We are glad to announce the re-opening of our church for public services after weeks of lockdown. We have all been looking forward to this day.
Daily Masses: Weekdays 10 am
Saturday Vigil – 7 pm
Sunday Masses – 9am, 11am (There will be no 6 pm Mass for the present)
Weekday Masses 10 am
All services will also be available on WEBCAM
For the next few weeks, we are obliged to follow the guidelines of the HSE and the government. Briefly, the directives are as follows:
- We are limited to a congregation of 50 people.
- We are directed to make use of the hand sanitizers in the interest of your and others health. These are placed in prominent positions in the church.
- A social distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.
- You are asked not to delay on entering or leaving the church.
- Anyone who is vulnerable or for any other reason, is not obliged to attend Mass. If anyone wishes they may attend a weekday Mass instead of Saturday/Sunday.
If we follow these directives greater benefits lie ahead, so let’s look after ourselves and one another, in God’s name. As a nation we can be justifiably proud of our response to combat this virus.
We are glad to announce that we’ve installed webcam so that anyone who links up with our site will be able to enjoy a spiritual presence at the Eucharist each Sunday at 11am.
Thought for the week
Little Boxes, Little Boxes …
Back in ’63 (when the world was young, and we would never die) Pete Seeger had much success with a song entitled: Little Boxes:
Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky…
Little boxes all the same
The song is a broadside against the boredom and the sameness in life when people, without question. buy into a life that is considered the respected way to live. Where the main aspiration of parents is for their children to climb the social ladder at all costs.
While I was filling out her marriage papers recently, a hard-working and dedicated teacher who is on the staff of a well-endowed school, told me that she had recently been lacerated by parents in relation to her assessment of their child. ‘Afric is a straight As student who will go to Surgeons and you have given her only a B. Not good enough!’
Any wonder that we have a marked growth in self-interest (and sometimes greed) to the exclusion of any thought for those on the ‘wrong side of the tracks.’ By the way, this is not a criticism of ambition or the desire to have your child in the Law Library.
The thing is – when a society is obsessed with climbing the greasy pole (from the Christian perspective) then the senses are dulled to the condition of the weak. Did you know that nearly one quarter of Irish people are obese; thirty per cent of young people are grossly overweight in a world which over 800 million lack basic nutrition. And one in nine goes to bed hungry every night.
As we see in today’s gospel, Jesus came on earth, not to dampen our ambition but to look out for the poor, the defenceless, the marginalised. And by the way, I hope Afric makes it to Surgeons and becomes a doctor who will have special care for lost souls.