Weekly Newsletter for 28th June, 2020

The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 


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The Annual Pattern, scheduled for Saturday, 4th July, will take a different course this year. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the Government regulations pertaining thereto, and in order to assist with social-distancing, Fr. John will bless the graves two or three days after the scheduled date, so, please ensure that the graves are as clean and tidy as you'd like them to be, by Saturday, 4th July.



Hugh O'Donohoe, Mass next Saturday, 4th July.

Denis Somers, Philip O'Connor,

All of the above have an anniversary which occur on or about this time. May they all rest in the peace of Christ. Amen.



As we prepare to return to a 'new' normal, and in keeping with Government regulations, please be mindful of the following:

1. As the dispensation from the Sunday and Holy-day obligation has been extended, people with underlying medical conditions are encouraged NOT to attend Church Services for the time being.

2. Holy Water Fonts are not in use.

3. Observe social distancing and remain 2 meters from other people (except members of the same household).

4. Wash your hands with soap and water before you leave home.

5. Use the hand sanitiser provided as you enter and leave the Church.

6. Follow the one-way system.

7. Only use every second pew starting from the first pew at the back.

8. Feel free to wear a face mask and gloves.

9. Do not touch any statues.

10. Do not shake hands.

11. Cover your mouth if coughing and use a tissue if sneezing.

12. Do not, under any circumstances, discard any face masks, gloves, tissues etc., in or around the Church, Cemetery or car parking area.

13. For reception of Holy Communion stand at a distance from the Priest and extend you hand.

14. For the moment, Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass only, and not at the usual time.

15. For the moment, Eucharistic Ministers will not be needed to distribute Holy Communion.

16. Holy Communion WILL NOT be distributed at the back of the Church.

Thank you to those who have contributed during this lockdown time.

Please bring your envelopes up to date, as those who send our bills did not cocoon themselves, I noticed, despite me telling the postman that I want to practice social distancing from all those bills.

N.B. If you are displaying any cold or flu, or flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the Church buildings - contact your local Doctor.



Friday, 3rd July is the First Friday of the month and also the First Day of the return of weekday Masses, post Covid 19.

First Friday visitations WILL NOT take place.

Following that initial Mass, the Status Quo returns:



Saturday, Vigil; 7pm, Sundays; 9am & 11am:

Holydays; Vigil; 7pm and 10am on the day:

Tuesday to Fridays: 9.30am.

No Mass on Mondays



Tune in to Mass from Ramsgrange, via WebCam, on Facebook Live. Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday evenings and Sunday Mass at 10.30am.


Celebrant is Fr. Brian Whelan.




Prayer intention for evangelisation - The Way of the Heart

We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.



In order to keep our Cemeteries looking their best, visitors are earnestly requested not to discard rubbish in the Cemeteries. Our Cemeteries are sacred resting places and it is our duty to care for and respect these places.

Used wreaths, flowers and other unwanted items, when removed from graves, should be brought home with you. Thank you.



The readings in today's Mass are about what's first in our lives, or what should be first, namely our relationship with God. Our relationship with God is the most important relationship we can have in our lives. Our relationship with God is the most important thing we can lose in our lives. God offers Himself to us, we respond. If we don't respond, we're telling God that His offer has no value for us and that His offer doesn't mean anything to us. Whether or not our immortal souls live in eternal life in heaven depends on our relationship with God here on earth. Our lives are filled with "busy-ness"; there are so many things we need to do and so many things we consider to be important.

But what about God?

Where is He in our lives?

What sort of attention do we give to God?

We need to ask that question from time to time and today's readings challenge us to do just that not only today, or on Sundays, but each and every day of our lives.

There are two big points to draw from today's readings; the first being the question of how important God is to us in our lives. The second has to do with God's messengers. God uses messengers, intermediaries, to relate to us. How important are they to us?

We live in a sort of "do it yourself" world. We like to take care of things all by ourselves.

But we really can't live that way, can we?

We all need to depend on others in one way or another. That's true when it comes to the way God reaches us. The woman in the first reading and the businesswoman named Lydia paid a lot of attention to God's messengers.

As a result, God reached her and changed her life. Are we open to God's messengers in our lives? God cares for you, He loves you, and He wants your attention and love.

We all need to make more room for Him in our lives, our hearts, and our thoughts. If we don't, our souls are in peril.



Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.



Jesus said: "Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God".

We live in a world in which people are finding it increasingly difficult to make a full commitment to anything. This is probably the single most important reason for many of the social ills of our society. Jesus tells us that commitment is essential to human fulfilment, the kingdom of God. When a couple gets married, they are looking ahead but tend quickly to look back to what each had and so set limits to their relationship. When a couple conceive a child, they look forward to the birth. Then they begin to look back to the freedom they had beforehand and try to reclaim as much of that as possible. And in parish life many people want a full part in the future of the Church but are often unwilling to commit themselves to the work involved in ensuring its success.



We are delighted to be re-opening on Thursday, 2nd July. For July we will open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11am 'til 5pm. In keeping with Government Restrictions, only two customers at a time will be allowed into the Art Room. Sanitizing Gel will be supplied for your use. Queuing may be necessary as the Hall way must be kept clear at all times. Looking forward to seeing all our good friends, and to making new ones.



This week, we feature an appeal from a new innovative Catholic organisation who want to hear from people with a lively sense of mission and evangelisation.

'Faith on Fire' is founded and directed by Petra Conroy and she has written a feature for the Hook of Faith seeking volunteers to help in this exciting new project.

We have the homily for this thirteenth Sunday of ordinary time where Jesus asks his disciples to continually make a choice for him - a timely message as we return to public Masses for the first time in three months.

We explore why safety above all things is not a Christian notion and feature a video on the witness of Saints Peter and Paul as we celebrate their feast day next Monday. Finally, we conclude our series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, this week exploring the gift of piety. Check out these and other resources available at:




4th July:

Dervella Reburn, Lillian Kennedy.

11th July:

Kathleen Colfer, Bridget Kennedy & Marian McKee.



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