We were delighted to be able to hold all three of the Blessings of the Graves in beautiful summer sunshine. Thanks so much to everyone who prepared for and participated in the liturgies, and all who came from near and far to attend the blessings. Thanks especially to Joe Finnegan who recorded them – they are linked here, and on our parish Facebook Page. Please share with family and friends who weren’t able to attend or who live abroad, and please God, we’ll see you all again in Summer 2023.
Mullery was on Sunday 24th July @ 12noon;
Ballymakenny was Sunday 31st July @ 12 noon
Monasterboice was Sunday 7th August @ 12noon(NB Change of Time)
The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord: is part of the resurrection. Resurrection emphasises that Jesus has entered a new life and not just that he recovered his previous life.
The ascension emphasises that the risen Jesus is together with the Father, that he shares the place and dignity of the Father. This important feast – in the past celebrated on the 40th day after Easter – reminds ourselves that when Jesus left us he gave us a very important mission.
That mission was and is to continue his loving and redemptive presence in the world. Let us ask him today to help us, together with him, to carry out that huge responsibility in the way he wants.
The Feast of Ascension is celebrated in connection with World Communications Day. We are invited to reflect upon the diversity of media of social communication and how they influence our lives.
During Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into Jerusalem. The Lenten season lasts until the Thursday of this week. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.
Times are as follows;
Holy Thursday – Mass of The Lord’s Supper
Church of St. Michael, Clogherhead @ 7.30pm (Adoration at Altar of Repose until Night Prayer at 9.20pm)
Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure @ 8pm (Adoration at Altar of Repose until Night Prayer at 10pm)Confessions available
Church of The Immaculate Conception, Termonfechin @ 7pm (Adoration at Altar of Repose until Night Prayer at 9.30pm)
Church of St. Colmcille, Togher @ 7pm (Adoration at Altar of Repose until 9pm)
Good Friday – Celebration of The Lord’s Passion
Church of St. Michael, Clogherhead @ 3pm Stations of the Cross in The Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Walshestown @ 7pm (Collection for The Holy Land in both Churches)
Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure @ 3pmConfessions 4-5pm Stations of The Cross in The Church of The Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown @ 8pm Confessions available afterwards
Church of The Immaculate Conception, Termonfechin @ 3pm Stations of The Cross in The Church of The Assumption, Sandpit @ 7pm
Church of St. Colmcille, Togher @ 3pm Stations of The Cross in The Church of St. Finian, Dillonstown @ 7pm
Holy Saturday – The Easter Vigil
Church of St. Michael, Clogherhead @ 8.30pm
Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure @ 9.30pm
Church of The Immaculate Conception, Termonfechin @ 9pm
Church of St. Colmcille, Togher @ 8.30pm
Easter Sunday – Mass
Church of St. Michael, Clogherhead @ 10am Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Walshestown @ 11.30am
Dawn Mass outside The Church of The Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown @ 5.30am Church of The Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown @ 9.45am Church of Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure @ 11.15am
Church of The Assumption, Sandpit @ 9.30am Church of The Immaculate Conception, Termonfechin @ 11am
Church of St. Colmcille, Togher @ 10am Church of St. Finian, Dillonstown @ 11.30am
In conjunction with the Pastoral Councils of our Parishes, we wish all our parishioners every blessing for Holy Week, and joy in the Resurrection of The Lord.
A special collection for the People of Ukraine will taken up at all Masses in Ireland this weekend.
People are also invited to support the charitable initiatives of Aid to the Church in Need, the Jesuit Refugee Service, and Trócaire, which is currently responding to the crisis through its partners Caritas Ukraine and Caritas Poland which have a strong presence in the region and can use resources strategically to the greatest effect.
A fundraising ‘bring and buy’ is being organised by PPC members & others in Drumshallon Forge on Sunday 27th from 2.30 to 5.30, all proceeds going to The Irish Red Cross Ukraine Fund – please lend your support.
Hope you enjoyed this special time of the year – despite the difficulties in the country and the world at this time.
Fr. Paddy used a reflection at his Christmas Masses, and some people have asked for it to be shared;
A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE INCARNATION
The Incarnation is no mystery, Jesus. You make it easy to understand. Because you walked our earth, we are to see the face of the Divine in every person we meet:
the friend who betrayed; the family gathered for a meal; the mother on welfare; the man on death row; the server in the store; the teenage thug on the corner; those society tells me are different from me, and my enemy and trains me to treat that way.
Every time I love, the mystery of the Incarnation happens. Every time I love, I birth you on earth, Jesus.
I fall on my knees and beg you, Jesus, deepen my living of the Incarnation.
