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Down and Connor Diocesan Triduum


Following on from the successful Diocesan Novena earlier this month, the Diocese of Down and Connor will close the month of May with a Triduum of Prayer to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. In the Christian tradition Pentecost is known as the Birthday of the Church. Over these three days, prayers will be offered for the Family (the Domestic Church), our local Parishes and Pastoral Communities (the Local Church), and for the mission of all Christians in the world (the Universal Church).

The Triduum will run from Friday 29th May until Sunday 31st May.

Bishop Noel Treanor warmly invites everyone to join with him as he leads the prayers on-line via the webcam (www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral) from St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast.

Each evening will begin at 7.00 pm and will last approximately 15 minutes.

Intentions may be sent by email to novena@downandconnor.org and they will be placed in front of the altar and included in the prayers each evening.

A booklet of the prayers being used in the Triduum can be requested using email address above.

Private prayrer in Church


From Monday, 25th May ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH will be open for private prayer from 11am – 4pm, Monday -Saturday . Access by side door only.

All visitors to the church must strictly observe the social distancing regulations and good hygiene practices outlined at church entrance .

Anyone who is unwell or exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 should remain at home. Those who are at increased risk from the virus and/or have been advised to shield themselves, should also remain at home.

Trocaire


This time of year, we would usually get back tens of thousands of boxes but that will not be possible this year, at a time when the developing world needs our help the most.

If you can, please donate online or over the phone. Donations can be made online at https://www.trocaire.org/donate/make-a-donation

Please do hold until your boxes until further notice and we will be in contact about how to return them when it will be safe for people to do so.

Accord Support Line


Conscious of those who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships and family lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, Accord has set up a support line where callers can talk to experienced couples and relationship counsellors.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Diocesan Novena of Prayer


Traditionally, the Easter season is an opportunity to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and anticipate the Feast of Pentecost and the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Yet, in this Sacred Season, we are still living through extra-ordinary and challenging days of self-distancing measures and public closure of places of worship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

While our churches remain closed, as the Body of Christ, as the Church, we remain united in prayer. I am grateful to our clergy, religious and laity in finding innovative ways to pray together.

 A novena (nine successive days of prayer) is an ancient tradition of the Christian Church which draws us closer to Christ and to one another. I invite you, and your parishioners, to join me online each evening at 7pm from Wednesday 29th April to Thursday 7th May in offering a Diocesan Novena of Prayer. Each evening, the novena prayers will be offered in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast and will be accessible via webcam – (https://www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral).

Each day of the Diocesan Novena, those who are suffering from the coronavirus, those who have died, their loved ones and those who care for them will be remembered in the prayers. If you, or your parishioners, would like to include a special intention for this novena, please send an email to novena@downandconnor.org and your intentions will be placed before the Altar in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast.

I assure you of my continued prayers and again express my gratitude to all those who are caring for our loved ones during this pandemic.

May the Risen Lord give us all His grace and peace.

+Noel Treanor

Bishop of Down and Connor

Donations


A number of people have contacted the Parish about financial contributions to the Parish during this period of ‘Lockdown’. In the midst of these very difficult times, which is causing financial distress for many, financial contributions to the Parish should be secondary to the needs of parishioners. However, if parishioners are in a financial position to do so and wish to continue with their contributions they can do so in the following ways:

1. Continue to use the parish envelopes, by putting your contribution in the weekly envelope as usual, but keep the envelopes at home and do not return them to the Parish until the ‘Lockdown’’ is lifted and the Church reopens.
2. By standing order – please email
stpatricksparish@hotmail.com for further details.
3. Below, there is now a ‘Donate online’ facility.
 

 
Please be aware of a fraudulent scam within some Parishes.
Unscrupulous individuals are calling with vulnerable people and offer to:
1. Take their weekly envelopes to the church.
2. Offering to do their shopping but wanting money up front.

St.Patrick’s Support Group


To help the elderly, vulnerable, housebound and self isolating people in our Community we have set up a ‘ST PATRICK’S SUPPORT GROUP’ (St Pats GAC, SVP, St Patrick’s Parish).

We will work closely with local community, Council and Church Groups to responsibly help to deliver food, medicines, benefits advice, etc. to those who need or request it.

Below are some useful contact numbers:
Amanda Graham, Alliance – 07850326408
John McCarthy, SDLP – 07725904551
Pat Catney – Email pat.catney@mla.assembly.gov.uk
Fiona Irvine, Tonagh Community Group – 07739002300
Dee French – 07821190775

STAY SAFE. STAY AT HOME. GOD BLESS.

Special Masses


Our Sunday morning celebration of the Eucharist will continue to be broadcast online at 11.00am. WEBCAM LINK

The Mass will be celebrated for all the intentions and well being of our Parish Community. We will also be mindful of all our beloved dead whose Anniversaries, Month’s Mind, etc occur in these times. A special Memorial Mass to facilitate everyone will be held at a later date.

P.S. As not everyone has access to our webcam this Mass at a later date will ensure that no one is left out.

St. Patrick’s Church Live Webstreaming of Masses.


MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: 10.00am.

SUNDAY : 11.00am.

WEBCAM LINK

Please note many parishes in the Diocese have webcams installed which provide live coverage of various Masses taking place daily throughout the Diocese.

These can be accessed by visiting www.downandconnor.org Links to Parish Webcams. Live Church webcam links: CHURCH SERVICES. TV & MCN MEDIA CHURCH WEBCAMS

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May they rest in peace.