Tuam Parish

May 23/24

Dear Parishioners, 

This week we have much to be grateful for – the transition to phase I of the Government’s roadmap to reopen society; the wonderful weather; the beauty of God’s nature that is oblivious to the pandemic; and most importantly His enduring love for us as we rejoice in the Ascension of the Lord.  “God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of trumpet.” (Psalms 47:6).

As we prepare to progress through the Government’s phases, the Western Bishops are in the process of developing a roadmap for our return to Church life – from attending Mass, to celebrating Sacraments and broader pastoral care.  Working closely with the Parish Pastoral Council and other Parish groups, Father Seán and I will devise a specific plan for Tuam Parish.  This will be a collective effort – drawing on the support of new volunteers and the co-operation of all parishioners.  We will need the following expertise – medical, health and safety, project management, crowd control, cleaning.  When asked, please be open to offering your time and skills.  Details will follow in the coming weeks.

We are thankful too for parishioners’ generosity.  Over the past two weeks, we have experienced an increase in those contributing – returning their envelopes to the boxes in the Cathedral; making donations; and giving on-line through our special Donate button (include the link) – here you have the option to set up a monthly amount, if easier for you.  We appreciate all who can continue their support at this time – it will be especially important as we prepare the Cathedral and churches for our transition to group worship.  Additional expenses will include signage, sanitising gel dispensers, surface wipes and floor markings.

Many of you will remember the great Irish tradition of meitheal – neighbours coming together to help each other in saving crops or other tasks.  In marking the end of the second decade in the 21st century, it is amazing that such a strong legacy remains.  We look forward to drawing on that community spirit.

Let us call on Our Lady and Saint Jarlath to pray for us, 

Fr. Pat Farragher, Adm.

Return Box Donation Strip ROINI


Pope Francis’ Intention

During the month of May 2020, Pope Francis has invited us to pray the Rosary at home during the month of May.  This can be done as part of a group or individually. Pope Francis offers us two Marian prayers to use during the month of May.  These two prayers are as follows.


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 realise that we are all members of one great family and to recognise 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.

The Cathedral of the Assumption



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