Slightly adapted from ‘Prayers for A New Millennium’, by Mary L .Kownacki
Fr. Paddy also acknowledged all those who helped in the parish throughout the year;
I think of all those who have helped keep our parish going this year; You, our Parishioners; Our Sacristans; The Parish Pastoral Council; The Parish Finance Committee; The Covid-19 Committee; Stewards; Ministers of the Word & Eucharist; our Secretaries; and all those who helped in any way.I am so grateful for your support.
So, on behalf of all, may you and your families experience the many blessings of Christmas and have a joyous and grace-filled new year!
Yes, Pope Francis went to Confession, publicly, in St. Peter’s Basilica, after leading a penitential service.
The Holy Father said the Christian way begins with taking a step backward, with removing oneself from the centre to make room for God.
This same criterion, this same outlook, applied to confession, can provoke a revolution in the life of each person: I am no longer at the centre of the sacrament of penance, humiliated with my list of sins — perhaps always the same ones — to be told with difficulty to the priest.
At the centre is the encounter with God who welcomes, embraces, forgives, raises up.
“One does not go to confession,” the Pope explained, “as chastised people who must humble themselves, but as children who run to receive the Father’s embrace.
And the Father lifts us up in every situation, He forgives our every sin. Hear this well: God always forgives! Do you understand? God always forgives!” One is not going to a judge to settle accounts, but “to Jesus who loves me and heals me”.
Confessions for Christmas
Tuesday 21st – 7-8pm, Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure
Thursday 23rd – 7-8pm, Church of our Lady of The Nativity, Fieldstown
Friday 24th – 1-2pm, Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure
Last year (2020) during Lockdown, it was suggested at a Parish Pastoral Council Meeting, that we should explore erecting a Shrine to Our Lady on the outside of the Church in Fieldstown.
Very quickly the idea took momentum, and through the stalwart work of Enda Fahy, and his son, Gavin, the base and arch of the Shrine were constructed. Margaret Fahy, Clare Murphy and Emily Halpin painted the wall, prepared the flowers and helped by Teresa Mulroy, our Sacristan, prepared the Shrine for the arrival of the new statue.
Eventually, after Mass on Sunday, 31st October, the shrine and statue were blessed and dedicated, and Mary Brennan penned a lovely poem for the occasion, from which we got the name, Our Lady of Fieldstown.
Thanks to everyone whose vision, hard work, and support brought this special project to completion. We now have a lovely shrine which we hope will inspire many to turn to Our Lady for help and protection – especially in these difficult times.
Recent controversy in the media about whether the Church should hold the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion, despite public health reccomendations, prompted me to take some time this week to reflect on how we celebrate these important times in the faith journey of our young people, & their families.
Here in our parish; our principals, Patrick Logue (Chairperson & Chaplain to NS Buite, Tenure), and myself took the decision in June to cancel plans for holding the Sacraments during the summer months, and just this week, we have contacted the families affected to say that this position remains unchganged. We will make arrangements to celebrate these Sacraments when it is safe to do so – but not before mid-September at the earliest.
However, despite the disappointments, difficulties and challenges this has presented to the Children and their families, there is also an opportunity here to consider how to best celebrate our Sacraments going forward, taking into consideration that a large number – indeed, the majority – of our girls and boys preparing for First Holy Communion & Confirmation, and their families, do not attend Mass regularly.
So, while it’s looking more likely that Communion and Confirmation will be celebrated in the Autumn across Ireland, in the meantime we should look past cultural norms & into the heart of what the Sacraments mean.
We need to re-think the idea that everybody receives Communion & Confirmation just as a matter of course; It is an opportunity to think about how we celebrate important rites of passage in the Faith & whether there are new ways, better ways, of doing things into the future. One possibility is that small groups of children and their families may celebrate the Sacraments during the regular Sunday Masses.
The Archdiocese has prepared resources for families in the lead up to the Sacraments;
Please continue to pray for our children, their families, and our teachers – all of whom are directly affected by how public health advice affects day-to-day living during these pandemic times. We also remember all involved in rolling out vaccines, and the medical professionals working with the sick at home or in hospitals/institutions, and their families.
Pope Francis has established a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place for the first time on Sunday 25 July 2021 on the theme ‘I am with you always’(Mt 28:20)
Today is a day of joy and hope for all of us in celebrating and giving thanks for our grandparents and the elderly.
Pope Francis has also granted a plenary indulgence to grandparents, the elderly, and all those who participate in a solemn celebration of this day as well as to those who spend time (actually or virtually) with an elderly brother or sister in need on this day.
Grandparents Day Prayer
I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence, You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth! I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life.
I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me. I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me. Increase, O Lord, my faith, make me a channel of your peace, teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me, to never stop dreaming & tell of your wonders to new generations.
Protect & guide Pope Francis and the Church, that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth. Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world,
that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed, the poor consoled & wars ended.
Sustain me in weakness & help me to live life fully in each moment that you give me, in the certainty that you’re with me, until the end of the age. Amen.