We remember in prayer:
Sat 5 Feb 7.30pm Tim & Breda Cronin, Camas
Sun 6 Feb 11.00am Elsie Dwyer, Ballytarsna
Sat 12 Feb 7.30pm Sonny Maher, Gaile
Sun 13 Feb 11.00am P.J.O’ Connell, Cashel and Kilbreedy
Sat 5 Feb 6.30pm Siobhán O’ Keeffe & her parents James & Patricia,Garranmore; Anne Curtin, Coleraine
Sat 12 Feb 6.30pm John Hickey, Gortmakellis, and his parents Batt & Birdie
Please pray for: Jackie Tynan, Boherlahan & Clonoulty, who died last week.
Tue 8 Feb is the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.
Thu 10 Feb is the memorial of St Scholastica (d. 543), virgin. She was a sister of St Benedict. She is honoured as a patron of convulsive children.
Fri 11 Feb is World Day of the Sick, and the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. See below a Prayer of the Sick.
Holy Communion Ministers (on duty next weekend)
Boherlahan: Aidan Ó Gormáin; Bernadette McGrath
Dualla: Billy Gleeson; Josephine Gleeson
The meeting of the new ministers has been postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.
Ministers for the Month of February:
Boherlahan (We invite those normally collectors to act as ushers in each church.)
Ushers: (Sat) P.J. Stapleton; Margaret Wallace; Thomas Wallace; (Sun) Denis O’ Dwyer; Olive O’ Dwyer
Readers: Sat. eve. Eibhlis Maher, Freighduff: Sun. Morn. Aidan & Noirín Ó Gormáin
Ushers: Connie Mulcahy; Andrew Kennedy; Con Ryan
Readers: Celine Mulcahy; Anne Coffey
Altar Society: Kitty McGrath; Majella Crosse; Hannah Kennedy
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.
Covid and Safety in Church
Archbishop O’ Reilly SMA has written to parishes in the past week (see letter on the notice board) with updated advice. Here are some of the important current guidelines for our parish:
- We ask those coming into the church to wear a face covering.
- We again encourage you to follow the direction of the stewards/ushers at each Mass.
- Please sanitize your hands entering and leaving the church.
- Please continue to receive Holy Communion in the hand.
- Current guidelines for choirs and singers remain in place.
- The Collection Box is in the porch of the Church if you wish to make a contribution.
- Social distancing is no longer required within church buildings.
- We ask everyone to use good common sense in respecting all the protocols. We thank you for your wonderful cooperation thus far.
Parish Pastoral Leadership Team: We hope to have a meeting during February. We will discuss the Pastoral Plan for the Diocese and how we can play our part in implementing it.
Legion of Mary: Frank Duff founded the Legion of Mary in 1921, and the Legion celebrated its centenary in the past year. In that hundred years it has spread to almost every country in the world. In this parish we have a praesidium and they meet every Monday at 3pm in the church in Boherlahan. It is a wonderful opportunity to gather for prayer and to learn more about the truths of our faith. To become a member just come along to the praesidium meeting. You will be most welcome.
Reminder: First Holy Communion 2022:
The following are the provisional dates for the celebration of First Holy Communion in the parish in 2022
- Little Flower N.S. Ballytarsna Saturday 14 May 2022
- Scoil San Isadóir Boherlahan Saturday 21 May 2022
- Dualla N.S. Saturday 28 May 2022
Annual Parish Calendar: There are a number of spare calendars available in the porch of the church. Please feel free to take one.
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)
Prayer to Our Lady Health of the Sick
O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. (Pope Francis)
An Older Person’s Prayer to Our Lady
Take my hand, O Blessed Mother, hold me firmly lest I fall. I am nervous when I am walking, and on you I humbly call. Guide me over every crossing; watch me when I am on the stairs; let me know that you are beside me; listen to my fervent prayer. Bring me to my destination safely every day. Help me with every undertaking as the hours pass away. And when evening falls upon us and I fear to be alone, take my hand O Blessed Mother, and protect me and my home. Amen.