Easter Greetings to all, in the hope that, while our current situation is likely to get worse, it will eventually improve and bring us closer together again.
My hope is that we understand what’s going on at a deeper level and find the footprints of God in this COVID -19 crisis. I’m trying to remain rooted in real experience but find some spiritual meaning in it. One of the activities we have managed to keep going is our book club. Over 10 members are meeting over the internet and we’re reading Rabbi Jonathan Sacks challenging book Morality. He has some helpful advice about being grateful:
“Studies have shown that on days when individuals focus on and express thankfulness, they experience more positive emotions. Gratitude encourages the savouring of positive experiences. It bolsters feelings of self-worth. It helps people cope with stress. It inhibits invidious comparisons with others. It encourages moral behaviour – grateful people are more likely to help others. It tends to dissipate negative emotions such as anger. And it counteracts the hedonistic treadmill. Gratitude is the opposite of the mindset of a market-led, consumer society. It is about satisfaction with what we have, not hunger for what we do not have.”
Don’t hesitate to call us at the parish office with any queries or requests.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer.
CHURCH CLOSED (until further notice)
For your safety we have to take the difficult decision to close the church until further notice.
OFFICE OPENING HOURS (until further notice)
Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5pm closed for lunch 1.00-1.30pm
Revised Holy Week and Easter Programme
All activities are over webcam behind closed doors and may be accessed via our website www.gardinerstparish.ie
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion 5th April
Holy Thursday (9th April)
7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Adoration
8.30pm Watch & Pray
Good Friday (10th April)
- 12:00 Stations of the Cross
- 3pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
- 4pm Prayer around the Cross
Holy Saturday (11th April)
9pm Easter Vigil
- Mass 11am
HOLY WEEK BOOKLETS
We are mailing out booklets to our volunteers and we would like to make them available to anyone else who would like one. Please email email@example.com or phone 01 8363411 to request one. We will be live streaming services via our webcam and you may like to have a booklet to help you. Please pass this message on to anyone you know that would like to join us as we celebrate Holy Week. We want to especially reach out to people who might not be connected via the internet but would like to have this communication from us. If you would like to contribute to the cost of postage, please see our website for online payment facility
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION & CONFESSION
In its recent documents, the Holy See has drawn attention to two strong traditions of the Catholic Church. The first regards spiritual communion and this should be counselled where there is a danger in distributing communion. The second is the tradition that in the event of difficulty in accessing Confession that making an act of perfect contrition with the desire to receive the sacrament is sufficient for the forgiveness of all sins even mortal sins.
There are some special Support Services set up to help people during the Covid 19 pandemic. We have created a list of these. se click here for support services
RTÉ broadcasting liturgies during Holy Week 2020
RTÉ broadcasting output of liturgies during Holy Week 2020
Palm Sunday 5 April
1100-1150 Mass on Palm Sunday. Rev Professor Michael Mullaney, President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, celebrates Mass in the Kairos chapel studio, Maynooth, Co Kildare, with music from internationally acclaimed singer, Celine Byrne, accompanied by Ronan Murray. (RTÉ One TV / RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms.)
1735-1745 A Passover Like No Other. Rabbi Zalman Lent and author and motivational speaker, Yanky Fachler, face the challenge of celebrating Pesach, the Passover festival, which traditionally brings Jews together, in a time of isolation, sickness and fear. Rabbi Lent has, himself, had to self-isolate and has learned to preach and connect with his congregation online. They also explore how the story of the first Passover shows that humankind can weather plagues and hardship, if they put their faith in God (RTÉ One).
0615-0618 A Living Word. Aidan Mathews continues to curate and, in some cases, deliver a daily reflection to start the day.
Holy Thursday 9 April
1640-1735 Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Father Joe Campbell CC, Mullingar, Diocese of Meath, to celebrate Mass in commemoration of the Last Supper and Christ’s agony in Gethsemane, from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar. (RTÉ One TV and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms. The Mass will air on radio at the later time of 19.00.)
Good Friday 10 April
1500-1600 Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday. Live from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Father Derek Darby commemorates the Passion and death of Christ, observing full health and social distancing protocols. (RTÉ One TV & RTÉ Radio 1Extra/LW252)
22.00-2230 The Leap of Faith. Michael Comyn asks whether and how the Easter story continues to resonate with people in today’s Ireland (Radio 1).
Holy Saturday 11 April
2200-2300 Easter Vigil Mass. Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath celebrates the resurrection of Christ, with a vigil Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King. Beginning with the lighting of the Paschal candle, the liturgy, which signifies the triumph of light over darkness and of life over death (RTÉ Two & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252).
Easter Sunday 12 April
1000-1100 Easter Sunday Mass. A Eurovision Mass, previously planned for Metz Cathedral, takes place instead in the Dominican Convent of Saint Jacques (Saint James the Great) in Paris, due to France’s COVID-related restrictions on indoor gatherings. Translation and commentary are by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra).
1100-1120 Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis’ Easter Message. Pope Francis will deliver his Easter blessing To the city and the world with prayer and encouragement by video link from within the Vatican. Translation and commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One).
Pray with Pope Francis
During the month of March Pope Francis invites us to pray
that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.
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