We remember in prayer:
Sat 6 Feb 7.30pm Martin & Mary Ann Fahey and dec. family members, Gaile
Sun 7 Feb 11.00am Elsie Dwyer, Ballytarsna
Sat 13 Feb 7.30pm Martin Brennan, Kilkenny
Sun 14 Feb 11.00am P. J. O’ Connell, Cashel and Kilbreedy; Sonny (Martin) Maher, Gaile
[No bookings yet received for this week or next week]
Mon 8 Feb is the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.
Wed 10 Feb is the memorial of St Scholastica, virgin.
Thu 11 Feb is World Day of the Sick, and the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. See below a prayer of the sick.
Archbishop’s Statement: Archbishop Kieran O’ Reilly sent to priests last 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: 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.
First Collection: Our First Collection for 2021 will be taken up next weekend. This year the nine Collections will hopefully meet the targets for all eleven collections. This First Collection would traditionally be for Peter’s Pence and that will give you guidance on how much to contribute. We, the priests, wish to thank so many of you who have been so loyal during the past year in supporting our Church. Your goodness and generosity inspire us.
Season of Lent: Next Wednesday week is Ash Wednesday (17th February). We have no instructions on how we will celebrate the distribution of the ashes on that day or how you may avail of a Trócaire Box. Hopefully by next weekend we will have more information for you.
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 of the Sick Lord God, you are calling us today to come to you to be forgiven, refreshed, strengthened, healed, and made new again. We answer that call and come to you. You welcome all our needs. Look into our hearts and see our deepest needs. And as long ago your compassion reached out to everyone, let it now move you once again to give us faith and hope, to forgive all our sins and to heal our pains, wounds or diseases. Amen.
If only we knew how to look at life: ‘If only we knew how to look at life as God sees it, we should realize that nothing is secular in the world, but that everything contributes to the building of the kingdom of God. To have faith is not only to raise one’s eyes to God to contemplate him; it is also to look at this world—but with Christ’s eyes. If we had allowed Christ to penetrate our whole being, if we had purified ourselves, the world would no longer be an obstacle, it would be a perpetual incentive to work for the Father in order that, in Christ, his kingdom might come on earth as it is in heaven. We must pray to have sufficient faith to know how to look at life’ (Michel Quoist)
Prayer for motorists before driving
Holy Mother Mary, hear our prayer,
Keep us in your loving care,
Whatever the perils of the way,
Let us not add to them this day.
So to our caution and attention,
We add a prayer for your protection,
To beg God’s blessing on this car,
To travel safely near and far.