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EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT every Friday in our church on the main altar from 10.30am until 12.30pm; everyone is welcome to come along and spend some time in private prayer.

MASS BOOKINGS: Masses for February & March may now be booked in the parish office; opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2022 takes place this week starting Sunday 23rd January and concluding on Sunday 30th January. The theme this year is Catholic Schools Living Life To The Full. Let us remember all the staff, pupils and families who are involved in Scoil Niocláis during this week.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION last weekend, amounted to €990, 2nd collection for Diocesan Needs came to €520, 2nd collection this weekend, 23/24th January, is for the monthly Church Refurbishment; thank you for your continued generosity.

WEEKLY COLLECTION ENVELOPES: For parishioners already in the scheme, your 2022 box of envelopes are available for collection in the parish centre during normal opening hours.

PARISH TAX BACK SCHEME: If you pay income tax as a self- employed person or a PAYE worker and you contribute €250 or more in a year to the parish, the parish can claim back the tax on your contributions. This is at no extra cost to you and can be so important to the parish’s income. All you need to do is ask for a form; please complete the form and we’ll do the rest. Your information is confidential only to the secretary and treasurer of the parish finance committee.                                                                                                           

THE POPE’S MONTHLY INTENTIONS: We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognised, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

 

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: God of justice, grant me the wisdom to see right from wrong. Let my heart be guided by honesty and my lips speak truth. In times of doubt, cloak me in courage the colour of trust. Birth in me the passion for unity and peace so that I may be a good news bearer for all. Amen

Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it’s monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday, 2nd February, at 7:20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Cork City. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. *Subject to change in accordance with government advise*

Medjugorje pilgrimage June 15th to 22nd 2022 flying Cork to Dubrovnik (morning flight) with Aer Lingus staying in Hotel Leone. Spiritual Director Fr. Ted Sheehan. Cost pps €749.00. Deposit of €250.00 secures place. Full COVID insurance cover included in cost. Contact Sean O’Shaughnessy 0862959380.

PARISH NEWSLETTER: When you use the newsletter, please take it home with you. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN IT TO THE TABLE.

 

 

Tax Efficient Donations

Our envelope collection system continues again this year and the boxes of envelopes are available for collection this weekend after all masses in the parish centre. If you are unable to collect at that time, they will be available for collection from the parish office during normal opening hours during the week. If you wish to pop in after Mass to discuss what is involved there will be a member of the Parish Finance Committee available to answer any questions you may have.
 
If you wish to join the scheme and commence donations online please contact the parish office by email frankfieldgrange@gmail.com and we can send you on the relevant form to join up. We will allocate you a box number which you can use when making your online donation, either by setting up a standing order or through our website using the donate button.
 
When a parishioner makes a donation of over €250 a year to the Offertory and Second collections the parish can reclaim an additional 33% on this donation from the revenue once the parishioner has paid tax in the current tax year.
 
If you already have a box number from a prior year, you can continue to use that number on any donations made online or dropped into the presbytery.
 
We do need, and would be very grateful, for your ongoing financial support.
 
Thank you,
The Parish Finance Committee

New Year’s Message

In December of 2019 there was a news item about a new virus that had been detected in China. The report was well down the list of items on the reported news at that time. It was the first we were hearing of Coronavirus and Covid 19 which quickly became a global pandemic. Sanitising, facemasks and social distancing and different levels of governmental restrictions and guidelines have become so much of our daily routines. Now two years later Covid 19 and the new variant Omicron raises new worries and our lives are still lived with restrictions despite the roll out of the vaccine programme and boosters.

In June of 2019 our then newly ordained Bishop Fintan Gavin spoke of the challenges that lay ahead of us, especially with the need to engage with young people and the need to foster vocations. The pandemic has shown clearly the difficulties and hurdles that lie ahead for the diocese. The November meeting of the priests with the bishop in Killarney has made us aware of the need to work in collaboration with the people to allow a new Church to emerge. 

The pandemic has affected the life of the parish here and the parish activities. We can only look forward with hope to when we can again begin to engage fully with people and welcome them warmly back into the life of the parish.  

Our desire, hope and prayer is for a better 2022. We look forward with hope and look back in gratitude despite the difficulties we experienced. We know God is with us helping and supporting us no matter what we encounter in the coming year.

