Pope's prayer for April 2021
"We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.
"We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded"
Pope Francis Calls for Interfaith Unity in Historic Visit to Iraq
“Hostility, extremism and violence are not born of a religious heart: They are betrayals of religion,” the Pope said. “We believers cannot be silent when terrorism abuses religion.”
COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship
We continue to worship in our churches under Tier 4 restrictions
the use of masks
sanitising hands on leaving and entering the church
stay home if you have any symptoms
stay home if you have been in close contact with anyone who has symptoms
follow the guidance of the stewards
the 3rd and latest encyclical letter
by pope francis
"In English, it can be read as
‘All Brothers’, ‘Brethren all’ or ‘Brothers and sisters all’.
The first words of the new ‘circular letter’,
or Encyclical as we know it,
St Francis of Assisi ".
The Encyclical Letter was signed in Assisi on the Feast of
St Francis on 3rd October 2020.
Pope Francis: How I am living through the Covid-19 pandemic
Discover why this papyrus that contains the oldest Marian prayer known to date
is important for the church
L O C K D O W N
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
so that elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless,
the sick, the weary.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours
in a new way.
All over the world people are awake to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
So we pray and we remember that:
Yes there is fear.
but there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation
but there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying
but there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness
but there does not have to be disease of the Soul.
Yes there is even death
but there can always be a rebirth of Love.
Wake up to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing
Spring is coming
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the window of your Soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square
Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Friar based
in Dublin, wrote the poem in response to the ‘Lockdown’
imposed by the Government in Ireland to combat the threat
posed by the Coronavirus Pandemic