St Agnes’ Parish Bulletin 7th March 2021

PARISH NEWS…

 

WEBCAM  We would like to acknowledge the donations that have assisted for the costs of installing our new webcam

 

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 )   

 

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. 

 

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

 

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

 

TRÓCAIRE CAMPAIGN Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. Trócaire are appealing to you to continue your support this Lent. Resources, prayers and videos are available on www.trocaire.org and donations can be made to the Lent campaign in the following ways:

1. Online at www.trocaire.org/donations/now/

2. By phone: 0800 912 1200 (Northern Ireland) The contents of each and every Trócaire donation, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.

 3. Or returning your Trocaire box to your Parish

 

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
Christopher Donaghy,

Joseph Devlin ( Funeral Mass 10am Monday 8th March )

Sun 7th March: 9.30am:Maureen Cunningham, Peter Cunningham

Mon 8th March: 10am: Funeral Mass of Joseph Devlin RIP

Tue 9th March: 10am: Kathleen O’ Reilly

Wed 10th March: 10am: Priest’s intention

Thurs 11th March:10am: Priest’s intention

Fri 12th March: 10am:  John & Nina Friel & Imelda Mc Nulty

Sat 13th March: 10am:Lily Mc Donnell, Margaret Leckey  

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 Evans, Sadie O Neill, Rory Mc Dermott, Fiona Keatings, Rita Bloomer, Pat Kennedy, Teresa Monaghan, son Michael & daughter Margaret Thornton, Harry Hughes, Julia Healy

 

 

A question of authority

It is tough at times to figure out who has authority on certain issues. There are ‘experts’ everywhere, telling us how we should eat, exercise, manage our finances… the list goes on. Something that has struck me during the current pandemic is how hard it can be to know who to believe. We hear from doctors and virologists, politicians and economists, and their opinions don’t always align. It can take us a while to trust the voices we hear in the media.

     The Temple scene in today’s gospel sparks a debate about Jesus’ authority. While he certainly cuts an authoritative figure as he drives out the stall-holders and money-changers, he is immediately questioned. The Jews demand a sign to explain his provocative words and actions, as if to say ‘Who do you think you are?’ It is interesting to note that in John’s Gospel, this scene takes place at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (unlike the Synoptic Gospels where it comes towards the end). This would explain the disbelief of the witnesses.

     In calling the Temple ‘my Father’s house’ Jesus identifies the source of his authority. But his interrogators do not understand, nor do his disciples, though we are told it later makes sense to them after the resurrection. This scene offers more than an angry Jesus and a clueless audience. It is a public revelation of Jesus’ identity and authority, as the one in whom God’s presence dwells. It also emphasises the radical new way of living that Jesus has come to bring about. As we journey through Lent, we ask ourselves where the message of Jesus has become obstructed in our lives, and how we might open our hearts again to his presence and guidance.

‘I invite all Christians, everywhere, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them… The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realise that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.’ (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)

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

 

The Diocese are undertaking a Pilot Scheme in relation to online ministry with children and young people. Whilst this is an exciting opportunity for children and young people there are Safeguarding challenges that need to be considered and managed. At this stage only parishes participating in the Pilot Scheme can undertake online ministry with children and young people. A review of the Pilot Scheme will be undertaken.

 

MEET A MONK  A virtual evening from Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone, 11th March 2021 7:00 pm.  This online information session, followed by an opportunity for Q&A, will provide some insights into this monastic way of living. It is an opportunity to take a first step in exploring a Cistercian vocation. The event is facilitated via Zoom and those who wish to attend should email bethlehemcistercianfamily@gmail.com in advance of the meeting for details. Please note that this event is aimed at those in Britain and Ireland considering a vocation to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. 

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