Fragile: Handle with Care
During the Celtic Tiger (remember?) a well-known broadcaster remarked on the radio one evening: ‘we’ve more than we ever had before: breakfast at Dublin airport, lunch in New York. Why are we still unhappy? Foreign holidays to places that our grandparents and parents saw only on maps.’ The broadcaster didn’t offer any escape from this collective unhappiness.
Was she right? Had she put her finger on the Achilles heel of modernity causing it to flinch?
May I make a modest proposal? You know if you ever receive a gift that is easily broken – a piece of crystal glass, or a little decorative piece – you will read on the outside: Fragile: Handle with Care. Well, we human beings, even though we seem to strut our stuff on the High Street, deep down in the far-out corners of the night, we know there’s another story. ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made of/ and our little lives are rounded by a sleep’ as the Bard puts it in The Tempest.
Right from the get-go we are thrown onto a stage that may lack careful handling: things happen. Angry or bitter parent voices raised in the next room when you were trying to get to sleep; did one of them get sick and die, or pack up and leave? The list is endless. But we carry the scar tissue behind the mask we wear.
Is there redemption? Of course. It comes in all shapes and sizes: sure that’s what the whole Christian enterprise is about. It comes where there’s lasting friendship and love: love between two men or two women; love in a marriage that has weathered many storms. Love outside marriage (let’s not be sniffy).
Redemption and renewal come also through many programmes that bring peace to the soul whether it is yoga or meditation or mindfulness. Against Church teaching? I think not. Remember when the apostles came complaining to Jesus that infidels were having great success casting out devils like there was no tomorrow?
‘Should we tell them to stop?’ the apostles asked.
‘No,’ said Jesus, ‘he who is not against us is with us.’
Addendum: As a rule, the parish newsletter is not for advertising purposes, but there’s a book recently published by a man who is at once sensitive to the human condition and highly professional. You might glance at it.
Emotional Healing by Dr Harry Barry, a consultant psychiatrist.
Our Masses have resumed as follows:
Monday – Friday 10am
Saturday – 7pm
Sunday – 9am, 11am (Please note there will be no 6 pm Mass for the present)
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.
Fr William and the Parish Pastoral Council
25 June 2020
You are welcome to join us every Sunday at 11am for broadcast Mass. All you need to do is to log into the parish website and you’ll find us in the church to which I know you have a close attachment.
If you wish to have the names of any of your deceased loved ones mentioned or you wish to dedicate the intentions of the Mass for a private intention, you are welcome to do so. Just phone the parish office and your call will be acknowledged.
We ensure that the church is cleaned twice daily. Be advised that hand sanitizers are located just inside the inner door.
With every blessing,
Fr William King
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 the outbreak of 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, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
The Irish Hospice Foundation – National Freephone Service
Have you been impacted by a bereavement during COVID-19? Are you finding it difficult to cope with a bereavement at this time? Would it help to talk to someone in confidence about your loss? The Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line is a national freephone service – 1800 80 70 77 Available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.
Pro-Cathedral – Sunday Lunchtime Recitals On-Line
For the next four Sundays, beginning 21st June, a core ensemble of orchestral players and professional singers – Aisling Kenny, soprano, Andrew Gavin, tenor – all have volunteered to perform a lunchtime recital following the conclusion of the 11am Mass beginning at 12 noon. Music to relax, inspire and uplift from composers Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Albinoni and Mozart. Each recital will last 30-35 minutes. Do join us as we live stream on the Pro-Cathedral webcam at www.procathedral.ie
Marriage Preparation Courses
ACCORD Dublin continues to provide marriage preparation courses for couples in the diocese. Despite having had to cancel 26 courses between March and July, we were able to reschedule the majority of our couples, and for those whose weddings are going ahead during this period, we are delivering individual courses via Zoom. Our team of experienced facilitators is being assisted by 3 priests and a deacon. The feedback from these courses has been overwhelmingly positive. We can reassure you that any coupled referred to us will be taken care of to our usual high standard. For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies – Scholarships Available
Interested in studying theology, but need a flexible programme to suit your needs? The DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies is just for you. This part-time, flexible programme is aimed at mature students, with lectures on Thursday evenings and a handful of Saturdays throughout the year. For 2020/21, the programme will feature blended learning, with online and in-person learning opportunities. Scholarships are available for new incoming students. More info at www.dcu.ie/dc300, or contact Brad Anderson (email@example.com).
Priory Institute Theology, Spirituality and Religious Experience – On Line Course
This course consists of 10 one-hour online lectures by Fr Pat Collins C.M. given over two weeks delivered online. It is offered on 13 – 24 July and again on 10 – 21 August. Participants can interact on our e-learning platform and there will be a streamed question and answer session following the final lecture. https://prioryinstitute.com/events/summer-school-2020-theology,-spirituality-and-religious-experience
Come and Study Theology in the Loyola Institute, TCD.
The Loyola Institute is delighted to offer a new Postgraduate Certificate in Christian Theology. This is an opportunity to undertake three modules in one academic year: two compulsory modules: Readings in Classical Theological Texts and Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word (Monday evenings, first semester) and one optional module. Scholarships available. For more information, please visit our website: https://www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute/. Join our Open Evening Zoom Webinar and Facebook Live on Thursday 16th July at 6:00pm (register on our website) to hear more about this exciting course!