Thursday, 24 September 2020
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time PDF Print E-mail

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is with a great sense of hope and optimism that I write this evening. This is our sixteenth, and hopefully last, weekend without public Mass in our churches.
From Monday 9am, in Rathkenny church, Mass will be celebrated for you all. Please follow the stewards requests, use the hand sanitizer provided and practice social distancing, inside and outside the church.

As we return to worship, we pause to reflect on those who led us through these uncertain times. We thank our outgoing Government and wish our new Government well. May the qualities that got them here, cooperation, compromise and courage, keep them and all of us on a safe path ‘going forward’, as a former Taoiseach often said.

The phone hasn’t been hopping with volunteers over the past few weeks, though thanks to all who are helping.. It’s not just about opening but staying open and lots of help is still needed. Nor is it simply about packing the churches. It’s about people being safe and feeling safe. It’s not too late to ring. 046 9054138

Meetings this week:
Monday      29        Grangegeeth church 7pm
Wednesday 1 July  Rushwee church 6.30pm
Thursday    2 July  Rathkenny church 7.30pm

Masses this week:
Rathkenny      Mon, Wed    9am
                                   Fri     7.30pm
                                   Sun  11.30am
Grangegeeth            Tues   7.30pm 
                                   Sun      10am
Rushwee                   Thurs 7.30pm
                                   Sat       6.30pm

As of today, there remains a limit of 50 people indoors, which will apply for at least the early days of next week. Our three churches can accommodate those numbers as individuals or family groups, but please cooperate with the stewards.
It will be possible to hear Mass outside using outdoor speakers, and if you can, remain outside, weather permitting. It will be a great help, initially at least.
The Sunday obligation is lifted until you feel safe to attend Mass. Please care for yourself at home, if you have any symptoms.
Please come early, sanitize your hands, cooperate with the stewards on entering and leaving the church, and on receiving Communion.

At this stage please consider volunteering, cooperate with guidelines, be kind and patient, pray for, and help facilitate a smooth return to Mass and the Sacraments.

 Fr Gerry