Parish Newsletter- 1st August 2021
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 – 17th & 18th July
Development Fund: €1,245; Plate: €250; Offerings: €425.
Food that satisfies!
Growing up, did you hear any ‘old wives’ tales’ about food – eating carrots helps you see in the dark; bread crusts will make your hair curly; an apple a day keeps the doctor away…? These wise old sayings, passed down the generations, were employed to encourage us to eat certain foods, mainly healthy fruit and veg. Many even had an element of truth. These days we can easily establish the accuracy of such claims, but many parents still find themselves falling back on these nuggets of wisdom. Behind it all is a desire to see children grow up strong and healthy. Recent years have seen an increased focus on health, both physical and mental. Nourishing one’s body and mind and keeping them healthy are essential long-term projects, the work of a lifetime. In today’s Gospel, Jesus talks about a different type of nourishment – bread that gives life, food that satisfies, food that endures. ‘I am the bread of life,’ says Jesus. It is Jesus who nourishes us at the very core of our being, who knows our every need and gives meaning to our lives. He tells us today: ‘Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life.’ As we continue on our way, learning how to best nourish our body and mind, let us not forget to nourish our spirit with Jesus, the bread of life. ‘I invite all Christians, everywhere, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ… The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realise that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.’ (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)
The Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 8th August will be accessible online through the Knock Shrine Website. There will be Rosary at 2.30 followed by Mass at 3.00pm. The Main Celebrant will be Bishop Tom Deenihan. Even though Knock Shrine is open to pilgrims, only 200 are allowed to attend Mass in the Basilica.
Horseleap/Streamstown ICA are holding a sponsored walk in aid of South Westmeath Hospice on Wednesday, 4th August, @ 6.00p.m. Meeting at the Church car park. All walkers and donations are welcome.