Parish Newsletter- 22nd 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 – 14th & 15th August
Development Fund: €1,235; Plate: €340.
Thank You!

Please pray for the souls of Pat Digan, The Green & for Coleman Murphy, Birr; both recently deceased.  R.I.P.

Leap of faith!
Children are often adept at looking beyond the practicalities and seeing the possibilities. Where a parent or guardian might only see a messy room in need of tidying, a child sees an obstacle course, a castle, a jungle, a magical fairy forest. It can be refreshing to take a breath and remember that there is more to life than our physical, tangible world with its daily routines and to-do lists. Sometimes circumstances can leave us blinded to life’s beauty or meaning. In today’s Gospel, some of Jesus’ followers are finding it difficult to see beyond the physical. He has been teaching them that he is the living bread, but it is hard for them to accept. They dismiss it as ‘intolerable language’ and they wonder ‘How could anyone accept it?’ His teachings are too difficult to comprehend, and they are annoyed and offended. Some of them even walk away. But Jesus is offering something more than the practicalities, more than physical food or drink: he offers the bread of life, living bread, his very self. It is a difficult message, but Simon Peter gets to the heart of it: ‘You have the message of eternal life, and we believe.’ He is able to see beyond the obvious, to hear the truth at the heart of Jesus’ words. Jesus demands a lot of his followers, who must each decide whether or not they want to follow. Are we ready to make that leap of faith?

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.

Prayer For Racial Healing.
God of justice, in your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception. Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty and worth of every human being. Open our minds to understand that all our children are brothers and sisters in the same human family. Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviours and speech which demean others. Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination and their passionate appeals for change. Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices and to right the wrongs of history. And fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven and establish peace and equality for all in our communities. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

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