Holy Thursday- Parish News

See below a message from Fr Aidan



Dear Parishioner,

You are invited to join the priests of our Pastoral Area in Celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper @ 7:30pm on Thursday (9 April). Like the weekly Sunday prayer, this Mass takes place in the Church of St Brigid. Celebrant for this Mass is Fr Vinod, PP Faughart Parish.

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As with all liturgies these days, Thursday evening will be adapted to the times in which we are living. But what does not change is the hope and witness given to the world by the One who entered into the city of Jerusalem on a colt. This same city was to be the community of His death….and His resurrection.

We are far away from that part of the world; we are far away from that time in human history. May we be very near to Him whom we remember and adore. May we translate His call to serve concretely in our time – by helping those who are struggling because of the global pandemic; by supporting the vulnerable and the poor in our midst and beyond; by using our gifts and energy for others and the wider good of this society; by showing in practical terms to our young people what it means to live in the ways of Jesus.

The Washing of Feet will not be replicated during Mass on Thursday night….but how can each of us mirror the simple yet radical act of Jesus in our homes, our Parish, our land? What in our own culture witnesses to service and generosity?

Once again this Mass reminds us that receiving Communion is not possible in the way we know. Jesus still says, “This is my Body; this is my Blood”. During this time the powerful message of this prayer may help:

“My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen”.

Join us. Pray with us.

I warmly invite you to this first liturgy of what we call the Triduum.

Fr Aidan