Parish Newsletter- 14th March 2021

COVID-19 MASS ARRANGEMENTS
Due to level 5 Government Restrictions, all non-essential public ceremonies are suspended. Therefore all public Weekday and Weekend Masses are suspended until further notice.
Sunday Mass from Clara at 11.30am can be viewed by going online to ‘YouTube’ and searching ‘St. Brigid’s Church, Clara’.
The Parish Office will also be closed. Anyone wishing to book or rearrange Masses, please leave a message on the answering machine and we will return your call.
The Churches will remain open for people to spend time in prayer in the Presence of the Lord. People are encouraged to enter into spiritual communion through Mass being live-streamed from some of the other parishes in this or other dioceses. Also, there may be services on local radio or RTÉ that people can access.

Mass Intentions
Sunday 14th March @11:30amJosie Smith (Month’s Memory); John (Jerry) Rock;
Dan & Margaret Mahon; Michael & Elizabeth Baggott;
Sonia Murphy; Jack, Aileen, James & Charlie Roche;
John Naughton; Nora and Mary Caffrey;
Annie, Paddy, Kevin, Paddy & Dickie Egan.
Wednesday 17th March @11:30am
St. Patrick’s Day
Maura Stones (Month’s Memory);
Jim & William Stones; Nora & Tim Rabbette.
Sunday 21st March @11:30amJimmy Dolan ( Month’s Memory); Eamonn &
the deceased members of the McRedmond and
Keeney Families; William, Mary & Pat Fleming;
Frank, Margaret & deceased members of the
Simpson Family; Mary Lowe; Aoife Doyle.

A Prayer for Lent
Loving Father, may we live in this time of Lent avoiding distractions that take our gaze away from you. May we quiet the noise that pulls us from adoration of you and puts our attention on lesser things. May we simplify where we have been stressed, may we surrender what has been burdensome, may we repent of what has been sinful, Lord Jesus. May we see your goodness in new ways throughout this season of Lent. May we know the depths of your love for us more fully. May we feel the pain you endured for our sake, Jesus, and may we rejoice that you conquered every bit of evil when you rose to life again.
Amen

Jesus is lifted up for all to see!
On Good Friday Jesus will be literally ‘lifted up’ as he is crucified. There is no escaping this reality. There can be no resurrection without crucifixion; there can be no Easter Sunday without Good Friday. We can’t have one without the other. But there is a wonderful message in both the second reading and the gospel today. Both tell us of the compassionate and tender love which God has for each of us. “God loves us with so much love, that he is generous with his mercy.” This is repeated explicitly in the gospel; “God loves the world so much that he gave us his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life.” Jesus came not to judge or condemn us, but so that through his life, death and resurrection we might be saved and have everlasting life. As we also read in John’s gospel, “I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness.” (Jn.10.10). God offers us this freely and generously and the choice whether or not to accept it, is always, ours. Wherever and however we experience and celebrate the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday this year, we are asked to spend time prayerfully with or in front of the crucifix. This can be difficult. When the words ‘cross’ or ‘crucifixion’ are mentioned, our first thoughts can be very negative; loss and pain or the absence of someone or something. However, at the very heart of the cross is a power and that is positive and life-giving. When we look at Jesus ‘lifted up’ on the cross, it is to know and experience that we are loved despite our weaknesses. The cross also asks us to see Jesus in a new way. To repeat these words from today’s first reading; “God loves us with so much love, that he is generous with his mercy.” This love and mercy are shown and are visible in and through the person of Jesus when he is ‘lifted up.’ Painful and difficult as the sight of the cross is, it is God’s profound gesture of love for each of us personally. As we read in the gospel; “God loves the world so much that he gave us his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life.”

St. Patrick – A Fearless Man of Faith with a Message of Good News for Us!
May the Strength of God pilot us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May the Shield of God defend us. May the Host of God guard us against the snares of the evil ones, against temptations of the world. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us! Christ be over all! May Thy Salvation, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and evermore.
Amen.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to All!

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