Weekly Newsletter for 5th April, 2020

 

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion 

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Many thanks to:

'Passage East Ferry Company Ltd. www.passageferry.ie/ (051) 382480',

sponsor of our Newsletter for the month of April, 2020.

 

 

MASSES CANCELLED

Due to the threat posed by the COVID 19 Virus, it has been decided to CANCEL ALL MASSES until further notice.

 

ANNIVERSARIES

Greg Doyle,  

Thomas, Kathleen & Nicky O'Connor,

Simon Walsh

All of the above have anniversaries that occur about this time.

May they all rest in peace. Amen.

 

HOLY FATHER'S INTENTIONS

APRIL

Universal prayer intention - Freedom from Addiction

We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Palm Sunday and Holy Week present us with bewildering contradictions in how the people treated Jesus. At first, the people treated him like a king. There was tremendous joy and excitement among them when he entered Jerusalem, triumphantly in their estimation. They greeted him as the Messiah. In John's Gospel, the crowd is portrayed as having heard Jesus refer to himself as the 'Resurrection and the Life' and they knew that he was 'the one who is to come'.

Less than one week later, however, the crowd, according to Matthew's Gospel, insisted that Jesus be crucified. Their attitude towards him had changed fundamentally and irrevocably. We might well ask: Why? The reason was that he had challenged them to change their lifestyles in imitation of his example, although some scholars suggest that the basis for Jesus' death was his actions in the Temple which had infuriated them. In any event, what a fickle and unreliable people!

Many of us today would not admit to being fickle or to having a superficial faith. We claim to be very different from those people who demanded Jesus' death because we think that we would have behaved differently towards him. However, we forget that it was our sins and the sins of all people that Jesus took on himself when he was crucified.

Therefore, each one of us is partially culpable for Jesus' betrayal and death. We cannot blame his Jewish contemporaries for the scandal of his death. We too are God's beloved people. Yet we have betrayed God's love when we have sinned.

In contrast to us, God is loyal, steadfast and completely dependable. Fortunately, God's love for us is not dependant on our positive response to him. God's love for us in Christ is unfaltering. Jesus died 'for our sins' (1 Cor 15:3).

In doing so, he emptied himself totally for our sake, and for the sake of all people of every time and place - although his self-emptying also includes the Incarnation (see Phil 2). Thus, he brought us life on the cross even though he lost his own life there. In the face of human betrayal, he proved that God's love for us is endless.

 

REFLECTION

Lord, we thank you for the great public figures of our time who have chosen the way of non-violence, - Gandhi and his successors in India, - Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, - Nelson Mandela, - Caribbean people who resisted slavery and colonialism by peaceful means. They have been for the modern world Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. Like him they fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah, coming to the children of Zion with humility, banishing chariots and horses and all the bows of war and proclaiming peace to all. It is through people like these that your empire will stretch from sea to sea, from the River to the ends of the earth.

 

PRAYER OF THE WEEK

Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES (Online from St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy)

 https://www.churchservices.tv/enniscorthycathedral

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday -Mass at 10am as usual.

Holy Thursday

Mass of The Lord's Supper at 7pm

Good Friday

The Lord's Passion at 3pm

Stations of The Cross at 7pm

Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil at 7pm

Easter Sunday

Mass of The Resurrection at 10am

 

ONLINE AVAILABILTY

Diocesan Churches offering On-line Services

Services are available from the following parishes via their webcams/radio broadcasts.

New Ross: 10am weekdays, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.  104.7fm

St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy: 10am weekdays, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 10am. https://www.churchservices.tv/enniscorthycathedral

St. Senan's Church, Enniscorthy: 10am weekdays, Saturday Vigil 7pm and Sunday morning at 11am.  https://www.facebook.com/stsenansparish

Gorey: 10am weekdays, Sunday 10am. https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/saint-michaels

Clonard: 10am weekdays, 9am and 11.30am on Sunday 92.9fm

Ferns: 9.30am weekdays, Saturday and holy day vigil 6.30pm, Sunday and holy days 8.30am and 11am. Stations of the Cross and Rosary each evening 7pm.

www.youtube.com/channel/UCqamu-WPobW58-cAyq6WKpQ

Our Lady's Island: Sunday 11am. www.ourladysisland.ie

Rosslare: 10am weekdays, Saturday vigil Mass at 6pm and Sunday morning at 10am.  88fm

Cushinstown: Sunday 11am. https://www.facebook.com/cushinstownparishnews

Kilmore: Sunday 10am 103.9fm

Ballymitty: https://www.ballymittychurch.com/sunday

 

ALTAR SOCIETY

11th April: Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy.

18th April: Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Marian McKee.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA 

Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima from 11th to 18th October, 2020. - 7 nights, full board at Hotel Catolica.

Price:  €799 per person sharing - Full Board.

Full Details from O'Leary Travel (053) 923 3178.

 

TRÓCAIRE BOXES

Please hold onto your Trócaire boxes until further notice and we will let you know how to return them when it will be safe for you to do so, or if you can, please donate online or over the phone -LoCall 1850 408 408 - donations can be made online at https://www.trocaire.org/donate/make-a-donation

There are currently Coronavirus cases in 15 of the countries where Trócaire supports people.

Trying to contain the spread of the virus in these countries is going to be a mammoth task for country teams in the weeks and months ahead. As in Ireland, the number of cases and affected countries is certain to increase on a daily basis."

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

Karen Armstrong, internationally acclaimed religious historian, promotes a new kind of religious discourse that goes back to the core values of religion: 'The Golden Rule' shared by all the world's great religions: treat others as you would yourself like to be treated. The Charter for Compassion which she founded calls on humankind to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion. The Charter has partnered with more than 1,300 organizations in 50 countries to spread and concretely implement its message of compassion. Learn more and listen to Armstrong's electrifying TED talk at: www.newpilgrimpath.ie

 

RAMSGRANGE ACTIVE RETIREMENT

Because of the coronavirus, we have had to postpone all meetings for a while, and all our Day-Trips and our holiday have also been put on hold. It is all about keeping safe and looking out for each other.

I will continue to text members to keep you informed. If you need any help or just a chat please, please, do not hesitate to call me (087) 637 2084, (051) 593 836 or email:

kellydundavan@gmail.com 

Please stay safe and ask for help where and when needed.

 

FUNERAL SERVICES

(Extract from the Irish Government official Website)

The Government wants to ensure that families are able to bury their loved ones in a respectful manner while ensuring that all involved - mourners, funeral directors, celebrants and all involved in these services are protected from COVID-19.

Immediate family members can still attend funeral services, burials and cremations, provided that social-distancing rules are respected. This relates to all funerals, including those arising out of COVID-19 deaths.

While we know this is difficult, in general, numbers attending should not exceed 10 persons in places of worship and at the graveside but this may be restricted further in smaller enclosed places.

 

HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE

The HSE has issued the following guidance in relation to funerals in Ireland:

Funerals can be held privately behind closed doors with family and close friends can be present.

There should be no public advertisement of funeral arrangements - in print or online - but death notices can be placed without arrangements.

Families can advise friends and relations privately of funeral arrangements.

There should be no provision for condolence book and pen at the funeral and public reposing must be discouraged, as should funeral home gatherings.

Family gatherings should be by invite only and attendance restricted to below 100.

Social distancing (2 Mts.) must be maintained with no handshaking or hugging.

Mourners can express their condolence online at www.rip.ie and send condolence or mass cards by post.

 

ST. JAMES' GAA LOTTO

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, further draws have been postponed, until further notice.