We remember in prayer:
Sat 15 Aug 7.30pm Dinah Maher, Thurlesbeg
Sun 16 Aug 11.00am Josephine Askew, Rossmore and Spain
Sat 22 Aug 7.30pm Patrick O’ Dwyer, Gaile
Mass has been offered for Dick Delaney, Ardmayle
Sat 22 Aug 6.30pm Jim Lahart, Lurgoe
Pray for: Jim Scott, Horse and Jockey, who died recently.
HOLY COMMUNION MINISTERS (On duty next week)
BOHERLAHAN: Marie Ryan; Anne Flanagan
DUALLA: Mona Heffernan; Annette O’ Donnell
Mon 17 Aug is the memorial of Our Lady of Knock.
Thu 20 Aug is the memorial of St Bernard (1090-1153), abbot and doctor of the Church.
Fri 21 Aug St Pius X (1835-1914), pope.
Sat 22 Aug The Queenship of Mary.
Note for Collectors (Boherlahan & Dualla): as there are no collections during Mass, we invite the collectors to help as stewards/ushers during the month of August.
Cemetery Week: Because of the uncertainty surrounding the safety and wellbeing of all involved we have decided to cancel all outdoor cemetery Masses this year. We received notification recently from the Munster Bishops Conference and also from Archbishop O’ Reilly advising us to cancel these gatherings. What we have decided to do instead is to have a Cemetery Week, when we will offer the Masses for all our loved ones who have died in the parish since August 2019. The Masses will be celebrated as follows:
Immaculate Conception Church, Boherlahan: Monday 17 August 7.30pm; Wednesday 19 Aug 9.00am; Friday 21 Aug 7.30pm
Our Lady of Fatima Church, Dualla: Tuesday 18 August 6.30pm; Thursday 20 Aug 6.30pm; Friday 21 August 9.30am
At these Masses the names of all those who have died in the past year will be called out. Our two main graveyards Ardmayle and Dualla are cared for by Parish Committees with some help from Tús. We appreciate the loyalty, dedication and generosity of these people and we thank them sincerely for their goodness and cooperation. If any family who has graves in either cemetery would like to help in the upkeep and maintenance of the cemeteries, we recommend €10 as a yearly contribution. We regret having to make these arrangements and we hope we will be back to outdoor celebrations next year.
- We ask those coming into the church to wear a mask.
- We again encourage you to follow the direction of the stewards/ushers at each Mass.
- Please sanitize your hands entering and leaving the church and at all times respect physical distancing.
- The Collection Box is in the porch of the Church if you wish to make a contribution.
- Holy Communion will be distributed inside and outside the church after Mass has finished.
- At the end of each Mass, we are hoping for volunteers to help in sanitizing the pews and seats. Some cloths and sanitizing liquid are available in the church. If people brought a wipe and sanitizer with them and looked after the pew they are using this would be very helpful.
- In the porches of the churches there is a copy book where we invite you to sign your name.
- We ask everyone to use good common sense in respecting all the protocols. We thank you for your wonderful cooperation thus far.
- Dispensation from Sunday and Holyday obligation is extended for the time being.
- In arranging Anniversary Masses, Baptisms or Weddings it would be best to ring the priests or the sacristans.
- Baptisms and Weddings may be celebrated respecting physical distancing.
Emergencies: during the Covid-19 restrictions, Fr Dunne remains on-call to respond to emergencies e.g. sacrament of the sick. Please telephone him at 083-4854776.
Newsletter Notices: please forward by Wednesday evening any items for the newsletter to either of the priests or at the usual email address: email@example.com These will be included in the online newsletter which will be posted each week on www.boherlahandualla.ie during the pandemic restrictions.
Devotion to Our Lady: Mary is a sign of hope because what she has done we can do, for in a certain sense we are all Mary. She is a consolation because in her humanity Mary had her doubts and hesitations; she had her moments of concern for a Son who was not in the ordinary mould; her grief was real and her tears bitter in the face of her child’s apparently senseless death. We pray therefore: Holy Spirit of God, help us to know and love Mary; Holy Mary, pray for us that we may be able to enter in love into the mystery of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Faith is a love story, a narrative that gives shape and meaning to life. And more than meaning. It promises companionship, a story that continues in the smallness of each day. “Not I that live but Christ that lives in me.” Is faith a choice between fullness and emptiness? Not just my choice, as if alone with bleak existence. It is a choice to listen and to trust the story of Another. (Michael Paul Gallagher SJ).