We remember in prayer:
Sun 24 Jan 11.00am Tim O’ Keeffe & his sister Eileen O’ Leary, Clareen
Sun 24 Jan 9.30am Willie & Mary Gleeson and daughter Anne, Garrane;
Paddy & Josie Flanagan and decd family members, Grangemore
Please pray for: Kitty Doyle, Mocklershill; Winifred (Freddie) Campion, Gortnahoe; Margaret (Peggy) Bowes, Lisronagh, Clonmel; Josie Ivers, Cashel, who died last week.
Today has been established by Pope Francis as the Sunday of the Word of God throughout the world. It is a day given to the theme of the celebration, study, and spreading of the Word of God in Scripture. The Word of God is an inexhaustible treasure for the whole People of God. We give thanks for the many Readers of the Word of God in the churches of the parish.
Mon 25 Jan is the feast of The Conversion of Paul, apostle. Today also marks the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. “Unity of action leads to full unity of faith” (Ut Unum Sint, 40).
Tue 26 Jan is the memorial of Ss Timothy and Titus, bishops. They worked closely with St Paul on his missions.
Thu 28 Jan is the memorial of St Thomas Aquinas (1224-74), priest and doctor of the Church. An outstanding theologian, he is a patron of schools, universities, students and booksellers.
Catholic Schools Week 2021 will be celebrated from Sunday 24 January to Sunday 31 January on the theme ‘Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith and Resilience’. See the poster in the church porch.
Archbishop’s Letter: Archbishop Kieran O’ Reilly has written a short letter to the people of the diocese this week. In it he encourages everybody at this time of pandemic, and reflects on the recent Report into Mother and Baby Homes. Copies are available in the church porch, and online at www.boherlahandualla.ie
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 in Boherlahan and Dualla will be at the usual times.
- Weekday Masses will be in Boherlahan: Monday to Friday at 10.00am.
Booking of Masses: anniversary Masses etc. continue to be offered as usual. Bookings may be made by contacting the sacristan or either of the priests of the parish.
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.
Boherlahan and Dualla: the Parish at Prayer:
- Copies of a leaflet titled ‘Prayers in Times of Insecurity and Anxiety,’ and for use during the Covid-19 crisis, are available in each church. Other prayer options, are available as well on the website.
- The churches in Boherlahan and Dualla will remain open for private prayer each day, and the Blessed Sacrament will be reserved in the tabernacles
- Parishioners should feel free to go to either church for private prayer e.g. the rosary, stations of the cross, or other devotions
- If you enter a church and other people are there, please observe the HSE’s current guidelines regarding physical distancing i.e. two metres apart
- Each Mass is live-streamed from Immaculate Conception Church, Boherlahan throughout the current restrictions. Local radio station Tipp Mid West broadcasts Sunday Mass at 11.00am.
Newsletter Notices: please forward by Wednesday evening any items for the newsletter to either of the priests or at the usual email address: firstname.lastname@example.org These will be included in the online newsletter which will be posted each week on www.boherlahandualla.ie during the pandemic restrictions.
Important dates for your Calendar: Confirmation & First Holy Communion:
Confirmation: The date of Confirmation for the parish of Boherlahan-Dualla is Wednesday 12 May 2021.The details relating to venues, the number of ceremonies, or whether the Archbishop will be in attendance, will be decided at a later date. When you receive the Parish Calendar, you will notice that the date of Confirmation is May 5. This was an error in typing.
First Holy Communion: Two dates have been arranged with each of the three schools. Each school has fixed a date in March and also a fall-back date in May for First Holy Communion. These dates will be communicated to the parents through the school. They also appear in our Parish Calendar. All these dates are provisional due to Covid 19.
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.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy 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. (St Alphonsus de Liguori)
Listening to the Gospel: each gospel story keeps alive the mystery and the meaning of an event in our salvation. The gospel is the history of the past and the mystery of the present. The word of Jesus is spoken for today. I can ask how the gospel throws light on my life now and what it tells me about Jesus. Then the story will never be boring. It will leave…an imprint of love on the soul
(Donal Neary SJ).
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).