COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS – LEVEL 5
We are all coming to terms with Level 5 of the Government Plan for Living with Covid-19, scheduled to last for at least six weeks. This involves big changes in our personal lives and in the life of our parish community, although the special parish church arrangements in place since October 6th remain unchanged. Bishop Fintan asks that our parishes should be beacons of hope and solidarity as we seek to provide pastoral and spiritual care.
“As public worship (apart from weddings and funerals) will not be possible for at least six weeks it means that we have to continue to minister to our parishes in new and creative ways,” the bishop said.
Existing arrangements to comply with COVID-19 restrictions continue as follows as follows.
Christ the King
Open for Private Prayer
11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Live Streamed Masses:
10.00 am Monday-Saturday
6.00 pm Saturday (vigil)
10.00 am and 12.00 noon on Sunday
FEAST OF ALL SAINTS
Next Sunday November 1st is the Feast of All Saints
NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE OF OUR DEAD
Because of Covid-19, parishioners and relatives will not be able to attend Masses and prayer services which are celebrated annually in early November for those who have died. The Masses will be celebrated by the priests but without a congregation, and our Turner’s Cross Masses will be live streamed.
The Annual Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls will be celebrated from Monday 2nd November to Tuesday 10th November. Envelopes for those who wish to have their dead remembered at the Novena are available in the church. These may be placed in the box at the altar rails.
Remembrance Weekend 7th & 8th November: All Masses that weekend will be offered for our dead, especially those who died during the past year. Special Prayers for those who died since 2nd November 2019 will also be included in each Mass on the remaining weekends of the month, concluding on 28th/29th November.
Blessing of Graves
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, public prayers and blessings of graves in our cemeteries cannot take place this year, but priests will do this privately and all our dead will be remembered in Masses throughout November.
People will still be able to visit the burial places of their loved ones and are encouraged to pray there alone or with others from their household.
A prayer leaflet has been made available by the Office for Mission and Ministry of the Diocese which people can use as their prayer. Copies of a version of this of this are available in our Church during the open times for private prayer, and it can be downloaded from the Diocesan Website, and printed or read on one’s device.
By a special mandate of Pope Francis the usual conditions for gaining a Plenary Indulgence for the faithful departed are modified this year to allow for the Covid-19 pandemic and public health restrictions.
The Plenary Indulgence for the dead normally to be gained by visiting a church or oratory and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostles’ Creed between noon on November 1st and midnight on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd), may be transferred to any day in the month of November, and the plenary indulgences to be gained once per day for visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead from the 1st to the 8th November may likewise be transferred to any eight days in November, which need not be consecutive, freely chosen by the person seeking the indulgence.
Those who are elderly, sick or otherwi
se vulnerable and unable to leave home due to Covid-19 restrictions, may gain these indulgences by praying for the dead before an image of Jesus or of the Blessed Virgin Mary, appropriate prayers include the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet or prayers from the Office of the Dead.
The usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion and Prayer for the Pope’s intentions) should be completed when this becomes possible.
Reflection for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A from Fr Donal Neary SJ
The energy of true religion
‘To love God and love your neighbour – this is one of the most attractive of the sayings of Jesus. It is an encouragement to live fully with what brings the greatest joy in life – true love of God and the neighbour. It is at the heart of good religion, and what attracts many to Jesus.
Bad religion puts law above love. Bad religion fights for the partial truths of religion. We risk being victims of bad religion, just as we can be victims of bad nationalism, bad psychology or any other bad way of living. Jesus’ life was to propose good religion and to live by it. The religion of some of the Pharisees was bad, in that it was incomplete in its scope.
We admire those who give energy in love and service. We are proud of people we know whose lives make a great and good difference to others. We know that our family and neighbourhood, parish and school, workplace and leisure time have been enriched by the self-sacrificing love of many people, young and old.
‘He gave it his all‘ – we say that of a good player at the end of a match. We say of parents that they “were always there for the children. May we give all we have in our lives, giving in love, knowing that all we give is itself a gift from God, the giver of all good gifts.
Picture Jesus with a sick person; watch him touching the person.
This would he against the law! What would you say to him?
Lord, let love be the guiding principle of all I say and think.
RADIO BROADCAST OF TURNER’S CROSS MASS
Radio Maria Ireland will be streaming the 10.00 am Mass from our parish church of Christ the King Church next Tuesday October 27th November. Radio Maria is Ireland’s only Catholic Radio station.
You can tune in via our webcam at www.turnerscross.com, or via Radio Maria. Radio Maria can be accessed via TV on Saorview: Channel 210, and Freeview: Channel 826. You can also download the free App – “RADIO MARIA IRELAND,” listen to streaming on www.radiomaria.ie or get live radio feed by telephoning 01 437 3277 (no extra charges apply).