Mon 29 June is the solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul, apostles.
Wed 1 July is the memorial of St Oliver Plunkett (d. 1 July 1681), bishop and martyr. He was archbishop of Armagh from 1669 until his death. See the prayer to St Oliver below.
Fri 3 July is the feast of St Thomas, apostle. Tradition associates him with the arrival of Christianity in India, where he died a martyr.
Anniversaries: Eamon Ryan, Thurlesbeg and his parents Denis and Bridget; William and Anne O’ Dwyer, Bawnmore; Tom Brennan, Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny; Frank and Marie McCan, Ballyowen; John O’ Meara, Ballytarsna; Pakie Moloney, Ballytarsna.
Ministers for the Month of July:
Readers: Sat. 7.30 pm John Maher & Paddy Stapleton
Sun. 11.00 am Tim Joe McGrath & Brendan Ryan
Readers: (Sat. 6:30 pm) Anne Coffey; (Sun 9:30 am) Eleanor Dwyer
First Friday: Next Friday is the First Friday of the month. The priests will make contact by telephone instead of the usual visit. Mass at usual times on Friday.
Céad Míle Fáilte: We welcome you back to Mass next weekend (4 – 5 July) 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 respect physical distancing in the church.
(c) We ask you to sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the church.
(d) We suggest people of mature age to consider driving their car into Bianconi Park in Boherlahan, or to either side of the church in Dualla. You will be able to hear the Mass without leaving your car. We can arrange communion for you after Mass.
(e) The Reader at the Mass may come up from the body of the church as heretofore.
(f) We hope to have one Eucharistic Minister with the priest at each Mass.
(g) A collection box will be in the porch of the Church for collections and contributions during each Mass.
(h) We will not be availing of altar servers until a later date.
(k) Missalettes cannot be used at present due to Government safety guidelines.
(i) 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 will recommence this week in both churches at the usual times. In Boherlahan the Adoration will be in the main Church.
Priests Summer Collection is due this weekend. We are so grateful for your generosity and help.
Mass livestream: Mass will be streamed live during the current crisis every Sunday at 11.00am and perhaps on other days too. To avail of this facility, go to www.boherlahandualla.ie/mass
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.
Collections: Sincere thanks to all who sent in Collection contributions. When church services resume a Collection Box will be available in each church for envelopes and contributions. It will be made available for a short time before and after each Mass. We are very grateful for your generosity and loyalty.
Opening Hours of Churches: the churches of the parish are open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00pm. If you visit either of the churches in the parish, a number of protocols in the interest of safety are in place. Please follow the instruction notices when you are inside the church.
Parish Preparation for the Celebration of Mass and Other Church Services:
As we mentioned last week we will need help in organising the resumption of Mass in the churches. We hope to hold a meeting in Boherlahan church on next Tuesday evening at 7.30pm, and in Dualla church on next Wednesday 1 July at 7.30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to guide and help us in the preparations necessary for reopening. We would like all members of the Parish Councils plus the Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Altar Society members and the Parish Pastoral Leadership Team to attend. We would appreciate help from the G.A.A. and also from young people.
Newsletter Notices: please forward by Wednesday evening any items for the newsletter to Fr Dunne 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.
Prayer to St Oliver Plunkett
God our Father, you filled Saint Oliver with your spirit of fortitude, enabling him to feed your people with his word and to lay down his life for the faith; at his intercession keep us strong in the same true faith and help us to proclaim it everywhere. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal, Memorial of St Oliver Plunkett)
VOCATIONS TO PRIESTHOOD/RELIGIOUS LIFE: “God so loved the world, He gave His only Son.” How can you give yourself to God the Father in a response to that love? Is your love for the Lord leading you to grow in holiness as a priest? Contact: Fr Joe Walsh 086-7714888 or your local priest.
Covid-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week 8am-8pm 0818-222-024.