“They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
The Parish Pastoral Council aims to promote a parish with Jesus at the centre of its mission; making welcome searchers and believers. We strive to reach out to all in our community, sharing responsibility on the journey of faith.
– Archbishop Farrell was clear that the only Masses that should be taking place in parish churches, apart from Funerals and Weddings, are ‘online Masses’ which, under current restrictions. are strictly closed to public attendance. Apart from those ‘providing a professional service’, only 25 people can attend a funeral (from April 26th), and six guests can attend a wedding. No christenings (except in emergency situations), or any other celebration of Sacraments such as First Communions and Confirmations, or even Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament which is open to the public, are to take place at this time. Churches should open for periods to allow people to visit and pray privately and safely.
– the offering of Holy Communion to people who come visit a church when it is open, or to those ‘standing outside at a funeral’, or to the sick and housebound in their homes, including First Friday calls, is not permitted under the present restrictions.
– dates should not be set for the celebration of First Communions or Conformations at this present time. Preparation for the sacraments should however be taking place in some format, and communication established between parish, school and families concerned. When it is possible to celebrate the sacraments, priority will be given to those children whose First Communion and Confirmation were postponed from 2020.
Please find below the link to a recorded message by Archbishop Dermot Farrell to the parents of children due to receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation this year. It expresses to them and to parish communities the broad approach which is being taken: there is no pressure to celebrate the sacraments by any given deadline; we should use this time of uncertainty to support families to nurture their children as they journey towards the sacraments whenever they can be safely celebrated; and we are creating supports and resources for parishes to draw on in their accompaniment of families.’
From Saturday, 26th of December, Level 5 COVID restrictions are back in place, meaning that people can only participate in Masses online. At Assumption Parish, Ballyfermot, there will be just one Mass, online, everyday, including Sunday, at 10am.
All anniversary intentions previously booked for the Saturday Vigil, or 9.30am & 11.30am Sunday Masses will be included in the Sunday 10am online Mass. Baptisms are postponed until the restrictions are lifted, only 25 people can attend a Funeral Mass (from April 26th), and only 6 people can attend a Wedding. The church will be open Monday to Friday, and Sunday, from after the 10am Mass until 3pm, for people to visit and pray privately. The church will be closed on Saturdays for intensive cleaning. Stay safe! 🙏
If people wish to donate towards the maintenance and upkeep of our parish and church, there is a facility to do that via a link on our website and Facebook page. Just press on the ‘Donate’ button and follow the instructions. Otherwise, people can post, or drop a donation in via the letterbox, to The Parish House, 197 Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin D10 P659.
Webcam Difficulties – If you ever have difficulty accessing our webcam through our parish website, try this link, via the Church Services site, for an alternative way of getting to the same place.
DIOCESAN & PARISH UPDATES
SACRAMENTS OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
A reminder of the importance of accompanying young people and their families on the journey of preparation and evangelisation leading in time to the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Please keep the focus on education, evangelisation, enlightenment and encouragement. There is a concern voiced by many that we might rush into the celebration of the Sacraments and unintentionally neglect the vital preparation. Requests for clarification have been received. The celebration of the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation should only take place in the parish church. As pointed out by Archbishop Farrell in his recent communication, ‘We have yet to receive clarification about the circumstances under which a return to public worship will be permitted under public health guidelines. However, apart from such specific guidelines, we must be cognisant of the foreseeable risks of social gatherings which typically follow such celebrations.’ In solidarity with neighbouring parishes, parents, young people, school communities, please do not issue dates even provisionally for the celebration of Sacraments until we are all ready to move forward together and the Archbishop is in position to issue relevant pastoral guidelines.
EVENTS AND OUTREACHES
ACP ZOOM WITH JAMES ALISON
ACP zoom presentation with James Alison this evening Tuesday 27 April 2021 @7.00pm. The presentation will be on The Pastoral Care of LGBTQ+ and The Church position on LGBTQ+ Followed by an Open Forum Questions & Answers Session
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89053302467?pwd=cU1pR0o4Q1c1TlZ5TEJlRm9Md1ZIZz09 Meeting ID: 890 5330 246 Passcode: EPwNU5. All welcome, including non-members.
