Tuam Parish

October 25th

Dear Parishioners,

The next six weeks will be challenging for all of our parishioners.  Once again, we are called to draw on our inner strength and to be resolute.  It is important to remain hopeful and in good spirits, for ourselves and importantly our families and loved ones.  

As we prepare for the month of the Holy Souls, let us remember those who have gone before us.  On November 1st we mark the Feast of All Saints and we will begin our Novena for all our faithful departed. Their intercession on our behalf will provide comfort and solace during these trying times.

Novena for the Holy Souls (form)

While under the current restrictions, we will also begin Advent, a period of joy and preparation.  Even though early, we as a faith community could start our own planning now.  This week’s Gospel (Matthew 22: 34-40) gives us clear direction on how we could do so – ‘Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.  On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.’’

Our firm faith and care for others will get us through.  Over the course of the week, can you ‘phone a friend, text a neighbour or reach out to family members living alone?  Please offer a prayer for all of them and our wider parish family.

If you have the opportunity, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is a peaceful place for a quiet moment.  You can also join us on the Parish Radio at 10.00 am for weekday Mass from St. Mary’s and via the live-stream on Saturdays and Sundays.  

On Wednesday, we will mark the feast day of St. Jude Thaddeus.  Sometimes referred to as the Apostle of Hope, we regularly pray to St. Jude when confronted with problems.  ‘Most holy Apostle, friend of Jesus, I place myself in your care at this difficult time.  Help me know that I need not face my troubles alone.  Thank you for the promise of hope you hold out to all who believe, and inspire me to give this gift of hope to others as it has been given to me.’ (excerpt from the Prayer to St. Jude, Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Dominican Friars).

Fr. Pat Farragher, Adm.


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