A Pearl of Great Price
She was naïve and beautiful and fell for the charming and sophisticated Maxim de Winters. What am I referring to? Who wants to be a millionaire? You know the answer without phoning a friend. Yes, I speak of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca – you probably saw the film version in the Stella or the Adelphi.
The ill-fated Joan Fontaine, if you remember, wore a necklace of pearls over a black, well-fitting jumper. A most attractive combination.
Pearls have an interesting history: they are formed naturally when sand or sea salt invades an oyster or mussel. After much activity, polishing and coating, the pearl arrives fully formed: a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
In the gospel, Jesus has a merchant searching for a pearl of great price. (Matt 13: 45) Isn’t that our story also? We spend our life searching for a bit of peace, a bit of happiness, to love and to be loved. But often, as you know, life throws up headaches, and roadblocks to our search for inner harmony. Tragically, for too many, life’s journey becomes a boulevard of broken dreams.
It needn’t be like that. Here’s what I mean. I’m impressed by the growing number of people who have the courage, if needs be, to seek the help of a spiritual guide or a counsellor. Most take that step, because, in the words of WH Auden, we live in an age of anxiety. They realise that there are better songs to sing.
So why suffer in silence: seek that Pearl. It can fall to you also in a friendship that is respectful and compassionate and mutually supportive. Indeed, wherever anyone stops hiding and encounters the soul’s deepest longings – there it is to be found, and God also.
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.
The Irish Hospice Foundation – ‘How can teachers support bereaved children’
Irish Childhood Bereavement Network and Irish Hospice Foundation is hosting a free online webinar on 11th August from 2 – 3pm. This webinar is aimed towards teachers to help them prepare for bereavement questions/issues that may arise when schools open at the end of August. This is a free event but booking is required. Further information and booking process for this event can be found on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-can-teachers-support-bereaved-children-in-the-classroom-tickets-113560564706
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
Young Church Dublin On-Line Faith Course
Join the Diocesan Young Church Dublin Team for their online Alpha course which began on 8th July. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Anyone over 18 is invited to take part. The course will be run from the comfort of your own home over Zoom until September 16th), from 8.00-9.00pm.. All participants must register by emailing your name and contact details to email@example.com See https://ireland.alpha.org/ for further details about Alpha.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!