The Ascension of the Lord
16 May 2021
World Communications Day
Go out to the whole world
Today marks the 55th World Communications Day, and the theme for this year is ‘Come and See: Communicating by encountering people where and as they are’. In his message to mark the occasion, Pope Francis emphasises the importance of meeting people where they are, just as Jesus did with those he encountered: ‘We need to go and see them for ourselves, to spend time with people, to listen to their stories and to confront reality, which always in some way surprises us.’ All communication, he says, should strive to be clear and honest, whether in the media, on the internet, in the Church’s preaching, or in social interaction.
He has a particular message for all who use social media: ‘Thanks to the internet we have the opportunity to report what we see, what is taking place before our eyes, and to share it with others. At the same time, the risk of misinformation being spread on social media has become evident to everyone… All of us are responsible for the communications we make, for the information we share, for the control that we can exert over fake news by exposing it. All of us are to be witnesses of the truth: to go, to see and to share.’
It is fitting that this day coincides with the Feast of the Ascension. Before he is taken into heaven, Jesus issues his final instruction: ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.’ Our challenge is to communicate by encountering people, where they are and as they are.
‘Teach us to go out and see,
teach us to listen,
not to entertain prejudices
or draw hasty conclusions.’
Pope Francis’ message
for the 55th World Communications Day
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 9th May amounted to £1440.00 Thank you for your contribution. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page aswell .
PARISH OFFICE .. will continue, for now, to be contacted by email or telephone only ( 02890 615702 & email- email@example.com), and not in person. Thank you.
TROCAIRE To date, we have collected £8644.00 for Trócaire. Thank you all very much for contributing especially with the difficult period we have all been though. We can still receive boxes and/or donations. They can be left into the parish office/Sacristy.
PARISH WEBCAM Live streaming of all Masses takes place in a St. Agnes’ Church. Please 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.
CONGRATULATIONS to the boys and girls of Holy Child Primary School who received the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time at their First Holy Communion on Friday 14th May. And a big thank you to everyone who helped with the preparation. Well done boys & girls!
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 : Ian Russell, Gerard Lenzi, Perpetua Mc Gurk, Joseph Sergeant, Patrick Higgins
Sat 15th May : 9am : Funeral of Patrick Higgins RIP
6.30pm: Priest’s intention
Sun 16th May: 9.30am: Sarah Scott
12.30pm: Margaret Barr
Mon 17th May: 10am:Priest’s intention
Tue 18th May: 10am: No Mass
Wed 19th May: 10am: Priest’s intention
Thurs 20th May:10am: Priest’ intention
Fri 21st May: 10am: Priest’s intention
Sat 22nd 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: Jean Madill, Patricia Mc Stravick
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
Dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pope Francis will open the Marian month of prayer on 1 May with a Rosary broadcast across Vatican Media’s platforms. Each day will see recitation of the Rosary at 6 pm Rome time from the various Shines taking part in the initiative. The Pope will also close the initiative on 31 May
THE HEALING POWER OF POETRY ..with Sr Una Agnew SSL PhD. Hosted by Drumalis via Zoom from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon (20 & 27 May and 3 June). Focusing on the poets Patrick Kavanagh and Seamus Heaney, these three sessions led by Sr Una Agnew will look at some of the ways in which poetry offers an alternative mindset to experiences of social unrest, self-questioning, isolation, failure, and personal loss and gifts us instead with moments of perspective, meaning, transcendence and spiritual healing. Suggested Donation: £30 per person. Contact Drumalis 28272196/28276455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ACT NOW AND STOP DISABILITY ABORTION UP TO BIRTH IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND – Earlier this year the Northern Ireland Assembly voted on the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill and it passed Second Stage by 48 votes to 12. The Northern Ireland Health Committee is now undertaking a consultation on the Bill and is seeking submissions from the public. It is important that as many people as possible submit to the consultation in support of the Bill to clearly show that there is widespread support for this important change. Right To Life UK has set up an easy-to-use tool on their website that makes it simple to complete your submission. Please follow this link: www.righttolife.org.uk/nidisabilityconsultation.