Parish Newsletter- 2nd May 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 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.
Sunday 9th May @11.30amJack & Theresa Kelly.

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 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

Please pray for the soul of Mary Fallon, Kilcoursey & Paddy Dunne, Church St. recently deceased. R.I.P.

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

Bound together
Have you ever visited a vineyard, with its rows of vines, heavy with clusters of ripe grapes? If you are not familiar with vines, think of an apple tree laden with apples, or a fruit bush ripe for picking. In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses the metaphor of a vine to describe his relationship with his disciples. He tells them that he is the vine, and they are the branches. The life of Jesus flows into us and sustains us, and this is the reason our lives can bear fruit in love, in kindness, patience, compassion and welcome. The symbolism of the vine works on many levels. If a branch is separated from the vine, it cannot flourish on its own. It must be connected to the vine from which it gets its nourishment. Each of us must be firmly rooted in Jesus and nourish that relationship. He invites us to ‘remain’ in him – to rest in him, to be part of him. And if you look at a vine plant, often its branches are so entangled, it can be hard to know where one ends and another begins. We note that Jesus is addressing the disciples as a group rather than as individuals: ‘you are the branches’. We are a community, and we grow together, bound together by the love of God. Today, we reflect on what it means to be so intimately connected with Jesus, the true vine. We bring to mind the many gifts he has given us, and the ways in which his love bears fruit in our lives. In a relationship, connectedness is important. Relationships cannot be taken for granted and need time and care to be life-giving. What does your experience tell you of the truth of this in your relationships with God, with your friends, with your family, with your communities or groups to which you belong? Over the past year our usual relationships have been disrupted by coronavirus restrictions on social gatherings. How has this impacted on your family, parish, and other groups to which you belong? What creative ways have you, and others, devised to keep your social life alive? In THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL Pope Francis wrote ‘I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.’ He goes on to suggest that when individuals, or groups, focus on Jesus there is an increase of energy and vitality. Have you seen this happen? The parable also reminds us that we are not the source of our own life. It is a gift from God, from our parents, and from all who have nourished us. Give thanks for those who have been a source of life for you.

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 wholeheartedly 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.

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