Weekly Bulletin- 24th May 2020

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PARISH NEWS

‘And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’

Matthew 28:20

TOMORROW 24TH May at 19.30: GOSPEL AFRICA DAY 2020

We are celebrating Africa Day on the Solemnity of the Ascension and this offers a unique opportunity to connect Africans that live in Ireland with their loved ones at home.

It’s a family connection but also a connection of faith through the voice and the rhythm of Africa: 54 countries, countless cultures. Join this virtual celebration through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheGSGC/ Give us a like and invite your friends.

 

THE SACRED HEART NOVENA

will take place from Thursday 11th June to Friday 19th June. This year we will only have one Novena Mass at 7.30pm behind closed doors. Our guest preacher this year will be Fr. Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA, an Augustinian friar and biblical scholar.

This year the Novena follows the Gospel according to St. Luke and Acts of the Apostles and will focus on the following themes:

Day 1: A listening heart

Day 2: A compassionate heart

Day 3: A prayerful heart

Day 4: A heart for nature

Day 5: An open heart

Day 6: A divided heart

Day 7: A heart of thanksgiving

Day 8: A trusting heart

Day 9: A heart in pilgrimage

We are preparing a booklet with the readings for each day, songs, and prayers. If you wish to get a copy by post, please order it by phone 01 836 34 11 or email SFXgardinerstreet@outlook.com with the subject SHN booklet.

We would appreciate any donation you may give to support the organization of the Sacred Heart Novena. Donations can be made online at our website www.gardinerstparish.ie

COMMUNITY INTERVIEW SERIES.

The quiet challenge we’re all facing at the moment is the sense of separation, so here at Gardiner Street we are more active now than ever in seeking spaces and opportunities for connection – for us all to come together as a community.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a video series across all our online platforms, presenting short interviews from a host of different people with connections to the Parish. We hope that cumulatively these insights into each other’s lives will give us back our sense of togetherness and shared experience.
However, hearing other people’s stories is only half a connection: we must have the chance to tell our own, too. That’s why we’re reaching out to you now. Would you be interested in joining this community project by contributing a short recording of your own? If so, please see the attached sheet of instructions and prompts – it can be video, audio, written or image, so use whatever you’re most comfortable with!

Interview Series (instructions)

TRÓCAIRE LENTEN DONATION

Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways

  1. Online at www.trocaire.org
  2. By phone: 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
  3. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare (ROI) or Trócaire, 10 King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD (NI)
  4. Return donations to Gardiner Street Parish front desk

The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER’S CHURCH IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER FROM 11.30 TO 1.00 PM. (MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY & SUNDAY)

Gardiner Street Parish has a plan for reopening the Church. It was drafted according to the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business issued by the State public health authorities and in accordance with the diocesan guidelines.

The first phase of our plan consists in opening the Church for private prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays  from 11.30am to 1.00 pm observing social distancing and hand-hygiene measures. The church will be cleaned every 30 minutes and regularly monitored. Candles will be available at the Parish front desk and can be lit from a candle that will be placed beside each shrine. We would appreciate your collaboration in keeping the Church safe and clean by complying with the following rules:

  1. Please, do not visit the church If you feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, high temperature) or if you have had contact with someone with those symptoms
  2. Able-bodied persons please enter and leave the Church following the signage
  3. Clean your hands thoroughly when entering and leaving the church at the sanitation stations placed at the entrances.
  4. Keep a safe distance of two meters from other people.
  5. Sit or kneel only on the marked benches.
  6. Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  7. Don’t leave litter behind you.
  8. Please be advised that toilets won’t be open to the public.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CLEANING THE CHURCH

With your volunteer help we would be able to open seven days a week. Please contact Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ 01 8363411.

 

Thanks to all who have given for Church through our website. Your generous contributions help in the running expenses of the Church and are greatly appreciated, especially in this hard time.

DONATIONS FOR OUR CHURCH Through gifts, large and small, our donors make to keep the church going during these days. All donations are gratefully accepted, and the donors are remembered in our prayers. You can know donate online in three easy steps. For more details visit our website and click the red DONATE button.

COVID19 TECH.- VOLUNTEER TECH HELPLINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE COCOONING IN IRELAND

Covid19 Tech is a  group of I.T professionals who have come together from  across Ireland to volunteer and offer free tech support to Irish seniors in our communities so they can stay connected with their loved ones and required services during the Covid19 crisis.

Getting help from covid-19 tech is easy:

  • Ring 01-9633288 and one of our volunteers will answer your call
  • Contact us here via webpage https://covid19tech.ie/