A high-quality camera system has now been installed, in this Church and you can view any Mass/Wedding/Funera/Baptism held in the Church by visiting www.churchservices.tv and searching for our Church by name or county.
Please share this news with friends and family who live away from the parish.
It is possible to view the live stream on PC’s, laptops and a range of Apple and Android and other devices. They also have Roku app – for their TV box and stick.
If you would like make a donation to support the installation of the camera, or to support it’s monthly costs, please speak to Fr. Paddy.
Archbishop Eamon Martin & Archbishop John McDowell
‘So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in a manger.’ Luke chapter 2 verse 16
There is an old prayer sometimes used around this time of year which talks about the time when Jesus Christ “came to visit us in great humility”. In one of Saint Paul’s letters, he talks about “Jesus not counting his equality with God something to be taken advantage of but taking the form of a servant …”
Could one of the positive consequences of this Christmas be that we have had to relearn how to approach it with humility and also how to celebrate it as servants of one another, rather than as lords of all we survey? For that is what we have been doing these past months. The face coverings and the empty streets have not been signs of fear and desolation. Instead, they are the evidences of love and of a resolve to secure the future.
They say that Saint Francis created the first Christmas crib back in 1223 because he wanted to capture the humility of the incarnation. When the time was right God humbled himself. He became part of his own creation in a particular way and in a particular place. His Mother was one of the “poor ones” who prayed daily in the Temple for the redemption of Israel. Palestine was an out of the way place and the “Holy Family” of Jesus, Mary and Joseph attracted little attention at the time. That was to be the pattern of his life. He ate his bread in quietness for thirty years, working at his father’s trade as the means whereby he was prepared by his Father for the public vocation had been laid out for him. Apart from the occasion of his finding in the temple, we have no words of his as he grew up in that workman’s family – perhaps he came to speak with such power because he had learned to love silence.
He was not the citizen of a great Empire like Saint Paul, and throughout his life he held no office or position of religious dignity or civic standing. What has survived of his teaching is usually expressed in simple pictorial speech. Like most people of his time, he seems to have had little or no formal education, yet he was never at the mercy of the subtle question, and he was able to cut straight through the pedantry of the scribes.
We are now celebrating the beginning of this life, quietly and perhaps still with some trepidation. We have had to concede that we do not really understand the world and acknowledge that we cannot “manage it”. But Christmas is the time when we call to mind the coming into the world of God himself. And he came, not to manage it, but to redeem it. He came not to dominate it and to exploit if, but to serve it and to bring it to its intended fruition.
He came and he lived (and died) in great humility as the servant of all.
+Eamon Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh
+John Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh
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Statement of 22nd December 2020
Although I continue to recover well from Covid-19, at this stage I will not be symptom free long enough (5 days) to allow me to celebrate the Masses this Christmas.
With thanks to fellow clergy, and Patrick Logue, I am pleased to be able to confirm the flowing schedule of Masses;
1. Christmas Eve – 4.30pm – Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure – will go ahead ✅
2. Christmas Eve – 6pm – Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure – will go ahead ✅ as a Service of the Liturgy of the Word, with Holy Communion.
3. Christmas Eve – 7.30pm – Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown – will go ahead✅
4. Christmas Eve – 9pm – Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure – will go ahead✅
Christmas Eve – 10.30pm – Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown – will not go ahead❌
Christmas Eve – Midnight – Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown – will not go ahead❌
Fr. Paddy will offer Mass ONLINE on the Parish Facebook Page at 11pm on Christmas Eve ✅
Christmas Day – 9.45am – Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Fieldstown – will not go ahead❌
5.Christmas Day – 11.15am – Church of The Immaculate Conception, Tenure – will go ahead✅
I apologise for any disappointment, if you’re not able to attend Mass as planned. Thank you for your support and understanding at this time. Wishing you, and your family every blessing this Christmas.
If you had planned to attend any of the Masses but have not received a ticket from the Parish Office, know that your name will be on the attendance list in the Church for the Mass you have booked. Please do not turn up if you have not booked a seat.
