ST AGNES PARISH BULLETIN 18TH FEBRUARY 2024 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT

LENT 24

TRÓCAIRE BOXES are available to collect from the entrances to the Church. The Lenten 2024 campaign this year is “Nurturing our Family Faith in Nature”.

LENTEN PLEDGE Many people choose to abstain from alcohol during the season of Lent. You can do likewise. Please consider taking the short-term Pioneer Lenten pledge and say the prayer daily. “I promise in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary to abstain from all alcoholic drink during Lent.

LENTEN  SERVICES IN OUR PASTORAL COMMUNITY

St Michael’s Parish Mass Monday – Friday 7.00am

St Oliver Plunkett Parish Each Thursday during Lent, we will have a 10am Mass. Each Friday in Lent, the Stations of the Cross at 7pm Before 7.30pm Mass

St Teresa’s Parish Stations of the Cross every Friday at 9.30am before Mass.

Walking with Jesus along the Via Dolorosa;The actual word, ‘Via Dolorosa’ is Latin for ‘Sorrowful Way’, commonly translated as ‘Way of Suffering’. It is traditionally believed to be the route taken by Jesus as he carried the Cross towards Calvary. The Living Church Office has prepared this prayer resource for parish use during Lent over 5 weekly sessions. It will begin in St Agnes’ Church on Friday 23rd February @ 7pm and conclude on Friday 22nd March, just before the start of Holy Week. Each session will include time for prayer and reflection, Gospel reading, a decade of a scriptural rosary, and a Lenten Mission suggestion. All sessions will be streamed online. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to make this part of their Lenten programme. 

 

 

PARISH NEWS…

WEEKLY OFFERTORY PROMISE The collection amounted to £2170. NOVENA TOTAL £2813.00 Thank you for your generous financial support. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page also  at www.stagnesbelfast.com

 

WITH THANKS We would like to thank Fr Laurence Gallagher and Fr Derek Meskell C.Ss.R for their wonderful preaching throughout the Novena. And to thank all those in our parish who contributed to making our Parish Novena such a great success each year.

 

THE LEGION OF MARY have a small statue of Our Lady of Fatima, if you would like to have it in you home and to say the rosary, please contact Pat 07946917354.

 

CONFIRMATION will be celebrated on Wednesday 28th February at 1.30pm. Refreshments afterwards in Holy Child PS. We pray for all the children who will celebrate Confirmation in the coming weeks.

 

PROPOSED INITIATIVES as we come to the end of our novena and we seek to build our Parish Community we would love to hear from anyone regarding any activities that they would like to be involved in or any suggestions they may have.  Forms are now available at the Church entrances for you to take home and consider. Thank you

 

ONE DAY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK on the Solemnity of St Joseph. Tuesday 19th March. Bus leaving from St Agnes. Price £21. Please bring a packed lunch.

Pat 07946917354, Harriet 07812098991.

 

MASS INTENTIONS

 

Sat 17 (6.30pm):    Harry & Teresa Bleakley, Brian Allen,  Jim Mc Grillen

Sun 18 (9.30am):   James & Mary Mc Caughley, Hugh O’Neill

Sun 18(12.30pm):  Joe Dornan, Gemma Carberry, Colette Tabb

Mon 19(10am):      Priest’s intention

Tue 20(10am) :       NO MASS

Wed 21 (10am):     Maggie Corrigan            

Thurs22(10am):     Joseph Mc Cullagh

Fri 23(10am):         Mary Mullan

Sat 24(1pm):          Anne Wilson

 

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

 

REMEMBER IN PRAYER

 

Months Mind: Gemma Carberry

Anniversaries:Mary & Harry Bradley, Anne Maguire-Bradley,

John Mc Varnock, Sean Connolly, Anne Mc Carron, Alice (Dolly) Prenter, William Mc Karry, Bob Keenan, Cahal Mc Garrigle, Arthur Anderson, Kathleen Gomez

 Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord!

 

WHAT’S ON

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR THE PERMANENT DIACONATE The Permanent Deacon responds to the call of Jesus and his Church in three specific ways: through the ministry of Charity, the ministry of the Word and the ministry of the Altar with a particular focus on the ministry of charity. The Diocese invites expressions of interest from men, (married or single), who feel called to the Diaconate. Further relevant information can be found on the Diocesan website https://www.downandconnor.org/living-church/diaconate/ Additionally, it is proposed to hold three information evenings in St Patrick’s Downpatrick All Saints Ballymena and St Brigid’s Belfast on 7th 12th and 20th March. This will provide an opportunity to meet Permanent Deacons and their wives and discover more about this vocation. It is hoped to commence a propaedeutic year of discernment in September 2024. Expressions of Interest forms will be issued by email to those who have responded to this announcement and the formal application and interview process will commence, with a view to completion in June 2024.

 

CARETAKER/SACRISTAN HANNAHSTOWN PARISH & ST PAUL’S PARISH  An opportunity has arisen for a Caretaker/Sacristan within Hannahstown Parish & St Paul’s Parish. 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 website, where terms and conditions relating to the role can also be accessed by way of a Role Profile and Employment. We welcome applications from anyone who feels they meet the criteria and are interested in playing an active part in the Parish. Closing date for applications for Hannahstown will be 12.00 noon on Thursday 22nd February 2024. St Paul’s  closing date will be 29th February at 12.00 noon.

 

DIOCESAN VOCATION WEEKEND Have you ever considered the possibility that God is calling you to the priesthood? If so, take this opportunity to gather with other men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. This retreat will create the time and space to help you discern God’s calling in your life. The retreat will take place in Drumalis Retreat Centre, from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th March 2024. If you wish to attend this retreat or would like further information contact: Fr Conor McGrath, c.mcgrath@downandconnor.org or 02890654157

 

LAYING DOWN11am – 3.30pm, Saturday 9 March, 2024. Clonard Monastery, Belfast. Gentle mix of prayer, song, story and silence, led  by Breige O’Hare. Time to rest and recover a simpler, slower sense of Lent. Space to meet the God who lived and died so that we might know how much we matter. Donation: £10 (or whatever you can afford). Bring your own lunch. Tea, coffee provided. Booking is essential. To book, ring Clonard:

 028 9044 5950 

 

ST GENEVIEVE’S SPRING CONCERT Tuesday 5th March 2024. School Assembly Hall 7pm. Tickets available from School Reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                  

                                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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