Aghaviller Parish Newsletter

Hugginstown, Newmarket and Stoneyford.

6th. and 7th. March 2021.

 “Third Sunday of Lent”

Priests Living within the Parish:

  • Liam Cassin (Parish Priest)            
    • Telephone:    056 776 8693    or     
    • Mobile 087 231 2354
  • Peter Hoyne (Retired)         
    •  Telephone:    056 776 8678    or     
    • Mobile 086 373 8492

Please do not hesitate to ring if you need assistance.

Pray For:                    

Richard Holohan, Knocktopher, who died during the week.

Covid-19:     

All Religious Services are still suspended.  No Public Masses on Saturdays or Sundays.  

Mass will continue to be celebrated privately each day by Fr. Peter and Fr. Liam and will be offered for your intentions.  Churches may remain open for private prayer. 

Attendance at Funeral Masses are still limited to 10people; observing social distance.          

Parish Schools will reopen on Monday 15th. March for all Pupils. Junior Pupils and Teachers are delighted to be back.

First Penance will be celebrated within the schools this year. This celebration will take place before the Easter holidays.

It is hoped we can celebrate First Holy Communion during May or June.  No dates will be arranged until after Easter.

We are required to:  

 a.   Wash our hands properly and often:   

 b.  Practice social distancing.  

c.   Cover coughs and sneezes: 

 d.   Wear a face mask in Churches, Shops and crowded outdoor settings.

e.   Stay at home as much as possible. 

Local Lotto:           

Lenten Station

Many thanks to all who have contributed to the Lenten Station during the past weeks. Envelopes are still available in the Churchs. Your contribution is for the support of the priests of the Parish and the Diocese.

Collections:  (To donate directly.)  

For Aghaviller Parish Funds: Use IBAN:  IE74 AIBK 9330 9000 0610 47 (BIC: AIBKIE2D)  

For the support of the Clergy:  Use IBAN:  IE19 AIBK 9330 9000 0561 20 (BIC: AIBKIE2D).

All Parish Property and Accounts are registered under the (Diocese of Ossory, Reg. Charity No. 20015831)

Newmarket School:

Newmarket N.S. is still taking Enrolments for September 2021.

Please contact 087 396 5020 or email mbrennan@newmarketns.ie for an Enrolment Form. 

St. Vincent de Paul   

St. Brendan’s Conference:  

If you need help!  Number of their Helpline: 087 616 4621.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support:

Kilkenny Bereavement Support is a voluntary organisation that offers a free listening service to bereaved people of all ages. Since the arrival of Covid 19, we have not been able to offer face to face meetings.  

At the moment, we continue to support the bereaved by phone or by Zoom. People can discuss their preferred option with their bereavement support volunteer.  To make an appointment, please phone 056 775 6538 or email: director@kilkennybereavementsupport.com.

Safeguarding Contacts:   

Diocesan Designated Liaison Person:  

Mr. Cathal Cullen Tel: 087 100 0232  or  dlp@ossory.ie.  

Aghaviller Parish Representatives are:  

Teresa Broderick  and Carmel O’Toole 

Trócaire

Every year during Lent, Trócaire asks for your help to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. Please collect a Trócaire Box which are available in Church Porch.You can contribute Online at www.trocaire.org  or By phone: 1850 408 408.  The contents of each and every Trócaire Box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.

LentenText Message

Sign up for a free daily thought sent to you by text message. A little prompt on your phone to pause each day during this Lenten journey. Text your number to 085 831 3100 to sign up

Thought for the Day eBook.

Why not download the simple Thought for the Day eBook, free, from the Diocesan website or iBook Store. Each day is marked by a short moment of prayer and reflection as we journey thought Lent together.

Sundays of Lent eBook

Why not download the Sunday’s of Lent eBook, free, from the Diocesan website or iBooks store. What does the Gospel say? What does it say to me/us? What does it lead us to? Short reflections on the gospels of each Sunday of Lent.

The Bible – Our Friend:

Join the virtual gathering to explore the Bible and its importance in the Christian tradition. How can I use the Bible more in my daily life? Join with Fr. Sean Maher, Kildare and Leighlin, as we explore in a simple way the role of Scripture in our lives. To sign up simply email afd@ossory.iefor the link for this gathering on Monday 8th. March at 7.30p.m.

Eucharistic Chain.

Archbishop Eamon Martin celebrated Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh as part of a ‘Eucharistic Chain’ joining the Church across Europe in prayer for the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday 3rd. March.  The ‘Eucharistic Chain’ initiative came from the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences in Europe who had chosen to celebrate these Masses as part of a prayer network for more than 770,000 people in Europe who have died from Covid-19.

Sunday 7th. March 2021

First Reading:

A Reading from the Book of Exodus:

God spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.   ‘You shall have no gods except me.  ‘You shall not utter the name of the Lord your God to misuse it, for the Lord will not leave unpunished the man who utters his name to misuse it.  ‘Honour your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God has given to you.

‘You shall not kill.  ‘You shall not commit adultery.  ‘You shall not steal.  ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.  ‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his servant, man or woman, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is his.’  

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm:    

 You, Lord, have the message of eternal life.

The law of the Lord is perfect,  it revives the soul.                                                    

The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,  it gives wisdom to the simple.                        R.

The precepts of the Lord are right,  they gladden the heart.

The command of the Lord is clear,  it gives light to the eyes.                                    R.

The fear of the Lord is holy,  abiding for ever.

The decrees of the Lord are truth  and all of them just.                                              R.

They are more to be desired than gold,  than the purest of gold

and sweeter are they than honey,  than honey from the comb.                                  R.

Second Reading:

A Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians: 

While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.      

 The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation:

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;  whoever believes in me will never die.

Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

Gospel:

A Reading from the Holy Gospel of St. John:

Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money-changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.’ Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.

During his stay in Jerusalem for the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he gave, but Jesus knew them all and did not trust himself to them; he never needed evidence about any man; he could tell what a man had in him.                                                                                        

 The Gospel of the Lord.

Newsletter: 

If you wish to receive the weekly Newsletter by email, please drop your email address to liamcassin@ossory.ie.

The Newsletter is available on the Stoneyford Website every weekend. (https://stoneyford.ie/news)

It can also be collected in Fitzgerald’s Shop.

All notices for the Newsletter to be left in by Thursdays at 5.00p.m. please. 

Contact: Telephone: 056 776 8693 or email liamcassin@ossory.ie.    

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