Mass Times

RE-OPENING OF OUR CHURCH

It is with great joy that we re-open our churches this Monday, 29th June. This is a lovely time for our parish communities all over the country. Our Parish Team has been very busy with preparations for the past few weeks ensuring that our Church is ready with all requirements as defined by our Diocese. As we have witnessed over the weeks, the norms and guidelines change as we move from one phase to another. The Parish Team has followed all expectations, so we are prepared as well as we can be for re-opening. When we are back together with restricted numbers, for now only 50, we will listen to any query, concern or clarification you may want answered. Do not hesitate to contact us.

We begin reopening this Monday with daily masses (Mon- Sat) at 9.00am and 7.00pm. The Church will be opened in the morning at 8.30am only. The Rosary will be prayed before masses from now onwards at 8.40am and 6.40pm. Our Church will remain open all day and if you visit for devotions or for private prayer, please observe social distancing and sanitising of hands. You may wish to carry sanitising gel with you, a mask and gloves. Please observe all guidelines. The only time there will be a 10.00am mass is when there is a funeral which will be for family and relatives only.

We are having an extra evening Vigil mass on Saturday evening: 5.30pm along with mass at 7.00pm. Our Sunday morning masses will be at 9.30am: 11.00am and 12.30pm. We are required to have stewards at all masses to ensure guidelines are being followed and to monitor numbers. If you come to our church for mass and are unable to attend because of numbers, you may follow mass in your car and you will be able to receive Holy Communion at one of the side doors.

All necessary guidelines will be communicated at masses as you return to our Church. Thank you all for your support, prayers and good wishes for our Parish Team and for the great kindness of your hearts for one another. When we return to our Church we will do what we can to build on what we do best in St. Agnes – to deepen a spirit of caring, prayerfulness, community and compassionate outreach. Our Parish Team will listen to you for suggestions and ideas as we regather and seek strength and inspiration from Christ in the Eucharist

Our return is tinged with a sadness because I’m very conscious of all in our parish who had bereavements since the 13th March – some who died from covid-19 – and who were unable to have the funerals they desired. We remember all who died and their families at this time and hopefully we will be able to celebrate memorial masses for them in the near future.
WELCOME BACK to our lovely Church this Monday, 29th and the following weekend, a place where we find the love of God in Christ and in one another. God bless you all.

 Fr. Tony (tonyoshaugh@gmail.com). 

 

TOUGHTS TO PONDER

Prayer is not a spare wheel that you pull out when in trouble. It’s a steering wheel that directs you down the right path through your journey.

Why is a car’s windshield so big and its rear view mirror so small? It’s because our past is not so important as our future. Look ahead.

All things in life are temporary. If it goes well, enjoy it, if poorly, don’t worry.

Old friends are gold. New friends are diamond. If you get a diamond, don’t forget the gold. To hold a diamond, you always need a gold base.

Often, when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, “Relax, it’s just a bend, not the end.”

When God solves your problems, you have faith in his abilities. When God doesn’t solve your problems, he has faith in your abilities.

A blind person asked St. Anthony if there was anything worse than losing one’s eyesight. He replied, “Yes, losing one’s vision.”

When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them. Sometimes when you are safe and happy and all is going well, remember that someone has prayed for you.

Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

                                                       Fr. Tony.

GOOD NEWS: Our Church will now re-open on Monday 29th June. This is a day we have waited for and is now arriving. Our Parish Team is busy making final preparations to ensure the safety of all parishioners, following all the guidelines given by the Government and The Hierarchy. We will keep you informed through our Parish website. We continue to act carefully and responsibly at all times. All the sacrifices made are paying dividends and we look forward to regathering again for the celebration of the Eucharist and meeting one another. Let us pray that our country will appreciate the necessity for carefulness at all times.

OUR CHURCH WILL BE OPEN AGAIN THIS SUNDAY  AFTERNOON FROM 12 – 2.00pm.

You are very welcome to come along for a few moments of quiet prayer and light a candle, pick up some Easter Water, religious objects, mass cards and prayer cards. It’s been a lovely experience to witness the depth of prayer, faith and caring during these times of opening in our Church.

QUOTES TO INSPIRE: “..Never lose hope: storms make people stronger and never last forever.” (Roy T. Bennett).

“..When you connect to the silence within you is the time when you can make sense of the disturbance outside you.” (Stephen Richards).

“..Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you..” (Jesus in St. Matthew’s gospel: 7:7-8).

 

If any person or family is in need of provisions at this time of house confinement please make contact with Dublin South City Partnership at 01 – 4732196. Speak to staff members and they will respond appropriately.%MCEPASTEBIN%

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please see full video message from Archbishop Martin here :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaj571VqYxA

Dear Parishioners of St Agnes, as Covid 19 is progressing it is unfortunate that we have to close our Church to protect our parishioners. We pray that with God’s help and by helping one another we can get through this crisis together.
Archbishop Diarmuíd Martin has cancelled public Sunday and Weekday Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin from Wednesday 25th March until further notice.
Mass will be streamed live behind closed doors daily at 12 noon and 11.00am only on Sundays.