• on 26th March, 2020

From Father Peter’s Desk: 26th March 2020

This Strange Week:


This week our church has had to close the doors….  but it never closed down. We were able to continue broadcasting mass at 10.00 on the webcam, we have had night prayers at 20.00 every night and we have a beautiful adoration chapel set up in the Church window where many people pass by to meditate and pray.

On Thursday, we consecrated Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in unison with all the other parishes and communities.

Those who have died are been remembered every night and every morning . Many people have been involved in helping us along. The light, heat and flowers have all been looked after by volunteers and the Parish office has been very helpful looking after people.

The Sunday Masses have been enhanced by the participation of Sarah Lane and Kerrie O’Connor with music and hymns.

We have had great suggestions for our “One Book” campaign and will begin to publish them from Sunday on the website and using other means.

So our spiritual life continues and maybe even grows.





O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign
of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test
– and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.



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  1. Colette and Bill Mugan

    Thank you Fr Peter for giving us spiritual guidance in this uncertain time. We feel we are not alone and very much a community that will hopefully be stronger in the future.
    Kind regards
    Bill and Colette

  2. Thanks to Fathers Peter, Dermot, Padhraic & all who are keeping things going in such strange times. The sense of humour is an important bonus. Porch is inspirational. Stay safe and well.

  3. Dear Fr. Peter,
    Thank you for these lovely daily Masses and your inspirational words and reflections. I am joining in from Cabra and don’t always get the whole Mass. Yesterday (Tuesday) I couldn’t get through at all and today only after your homily. I am sorry to have missed those two homilies. I have tried other webcams when I can’t get through to yours but I don’t feel as included in them. Thank you for your inclusivity.
    It is great to be able to see the Crosses for those who have died,it is a lovely way to remember each one.
    I hope you will be putting up the names of the books suggested on your website.
    Thank you again for everything you and your team are doing. Please God you will all keep safe.

  4. Watching daily Mass at a local church here in Sligo but really appreciate your evening prayers, thank you so much. Can you please also just confirm when your penitential service will be. Best wishes, Mike Lancaster, Tubbercurry.

    1. Good man Mike, thanks a million. Penitential Service is on next Tuesday at eight o’clock. God Bless you and your family.

  5. Thanks for the lovely Palm Sunday service Fr Peter

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