Weekly Bulletin- 14th March 2021

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Novena of Grace 2021: Let us Dream

Thanks to our guest preachers, celebrants, readers, parish team and other volunteers who contributed to the success of the Novena of Grace 2021.

Thanks to all who joined via Zoom or Facebook and for your words of encouragement and appreciation.

Thanks for your generous donations to support the Novena; all of them are very much appreciated, especially in this difficult time.

Our apologies to those who had difficulty in joining us online. We’re learning and we’ll get there hopefully.

Through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier we pray to God, our Lord, that next year we can gather in the Church to continue the tradition of the Novena of Grace in honour of St. Francis Xavier.

Saint Patrick’s Day and praying for those affected by Covid-19

The Irish Catholic Bishop Conference has invited people to join them to pray, through the intercession of St. Patrick, for the faith and well-being of Irish people everywhere. Bishops have asked to remember, in particular, those who are selflessly dedicated to the frontline services of medicine and public health, in the care of our vulnerable, isolated, and ill sisters and brothers.

Gardiner Street Parish Mass will celebrate Mass in honour of St. Patrick at 11.00 am behind closed doors. Watch the Mass on our webcam (www.gardinerstparish.ie)

St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer

May the Strength of God guide us.

May the Power of God preserve us.

May the Wisdom of God instruct us.

May the Hand of God protect us.

May the Way of God direct us.

May the Shield of God defend us.

May the Angels of God guard us.

Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!

May Christ be before us!

May Christ be in us,

Christ be over all!

May your Grace, Lord,

Always be ours,

This day, O Lord, and forevermore.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

Living Water and Living Light: Gospel Mysteries for Lent

Magdalen Lawler SND and Tom McGuinness SJ will reflect on two of the major Lenten Gospels: The Woman at the Well and the Transfiguration with scripture, art, music and poetry on this day of prayer for Lent. The day includes inputs from Tom and Magdalen, time for personal prayer and mass.

Directed by Magdalen Lawler SND and Tom McGuinness SJ

10:00 am to 4:30 pm Saturday 20 March 2021

Cost: Donation

Please email reception@manresa.ie for more information or to make a booking.

Welcoming  Pope Francis’ year dedicated to the family 

The Feast of Saint Joseph, 19 March, marks five years since the publication of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) on the beauty and joy of the family.  To mark this anniversary, Pope Francis will launch a universal year dedicated to the family which will conclude on 26 June 2022 on the occasion of the tenth World Meeting of Families which will be hosted in Rome.  The previous WMOF took place in Ireland during August 2018 and included a visit by Pope Francis.

Tarsus Scripture School- Lent/Easter Programme 2021 

The Tarsus Scripture School are offering reflections on the readings for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. The programme offers one webinar and one meditation. The meditation — after Easter — will be an opportunity to “take in” what we have celebrated over Holy Week and Easter.

9 pre-recorded lectures; 1 webinar; 1 meditation (€30)

  • “Behold my servant”: the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah (Jessie Rogers)
  • “And when I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself”: Easter in John (Sean Goan)
  • “Dying and raised to new life in Christ”: Salvation in Romans. (Kieran J. O’Mahony)

 For registration and further details, please go to: www.tarsusscriptureschool.ie. 


Lent is an extremely important time of year for Trócaire. The organisation relies heavily on the income that comes in during Lent through the generosity of schools and parishes. The ongoing lockdown presents different challenges especially in relation to the distribution of Lenten Boxes.

This year’s Lenten Campaign focuses on Awut and Ajak, two women brought together by the horror of war. Their solidarity is an example of what Pope Francis tells us in his recent encyclical, Fratelli. At a time of great uncertainty and fear, it reminds us to always work together to protect the most vulnerable.

Support Services

Aware – Support & Self Care Groups

If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone In and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. These services provide support, coping skills and information – and most importantly help people who are in distress to know and feel that they are not alone in their experience.  For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. 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.