We remember in prayer:
Sat 8 Aug 7.30pm Mary Donnelly, Nodstown
Sun 9 Aug 11.00am Sr Paula Buckley, Camas and Presentation Sisters; John Maher, Nodstown (Month’s Mind)
Sat 15 Aug 7.30pm Dinah Maher, Thurlesbeg
Sun 16 Aug 11.00am Josephine Askew, Rossmore and Spain
Pray for: Maureen Kennedy, Glengoole, who died recently.
HOLY COMMUNION MINISTERS (On duty next week)
BOHERLAHAN: Mary Ryan (F); Nora Moloney
DUALLA: Theresa Lawrence; Anne Marie O’ Keeffe
Mon 10 Aug is the feast of St Lawrence (d. 258), deacon and martyr.
Tue 11 Aug is the memorial of St Clare (1193-1253), virgin. She founded the Poor Clares. See the prayer My Soul-Your Dwelling at the end of the newsletter.
Fri 14 Aug is the memorial of St Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941), priest and martyr. A Conventual Franciscan, he offered his life to save another from death at Auschwitz.
Sat 15 Aug is the solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Masses: Boherlahan Friday 7.30pm; Dualla Saturday 9.30am.
Note for Collectors (Boherlahan & Dualla): as there are no collections during Mass, we invite the collectors to help as stewards/ushers during the month of August.
Cemetery Week: Because of the uncertainty surrounding the safety and well-being of all involved we have decided to cancel all outdoor cemetery Masses this year. During the last week we received notification from the Munster Bishops Conference and also from Archbishop O Reilly advising us to cancel these gatherings. What we have decided to do instead is to have a Cemetery Week, when we will offer the Masses for all our loved ones who have died in the parish since August 2019. The Masses will be celebrated as follows:
Immaculate Conception Church, Boherlahan: Monday 17 August 7.30pm; Wednesday 19 Aug 9.00am; Friday 21 Aug 7.30pm
Our Lady of Fatima Church, Dualla: Tuesday 18 August 6.30pm; Thursday 20 Aug 6.30pm; Friday 21 August 9.30am
At these Masses the names of all those who have died in the past year will be called out. Our two main graveyards Ardmayle and Dualla are cared for by Parish Committees with some help from Tusla. We appreciate the loyalty, dedication and generosity of these people and we thank them sincerely for their goodness and cooperation. If any family who have graves in either cemetery would like to help in the upkeep and maintenance of the cemeteries, we recommend €10 as a yearly contribution. We regret having to make these arrangements and we hope we will be back to outdoor celebrations next year.
- We ask those coming into the church to wear a mask.
- We again encourage you to follow the direction of the stewards/ushers at each Mass.
- Please sanitize your hands entering and leaving the church and at all times respect physical distancing.
- The Collection Box is in the porch of the Church if you wish to make a contribution.
- Holy Communion will be distributed inside and outside the church after Mass has finished.
- At the end of each Mass, we are hoping for volunteers to help in sanitizing the pews and seats. Some cloths and sanitizing liquid are available in the church. If people brought a wipe and sanitizer with them and looked after the pew they are using this would be very helpful.
- In the porches of the churches there is a copy book where we invite you to sign your name.
- We ask everyone to use good common sense in respecting all the protocols. We thank you for your wonderful cooperation thus far.
- Dispensation from Sunday and Holyday obligation is extended for the time being.
- In arranging Anniversary Masses, Baptisms or Weddings it would be best to ring the priests or the sacristans.
- Baptisms and Weddings may be celebrated respecting physical distancing.
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.
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.
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).
My Soul-Your Dwelling
Living God, in your grace you make the soul of the believer greater than the heavens. For the heavens and all the other creatures cannot comprehend you, the Creator of all things. But my soul desires to be for you a dwelling and a resting place.
As the Virgin Mary bore you in her womb, so I desire to bear you in my heart. I wish to follow in the footsteps of your Mother, Mary, in self-giving, humility and poverty.
Christ, I wish to contain you, just as you contain me and all the world. You are my true riches, and nothing in the world is as precious as you. Amen
(based on a prayer by St Clare of Assisi)