Welcome to the parish of Ferbane in County Offaly and the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.
Our parish comprises of three churches: The Immaculate Conception Ferbane, St.Oliver Plunkett, Boora and Saints Patrick and Saran, High Street.
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THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
‘He showed them His hands and feet’
In World War II a doctor leaned over an horrific wound on the side of a young soldier. As the soldier came to, the doctor whispered gently to him: ‘I’m sorry son, you will live, but I have to tell you that you have lost your arm’. The soldier smiled and said, ‘I didn’t lose it, I gave it’. Some wounds can be scars of shame, but others are badges of honour, evidence of love and sacrifice and care. ‘Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us’ (David Richo). In today’s Gospel extract, the disciples recognised Jesus in His wounds. When He showed them His hands and feet, they remembered the love that was given and they believed. It called forth a similar love in them. It led them to the shedding of their blood too. On Holy Saturday night we inserted five grains of incense into the Paschal Candle to represent the five wounds He carried in His body on the Cross. They remind us of how much we are loved. May we always be aware of His wounds and the wounds of those closest to us who have made us who we are. By His wounds we are healed. By their wounds we were made. We connect at the point of our wounds.
PRAYER OF PROTECTION FROM CORONAVIRUS
God of infinite love and creator of all life, protect us from all sickness and suffering. Heal those depressed and burdened with ill health of mind and body. Comfort and strengthen those who are fearful, anxious and distressed. Instill hope and courage in those who are struggling and vulnerable at this time. Relieve the suffering of all, so that we may experience the joy and peace of your presence in our need. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Fr. Francis Beirne)
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