Parish Newsletter- 11th July 2021

“And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff”
Mark 6 v7

Mass Intentions
Saturday 31st July @7.00pm
Clara
Phil Bastic (Month’s Mind). Derek Mee. Kathleen Egan
Sunday 1st August @10.00am
Horseleap
Rosemary & Brian McLynn.
Michael & Maureen Robbins.
Sunday 1st August  @11.30am
Clara
Sean & Maureen Doolan
Tuesday 3rd August @7.30pm
Clara
No Intention.
Wednesday 4th August @7.30pm
Clara
St. John Mary Vianney, Cure d’Ars
No Intention.
Thursday 5th August @10.00am
Clara
No Intention.
Friday 6th August @10.00am
Clara
The Transfiguration
Mass for all on the Parish list of the Dead
Saturday 7th August @10.00am
Clara
No Intention
Saturday 7th August  @7.00pm
Clara
No Intention
Sunday 8th August @10.00am
Horseleap
Laura Dillon. Pat Keegan
Sunday 8th August @11.30am
Clara
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 for 3rd / 4th July
Development Fund: €1,625; Plate: €230; Offerings: €1870.
Thank You.

The first mission!
Two phrases come to mind as I read about the disciples heading off on their first mission: ‘baptism of fire’ and ‘to be thrown in at the deep end’. We use these expressions to describe a difficult introduction to a new job or activity, when we are expected to learn as we go and cope with whatever obstacles we face. In today’s Gospel, Jesus sends the Twelve out on their first mission. It is a challenging one and his instructions are brief and very specific: they are to bring nothing but a staff – no food or money – meaning they will have to rely on the hospitality of others for all their needs. They are to stay wherever they are welcomed, rather than move around from house to house, so they cannot be choosy about their lodgings. Simplicity is key – no baggage, no luxuries, no distractions, nothing but the task of reaching to people. It might not be plain sailing, but Jesus offers advice for those difficult times too.
It appears their mission of preaching and healing was successful, as we are told the disciples came back eager to fill Jesus in. Imagine the experiences they must have had during this time – the people they met and helped, the generosity of those who welcomed them, the conversations on the road, the chance to share their excitement at everything Jesus was doing. They were certainly thrown into a challenging situation, but they returned with a fresh perspective and strengthened faith. Jesus calls us to step out into the unknown, his words as our guide and his bond with us unbreakable.
‘A boat is safe in the harbour, but this is not the purpose of a boat.’
Paulo Coelho

The Offaly Camino Canal Way Walk to Croghan Hill Saturday 31st of July & Sunday 1st of August Everyone welcome in any capacity or distance: Offaly football legend Laz Molloy and renowned Africa fundraiser Ronan Scully along with family and friends are undertaking the “Offaly Canal Camino Way Walk” from Shannon Harbour to Tullamore on Saturday 31st of July starting at 8.00pm and from Tullamore to Croghan Hill on Sunday August 1st starting at 9.30am sharp onto Croghan Hill for Mass at 3.00pm. They are looking for people to join them and raise much needed funds for Self Help Africa. To find out more or to get a sponsorship card for the “Offaly Camino Canal Way” Charity walk contact Laz Molloy on 086 677 8807, Aislinn Molloy 087 068 8530, Ricey Scully 086 815 3047 or Paul Galvin 087 837 5407 to receive your sponsorship card. Participants who raise excess of €100 will be rewarded with a specially designed t-shirt and will be entered into special raffles. You can also contact Ronan Scully on (087) 618 9094, visit www.selfhelpafrica.org or email

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 www.westportparish.ie and on signage in the carpark at the start of the ascent.

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