ST AGNES PARISH BULLETIN SUNDAY 3RD JULY 2022…14TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Today Jesus is sending all of us to the whole world to proclaim the Good News. Just as Jesus says, the harvest is abundant but those who have gone to gather are very few. Take an example of your neighbourhood at home. Look at the population vis-a-vis the number of people who go to church on Sunday. You will be amazed that maybe only 10% or 20% do attend church services. This being the case, Jesus said about the shortage of His disciples almost 2000 years ago but today the situation is still the same. Even after sending us to the world to preach the Good News, He does not guarantee us a smooth sailing. This is not because He also faced the same rejection, but because the comfort of this world would not lead us to heaven, but the absence of it. Jesus wants us to embrace humility, love and peace as we go out there to proclaim His Kingdom. That is why He tells us to eat, drink and sleep in the homes of those who welcome us. This is a good example of what happens to our priests when they are sent to our parishes. We provide food, upkeep funds and shelter for them. They are not supposed to get it from elsewhere. So, lets us today heed the call of Jesus .
1) Go out there and proclaim the Good News, whether you are the clergy or the laity
2) Welcome the proclaimers of the Good News to our parishes and homes, and accord them the best treatment to enable them continue the work of Christ.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, You have sent us to the world to proclaim Your Good News. Give us the love, peace and humility in our hearts so that we get the strength and courage to gather the harvest for You. Amen.

PARISH NEWS

Weekly Offertory Promise amounted to £1560

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.

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

Prayer before the Summer Holidays Lord God, We put ourselves into Your hands, and pray that You will bless us and our families during the wonderful months of summer. May we all help make our home a place of relaxation, joy, love, peace and safety. May we be generous and considerate, not thinking only about ourselves, but helping others enjoy the blessings of summertime. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

PopeFrancis@Pontifex Let us pray together for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of their people, so that their experience and wisdom may help young people to look hopefully and responsibly towards the future.

N:B There will no Parish Bulletin after next weekend 9th & 10th July. The Bulletin will resume  the weekend of 3rd & 4th September 2022

MASS INTENTIONS

SAT: Vigil 6.30pm:Priest’s intention

SUN: 9.30am: Brian Campbell

12.30pm: Priest’s intention

MON:10.00am: Special intention

TUE: NO MASS

WED:10.00am: Priest’s intention

THU: 10.00am: Priest’s intention

FRI: 10.00am: Priest’s intention

SAT:1pm:Geraldine Mc Greevy

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

Recently Deceased: Donald (Don) Brady

Those whose anniversaries occur at this time:  Jimmy & Rita Nellis, Mary Wright, Brigid Hughes, Sean Grant, Thomas & John Walsh, Maura Farquharson, Kevin Mc Shane, James Mc Keown, Jean O’ Hara, Francis Barber, Sheila Cullen, Kathleen Mulvenna, Sophie Maguire, Julia Mongan.

May they rest in peace

St Oliver Plunkett Church Rosary Holy Hour in the Church each Monday 7.30pm. Outdoor rosary at 6pm each Wednesday at Our Lady’s Grotto. The Legion of Mary invites you to pray the Rosary at the Statue of Our Lady Mother of Mercy in our Church on a Thursday evening at 6.30pm. Everyone welcome

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS Will take place this Sat 2nd July in St Matthias’s Church, Glen Road. 3pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions and Act of Consecration.4pm Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

A Prayer by Telephone The Sisters of Mercy “Bethany” 34 Point Road, Dundalk, welcome any person who may wish to request prayer especially during these difficult times. All requests are confidential. Tel:00353429331602 (9am – 9pm

PAYING ATTENTION TO GOD: A WAY OF LISTENING 8  Saturdays, Sept 22’- April 23’. A day to yourself every month. Change your relationship with God and others. Experienced facilitators. Christians of all denominations. Plain English. No study. Listening. Laughing. For info/application see www.firststepwell.com or ring James McClure at Edgehill 028 90767950. Closing date 7 August.

Singing for Boys, Summer 2022  Monday 8 August – Friday 12 August 2022. St Dominic’s Grammar School, 135 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AE. The 5-day course is aimed at boys aged 8–16 who want to improve their singing voice and musical skills. It is ideal for boys who have a passion for music and want to take their singing training to the next level. The week concludes with a showcase in St Peter’s Cathedral to which parents/guardians are invited to attend. The Guest Tutor is musical director, composer and voice consultant Matthew Reeve. Email  schola@downandconnor.org for an application or contact Cathedral House, St Peter’s Square, BT12 BU. Cost: £35 – Scholarships are available on request.

DOWN AND CONNOR DIOCESAN TRUST VACANCY PASTORAL RENEWAL AND FAITH DEVELOPMENT WORKER 3 YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT LIVING CHURCH OFFICE. Salary: Will be considered within the range of £27,500 to £32,500 gross per annum – commensurate upon experience. Full details relating to the vacancy can be found on the Diocesan website at: http://www.downandconnor.org clicking on the tab: job vacancies and on the Community NI and nijobs.com websites, where terms and conditions relating to the role can also be accessed by way of a Role Profile and Employment Application form.  Closing date for applications will be 12.00 noon on Monday 18th July 2022. 

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