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Message from Fr Adrian
Dear Parishioners & Friends,  

I take this opportunity to say Hello and to Hope you  and your loved ones are keeping safe and well.  I “Thank You” for all your messages of support, encouragement and for your prayers. Can I assure you that both Fr Stephen and myself are with you in spirit and in Prayer “Together –Apart— In Prayer and Hope”

                                                      A Word about our Parish Finances                                                                                                                                                                   Like all homes and businesses our Parish Finances have taken a huge financial hit. Our weekly collections have fallen by almost 70%. Our fundraising activities have all been postponed and our Parish Draw  contributions are also greatly reduced. Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and all other church liturgies no longer contribute to our income. Expenditure however continues and our Parish Debt remains to be paid.

Our parish is unique. Due to our recent church renovations as all our parish accounts have little or no balance to fall back on. At the moment there is no time scale as to when the Churches will reopen but it is not envisaged this will happen any time soon. We are approaching a critical stage when important decisions and choices will have to be made. Things are very serious and a great source of stress and anxiety for me and for the parish.

I am heartened however by the generosity of many parishioners who continue to support our parish financially by  leaving their parish envelopes in the letterbox of the Parish Office. We encourage you all to do this.  All support and help is greatly appreciated. Perhaps the time has come to introduce a new model of how to support your parish. One options may be to consider setting up a Direct Debit/ Standing Order. This can be done on a weekly or monthly basis. If you feel this may be an option for you please let Kathleen know via Email and she will advise ( Standing Order forms are available in St. Mary’s Church and from the Parish Website). Alternatively, a once off or annual donation made payable to Muckno Parish would be most welcome.

I also appeal to former parishioners and others who perhaps tune in on our webcam from other Parishes, Counties and Countries and who may wish to make a contribution to please contact the Parish Office by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and will get back to you. All support is greatly appreciated.

In the meantime I encourage you all to Stay Safe and look out for one another. The next few weeks and months will continue to be difficult for all but Together—As Church and Family—we will come through

God Bless All

Fr.  Adrian

Click here for Standing Order Form

 
 
Easter Message from Bishop Larry
   
    EASTER 2020 MESSAGE FROM BISHOP LARRY DUFFY

Our reception of ashes on Ash Wednesday was a response to a call to conversion. Before God we acknowledged that there were corners of our heart that needed healing, pockets of resistance to God’s grace in our lives. The Word of God announced that Lent was a unique season of God’s grace. Lenten penance, prayers and almsgiving were our response; we were part of a worldwide retreat or mission. Gospel passages, like that of the Samaritan Woman, revealed that God can lead us step by step to new life. It was with that hope we set out.

This Lent was to be like none other in our life experience. The fear of the virus Covid-19 has demanded a generous spirit from all in society; social distancing and staying at home were painful but necessary. We move into Holy Week hoping and praying for a change in daily news. As the Easter Triduum approaches, our prayer is one of gratitude for healthcare workers, and all who support and care for the vulnerable and aged. We pray for the dead and the bereaved and we ask God to care for us all.

The Easter Triduum celebrates and rejoices in the depth of God’s love for humankind. This love is expressed in the gift of his Son who gave his life for us. On Holy Thursday we are grateful for the wonderful gifts of Priesthood and Eucharist. The Cross is at the centre on Good Friday when we acknowledge the Cross of Christ as the source of all blessings and graces. The Paschal Candle on Saturday night invites us to walk in the light of Christ and be his voice and presence in the world. The Exultet – the song of Easter joy - calls on us to rejoice because God is ever faithful to his people.

This year, I think Holy Saturday best captures the mood and prayer of people at this time. An ancient homily found in the Office of Readings asks: “What is happening? On this day there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence and stillness, a great silence because our King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still because God slept in the flesh.”[1] We wait and pray like Mary and the women at the grave, never losing hope in God’s love. The Gospel reading at the Easter Vigil this year is from Matthew. Just like in his account of the Passion last Sunday, Matthew vividly places before us the power of God’s actions, of great earthquakes accompanying seismic moments in time. And through it all, the women are told not to be afraid; to seek the Risen Christ, the One they are looking for.

This Easter we are being challenged in many ways. But among the challenges there is one that as people of faith, people of hope and people of love, we cannot ignore. It is the challenge to find Christ in all that we do, in all the circumstances of life’s journey. Yes, Christ, Crucified and Risen, is with us.

Like the women on that first Easter morning, may we all in our time be ‘filled with awe and great joy’ (Mt 28:8) as we seek to bring the love and mercy of Christ to others, especially to those who most need it. Let us not be afraid to do so.

Christ, my hope, has risen: he goes before you into Galilee

That Christ is truly risen from the dead we know.

Victorious king, thy mercy show. (Sequence of Easter Sunday)

My prayer this Easter is that you will hold on to that hope as we celebrate the great deeds of God.

Mary, Mother of God, Mother of the Church, pray for us.

 
 
Prayer to St. Roch to be Preserved from Contagious Diseases
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Prayer to be Preserved from Contagious Diseases

O God, who through an Angel

promised St. Roch that those

who invoke His name or seek His

intercession will be preserved from all dangers and contagious diseases.

Grant that through His

intercession we may be preserved from this present danger.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

St. Roch pray for us. (3 times)

 
 
 
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