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PARISH ENVELOPES 2021/2022


If you or a family member do not currently receive Offertory envelopes and would like to register for the coming year from 1st April 2021please contact Maria, Parish Office {028 92 660206).

If you are a holder of envelopes please notify Parish Office of any CHANGE OF NAME, ADDRESS OR TAXABLE STATUS WITHIN THE PAST VEAR. If you would prefer to donate by standing order or by a one-off offering this can be arranged. Telephone number as above/email stpatricksparish@hotmail.com

PARISH OF BLARIS STATISTICS


PARISH OF BLARIS STATISTICS 15th JANUARY 2020 TO 31st DECEMBER 2020

Baptisms -91:

First Communions -160:

Confirmations -134:

Marriages -2. Schools: 6.

Churches: 4

Institutions served: Lagan Valley Hospital: Thompson House Hospital: 12 nursing homes.

LENTEN PIONEER PLEDGE


TODAY IS DESIGNATED AS DAY OF PRAYER FOR TEMPERANCE
We pray especially today for those suffering from any form of addiction.

LENTEN PIONEER PLEDGE
Many people choose to abstain from alcohol during Lent. Why not take this opportunity to perhaps help yourself or someone you know with an alcohol or drug problem by offering your sacrifice for freedom from addiction? Please consider taking the short- term Lenten Pledge and make a difference to someone’s life and say the following daily prayer. PRAYER:” I promise in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary to abstain from all alcoholic drink during Lent.”

PRAYER FOR RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION O blessed Lord, You ministered to all who came to You. Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of Your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patience, understanding and persevering love. Amen.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES 2021


Grateful thanks to all who kindly subscribe to our weekly Offertory Envelopes. On a weekly basis prior to Covid 19 we received from our loose plate collection an average of £750. Due to the ongoing church closures and incredible hardships which people are suffering we have experienced a huge drop in our weekly income. Would you in these unprecedented times consider using an Offertory Envelope, or setting up a Standing Order with the Parish? Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Maria in Parish Office for further details – Tel: 028 92660206 or email stpatricksparish@hotmail.com

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.

Preparing for Marriage?


Preparing for Marriage? Catholic Engaged Encounter:   A ‘Zoom’ online Marriage Preparation course is planned for 27-28 March 2021. This 2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship.   2-day course is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship. Information/Booking: marriageencounter.ie or 028276 38512

Statement from the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland


“… for a limited period (from midnight on Thursday 7 January until Saturday 6 February 2021, subject to review in late January), the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgies should take place without the physical presence of the faithful – with the exception of marriage, funeral, baptismal liturgies and drive-in services (subject to regulations). Arrangements for recording and/or livestreaming, and making individual visits for private prayer are also permissible in accordance with regulations.”

Bishop Noel Treanor

DOWNLOAD THE FULL STATEMENT HERE

DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES


DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES are available in Sacristy. £4.00 each.

AMENDED MASS SCHEDULE DUE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC


UPDATED MASS SCHEDULE IN ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH.

10.00am Mass Monday to Saturday (inclusive) VIA WEBCAM ONLY.

11.00am Mass Sunday VIA WEBCAM ONLY.

Face coverings


Cognisant of recent comments made by the Chief Medical Officer, face coverings are mandatory while entering, leaving and moving around the Church and strongly recommended while seated.

Social distancing will be in place – please accept guidance regarding seating from our stewards.

Your co-operation is much appreciated.

Recently Deceased


Kenny Murdock: Michael Mooney (formerly Lisburn)


Months Mind


Pat Hanna


Anniversaries


Kathleen Close: Elizabeth Catney: Kathleen Loughran: Hugh McGurnaghan: Joe McCorry (Snr): Michael Lagan: Kathleen & Hugh Rooney: Bridie Burns: Anne Dorrian


May they rest in peace.