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Listing April - 2020
 
  Thursday
Apr-30
'May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvellous love. May you have the power to understand as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep God's love really is.' ~Ephesians 3:17-18

During the current restriction of movement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our gardens have become a great source of joy. Those lucky to have a garden can get out and watch the many flowers beginning to emerge. Another observation noted by many is that during the past few weeks the birds have been singing with a great energy. Doing any form of gardening is relaxing and is a very healthy distraction.

Any gardener will be aware of the root system of plants and trees. When moving a shrub or a plant the general advice is to bring and leave as much soil with and around the roots. This is to minimise the disturbance to the plant. There are many different types of root systems. The deepest roots are generally found in deserts where the roots have to go way down to get to a water source.

The majority of roots on most plants are however found relatively close to the surface where nutrient availability and aeration are more favourable for growth. The main purpose of a root is that it anchors the plant to the earth and it also collects the water and nutrients necessary for plant growth.

It should come as no surprise that in spirituality the image of a root is often used. Everyone needs some anchor in life, something to hold us in place and something to keep us from falling over. People have tried lots of different things to keep us anchored. But there is nothing more effective or more important than a belief in a loving God, who is a constant anchor.

Just as a plant needs water and nutrients, we also need spiritual sustenance on our daily journey. Again God is the one who can provide the spiritual energy and sustenance to keep us going through all the ups and downs on our daily journey through life.

For most of the time we cannot see a root system. God's love can sometimes seem hidden especially in the uncertainty of our current pandemic crisis. But we are invited today to begin to understand how important, personal and deep God's love is for us. As part of a vital root system we are all included. We thank God this weekend for being there for us, for being our anchor and for holding us safely through everything.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-29
'May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvellous love. May you have the power to understand as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep God's love really is.' ~Ephesians 3:17-18

During the current restriction of movement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our gardens have become a great source of joy. Those lucky to have a garden can get out and watch the many flowers beginning to emerge. Another observation noted by many is that during the past few weeks the birds have been singing with a great energy. Doing any form of gardening is relaxing and is a very healthy distraction.

Any gardener will be aware of the root system of plants and trees. When moving a shrub or a plant the general advice is to bring and leave as much soil with and around the roots. This is to minimise the disturbance to the plant. There are many different types of root systems. The deepest roots are generally found in deserts where the roots have to go way down to get to a water source.

The majority of roots on most plants are however found relatively close to the surface where nutrient availability and aeration are more favourable for growth. The main purpose of a root is that it anchors the plant to the earth and it also collects the water and nutrients necessary for plant growth.

It should come as no surprise that in spirituality the image of a root is often used. Everyone needs some anchor in life, something to hold us in place and something to keep us from falling over. People have tried lots of different things to keep us anchored. But there is nothing more effective or more important than a belief in a loving God, who is a constant anchor.

Just as a plant needs water and nutrients, we also need spiritual sustenance on our daily journey. Again God is the one who can provide the spiritual energy and sustenance to keep us going through all the ups and downs on our daily journey through life.

For most of the time we cannot see a root system. God's love can sometimes seem hidden especially in the uncertainty of our current pandemic crisis. But we are invited today to begin to understand how important, personal and deep God's love is for us. As part of a vital root system we are all included. We thank God this weekend for being there for us, for being our anchor and for holding us safely through everything.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-27
'May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvellous love. May you have the power to understand as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep God's love really is.' ~Ephesians 3:17-18

During the current restriction of movement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our gardens have become a great source of joy. Those lucky to have a garden can get out and watch the many flowers beginning to emerge. Another observation noted by many is that during the past few weeks the birds have been singing with a great energy. Doing any form of gardening is relaxing and is a very healthy distraction.

Any gardener will be aware of the root system of plants and trees. When moving a shrub or a plant the general advice is to bring and leave as much soil with and around the roots. This is to minimise the disturbance to the plant. There are many different types of root systems. The deepest roots are generally found in deserts where the roots have to go way down to get to a water source.

The majority of roots on most plants are however found relatively close to the surface where nutrient availability and aeration are more favourable for growth. The main purpose of a root is that it anchors the plant to the earth and it also collects the water and nutrients necessary for plant growth.

It should come as no surprise that in spirituality the image of a root is often used. Everyone needs some anchor in life, something to hold us in place and something to keep us from falling over. People have tried lots of different things to keep us anchored. But there is nothing more effective or more important than a belief in a loving God, who is a constant anchor.

Just as a plant needs water and nutrients, we also need spiritual sustenance on our daily journey. Again God is the one who can provide the spiritual energy and sustenance to keep us going through all the ups and downs on our daily journey through life.

