Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
4 July 2021
This is the carpenter, surely?
‘A prophet is only despised in his own country among his own relations and in his own house.’ We might find ourselves sympathising with Jesus in today’s Gospel: no matter what a person achieves in life, in their home place they will always be identified with their childhood selves and their family. While this generates a sense of belonging, it can be stifling. There is always someone to ensure we don’t get ideas ‘above our station’!
Returning home to Nazareth, Jesus teaches in the synagogue but his former neighbours turn on him. Who does he think he is, this carpenter, the son of Mary? This could have been a moment of grace, if they were open to hearing what he had to say. Perhaps the implications of the Good News were just too challenging coming from one of their own.
Sometimes God’s Word comes in an unexpected package. As individuals and communities, we can be guilty of silencing certain voices. Do we listen to young people with their energy and idealism, or the elderly with their experience and wisdom? Are we biased against certain groups in society, do we shoot them down before they speak? When our hearts are open, we come to recognise the prophets who are bringing the dream of God to fruition among us.
‘Although they heard you Lord, they failed to listen. They heard only what they wanted to hear. The truth hurt them, you made them feel uncomfortable, and they rejected you… Show us how we may seek your Kingdom and help to bring peace to a troubled world.’ (Tony Singleton)
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 120-150
• Observe social distancing and use the sanitizer at the Church Entrance;
• 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;
Funerals and Weddings can increase to the current capacity of the Church (120-150 persons)
Baptisms Continue to be limited to 10 people.
COLLECTION The collection for 27th June amounted to £1805.00 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.
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.
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: Isobel Markey, Sean Grant.
Sat 3rd July : 6.30pm: Margaret Mc Nally, James Kennedy
Sun 4th July: 9.30am: Priest’s intention
12.30pm: Priest’s intention
Mon 5th July: 10am: Alice Mc Kee ( 100th Birthday )
Tue 6th July: 10am: No Mass
Wed 7th July: 10am: Priest’s intention
Thurs 8th July:10am: William Mc Kenna
Fri 9th July: 10am: Priest’s intention
Sat 10th July: 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: Michael Mc Glynn, Jimmy Nellis, Brigid Hughes, Denis Devine, Eileen Mc Cambridge, Maura Farquharson, Kevin Mc Shane, John Hughes, John Keatings, Lisa Kenyon
ARIZONA ESPRESSO COFFEE
FUNDRAISING COFFEE DAY
SUNDAY 4TH JULY
9AM – 11PM
ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE FIGHT FOR NIALL FUND
Summer Singing School for Boys Monday 9 August – Friday 13 August 2021 St Dominic’s Grammar School, Dominican Convent, 135 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AE The scheme is aimed at boys aged 8–16 who want to improve their singing voice and musical skills. It is ideal for boys who have a passion for music and want to take their singing training to the next level.
RALLY FOR LIFE – Rally For Life will be holding ‘Life Chains’ in towns and cities throughout the North of Ireland on Saturday 3rd July from 2pm – 4pm. For further information on a ‘Life Chain’ near you please contact Precious Life on 028 9027 8484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOUGH DERG 2021 - Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to “Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” on 3rd – 5 th July. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office 0(0353) 71 9861518 or www.loughderg.org.
WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS – God send his angels to console your loneliness. Pope Francis released a message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly ahead of the date of the celebration which is scheduled for Sunday 25th July. The theme chosen by the Pope for the inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28: 30). Pope Francis reassures the elderly that God is always with them. He also reminds them of their vocation to preserve our roots and to pass on the faith to the younger ones.
The Priory Institute week-long online Summer School will run from 8-13 August and again from 22-27 August. The course includes six recorded presentations and is very flexible as it is delivered entirely online.
Find out more and register on prioryinstitute.com or click here