St Agnes Parish Bulletin 22nd August 2021

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
22 August 2021

Leap of faith
Children are often adept at looking beyond the practicalities and seeing the possibilities. Where a parent or guardian might only see a messy room in need of tidying, a child sees an obstacle course, a castle, a jungle, a magical fairy forest. It can be refreshing to take a breath and remember that there is more to life than our physical, tangible world with its daily routines and to-do lists. Sometimes circumstances can leave us blinded to life’s beauty or meaning.
    In today’s Gospel, some of Jesus’ followers are finding it difficult to see beyond the physical. He has been teaching them that he is the living bread, but it is hard for them to accept. They dismiss it as ‘intolerable language’ and they wonder ‘How could anyone accept it?’ His teachings are too difficult to comprehend and they are annoyed and offended. Some of them even walk away.
    But Jesus is offering something more than the practicalities, more than physical food or drink: he offers the bread of life, living bread, his very self. It is a difficult message, but Simon Peter gets to the heart of it: ‘You have the message of eternal life, and we believe.’ He is able to see beyond the obvious, to hear the truth at the heart of Jesus’ words. Jesus demands a lot of his followers, who must each decide whether or not they want to follow. Are we ready to make that leap of faith?

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLLECTION The collection for 15th August  amounted to  £1561.00  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.

 

 

Sat 21st Aug : 6.30pm: Priest’s intention

Sun 22nd Aug: 9.30am: Gerard Ryan, Jack Watters

 12.30pm:Richard Mc Stravick

Mon 23rd Aug: 10am: Priest’s intention

Tue 24th Aug: 10am: No Mass

Wed 25th Aug: 10am: Charles & Margaret Mallon

Thurs 26th Aug:10am: Priest’s intention

( THE WEDDING OF EIMEAR GALLAGHER & POL MAGORRIAN 1pm CONGRATULATIONS! )

Fri 27th Aug: 10am: Tony Zemrowsky

Sat 28th Aug : 1pm: Thomas Sterrett, Jim O’ Connor, Eamonn Ward   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: Bridget & John Murray & Margaret Murray, Patrick Branagh, Paddy Park, Sheila Mc Greevy,  Liam Molloy, Anna Farmer, Joe Young.

Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!

 

 

 

 

 

SEASON OF CREATION: RESTORING OUR COMMON HOME The Season of Creation begins on Wednesday 1st September. Pope Francis has invited the faithful to participate in this annual season “to renew their faith in the God of creation and join in prayer and work for the care of our common home.” As a Diocese we will mark the opening of the Season of Creation with a service On Wednesday 1st September in St Peter’s Cathedral at 7pm. The event is being coordinated by a newly established Laudato Si group in the Diocese and the homilist will be Fr Timothy Bartlett. Join us online www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral

 

 

 

 

Study Theology Online, is this for you? The Priory Institute provides online Theology courses to degree level. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. Register now for Autumn 2021. Find out more on our website, prioryinstitute.com Click here to see a 2 minute introductory film  

 

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 louise.walker@trocaire.org.

 

 

 

 

RCIA Programme Do you want to become a Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process to introduce the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church to individuals who wish to learn more about Catholicism, including the opportunity, if they wish, to become Catholic through the Sacraments of Initiation. RCIA is a time of teaching, formation, and conversion to come to know, love and develop a relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For more information contact Fionnuala McLernon on 07702073895 or email rcia@downandconnor.org

 

 

 

 

“Is that you, God?” – Ignatian Discernment for our DayCommencing 8 September 2021 hosted by Drumalis via Zoom

This series will take place over five Wednesday evenings from 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm (8, 15, 22 and 29 Sept and 6 Oct) and will be led by Virginia Blass, an experienced retreat giver and author from USA.  If you would like to better recognise God’s loving presence in your daily life, engage in making more Spirit-led decisions and find more purpose and meaning in life, then this course may be for you. For further information, please contact 028 28276455/28272196 during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm) or email maura@drumalis.co.uk   Details are also available on the Drumalis websitehttp://www.drumalis.co.uk

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