Weekly Newsletter 3rd May 2020

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 4th Sunday of Easter

3rd May, 2020
Vocations Sunday
Fr. Denis Stritch P.P. 029 68007/086 2206607
Parish Website www.rockchapel.ie
 
Pray for our dead
We pray for the deceased members of our community and keep their families in our prayers at this difficult time.
 
There will NO PUBLIC MASS in the parish for the moment and both churches continue to remain closed.
 
First Holy Communion
Keep in your prayers, our 5 Rockchapel pupils Áine, Mya, Maura, Ciara & Daniel who were meant to be receiving their First Holy Communion this weekend. 
 
Parish Prayer - As a parish let us continue to join in prayer at 10.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. each day.
 
 
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People - ALONE support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.
 
GAA
Rockchapel GAA are holding a smartphone quiz on Monday night, 4th May at 7.00 p.m. Everyone welcome to join in on the fun. Follow the following link to enter https://youtu.be/NXrZ32_Vg3s
Best of luck everyone!! 
 
You are asked to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 
 
Mass on RTE 1 on Vocation Sunday at 11.00 a.m.   See www.churchservices.tv to tune into masses on-line. Mass on RTE News Now on Sunday at 2.00 p.m. and each weekday at 10.30 a.m. Mass is on Radio Maria each day at 10.00 a.m.
 
Prayer for Vocations based on the words of Pope Francis.
LORD of the Harvest,
BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving – for vocations blossom in the good soil of faithful people.
INSTILL those in religious life, parish ministries, and families with the confidence and grace to invite others to embrace the bold and noble path of a life consecrated to you.
UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament, so that we may cooperate with you in building your reign of mercy and truth, of justice and peace.
Amen.
A Coronavirus Prayer
Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages, curing diseases and illnesses. Come to our aid now, that we may experience your healing love. Amen.
 
Letter from Pope Francis
The month of May is here, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.
I am also providing a prayer to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you.
 
Prayer to Our Lady
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
 
Welcome MAY
 
MAY You be happy.
MAY You be well.
MAY You be safe.
MAY You find comfort.
MAY You have strength.
MAY You have courage.
MAY You find healing.
MAY You have peace.
MAY You have joy.
MAY You be filled with
Loving kindness.
 
MAY You be blessed with today and always.