ST AGNES PARISH BULLETIN 11TH JUNE 2023.. THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.

PATHWAYS TO THE FUTURE This weekend we celebrate Corpus Christi, a solemnity of the Church that allows us to reflect on the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. One of the early Church Fathers, St John Chrysostom, understood how the Eucharist draws the whole Church together. “What is the Bread actually? The Body of Christ. What do communicants become? The Body of Christ! Just as the bread comes from many grains, which remain themselves and are not distinguished from one another because they are united, so we are united with Christ.” St Paul teaches us that Christ is the head of the Church and we are the body, which is made up of many parts that work together. He’s saying that we all have unique roles in the Church and as lay men and women, religious and priests we are called to work together. This is the vision of our Pathways to the Future programme too. When we come to Mass we are one family of God’s people. When we leave we carry Christ with us and we bring him out into the world. As we celebrate Corpus Christi, may we be strengthened and nourished by the Eucharist we receive to go out and serve God and his people.

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.

PARISH NEWS

WEEKLY OFFERTORY PROMISE The collection amounted to £1715.00

Parish Hall The Senior group will finish for the Summer on Wednesday 28th June and re-open on Wednesday 6th September. Set dancing will resume on Thurs 7th September.

YELLOW FORM Please could you return your Proposed Initiatives “yellow” form if you have not done so to the Parish office, Sacristy or to Fr Raymond. Thank you

Pathways To the Future, Your Presence Matters! Thank you to everyone who took time to fill in the tally count with our volunteers at the Masses over the weekend of 20th and 21 May 2023. The results were;

AGE RANGE & NUMBER
0-3= 11
4-7 =22
8-10 =25
11-17=29
18-25=16
26-35=36
36-50=63
51-65=165
66-75=175
75 plus=123
Total = 665

MASS INTENTIONS

Sat 10: (6:30pm): Sophie Maguire

Sun 11:(9:30am): Priest’s intention

Sun 11: (12:30pm): Mary Hughes, Gerry Harbinson,

Liam Stewart, Mona Cooney, Liam Byrne

Mon 12:(10am): Priest’s intention

Tue 13:                   No Mass

Wed 14: (10am): Priest’s intention

Thu 15: (10am): Priest’s intention

Fri 16: (10am): Peter Mc Callum

Sat 17: (1pm): Bernie Glennon, Marion Mc Keever 

REMEMBER IN PRAYER

Recently deceased: Eddie Gregory

Months Mind: Mary Hughes, Gerry Harbinson, Liam Stewart

Anniversaries: Mary Zemrowsky, Mary Mc Caughley ,Larry Teague,

William Shields, Malachy Gregory, Liam  Byrne, Olive Mc Keever, Mary Grehan,

Vera Cassidy, Small, King & Auld family

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord!

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

CLONARD SOLEMN NOVENA TO OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP Wednesday 14 June – Thursday 22 June. The theme of the Novena is “Towards a New Vision of Church”. The Novena is a wonderful festival of faith for all, and an opportunity to renew our faith. We pray with Mary, and give thanks for God’s outpouring of abundant graces and love. All WELCOME!

St Michael the Archangel 32 Hours of Adoration 30th June- 1st July Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin on Friday 30th June after 10.00 am Mass If you would like to volunteer for adoration please put your name on the sheets in the porches or contact Kate O’Connor on 07756025097.

ST MICHAEL’S CAR BOOT SALE Sat 24th June 10.00am until 2.00pm in the Church Car Park. (Traders welcome from 9.00am for setting up) Parking for customers will be available in the school/youth club car park.  There will be a stall serving refreshments. To book a pitch please call Gary on 07731520174 or email stmichaels@downandconnor.org

DOWN & CONNOR DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK. For those not travelling, the ceremonies will be livestreamed on www.knockshrine.ie/ Knock Shrine FB page. Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm, Mass 3pm (Bishop McKeown)

NI Children’s Hospice The Friends of Andersonstown Hospice Support Group has organised a street collection along Andersonstown Road and Kennedy Way xroads on Friday 16th June from 10am-5pm. Your support will make a huge impact and will help to contribute to invaluable care and support provided by NI Children’s Hospice If you would like to help please contact Michael Nugent… michael.nugent@nihospice.org

Coffee Morning in aid of Stanton Healthcare will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Chapel Lane, Belfast, on Thursday 15th June 2023 at 1.30pm (after 1pm Mass). Come along and hear about the amazing work of Stanton Healthcare providing women facing unexpected pregnancy with practical help and support. For more information contact 02890332882

DAY FOR LIFE 2023 Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland Sunday 18th June 2023 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Day for Life is celebrated this year on Sunday 18 June. The theme is ‘Listen to Her’ and focuses on the experience of one Catholic woman in the aftermath of abortion. It tells of her journey towards healing. The hope is that this will help people to listen, to understand and to respond with compassion.

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