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The Ascension of the Lord
24th May, 2020

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Masses on 'Kilmichael Parish' Facebook Live
Sunday Mass 10 am
Monday Mass 10 am
Wednesday Mass 10 am
Friday Mass 10 am

The churches are being opened for short times as follows commencing Monday 18th May
Monday Cooldorrihy 5 pm to 7 pm
Wednesday Toames 5 pm to 7 pm
Friday Johnstown 5 pm to 7 pm
Sunday Johnstown & Toames 10 am to 1 pm


Hi All,
It was great to be able to open the churches last week. We are opening the same times this week. Everyone must sanitise coming in and going out and hand sanitiser is available at the church doors. The following are the opening times of our churches:

Monday Cooldorrihy 5 pm to 7 pm
Wednesday Toames 5 pm to 7 pm
Friday Johnstown 5 pm to 7 pm
Sunday Johnstown & Toames 10 am to 1 pm

Masses on Facebook Live as follows:

Sunday Mass 10 am
Monday Mass 10 am
Wednesday Mass 10 am
Friday Mass 10 am

I would like to thank everyone that have returned their Sunday Offering Envelopes. If you would like to make your Sunday Offering contributions please contact myself or Eileen and we will be glad to arrange that for you.
Thanking you all for your kindness and generosity.
I continue to pray for you all everyday.
Kind regards and stay safe.

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The hollow winds begin to blow, Winds
The clouds look black, the glass is low, Clouds and barometer.
The soot falls down, the spaniels sleep, Soot
And spiders from their cobwebs peep. Spiders

Last night the sun went pale to bed, Sunset
The moon in halos hid her head;  Moon
The boding shepherd heaves a sigh, 
For see! A rainbow spans the sky. Rainbow
The walls are damp, the ditches smell,  Walls and ditches
Closed is the pink-eyed pimpernel. Pimpernel
Hark! How the chairs and tables crack. Chairs
Old Betty's joints are on the rack; Joints - arthritis
Her corns with shooting pains torment her, Corns
And to her bed untimely send her.

Loud quack the ducks, the peacocks cry,  Ducks, peacocks
The distant hills are looking nigh. Hills looking nearer
How restless are the snorting swine!  Pigs
The busy flies disturb the kine. Flies
Low o'er the grass the swallow wings; Swallow
The cricket, too, how sharp he sings!  Cricket
Puss on the hearth, with velvet paws,  Cat
Sits wiping o'er her whiskered jaws.
Through the clear stream the fishes rise,  Fishes
And nimbly catch the incautious flies. 
The glow -worms, numerous and bright,  Glow-worms
Illumed the dewy dell last night.
At dusk the squalid toad was seen  Toad
Hopping and crawling o'er the green. 
The whirling dust the wind obeys,  Dust
And in the rapid eddy plays.
The frog has changed his yellow vest, Frog
And in a russet coat is dressed. 
Though June, the air is cold and still,  Air
The merry blackbirds note is shrill; Blackbird

My dog, so altered in his taste,  Dog
Quits mutton bones on grass to feast. 
And see, yon rooks, how odd their flight,  Rooks
They imitate the gliding kite, 
And seem precipitate to fall,
As if they felt the piercing ball -  Musket shot
"twill surely rain – I see with sorrow 
Our jaunt must be put off tomorrow.

DR. ERASMUS DARWIN (1731-1802) Grandfather of Charles Darwin (Also attributed to Dr. Jenner)

Sunday readings for Ascension of the Lord - 24th May
First Reading
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.    
In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and I taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’ he had said ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’
Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth’.
As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, ‘Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm              
Response: God goes up with shouts of joy; 
the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

1. All peoples, clap your hands,
cry to God with shouts of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,
great king over all the earth.                  Response

2. God goes up with shouts of joy;
the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing praise for God, sing praise,
sing praise to our king, sing praise.      Response
3. God is king of all the earth.
Sing praise with all your skill.
God is king over the nations;
God reigns on his holy throne.               Response

Second Reading
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians. 
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers. This you can tell from the strength of his power at work in Christ, when he used it to raise him from the dead and to make him sit at his right hand, in heaven, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named not only in this age but also in the age to come.
He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Allelluia, alleluia!
Go, make disciples of all the nations;
I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. 

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said,
‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations;
baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.
‘And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
The Gospel of the Lord.




1. Restrict access to your yard, install and lock gates.

2. Ensure your yard is well lit.

3. Take pictures of your machinery with your unique ID features.

4. Sign up for Community Text Alerts.

5. Always report farm thefts to An Garda Síochána.

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Second Collecitons 2020

18-19January Diocesan Needs (1)
25-26January Parish Debt - January
8-9 February Lourdes Invalid Fund
22-23 February Parish Debt - February
29 Feb –1 March Spring Dues
7-8 March Irish Bishops Commissions
16- 17 March St. Patrick’s Day
28-29 March Parish Debt - March
10 April Holy Places
11-12 April Clergy Collections - Easter Sunday
18-19 April Parish Debt - April
25-26 April Diocesan Needs (2)
9-10 May Parish Pastoral Services
30-31 May Parish Debt - May
20-21 June Parish Debt - June
27-28June Peters Pence
18-19 July Diocesan Needs (3)
25-26 July Parish Debt - July
29-30 August Parish Debt - August
18-19 September Parish Debt - September
26-27 September Priesthood Education
3-4 October Autumn Dues
10-11 October Diocesan Needs (4)
17-18 October Propagation of the Faith
24-25 October Parish Debt - October
14-15 November Marriage Support
28-29 November Parish Debt - November (last debt collection for 2020)
7-8 December Feast of Immaculate Concetpion
24-25 December Clergy Collection - Christmas

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