What's it all about?
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, historically known by its Latin name, Corpus Christi, celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. It is traditionally celebrated on the Thursday following the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. The feast dates to the Middle Ages and originated with a visionary nun and a Eucharistic miracle.
In 1263 a German priest, Fr. Peter of Prague, made a pilgrimage to Rome. He stopped in Bolsena, Italy, to celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Christina. At the time he was having doubts about Jesus being truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. He was affected by the growing debate among certain theologians who, for the first time in the history of the Church, began introducing doubts about the Body and Blood of Christ being actually present in the consecrated bread and wine. In response to his doubt, when he recited the prayer of consecration as he celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, blood started seeping from the consecrated host and onto the altar and corporal.
Fr. Peter reported this miracle to Pope Urban IV, who at the time was nearby in Orvieto. The pope sent delegates to investigate and ordered that host and blood-stained corporal be brought to Orvieto. The relics were then placed in the Cathedral of Orvieto, where they remain today (see photo below).
This Eucharistic Miracle confirmed the visions given to St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon in Belgium (1193-1258). St. Juliana was a nun and mystic who had a series of visions in which she was instructed by Our Lord to work to establish a liturgical feast for the Holy Eucharist, to which she had a great devotion.
After many years of trying, she finally convinced the bishop, the future Pope Urban IV, to create this special feast in honour of the Blessed Sacrament, where none had existed before. Soon after her death, Pope Urban instituted Corpus Christi for the Universal Church and celebrated it for the first time in Orvieto in 1264, a year after the Eucharistic Miracle in Bolsena.
Inspired by the miracle, Pope Urban commissioned a Dominican friar, St. Thomas Aquinas, to compose the Mass and Office for the feast of Corpus Christi. Aquinas' hymns in honour of the Holy Eucharist, Pange Lingua, Tantum Ergo, Panis Angelicus, and O Salutaris Hostia are the beloved hymns the Church sings on the feast of Corpus Christi as well as throughout the year during Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
To mark the end of the school year in what has been and is a most challenging time, Bishop Larry Duffy & Father Stephen Joyce invite all students, parents and other members of the school communities throughout the Diocese of Clogher to join in an end-of-school year Mass from St Joseph’s Church, Park Street, Monaghan on Thursday 28th May at 8pm.
The webcam link is:
Wednesday 25th March @ 12noon
Archbishop Eamon Martin invites clergy and all the faithful to join with him at the 12.00 noon Angelus on the Feast of the Annunciation, Wednesday 25 March, in consecrating Ireland and her people to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection from the coronavirus.
Below is a copy of the Act of Consecration. Priests are invited to lead these prayers in their churches or at home and, if possible, to relay them via webcam and/or radio. People are encouraged to participate and unite themselves in prayer in their homes and workplaces.
Act of Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection from the Coronavirus
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, 25 March 2020
The Act begins with the recitation of The Angelus
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, ………..
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to Your Word.
Hail Mary, ……
And the Word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, ……..
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your Grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the incarnation of Christ,
your Son by the message of an angel,
so by His passion and cross
we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ, our Lord.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
The First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary: The Annunciation of the Lord
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said: "Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women". And when she saw Him, she was troubled at His saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.And the angel said unto her:" Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest"… And Mary said:" Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word". And the angel departed from her. (Luk 1,26-38)
Oh Mary with Your "yes" You have opened heaven's ways, You have achieved the will of the Father. You will be blessed for ever: Your intercession is heard in Heaven, because You have accepted God's plan. Let us pray that we can say "yes" to the Father in every instance He ask it of us. Mary help us to be humble and obedient to God's will.
As we begin this decade of the Rosary we do so in solidarity with Pope Francis who has asked us to join together today in praying the Our Father to implore God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic:
Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Prayer of Consecration
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick,
at this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus,
we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart:
ourselves, our family, the members of our parish and Diocese, and the people of Ireland.
O Mary, Queen of Ireland, when you appeared at Knock,
you gave hope to your people in a time of distress,
and brought them comfort in a time of sorrow.
Be with us now as a sign of salvation and hope,
as we entrust ourselves to your loving care.
