Allen Parish Newsletter 3rd May 2020

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We remember in our prayers those who have recently died
Niall Hutchinson, Robertstown

We also remember in our prayers all those whose anniversaries occur at this time
Joseph Duffy and Mary Delaney (nee Duffy)
Tom and Eileen Gorman, Grangeclare
Anne Percival, Robertstown
Frank Byrne, Milltown

Fr. Willie will celebrate Mass in Rathangan Church on this Saturday 2nd May at 6.30pm. Watch online on Rathangan Parish Facebook page or on the iCatholic YouTube page.

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Bishop Denis will celebrate Mass in Rathangan Church on Monday next, 4th May at 10am for the Feast of St. Conleth. Watch online on Rathangan Parish Facebook page or on the iCatholic YouTube page.

KILDARE AND LEIGHLIN HOUSEHOLDS INVITED TO UNITE WITH OUR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN AND CREATE A MAY ALTAR IN THE HOME Children preparing for First Holy Communion across the diocese have been invited to create a May altar in their home and to pray the Joyful Mysteries of Light with their family. This invitation is extended to the whole of the Kandle family. Why not set aside a space in your home to place a statue or image of Mary. You might like to include flowers, candles, rosary beads...
The next steps is to set aside a time to pray the Rosary each day, either alone or with other members of your household.

Send us a photo! We would love to receive photos of your May altar to share with the rest of the Kandle family. Images can be sent to our @KANDLEi Facebook page.
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Faithful
for the Month of May 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.

For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.

I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.
Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.

Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020, Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

FRANCIS
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O Mary,
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people”,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always
from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

- All Confirmation ceremonies are cancelled until further notice.
- All First Communion ceremonies are cancelled until further notice.

- First Confessions cancelled until further notice.
- Do This in Memory First Communion preparation programme cancelled until further notice.
- All Baptisms are cancelled until further notice.

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ACCORD Relationship Support Line is set up to help support marriage and relationships in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The experience for many couples is that of tension, stress and arguments and this support from Accord will greatly ease those situations. It will be staffed by experienced couples and relationship counsellors. It is a free service but calls are charged at a local rate. The support line is open from 9.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday. The number is: 01 531 3331

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

Third Age Ireland is a national organisation who take care of the elderly. SeniorLine is one of their programmes and could be very helpful to you at this time. SeniorLine has been the national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers since 1998. This peer-to-peer helpline for older people receives in excess of 10,000 calls per year. If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on 1800 80 45 91.

Kildare Covid-19 Community Call Helpline
A new free text service to this service is now available just TEXT 'KILDARE' followed by your name NAME to 50555.
A dedicated community support helpline at 045 980 202 or free call number at 1800 300 174 and email address  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  has been launched to assist at-risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice.
Included in the COVID-19 Kildare Community Response Forum are:
* Kildare County Council *Health Service Executive *An Garda Síochána *Tusla *Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection *Local Enterprise Office *Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board *South Western Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force *GAA *IFA *County Kildare LEADER Partnership *Public Participation Network *Peter McVerry Trust *Family Resource Centres *County Kildare Chamber of Commerce *Kildare Age Friendly Alliance *Kildare Sports Partnership * Muintir na Tire – Conor O’Leary (County Champion) *An Post *Red Cross *Civil Defence *Citizens Information *Kildare South Dublin Local Link *Kildare Volunteer Bureau *Alone *St. Vincent de Paul *Kildare Traveller Action *Kildare Children & Young People's Services Committee.

 

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Pope Francis asks us to join him in this time of trial in praying the Rosary in May


Pope Francis has asked Catholics to make a special effort in May to pray the rosary, knowing that by doing so they will be united with believers around the world asking for Mary's intercession in stopping the coronavirus pandemic. "Contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary, our mother, will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial," the pope said in a letter addressed to all Catholics and released by the Vatican on April 25.

The Rosary and the Month of May
The month of May is traditionally devoted to Mary and many Catholics already are in the habit of praying the rosary at home during the month. "The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this 'family' aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.” Pope Francis reminds Catholics that simplicity is the key to praying the Rosary and that there are many good models of the prayer on the internet. See Kandle.ie for a guide to praying the Rosary.

Two New Prayers from Pope Francis to Conclude the Rosary
The Pope has also provided us with two new prayers for these times which we can pray at the end of the Rosary. You can read these prayers on Page 3 and Page 4.

Kildare and Leighlin households invited to unite with our First Holy Communion children and create a May Altar in the Home
Children preparing for First Holy Communion across the diocese have been invited to create a May altar in their home and to pray the Joyful Mysteries of Light with their family.
This invitation is extended to the whole of the Kandle family. Why not set aside a space in your home to place a statue or image of Mary. You might like to include flowers, candles, rosary beads...
The next steps is to set aside a time to pray the Rosary each day, either alone or with other members of your household.
Send us a photo!
We would love to receive photos of your May altar to share with the rest of the Kandle family. Images can be sent to our @KANDLEi Facebook page.

Parish and Diocesan Groups Staying in Contact in New Ways...
As we continue to adjust to the norms of social distancing and restrictions, parishes and diocesan groups are establishing new ways of ‘meeting’. Parish teams and a number of Parish Pastoral Councils are now meeting via zoom conference calls or video calls, or via other platforms.
Diocesan groups, such as the Diocesan Commission for Liturgical Formation, the Diocesan Pastoral Council, the Council of Priests, the Diocesan Education Council and the staff of Faith Development Services are all continuing to meet.
It’s different and it’s new for us. But these platforms may prove to be a hugely useful tool in the months ahead for all of us involved in parish ministry.

Prayer For Use in the Rosary
from Pope Francis

Announcement
Triduum of preparation for Pentecost
Bishop Denis and the Diocesan Commission for Liturgical Formation are delighted to announce three evenings of preparation for the Feast of Pentecost.

Faith, Hope and Love
Living Pentecost Today

Three evenings of prayer, music and reflection livestreamed from a different church in the diocese each night at 7:30 pm on Wed 27/05, Thurs 28/05 & Fri 29/05 concluding with Vigil Mass for Pentecost Sunday live from Carlow Cathedral, led by Bishop Denis.

More details to follow

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