Below you will find any updates in relation to Covid Procedures or amendments which effect our Parish Community.

Mass Attendance – Face Masks

It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc., is likely to reduce the spread of coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. Their use is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers, and practical love for our neighbours. Following further recent consultations with public health authorities, we join with Christian church leaders all over this island in formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all services of worship, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing, from Sunday 30 August 2020, and earlier if practicable.

The Most Revd Eamon Martin

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

PARISH CEMETERIES
Our Parish Cemeteries have now reopened.  Parishioners are asked to ensure that they maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from others at all times.

CHURCH DONATIONS
Sunday collection/Parish envelopes: Some Parishioners have left envelopes at the Parochial House – thank you for your support and contributions, which are very much needed. If you feel you would like to contribute and are able to contribute, you can leave envelope at the Parochial House please just write your name and envelope number(if you know it) on the front of the envelope. 
Some have inquired about contributions using Standing Order – the form is available to print off via the website for those who wish to use this way of contributing to Parish finances.  See parish webpage. 
Anyone wishing to make a Direct Bank transfer to the Parish can do so, our bank details are as follows.
Account Name – Loughgilly Parish Trust – Sort Code – 981140 – Account Number 14410270
Donations can also be made through our Web Page.
Trocaire monies can also be left at the Parochial House. 

Prayer Requests Welcome
The Sisters of Mercy, “Bethany” House of Prayer, 34 Point Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, continue to welcome any person who may wish to request “A Prayer by Telephone”, especially during these very difficult times.  One of the Sisters will be happy to pray with you. Telephone: 042-9331602 – 9.00am – 9.00pm daily

ACCORD – New Free Helpline
Accord’s new helpline identifies problems and offers advice to couples during pandemic restrictions.  Accord’s free and confidential ‘Relationships Support Phone Line’ for marriages, families and relationships offers support to those experiencing extra pressure due to social restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The telephone numbers are:  Accord NI – 028 9568 0151 or 00353 1 531 3331

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE
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.

Prayers written by Pope Francis

to be offered at the conclusion of the Rosary

by households and individuals each day during May

First Prayer

O Mary,

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.

Amen.

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

Second Prayer

“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.