26th September 2021
In the second reading from St James today we hear of a condemnation of the rich who exploit the weak. This theme carries on into the Gospel where Jesus has harsh words for anyone who would try to bring down ‘the little ones’. It is a lesson in tolerance and a call to care for the weak and vulnerable.
During this Season of Creation we are reflecting on the call to Restore Our Common Home and care more deeply for God’s creation, to live out our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork. This means being aware of the facts of the crisis so that we can discern where we are being called to act. Scientists tell us that we are now living through the 6th mass extinction of life on our planet because of the catastrophic destruction of biodiversity due to human activity. We have plundered the earth. We are also aware that our world faces a devastating climate crisis. This Autumn, two vital UN conferences are due to take place, the UN Conference on Biodiversity (known as COP15, in China) and the UN conference on Climate Change (COP26 in Glasgow). Catholics all over the world have been invited to sign a petition addressed to the Presidents of these conferences, to raise our voices for God’s Creation and encourage world leaders to take the necessary action. The petition is called ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’ and has been endorsed by the Vatican as the main action for Catholics to take during this Season of Creation. It is something we can all easily do by going to www.thecatholicpetition.org and inviting our families and friends to do the same. Parishes, dioceses, universities, businesses, congregations can also sign. By taking part in this way, we are standing in solidarity with young people, with the poor who suffer the most from environmental destruction and with creation.
Let us always be conscious of our responsibility to be carers of creation, to connect more deeply with the wonderous world around us, to take action against all that threatens our common home.
You can find this year’s Season of Creation resources on www.catholicbishops.ie
COLLECTION The Weekly collection for 19th Sept amounted to £3142.00. Autumn Collection £1130. 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: Mary Mc Kenna, Marie Fitzimmons, Deirdre O’ Neill
Sat 25th Sept: 1pm: Funeral Mass of Deirdre O’ Neill RIP
Sat 6.30pm Vigil : Thomas Teeney
Sun 26th Sept: 9.30am: Reno DeBernardo
12.30pm: (MONTHS MIND Colm Kelly, Sheila Magee)
Tony Devlin, Con Butler
Mon 27th Sept: 10am: Priest’s intention
Tue 28th Sept: 10am: No Mass
Wed 29th Sept: 10am: Patrick Joseph Murphy
Thurs 30th Sept:10am: Priest’s intention
Fri 1st Oct: 10am: Theresa Brannigan
Sat 2nd Oct : 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: Doreen Allen, Shelagh & Desmond Schiess, Kevin Taylor, Augustine Breen, John Hannaway, Patrick O’ Hara, John Cairns, Mc Ivor family, Fintan Hitchen & Conor Mc Auley, Paddy Collins
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
SEASON OF CREATION: RESTORING OUR COMMON HOME The season of creation closes on Monday 4th October the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. St Francis ‘was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.’ (LS,10) We encourage everyone in the Diocese to consider the personal actions that they will prayerfully commit to in caring for our common home and to ask for the intercession of St Francis.
St Colmcille’s Parish Ecology Group in association with Trócaire is hosting a Laudato Si’ reading group via zoom over 6 evenings this autumn and you are warmly invited to join us. For further information about the group and details on how to register please see the attached flyer or visit our website [https://st-colmcilles.net%0d]https://st-colmcilles.net
BELFAST CITY MARATHON Will be taking place on Sunday 3rd October 2021. The Marathon Team are very conscious of the impact the road closures will have on the Churches and are trying to minimise any disruption. If coming to St Agnes for the 9.30am 0r 12.30pm Mass on Sunday 3rd October please come in from the Glen Road area.
On Saturday October 9th, The Hail Holy Queen Conference will be on Radio Maria Ireland at 2pm. Guest speakers include Bishop John Keenan, Dr. Patrick Kenny, Fr. Gerry McCloskey, and Dr. Blythe Kaufman.
On the following day (Sunday Oct 10th), the Coastal Rosary will take place at 2.30pm. Join people from around Ireland to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith at our grottos, churches, at the coasts and other suitable places. We encourage you to gather safely being mindful of COVID 19 regulations. Simply sign up a Rosary location at www. coastalrosaryireland.ie or text your location to 087 278 6552.