Parish Newsletter- 8th 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.
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!
Weekly Collections – 31st July & 1st August
Development Fund: €1,695; Plate: €345; Offerings: €325.
Please pray for the soul of Sean Colleran, The Green; recently deceased. R.I.P.
Have you ever felt like giving up? Elijah certainly did. In today’s first reading we meet a prophet who has had enough. He is fleeing from trouble and things seem so hopeless after a day’s journey that he sits under a bush and begs God to take his life. Life has a way of getting on top of us, such as when we are grieving a loss, when we are hurt by a friend, when illness strikes, or when we are simply exhausted. We experience the feelings described in the famous anonymous poem Don’t Quit: ‘When things go wrong as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill…’ At these times of struggle, it is helpful to pause and to refuel for the journey. Elijah was visited by an angel who offered him comfort and respite, giving him the strength he needed to carry on. In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus again say he is the living bread. Some people have been complaining about his teaching. Surely this is the son of Joseph, they say, demonstrating their lack of understanding of who Jesus really is. Again, he explains that he is the bread of life – more than physical food, more than an ordinary man, he is the living bread and he is God. In all our struggles, especially when we feel like giving up, Jesus offers us nourishment for the journey. This gift is there for us especially in the Eucharist, offering comfort and strength.
‘The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.’
Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel.
Don't Quit. When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all up hill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must – but don't you quit. Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint behind the clouds of doubt, You never can tell how close you are, It may be near, though it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, It's when things go wrong that you must not quit.
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.