Parish Newsletter- 4th July 2021

Mass Intentions
Saturday 31st July @7.00pm
Phil Bastic (Month’s Mind). Derek Mee. Kathleen Egan
Sunday 1st August @10.00am
Rosemary & Brian McLynn.
Michael & Maureen Robbins.
Sunday 1st August  @11.30am
Sean & Maureen Doolan
Tuesday 3rd August @7.30pm
No Intention.
Wednesday 4th August @7.30pm
St. John Mary Vianney, Cure d’Ars
No Intention.
Thursday 5th August @10.00am
No Intention.
Friday 6th August @10.00am
The Transfiguration
Mass for all on the Parish list of the Dead
Saturday 7th August @10.00am
No Intention
Saturday 7th August  @7.00pm
No Intention
Sunday 8th August @10.00am
Laura Dillon. Pat Keegan
Sunday 8th August @11.30am
Larry Maher (Month’s Mind). Paddy & Betty Fitzpatrick. Lisa, Columb & Mary Kane.

Coming to Mass in Clara?
1/ It is necessary to collect a ticket for the Weekend Mass you wish to attend. Tickets- limited to 50 for each Mass- are available in Clara Church on Tuesday 2.00pm-3.00pm or Thursday 4.00pm-5.00pm. One ticket per household.
2/ Use sanitiser provided at the entrance to sanitise your hands.
3/ Always observe social distancing of 2 Metres.
4/ Only sit in the places marked in the church.
Family members of one household may sit together.
5/ Enter by the Main Entrance only. Exit by all 3 doors.
6/ It is mandatory to wear a face mask.

Weekly Collections – 26th & 27th June
Development Fund: €1,435; Plate: €530; Offerings: €30.
Thank You!

Please pray for the souls of Anne Sheerin, Horseleap; Phil Bastic, New Rd.; & Peter Molloy, The Green.
All recently deceased. R.I.P.

Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist
Jesus says 'Come to me all you who labour and are burdened and I will give you rest.'
Monday & Friday - 5.00-6.00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday – after 7.30pm Mass to 9.00pm.
All are welcome!

This is the Carpenter, surely?
‘A prophet is only despised in his own country among his own relations and in his own house.’ We might find ourselves sympathising with Jesus in today’s Gospel: no matter what a person achieves in life, in their home place they will always be identified with their childhood selves and their family. While this generates a sense of belonging, it can be stifling. There is always someone to ensure we don’t get ideas ‘above our station’! Returning home to Nazareth, Jesus teaches in the synagogue but his former neighbours turn on him. Who does he think he is, this carpenter, the son of Mary? This could have been a moment of grace, if they were open to hearing what he had to say. Perhaps the implications of the Good News were just too challenging coming from one of their own. Sometimes God’s Word comes in an unexpected package. As individuals and communities, we can be guilty of silencing certain voices. Do we listen to young people with their energy and idealism, or the elderly with their experience and wisdom? Are we biased against certain groups in society, do we shoot them down before they speak? When our hearts are open, we come to recognise the prophets who are bringing the dream of God to fruition among us.
‘Although they heard you Lord, they failed to listen. They heard only what they wanted to hear. The truth hurt them, you made them feel uncomfortable, and they rejected you… Show us how we may seek your Kingdom and help to bring peace to a troubled world.’
Tony Singleton

Midlands Science are running a series of public forums talking about science, health and medicine with leading experts and are looking for people of all ages to attend. This is your chance to engage, ask questions and have your say. For full details email

Lough Derg 2021: Registration is now open to “Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” 3rd to 5th July. The Prior will do the 3 Day Pilgrimage on the Island during these days to offer a live link by webcam in support of those who will choose to do the pilgrimage wherever they are. To register or for information email , phone 071 9861518 or

Reek Pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick to be four days per week in July: The annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick will be going ahead this year albeit in a much-extended format from Wednesday to Saturday,1st- 31st of July. Masses limited to the numbers permitted for outdoor gatherings, which currently apply to 100 people up to 4th July and 200 people from 5th July. Details of how to fulfil the spiritual requirements of the pilgrimage are available on and on signage in the carpark at the start of the ascent.

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