We remember in prayer:
Sun 31 Jan 11.00am Kieran & Margaret Moloney, Co. Clare
Sun 7 Feb 11.00am Elsie Dwyer, Ballytarsna
Sat 30 Jan 6.30pm Ned O’Dwyer, The Shop, Ballytarsna
Mon 1 Feb is the feast of St Brigid, abbess, secondary Patron of Ireland.
Tue 2 February is the feast of The Presentation of the Lord. Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. This is the day when we bless candles for use in the church during the coming year. Candles and offerings for same may be handed in at any time.
Wed 3 Feb is the memorial of St Blaise. The blessing of St Blaise is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for all who are sick.
Fri 5 Feb is the memorial of St Agnes, virgin and martyr. She is honoured as the patron of bell founders.
Sat 6 Feb is the memorial of Ss Paul Miki and Companions. They are honoured as Christian martyrs in Japan.
Archbishop’s Statement: Archbishop Kieran O’ Reilly sent to priests this week a brief Statement addressed to undertakers, priests and the people of the diocese. In it he encourages us all to be mindful of the current public health advice in relation to funerals. Among other points, he notes that numbers should be limited to ten persons, and gatherings should be avoided in churches and cemeteries, as well as in 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: 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.
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).
The Generosity of God: Faith reveals endlessly to me your “generous love,” as [Cardinal] Newman calls it. This is shown dramatically in Jesus your Son. I can never get over the fact that he loved me and delivered himself over to death for me. Why ME? Yet there it is. I am loved, and I know it. Pope Francis’s phrase sustains me: “When everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved”! Even when I miss the point of the gospels, and fail to make life better for the miserable, your love remains generous and you give me endless opportunities to do good (Brian Grogan SJ).