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COVID-19 A TIME TO PRAY

In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we all need comfort and support in times of illness and bereavement.  In hospitals, nursing homes and even in their own homes, it is not always possible to sit at the bedside of the sick.

Mindful of the feelings and needs of the sick and the dying, all who care for them and those who mourn their loved ones, the following prayers might help.

In joy and in sorrow,

in life and in death,

in this world and in the next,

our hope and our peace

is in the love and mercy of Jesus Christ,

who has promised to be with us always.

Jesus, I trust in you. Amen.

‘Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest, for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls.’Mt 11:29

Suffering

I am tired of being unwell Lord,

and weary with the weight of illness.

Be my hope and strength and lighten my burden.

Safety

Circle me O Lord,

keep peace within and fear without.

Keep trust within and doubt without.

Keep light within and darkness without.

Keep forgiveness within and hate without.

Prayer for strength

May your people be strengthened, O God, by your blessing.

May you be our consolation in times of grief,

our power to endure in times of suffering,

and our protection when in danger.  Amen.

For Carers 

For carers in this world, young and old,

whose love, time and freedom

are given sacrificially for one who is in need.

May they know your blessing, through good days and bad,

and receive as they have given love in good measure,

flowing as a gentle river into their hearts and lives.  Amen.

Blessing

Lord, bless my loved ones

and those I have met today.

Bless me also this night.  Amen.

(Above Pieces taken from the “Prayers and Reflections” Booklet of World Missions Ireland.)

 

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes

towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic.

Comfort those who are distraught

and mourn their loved ones who have died,

and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply.

Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick

and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them.

Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future

and the consequences for the economy and employment.

(A section of a prayer Pope Francis asks us to pray with him throughout May).

UPDATE ON FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION

NEW DATES FOR THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

The re-opening of our church is a new beginning and is welcomed by people of faith. During the lockdown, many religious events had to be cancelled or postponed. We are now in a position to plan for the future. The proposed dates to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Holy Communion are as follows:

 

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Tuesday 18 August               Educate Together Tyrrelstown/Powerstown

Thursday 20 August             St. Luke’s NS

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Saturday 05 September       Educate Together Tyrrelstown/Powerstown

Saturday 12 September       Gaelscoil an Chuilinn

Saturday 19 September       Ladyswell NS

Saturday 26 September       St. Luke’s NS

 

It is important to remember that our experience of Mass and all liturgical events is now quite different as the guidelines set out by the public health authority are implemented. Different ways in which the Sacraments can be celebrated that respect the health and safety of all involved are being examined. The Covid-19 virus means we have to learn new ways of being together in Church to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone.

Just as the schools await government advice and guidelines on their return after the summer break, here in the parish we also await government advice that will further ease restrictions and hopefully, increase the capacity of our church. I know you will bear with us as we struggle to cope with the new arrangements.

 

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