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Easter 2020

Contact Numbers Fr. PJ. (087) 605 5873 Fr. Joe (087) 241 1594

As our churches continue to remain closed, Masses will be broadcast on FM 104.50 from Mountrath Church each weekday morning at 10.00 am. – Saturday evenings at 7.00 pm (Vigil Mass) and 11.30 am Sunday Mornings
(FM 104.5 is available on any FM Radio)

Anniversary Mass Remembrances during the Week
Sunday 12th April 2020 – Easter Sunday Mass at 11.30 am
Anastasia Phelan (Nee Clooney) Knockanina 1st Anniv.
Anthony Tobin Woodbrook, 1st Anniv.
Jack Sinnott, New Line Close 6th Anniv
Paddy Sinnott, New Line Close 8th Anniv.

Monday 13th April 10.00 am
Micheal and Maura Moore, Fr. O’Connor Cresc.

Tues. 14th April 10.00 am
Matthew and Margaret Harrington, Trumera and deceased members of Harrington family

Wed. 15th Mass at 10.00 am

Thurs. 16th Mass at 10.00 am – Thomas and Christine Guilfoyle

Fri. 17th April 10.00 am – John Maybury

Sat. 18th April 7.00 pm – Frances Phelan (nee Maybury) 18 Kiln Lane. 2nd Anniv.

Sun. 19th April 11.30 am – James (Jim) Wall, Woodbrook 1st Anniv.
Maura and Frank Byrne, Patrick St., and their daughter in law, Oaula Byrne.

Monday 20th April 10.00 am – Kathleen Ryan Fr. O’Connor Cresc.

Fri. 24th April 10.00 am Thomas Connor, Cappagh

Sunday 26th April 11.30 am Br. Justin Madden – Shannon Rd., 5th Anniv.

Month’s Mind Mass – Sun. 3rd May 11.30 am – Brigid Hetherington (Nee Byrne) Dysartbeigh.

Maisie Kilgannon (Nee Dunphy) – London and Formerly Clonagown, Ballyfin. R.I.P.
The death has occurred of Maisie Kilgannon.. Nee Dunphy… Who has died in London 1/04/20 after a short illness which she bore with great strength and dignity. Maisie was originally from Clonagown, Ballyfin. Predeceased by her son Ian. She will be lovingly missed by her beloved husband Pat, her loving daughter Jeanette, son Neill and their families. She will also be missed by her sisters.. Pattie(Portlaoise) Nuala (NZ) Ena, Joise, Teresa and Bernie in England along with her brothers PJ and Michael(England) and their families and her Aunt Teasie in America and her family. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.

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CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE – 0818 222 024
ALONE is a member of the National Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Subgroup for Vulnerable People and is managing a national support line for older people with concerns regarding the Coronavirus and COVID-19.

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

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We remember in our prayers all who are ill at home or in Hospital at this time. We wish them a speedy recovery. We remember also their families and friends and all who are surrounding them with their love and care at this most difficult of times.

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A Prayer for Healthcare Workers

Loving God, we place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and all hospital staff and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body
Keep them safe from harm
May they know our deep gratitude
For all they are doing
To heal and care for those affected by The Coronavirus
God of all consulation
May they know your protection and peace
Continue to bless them in these very challenging days
And bless their families Amen.

We pray for the many people who are dying alone
Without being able to say goodbye to their loved ones.
We pray too for families who cannot accompany
Their loved ones on that journey
We ask all our prayers, through Christ our Lord. Amen

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ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come spiritually into my heart. I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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A Coronavirus Prayer

Loving and healing God,
we, the people of Kildare and Leighlin turn to you in prayer,
confident that you are with us and with all people in every moment.
We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protection.
May your faithful love support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.

Generous God,
fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old,
that we may look after one another in these challenging days.
Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families.
May those who have died rest in your eternal embrace.
Comfort their family and friends.
Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick
and all who work in our medical facilities.
Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance
that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.
We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.
Bless them and keep them safe.

O God of creation and life,
we place ourselves in your protection.
May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.
St Brigid, Pray for us.
St Conleth, Pray for us.
St Lazerian, Pray for us.
St. Fintan, Pray for us.
May all the saints of God, pray for us. Amen.

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Easter Message from Bishop Denis.
I know this is a very different Easter for all of us. I deeply appreciate the cooperation and support of all in these difficult days. Let us remain calm, look after one another and those we care for. While the ceremonies will all be held behind closed doors, the faith we profess challenges us all the more this year to care for the most vulnerable and most broken. It’s in His shadow we walk these days and I firmly believe He is carrying us along the way, particularly at this time.

