St Agnes’ Parish Bulletin 25th April 2021

PARISH MASS TIMES 

Monday, Wednesday,  Thursday  &  friday @10am. 

 N.B  NO  10am Mass on a Tuesday

Saturday @ 1pm & 6.30pm

Sunday @ 9.30am & 12.30pm

 

COLLECTION The collection for 18th April  amounted to  £2835.00.  Thank you for your contribution. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page aswell .

 

DIOCESAN COLLECTIONS

Needy Parishes £200

Catholics in the Holy Land £ 1375

Trocaire  £8025.00

Easter £715

Thank you for your continued generosity and support.

 

PARISH OFFICE .. will continue, for now, to be contacted by email or telephone only ( 02890 615702 & email- st.agnes.belfast@gmail.com), and not in person. Thank you.

Restrictions and Guidelines for attending Mass in Agnes’

 Face Coverings are mandatory when entering and exiting the church and should be worn throughout services.

 The seating capacity of the Church is 120;

 Observe social distancing and use the sanitizer at the Church Entrance;

 Take a seat and remain there until the end of Mass; children must remain with their parents, and in the seat, at all times;

 Do not sit beside anyone who is not a member of your household;

 When leaving the Church follow the instructions and leave according to the indicated “One-way” system;

 Anyone with cold-like symptoms must not enter the Church;

 Those with under lying health issues are advised to remain at home;

 Toilet facilities are not available;

 Holidaymakers returning from other countries should not attend mass for two weeks.

 From Monday 12th April – Funerals and Weddings can increase to the current capacity of the Church (120 persons)

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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 : Margaret Barr, Maura Larmour, Jim Allison, Jean Mc Cartney

Sat 24th April : 6.30pm: Kieran & Annie Marshall, Jean Quinn, Martha & Edwin Leddy, Jane Mc Ilwee

Sun 25th April: 9.30am: Peter Mc Evoy, Mary Mc Cann, Marie O’ Hara

12.30pm: Tony Gilmore, Sadie Dowling, Sadie & Gerry O’ Neill

Mon 26th April: 10am:Terry Montgomery

Tue 27th April: 10am:No Mass

Wed 28th April: 10am: Priest’s intention

First confessions @1pm

Thurs 29th April:10am:Priest’s intention 

Fri 30th April: 10am: Elizabeth Fitzsimons 

Sat 1st May: 1pm: 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: Nora Maguire, Martin Clarke, Vincent Spence, May Hickland & daughter Mary Hoyt, Patrick Kearney, Maura Haughan, Tommy Devlin, Tommy & Doris Robinson

Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!

The Good Shepherd

In Jesus’ time, being a shepherd was not a pleasant job. Sheep became easily lost and the shepherd’s job was to guide them back to safety. There were many dangers and the sheep were totally dependent on the shepherd. Shepherds would round up their sheep in the evening and guide them into their pen. But it had no gate, so the shepherd would have to lie across the space in case the sheep were attacked in the night. The shepherds literally lay down their lives for their flock. John compares the sacrifice of the shepherd to the ‘hired hand’ who is not really committed to the flock. He does what he has to but flees at the first sign of trouble.

     This Good Shepherd Sunday the Gospel describes Jesus as the ‘genuine’ Shepherd who wants a personal relationship with each one of us and who would lay down his life for us. The Gospel emphasises the importance of relationship as the shepherd knows his flock and cares for them. They ‘Follow Him’ and it is not a Facebook or Twitter type of following, rather it is a genuine relationship. Everyone matters to the Good Shepherd, regardless of their situations. We are told ‘I know my own and my own know me’. We are called today to follow Jesus in a more personal more intimate way. Even when we stray off the path and get lost, it is then especially that the Good Shepherd comes looking for us.

 

‘We think we are feeling from God, but in fact we are running into his arms’. (Meister Eckhart)

 

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 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.

International Parental Alienation Awareness Day

Today is the International Parental Alienation Awareness Day. This day highlights a particular form of domestic abuse that takes place when one parent tries to distance his or her children, without reason or justification, from the other parent when a marriage or relationship ends. Such a denial of the rights of children to have a loving relationship with both parents has long-lasting and damaging consequences for a child. For more information about the issue log on to www.alienated.ie.

IN I AM WITH YOU STILL Faith Reflections from a Covid-19 World. Seventeen voices from across Ireland and further afield, from different backgrounds and faiths, reflect on the impact of the pandemic on their lives and on their faith, and look forward with hope to the future. The book is available online at veritas.ie .

Mary’s Meals – Pray in May

This May, the month traditionally dedicated to Our Lady, we invite you to join us in our prayer campaign for the work of Mary’s Meals, which is reaching more than 1.8 million children with a nutritious meal in 19 countries every school day. We pray in thanksgiving for each little act of love that makes this work possible, and we also pray for God’s continued blessing on our beautiful mission, that through His providence it will always flourish enabling us to reach more hungry children. Prayer resources and further information can be found at www.marysmeals.org.uk/prayinmay

 

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