We renew the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation
and ask your intercession that we may be always faithful to Christ and to His Church.
Bring under your mantle of protection all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, and those who care for the sick and minister to their needs,
as your Son implores us to do for one another.
O Loving Mother,
at the foot of the Cross, with steadfast faith,
your Immaculate Heart was pierced by grief at the suffering of your Son.
You know what we need during these difficult days.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father's will
and to do what Jesus tells us –
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
O Blessed Mother, Our Life, our Sweetness and Our Hope,
we wish that this Consecration be for the glory of God and that it lead us safely to Jesus your Son.
A Naomh-Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis.
May your servants be shielded, O Lord
By the protection of your loving-kindness,
That, doing what is good in this world,
They may reach you, their highest good.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We held a wonderful Holy Hour in Saint Michael's Church in Enniskillen on Wednesday 18th March from 8-9pm. It was a great opportunity for a time of prayer, reflection and quiet with Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament - especially in the challenging time we find ourselves in.
We'll be back next week (Wednesday March 25th) at the same time... not only next week, but we hope to continue these for the foreseeable future.
Why don't you join us, live on Facebook, Instagram and the Church Webcam!
Holy Hour - Wednesday 18th March - Saint Michael's Church, Enniskillen
Pope John Paul II Participants across the diocese - reach out to those in need!
In these challenging and uncertain times, we are called as Christians to reach out to those in need. As young people, this time of crisis is also a time for you to shine – to put your faith into action whenever you can, with kindness, calm, and hope.
We would ask you to reach out to those in your community who will be finding this time difficult - the elderly, vulnerable or those who might be self-isolating. *It is important that at all times you are aware of the guidance we are hearing from Public Health Authorities in regards to hygiene and social distancing.
Why not write a card or note to someone who you know who finds themselves in one of the categories mentioned above. Let them know you are thinking and praying for them at this time. Where it is possible (*remember Public Health guidance), offer to get groceries, run an errand for them or walk their dog!
Also, there are many organisations out there serving those in need - one that we are aware of is the Enniskillen FoodBank - check them out on Facebook, or see their recent post below.
Take a selfie with your letter, your FoodBank donations or the dog you take for a walk (can't be your own dog... we will find out ?) post to social media and tag:
and use #coronakindness
Your Parish Award Leader or us will sign you off for a social awareness activity.
Do you have any other ideas for reaching out to those in need at this time? Email us email@example.com
Every Wednesday, 8.00-9.00pm
Join us on Facebook, Instagram or the Saint Michael's Parish Webcam (links below)
In these unprecedented and uncertain times, it is easy for the feelings of fear and anxiety to guide our thoughts. Is it at times like these that we turn to our faith for spiritual strength.
We hear in scripture:
Taking time out from the news, the barrage of stories and information in our social media feeds is very important. Tonight, we will be hosting an online Holy Hour, we hope you will join us. We will spend some time in the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, a time of prayer, reflection and music.
We will be going live via Instagram, Facebook and on the Saint Michael's Parish webcam:
To follow along from home you can download the prayers and music we will be using:
As parish events are postponed and bishops remove the requirement for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass, it’s natural for us to wonder about how our spiritual needs will be met in the weeks ahead.
That’s why it’s good to know that the answer to the question Will I be able to receive Holy Communion? is a resounding yes. That’s not to say that we will all be able to receive the Eucharist sacramentally in the Host or from the chalice, the way we have for most of our lives. But with two thousand years of sacred tradition comes the longstanding practice of making a Spiritual Communion.
As St. John Paul II observed in his last encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia:
“...it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of ‘spiritual communion,’ which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life. Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: “When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you”
(Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 34)
To make a spiritual communion:
This prayer from St. Alphonsus Ligouri may help you:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
During this unprecedented time to combat the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, we have been dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass and Mass on Holy Days of Obligation until further notice.
To enable as many people as possible to join the celebration of Mass from home, please find below a list of Parishes in the Diocese that have webcams in their Churches. We have to the best of our ability, added the times of Masses for this weekend and the week ahead where we were able to find them.
*Please note that due to the current situation, it is likely that Masses will not be celebrated at the normal times.