For most of the time we cannot see a root system. God's love can sometimes seem hidden especially in the uncertainty of our current pandemic crisis. But we are invited today to begin to understand how important, personal and deep God's love is for us. As part of a vital root system we are all included. We thank God this weekend for being there for us, for being our anchor and for holding us safely through everything.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-26
'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God, I will do.' ~ extract from a Prayer card.

During this current covid-19 pandemic we may feel lost, irrelevant and perhaps feeling insignificant. So much seems to be outside our control, there is lots of uncertainty and no one is fully sure of when it's going to end. We are adapting and adjusting to a new lifestyle that is not easy. We have had to put lots of plans and activities on hold.

We may only be one but we are an incredibly important one. We are currently celebrating the season of Easter. This celebration is not just for a few days but lasts over six weeks. At the heart of Easter is a celebration of you, a celebration of what makes you special, unique and different. During this current crisis it can be easy to forget how special you are. It can be easy to forget the difference you are making in this crisis.

The very fact we are staying at home, adhering to the social distancing and cocooning for some is making a difference. The experts tell us that it is making a hugely significant difference. We will keep it going as best we can.

We also need to keep going a belief in ourselves too. We need to keep going a belief that there is a bigger picture. We need to keep going the Easter message of light, hope and new beginnings. We need to keep going our reaching out to those who need help during this crisis. We need to keep going a sense of balance in this crisis and how crucial that we balance out huge amounts of negativity with some good news.

The best place to start with this balance is your good news, my good news and all our little good news stories. Easter prods us and encourages us to be proud of our good news. Your good news may not make the headlines and the same goes with mine. But who cares about making headlines. Easter is all about the here and now, living life as best I can at home within very limiting circumstances.

It is my firm belief that Easter 2020 is one of the well-timed spiritual seasons. It has come at such an important stage on our journey through this crisis. The message of Easter is crucial in helping us through this emergency. Mind yourself, be safe and may God bless you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-25
'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God, I will do.' ~ extract from a Prayer card.

During this current covid-19 pandemic we may feel lost, irrelevant and perhaps feeling insignificant. So much seems to be outside our control, there is lots of uncertainty and no one is fully sure of when it's going to end. We are adapting and adjusting to a new lifestyle that is not easy. We have had to put lots of plans and activities on hold.

We may only be one but we are an incredibly important one. We are currently celebrating the season of Easter. This celebration is not just for a few days but lasts over six weeks. At the heart of Easter is a celebration of you, a celebration of what makes you special, unique and different. During this current crisis it can be easy to forget how special you are. It can be easy to forget the difference you are making in this crisis.

The very fact we are staying at home, adhering to the social distancing and cocooning for some is making a difference. The experts tell us that it is making a hugely significant difference. We will keep it going as best we can.

We also need to keep going a belief in ourselves too. We need to keep going a belief that there is a bigger picture. We need to keep going the Easter message of light, hope and new beginnings. We need to keep going our reaching out to those who need help during this crisis. We need to keep going a sense of balance in this crisis and how crucial that we balance out huge amounts of negativity with some good news.

The best place to start with this balance is your good news, my good news and all our little good news stories. Easter prods us and encourages us to be proud of our good news. Your good news may not make the headlines and the same goes with mine. But who cares about making headlines. Easter is all about the here and now, living life as best I can at home within very limiting circumstances.

It is my firm belief that Easter 2020 is one of the well-timed spiritual seasons. It has come at such an important stage on our journey through this crisis. The message of Easter is crucial in helping us through this emergency. Mind yourself, be safe and may God bless you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-24
'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God, I will do.' ~ extract from a Prayer card.

During this current covid-19 pandemic we may feel lost, irrelevant and perhaps feeling insignificant. So much seems to be outside our control, there is lots of uncertainty and no one is fully sure of when it's going to end. We are adapting and adjusting to a new lifestyle that is not easy. We have had to put lots of plans and activities on hold.

We may only be one but we are an incredibly important one. We are currently celebrating the season of Easter. This celebration is not just for a few days but lasts over six weeks. At the heart of Easter is a celebration of you, a celebration of what makes you special, unique and different. During this current crisis it can be easy to forget how special you are. It can be easy to forget the difference you are making in this crisis.

The very fact we are staying at home, adhering to the social distancing and cocooning for some is making a difference. The experts tell us that it is making a hugely significant difference. We will keep it going as best we can.

We also need to keep going a belief in ourselves too. We need to keep going a belief that there is a bigger picture. We need to keep going the Easter message of light, hope and new beginnings. We need to keep going our reaching out to those who need help during this crisis. We need to keep going a sense of balance in this crisis and how crucial that we balance out huge amounts of negativity with some good news.

The best place to start with this balance is your good news, my good news and all our little good news stories. Easter prods us and encourages us to be proud of our good news. Your good news may not make the headlines and the same goes with mine. But who cares about making headlines. Easter is all about the here and now, living life as best I can at home within very limiting circumstances.

It is my firm belief that Easter 2020 is one of the well-timed spiritual seasons. It has come at such an important stage on our journey through this crisis. The message of Easter is crucial in helping us through this emergency. Mind yourself, be safe and may God bless you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-23
'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God, I will do.' ~ extract from a Prayer card.

During this current covid-19 pandemic we may feel lost, irrelevant and perhaps feeling insignificant. So much seems to be outside our control, there is lots of uncertainty and no one is fully sure of when it's going to end. We are adapting and adjusting to a new lifestyle that is not easy. We have had to put lots of plans and activities on hold.

We may only be one but we are an incredibly important one. We are currently celebrating the season of Easter. This celebration is not just for a few days but lasts over six weeks. At the heart of Easter is a celebration of you, a celebration of what makes you special, unique and different. During this current crisis it can be easy to forget how special you are. It can be easy to forget the difference you are making in this crisis.

The very fact we are staying at home, adhering to the social distancing and cocooning for some is making a difference. The experts tell us that it is making a hugely significant difference. We will keep it going as best we can.

We also need to keep going a belief in ourselves too. We need to keep going a belief that there is a bigger picture. We need to keep going the Easter message of light, hope and new beginnings. We need to keep going our reaching out to those who need help during this crisis. We need to keep going a sense of balance in this crisis and how crucial that we balance out huge amounts of negativity with some good news.

The best place to start with this balance is your good news, my good news and all our little good news stories. Easter prods us and encourages us to be proud of our good news. Your good news may not make the headlines and the same goes with mine. But who cares about making headlines. Easter is all about the here and now, living life as best I can at home within very limiting circumstances.

It is my firm belief that Easter 2020 is one of the well-timed spiritual seasons. It has come at such an important stage on our journey through this crisis. The message of Easter is crucial in helping us through this emergency. Mind yourself, be safe and may God bless you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-21
'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God, I will do.' ~ extract from a Prayer card.

During this current covid-19 pandemic we may feel lost, irrelevant and perhaps feeling insignificant. So much seems to be outside our control, there is lots of uncertainty and no one is fully sure of when it's going to end. We are adapting and adjusting to a new lifestyle that is not easy. We have had to put lots of plans and activities on hold.

We may only be one but we are an incredibly important one. We are currently celebrating the season of Easter. This celebration is not just for a few days but lasts over six weeks. At the heart of Easter is a celebration of you, a celebration of what makes you special, unique and different. During this current crisis it can be easy to forget how special you are. It can be easy to forget the difference you are making in this crisis.

The very fact we are staying at home, adhering to the social distancing and cocooning for some is making a difference. The experts tell us that it is making a hugely significant difference. We will keep it going as best we can.

We also need to keep going a belief in ourselves too. We need to keep going a belief that there is a bigger picture. We need to keep going the Easter message of light, hope and new beginnings. We need to keep going our reaching out to those who need help during this crisis. We need to keep going a sense of balance in this crisis and how crucial that we balance out huge amounts of negativity with some good news.

The best place to start with this balance is your good news, my good news and all our little good news stories. Easter prods us and encourages us to be proud of our good news. Your good news may not make the headlines and the same goes with mine. But who cares about making headlines. Easter is all about the here and now, living life as best I can at home within very limiting circumstances.

It is my firm belief that Easter 2020 is one of the well-timed spiritual seasons. It has come at such an important stage on our journey through this crisis. The message of Easter is crucial in helping us through this emergency. Mind yourself, be safe and may God bless you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-20
'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God, I will do.' ~ extract from a Prayer card.

During this current covid-19 pandemic we may feel lost, irrelevant and perhaps feeling insignificant. So much seems to be outside our control, there is lots of uncertainty and no one is fully sure of when it's going to end. We are adapting and adjusting to a new lifestyle that is not easy. We have had to put lots of plans and activities on hold.

We may only be one but we are an incredibly important one. We are currently celebrating the season of Easter. This celebration is not just for a few days but lasts over six weeks. At the heart of Easter is a celebration of you, a celebration of what makes you special, unique and different. During this current crisis it can be easy to forget how special you are. It can be easy to forget the difference you are making in this crisis.

The very fact we are staying at home, adhering to the social distancing and cocooning for some is making a difference. The experts tell us that it is making a hugely significant difference. We will keep it going as best we can.

We also need to keep going a belief in ourselves too. We need to keep going a belief that there is a bigger picture. We need to keep going the Easter message of light, hope and new beginnings. We need to keep going our reaching out to those who need help during this crisis. We need to keep going a sense of balance in this crisis and how crucial that we balance out huge amounts of negativity with some good news.

The best place to start with this balance is your good news, my good news and all our little good news stories. Easter prods us and encourages us to be proud of our good news. Your good news may not make the headlines and the same goes with mine. But who cares about making headlines. Easter is all about the here and now, living life as best I can at home within very limiting circumstances.

It is my firm belief that Easter 2020 is one of the well-timed spiritual seasons. It has come at such an important stage on our journey through this crisis. The message of Easter is crucial in helping us through this emergency. Mind yourself, be safe and may God bless you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-19
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2020 is just so different to last year. Never before has there been so much uncertainty, worry, confusion and a fear of the unknown. Easter may feel different but it's message is so welcome and needed.

The resurrection of Jesus has shattered the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. The invitation today is to roll back the stones in our own lives and let the Easter light touch our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-11
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2020 is just so different to last year. All our churches are closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some churches are trying to reach out in new ways by streaming live the Easter ceremonies but without any congregation. Later on this evening there is an invitation from RTE at 9pm to place a candle or light in your window as a sign of solidarity and hope during this crisis.

Every Church will also have all the lights lit inside, from cities all the way out to every town and village in our country. It is a sign of Easter hope and that the Easter message of the light of Christ's victory over darkness is not forgotten. This message is so important during this crisis.

Today Holy Saturday is a day of waiting. You could call it the 'in between day'. You could also call it a strange day. Darkness seems to have got there first. The fallout from Good Friday is massive. The disciples have fled. There is total grief, shock, dismay. Everything seems to have collapsed with the death of Jesus. Nothing makes sense. Darkness has truly taken over.

Sometimes we have to wait in darkness, wait in the middle of our struggles, wait in our anxious and lonely days before something may happen. There is lots of waiting during this current crisis that we are all going through. The biggest wait is wondering when it all will end. If darkness has got there first, then when the light does come, it will completely shatter it. This is the Easter story.

The resurrection of Jesus will shatter the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. Many like you and me are in waiting. We wait for the light to shine into our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

As we wait I wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-10
Thought For Good Friday

'The underlying narrative that once gave us meaning and hope, can lie before us with little more power and energy than that of a spent battery.' ~ Fr. Alan Hilliard

We are living in incredibly difficult and challenging times during this coronavirus pandemic. All that is happening does have an impact on us. No person can say they are untouched by this.
We need to mind each other and we need to mind ourselves. It is important that we reach out and talk to someone. It is important that we don't bottle everything up. Maybe we feel like the rundown battery. What gave us meaning and hope before may now have dried up. We may feel empty, alone, afraid, unsure, worried and even frightened.

This is our starting point as we continue our journey through Holy Week and especially today Good Friday. Our journey through Good Friday touches in on every human experience. It will touch in on everything we are experiencing through this crisis. I firmly believe that these few days gives us a strong platform, to begin to recharge the battery again, to not allow ourselves to get swamped in the midst of so much negativity, to put the spotlight on good news and hope.

This is the message of Holy Week and especially the message of Easter. We journey together during this special week and we pray for each other during these difficult times.

The following website is most useful if you want to view a church service online particularly during Holy Week. www.churchservices.tv/timetable/ It gives the different times throughout the day and where the live streaming is from.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-08
'The underlying narrative that once gave us meaning and hope, can lie before us with little more power and energy than that of a spent battery.' ~ Fr. Alan Hilliard

We are living in incredibly difficult and challenging times during this coronavirus pandemic. We keep hearing the word 'unprecedented' being used each day. We have lost our sense of normality and everything in our world seems to be upside down. Every day we are hit with some new twist, some new development, some new figure and statistic and an endless drip feed of negative stories. Thankfully we hear of some happy stories too and how many are reaching out in local communities to make sure that everyone is looked after. Everyone is doing their best to keep safe, to keep their distance and to stay at home.

All that is happening does have an impact on us. No person can say they are untouched by this. We need to mind each other and we need to mind ourselves. It is important that we reach out and talk to someone. It is important that we don't bottle everything up. Maybe we feel like the rundown battery. What gave us meaning and hope before may now have dried up. We may feel empty, alone, afraid, unsure, worried and even frightened.

This is our starting point as we begin our journey through Holy Week. For Christians, the journey through Lent of 2020 could be our most important. Yes it will be radically different with no church attendance at all. But some ceremonies will take place behind closed doors and will be streamed live. This is important and good. Holy Week will be different but it's definitely not cancelled. Our journey through this week will touch in on every human experience. It will touch in on everything we are experiencing through this crisis.

I firmly believe this week gives us a strong platform, to begin to recharge the battery again, to not allow ourselves to get swamped in the midst of so much negativity, to put the spotlight on good news and hope. This is the message of Holy Week and especially the message of Easter. We journey together during this special week and we pray for each other during these difficult times.

The following website is most useful if you want to view a church service online particularly during Holy Week. www.churchservices.tv/timetable/ It gives the different times throughout the day and where the live streaming is from.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-07
'The underlying narrative that once gave us meaning and hope, can lie before us with little more power and energy than that of a spent battery.' ~ Fr. Alan Hilliard

We are living in incredibly difficult and challenging times during this coronavirus pandemic. We keep hearing the word 'unprecedented' being used each day. We have lost our sense of normality and everything in our world seems to be upside down. Every day we are hit with some new twist, some new development, some new figure and statistic and an endless drip feed of negative stories. Thankfully we hear of some happy stories too and how many are reaching out in local communities to make sure that everyone is looked after. Everyone is doing their best to keep safe, to keep their distance and to stay at home.

All that is happening does have an impact on us. No person can say they are untouched by this. We need to mind each other and we need to mind ourselves. It is important that we reach out and talk to someone. It is important that we don't bottle everything up. Maybe we feel like the rundown battery. What gave us meaning and hope before may now have dried up. We may feel empty, alone, afraid, unsure, worried and even frightened.

This is our starting point as we begin our journey through Holy Week. For Christians, the journey through Lent of 2020 could be our most important. Yes it will be radically different with no church attendance at all. But some ceremonies will take place behind closed doors and will be streamed live. This is important and good. Holy Week will be different but it's definitely not cancelled. Our journey through this week will touch in on every human experience. It will touch in on everything we are experiencing through this crisis.

I firmly believe this week gives us a strong platform, to begin to recharge the battery again, to not allow ourselves to get swamped in the midst of so much negativity, to put the spotlight on good news and hope. This is the message of Holy Week and especially the message of Easter. We journey together during this special week and we pray for each other during these difficult times.

The following website is most useful if you want to view a church service online particularly during Holy Week. www.churchservices.tv/timetable/ It gives the different times throughout the day and where the live streaming is from.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-05
'The underlying narrative that once gave us meaning and hope, can lie before us with little more power and energy than that of a spent battery.' ~ Fr. Alan Hilliard

We are living in incredibly difficult and challenging times during this coronavirus pandemic. We keep hearing the word 'unprecedented' being used each day. We have lost our sense of normality and everything in our world seems to be upside down. Every day we are hit with some new twist, some new development, some new figure and statistic and an endless drip feed of negative stories. Thankfully we hear of some happy stories too and how many are reaching out in local communities to make sure that everyone is looked after. Everyone is doing their best to keep safe, to keep their distance and to stay at home.

All that is happening does have an impact on us. No person can say they are untouched by this. We need to mind each other and we need to mind ourselves. It is important that we reach out and talk to someone. It is important that we don't bottle everything up. Maybe we feel like the rundown battery. What gave us meaning and hope before may now have dried up. We may feel empty, alone, afraid, unsure, worried and even frightened.

This is our starting point as we begin our journey through Holy Week. For Christians, the journey through Lent of 2020 could be our most important. Yes it will be radically different with no church attendance at all. But some ceremonies will take place behind closed doors and will be streamed live. This is important and good. Holy Week will be different but it's definitely not cancelled. Our journey through this week will touch in on every human experience. It will touch in on everything we are experiencing through this crisis.

I firmly believe this week gives us a strong platform, to begin to recharge the battery again, to not allow ourselves to get swamped in the midst of so much negativity, to put the spotlight on good news and hope. This is the message of Holy Week and especially the message of Easter. We journey together during this special week and we pray for each other during these difficult times.

The following website is most useful if you want to view a church service online particularly during Holy Week. www.churchservices.tv/timetable/ It gives the different times throughout the day and where the live streaming is from.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-02
Prayer during this coronavirus pandemic

Lord Jesus, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear. Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, protect them from illness and despair. May they know your deep peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, carers, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and hep those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of so many countries as they make difficult decisions for the greater good. Be with us in our homes as we try to keep safe. Soothe our worried minds and keep us calm. Protect us and wrap us in your loving care today and everyday. We make our prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen
 
 

 

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