I wish you all God’s blessing for the New Year and may it be a happy and peaceful year for you and all your families.

Fr Kevin   

Christmas Message

When I wrote the Christmas message last year, I hoped that 2021 would be a better year for us all as the vaccine programme was being planned to be rolled out and there was a sense of hope.

2021 was a difficult year for a lot of people due to the restrictions that were in place for the first few months of the year. Due to the present situation with regard to the virus we had to introduce tickets for our Christmas Masses again this year. There are 300 tickets available for each of the six Masses across Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I invite all of you who can’t be with us in the church to join us for one of the on-line Masses on Christmas Eve (4pm, 6pm and 9pm) or Christmas Day (8.30am, 10am and 11.30am).

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 again the celebration will be different. Not every family member may be able to get home this year.

We remember all those who will be working over Christmas, especially in the emergency services and those caring for the sick.  For some it will be a difficult time, missing loved ones who 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 this celebration of the Lord’s birth will enlighten all your lives with hope, love and peace, and also the lives of those with whom you celebrate this year.   

Fr. Kevin   

Irish Suicide Bereavement Survey

The Irish Suicide Bereavement Survey was launched on Tuesday 5th October. The aim of this survey is to examine the experiences of people who have been bereaved by suicide in Ireland. This survey will provide valuable information on their experiences, the supports they found helpful, and if there are gaps or barriers to accessing these supports.

We are seeking to hear from a range of people who have experienced loss to suicide. This includes people close to the person such as friends and family, as well as other people who were affected by the death such as emergency service staff, professionals caring for the person, a passer-by who witnessed the death, neighbours or other members of the community. You must be 18 years or over and living in Ireland to participate.

You can find out more and access the survey here: www.hugg.ie/suicide-bereavement-survey

Researchers at the NSRF are collaborating with HUGG (Healing Untold Grief Groups) to conduct this survey, funded by the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP). 

Priests’ Retreat

The Hail Holy Queen Conference – 9th October 2021

At 2pm on Saturday, 09 October 2021, The Hail Holy Queen Conference will be on Radio Maria Ireland.

Guest speakers include Bishop John Keenan, Dr. Patrick Kenny, Fr. Gerry McCloskey, and Dr. Blythe Kaufman.

Website:  www.radiomaria.ie 

COASTAL ROSARY

On the following day (Sunday, 10 October 2021), the Coastal Rosary will take place at 2.30pm.

Join people from around Ireland to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith at our grottos, churches, at the coasts and other suitable places.

We encourage you to gather safely being mindful of COVID 19 regulations.

Simply sign up a Rosary location at www.coastalrosaryireland.ie or text your location to 087 278 6552.T

Gorgane Sunday

The annual pilgrimage in honour of St. Finbarr will take place on Sunday, 26th September, in Gougane Barra.

Rosary will be recited at 2:30pm; Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Fintan Gavin at 3pm.

People attending are asked to follow current government guidance in relation to social distancing between household groups; please wear face coverings.

 

Baptisms to resume

From Saturday, August 7th, Fr. Kevin will once again be celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism. Due to the lockdowns of last year and this year there are a lot of families waiting to christen their young children.
 
The celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism will take place at 3.30pm and 5pm each Saturday. There will only be two children christened at each ceremony. The numbers who can attend each baptism ceremony are restricted at the moment to parents, siblings of the child being christened, sponsors (godparents) and grandparents.
Every effort should be made to keep the number in attendance to less than ten people per individual baptism.
 
The guidance from the government states that celebrations ‘must follow all protective measures, and social gatherings afterwards should be avoided’.
 
Please contact the parish office to book your child’s baptism. If you had a date booked that was postponed the parish secretary will contact you with an alternative date.
 
New bookings may not be accepted till the postponed ones have been completed.
 
Parish office opening days and hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
The phone number is 021-4897379,  email address frankfieldgrange@gmail.com

Baptism Notice

We are very sorry to report that because of the rapid transmission of the Delta virus, Bishop Fintan has informed all parishes that the Sacrament of Baptism is being postponed until further notice.
 
The parish office will be in touch with the families whose babies are scheduled to be christened after the 5th July.
 
The parish office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
 
The phone number is 021-4897379, email address frankfieldgrange@gmail.com