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Masses online only behind closed doors  7th to 14th March

Sat. 6th Christopher Miles Porter, Fourhane & Timothy O Flaherty, Athea & Newcastle West / Tony & Anne Hartnett, Killocrim & Feale Drive / Bill Dennehy, O’Connell’s Ave. / Tom, Elizabeth, Sr. Pius & John Paul O Farrall, Church Street / Nora & Patrick Carmody, Skehenerin Vigil 6.15pm
Sun 7th Thomas Scannell, England & Skehenerin, Months Mind /  Kathleen Kennedy, Asdee Village & Tracey Kennedy nee Long, Lyre, Banteer, Co. Cork late of Guhard, Lisselton Recently Deceased / Maeve Grogan, Charles Street & Deceased Family Members / Kathleen Whelan, Finuge 11.30am
Mon 8th

Josie McGrath, Cappamore

10.30am
   Tues 9th Hanna & Tom Joy & Margaret O Shea Priscott 10.30am
Wed 10th Josephine & James Allen, Killocrim / Dan Joe Leahy, Shrone / Mass of thanksgiving 10.30am
Thurs 11th Laurence (Lawney) Shine, Colbert Street, Months Mind 10.30am
Fri 12th John (Jack) Flaherty, Cloumackan, 1st Anniversary 10.30am
Sat 13th People of the Parish 10.30am
Mary & Michael Halpin, Ballygologue Park & Ian McCarthy / Eileen Hannon, The Square Vigil

6.15pm

Sun 14th Kathleen Hannan, Cois Baile, Months Mind / Shusannah Morris, Listowel & Australia, 1st Anniversary / John O Connor, Tralee & Chicago 11.30am

RECENT DEATHS & FUNERALS   Hanna Mai Cahill, Ballybunion Rd.

ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE Tony & Anne Hartnett, Killocrim & Feale Drive / Johanna Watkins, Cahirdown / Justin Stack, William Street / Josephine Henry, Upper William Street

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Marking our season of Lent, a short Stations of the Cross-Prayer Service will take place each Friday morning after the Friday morning 10.30 a.m. mass.

THIRD  SUNDAY OF LENT  – 7th MARCH 2021 We proclaim Christ crucified…the power and wisdom of God.” (1 Cor 1:22-25) Could Jesus be calling you to proclaim His life, death and resurrection, to bring faith, hope and meaning to life to others, as a priest or in the consecrated life? Speak to your local priest or Diocesan Vocations Director, or email the National Vocations Office: email:  info@vocations.ie

LECTIO DIVINA WITH FR SEAMUS O’CONNELL  “PUT OUT INTO THE DEEP!”   Luke 5:4 Reading more deeply….  Reflecting more deeply…..  Resting more deeply. “People who remain foreigners to the Word remain apathetic, silent, unresponsive to what they are hearing. They do not grow in communion and are incapable of expressing the faith in their lives.”   Cardinal Carlo M. Martini Three nights of Lectio Divina during Lent to deepen our reading and prayer with the gospels.   The sessions are for people of faith wishing to deepen their encounter with God’s Word. Online with Fr. Seamus O’Connell (St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and Diocese of Kerry) Tuesday 16th, 23rd and 30th March @ 7.30 – 9.00 p.m. Suggested Donation:  €5 – €10 to cover all sessions To register and to receive the zoom link, please email: office@stjohns.ie Insert “Lectio Divina” in the subject line Organised by Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Parish Lectio Divina Group in conjunction with the Tralee Pastoral Area (St. John’s, Our Lady & St. Brendans, Spa).

THE PARISH OFFICE IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  The Parish Office will operate a service, behind closed doors, each day from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.  The Parish Office can be contacted only by telephone at 068 21188 or by e-mail at listowel@dioceseofkerry.ieMass cards may be ordered by telephone call to the Parish Office or by e-mail.  Any mass cards ordered will be sent out in the post.  Mass cards may not be collected from the Parish Office. Weekly offerings can be dropped into the Church in the offering boxes at the back of the Church.

PRIEST ON DUTY this Sunday, Fr. Pat Crean-Lynch, 087-6709491  (emergencies only).

