HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES St Mary’s Bellaghy
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday @ 9.30 am: Mass
Monday @ 7.30 pm : Rosary
Tuesday @7.30 pm: Night Prayer of the Church (Compline)
[email protected] 7.30 pm : Time of Reflection
Holy Thursday @ 10.00 am: Mass of Chrism from St Eugene’s Cathedral Derry
Holy Thursday @ 7.30 pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday @ 3.00 pm: Solemn Liturgy of Jesus’ Passion
Good Friday @ 7.30 pm Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday @ 7.30 pm : Easter Vigil
Holy Saturday @ 10.00 pm : Easter Vigil Ceremonies from St Eugene’s Cathedral Derry
Easter Sunday @ 10.30 am : Mass
Because individual confession is not possible at this time Pope Francis has issued the following statement about the granting of a Plenary Indulgence. The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.
WORDS ON CONFESSION
Lent seeks a change of heart that we may truly celebrate Easter. In preparation for this great feast many celebrate this “change of heart” in the Sacrament of Penance. Confession to a priest is an essential part of the Sacrament of Penance but what are we to do this year, when because of coronavirus, Church services are suspended and everyone is to stay at home? Pope Francis spoke about this situation recently and said that we should do what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says. The Catechism reminds us that the confessor is not the master of God’s forgiveness, but its servant. Only God forgives sin and God, who is the Father of tenderness, always waits for the return of the Prodigal and always welcomes with a loving embrace – God’s forgiveness is immediate! In our present uniquely difficult situation, when it is not possible to come to the Church for Confession, speak to God from your heart; acknowledge truthfully what you have done or failed to do, and with all your heart ask forgiveness with a sincere Act of Sorrow confident that God always forgives the contrite. Later, when coronavirus has released its grip, we can return to the Church and avail of Confession, and celebrate the forgiveness that has been so freely given.