We remember in prayer:
Sat 8 May 7.30pm: Christopher Croke, Regaile
Sun 9 May 11.00am: Andy & Patti Fitzgerald, St Joseph’s Ave, and their granddaughter Amber Heffernan
Fri 14 May is the feast of St Matthias, apostle. He was chosen to witness to the Resurrection of Jesus, as an apostle, following the death of Judas.
Camas Grotto Novena: ends 9 May. Only private visits for prayer are possible due to current restrictions on outside gatherings. Choose a time of your own, remembering that others are making this novena with you.
Céad Míle Fáilte: We welcome you back to Mass next weekend (15-16 May) at the usual times in both churches. We are so grateful for your loyalty, your generosity and your goodness. It will be a bit different from what we were used to. The following are some of the new arrangements that we are asked to respect:
(a) The total number allowed in each church is 50.
(b) We ask you to wear a face covering inside the church, and to respect physical distancing in the church and its environs.
(c) We ask you to sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the church.
(d) We again encourage you to follow the direction of the stewards/ushers at each Mass.
(e) 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.
(f) We remind people of mature age of the option to drive their car into Bianconi Park in Boherlahan, or to either side of the church in Dualla.
(g) We hope to have one Holy Communion Minister with the priest at each Mass.
(h) A collection box will be in the porch of the Church for collections and contributions during each Mass.
(i) We will not be availing of altar servers until a later date.
(j) Missalettes cannot be used at present due to Government safety guidelines.
(k) We ask everybody to use common sense and please God everything will work out well. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will recommence this week in both churches at the usual times. In Boherlahan the Adoration will be in the main Church.
Receiving Holy Communion: We will distribute Holy Communion after each Mass. We will conclude Mass, give the final blessing and those not receiving Communion may leave starting from the back of the church. Then those who are receiving may come forward in single file and keeping physical distance. Communion will be received in the hand. The celebrant and minister of the Eucharist will wear a face covering.
Stewards/Ushers for the Month of May: As Readers and Collectors cannot serve in these roles at present, we would appreciate their involvement as stewards. For the remainder of the month of May:
Boherlahan: Sat 7.30pm: Teresa Uí Dhuibhir; TJ O’ Dwyer; Betty Stapleton; Michael Murphy, Talbot Pk.
11.00am Sunday: Foley family, Ardmayle; Jim Meskell; Tricia Donnelly; Austin Maher
Dualla: Sat 6:30 pm: Catherine Hayes; Kate Fahey. Sun 9:30 am: Maura Lahart; Eileen Falvey
Holy Communion Ministers (next weekend):
Boherlahan: Mary Coman (Sat); Marie Ryan (Sun)
Dualla: Theresa Lawrence (Sat); Annette O’ Donnell (Sun)
We fully understand if some ministers may be uneasy or uncomfortable in resuming their service as Stewards or Communion Ministers. The health and wellbeing of our people will always be first priority. If for some reason you are unable to attend, that will be understood by all. If this situation arises at Mass, the help of others present in the church would be most appreciated.
Weekday and Weekend Masses: Public Masses will resume in both churches on Monday 10 May. Masses in Boherlahan at 10.00am Mon to Fri; Dualla Mon to Fri 9.30am. Weekend Masses in both churches at the usual times.
Booking of Masses: Anniversary Masses etc. continue to be offered in both churches as usual. Bookings may be made by contacting the sacristan or either of the priests of the parish.
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.
The Wounded Heart
If only the heart was right we could give so much more.
But, alas, the heart is often empty.
It is often cold and unwelcoming.
It is often hard and unyielding.
It is often weighed down with worry.
It is often sad and lonely.
It is often in darkness.
It is often wounded.
And it is sometimes broken.
We have to heal the wounds of the heart in order to be able to love.
Lord, touch our hearts and heal them,
so that we may be able to bear the fruits of love. Amen.