ST AGNES PARISH BULLETIN 14TH MARCH 2021

Parish News…

 

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. 

 

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. 

PARISH OFFICE Will be closed on Wednesday 17th March and will re-open on Thursday 18th

 

 

MOTHER’S DAY : Fr Thomas would like to wish all our Mother’s in the Parish a very Happy Mother’s Day !

 

ST PATRICKS DAY MASSES : Tuesday 16th Vigil 6.30pm & Wednesday 17th 10am (via Webcam and Parish Radio only )

 

 

 

• Please Stay Home !

• Wear a Mask !

• Keep Apart !

• Wash Your Hands !

 

 

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:  Joseph Devlin

David Magee  RIP ( Funeral Mass 10am Saturday 13th March )

Sun 14th March: 9.30am: Anthony Kelly

Mon 15th March: 10am: Sarah Gribbin

Tue 16th March: 10am: Priest’s intention

6.30pm: Jim Cunningham & Mary Heaney

Wed 17th March St Patricks’ Day : 10am: Liam Donnelly

Thurs 18th March:10am: Priest’s intention

Fri 19th March: 10am: Frank Hernan 

Sat 20th March: 10am: Rory Fennell, Terry Gillen

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: Isobel & Joseph Johnston, John & Nina Friel & Imelda Mc Nulty,Lily Mc Donnell, Margaret Leckey, Maureen Cunningham, Peter Cunningham, Philip & Sarah Mc Glinchey

Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!

Out into the light

Today, the ‘middle’ Sunday of Lent, is known as Laetare Sunday – Laetare means ‘Rejoice!’ We tend not to think of Lent as a time to rejoice, but signs of joy are central at Mass today, such as the use of flowers on the altar and rose-coloured vestments for the priest instead of the usual Lenten purple. The shadow of the cross still looms large, but we look forward with hope to Easter, when light will conquer the darkness.

     We are offered an opportunity today to pause and reflect on our Lenten journey. In our gospel we hear that ‘the [person] who lives by the truth comes out into the light’. On the other hand, Jesus says that those who ‘prefer darkness to the light’ live in fear that their actions will be exposed.

     We hear a lot of talk these days about transparency. We have seen the damage caused by those whose private actions gravely contradict the message they proclaim in the public sphere. Some questions we might ask ourselves this Lent are: Am I living a truthful life ‘in the light’? Am I honest in my dealings with others, trying always to choose what is right and just, or are there things I do in secret that are unkind or dishonest? Am I attentive to the needs of others or am I more inclined to think of myself? Lent offers us the opportunity to step out into the light, to allow the light of Jesus to sweep away any darkness or destructive habits and to begin again.

‘We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence, and we are able share it with others; when we know when to smile with those who smile, and weep with those who weep; when we accompany those who are sad and at risk of losing hope; when we recount our experience of faith to those who are searching for meaning and happiness… and there – with our attitude, with our witness, with our life – we say ‘Jesus is Risen,’ with our soul.’ (Pope Francis)

 

 

 

MORE IDEAS FOR LENT Give Up – Sweets, caffeine, fast food, make-up, social media, gossip, complaining, cursing or the snooze button. Take Up – volunteer, give to charity, Trócaire box, give compliments, look out for the lonely at school, care for the environment. Prayer – pray for someone every day, say the rosary, light a candle, meditate, read scripture, give thanks for 5 things every day

 

LOUGH DERG- Sunday 21st March RTE Studio Broadcast Mass at 11am will be celebrated by Msgr La Flynn, Prior of Lough Derg along with the Lough Derg Pastoral and Music teams. The Mass will be offered for the Lough Derg pilgrim family near and far. Tune into RTE 1 Television or RTE Radio 1 Extra.

 

DIOCESAN VOCATION WEEKEND Virtual Retreat Friday 19th – Saturday 20th March 2021. To register or for more information, contact: Fr. Kevin McGuckien – Tel: 02890614567 email: vocations@downandconnor.org

 

 

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