CLONMORE PARISH – ROAD TO RECOVERY
These are extraordinary and unprecendented times and it has been very difficult for all of us. Thankfully now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and with the road to recovery programme announced by the government there is hope. I think we all can hold our heads up high with our compliance with the restrictions announced by the experts and we have saved many lives.
Our prayers and sympathy go out to the family of Dan Lawlor who passed away recently. Also we pray for friends and relatives who have passed away during these difficult times.
Congratulations to Andy & Tess Byrne who celebrated recently their 100th and 90th. birthday respectively. It was wonderful to see how the family and the community marked this very special occasion.
We are aware that our normal lives will change in the future and we will be ready for this. Over the last few weeks our PPC have had Zoom meetings to prepare for the future. We have suggested a few steps we can take to enable us to return to some sort of normality.
1. We are installing a webcam in Ballyconnell Church, hopefully this will be up and running on Sunday 24th. May. We will have Mass every Sunday at 10.30 and also some weekday masses. You will be able to view the mass by cliking on the link on our website – clonmoreparish.ie. Some of you would like anniversaries prayed for at these masses; You can leave your anniversaries into the Parish Office on Friday and they will be prayed for at the mass on Sunday. We are aware that not everyone has the internet or a computer. Age Action Ireland are offering grants for people who would like to install the internet or purchase a laptop or smart device. You can contact any member of the Parish Council who can help you with this.
2. We hope to organise once a month an outdoor mass, alternating between the three churches. Details of this will be announced via our webcam. In June we hope to have an outdoor mass in the carpark of Ballyconnell Church, in July an outdoor mass in the carpark of Kilquiggan Church, and in August an outdoor mass in the carpark in Clonmore Church. For these masses people will remain in their cars and you will be able to hear the mass over the car radio. Many of you have been saving your weekly envelopes, at the outdoor masses we will have a basket in which you can safely drop your envelopes. For the moment there will be no communion at these masses.
3. The cemetery masses will take place on the dates on our calendar in Ballyconnell church via the webcam. Because of the HSE restrictions we have been advised not to have our cemetery masses at the cemeteries.
4. Financially for the Parish, like many other homes and businesses it is a very challenging time as our income has largely disappeared. If you wish to continue to support your parish you can drop your envelopes and donations into the basket at the outdoor mases, or you can drop your envelopes into the Parish office on a Friday or you can go to the Diocesan Website (kandle.ie) and you will find a link to donate to Clonmore Parish.
5. We are also looking into the possibility of having an outdoor bingo once a month on a Sunday afternoon in the carpark in Ballyconnell.
We are looking forward to having this opportunity to keep in contact with all of you, and we hope it will help to keep us united as a parish community. Please stay safe in these strange times and we will continue to pray for each other.
Fr. John O’Brien – on behalf of Clonmore Parish Pastoral Council