Public Worship Update
Bishop Francis Duffy
Effective from 10th May
Welcome to the parish of Ferbane in County Offaly and the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.
Our parish comprises of three churches: The Immaculate Conception Ferbane, St.Oliver Plunkett, Boora and Saints Patrick and Saran, High Street.
We hope you find something of interest here
12th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
‘The wind and the sea obey Him’.
The Gospel of Mark was written around the year 70 AD for the Church in Rome, which had experienced the persecution of Nero, during which great leaders like Peter and Paul were lost. Fear and uncertainty were in the air. There was a feeling abroad that the Lord had abandoned His people. Reassurance was needed. The parable of the calming of the storm would have provided that reassurance to the faithful in those turbulent times. As it was in the beginning, so it is today. Our Church has had to navigate exceedingly stormy waters in recent decades. Even Pope Benedict admitted, on the occasion of his resignation, that there were moments during his papacy ‘when the seas were rough and the wind blew against us and it seemed that the Lord was sleeping’. Whether as Church or as individuals we must never forget who is on board our ship. Sometimes He calms the storm; at other times, He calms the sailor. He never abandons His people.
Our Lady of Clonfert
PRAYER OF PROTECTION FROM CORONAVIRUS
God of infinite love and creator of all life, protect us from all sickness and suffering. Heal those depressed and burdened with ill health of mind and body. Comfort and strengthen those who are fearful, anxious and distressed. Instill hope and courage in those who are struggling and vulnerable at this time. Relieve the suffering of all, so that we may experience the joy and peace of your presence in our need. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Fr. Francis Beirne)
St.Ciaran's Pastoral Area