Parish Newsletter- 11th April 2021

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 11th April @11.30amMary Graham. John & Annie Rochford.
Phonsie & Ellen McDonnell. Joe Sammon.
Patrick, Kathleen, Joe & Pauric Geoghan.
Tom & Kathleen Cornally
Sunday 18th April @11.30amPat-Joe & Eileen Flattery & deceased
of the Flattery & Minnock Families.
Micheal & Esther White.
Paddy & Bea Rickard

Please keep your weekly envelope until we return to Mass. Thank you!

God Our Father, we thank you that Easter is not about a people, but all people; that your love and your salvation are for all who confess with voices, hearts and lives that the tomb is empty because Jesus is risen. We pray that we might know forgiveness, that lives might be reborn and your name glorified now and for eternity. Lord of life, we pray for all who bring your word of life as a light to those in darkness, for all who bring your word of peace to those enslaved by fear, for those who bring your word of love to people in need of comfort. Lord of love and Lord of peace, Lord of resurrection life be known through our lives and through your power. We pray in the name of Christ the Risen Lord.

We do not come through suffering and difficult times unscarred. We are changed by them. Often it brings some sort of growth into our lives and usually it is not a pleasant experience. We only have to think of the past year of lockdowns and isolation and fear. In Pope Francis’ new book, Let us Dream, he says ‘To enter into crisis is to be sifted. Your categories and ways of thinking get shaken up; your priorities and lifestyles are challenged. You cross a threshold, either by your own choice or by necessity, because there are crises, like the one we are going through, that you can’t avoid.’ Today’s Gospel shows us that even the most difficult situations can be transformed. The Risen Christ stands amongst the disciples even though the doors were firmly closed. The peace that he gives them (Shalom) is a peace of body, of mind and of spirit and it moves the disciples from despair and being ‘locked away’ to ‘rejoicing’. Jesus then asks the disciples to be an unending witness to God’s love. They, and we, are invited to be for others what Jesus has been for them. The Risen Jesus is active in all our lives and in the world around us, but we must be careful not to close ourselves off or let fear take over. John tells us that he writes these things so that we may come to believe and have life. Our call is to bring this peace and joy to others, ‘so I send you’. Who can you reach out to today?

Irish Hospice Bereavement Support line: Many people have experienced the death of someone they love during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may have been a COVID-related death or a death from other causes. In the face of such loss, our Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line, in partnership with the HSE, is there to provide connection, comfort and support for anyone grieving in these exceptional times. Freephone 1800 80 7077, 10.00am – 1.00pm, Monday to Friday

Scoil Phroinsiais Naofa is now enrolling for September 2021. See Enrolment Form on the school website. Enrolment closes April 16th.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People. ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8.00am – 8.00pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

Divine Mercy Prayer.
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

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