Icons From Belarus
Available Patrickswell and Ballybrown Churches
on 8th/9th December
Sister Olga and Sister Veronika will be visiting our Parish Churches on the 8th and 9th December. They will have a selection of Icons for sale, made by them in their Convent in Belarus. These will be available to buy at the Holy Day evening Masses on the 8th and regular morning Masses on the 9th. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Patrickswell Church – Extra Adoration:
in preparation for Christmas
Tuesday 6th December from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Thursday 8th December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) directly after 6.30pm Mass until 9.30pm
Tuesday 13th December from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Tuesday 20th December from 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Congratulations to our sacristan Pat Gallagher, Ballybrown, who has been awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Francis for outstanding service to the Church. Our parish priest Fr Michael Cussen presented the Medal to Pat on Sunday 16th October 2022, referring to a special Proclamation prepared for the occasion.
Pat has served our parish faithfully as sacristan for over 15 years and we have all come to rely on his dedication and commitment.
Benemerenti Medals are bestowed on individuals who have merited special recognition by the Holy See. The Medals are Pontifical decorations instituted by Gregory XVI in 1832 and are conferred on recipients for distinguished service to Catholic principles, the Church and society, who have shown an active fidelity to and love for the Church.
Praying for the people of Creeslough
We pray for all who have been affected by the great tragedy in Creeslough in Donegal. We pray especially for all who have lost their lives and all who have been injured and we pray too for their families and all in the surrounding community. We remember the emergency services who are working there and we ask God to be close to all at this time of great need and suffering.
Appeal from Pope Francis on the Worsening Situation in Ukraine
My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine…
I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting.
I invite everyone to make Wednesday next 2nd March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May our Blessed Mother Mary, the Queen of Peace, preserve the world from the madness of war.
Safeguarding Newsletter – Diocese of Limerick – Winter 2021
SAFEGUARDING ADULTS WHO MAY BE VULNERABLE
Letter from Bishop Leahy:
The Church has a long tradition of caring for the vulnerable in society. Many Religious Congregations were established to care for the elderly, the sick, the vulnerable and the poor. We should be proud of what is good in that tradition. However, we also need to learn from the times when people and services were not person-centred in their approach and people were not treated with respect and dignity…. Read more..
Further to the Government announcement on Tuesday last regarding Covid-19 restrictions the current venue capacity of 50% for Places of Worship will change from Friday 22nd October when:
“ religious services and weddings can proceed without capacity limits but with all other protective measures remaining in place”.
This is a very positive measure, however it is imperative that all other Covid-19 protective measures remain in place in order to protect all members of our communities/congregations.
Premises should be well ventilated, hand sanitiser should be provided, Places of Worship should continue to use separate entry and exit routes, and face masks should be worn.
Congregations should be encouraged to spread out as much as possible when attending Places of Worship and those experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms should not attend.