthood? If so, take this opportunity to gather online with other men who are discerning their vocation. This virtual retreat will create the time and space to help you discern God’s calling in your life.

The retreat will take place from the evening of Friday 19th – Saturday 20th March 2021. If you wish to register your interest in joining this retreat or would like further information contact: Fr. Kevin McGuckien – Tel: 02890614567 or email:vocations@downandconnor.org

 

 

 

RIGHT TO LIFE UK Please visit www.equallyhuman.org to ask your MLA to vote to stop abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities including Down’s Syndrome.

 

 

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: marriageencounter.ie or 028276 38512

 

 

Living Youth will be posting an activity for young people to engage in, which will have a video outlining the activity, a task/ guidance for those aged 11-14 to complete and a task/guidance for those aged 15-18 to complete. The themes for each week are:

Week 1 – Fasting from Consumerism

Week 2 – Mental Wellbeing with the 4 Corners Festival

Week 3 – Social Awareness with Habitat for Humanity

Week 4 – Digital Fasting for Mother’s Day

Week 5 – Praying with Your Parish

Week 6 – Almsgiving to a Foodbank

Week 7 – Praying for Our Church (Mass of Chrism)

Week 8 – Pilgrimage to Your Parish (Easter Week) The full programme and resources can be found at: https://www.livingyouth.co.uk/lent-2021-resources The weekly activities for participants will be posted at https://www.livingyouth.co.uk/lent-2021 and on the Living Youth Facebook & Instagram.

 

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