PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
5th April, 2020
MASS ON SUNDAY WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON FACEBOOK AT 10AM
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK
Sunday 10.00am Palm Sunday Mass on Facebook or YouTube online
3.00 – 4.00pm Special Hour of Prayer requested by the Leaders of the Main Churches
Mon 10.00am Holy week
Tues 10.00am Holy week
Wed 10.00am Holy week
Thur 7.30pm Holy Thursday. Mass of the Last Supper
Fri 3.00pm Good Friday The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Sat 8.00pm Easter Vigil
We pray for the repose of the soul Eamon Mc Alinney who died during the week in London. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
MAY THEY ALL ENJOY LIGHT, HAPPINESS AND PEACE
Holy Week Ceremonies
The Holy Week Ceremonies, the highlight of the Christian year, will this year take place at the times listed above. We hope to have the equipment in place in order to be able to broadcast live to you from St. Lawrence’s Church at the allocated times via Facebook or YouTube There will be no congregation in attendance at any of the ceremonies, so please take the opportunity to join us from your homes as we come together to celebrate the Last Supper, The Passion, The Death and The Resurrection of Our Lord. At this time of anxiety and worry we take courage in knowing that after Calvary and the suffering of Jesus, we too are given the great hope of Easter when death is overcome for all of us through the Resurrection. We can also be assured that the God of love, hope and mercy is with us, as we journey through these dark days.
As you will be aware, our Trocaire collection, throughout the years, has gone to help many who are deprived or living in situations where there is great need. However, because of the Covid 19, this year, the Trocaire collection will not be gathered as normal on Holy Thursday, instead this year the collection will take place at a later date, which is to be announced.
A Call to Prayer
The Leaders of the four main churches of Ireland and the Church Council met through video conference last week and they have suggested that all congregations would set aside an hour on Palm Sunday (today) to pray for protection and the eradication of Covid 19. This is not a call to gather in Churches or assemblies, rather to set aside an hour in the afternoon from 3.00pm until 4.00pm when together as Christians we will pray for Christ’s care and protection and the overcoming of this virus that is plaguing the world.
We appreciate the many enquiries from our parishioners, as to how one can continue to contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the parish. After taking into account the recent update on social distancing and asking everyone to stay at home we have decided not to distribute the envelopes for 20/21 at present. Hopefully they will be distributed at a later date. There are two boxes at the main door of the Church, if you would like to place your donation in a plain envelope with your envelope number on it we would appreciate your continued support, there is also the option of going onto our webpage at fintonaparish.com and making a payment through Paypal with the donate button that has been put in place there. Even though, we are not taking up collections at Mass obviously, the bills for continued maintenance and day to day upkeep still need to be paid so we thank you for your understanding and consideration of the situation that we all find ourselves in at this time.
Corona Virus (Covid 19) Precautions
All are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass and Mass on Holy Days of Obligation until further notice.
- All are encouraged to participate in Sunday Mass and Mass on weekdays via radio, television or webcams…
- Weddings are postponed until further notice. Funeral services as follows
Immediate family members not exceeding 10 persons may attend burials and cremations, provided that social distancing rules are enforced
This relates to all funerals including those arising out of COVID-19 deaths.
The number not exceeding 10 persons applies at the graveside. The number may be restricted in smaller enclosed spaces and churches may put in place restrictions which respond to specific local circumstances.
- Priests are encouraged to celebrate Mass privately and to remember the needs of all their parishioners at this time, especially all those who are vulnerable and who may be infected by the Coronavirus.
- People are reminded of the Catholic tradition of a spiritual communion. When unable to attend Mass, we can still make an act of Spiritual Communion reminding us of the presence of Christ.
Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that you are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Controlling the Spread of COVID19
We urge everyone to adhere to the advice that is being given and only leave your home when going for
- Essential groceries
- Medical requirements
- Daily exercise (once per day)
- Not to socialise with other family members outside your immediate household
- We must all do our best to help stop the spread of COVID19!
We are all overwhelmed by the Corona virus outbreak and we hope that you and yours are all safe and healthy. Now more than ever we need to stay calm, be resourceful, and do what we do best: focus on supporting each other. Whilst some of our staff are working remotely, we can be contacted through our NATIONAL HELPLINE at 1800 277 477, our office telephone 094 9000251 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Our offices are manned Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm during these difficult times. Remember –social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation – we are here to help and support!