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Masses online only behind closed doors  11th to 18th April 

Sat. 10th

Oliver Broderick, 1st Anniversary, Kevin, Robert & Sonja Broderick &  Kay & Don O’Leary, William St. & Greenville / Joan & Paude Guerin, Convent St. / Tim & Bridie O’Flaherty, Church St. / Jim, Sheila & Noel Furlong , Foildarrig , Duagh

Vigil 6.15pm

Sun 11th

Jim, Anne, Nora & Voureen O Sullivan, Charles St. / Dan Browne, Church Street

11.30am

Divine Mercy Sunday

3.00 pm

Mon 12th

Daniel O Connor, Ballygologue Road

10.30am

   Tues 13th

Joe O Carroll, Tullamore, 1st Anniversary / Maurice Walsh

10.30am

Wed 14th

10.30am

Thurs 15th

Paddy O Connor, Watford England late of Dromin Lower, Rec. Deceased / Breda O Connor nee Sugrue, O’Connell’s Ave.

10.30am

Fri 16th

 

10.30am

Sat 17th

People of the Parish

10.30am

Tom Barry, Tanavalla, Months Mind / John Kennedy Tullahinell, Asdee, 1st Anniversary / Bridie Cagoe nee Buckley & Dec. Family, England & Finuge

Vigil 6.15pm

Sun 18th

Michael & Mollie Kissane, Clountubird / Patricia Griffin, Feale Drive / Murt & Eileen Daly, Knockane

11.30am

RECENT DEATHS & FUNERALS

Liam Dillon, Church Street.

Josephine Cronin nee Lyons, Irrabeg, Lixnaw late of Lower Derry.

Dan Lynch, Hollytree Drive late of Ballymakerra, Co. Cork.

Eileen (Eily) Lawlor nee Galvin, Bridge Road.

Dora Cleary nee McKenna, London, late of Ballyduig.

Caíth Moran, London, late of Caherciveen.

ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE Timmy (Junie) Canty, O’Connell’s Ave.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY THIS SUNDAY: Fr. Martin will lead Divine Mercy Devotions virtually this Sunday afternoon from St. Mary’s Church, Listowel as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at 3.00 p.m. Please join us as you avail of the grace of this day.

TRÓCAIRE TO BE RETURNED THIS WEEK You have 3 ways of donating to Trócaire 1. You are asked to change what is in your Trócaire Box into notes and put it in an envelope marked Trócaire which can be handed in by way of the parish office letter box. 2. Online at www.trocaire.org 3. By phone: 1850408408.

MILE BUIOCHAS FOR YOUR EASTER OFFERINGS:  – and for your continuing support and donations that helps the day to day running of St. Mary’s Church by parish envelopes, Cheques and setting up standing orders. For anyone interested in setting up a standing order our bank details are IBAN IE14 BOFI 9057 8228 9052 58, BIC BOFIIE2D, Account Name – Listowel Church Account. Bank address, Bank of Ireland, The Square, Listowel. Please reference your full name and box number if you have one. We also appreciate your Easter Offerings that support your priests at this time of the year. That is the special envelope in your Box or there are some loose green envelopes at the back of the church.  Thanks again

OUR PARISH YOUTH GROUP LISTOWEL: We are delighted to announce that OUR PARISH YOUTH GROUP have launched a Web Link in our Parish Web site at www.listowelparish.com   and also their instagram page look us up and follow us @parishyouthgrouplistowel.  Congratulations to the newly elected committee Hannah (chairperson) John (secretary) Fiona (Treasurer) New members 12+ are very welcome anytime to contact us through webpage or instagram!!

PRIEST ON DUTY this Sunday, Fr. Kevin McNamara, 089-4044816 (emergencies only).

 

Pastoral Message for Holy Week and Easter 2021 

If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, how much more should you wash each other’s feet?  Jn 13:14

What a year! Together all of us have lived through a year of the corona virus, each has experienced it in our own unique circumstances. The Winter months have been particularly difficult. The light and new green growth of Springtime has never been so welcome, and it has coincided with the season of Lent. Let us keep our spirits up and encourage one another in following public health guidance.

Thank God for the way so many people have been there for each other, thank God for the way front line workers have sacrificed themselves to provide essential services. We are full of gratitude; how important it is to live lives of generous service. Individually we are at our best when our communities are at their best.

With government guidance at level 5, and with a genuine concern that we could have another major wave of the virus ahead, it is understandable but sad that we have our Easter ceremonies without a congregation. It is a blessing that you can join in the ceremonies so easily from your home via modern technology. What we miss is the dual presence: the presence of the community gathered in church, and together receiving the Real Presence at the altar.

In some ways it seems like the past year has been one long Lent! If so, what word has God spoken to your heart through it? Here are three points to reflect on as we come to Easter 2021:

  • Live every day putting your trust in God. In times of great difficulty, in times when life gets us down, we look to Jesus for peace. Jesus’ word to us always is, “Fear not, have peace in your heart, I am with you”. In time of difficulty, regarding health or death, employment or finances, loneliness or depression we sense in our hearts, ‘God is with me, God will see me through, – all will be well’. Have basic Christian hope in your heart, – trust in God in all things!
  • This Holy Week and Easter, joining in Mass from home, seek nourishment at the table of God’s word. The introduction to the Roman Missal speaks of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass: “When the Sacred Scriptures are read in church, God himself speaks to his People, and Christ, present in his own word, proclaims the Gospel” (29). When you go forth from the Easter ceremonies carry words from the scriptures in your heart: the Last Supper, ‘you should  wash each other’s feet’; the commemoration of the Passion, ‘This is my body, given up for you’; Easter morning, ‘You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified, He is risen …’.
  • This year has reminded us that home is where we pray each day. Home is the place where we first received our faith and where we live it. In the home God is present with us. Prayer in the home is the time we spend turned towards God, – talking to him about our lives and asking his help; giving praise and thanks; asking forgiveness and renewing our trust. Has prayer in the home helped you and your family over the past year? It will be a great blessing if, when this virus is finally a memory, we have a new awareness of prayer in the home.

A word of thanks to our priests and deacons, and all who have contributed to the life of our parishes over the past year. A word of thanks to our schools for the great work they have done. A word of encouragement to all young people looking forward to First Confession, First Communion or Confirmation. We cannot make any plans until we know when we will have congregations in church. The situation is disappointing, but the ceremonies will be worth waiting for. Another group who have suffered are the Leaving Cert. students. May they trust that all will be well and, come the Autumn, they will be satisfied with the options that come their way.

Thank you to all who have continued to contribute to parish funds and the parish dues for our priests. Keep up the good work. Priests have been greatly encouraged by your faithfulness. Please remember other local charities and voluntary bodies over the Easter season, so much fundraising has not been possible. All need funds to pay for the basics like insurance, heating, and the overheads of an office. Please, let us not forget the Lenten campaign of Trocaire. If the corona virus has been hard on us, how much more difficult has it been for the communities Trocaire supports?

Finally, every time we pray over the Easter season let us all, people and priests, remember the deceased of the past year, and their grieving loved ones. Have a comforting word for the bereaved when you meet. In this world and in the next our hope is in Christ, “Christ is Risen, alleluia”. Be assured of my prayers.

Bishop Ray Browne Palm Sunday 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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