12 September o ‘By my words, I will show you my faith
In the second reading today from St James we read, ‘What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?’ And in our Gospel reading we hear: ‘The way you think is not God’s way but man’s…’. These are challenging texts which remind us to reflect on what path we are walking as followers of Jesus. Jesus’ path was radically different to what people of his time expected of a Messiah. It was a path that would lead to much sacrifice. Being a Christian today means following Jesus’ example, being counter-cultural and making sacrifices for a greater good.
Today is also the second Sunday in the Season of Creation, a time we are called to explore our relationship with nature, God’s creation. Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home that ‘We are not God’ (LS, 67). He challenges us to re-examine our vocation to care for creation. In the past we misinterpreted God’s words in Genesis to mean that we could have dominion over all of creation, own it and plunder it for our own use. Pope Francis invites us instead to explore our role as carers of creation and reminds us that the very first commandment we were ever given was to be protectors of this beautiful world. Yet, we know the earth cries out to us and that we are living through the sixth mass extinction of life on this earth due to human activity. Ecosystems are collapsing; biodiversity is in crisis. Laudato Si’ is a hope-filled document, reminding us that we can set out on a new path, that we are capable of turning things around. One key action each of us can take this Season of Creation is to plant a native Irish tree. Each parish, diocese, family, school, university can engage in this symbolic action to help Restore Our Common Home. This week, gather two or three people and explore what can be done, mindful that our Gospel today urges us to walk God’s ways not man’s.
DIOCESAN APPEAL FOR THE DOWN AND CONNOR PRIESTS’ WELFARE FUND
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Over the past 18 months the normal rhythm of our lives has been affected in so many ways. Many things we took for granted were no longer readily available to us, and , as families, workers and communities, we sought out new ways to live life. Our life as a praying and worshiping community was ruptured too. We all felt the absence of gathering as the family of God, but we adapted to new ways of uniting in prayer. We are most grateful for your generosity to your parish and to the diocese at a time when many people faced and continue to face their own financial struggles. In the diocese of Down and Connor, the Priests Welfare fund exists to provide the stipend for each priest in active ministry. Your generosity over many years has ensured that the Fund had sufficient reserves to continue to provide a stipend for each Priest, even where the parish stipend offerings decreased significantly. On Sunday 19th September 2021 we are asking for your financial support towards the annual autumn voluntary collection for our priests. We make this appeal to ensure that the Fund can continue to sustain that support. We make this appeal in the light of the fact that during 2020 the level of giving across our parishes dropped on average by 35% to 50%. This decrease was experienced across all aspects of financial support for the many services provided by our parishes and the diocese e.g. Pastoral Care and Services and Sacramental Ministries in our parishes; the Living Church initiative, Family Ministry, Vocations Commission, Diocesan Youth Commission, Safeguarding and Vetting, Chaplaincies to Hospitals, Prisons, Universities, Living Youth, ACCORD, Family Care Society and the Diocesan Curia. Together with the priests of the diocese I thank you for your kindness and ongoing support and for your generous response to this appeal in support of your priests. I offer my prayerful good wishes to you and to all those who are dear to you. Yours in Christ, +Noel Treanor Bishop of Down and Connor
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 5th Sept amounted to £1903.00 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: Daniel Mc Cauley
Sat 11th Sept : 6.30pm: Maureen Pettigrew ( Months mind )
Mary Mc Donnell
John & Mary Mc Caughey & Lily Hamilton
Bernard & Anne Derby
Sun 12th Sept: 9.30am: Dorothy Mallon
12.30pm: Stephen Bailey ( Months Mind )
Finch Family ( Deceased )
Mon 13th Sept: 10am: Priest’s intention
Tue 14th Sept: 10am: No Mass
Wed 15th Sept: 10am: Priest’s intention
Thurs 16th Sept:10am: Priest’s intention
Fri 17th Sept: 10am: Priest’s intention
Sat 18th Sept : 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: Samuel Cavanagh, Leonard Vernon, Richard Wilson, Patricia Watters
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
SEASON OF CREATION A service to mark the end of the Season of Creation will take place on Monday 4th October in St Teresa’s Church, Glen Road at 7pm
SEASON OF CREATION: RESTORING OUR COMMON HOME
The Season of Creation continues and we encourage everyone across the Diocese to take time in prayer and reflection. We are encouraged to reflect on all that the earth provides for us and to pray this grace before meals;
Generous God, you embrace all of creation,
and bless us with gifts of life.
As we break this bread,
we praise you for your goodness,
we give thanks to those who grew our food, and we remember those who are hungry.
May we be moved by the Holy Spirit to share these gifts as one family, and so catch a glimpse of your Kingdom, of justice, peace and love.
The 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest – 5th – 12th September 2021
will bring together Catholics from all over the world to deepen their understanding of the importance of the Eucharist and reflect on the mission of the Catholic Church to make God’s love present in the world of today. In recent years the Congress has been chaired by a delegate appointed expressly for the occasion by the Holy See. However, in Budapest it will be the first time in 21 years that the Pope has been present to celebrate the closing Mass, on Sunday 12 September. The last time the Pope was present was in the year 2000, the jubilee year in Rome. Following the official announcement of the Holy Father’s visit to Budapest, Cardinal Erdő declared: “The community of the Catholic faithful is awaiting the arrival of the Holy Father with great joy and love. We pray that his visit may be for us a sign of hope and a new beginning, as the situation of the epidemic begins to diminish.” Follow this link for more information:
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