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Catholic Schools Week

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021 will be celebrated from Sunday 24th January to Sunday 31st January on the theme ‘Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith and Resilience’.

As we live through an unprecedented time of challenge and uncertainty, our faith and our resilience can be tested. We can ask questions like ‘Will things ever be the same again?’, ‘When can we get back to normality?’, ‘Where is God in all of this?’ In response to this, we reflect upon how Catholic schools are communities of faith and resilience. In Catholic schools, we are called to support each other and to have faith in the promise of the Good News. Catholic schools are inspired by the belief that God has created each one of us with a capacity to give love and receive love. This love is bound in faith and is more resilient than any virus. While each Catholic school is such a community, every Catholic school fosters the holistic development of its students, promotes their wellbeing and offers them cultivation of a deeper, loving relationship with God. Jesus teaches us to love one another as he has loved us. During Catholic Schools Week we celebrate the gifts and talents we have in following Jesus’ teaching.

This year we celebrate how we are called to be communities of faith and resilience, through our thoughts, words and actions. In doing so, we live out the meaning of the beautiful hymn ‘Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est’ – ‘Where charity and love are, God is there.’

As we are living in such difficult times – we are working remotely and our children are now studying and learning remotely with the help of parents, guardians, grandparents or even siblings and childminders. There is nothing easy about Homeschooling and on most parents lips or thoughts at this present time is…..”I’m not an educator, I’m not cut out for this, I can’t do this and my own work, This is so so difficult”. We are all struggling at the moment and finding the days difficult with little or no motivation, it is hard to stay focused on the brighter days that are only around the corner for us – days when our children will go back to school, days when we won’t have to struggle with our work and the work of our children and days when the Covid virus will be truly behind us. We just need to focus a little longer, hold tight and follow guidelines and respect restrictions that are there to keep us all safe, AND REMEMBER YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!   (www.bandonparish.ie)

 

Resources for the celebration of Catholic Schools Week can be accessed through the link below….

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

Today, January 18th, we begin the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’.
 
The theme of this year’s Christian Unity Week is Abide in My Love….you shall bear much fruit (John 15:5-9)
 
The Liturgy was prepared by the monastic community of Sisters of Grandchamp, Switzerland.
 
In sharing the resources the sisters invite us to enter into their vocation to prayer,
reconciliation and unity in the Church and in the human family.
 
Click on this link for prayer resources for use at home
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Christmas Crib

The Christmas Crib will be taken down on Wednesday next, 20th January.

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Parish Office Closed

Due to the alarming number of people contacting COVID-19 the PARISH OFFICE is CLOSED to the public until further notice.
 
MASS BOOKINGS
 
Masses for January, February and March may now be booked over the phone or by email.
 
As Fr. Kevin is celebrating Mass every day online via webcam your Mass intentions will be included. Go to www.frankfieldgrange.ie for live stream of Masses.
 
Any enquiries please contact:
Parish office 021-4897379
email: frankfieldgrange@gmail.com
 
Please leave a message with your contact number and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
 
Thank you

Church opening hours

The church is open daily from 11am – 5pm for personal prayer.
 
During these cold dark evenings please be careful of the slippery ice when approaching the church.

Parish Church Calendar for 2021

Due to level 5 restrictions imposed by the government the church will only open for personal prayer from 11am – 6pm daily.The parish Church Calendar is available at the back of the church; feel free to collect your copy when visiting the church.  

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Happy New Year Message

When I wrote my New Year’s message this time last year, it was all about moving forward as a parish community and looking to the future. 2020 became a year of putting everything on hold and minding ourselves and others. We go into 2021 with level 5 restrictions for the first month at least.

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Mass-Goers attending Christmas Masses

All of us at Frankfield/Grange Parish want to keep everyone as safe as possible during this Christmas Season of public Mass.
 
Please follow the directions of our stewards; we are very grateful to them for volunteering for this duty at this time.
 
We kindly ask that you do not gather in the church grounds before or after each celebration of Mass.
 
A number of measures are in place in for the safety of all our parishioners:
 
✨Bring your tickets, you will need a ticket for each person attending.
 
✨Masks are mandatory.
 
✨The holy water fonts will not be in use.
 
✨The church is divided into pods depending on your entrance.
     We ask you to remain in your pod at all times.
 
✨Hand sanitisers are provided at the entrances
 
✨A one way system is in operation with markings on the floor.
 
✨Pews are marked clearly to allow for social distancing.
 
✨You are invited to make an offering at the entrance or at the
     exit; the baskets will not be passed during Masses.
 
✨The pews are sanitised between each of the Masses.
 
✨Fr Kevin will give directions re Communion, exit etc.
 
🌟🌟🌟Looking forward to seeing you there

Christmas Message from Fr Kevin

Our Masses this Christmas will be unique, with only one hundred people in the church for each one. I invite all of you who can’t be with us in the church, to join us for one of the Christmas Masses on Christmas Eve (4pm, 6pm and 9pm) or Christmas Day (8am, 10am and 11.30am) on-line. The link to the on-line Masses can be found on the parish website www.frankfieldgrange.ie

At Christmas we normally look forward to the homecomings, the family togetherness for Christmas. This year the celebration will be different. Not every family member may be able to be home this year due to restrictions that are now in place here in Ireland and abroad.

We remember all those who will be working over Christmas, especially those in the emergency services and those caring for the sick.

For some it will be a difficult time, missing loved ones who have passed away or who will be away from home.

Yet, it is the birth of a child that we celebrate, a child that went on to change the world and still does to this day. I pray that the celebration of the Lord’s birth will enlighten all your lives with hope, love and peace, and those with whom you celebrate it this year.

Fr. Kevin

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