Sunday Mass @ 11am
Monday (16th) @ 7.30pm
Magh Ene Parish (Bundoran & Ballyshannon)
Sunday Mass @ 11am
Weekday Mass @ 10am
Parish of Botha (Derrygonnelly, Boho & Monea)
Sunday @ 11.30am
Devenish Parish (Irvinestown)
Vigil @ 6pm
Sunday Mass @ 11am
Weekday Mass @ 10am
Saint Michael’s Parish, Enniskillen
Vigil Mass @ 6pm
Sunday Masses @ 8.00am, 10.30am & 12noon
Weekday Mass @ 10am
Cleenish Parish (Belcoo & Arney)
Vigil Mass @ 7.30pm
Parish of Aghalurcher (Lisnaskea & Maguiresbridge)
Sunday Mass @ 11.30am
Weekday Mass: Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri @10am, Tue @ 7.00pm
Galloon Parish (Newtownbutler)
Monaghan & Rackwallace Parish
Saint Joseph’s, Park Street https://www.monaghan-rackwallace.ie/parish-churches/st-josephs
Sunday Mass @ 11.30am
Saint Macartan’s Cathedral https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-macartans-cathedral-monaghan
Muckno Parish (Castleblayney)
Alternative link: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-marys-castleblaney
Sunday Mass @ 10am
Weekday Mass @ 10am
Parish of Machaire Rois (Carrickmacross)
Sunday Mass @ 12noon
Weekday Mass @ 10am
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Our Lady during the Coronavirus Pandemic
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide,
so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
20th May 2020
We are now very sorry to have to let you know that our pilgrimage to Taizé will not be taking place this year.
We have been advised that it is not possible to continue with planning for the trip, due to the ongoing international travel restrictions and proposed quarantines, Government guidance, and the uncertainties about when restrictions will be lifted. Therefore we have decided that it is best to cancel the pilgrimage for this year.
We know that this will be a great disappointment to all our young pilgrims, as it is to the Taizé leadership team. We are sure that all will completely understand how important it is to keep our pilgrims and their families completely safe.
20th March 2020
We are very sad to have to let you know that the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will not be taking place this year.
We have been advised that it is not possible to continue with planning for the trip, due to the ongoing travel restrictions, the Government guidance, and the uncertainties about when restrictions will be lifted. Therefore Bishop Duffy has decided that it is best to cancel the pilgrimage for this year.
I know that this will be a great disappointment to all our young pilgrims, as it is to me and our leaders, and also I am sure that everyone will completely understand how important it is to keep our pilgrims, and the elderly and vulnerable people we would serve when in Lourdes, completely safe.
An email has been sent to all young people and their parents with further information.
From the Diocesan Office:
In view of the current situation, at present and into the period ahead, and taking into consideration that the Sanctuary at Lourdes has been closed for the first time in its history, due to Covid-19 the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for 2020 is cancelled. Bishop Duffy appreciates that this will be a sad decision for many, but in the circumstances, it is the only sensible one to take. He expresses his thanks to the Director, Brian Armitage and to the Spiritual Director, Canon Noel McGahan, together with the Lourdes Pilgrimage Executive Committee for their work on this year’s preparations. Please God, and with the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, we can look forward to resuming our journey to the Shrine of Mary once again in 2021.
14th March 2020
We are continuing to prepare and work towards both our Lourdes and Taizé pilgrimages taking place this summer.
We continue to liaise with our travel agent and tour operators and are keeping up to date with travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the French Government.
The current guidelines from the Church, in line with that of the Health Authorities may mean that some of our planned preparation meetings may not take place.
We will update young people and parents via email if there are any significant developments in regard to our pilgrimages this summer.
5th March 2020
Yet again, we have been overwhelmed by the number of applications we have received for our summer pilgrimages to Lourdes and Taizé.
Due to various factors, the size of our pilgrimage groups are limited. Unfortunately this means that many will be left disappointed in not being offered a place.
A waiting list is in operation for both pilgrimages, and if places become available we will contact individuals with the offer of a place.
An email was sent today to all those who submitted an Expression of Interest form. If this email does not make it's way directly into your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder as your email server may have filtered it there.
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