We remember in prayer:
Tue 18 May 11.30am Requiem Mass for Albert Murphy (Jnr), St Joseph’s Ave. and Linda Rae, Scotland. Ashes will be interred in Ardmayle after Mass.
Sat 22 May 7.30pm Daniel & Margaret O’ Brien, Bawnmore, and their daughter Mary Blake
Sun 23 May 11.00am John, Bridget, Thomas, Denis, P.J., and Peter O’ Donnell, Bawnmore
Mass was offered for Tommy Wade, Ballyroe Hse, last week.
Sat 22 May 6.30pm Frank La Flamme, Garryard, and his mother Kathleen
Today is the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. ‘Where the glorious Head has gone before, the body is called to follow in hope’ (St Leo the Great). Today is also World Communications Day.
Prayer Week: The octave of prayer (beginning today) for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (next Sunday) recalls the waiting in prayer of the disciples with Mary.
Céad Míle Fáilte: We welcome you back to Mass this weekend (15-16 May) at the usual times in both churches. We are so grateful for your loyalty, your generosity and your goodness. It will be a bit different from what we were used to. The following are some of the new arrangements that we are asked to respect:
(a) The total number allowed in each church is 50.
(b) We ask you to wear a face covering inside the church, and to respect physical distancing in the church and its environs.
(c) We ask you to sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the church.
(d) We again encourage you to follow the direction of the stewards/ushers at each Mass.
(e) 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.
(f) We remind people of mature age of the option to drive their car into Bianconi Park in Boherlahan, or to either side of the church in Dualla.
(g) We hope to have one Holy Communion Minister with the priest at each Mass.
(h) A collection box will be in the porch of the Church for collections and contributions during each Mass.
(i) We will not be availing of altar servers until a later date.
(j) Missalettes cannot be used at present due to Government safety guidelines.
(k) We ask everybody to use common sense and please God everything will work out well. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: In Boherlahan the Adoration will be in the main Church on Mondays 10.30-11.30 am and 2.00-3.00pm.
Receiving Holy Communion: We will distribute Holy Communion after each Mass. We will conclude Mass, give the final blessing and those not receiving Communion may leave starting from the back of the church. Then those who are receiving may come forward in single file and keeping physical distance. Communion will be received in the hand. The celebrant and minister of the Eucharist will wear a face covering.
Stewards/Ushers for the Month of May: As Readers and Collectors cannot serve in these roles at present, we would appreciate their involvement as stewards. For the remainder of the month of May:
Boherlahan: Sat 7.30pm Teresa Uí Dhuibhir; TJ O’ Dwyer; Betty Stapleton; Michael Murphy, Talbot Pk.
11.00am Sunday: Foley family, Ardmayle; Jim Meskell; Tricia Donnelly; Austin Maher
Dualla: (Sat. 6:30 pm) Catherine Hayes; Kate Fahey; (Sun 9:30 am) Maura Lahart; Eileen Falvey
Holy Communion Ministers (next weekend)
Boherlahan: Katie O’ Dwyer (Sat); Mary Quinn (Sun)
Dualla: Billy Gleeson (Sat); Gerard Kennedy (Sun)
We fully understand if some ministers may be uneasy or uncomfortable in resuming their service as Stewards or Communion Ministers. The health and wellbeing of our people will always be first priority. If for some reason you are unable to attend, that will be understood by all. If this situation arises at Mass, the help of others present in the church would be most appreciated.
Weekday and Weekend Masses: Masses in Boherlahan at 10.00am Mon to Fri; Dualla Mon to Fri 9.30am. Weekend Masses in both churches at the usual times.
Booking of Masses: Anniversary Masses etc. continue to be offered in both churches as usual. Bookings may be made by contacting the sacristan or either of the priests of the parish.
Prayer to St Roch (Protector against infectious diseases)
O Blessed St Roch, Patron of the sick, look with mercy on those who suffer illness. Your power was so great when you were in this world, that by the sign of the Cross, many were healed of their diseases. Now that you are in heaven, your power is no less. Offer to God our intentions and tears and obtain for us the physical and spiritual health we seek. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. St Roch: Pray for us, that we may be relieved from all diseases of body and soul.
Pastoral Letter: Archbishop O’ Reilly SMA has written a letter to parishioners in the Archdiocese (see copy on the church notice board). He marks the return to public worship by acknowledging the gratitude of all for the easing of the Covid-19 restrictions. He then reflects on the progress of the development of the diocesan pastoral plan 2021-2026. Here are some key phrases from the letter.
- The Return to Public Worship: ‘Welcome, Fáilte, to all who have gathered for the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist in your local churches throughout the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly today…We have waited for this moment and now, with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts, we gather around the altar…’
- The Diocesan Pastoral Plan: More than four years ago the diocese began ‘a journey of searching as to how best we can be alive and serve the presence of the living God in our times… We are in the final stages of fine tuning the Pastoral Plan titled Seeds of Hope 2021-2026… Please include in your prayer over the coming days and weeks the much-loved prayer to the Holy Spirit, Come Holy Spirit [see below] for the success of the next stage of our journey.’
The launch date of the Pastoral Plan, among other matters, will be announced over the coming months.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise, and ever enjoy his consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.