Every blessing for Holy Week and Easter,
+ Denis
Monday 6 April 2020

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“Generosity and creativity are being combined by so many to respond to what is above all a call to solidarity, a call to care for one another. Our faith and trust in God can give us an added strength to respond with Christian care to the needs and anxieties of others.”

MESSAGE HOPE FROM ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN

“Like all over 70, I find myself in isolation at home. For me as someone who is active by nature it is inconvenient. It is however nothing compared with the hardship experienced by so many others in the current situation. I think of the seriously ill. I think of the bereaved who return into isolation after a burial. I think of families experiencing uncertainty about their financial situation. I think of families who have loved ones with special needs. I think of families with young children confined in tight space and concerned about the health of their children. I think of the fear and the anxiety the elderly and the lonely. We tend to forget that there are many elderly in our communities who may have no close relative. We have to seek out and reach out to such people.

Over these days, I have been calling people on the telephone to ask how they are. The remarkable thing is that so many of them reply that they are all right because neighbours and friends have been helpful and keep in touch. Good neighbourliness is a trademark of Irish families and it is moving to see how they are responding in the current situation. Young people are great.

These small gestures of practical kindness are just as important as the vital major decisions. We owe a great deal to those who bear the responsibility of leadership at this moment, especially in the front line. I think of the public health authorities, of doctors, nurses and carers and indeed our government leadership.

Over these days, I have been trying to reach out to parishes to provide them with practical advice but above all with prayer resources and encouraging creativity in reaching out. On-line communication is a great blessing. The Archdiocese of Dublin has over 200 priests over 70 and thus in isolation. This is placing a great strain on those who remain active in ministry. Priests also share in the fears and anxieties of the moment and deserve our support.

Holy Week is central to the life of the Church. Like many priests, this will be the first time in my entire ministry that I have to participate from home. I share in the sadness not just of priests but of most Catholics who experience the same void in their spirituality.

Holy Week is not just about ceremonies. The ceremonies are there to draw us into the most essential dimension of our belief in Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life. Holy Week is about a Jesus who emptied himself out of love for us. His total self-giving opened for all of humanity new life and resurrection. Holy Week is at the root of our Christian hope.

Christian hope reminds us that, even in moments of darkness, evil will be overcome by goodness and death is not the final word.

Even in the current situation where the Holy Week and Easter liturgies will be celebrated behind closed doors, we can find in our hearts ways to celebrate the mystery of Christ’s death and Resurrection and draw from that mystery the strength to allow goodness to triumph in our lives.” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

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“We need to rediscover the concreteness of small things, the small acts of kindness shown to those who are close to us, family, friends. We need to realise that our treasure lies in small things.”

– Pope Francis

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Watch, O Lord, with those who wake this night
or watch, or weep;
give your angels and saints
charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ,
rest your weary ones,
bless your dying ones,
soothe your suffering ones,
pity your afflicted ones
shield your joyous ones.
And all for your love’s sake. Amen

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I am reminded of the beautiful poem written by Uinsin O’Donovan in 1978

Footprints
There was a man who had just died,
and he was reviewing the footsteps
that he had taken in his life.
He looked down and noticed that all
over the mountains and difficult
places he had travelled, there was
one set of footprints, but over the
plains and down the hills there were
two sets of footprints as if someone
had walked by his side.
He turned to Christ and said,” There
is something I don’t understand. Why
is it that down the hills and over the smooth
and easy places you have walked
by my side? But here over the rough and
difficult places I have walked alone,
for I see in these areas there is just
one set of footprints”
Christ turned to the man and said “It
is true that while your life was easy I
walked along by your side, but here when
the walking was hard and the paths were
difficult, I realised that that was the
time you needed me most
and that is why I carried you.
Uinsin O’Donovan (First published in Silver Spear literary Magazine 1978)

The unsung heroes during these challenging times are our healthcare workers and all who continue in spite of everything and at great personal risk to themselves and their families to maintain our vital services. They are the ones who are carrying all of us through these difficult days. We are humbled by the great personal sacrifices they are making for us May we, all of us, support them by doing our bit.

Best Wishes and Blessing this most difficult and challenging Easter Time. The Easter Message is a message of hope. May we carry the hope of Easter in our hearts – Fr. P.J and Fr. Joe
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