PATHWAYS TO THE FUTURE As a Church we are called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and share his love in the world. But we realise that our current way of doing things is getting more difficult to sustain. With smaller congregations and fewer priests we have to find new ways to ensure that the mission of the Church can be carried out in the future. For this reason our Diocese of Down and Connor is undertaking a major programme of change called Pathways to the Future. It will look at the priorities and structures of the Church to see how we can best serve our 86 parishes and other ministries over the next twenty years. A steering team of lay people and clergy has been preparing for this work in recent months and representatives of every parish have taken part in initial conversations. In the coming months we all have a chance to find out more and play our part. One important task is to collect accurate information and for that reason a census of Mass attendance across the diocese will be taken up next week. This is a time of rebuilding and renewal for our diocese and we set off on the pathway confident that the Holy Spirit, sent to us by the Father, will guide us on our journey together. Please keep this project in your prayers!
Prayer of the Faithful
For our diocese, may we be a sign and instrument in the world of the presence of Christ. May we be guided by the Holy Spirit as we make plans for the future.
Pathways to the Future Prayer
God of Love, You are with us in every transition and change. As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety,
we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love. We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us. We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work. Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.
We ask this in your Holy Name. AMEN
Fr Laurence Gallagher CSsR will be our guest preacher at Masses on the weekend of 27/28 May (Pentecost Sunday), helping us to reflect on the gift of the Holy Spirit and how we can begin to renew our Parish community in these changing times. We look forward to welcoming him back to St Agnes’
WEEKLY OFFERTORY PROMISE. The collection amounted to £1765.00 TROCAIRE TO DATE £11,959 Thank you for your continued support and contributions.
Meditating with Mary in May is a 3-session programme allowing people to pray with art and sacred scripture and to reflect on the life of Our Lady. It has been delivered in several parishes in the Diocese to date with very positive feedback. The programme will run in St Agnes’ Church starting on Wednesday 17th May @ 7pm, Thursday 25 May@ 7pm and Wednesday 31 May @ 7pm Each session will be led by a facilitator and involve some scripture sharing, followed by tea/coffee and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.
Parish Planning: As we seek to build up our Parish community we welcome suggestions from parishioners about areas for development or initiatives we might consider. If you have any ideas or would like to help with certain aspects of Parish outreach we would love to hear from you. Please use the suggestion box in the Church and any feedback will be gratefully received. Suggestion slips are available outside the Sacristy. Please post completed slips into box located right hand side of Mary’s Statue.
SUNFLOWER SUNDAY Small Sunflower plants will be available at the 9.30am Mass next Sunday, 21st May. For over 20 years we have distributed these plants, all of which originated from a single flower given out at Children’s Liturgy in 2002. The Parish continues this tradition as a symbol of “Passing on the Faith”. Please keep us informed of how your plant grows and maybe send photographs to the Parish Office email address. Pots kindly donated by Fairdeal Garden Centre.
Sat 13(6:30pm): Madeleine Quin, Jean Madill
Sun 14 (9:30am): James & Mary Dobbin
Sun 15(12:30pm): Patricia Mc Stravick
Mon 16 (10am): Priest’s intention
Tue 17: No Mass
Wed 18 (10am): Charles Rafferty
Thu 19(10am): James Mc Keown
Fri 20 (10am) Priest’s intention
Sat 21 (1pm): Priest’s intention
REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Recently deceased: Gerard Harbinson, Christy Mc Ilhone
Months Mind: Charles Rafferty
Anniversaries: Jimmy Deery, Martha Cassidy
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord!
Cemetery Sunday 2023
City Cemetery Sunday 14th May 3pm,
St Josephs Hannahstown Sunday 28th May 3pm
Rock Cemetery Sunday 4th June at 3pm
Tullyrusk on Sunday 4th June 1.30pm N.B. Please note that the time of Tullyrusk has been corrected from 3pm to 1.30pm
Invitation to a screening of ‘The Letter’
Date: Wednesday 24th May 2023.
Venue: St Teresa’s Parish Centre, Glen Road.
Time: 7pm. Join our Parish Community on Wednesday 24th May at 7pm in St Teresa’s Parish Centre, Glen Road, to view the most recent documentary featuring Pope Francis and meet over a cup of coffee/tea afterwards. The documentary charts a meeting of four individuals from across the globe, invited by Pope Francis to Rome to tell their very personal stories – from India, Senegal, Hawaii and the Brazilian Amazon. It poses very urgent and pertinent questions for each one of us, especially as we emerge from the Covid Pandemic, as to how we wish to live our lives knowing that our actions impact upon others often in far corners of the earth. This is the start of a global conversation based on the messages contained within the encyclical letter “Laudato Si’’. The screening lasts 40 minutes. Please let us know if you are able to join us by contacting Peter Mc Alister e-mail
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Let your friends know – everyone is welcome.
Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre: You are invited to a series of conversations in Tobar Mhuire in which people share their experience of life, faith and finding hope in their lives. Participants will include Rev Harold Good, Baroness Nuala O’Loan and Fr Aidan Troy CP. Our next conversation will be on Monday 15th May at 7pm with Rev Harold Good who will share his experience in peace and reconciliation. All welcome. Voluntary donation.
Novena for Life
The Pray for Life Novena is an invitation to join thousands of people across Ireland to pray for the protection of human life, from Tuesday 23rd May to the Feast of the Visitation on Wednesday 31st May. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life in Ireland. Visit www.prayforlife.ie for the daily novena prayers which will also be posted on facebook.com/PrayforLifeNovena and @ChooseLifeIRL on Twitter. This is an initiative of the Council for Life of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
PLEASE JOIN US TO CELEBRATE A DAY OF PRAYER To place the Church’s entire synodal process, especially the work of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in Rome this October, under the protection of Mary, Mother of the Church. WHERE? Knock Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo WHAT TIMES? 11am: Prayer Service in the Apparition Chapel 12pm: Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland 7pm: Rosary followed by Mass in Knock Parish Church. WHEN? Wednesday, 31st May 2023. Join us by livestream at www.knockshrine.ie if you cannot be with us on the day and please continue to pray for the synodal process in your daily prayers.
Apostolic Work, Down & Connor Centenary Celebration 1923 – 2023 The Council and Members invite you to join with them in celebrating this occasion. Most Rev Donal McKeown D.D. will celebrate Mass on Saturday 17th June 2023 at 12 Noon in St Malachy’s Church, 24 Alfred Street. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org