Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
20 June 2021
‘Let us go across to the other side’
‘Let us go across to the other side’ is an important phrase in Mark’s Gospel which occurs many times. Jesus and the disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee from what is a predominantly Jewish area to a more Gentile (non-Jewish) region. While this phrase signifies Jesus’ geographical position, it also suggests that he is inviting the disciples to go a little deeper on their journey. They are perhaps entering into the unknown, moving out of their comfort zones and therefore feeling anxious. The crossing of the water does not go so well for the disciples as a storm begins to brew and eventually the water begins to endanger the boat. To the disciple’s astonishment, Jesus is asleep through the whole ordeal. Their anxious call is understandable, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ After all, Jesus has led them, and ‘other boats’ into this situation and now appears not to care what will happen to them all.
In times of turmoil in life, we too may feel totally abandoned, swamped by fear and anxiety, adrift in a storm where even Jesus appears to be asleep. During such experiences, we might remember the words of Jesus from today’s Gospel and repeat them, like a mantra, ‘Peace! Be Still’. While the wind is howling around us it can be frightening but Christ is always with us, present within our very selves, offering us this deep peace. Often, coming back into this awareness can help us navigate through the storm and remind us that Jesus is very active in our lives, especially when we are entering into unknown territory. What is required of the disciples in this account, is a more mature faith, a deeper trust in their Teacher, that he will not abandon them.
‘May the peace of Christ go with you wherever he may send you; May he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; May he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; May he bring you home rejoicing.’ (Shane Claiborne).
COLLECTION The collection for 13th June amounted to £1445.00. Thank you for your contribution. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page aswell .
PARISH OFFICE .. will continue, for now, to be contacted by email or telephone only ( 02890 615702 & email- email@example.com), and not in person. Thank you.
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.
FATHER’S DAY Happy Father’s day to all the Father’s in our Parish. Have a lovely day!!
HOLY CHILD P.S
CONFIRMATION & LEAVER’S MASS
P7A Mrs Finnegan Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at 1pm
P7B Mr Cunningham Wednesday 23rd June 2021 at 1pm
P7C Mr Mc Kiernan Thursday 24th June 2021 at 1pm
The Primary 7 Confirmation will also allow the School to have a Leavers’ Mass for each individual Primary 7 Class. This means that each P7 Class will be confirmed and leave Holy Child Primary School from St Agnes Church on the day of their Confirmation.
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 19th June : 6.30pm: Robert “Rab” Mc Cullough ( Months Mind )
Sun 20th June: 9.30am: Brigid & Timothy O’Sullivan
Frank Mc Dermott
James O’ Kane
12.30pm Patrick Higgins ( Months Mind )
Mon 21st June: 10am: Priest’s intention
Tue 22nd June: 10am: No Mass
Wed 23rd June: 10am: Priest’s intention
Thurs 24th June:10am: Paddy Leonard
Fri 25th June: 10am: Priest’s intention
Sat 26th June: 1pm:
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: Teresa Johnston, Bernie Glennon, Peter Mc Callum, Mona Cooney
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
DOWN AND CONNOR KNOCK VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE – We welcome you to join us for our Diocesan Knock Virtual Pilgrimage today Sunday 13th June 2021. The ceremonies will be streamed live on the shrine website www.knockshrine.ie and on Knock Shrine Facebook page. The programme will commence with Rosary at 2.30pm and Mass will be celebrated at 3pm by Fr. Richard Gibbons, Rector of the Shrine. Bishop Treanor will give a short message of welcome to the people of our Diocese by means of a video, which will be shown at 2.55pm. You are invited to place a petition by visiting the Knock Shrine Website and all the petitions will be before the Altar during the Mass. You may also request that a candle be lit for your intentions. We encourage as many of you as possible to participate and pray that next year we may gather, as a Diocese, in person again at our National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.
Rally For Life will be holding ‘Life Chains’ in towns and cities throughout Northern Ireland on Saturday 3rd July from 2pm-4pm. For more information on a ‘Life Chain’ near you please contact Precious Life on 028 9027 8484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lough Derg 2021 It will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to “Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” on 3rd – 5 th July. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office 0(0353) 71 9861518 or www.loughderg.org.
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