ECUMENICAL BIBLE WEEK 2021
Ecumenical Bible Week 2021 is an exciting and successful venture which is now in its eight year and will run from Pentecost Sunday (23rd May) to Trinity Sunday (30th May) 2021. Ecumenical Bible Week (EBW) is led by the Archdiocese of Dublin and the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough in collaboration with many other Christian traditions ranging from the Evangelical Alliance to Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and support from the National Bible Society and Scripture Union. The overall theme this year is “Unlocking Faith Today: Responding to New Realities”. This year EBW will have an opening and closing prayer event organised by Holy Trinity Rathmines on Monday 24th and St Finian’s Lutheran Church on Sunday 30th respectively. To Register visit – www.bibleweek.ie
TARSUS SCRIPTURE SCHOOL: PENTECOST 2021
“Babel to Jerusalem and beyond: Acts 2:1-11” (Jessie Rogers)
“There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13” (Kieran J. O’Mahony)
“Breathing new life: John 20:19-23” (Sean Goan)
To explore and register, click here
YOUTH INITIATIVES (FROM THE OFFICE FOR EVANGELISATION AND ECUMENISM)
FAITHFEST – POWERED BY THE SPIRIT
Calling all teenagers! Join us for an evening of games, music, workshop, chats and prayer. Faithfest will take place 21 May from 6:30 – 8:30 online. You can register online using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/ZRLPXhUvSP Registration closes on the 13th May at 5pm. For more information email: email@example.com
TEEN HOPE CONNECTED
We are starting a new 3 Week Series on Prayer on Wednesdays from 6pm – 7pm. It starts on 21st April and continues April 28th and May 5th followed by a ‘Games Night’ on Wednesday 12th May. Expect some fun, exploring of faith and life, small group discussions, some top class games, and prayer. To register for this youth group you will need to complete the online parental consent form with your parents by clicking here: https://forms.gle/2uGwM3jnLM1Mwyeu5
YCD CONNECTED – BRINGING YOUNG PEOPLE TOGETHER
The Young Church Dublin invite you to join our connected group for Young Adults (20’s 30’s) We meet online every Wednesday, from 8.00-9.00pm for some time of fellow, reflection on Scripture and prayer together. It provides an opportunity to connect in with other young adults in a community of faith. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AWARE – SUPPORT & SELF CARE GROUPS
If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone In and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. These services provide support, coping skills and information – and most importantly help people who are in distress to know and feel that they are not alone in their experience. For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie
COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
Crosscare COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
Crosscare’s focus has always been to serve the most vulnerable in our society. During this crisis we are working hard to ensure that the essential services we provide remain available to our service users while operating in line with Government and HSE advice to ensure that our service users and staff are protected.
While some of our face to face services have had to be adapted to meet HSE requirements, as much as possible we are continuing to provide supports through other remote means including phone and web based technologies.
Our Homeless Services including our residential facility for young people are open and operating normally and in line with HSE guidelines. We are working closely with the HSE, DRHE, Tusla and other government bodies, local authorities and colleagues in other similar organisations to ensure that our service users’ needs are supported and our people are kept safe.
Crosscare opened a new inner city 100 bed cocooning services for people who are homeless to keep them safe from the virus.
Our Food Banks remain open to support those most in need at this difficult time and we have made changes at a local level to ensure that the health of all involved is safeguarded.
Close to 7,000 emergency food parcels have been delivered to vulnerable individuals and families as a crisis response since the pandemic began.
Our Community Cafes remain open providing takeaway services to protect the health of our teams and customers.
Our Carecall team are operating a normal service making calls daily to all our clients.
Youth services had to close initially and staff were redeployed to help keep the essential food and residential services running. Services are now open with a greater emphasis on on line and telephone work and working more intensely with smaller numbers of particularly vulnerable young people.
Our Drugs and Alcohol Programme team are carrying out online sessions with their clients.
Our Voluntary Clubs team continue to link in with and support our volunteers by phone and other web-based technologies.
Please support this important work if you can by taking an envelope from the back of the Church or donating on-line at www.crosscare.ie
COVID-19 community supports are now in place to ensure vulnerable members of the community are reached and helped at this time.
These comprise the local authority, Health Service Executive, County Champions, An Post, Community Welfare Service, An Garda Síochána, other State organisations, charities and other stakeholders.
These Dedicated helplines are focused specifically on ensuring that the cocooning elderly, vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.
Click here to see a list of these services.