|Fr Peter Burke, Parish Priest, Parochial House, Chapel Lane, Ferbane, Co Offaly, R42 NR40||090 645 4380|
|Fr Michael Morris, CC, The Presbytery, Chapel Lane, Ferbane, Co Offaly, R42 WY43||090 645 4309|
|Christmas Mass Arrangements|
We hope this message finds you safe and well in these strange times. 🙏
As you are aware our Christmas ceremonies will be very different this year with the current restrictions and limitations placed on numbers attending our masses.
With this in mind we are holding a draw to allow for Christmas Mass attendances in our 3 parish churches. Christmas Eve masses are as follows: Ferbane 5pm and 9pm, Boora 7pm, High Street 7pm.
Christmas Day: Ferbane 9am and 11am, Boora 9.30am, High Street 12 noon.
If you wish to attend Christmas Mass at your chosen church, please visit the church before Dec. 20th and fill out your name on the sheet provided and YOU WILL BE CONTACTED if you have secured a place.
Please note that people are welcome to listen to mass from within their cars outside the churches and communion will be distributed at designated areas outside the churches.
Masses from Ferbane Church will also be streamed live and the link to gain access will be distributed in the coming weeks.
We would ask that you are tolerant of the difficult position we find ourselves in this year with regard to numbers attending Christmas ceremonies and to remind you that you are all very welcome to visit the Churches and their cribs during the Christmas period for private prayer and reflection. Please be mindful of social distancing around the crib and entrance to our churches. Wearing of face coverings is also strongly advised.
We would ask that you please share this message to other groups and individuals on our behalf.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy Christmas.
Yours in Prayer,
Ferbane Parish Council.
PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS AT HOME
Second Sunday of Advent: John the Baptist - our Advent companion “St. John the Baptist is very prominent in Advent. He is an ideal companion, at once austere and joyful. His own life was penitential in the extreme, but there was no note of sadness in it. As the herald and forerunner of Jesus, he rejoiced to hear the voice of the Lord. He is the one to stir us out of our complacency: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand’, was his cry.” - Vincent Ryan, OSB. Lighting of the Second Candle: All powerful Lord of Light, may our Advent be a time of preparation. Help us reflect on the power of light to dispel darkness in our world and in our lives. Touch our hearts with the warmth of your love. Be Patient…for the coming of the Lord.
First Sunday of Advent: The tradition of the Advent wreath of evergreens and candles, reminds us of the gifts of nature and the Lord’s faithfulness to come and be with us, Emmanuel.
Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois
November is a time to remember and pray for family members, colleagues, neighbours and friends who have died since this time last year. Those who have gone before us, those who were so much present with us, so central to our lives, have left us with a deep sense of loss. We look for peace, for healing of heartache, and for hope.
Uncertainty for young people and the economy
Hope based in Jesus ensures all will be well
#Remember in November
On Sunday 1 November at 3.00pm a special Remembrance Service will take place in Saint Mel’s Cathedral, Longford, and will be broadcast by webcam on www.longfordparish.com. I invite you to join us online as we remember, pray for those who have gone before us and for those who mourn. In a similar way on social media I encourage you to use the hashtag #RememberInNovember along with your prayerful messages to commemorate the souls of our loved ones. May our departed rest in peace and may the Lord bring consolation to those who grieve.
Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois
The picture below is of the garden in front of the ambo in Ferbane Church
The following Masses from Ferbane church are available on Parish Radio (106.5FM ) and on the Ferbane Parish Facebook page:
Monday - Saturday 10:00am Sunday 11:00am
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 - Weekend Masses
|High Street||12:00 Midday|