STATEMENT ON FUNERALS FROM THE BISHOPS OF THE CASHEL PROVINCE

We express our closeness in prayer and support for those with the Covid-19 virus and those impacted in any way by it in what are very difficult circumstances. We are mindful especially of those seriously ill in hospital, those who have died, and family and loved ones.

We wish to express our thanks to priests and sacristans as well as the many volunteers in our churches who ensure that all the requirements around the sanitising of our churches are observed. We also acknowledge with gratitude the care and help of undertakers in implementing the restrictions.

We want to highlight some points that we consider important in relation to the implementation of public health guidelines in the context of bereavements and funerals. We do so for the benefit of all concerned – mourners, undertakers, neighbours and friends as well as priests and public authorities that we might have a common understanding of good practice around funerals aimed at keeping people safe from the virus. It is vital we take all precautions to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. In offering this guidance we recognise and appreciate that the vast majority of Catholics carefully observe the public health guidelines.

  1. Public health guidelines are clear: attendance at funerals is to be restricted to 10. We appreciate there are some who believe that for the sake of accommodating the immediate family it would be better to allow a number higher than 10 for the funeral liturgy in a church. We too look forward to when that number can be increased. However, it is important that undertakers and priests clarify with bereaved families as early as possible regarding the limit of 10 people in the church.
  2. As recommended in our statement last March, there should be no removal to the church the evening before.
  1. People not attending the funeral liturgy should avoid congregating immediately outside the church building or around the hearse. For the sake of the great majority trying to keep to the public health guidelines, we ask people, difficult as it is, not to approach the bereaved in the church grounds or cemetery to sympathize.
  2. As per the public health guidelines regarding social and family gatherings, there should be no wakes or large gatherings for prayers in the house of the deceased nor gatherings in cemeteries.
  3. Support for the bereaved can be expressed through social media as an alternative to attending the funeral. Often it is possible to link to a local church for a funeral ceremony via a webcam/Facebook Live. We invite people to pray for the deceased and family of the deceased in their own homes at the time of the funeral Mass.

May our deceased loved ones rest in peace and may the bereaved be comforted. Trust in Christ’s love and care and his victory over death for us all. Our Lady health of the sick, pray for us.

The bishops of the seven dioceses of the Cashel Province.     Bishop Ray Browne, Diocese of Kerry, 26th Jan. 2021

COVID-19 – UPDATE ST. MARY’S CHURCH, LISTOWEL

The current Covid-19 regulations, which remain in place until January 31st, 2021, have the following implications for religious services, funerals and weddings.

  • Public worship is not permitted and all masses shall take place online. Mass will be at the usual times.
  • Mary’s Church is open for private worship each day from 9.30 am to 7.00pm, being closed only when Mass is celebrated.
  • Funerals are restricted to no more than 10 people.
  • Guards of Honour should not form or congregate on church grounds.
  • Weddings are restricted to no more than 6 people.
  • Save for cases of emergency, baptisms should be postponed until further notice.
  • First Friday or home visits are not permitted save in cases of emergency or where it is necessary to minister to the sick or dying.
  • The Parish Office is not open to the public until further notice. The Parish Office will operate a service, behind closed doors, each day from 10.00am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  The Parish Office can be contacted only by telephone at 068 21188 or by e-mail at listowel@dioceseofkerry.ie.
  • Mass cards may be ordered by telephone call to the Parish Office or by e-mail. Any mass cards ordered will be sent out in the post.  Mass cards may not be collected from the Parish Office.
  • The newsletter is available online every week at, www.listowelparish.com.

We thank you most sincerely for your generosity and continued support of your Parish and clergy.  Parishioners who wish to make their weekly offering or donation can continue to do so by dropping their offering or donation into the designated boxes in the church.  The weekly offering or donation can also be made online or by standing order and further details are available on the Parish website, www.listowelparish.com or by contacting the Parish Office. Please continue to look out for one another and may God bless and protect us all at this difficult time. Remember that in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 we must reduce our social contacts and follow the advice issued by the Government and the HSE.

Safeguarding Children

Our Parish has adopted the Kerry Diocesan Child Protection Policy.  ‘As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and up-hold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring safety and wellbeing and will work in partnership with parents / guardians to do this. Read More by click button.

I wish you and yours every blessing. Enjoy the website and join us in giving thanks for all that is happening in our great community of faith, joy and hope. May God bless you.

Fr. Declan O’Connor

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