Newsletter 28th March / 29th March 2020  - Fifth Sunday of Lent


Act of Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection from the Coronavirus 

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, 25 March 2020

The Act begins with the recitation of The Angelus

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, ………..

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to Your Word.

Hail Mary, ……

And the Word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, ……..

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your Grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the incarnation of Christ,
your Son by the message of an angel,
so by His passion and cross
we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ, our Lord.


The Apostles Creed

I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

The First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary: The Annunciation of the Lord

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said: “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women”. And when she saw Him, she was troubled at His saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.And the angel said unto her:” Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest”… And Mary said:” Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word”. And the angel departed from her. (Luk 1,26-38)


Oh Mary with Your “yes” You have opened heaven’s ways, You have achieved the will of the Father. You will be blessed for ever: Your intercession is heard in Heaven, because You have accepted God’s plan. Let us pray that we can say “yes” to the Father in every instance He ask it of us. Mary help us to be humble and obedient to God’s will.


As we begin this decade of the Rosary we do so in solidarity with Pope Francis who has asked us to join together today in praying the Our Father to implore God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic:


Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


  • 10 Hail Marys
  • Glory Be


Prayer of Consecration

Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick,
at this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus,
we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart:
ourselves, our family, the members of our parish and Diocese, and the people of Ireland.

O Mary, Queen of Ireland, when you appeared at Knock,
you gave hope to your people in a time of distress,
and brought them comfort in a time of sorrow.

Be with us now as a sign of salvation and hope,
as we entrust ourselves to your loving care.

We renew the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation
and ask your intercession that we may be always faithful to Christ and to His Church.

Bring under your mantle of protection all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, and those who care for the sick and minister to their needs,
as your Son implores us to do for one another.

O Loving Mother,
at the foot of the Cross, with steadfast faith,
your Immaculate Heart was pierced by grief at the suffering of your Son.

You know what we need during these difficult days.

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us –
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.

O Blessed Mother, Our Life, our Sweetness and Our Hope,

we wish that this Consecration be for the glory of God and that it lead us safely to Jesus your Son.

A Naomh-Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis.



May your servants be shielded, O Lord
By the protection of your loving-kindness,
That, doing what is good in this world,
They may reach you, their highest good.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen


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Letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Monday 23 March 2020


  1. Up to now, the advice of the Irish health authorities allowed for gatherings in enclosed spaces of up to 100 people, providing that social distancing was practiced and that the vulnerable were discouraged from attending.

This meant that holding Mass in public in specific circumstances was permissible.  At the meeting of the VF’s on Friday last, a majority were in favour of continuing our current practice.

The overall situation is, however, changing rapidly and there is growing concern about the movement of people. 

In the light of the changing situation, I have decided that it will not be possible to continue with public Sunday or Weekday Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin from Wednesday 25th March until further notice.


  1. The arrangements for baptisms, funerals, and weddings remain in place but with the requirement that the numbers present be strictly limited, that social distancing be scrupulously respected and that Church buildings be cleaned and surfaces disinfected regularly. 


  1. Churches can remain open for prayer.  However, there must be a guarantee of social distancing on all occasions and Church buildings must be cleaned and surfaces disinfected regularly. 


  1. You will have received information this morning that Pope Francis has made an appeal for special prayers by the Church around the world.  

He asks that Catholics around the world should, either individually or in community, recite the Lord’s Prayer at 12.00 noon on Wednesday next, 25th March.

In addition, the Pope invites Catholics of the entire world to unite themselves spiritually with him in a Prayer Service from Saint Pater’s Square on Friday next, 27 March, at 18.00.  The prayer will conclude with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament imparted “Urbi et Orbi”. 

To all who unite themselves spiritually with the Holy Father a Plenary Indulgence will be granted.

Further information concerning web-access to this ceremony will be made available as soon as it is received.


  1. Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a prayer of Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Wednesday 25th .   You will also have received information and resources.


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin


Parish Mission Statement

Our Parish seeks to live as a family – supporting one another, open to all comers, building a community where each person feels wanted and cared for. To make this happen, we will work to grow in holiness through prayer and service and we will try to show God’s love in our daily lives.


Prayers & Readings on page 156



Your prayers are requested for the soul recently deceased and for whose anniversary occurs about this time.



 March and April Mass times & Intentions

Sat 28

6.00 pm


Sun 29

9.00 am


10.30 am


12 noon


Mon 30

7 pm


Tue 31

10.30 am


Wed 1

7 pm

Evening Prayer of the Church

Thu 2

7 pm


Fri 3

7 pm




On Wednesdays 1st April and 8th April 2020, there will be a Prayer Service at 7 pm with Evening Prayer of the Church, Adoration concluding with Benediction at 7.30 pm. 



EWTN transmits Masses each day at 12 noon and 6 pm.

Sky channel 588 – Virgin Media channel 815.