RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASSES IN THE PARISH OF ST AGNES’
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2021
Fri 26th March
7pm Stations of the Cross
Sat 27th March
Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week
Mass times: 10.00am
Holy Thursday 1st April
10.00am Prayer of the Church
7.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday 2nd April
10.00am Prayer of the Church
3.00pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
7.00pm Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday 3rd April
8.00pm Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday 4th April
Masses: 9.30am, and 12.30pm
Monday to Friday: 10.00am Mass
We also want to remind the faithful that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended and every person should consider carefully if returning to collective worship is the safe and appropriate step for them, at this time.
Funerals Are limited to 25 people, with no pre- or post-funeral gatherings.
Weddings Are limited to 25 people.
Baptisms Are limited to 10 people.
NB The wearing of masks at all times is compulsory in our church
STATIONS OF THE CROSS Each Friday in Lent Fr Thomas will conduct the Stations of the Cross @ 7pm
PARISH WEEKLY ENVELOPES The new weekly envelopes are now available to be collected from the church. Please use the one way system that is in operation in and out of the Church, and the Hand Sanitizing Stations when you are collecting your envelopes. If you are not on the list and would like a box of Parish envelopes please contact the Sacristy or Kate in the Parish Office ( 02890 615702)
PARISH OFFICE .. will continue, for now, to be contacted by email or telephone only ( 02890 615702 & email- firstname.lastname@example.org), and not in person. Please continue to drop any Mass offerings, SVP envelopes etc. into the postbox 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: John Mc Cormick, Bernadette Magerr RIP
Sat 27th March : 6.30pm Vigil: David Magee
Sun 28th March: 9.30am: Tom Mc Quillan, James Mc Kenna
Mon 29th March: 10am: Hugh Pollock
Tue 30th March: 10am: Priest’s intention
Wed 31st March: 10am: Sue O’Neill
Please Note -No morning Mass Holy Thurs, Good Fri or Holy Saturday
Thurs 1st April: HOLY THURSDAY 7.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Fri 2nd April: : GOOD FRIDAY : 3.00pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. 7.00pm Stations of the Cross
Sat 3rd April: EASTER VIGIL 8PM
Sun 4th April: 9.30am :EASTER SUNDAY MASS
12.30pm: Joe Devlin
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: Mona Mc Guigan, Damian Mc Guigan, Sally O’ Gorman, Rachel O’ Rawe, Dermot Mulholland
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; In you Mary placed her trust; With you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, Show yourself a father, And guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, And defend us from every evil.
The journey of discipleship
Our opening reading from Mark’s Gospel captures the elation of the crowds who welcome Jesus in Jerusalem. They spread greenery on the road in front of him, they lift their voices in praise, singing ‘Hosanna! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!’ But their hope and loyalty is short-lived, as we discover in our reading of the Passion. Jesus is left almost alone to face humiliation and death. His followers have heard his radical message of reversal and upheaval, but when it comes down to it, the challenge is too much. We are told ‘they all deserted him and ran away’. While Peter follows Jesus at a distance, he is soon denying he even knows him. Soon, the crowds are shouting for Jesus to be crucified.
We are very familiar with the Passion Gospel and it can be tempting to allow ourselves to tune out, particularly when it comes to the unpleasant parts. We do not like to think of ourselves as part of the mob shouting ‘Crucify him!’ Yet if we enter fully into the experience, we can see ourselves in the story. When things are going well, it is easy to praise God and shout ‘Hosanna!’, and promise we will not lose faith. There are other times we fall asleep, become complacent. And then there are days when we struggle, when we are confused or do not know what God expects of us or whether we are able to handle the difficult times. We pull away from God. The different disciples display this range of human reactions and emotions. This week, Holy Week, we are the disciples walking with Jesus on a journey that leads to the cross. And yet here at the cross, we find Mary Magdalene and the other female disciples, and Joseph of Arimathaea. We know the story is not over for these disciples, or for Peter and the others. The journey of discipleship is just beginning.
‘We don’t have to be able to articulate all the logic of what is happening now. But Christians walk on with the conviction that there is One who does make sense of the apparent madness of shattered human dreams.’ (Bishop Donal McKeown)
Courage Pentecost seeks to provide the solidarity within Christian Churches so we can carry out acts of courage together, supporting, inspiring and encouraging one another. On each of the 50 days between Easter Monday (5th April 2021) and Pentecost Sunday (23rd May 2021), Courage Pentecost will share an image and suggest a courageous action that can be taken in the face of sectarianism and paramilitary violence. Each step is invitational rather than aspirational. Courage Pentecost is for all of us (not just the heroic and famous few), because we can all contribute to a more reconciled society. These contributions could be anything from a private act of prayer to a public act of witness. Join us on our Pentecost Journey of Courage! Together we can step forward bravely. Sign up with your email at www.couragepentecost.com/ and we will send you all the details. #couragepentecost
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