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Whoever you may be…
A regular parishioner who feels truly at home here… A member of the Parish who hasn’t been here for a long while…
A visitor attending a Baptism, Wedding, Funeral, Confirmation or First Holy Communion… A visitor to the area staying with family or friends…
A fellow Christian seeking an oasis of welcome and prayer… A fellow human in search of hope, healing or consolation…
And perhaps, like most of us here, looking for Acceptance…  Support…  Understanding…  Compassion…  and Community…
Welcome!    Fáilte!

A New Year Message from Fr. Cussen P.P. 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR PARISHIONERS, FRIENDS AND RELATIONS

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your prayers, support, and presence in a variety of ways during 2020 which has been a very difficult year for all, especially at Christmas time.

Thank you for your understanding as we had to restrict numbers at difficult times and thank you to those who made the sacrifice to stay away so that others could be allowed come.

To all  those who decorated the churches and church grounds, provided stewarding during the Masses, the Readers and Eucharistic Ministers, the Sanitising teams, those who gave us the gift of music and song,  the Finance team and those who distributed the Christmas envelopes and boxes of weekly contribution envelopes, we send you all a special word of Thanks.

Thank you all for your generous offerings to the weekly envelopes and other collections throughout 2020 and your Christmas Dues, such generosity is a reflection of your goodwill which is very much valued and appreciated.

To Pat in Ballybrown and Maria in Patrickswell for keeping an eye on everything.  To Pauline in the Parish Office for her patience and hard work during a most trying year.

We look forward to better things to come and may you receive all the blessings you need in 2021.

–  Fr. Mike
9th January 2021

Level Five Restrictions Return:

A Message from Fr. Mike Cussen P.P:

Due to the very worrying rise in Covid-19 cases across the nation, we see the return of Level 5 restrictions from 26th December 2020 and for the next while, although our churches remain open for quiet and personal prayer, sadly they are once again closed to public worship.  All our Masses and services will continue online via livestream on our webcam.  Although you cannot attend in person you may be assured that we are thinking of you all when we are celebrating Mass and we will continue to keep you all in our prayers.  Even though we are separated we are very much connected in faith.

With every blessing – Fr Mike

1st January 2021

26/12/2020:  Masses Online Only, until further notice, due to Level 5 Restrictions

Schedule of Masses Christmas 2020:

There will be no Newsletter on the weekend of 19/20 December 2020 or for the Christmas/New Year period.  Instead we share Christmas Messages from Bishop Brendan Leahy and Fr Mike Cussen P.P., together with Schedule of Masses over Christmas 2020.

To download messages and Mass Schedule for Christmas click HERE

Update 18/12/2020 

Christmas Eve Family Liturgy:

Notice from Fr Éamonn Fitzgibbon

In other years we have had a Family/Children’s Mass on Christmas Eve.

However due to Covid restrictions we have this year decided to have an online family liturgy through Zoom. This will take place at 5.00pm on Christmas Eve.

If your family would like to participate, please send an email to me at eamonn@ldo.ie and I will forward you the link to join. It will of course be very different but also will be a nice opportunity for families across the parish to come together virtually and share a moment of prayer – providing an opportunity to be together even though apart. It is my hope that different families will lead different parts of the liturgy (and we may even have a special guest or two!).

If you and your family would like to participate please email me before Tuesday evening 22nd December.

Signed: Fr Éamonn – 17/12/2020

An 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.

Amen.

A Prayer Labyrinth

……. is an external aid to prayer which emerged in Christian prayer during the Middle Ages. The most famous example of a Christian labyrinth intended for prayer is the stone labyrinth inlaid on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.  However we need go no further than our near neighbour Milford Parish Church in Castletroy to find an example of a Outdoors prayer labyrinth.  It can also be in the form of a simple Finger Labyrinth seen below.  Since a prayer labyrinth is an external aid to prayer, we can use it to help with forms of prayer that are already familiar to us like the Rosary.

Further information on how to pray using a labyrinth is available from the Diocese of Limerick HERE.