We remember in prayer:
Sat 10 Apr 7.30pm: Gus Ryan, Camas; Tim & Breda Cronin, Camas, and deceased members of the Cronin family
Sun 11 Apr 11.00am: Rose & J.J. McGrath, Freighduff
Sat 10 Apr 6.30pm: Denis, Mary & Jim Hannon, Meldrum
Sun 11 Apr 9.30: John & Mary Gleeson, Erry
The celebration of Easter is prolonged throughout the fifty days of the Easter season. The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated as one feast day, sometimes called the ‘Great Sunday.’ Next Sunday, 11 April, is Divine Mercy Sunday.
Easter wishes: we wish all our parishioners a happy, peaceful and joyful Easter. This feast, Christ’s once-for-all victory over sin and death is the source of all our hope. May this hope sustain all our daily efforts to bring hope to our families and the parish community, especially where it is most needed as we continue to live with the Covid-19 pandemic. We are so grateful to the many different people who help out in our parish throughout the year and especially at Easter.
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.
Blessed palms may be collected on the seats at the back of the churches on any day during this week.
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.
Second Collection: Our Second Collection was taken up last weekend. It would be traditionally our Easter Priests Collection. If you missed out you may hand in your envelope at any time. We thank you sincerely for your support and loyalty even in these difficult times. We pray and hope that the Lord will reward you for your kindness and generosity.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation: Dates in May have been arranged and we hope we will get permission to go ahead. If it happens that we are not allowed on those dates, 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.
School Grounds during Easter Holidays: The school grounds are private property and we ask that no teenagers or young people congregate in the school grounds during the holidays. In Boherlahan they have recently reseeded part of the grass and so it needs time to recover. We trust that everyone will cooperate and respect this request.
Called to Faith
O Lord, call us by name and help us to see our need for a true and lasting faith. May our trust in you and in your promises lead others to trust your goodness. Let your mercy heal our broken world, may there be peace and consolation in all our hearts. Direct us in the ways of faith. May belief in your name spread from our homes and our schools that all may come to believe. May our deeds find their inspiration in you, that your love can reach out to touch the hearts of everyone. Amen.
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 and Hope
‘Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered. God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed.’ (Pope Benedict XVI)