Parish Newsletter- 29th 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 – 21st & 22nd August
Development Fund: €1,290; Plate: €250; Offerings: €30.
Wednesday 1st September is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Let us always remember to thank God for the Amazing Gift of the Creation of which we are part and may we do everything we can to care for ‘Our Common Home’ so that all people will enjoy the richness of life on earth.
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8.00am – 8.00pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
Need to upskill? FREE COURSES available in September at Athlone VTOS if you are over 21 and receipt of a DEASP payment for more than 6 months. We offer Art, Business and Computer Programming courses at Athlone Training Centre, Garrycastle, with excellent up to date facilities. Hybrid courses may be also available with a mixture of online and in-class delivery. Ring Maria on 086 8522795 or email
What’s on the inside!
‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts.’ How often do we hear this? Yet we get contradictory messages and we are also bombarded with messages about how we should dress or act, or what is appropriate behaviour. Rules about outward behaviour govern many aspects of life, from our school and work environments to our churches.
Today, Jesus has something to say about the tension between outward appearances and what’s on the inside. To the religious authorities who challenge Jesus, outer appearances and traditions are important, and they rebuke Jesus for allowing his disciples to eat with ‘unclean hands’. However, Jesus explains that it is not external actions that make a person unclean. It is what’s on the inside that indicates the true nature of our hearts. ‘Lip-service’ is not worth much if our hearts are not in tune with God. As Jesus puts it, ‘You put aside the commandment of God to cling to human traditions.’
It is an invitation to examine how we put our faith into practice, individually and as a church community. Which human traditions do we ‘cling’ to? Do we become so focused on outward rituals that we risk losing sight of the teaching of Jesus and its radical implications? Do we treat our religious life as a checklist of observances, or as a real encounter with Jesus? ‘The words of the Sacred Scripture were not written to remain imprisoned on papyrus, parchment or paper, but to be received by a person who prays, making them blossom in his or her heart.’