4th Sunday of Lent 22/03/2020
Please pray for Jeremiah O'Sullivan, Mallow & formerly Lacca who died recently. May he rest in peace.
Trócaire Boxes are available in the Church Porches as we endeavour to support the developing world over the Lent. Please take one home.
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.
Radio Maria Ireland is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via TV on Saorview - Channel 210 and Freeview - Channel 826; Download our FREE APP - “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on www.radiomaria.ie or via PHONE – get live radio feed by telephoning +353 (0) 1 437 3277. Please join our growing faith family!
Jigsaw Kerry (12-25 year olds) provides free, confidential and one-to-one support, guidance and advice for young people who are presenting with mild to moderate mental health issues - Contact 066 7186785.
Kilcummin Rural Dev. Office Closed: From Monday 23rd March the office will be closed to the public until further notice. We will still process the notes for the local press & newsletter, items can be emailed or dropped in the letter box as we will be working behind closed doors. Any query or request please contact John on 086-1579381.
Senior Help Line: Are you feeling lonely? Are there days when nobody calls? Would you like to share a worry? Call 1-850 440 444 mornings: 10.00am to 1.00pm, evenings: 7.00pm to 10.00pm seven days a week. You will be talking to an older person who will welcome your call. The cost is the price of a local call
Kilcummin Community Alert are available to help the people of our community in these uncertain times. For people who are vulnerable or who may have to self isolate in our community, who may need groceries, prescriptions or fuel collected we are here to help. You can contact us in confidence at 0876270677. We are also asking people to check in on their elderly neighbours and be there for them. Any volunteers wishing to help out please contact 0876270677. Ní neart go cur le le chéile.
If anyone is interested in taking over morning and afterschool Clubs (as a going concern) in Kilcummin Recreational Hall from September 2020 please contact Mags 087 2640741 a.s.a.p.
Guidelines for the Diocese of Kerry.
As promised last Friday I now issue ongoing guidelines for the diocese. These will endure until the Government indicate they are no longer necessary.
- Regarding Masses (daily and weekend) and other liturgies in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic: no public Masses with a congregation will be celebrated until further notice.
- Churches will be open each day for private prayer. In attending church people are asked to follow all guidelines, including hand –washing before coming to church and on return home, keeping their distance from any person they meet, and also minimising their touching of hard surfaces.
- Adoration groups have asked for some guidance. Any who wish to spend a period in prayer can do so from any seat in the church with their focus on the tabernacle. Exposition is not to take place as it would draw people to sit in the seats immediately in front of the monstrance and thus increase the risk of the virus being
The continuance of ringing the church bell at 11am on Sunday morning is recommended. Any who hear it will be reminded that we are never alone, Christ is with us, our strength and guide. At 11am each Sunday it is a call to us all to pause and spend a few minutes with God in prayer, uniting with all in our diocese. Many have remarked that doing this is a positive experience.
Last weekend was a difficult weekend for us all, - the initial adjustment mental and physical to ‘social distancing’. Now people are adjusting well and feel more at ease. We realise that we must give full cooperation to our government and the HSE. So many people have shown great personal qualities and great wisdom. There are so many examples of the ‘good neighbour’ and it does all our hearts good. I have in mind all the people putting the word out in their community, by phone or on-line, that they are available to help anyone in need. Also many people have expressed their appreciation of their parish for prayer and for Masses. Many have joined in the Mass on-line or via parish radio. Now there is 10.30am daily Mass on the RTE News Now channel.
People have mentioned that saying the Rosary (or one decade) each evening has new meaning for them. A decade is just one Our Father, ten Hail Marys and a Glory be to the Father. It is a simple way of spending two minutes turned to God.
Pray for example the mystery ‘the Carrying of the Cross’ pondering that Christ knows what it is to suffer; or the Mystery of ‘the Descent of the Holy Spirit’, Christ is at work in our lives through the Holy Spirit; or the mystery of ‘the Assumption’, Mary in heaven reassures us of what God’s love and care in Jesus Christ and His offer of eternal life.
Time each day for prayer can give inner calm amid these very unsettling days. When we pray:
- we unite in Christ with all who pray in our parish
- we reflect on Christian HOPE, “we can cope with what each day brings because God is our strength”
- calling to mind how difficult many in our communities are finding these days, we pray that we might all be there for each other at this time.
Words of Jesus Christ for us all at this time:
“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” Mt 11:28
If anyone loves me they will keep my word, and my father will love them,
and we shall come to them, and make our home with them. Jn 14
Peace I bequeath to you, My own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Jn 14
The Divine Mercy Prayer: Jesus I trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus we place all our trust in thee.
Bishop Ray Browne. 19th March 2020
Feast of St Joseph, Protector of families.