ST AGNES PARISH BULLETIN 8TH MAY 2022..4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER-WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS.

VOCATION SUNDAY As Catholics, we firmly believe that God has a plan for our lives! He calls some to marriage, some to the priesthood, and others to religious life or to live as generous single people.  Today Sunday 8th May 2022 is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It is also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The Lord asked his disciples to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. Pray also for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead. Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister.  Gospel John 10:27-30 Jesus said: ‘The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone, and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.’ PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS Heavenly Father, we ask you to send labourers into your harvest and to bless all who strive to listen to your voice. Inspire, in the hearts of men and women, vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Bless our families with a spirit of generosity, so that those whom you call have the courage to give themselves to your Church in faith. Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

PARISH NEWS

Weekly Offertory Promise amounted to £2545.00

Trocaire to Date £11,462.00

Thank you for your generous financial support. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page as well.

Trócaire Boxes Please return your Trócaire boxes to the church at Mass times or to the parish office  or Sacristy at the opening hours. Thank you.

First Holy Communion will be on  Friday 20th May 2022 at 10.30am and 12.30pm.

RECORDINGS Please note, all funerals and Masses are recorded. Please tell us if you do not want your loved one’s funeral recorded.

Obligation to attend Sunday/Holyday Mass With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, it is encouraging to see a return to a fuller liturgical life in our parishes. Thankful that we can once again gather as communities of faith, the Irish Bishops have announced that attending Mass on Sunday and Holydays of Obligation will from Easter Sunday (17th April 2022) once again be deemed an essential expression of faith. As always, those whose health is vulnerable or who are unwell will not be under any obligation to attend Mass.

 

CEMETERY SUNDAYS After two years of the blessing of the graves by Bishop Treanor alone, we are delighted to welcome families back to pray for their loved ones who lie at rest in the Belfast cemeteries.

Milltown- 8th May at 3pm

City Cemetery-15th May at 3pm

Hannahstown –29th May at 3pm

Tullyrusk Cemetery– 5th June at 1.30pm

St Peter’s Church The Rock– 5th June at 3pm

MASS INTENTIONS

SAT: Vigil 6.30pm: Joseph Sergeant

SUN: 9.30am: William & Margaret Burgoyne & family

12.30pm:Gerry Rafferty ( Months mind)

MON:10.00am: (Funeral Mass of Martha Cassidy RIP)

TUE: NO MASS

WED:10.00am: Special  intention

THU: 10.00am: Harry Bleakley

FRI: 10.00am: Priest’s intention

1pm: Wedding of  Caitriona & Tyrone ( Congratulations!)

SAT: 1pm: Matthew Snoddy

NB: In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.

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Recently Deceased: Conor Mc Manus, (Martha Cassidy Funeral Monday 9th May 10am)

Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Jane Mc Ilwee, Pauline Watters, Sadie Dowling, Marie  O’ Hara, Tom Savage, Gerry & Gerard Maguire,  Jane O Neill, William & Margaret Burgoyne & family, Mary Cox.

Trócaire will be hosting a special Spring Gala Concert at Clonard Monastery, Belfast at 7.30pm on Friday 20th May, with performances from Margaret Keys, The Priests and St Dominic’s Girls’ School Choir. Tickets are free of charge but donations will be gratefully received on the night of the concert with all donations matched by the UK government in support of the 2022 Lent Appeal. To reserve tickets, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Clonard Concert Belfast’, email infoni@trocaire.org or call 028 9080 8030

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