NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  – 9th August, 2020

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK

Mon        10.00am Michael Mellon

Tues        10.00am       Pat Campbell

Wed        10.00am Mass of the day                                      

Thurs      10.00am Mass of the day  

Fri           10.00am Mass of the day       

                  7.30pm Vigil of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary                                  

Sat           10.00am The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary        

MAY THEY ALL ENJOY LIGHT, HAPPINESS AND PEACE

Feast days of the week

Monday: St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. Tuesday: St Clare, virgin. Wednesday: St Jane Frances de Chantal, religious. St Muredach, bishop. St Attracts, virgin. St Lelia, virgin. Thursday: Ss Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs. Friday: St Maximilian Kolbe, priest and martyr. Saturday: THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary honours the fullness of blessedness that was her destiny, the glorification of her immaculate soul and virginal body that completely conformed her to the risen Christ. It is a Holy Day of Obligation which we celebrate on 15th August. Mass times are Friday 14th August 7.30pm and Saturday 15th August 10.00am. There is a second envelope in your box of envelopes and it is for the Diocesan Clerical Fund.

Important Dates

First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday 22nd August at 12.00pm in St Lawrence’s Church

Confirmation will take place on Saturday 29th August, at 12.00pm in St Lawrence’s Church. Due to the current restriction’s numbers will be limited at both ceremonies.

Confessions

The sacrament of Reconciliation will be available every Saturday evening from 5.30pm – 5.55pm and any morning after 10.00am Mass on request in St Lawrence’s Church. Please give your children the opportunity to avail of this lovely sacrament before receiving the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.  We invite the confirmandi to take the opportunity for reconciliation Monday 24th August and Tuesday 25th August after 10.00am Mass.

Weekly Contributions

We would like to thank you for your continued support of your priests and parish through your weekly contributions.  As there will be no collection taken up at the Masses for now, we ask you to place your envelope in either of the boxes provided at the back of the Church. We want to recognise the fact, that during the lockdown and closure of the Churches so many of you used the various different methods to make your payments and since the relaxation of restrictions many have used their envelopes to update their weekly contributions.   It is very much appreciated.

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, 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.    Amen

Return to the Public Celebration of Mass

We want to make parishioners aware that there are some restrictions still in place which we need to adhere to. As we know the virus has not gone away and is still as dangerous with increasing numbers of affected people and so we are reminded that we need to remain vigilant when we are out in public.

Firstly, the Sunday/ Holyday obligation to attend Mass has been suspended for the time being and those who cannot attend are invited to take part via webcam or radio.

Because of the restriction on attendance in big numbers at Sunday or Holyday Masses, it would help to lessen the numbers attending Sunday Mass, if you could attend a Mass on a weekday before or after the Sunday and thereby make it possible for others to attend Sunday Mass.

Those who are sick, those who are in vulnerable categories or have any symptoms of Covid 19 and those who are close contacts of a person who has a confirmed or suspected case of the virus should stay at home and join in via webcam or radio.

We want to remind you that the Social Distance Space is 1m minimum and 2m’s where possible. We ask you to cooperate with the ushers who have generously volunteered their time and service. People will be ushered to their seats in order to maximise the space.

For the reception of Holy Communion and leaving the Church, once more, we ask you to adhere to the social distance. We would like to remind you that Holy Communion will be received on your hand ONLY and the

G.A.A. Corner

This week’s LOTTO numbers were 10,17,18,19. There was no jackpot winner.  Four lucky dips win £25.00 each. Next week’s Jackpot is now £3,600.00.  The draw will take place on Thurs   night 6th August in the Beeches Pastoral Centre.

Club Championship match: This Wednesday’s championship fixture v Drumquin will be all ticket due to Covid restrictions. There will be a limited number of ticket available.  Please contact Kieran McGillion 07919575416 or Mike Kelly 07802894407 to request tickets. They are priced at £6 each for both adult and juvenile. Deadline for requests is Sunday 9th at 9.00pm.

Fr Moore Moving to Pastures New

To recognise the 18 years that Fr. Moore has been with us in the Parish, a collection is being organised. There are envelopes available at the back of the Church and in the Parish Office. They are also available in Mo’s Newsagents and Deazley Eats. Parishoners are asked to return the envelopes no later than Sunday 23rd August. For anyone wishing to donate online using Paypal we would ask that, in the ‘Add A Note’ section, they specify that the donation is for Fr. Moore. If anyone would prefer that somebody called at their house to collect a donation they should contact Anne in the Parish Office and suitable arrangements can be made.

Blessing Of The Graves

The Blessing of the Graves has been a tradition in Ireland for many years, it is an occasion when families gather at the gravesides of loved ones to remember and pray for them.  It is also a social occasion when many family members take the opportunity to return and visit the locality.  Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 Restrictions we are advised NOT to go ahead with the blessing of the graves at the usual time of the last Sunday in August.  Grave visitation is a strong tradition in this parish, so if we could encourage you to keep your graves and surrounding areas clean and tidy and use the bins provided for the disposal of rubbish.

Parish Shop

The parish shop in the Beeches Pastoral Centre is stocking Prayer Books, Rosary Beads and a selection of gifts and cards for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Opening hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm