Newsletter 18th – 19th April 2020

Contact Numbers Fr. PJ. (087) 605 5873 Fr. Joe (087) 241 1594

As our churches continue to remain closed, Masses will be broadcast on FM 104.50 from Mountrath Church each weekday morning at 10.00 am. – Saturday evenings at 7.00 pm (Vigil Mass) and 11.30 am Sunday Mornings
(FM 104.5 is available on any FM Radio)

Andrew O’Connor, Dysartbeigh, Mountrath, R.I.P.

• We pray for Andrew who died peacefully on Thurs. 16th April at Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, after an illness bravely borne with great courage. Andrew’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Fintan’s Church, Mountrath on Fri. 17th April followed by burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath. We extend sympathy to Mary, Collette, Amanda, Andrew and Karen. sons-in-law Jason and Paddy, daughter-in-law Aisling, grandchildren Louise, Naomi, Ross, Ryan, Rachel, Adam and Alex, brothers Noel and Patrick, sisters Eilish and Nora, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.
May Andrew rest in the peace of Christ.

Judy Wall (née Campion) Derryguile,Mountmellick,formerly Clonard.

We pray for Judy who died on April 11th, peacefully, in the wonderful care of the staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. Predeceased by her dear sister Eileen Fitzpatrick, Ballinakill. Beloved wife of the late Kevin. Deeply regretted by her loving family and their spouses Linda, Pio and Teresa, Josephine and Michael (Reddin), Conor and Niamh, Martina and Christopher (Cox), grandaughter Becky and all her grandchildren, brother Paddy (Clonard), sisters Lil Carroll (Shanahoe), Peg Cheesman (U.K.), sister-in-law Marie Campion, brother-in-law John Carroll, nieces, nephews, neighbours relatives and her many friends.
Rest Judy rest in the Peace of Christ.

Michael Byrne, England – Formerly O’Moore Forest. Mountmellick.

We pray for Michael who died in England on 29th March. We extend sympathy to his wife, Brigid and family. Michael’s brother, Daniel (O’Moore Forest) died on 8th June 2019

Anniversary Mass Remembrances during the Week

Sat. 18th April 7.00 pm – Frances Phelan (nee Maybury) 18 Kiln Lane. 2nd Anniv.
Sun. 19th April 11.30 am – James (Jim) Wall, Woodbrook 1st Anniv.
Maura and Frank Byrne, Patrick St.,
and their daughter-in-law, Paula Byrne (nee Delaney) Patrick St., 5th Anniv.
John Mulhare, The Square, Mountrath

Monday 20th April 10.00 am – Kathleen Ryan Fr. O’Connor Cresc.

Fri. 24th April 10.00 am Thomas Connor, Cappagh

Sunday 26th April 11.30 am Br. Justin Madden – Shannon Rd., 5th Anniv.
Mon. 27th April Paddy and Norah Osborne, Forest
Johnny Osborne and the Osborne family
Sat. 2nd May Seamus Fitzpatrick, Woodbrook
Thomas and Margaret Phelan, Shannon Road.

Sun. 3rd May 11.30 am – Brigid Hetherington (Nee Byrne) Dysartbeigh. Month’s Mind
Phyllis Dunne, 13th Anniv
Patrick Fitzpatrick, Clonbarrow.
Sat. 9th May. 7.00 pm Sean O’Hara, Patrick St., 16th Anniv.

ALONE is a member of the National Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Subgroup for Vulnerable People and is managing a national support line for older people with concerns regarding the Coronavirus and COVID-19.
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 seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
We remember in our prayers all who are ill at home or in Hospital at this time. We wish them a speedy recovery. We remember also their families and friends and all who are surrounding them with their love and care at this most difficult of times.
A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
Loving God, we place into your care
All our doctors, nurses and all hospital staff and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
And strength of mind and body
Keep them safe from harm
May they know our deep gratitude
For all they are doing
To heal and care for those affected by The Coronavirus
God of all consulation
May they know your protection and peace
Continue to bless them in these very challenging days
And bless their families Amen.
We pray for the many people who are dying alone
Without being able to say goodbye to their loved ones.
We pray too for families who cannot accompany
Their loved ones on that journey
We ask all our prayers, through Christ our Lord. Amen
My Jesus, I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come spiritually into my heart. I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
A Coronavirus Prayer
Loving and healing God,
we, the people of Kildare and Leighlin turn to you in prayer,
confident that you are with us and with all people in every moment.
We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protection.
May your faithful love support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.
Generous God,
fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old,
that we may look after one another in these challenging days.
Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families.
May those who have died rest in your eternal embrace.
Comfort their family and friends.
Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick
and all who work in our medical facilities.
Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance
that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.
We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.
Bless them and keep them safe.
O God of creation and life,
we place ourselves in your protection.
May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.
St Brigid, Pray for us.
St Conleth, Pray for us.
St Lazerian, Pray for us.
St. Fintan, Pray for us.
May all the saints of God, pray for us. Amen.


Watch, O Lord, with those who wake this night
or watch, or weep;
give your angels and saints
charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ,
rest your weary ones,
bless your dying ones,
soothe your suffering ones,
pity your afflicted ones
shield your joyous ones.
And all for your love’s sake. Amen

The unsung heroes during these challenging times are our healthcare workers and all who continue in spite of everything and at great personal risk to themselves and their families to maintain our vital services. They are the ones who are carrying all of us through these difficult days. We are humbled by the great personal sacrifices they are making for us May we, all of us, support them by doing our bit.