Parish Newsletter- 18th April 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 IntentionsMass Intentions
Sunday 18th April @11.30amPat-Joe & Eileen Flattery & deceased
of the Flattery & Minnock Families.
Micheal & Esther White.
Paddy & Bea Rickard. Joe & Ann Shanley
Sunday 25th April @11.30amBreeda, Luke, Christian & Patrick Bracken.
Denis & Justin O’Meara. Olive, Myra & Mickey Joe Slammon.
Deceased of the Feehan & Coughlan Families

Please keep your weekly envelope until we return to Mass. Thank you!
Weekly Contributions – April 9-14
Development Fund – €3423; Offerings – €2595; Trocaire – €5212.
Thank you for your generosity.

Please pray for the souls of Tom Darcy, Culleen, Horseleap; Kathleen Dunne, Clara & Broadbent, England; Daniel Francis Patton, Donegal & England; all recently deceased. R.I.P.

‘You are Witnesses of these things’
Today’s Gospel is one of the resurrection accounts from St Luke’s Gospel. It begins with the disciples recalling their experience on the road to Emmaus and how they recognised Jesus in the breaking of the bread. The Gospel continues into another account of the Risen Jesus with his disciples. Jesus interrupts the disciple’s story and greets them with ‘Peace’ (Shalom) yet, in this account, they are terrified by this. Jesus shows them his wounds and Luke tells us that they are full of joy, but they still can’t believe it and think it is a ghost. Jesus shows them that he is no ghost as he asks for food and eats fish with them. Jesus then journeys with them back through the scriptures in order to open their minds. He speaks to them compassionately, trying to relieve their anxiety and fear. Jesus tells the disciples that ‘you are witnesses of these things’. Luke wants to establish an important point, that these disciples are witnesses to the Resurrection, they ate with Jesus after his death and he opened their minds. The Resurrection accounts in the Gospels are not fantasy, they are the actual experiences of Jesus’ disciples. So often in Luke’s Gospel Jesus conveys his message through food and banquets, moments of celebration. The Risen Christ brings compassion and joy into difficult spaces. Today let us share with Jesus the situations in our lives which need an injection of compassion and Easter joy. ‘Every year the dull and dead in us meets our Easter challenge: to be open to the unexpected, to believe beyond our security, to welcome God in every form, and trust in our own greening.’

A Prayer for Easter.
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.
Amen.

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. Free phone 1800 80 7077, 10.00am – 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.

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