Why not join Fr. Paddy on Sunday 20th December, at 7pm, by zoom to bless your Crib, and sing ‘Away in a Manger’;
Zoom (ID: 813 7538 0218; Password; 467173)
God, our Father,
You sent your only Son as a little child to love and save us.
To our lives, he brings joy and peace, Justice, mercy and love.
Lord, bless all who look upon his manger; +
May it remind us of the simple birth of Jesus and raise our thoughts to him, who is
God-with-us and Savior of all, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Fill our homes with hospitality, joy, gentleness and thanksgiving
and guide our steps in the way of peace.
Dear heavenly Father, hear my petition. I pray for (take a moment to pray silently for your intentions)
1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s & 1 Glory Be…
Find some other family prayers for Christmas here
Thanks to the Diocese of Kildare & Leghlin
The National Centre for Liturgy, Maynooth, has provided some prayers as a Christmas resource for use at home. Please download leaflet.
Message to the Parish
Unfortunately, I recently received a positive result for Covid-19, and under HSE guidelines, I must self-isolate.
Thanks be to God, my symptoms so far have been mild. Please keep me in your prayers.
Until further notice, ALL public Masses in the parish have been cancelled.
I will offer Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent from the Parochial House via Facebook Live, on Saturday 19th December at 6.30pm. All Anniversaries for this weekend will be offered at that Mass.
Apologies for any upset caused, and if you would like to re-arrange Mass for another time, of course that can be accommodated.
At this moment, all Masses for Christmas Eve/Day are still going ahead, but this may need to be revised if my recovery takes longer. I will update you on this as soon as possible.
Safety for all is my priority.
In the meantime, thanks for your support and do your best to stay safe as we try and celebrate this special time, in this difficult year.
We have al been shocked that we have reached this point in the Nation’s fight against Covid-19.
We, in the Parish, will follow the government’s advice, available here
This will have consequences for our Church buildings, and general operation of the parish. We are awaiting further direction from the Archbishop.
In the meantime, let us all stay safe and well, follow government advice, and continue to pray for one another.
Fr. Paddy shares the concerns, anxieties and frustrations of many at this difficult time, and apologises for the disruption in normal scheduling of Mass, and other Church/Parish activities.
He is working with the priests of the Pastoral Area, and the Parish Pastoral Council to continue to support the parishioners in these unprecedented times.
Fr. Paddy is available to assist in any way, (please contact 086 8807 470) but is very conscious of taking the appropriate precautions with regard to social distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene, etc. But if you feel he can be of assistance in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
In relation to updates in the coming weeks, please subscribe to our Facebook Page, our Twitter Feed, and our new Parish website; www.monasterboiceparish.com
Parishioners can join in the celebration of Mass from Armagh Parish via webcams on Sundays from St Malachy’s Church at 8am and 10am and from St Patrick’s Cathedral at 11am.
Masses will be streamed at the same times on St Patrick’s Day. Archbishop Martin will celebrate the Mass at 11am for the people of the Archdiocese and for the people of Ireland at this time.
Webcams can be accessed via Armagh Parish Website at www.armaghparish.net
Masses will be streamed each weekday from St Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am and from St Malachy’s Church at 7.30pm.
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Welcome to the new Parish Website. It’s a work in progress so, please be patient with us, as we find new ways to share the Gospel message to all in our parish.
Hopefully this will be the first and best place to visit for the up-to-date information about all that is happening in our parish.
Unfortunately, we begin at a difficult time for our country and the wider world. As from 13th March, 2020, all public celebrations of Mass, and any non-essential parish gathering or function is suspended.
Let’s all ‘do our bit’ in the National effort to kerb the spread of this virus and keep as many people as possible – especially the most vulnerable – safe.
We will keep you up to date on this site, our Facebook Page, and Twitter feed, and we ask that you share the information especially with those who may not have access, or who may not be familiar with the technology.
Mass will be broadcast as per the schedule above, here;
Thank you, and may God bless you, your families, and all in our parish community.