19 September o Welcoming the Child
In today’s gospel Jesus is instructing those who will follow on from him and carry on his work for future generations. He took a little child and said to the disciples, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ As we continue our journey through the Season of Creation, we are reminded of Pope Francis’ words in Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home, where he challenges us to reflect: ‘What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?’ (Laudato Si, 160). In the context of the environmental crises our world is facing, how are we welcoming the generations to come? Pope Francis does not hold back when referring to the challenges: ‘We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth’ (LS, 161). We know that climate change and the biodiversity crisis are driving so many problems in our world at present. ‘Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.’ (LS, 25). Yet our pace of consumption does not ease. Young people are standing up and calling governments and world leaders to account, rightly concerned about their future.
During this Season of Creation, we must pray for our world, and act. How can we restore our common home and ensure that our world is liveable for the generations who are coming after us? Can your parish explore becoming an Eco-Parish, setting up a care for creation team, turning church grounds in areas which promote biodiversity? There is so much we can do, and no action is too small. We must listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of our young people.
‘The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come.’ – Greta Thunberg.
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 12th Sept amounted to £1570.00. 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: Conor Sergeant, Mary Mc Kenna, Joseph Lawlor
Sat 18th Sept : 1pm: Funeral Mass of Conor Sergeant RIP
6.30pm Vigil : Doreen Allen, Shelagh & Desmond Schiess, Kevin Taylor
Sun 19th Sept: 9.30am: Augustine Breen, John Hannaway
12.30pm: Patrick O’ Hara, John Cairns
Mon 20th Sept: 10am: Funeral Mass of Mary Mc Kenna RIP
Tue 21st Sept: 10am: No Mass
Wed 22nd Sept: 10am: Mc Ivor family
Thurs 23rd Sept:10am: Fintan Hitchen & Conor Mc Auley
Fri 24th Sept: 10am: Paddy Collins
Sat 25th 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: Mary Mc Donnell, John & Mary Mc Caughey & Lily Hamilton, Bernard & Anne Derby, Dorothy Mallon, Ciaran Maskey, Finch Family ( Deceased )
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
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TROCAIRE A Trocaire fundraiser may call to your home, inviting monthly donations. They will be wearing Trocaire branded blue jackets and face masks, and will adhere to all COVID guidelines. The campaign allows Trocaire to reach people who did not donate to the Lenten appeal, and gives people the opportunity to donate in different ways, all of which helps Trocaire plan ahead and have greater impact on the communities they serve. You can contact Trocaire direct on 0035315053225 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEASON OF CREATION: RESTORING OUR COMMON HOME The Season of Creation is a critical moment for Catholics to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and advocate on their behalf ahead of the important summits, the UN Summit on Biodiversity (COP 15) in October and the UN Climate Summit in November (COP 26). Bishop Treanor invites you to join advocacy initiatives such as the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition urging for bold action to protect creation in addition to other initiatives calling for new paths forward together. To sign the petition visit www.thecatholicpetition.org
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