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Pastoral Letter June 6, 2021: Corpus Christi – Bishop Richard Moth

Pastoral Letter for the 6th June 2021

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

This great Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi – calls us to reflect on the Lord’s gift of Himself in the Eucharist.  This celebration is “the heart and summit of the Church’s life.”[1]   It is the greatest prayer, the highest action possible, for “Christ Himself, acting through the ministry of the priests, offered the Eucharistic sacrifice.”[2]  The Lord is truly present, sacramentally, and we are called to share in the gift of His Body and Blood.  Through our sharing in Him, so we become ever closer to Him and to each other in the life and mission to which He has called us.  The prayer of the Eucharist goes beyond our understanding and its impact on the life of the world will be greater than we can ever comprehend.

In the Eucharist, the Lord calls us to “share in his divinity, as he humbled Himself to share in our humanity.”[3]  This is the great moment of conformity to Christ. The closeness that we have with Him through the Eucharist enables us to be the disciples He calls us to be; our Mission as His Church becomes possible.  Let us pray and prepare ourselves that nothing would ever stand in the way of our openness to the gift and grace of the Eucharist.

During this last year, it has not always been possible for us to gather for the celebration of Mass.  There were times, in the early months of the pandemic, when the priest celebrated alone in the Church.  Knowing that the Eucharist was being celebrated in those times was a source of blessing and the live-streaming of the Liturgy enabled great numbers of people to join the celebration remotely.  This has been a gift and will continue to be so for those who are infirm and housebound.  However, sharing ‘virtually’ in the celebration that is at the very heart of our lives will never be the ideal.  We are remote from our brothers and sisters in our parish communities and while the Spiritual Communion brings many graces, the participation in the celebration of Mass is the source of our lives.

On this Corpus Christi Day, therefore, I offer a deliberate invitation to return to the public celebration of Mass.  Come once more to be with your sisters and brothers, gathered around the altar to meet with the Crucified and Risen Lord, truly present in the gift of the Sacrament.

I call on you to extend this invitation to those whom you know who have not yet returned to the parish community.  Extend this invitation to those who have found themselves searching for God during this time of pandemic, for we are at a moment of evangelisation: the Lord calls us to action.

The experience of the last year, with its many deep sufferings, calls us to rely on the One who brings us healing and wholeness – a healing and wholeness that we find in the Eucharist.  “No other Sacrament” St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us, “has greater healing power.”[4]  In the Eucharist, there is healing for ourselves, for our communities, for the world.

The Eucharist is a gift so amazing that our faltering human language cannot grasp its wonder.  The Lord gives us His very Self as the food for our pilgrimage of life.  It is the Lord who sustains us, not simply as individuals but as a community, for the work He has given us to do.  Our present circumstances call us to remain faithful to this greatest of all celebrations, for the Eucharist is the source from which our lives are fulfilled.  It is the moment from which the Lord sends us out on the Mission to which He has called us.  How can we stay away?

[1] CCC. n.1407.

[2] CCC, n.1410.

[3] THE ROMAN MISSAL, Offertory Prayers.

[4] St. THOMAS AQUINAS, On the Feast of Corpus Christi.

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With every Blessing,

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

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Church Guidelines April 2021

April 15, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

I hope you’re able to enjoy some of the relaxed restrictions and that you enjoy this good weather even if it is colder than usual.

Over the past few weekends, it has been wonderful to see how many people are attending Masses, a joy to see the numbers of children present, how well behaved they are without the help of the children’s liturgy. This good news presents us with some challenges in terms of maintaining safe social distancing. To help ease the congestion we will resume the Saturday morning Mass at 10am and invite those who can to attend this one or one of the other weekday Masses on Wednesday and Friday. The Sunday obligation remains suspended. The 10am Mass on Sunday tends to have the highest concentration of children so, if possible, please leave this Mass for families with young children.

We have noticed recently that there is a gathering of people at the back during Communion and afterwards for the collection, so we need to do something about this.

The basic rule of our one-way system is to follow the direction of the arrows at all times. So, I ask you to approach Holy Communion from the centre pews first, then return by the one-way system down the side aisles. Please do not take a short cut through the pews. When people in the centre pews have received, those in the side aisles may approach the altar, beginning from the back row, through the porch, down the centre aisle and return via the one-way system.

Baskets for the offertory collection will be left out in advance at the end of every other pew. This should help ease the congestion at the doors at the end of Mass. Within the current restrictions are still not allowed to mingle freely so please bear this in mind when Mass has ended.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and your care for the wellbeing of others.

Wishing you every blessing in the Love of the Lord,

Father Eamonn

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HOLY WEEK 2021 AT ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA

SATURDAY MARCH 27TH

6.00pm: Vigil Mass of Palm Sunday followed by Confessions

SUNDAY MARCH 28TH

10.00am & 11.30am: Mass of Palm Sunday (Confessions available after both Masses)

WEDNESDAY MARCH 31ST

10.00AM Mass followed by Confessions

HOLY THURSDAY April 1st:

7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Confessions

GOOD FRIDAY

Old Town Parish of St. Clement’s and All Saints: On-line Procession of Witness – Stations will be broadcast at different times during the day on the Parish Facebook Page and You Tube. (2) The Old Town Parish, Hastings | Facebook

3.00pm Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion followed by Confessions (Good Friday is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence)

HOLY SATURDAY

9.30am Blessing of Polish baskets of food

12.00pm Confessions

8.00pm EASTER VIGIL

Note: Ceremonies will be simple due to covid-19. There will be no washing of feet on Holy Thursday and no Altar of Repose, no public Veneration of the Cross during the Good Friday Liturgy and no Easter fire on Holy Saturday. Please remember to wear face coverings and keep a safe distance.

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Funeral of Father John O’Brien

The death has occurred of Rev. Fr. John O’Brien
St. Joseph’s Square, Fermoy, Cork

Fr. John O’Brien SCA,St. Joseph’s Square, Fermoy and Barking, London.Fr. John SCA passed away peacefully in London after a brief illness. Beloved son of the late Tom and Lizzie (nee Browne), brother-in-law of the late Denis Higgins. Dear brother of Mary (Cahill), Betty (Higgins-Galvin), Geraldine (Twomey) and Tom. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his sisters, brother, sister-in-law Sharon, brothers-in-law Matt, Din Joe and Denis, nephews Brendan, Padraig, John and Brian, nieces Lisa, Ann, Denise and Deirdre, grandnieces, grandnephews, his fellow Priests in The Pallottine Fathers, Bishop Alan Williams and the Priests of Brentwood Diocese London, his Parishioners in Barking Parish, extended family, relatives, neighbours and many friends in Fermoy, London and Thurles. Rest in peaceReception into Queen of Peace Church, Fermoy, Saturday, for 12 noon Requiem Mass funeral afterwards to Kilcrumper new cemetery.You are invited to leave a personal message or share a memory of Fr. John on the condolence page below. This will be welcomed and greatly appreciated by the family.Fr. John’s funeral cortège will travel via St. Joseph’s Square to Kilcrumper new cemetery. Fr. John’s Funeral Mass will be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/ronaynefuneraldirectorsfermoy/Donations in lieu of flowers please to, Cork Cancer Research Centre U.C.C. www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie will be most welcome.

Date Published: Thursday 11th March 2021Date of Death: Thursday 18th February 2021

Ronayne Funeral Director’s I.A.F.D.

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