We remember in prayer


Sat 17 Apr 7.30pm: Daniel Croke, Regaile (Month’s Mind)  

Sun 18 Apr 11.00am: Finola Treacy, Camas  

Sat 24 Apr 7.30pm: Albert & Noreen Murphy, St Joseph’s Ave, and grandson Cathal Kavanagh; Kitty Tuohy, Tubberadora

Sun 25 Apr 11.00am: Willie Joe & Bridie O’ Dwyer, Thurlesbeg; Michael Purcell, Longfield Pk   

Fri 30 Apr 10.00am: Mary & David O’ Donnell, Freighduff, and dec. family members 

Easter Holy Water: We invite you to continue the good tradition of taking home Easter Water and sprinkling it on the houses and land. This Easter may God bless all our homes and our daily work. 

Trócaire Boxes and Holy Places Collections: Offerings may be handed in at any time.

Parish Masses:  During the Level Five restrictions it is intended to continue parish Masses in both churches, with ‘drive in’ attendance only. Please note that all Masses in Boherlahan will be live streamed. 

  • Weekend Masses  Boherlahan Sat 7.30pm / Sun 11.00am; Dualla Sat 6.30pm / Sun 9.30am
  • Weekday Masses will be in Boherlahan: Monday to Friday at 10.00am.  

Live Streaming of Masses: Each Mass from Immaculate Conception Church, Boherlahan, will be live streamed during Covid restrictions. Follow these easy steps to connect to it: 1. Start a search in Google by typing ‘churchcamlive.ie/boherlahan’; 2. Press the play button in the centre of the screen. 

Third Collection: Our Third Collection will be taken up next weekend. It would be traditionally our Sacristan and Church Maintenance collection. We pray and hope that the Lord will reward you for your kindness and generosity.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation: The dates that have been arranged in the month of May now appear to be unlikely for First Holy Communion. We hope to have new dates for you next weekend following consultation with the schools of the parish. It looks like our best hope for Confirmation is to have three separate ceremonies.  In cooperation with the schools we hope to bring to you the new dates in next week’s newsletter. We will do our very best to have the ceremonies before school closes. All of these plans are subject to Government regulations at the time.

The School Grounds are private property and we ask that no teenagers or young people congregate in the school grounds. In Boherlahan they have just reseeded part of the grass and so it needs time to recover. We know that you will cooperate and respect this request.

Ballytarsna NS welcomes applications for enrolment for September 2021.  Please contact the school at 0504-41323 or littleflowerns@gmail.com Closing date for applications is the 10 May 2021.

Historical Journal: Contributors to the 2021 journal are reminded that outstanding articles are now due. If anyone has photos for inclusion, give them to any member of the committee as soon as possible. They will be much appreciated.

A Prayer for the Easter Season

Risen Lord, help us to remember that you are with us in every time of perplexity to guide and to direct; that you are with us in every time of sorrow to comfort and console; that you are with us in every time of temptation to strengthen and to inspire; that you are with us in every time of loneliness to cheer and befriend; that you are with us even in death to bring us to the glory of your side. Make us to be certain that there is nothing in time or in eternity which can separate us from you, so that in your presence we may meet life with gallantry and death without fear. You turn our darkness into light, in your light we shall see light. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia.

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. 

A Reflection on Easter

Sometimes the great is in the small. Some months ago a New Year resolution might have been just to walk every day. A prayer decision might be to take a few minutes every day at some fixed time to just be with God. A resolution to be kinder in speech might be to thank God for someone any time I feel unkind towards them. Small decisions help. Easter is a time of the great in the small. The impact of Jesus, risen from the dead, was in small ways. He listened to two people on the road and broke some bread with them and they believed. He came through a door but only when he ate their fish did they believe. He called someone by her name and she believed. No big lectures, no astounding apparitions. Faith grows in small ways mostly. Resurrection happened in these ways and in a garden they all knew, in the house they lived in, at the lakeside they grew up in. We find God and the risen Lord in the ordinary. The Lord ends his time with us with a breakfast in Galilee. So ordinary! He is present in the bread he gives. He is also present to us in each other. The spark of the life of the risen Lord is in all of us. (Donal Neary SJ)