We celebrate Pentecost this Sunday, 31st May 2020. Here’s a short video about Pentecost and to let you know that Mass will be live-streamed on the Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes Facebook page at 10.30am on Sunday. If you are not on Facebook, you can access the streaming through your internet browser at www.facebook.com/BallinderreenandKinvaraParishes/
Trócaire is asking parishioners to send in the proceeds of your Lenten efforts for this coming Pentecost weekend (30th-31st May 2020). The best way to do this would be to convert what is in your Trócaire box into an online donation. You can send it directly to Trócaire by going to the website trocaire.org or you can use the Galway Diocese’s iDonate system, by choosing Trócaire in the drop-down menu. Click here.
Trócaire’s message says: ”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.’
Video message to say Mass will be live-streamed on this Facebook page again at 10.30am this Sunday, 24th May 2020, Solemnity of the Ascension. ‘The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them.’ (Matthew 28:16)
Letting you know that Mass will be live-streamed here again this Sunday, 17th May 2020 at 10.30am, and a decade of the Rosary:
Mass will be streamed again this Sunday, 10th May 2020 at 10.30am. Some music for the month of May in this week’s announcement video: Carol and Jacqueline, staff members of Blake Manor Nursing Home sing ‘Queen of the May’. Some residents, taking all the correct precautions, are singing in the background.
Mass will be live-streamed again this Sunday, 3rd May 2020 at 10.30am on the parish Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, the page is called ‘Ballinderreen and Kinvara Parishes’. If you are not on Facebook, you can still look, by going to the following address on your internet browser:
Here’s a short video greeting introducing the Mass.
This Sunday, 3rd May 2020, is Vocations Sunday. In this short video, John Gerard Acton, a student for the priesthood for Galway Diocese, talks about his vocation. Please pray for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.
Pope Francis has written a short letter encouraging everyone to pray the Rosary at home during the month of May. Here is the letter:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.
For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.
I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.
Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.
Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist
Here is the first of the prayers Pope Francis recommended in his letter:
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people”,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.
We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
And here is the second prayer he recommends:
“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
For an explanation of how to pray the Rosary, click here.
Stained glass window in the porch of St Joseph’s Church, Kinvara. We pray for all workers today, in the midst of all the challenges posed by the COVID-19 emergency.