Parish Newsletter- 25th 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 25th April @11.30amLarry Galvin (Month’s Memory). Joe Dunican (Month’s Memory).
Breeda, Luke, Christina & Patrick Bracken. Denis & Justin O’Meara.
Olive, Myra & Mickey Joe Slammon. Deceased of the Feehan
& Coughlan Families. John & Shelia Devery.
Sunday 2nd May @11.30amAnna Meehan (Month’s Memory). Tommy & Mary Gaynor.
Margaret Swords. Pat, Kitty & Catherine Phelan.
Jim & Patricia Flattery. Christopher McGowan.
Jimmy & Mairead O’Connor. Joe Walsh.

Check out the New Vocations website: www.meathvocations.com. Meath Diocese has 69 parishes and only 63 priests under 70 years old. Just 3 men studying for priesthood.

Please pray for the soul of Kevin Glennon, Rockfield, Streamstown recently deceased.  R.I.P.

The Good Shepherd.
In Jesus’ time, being a shepherd was not a pleasant job. Sheep became easily lost and the shepherd’s job was to guide them back to safety. There were many dangers and the sheep were totally dependent on the shepherd. Shepherds would round up their sheep in the evening and guide them into their pen. But it had no gate, so the shepherd would have to lie across the space in case the sheep were attacked in the night. The shepherds literally lay down their lives for their flock. John compares the sacrifice of the shepherd to the ‘hired hand’ who is not really committed to the flock. He does what he has to but flees at the first sign of trouble. This Good Shepherd Sunday the Gospel describes Jesus as the ‘genuine’ Shepherd who wants a personal relationship with each one of us and who would lay down his life for us. The Gospel emphasises the importance of relationship as the shepherd knows his flock and cares for them. They ‘Follow Him’ and it is not a Facebook or Twitter type of following, rather it is a genuine relationship. Everyone matters to the Good Shepherd, regardless of their situations. We are told ‘I know my own and my own know me’. We are called today to follow Jesus in a more personal more intimate way. Even when we stray off the path and get lost, it is then especially that the Good Shepherd comes looking for us. ‘We think we are fleeing from God, but in fact we are running into his arms’. (Meister Eckhart)

Prayer for Vocations.
Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd. You know each of us and You call us by name to serve You and your people in faith. Help us to respond generously to Your voice. Give courage and guidance to those You call to the priesthood, to religious life and lay ministry, so that they may respond whole heartedly and serve humbly. Eternal God… Bless your Church with holy and faithful priests, deacons, brothers and sisters. Give those you have called to the married state and those you have chosen to live as single persons in the world, the special graces that their lives require. Form us all in the likeness of your Son, the Good Shepherd, so that in him, with him and through him we may love you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere.
With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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.

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