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Stay Connected!


Issue 48

Hello <<First Name>>,

I remember many things from my childhood... some I wish I could forget!

May was always a very special month in our house - not because of birthdays but because it marked the beginning of the end... we were inching our way towards the summer holidays from school and that made us very happy bunnies.

Although our sense of time as a child was often warped, preparing a May Altar in school and at home always signalled summer time was close by. How we loved picking flowers from the garden to bring to school... the poor teacher was inundated at times, but the May Altar looked amazing. 

Memories needn't be just that - maybe memories of May Altars of old will ignite a desire to relive those memories again  - for you, your children or even grandchildren... all in honour of our Mother Mary.

Be inspired and create a May Altar!


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FAITH GATHERINGS

Fifth Sunday of Easter
In a relationship connectedness is important. Relationships cannot be taken for granted and need time and care to be life-giving.
What does your experience tell you of the truth of this in your relationships with God, with your friends, with your family, with communities or groups to which you belong?
The parable this week also reminds us that we are not the source of our own life.
It is a gift from God, from our parents, and from all who have nourished us.
Let us give thanks for those who have been a source of life for us.
PRAYER
O God, you graft us on to Christ, the true vine, and, with tireless care, you nurture our growth in knowledge and reverence. 
Tend the vineyard of your Church, that in Christ each branch may bring forth to the glory of your name abundant fruits of faith and love.
Grant this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

(adapted from reflections on the Gospel by Kieran O’Mahony OSA, www.tarsus.ie )
Tune in to the streaming service before 11:30am Mass to hear the welcome.
The Scripture readings are available daily and for Sunday.
Take time to check out our resource: Breaking Open the Word in Prayer

PASTORAL AREA NEWS

Since we can now gather again for public liturgies in groups of 50 people, we are delighted to be open again for Mass from Monday 10th May.
Booking will be available online on the websites from Thursday 13th May.
Please respect that bookings cannot be made through the parish office.
Mass times for the Pastoral Area are detailed here.
THE JOY OF BAPTISM
In the recent year, we have all had to be really patient... but especially those waiting to present their child for the Sacrament of Baptism.

Baptism preparation and Baptisms will resume on a phased basis soon: 
  • Phase 1. The 50+ families from 2020
  • Phase 2. Children over 6 months of age
  • Phase 3. Children under 6 months of age
We will contact those in Phase 1 by email with information by May 10th at the latest.
Details of Phase 2 and 3 will be published on the websites and here in Stay Connected! in the coming weeks.

Please note: Waiting lists will not be in operation. 
Resumption of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Individual Confession will be available on a Saturday afternoon
Online booking will be required. Further details next week.
Please respect that bookings cannot be made through the parish office.
First Holy Communion Candidates and their Families
On Friday morning, the first of 3 videos from the series Come To the Table of The Lord was issued to the families preparing for First Holy Communion.
Take some time together to explore with Eleanor and Johanna along with Fr. Chris as they take you thorough the preparation to celebrate Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time. 
A May Altar for Our Lady
We invite you to create a May Altar in your home during May to honour Our Lady.
Guidelines and ideas on setting up a May Altar are available here.

Be sure to visit the May garden in St. Anthony's Church, Kilcoole.
During May 2020, we invited people in the Pastoral Area of Greystones and Kilquade to create a May Altar in their home to honour Our Lady.
You might get some ideas from this short video.
We are grateful to all those who have contributed to the Easter Offering.

For anyone wishing to make a donation, this can be made by post; phoning the office to make an offering over the phone or by making a contribution online through the Greystones or Kilquade Paypal pages on the websites. 

Envelopes are available in all of the Churches.
Contributions to the First and Second Collections and the Parish Planned Giving funds, no matter what that is, facilitate the continuation of initiatives both locally and within the Diocese.
 
For anyone wishing to make a donation, this can be made
  • by post;
  • by phone to the office or
  • through the Greystones or Kilquade Websites.
  • by clicking on the appropriate button below where online donations are welcome using a credit/debit card or though the Paypal facility.
Envelopes may be left under the sacristy door of the Churches. Alternatively they may be dropped to the Pastoral Area Office in Kilian House Family Centre. 
There is a letterbox in the white door to Kilian House at the back, just off the rear carpark.

We continue to be incredibly grateful for all donations and for your continued support.
Click here to Donate to Kilquade Parish. Thank you.
Click here to Donate to Greystones Parish. Thank you.
SUNDAY MASS is available at 11.30am from St. Anthony's Church
WEEKDAY MASS is available at 10am Mon - Sat from The Holy Rosary Church
Mass Intentions
Please phone or email the office to have any intentions included in the masses during lockdown. We ask that you phone well in advance of your preferred date so your request for Mass intentions can be accommodated in a timely manner. Many thanks.
Pastoral Area Office
Due to the current restrictions, the office is closed to the public until further notice. You may leave a message on the answer machine as calls will be answered daily. 
For any parish correspondence, there is s letterbox in the white door to Kilian House at the back, at the entrance in from the rear carpark. Thank you. 
Missed something? Watch and listen back again...
Our goal is to make our liturgies meaningful celebrations of a community of faith, worshiping God in all of God’s ways. 
It is possible to view Sunday Masses on our Kilquade Parish Live Stream YouTube channel and to revisit homilies here on our Homilies from the Weekend YouTube channel.

Do you have a prayer in your heart and mind - occupying your thoughts?
Why not consider sharing that prayer with the faith community where many hearts and minds will hold it close.

At the moment there are two ways of sharing your prayer: Send a prayer via here where it will be brought into Night prayer or come along to Night Prayer - where prayers spoken and unspoken are welcome in community.
You are welcome to join us for Night Prayer at 8pm each weekday. See the website for full details. All are welcome.

Let us pray for those who have died recently.

Elizabeth Cusack, Jim Wood Snr., Malachy Kane

Let us also pray for their families and friends.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
 
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to 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.
Fr William Stuart in Syria - An exciting new project
One of the outreach projects we, in the Pastoral area support,
is Fr. William Stuart in Syria. 
He been given extra space to rent and has the possibility of doubling the number of kindergarden classes. His plan is to have a facility where they can provide education and a meal for 100 children from the camps. 
This project will amount to €33,500 per year which is about €335 per pupil per year.
If
you would like to know more watch this video. 

If you wish to make a contribution to this project the details are as follows: 
Reference: KG project
BIC: BOFIIE2DXXX
IBAN: IE26BOFI90069028947730

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