ST COLUMBA’S CARRICK/ST PATRICK’S MEENANEARY

NUACHTLITIR

AN tATH DENIS G QUINN 074 9739008/0868578827

Psalm Sunday 4th/5th April 2020

No public Masses or Exposition until further notice as per Government and Diocesan Directives. Church is now fully closed until further notice.

Holy Thursday Mass will be celebrated behind closed doors at 7p.m.

Good Friday Liturgy in Meenaneary at 3p.m behind closed doors.

Saturday Vigil and Blessing of Water and Blessing of Easter Candles for both Churches at 8p.m in Carrick.

Easter Sunday Mass Meenaneary 9.30a.m

Easter Blessed Water will be available at both Churches from Easter Sunday afternoon.

Please note all ceremonies will be carried out with no congregation and closed doors as per Government and Diocesan Directives. 

Story

As Jesus rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday surrounded by people shouting “Hosanna~”, he knows what is ahead of him – an agonising journey of betrayal, torture, crucifixion and death. He is deeply aware of the unspeakable pain to be suffered, yet is strongly determined to do God’s will. This is love – far- reaching love – born of an unbreakable intimacy with God, a love reaching out to all people.

Are we, his followers, aware of where we can find strength in a crisis or when facing our cross in life? We have only to contemplate and go apart to a quiet place. Here we will grow in intimacy with Jesus, because there is nobody he does not fully love. In this love we were created. In this love we find mercy.

Peter, having denied the Lord, heard a voice and trusted it. As he allowed that voice to touch his heart, tears came – tears of sorrow and tears of joy, tears of remorse and tears of peace, tears of repentance and tears of gratitude. If we try to love as Jesus loved, we must travel the road of prayer. This helps us to accept the difficulties of daily living. Jesus and his disciples were led to a place where they did not want to go – to the Cross.

 

Thought

On the Feast of the Resurrection let us greet the day with hope. In the words of Henri Nouwen:

Hope means to keep living amid depression.

Hope is knowing that there is love. It is trust in tomorrow.

In the eyes of another, it is to see that you are understood.

As long as there is still hope there will also be prayer.

And you will be held in God’s hands.

Cúimhneacháin Báis                        

Anniversaries

Con, Mary & Connell Byrne and deceased family members, Altclough Mass Sat 4th

Patirck John & Teresa Gavigan, Crove Mass Sun 5th

Bridie & Christy Doogan, Glen Road Mass Tue 7th

Holy Souls Mass Wed 8th

I Fr Denis G will bless Psalm Crosses at my private Mass on Psalm Sunday. These will be available in the Church Porch on Sunday afternoon.

You as Parishioners and Families are in my prayers and thoughts at this difficult time. I can be contacted at both my phone numbers 074 9739008/086 8578827

I encourage you to pray to Our Lady and St Bernadette in the Rosary at 6pm each day.

Prayer will conquer all evil.

Thank you for your generosity at this time.

Envelopes for past two weeks amounted to €375

Parish contributions/Envelopes to be dropped to the Parochial House Post Box. Maith sibh.

Easter Vigil Candle.

This candle is blessed annually in the Church. This year I would encourage you to write a petition for the candles and place in the Parochial House Letter Box marked “Petition” for family and thanksgiving for those who are sick and all the carers at this time. A money donation can also be place towards the candles for both the Churches in Carrick and Mín an Aoire in separate envelopes.

Petition envelopes will be placed before the candle during the Easter period.

Parishioners are asked to return their Family Trocaire Lent Box Collection directly to Trocaire. These returns are due in the next two weeks.

 

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