It is with sadness we share the death of Mrs Eunice O’Neill RIP. Her funeral details are as follows: Funeral Mass at 10am on Monday 4th May 2020 in St Mary’s Church Sandyford and burial afterwards in Glencullen Cemetery. May her soul and the souls of all our faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace.
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.
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.
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.
“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
From Tuesday the 5th of May the Parish Office will be staffed from 9.30 to 12 noon Monday to Friday.
Whilst the office will not be open to the public, please feel free to ring or email if you
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GOSPEL OF THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER: John 10: 1-10
The image of Christ as the Good Shepherd that knows his sheep and calls each of them by name is the Central Theme of today’s Gospel and it is one that should reassure us during this particularly difficult time for humanity. We are… each one of us… completely known to Christ.
Just think about that for a moment: All the virtues, strengths, the temptations resisted, the challenges met, the good deeds done that somehow seem to go otherwise unnoticed… …
…And then there are those things about ourselves that we try very hard to keep hidden from the people around us: our weaknesses and fears; our vices that are really more embarrassing than evil. The sort of qualities that we fear would make us a good deal less loved, less respected, if they were known.
Well, they are all known. All of the virtue in each of us is seen and known and named by Christ. The world may not notice nor be much impressed by our personal struggles for holiness. But that really doesn’t matter – Christ does!
And, what of our weaknesses? The great truth is that Christ loves and calls us by name –even in our weakness and foolishness and fear. Christ has no disdain or contempt for our faults. He knows human beings too well for that.
He calls us away from our faults – he encourages, leads and Shepherds us away from them in order that we may have life to the full. (John 10:10) But even that is a gentle and loving process.
It is precisely because we are known by the Lord that he can reach us and lead us home.
There is, finally only one measure of what we are, any of us, and that is the great truth that Christ calls each of us by name.
Down through the years Fr Andrew has served in parishes such as Crumlin, Kilcullen and Mount Merrion before being appointed Parish Priest of Sandyford in 2011.
We thank God for his service to our Parish and the Diocese and ask that you keep him in your prayers.
A Mass of Thanksgiving will be offered in St Mary’s on the Anniversary @ 7.30pm
Child Safeguarding Training
A special thanks to the wonderful turnout of 70 volunteers from our parish who came for Child Safeguarding Training last Wednesday evening. Garry Kehoe of the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service of Dublin Diocese gave an engaging presentation on how we create a safe environment for children and those who work with them. We will hold the next training session in the Autumn.
The Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement is displayed in the church porches and the Pastoral Centre. For more about child safeguarding see our parish website, or the Dublin Diocese Child Safeguarding website http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/.
The parish safeguarding representatives Elizabeth Munro and Francis Camilleri can be contacted through the parish office or by email at email@example.com
Please note that the annual mass and blessing of the graves will take place this year on the earlier date of Sunday 28th of June 2020 at 3 pm in St Patrick’s Cemetery Glencullen. You might advise anyone that usually attends this annual event of the change of date.
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St Mary’s in Sandyford can be watched on the webcam through the Parish website.
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