Parish Newsletter- 15th 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 – 7th & 8th August
Development Fund: €1,555; Plate: €245; Offerings: €205.
Please pray for the soul of Willie Doyle, London and Kilcoursey; recently deceased. R.I.P.
The Slow Work of God!
‘Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.’ (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
These beautiful words from French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ, speak to the sometimes-tortuous experience of waiting. In it the author gives us permission to not have all the answers, to allow our faith time to grow and develop. Above all, he invites us to do that most difficult of things: live in the present moment and surrender ourselves to God in that moment. This poem comes to mind as I think about today’s celebration of the Feast of the Assumption, when we recall Mary’s role in the life of Jesus and in salvation. In our Gospel extract we meet Mary, pregnant and celebrating with her relative Elizabeth. Given the circumstances, it would be understandable if she was unsure and fearful. Her future is uncertain, as is that of her soon-to-be-born son. She cannot yet comprehend the enormity of what is to come. But Mary seems content to wait. When Elizabeth proclaims Mary as ‘blessed’, Mary bursts into prayer, praising God for his greatness and for ‘looking upon his lowly handmaid’. In modern terms, it is a lesson in mindfulness. When we find ourselves impatient, struggling to comprehend or to trust God’s ways, let us turn to Mary who accepted God’s plan with trust and hope, allowing it all to unfold one step at a time.
Prayer for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Almighty and everlasting God, You have taken up body and soul,
Into the heavenly glory the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of your Son: Grant, we beseech you, that, ever intent upon
heavenly things, we may be worthy to be partakers of her glory,
through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
Horseleap/Streamstown ICA sponsored walk-in aid of South Westmeath Hospice will now take place on Wednesday 25th August @ 6.00pm, meeting in church car park. All walkers and donations welcome.