The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
15 August 2021
The slow work of God
‘Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.’ (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
These beautiful words from French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ speak to the sometimes-tortuous experience of waiting. In it the author gives us permission to not have all the answers, to allow our faith time to grow and develop. Above all, he invites us to do that most difficult of things: live in the present moment, and surrender ourselves to God in that moment.
This poem comes to mind as I think about today’s celebration of the Feast of the Assumption, when we recall Mary’s role in the life of Jesus and in salvation. In our Gospel extract we meet Mary, pregnant and celebrating with her relative Elizabeth. Given the circumstances, it would be understandable if she was unsure and fearful. Her future is uncertain, as is that of her soon-to-be-born son. She cannot yet comprehend the enormity of what is to come. But Mary seems content to wait. When Elizabeth proclaims Mary as ‘blessed’, Mary bursts into prayer, praising God for his greatness and for ‘looking upon his lowly handmaid’.
In modern terms, it is a lesson in mindfulness. When we find ourselves impatient, struggling to comprehend or to trust God’s ways, let us turn to Mary who accepted God’s plan with trust and hope, allowing it all to unfold one step at a time.
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.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sunday 15th August Normal Vigil Mass 6.30pm & Sunday 9.30am & 12.30pm. No extra Masses.
THANK YOU further to the Lenten contribution for Trocaire of £11,088 Trocaire would like to thank the Parishioners of St Agnes’ for an additional amount collected which totalled £1,076.76. Thank you for your kind generosity.
COLLECTION The collection for 8th August amounted to £1520.00 Thank you for your contribution. You can also make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page
FUNERALS & WEDDINGS can increase to the current capacity of the Church (120-150 persons)
BAPTISMS Continue to be limited to 10 people every second and fourth Sunday of the month
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: Brian Bell, Mary Pettigrew, Stephen Bailey, John Deeds
Sat 14th Aug : 6.30pm: Priest’s intention
Sun 15th Aug: 9.30am: Bridget & John Murray & Margaret Murray, Patrick Branagh
12.30pm: Paddy Park, Sheila Mc Greevy
Mon 16th Aug: 10am: Liam Molloy
Tue 17th Aug: 10am: No Mass
Wed 18th Aug: 10am: Priest’s intention
Thurs 19th Aug:10am: Anna Farmer
Fri 20th Aug: 10am: Joe Young
Sat 21st Aug : 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: Mary Ward, Susan Mohan, Charlie Thompson, Philomena, Eileen & Sarah Hunter, Christina & Michael Duffin, Regina Kane
TROCAIRE In the coming weeks and months, a Trocaire fundraiser may call to your home, inviting monthly donations. They will be wearing Trocaire branded blue jackets and face masks, and will adhere to all COVID guidelines. The campaign allows Trocaire to reach people who did not donate to the Lenten appeal, and gives people the opportunity to donate in different ways, all of which helps Trocaire plan ahead and have greater impact on the communities they serve. You can contact Trocaire direct on 0035315053225 or at email@example.com.
Youth 2000 Summer Festival 13th – 15th of August - Online and in person All talks, testimonies, Liturgies, prayer and worship will take place online for the course of the weekend and it is here that you can watch, engage with and participate in the Summer Festival in its entirety. However, in line with government and church regulations, this year we can add in person elements once again to our Summer Festival. For all information and to register please visit www.youth2000.ie
Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG is currently recruiting volunteers to train as marriage preparation programme facilitators. Accord is seeking registration of interest from those who have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church and the enthusiasm to be part of a team supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. Successful applicants will receive professional training and will be part of a team delivering marriage preparation programmes locally in accordance with best practice. Contact Aisling on 01 505 3112 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for receipt of registration of interest forms to be included in Selections for this year is Friday 27 August. Additional information is available on www.accord.ie.
Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living
Commencing Monday, 20 September, hosted by Drumalis via Zoom
Applications are now being accepted for the third intake of this popular one-year programme for those who want a closer relationship with God. Living out faith isn’t easy against the backdrop of our fast-paced, noisy and instantaneous culture. The Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living course will give you the tools and space to become attuned to God’s voice in the midst of the clamour. The course will take place over 21 Monday evening sessions from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm via Zoom.
For further information, please contact 028 28276455/28272196 during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm) or email email@example.com Details are also available on the Drumalis website - http://www.drumalis.co.uk