CORPUS CHRISTI CHURCH NEWS: A good turn-out attended the Annual Easter Ceremonies, which began on Holy Thursday. This year the parish were able to offer our FACEBOOK friends, a chance to participate through Facebook. The Community Companions Project featured in the washing of the feet ritual, with Women from the Knitting Group taking turns to wash eachothers feet and Fr. Tony helping out. Good Friday included a novel set of stations, as people progressed up, to adore the Cross. The stations included a Crown of Thorns and Vinegar. People were invited to touch eachothers objects at the station and then, pass to the next station. People did pass on quickly at the Lambs blood station.
The Saturday night vigil was enhanced by singing from Noirin Ni Rian, who joined members of our well known Gospel Choir. Both Saturday night and Easter Sunday morning, had an easter egg hunt for the children. Pictures of the various ceremonies, can be seen on the MOYROSSPARISH facebook page.
MASS IN YOUR HOME: The following is a message from our Parish Priest, Fr. Tony O’Riordan SJ.
The Church is called more to be a hospital for sinners, rather than a museum of the Saints. Catholics all over the world, are celebrating a special YEAR OF FAITH. This is an opportunity to deepen our Faith and grow in relationship with God and with each other. I would like to invite parishioners to think about hosting the celebration of Mass in your home, sometime over the next few months. This could be an opportunity to gather family or neighbours in an informal way, to celebrate the mystery of God in our lives. In some cases, it might be an opportunity to look at relationships that are strained and look for new ways forward in conflict. It may be an opportunity to acknowledge the death of loved ones, or maybe sickness in the family. It can also be a time, to become more aware of the ways in which we are all blessed by God and to give thanks, for the signs of that blessing in our lives and families.
I hope that it would also be an opportunity, to chat about Faith in our lives and how we as a Parish, can respond to real needs and struggles, we face. In particular, I would love to hear from families and households, who may have let slip the regular practice of Mass, but who like most people in Moyross, have a strong belief in God’s presence and care.
If you would like to host Mass, please contact me and we can work out a date. Normally these “House Masses” will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at around 7pm. I will also try to accommodate alternative times, that might best suit your circumstances. If you would like to chat to me about this, do please contact me, by calling into me or by phoning me on 087 9286 945.
God’s Blessing on You and your loved ones and on all your neighbours, Fr. Tony.
DIOCESAN NEWS: Our diocese celebrates a new chapter in our story on Sunday, April 14, with the ordination of Bishop designate Fr. Brendan Leahy, as the new Bishop of Limerick.
Representatives from schools, parishes, organisations and groups across the whole spectrum of the life of the Limerick diocese, will attend the celebration in St John’s Cathedral. The good news is that the ordination is going to be transmitted via the internet.
As we prepare for this celebration, we are aware that we, like the apostles; are followers of Jesus, who are continually being called into new experiences of his love in our lives. So, this celebration is not just for those who will be in St John’s Cathedral on April 14. It is an opportunity for us all to renew our relationship with Jesus and to walk in hope with the Risen Jesus.