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PLEASE PRAY FOR

We remember in our prayers Hugh Kelly, Borris, Carlow, father in law of Anita Kelly Currower and all those whose anniversaries occur around this time. May they rest in peace.

INTERNET MASSES

The List of churches in the diocese of Achonry with a webcam: Ballaghaderreen, Carracastle, Charlestown, Coolaney, Kiltimagh, Swinford. Mass will also be broadcasted on Midwest at 10.00am Wednesday Friday and Sunday mornings Radio, EWTN Sky 588 and also from, Radio Maria at 10.00am each day on Saorview, Channel 210. RTE are broadcasting Mass daily at 10.00am on RTE News Now service.

ALONE

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

FR PEYTON CENTRE

Our Community Shop, Bakery, Card Shop and Meals on Wheels Service remain operational. All other activities are suspended until further notice. If you need anything from our shop or bakery please ring the doorbell, you can also ring us on 096 45374. We will bring your order to the front door; we have all essential grocery items. There is no admittance to the public at present. If there is anyone in the parish that may need assistance, please let us know and we will endeavour to help them. Our operational times are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 10.30am to 4pm.

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 in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, please come spiritually into my heart. I embrace you now as if you were already there and I untie myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen

PARISH NUMBERS

As we journey through this time in our country and our parish, if there is anyway I can help remember I am just a phone call away 096-29990 or 0852552984.

Fr. John

DIOCESAN GUIDELINES

Open churches: Churches may remain open for private visits. Sunday and weekday Masses: Public Masses on Sundays and weekdays remain suspended until after April 19th . Funeral Liturgies: Under the present circumstances, the following guidelines should be followed: Funerals may proceed, but physical participation must be limited to immediate family only. There are to be no visiting concelebrants other than those actually living in the same house. Members of the congregation should observe the safe distance protocol. Elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions should not attend, In case of death from the Covid-19 virus, specific arrangements will apply and will be communicated by the health authorities via funeral directors. Sacrament of Baptism: Under current circumstances, it is perhaps preferable to defer the celebration of Baptism until the present crisis has passed. If a family wish to proceed with the baptism of their child, they may be facilitated provided that they agree to limit participation only to parents and godparents. There should only be one baby per ceremony (except in the case of twins). Sacrament of Marriage: Many couples have already made the difficult decision to defer the celebration of their marriage due to the present crisis. In line with the new restrictions announced on March 24th which specifically exclude ‘the holding of weddings and parties’, a church ceremony may take place for the celebration of marriage with participation limited to the couple themselves, their two witnesses and the priest. Sacrament of Reconciliation: The obligation to fulfil the Easter Duty is suspended this year. There will be no Penance Services in preparation for Easter this year (for the same reason that there are no public Masses) On March 20th, Pope Francis, aware that many people may wish to go to confession for Easter, commented: “But many people today would tell me, ‘Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can’t leave the house? And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him to embrace me, I want the Father’s embrace.'” The pope said his response would be, “Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says. It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, ‘Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,’ and ask for pardon with all your heart.” Make an act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God, “‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church, N. 1452, says: “When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called ‘perfect’ - contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.” “As the catechism teaches,” Pope Francis said, “you can draw near to God’s forgiveness without having a priest at hand. Think about it. This is the moment.” Pastoral Care of the Sick and the Sacrament of Anointing: First Friday visits should be suspended for the duration of the crisis, but priests are encouraged to make contact and pray with parishioners by phone. ( I will be ringing my calls during the week. Fr. John) Holy Week and the Easter Triduum: Pope Francis has issued a decree allowing for the celebration of the liturgies of the Easter Triduum this year without the participation of a congregation.

PRAYER OF ST. ROCH

O Blessed Saint Roch, Patron of the Sick, have pity on those who lie upon a bed of suffering. 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, you power is not less. Offer, then to God our sighs and tears and obtain for us that health we seek through Christ our Lord Amen. (Repeat the following three times) Saint Roch, pray for us, that we may be preserved from all diseases of body and Soul. Amen

 

The Bishops have asked for prayers for those affected by the Coronavirus. Placing all our trust in the Lord, and asking Our Lady to intercede for us, we invite everyone to pray these prayers:

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me Amen

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen

 

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