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.
WE ARE GLAD THAT GOD IS NOT KEEPING HIS DISTANCE
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.