‘Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Living Heart of each of our parishes’ (Pope St Paul V1)
This feast is charged with happy memories of throngs of the faithful moving in devotional processions through streets festooned with papal flags, tricolours and all manner of bunting. At every door stood little altars, laden with statues, holy pictures and candles. The men and women walked proudly and reverently in their ‘Sunday best’, as they prayed the fifteen decades of the rosary and raised their voices with gusto to sing the ancient hymns, while the children from the First Holy Communion class scattered flower petals on the roadway, and all to salute the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. On this day we remember with gratitude all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith who preserved this treasure for us through days of persecution and days of prosperity. It could be said that we got cheap what they bought dear. They have left us a monument more lasting than bronze. As we accept anew the responsibility of holding the gift in trust for the next generation we recall the words spoken by Pope Benedict to parents some years ago: ‘Please go with your children to Church. This is not time lost. The day becomes more beautiful, the whole week becomes more beautiful when you go to Sunday Mass together’. ‘The moment we separate our lives from the Eucharist, something breaks’ (St. Teresa of Calcutta)
Our Lady of Clonfert
PRAYER FOR UKRAINE
Loving God we pray for the people of Ukraine, for
all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to
them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for
compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world, that in this moment of crisis we
may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters
in need. May we walk in your ways so that peace and
justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine and
for all the world. Amen.
“May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the
madness of war.” (Pope Francis
St.Ciaran's Pastoral Area