Holy communion – Catholics Come Home Boston http://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 02:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T154232.929.png Holy communion – Catholics Come Home Boston http://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ 32 32 Around the neighborhoods: Coolgreany in Tara Hill https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/around-the-neighborhoods-coolgreany-in-tara-hill/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 02:00:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/around-the-neighborhoods-coolgreany-in-tara-hill/ COOLGREANY New year greetings We wish all readers of our notes a very prosperous and healthy New Year and hope that 2022 will be much healthier and happier for everyone. Orderly Cities Committee The above committee wish all our sponsors and helpers a very happy new year to keep our village beautiful and hope 2022 […]]]>

COOLGREANY

New year greetings

We wish all readers of our notes a very prosperous and healthy New Year and hope that 2022 will be much healthier and happier for everyone.

Orderly Cities Committee

The above committee wish all our sponsors and helpers a very happy new year to keep our village beautiful and hope 2022 will be a healthier year and wish a speedy recovery to all who are currently sick.

Coolgreany Community Alert

We call on everyone in our community to be on the lookout for your neighbors and especially our seniors and we ask everyone to check their neighbors in this time of goodwill and if you can be of any help this. would be a great relief to many, if anyone needs help with retrieving messages etc, please contact a member of the community alert group.

Due to current Covid regulations, it was not possible to hold a community alert meeting to discuss the recent number of thefts in our local areas, until we could meet physically. report any suspect to the Gardaí de Gorey: 053 9430690.

Castletown-Liam Mellows GAA

The Castletown Liam Mellows GAA Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday January 14 at 8:00 p.m. closer to time.

Saint-Etienne race – A big thank you to the walkers, runners, strollers and four-legged friends who participated in the 2021 Saint-Étienne run and walk. A big thank you to everyone who offered their help that day , in particular Tom Kavanagh, whose 39th year was to mark the road for this race. Thanks to Eilis and Jack of the Golden Anchor for the delicious outdoor takeout stew for all. The race raised € 1,279 which was donated to the children’s service at St Gabriel, Wexford General Hospital.

This year’s winners were: Pat Foley (1st), Niall Condren (2nd) and Eugene Doherty (3rd) Men’s 10k winners Sarah Joe Sinnott (1st), Deirdre Duke (2nd) and Mia Darcy (3rd) Women’s 10k winners Lara McNulty (1st), Isabella McNamara (2nd) & Kate Kavanagh & Caoimhe Jordon (joint 3rd) winners of the 5k girls. Jamie McNamara (1st), Jim Kavanagh (2nd), Tom Tallon 3rd) Winners of the 5k boys. Well done to Jamie McNamara who won the 2021 Dan Murphy Trophy.

Pat says thank you

Pat O’Malley and his family would like to thank all of our neighbors in Ballyfad, Coolgreany, Arklow, Inch and Gorey for their support and kindness over the past few months. We would also like to thank Dr Tom Kennedy, Terry’s caregivers, Ann, Carol and Sarah, and the Wexford Palliative Care team, who all helped make Terry’s home care possible.

We are also grateful for the many sympathy and mass cards we have received since Terry passed away on December 6th exactly one month before his 80th birthday, January 6th, 2022.

Golden circle.

We’re running a trip to Newbridge Silverware and Newbridge Mall for the January Sale, traveling Saturday January 8th, leaving Tesco parking at 9am and returning in the evening. Cost of 20 € per person, please contact Gertie to reserve your place.

St Patrick Bearna Chle National School

St Patricks’ NS is open for registrations for September 2022. Please call 086 6005977 for more information.

Local Notes.

Remember to send me all the notes before 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening so that they can be included in the journal for the following week. Dan phone: 087 4605166. E-mail danken9@gmail.com.

COURTOWN

CI Services

The hours of service for the Ardamine parish group are as follows.

Sunday January 9 – The baptism of Christ: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Holy Communion), Kiltennel 10.15 a.m. (Morning Prayer), Kilnamanagh 11:45 (Morning Prayer).

Sunday January 16 – Second Sunday of Epiphany: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer), Clonevan 10:15 a.m. (Holy Communion), Kilnamanagh 11:45 a.m. (Morning Prayer).

Sunday January 23 – Second Sunday of Epiphany: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer), Kiltennel 10:15 a.m. (Holy Communion), Kilnamanagh 11:45 a.m. (Morning Prayer).

Sunday January 30 – Fourth Sunday of Epiphany: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Holy Communion), Clonevan 10:15 a.m. (Morning Prayer), Kilnamanagh 11:45 a.m. (Morning Prayer).

CRAANFORD-MONASEED

Markie Doyle running

The annual Markie Doyle Memorial Vintage Road Run will take place on Sunday, January 30, 2022. Please spread the word and I hope it is as successful as ever. All welcome.

GAA News

Thank you to everyone who has supported the store in the field over the year, we look forward to welcoming you again in 2022. We wish you and your families a Happy New Year.

We ask that those using the walking trail in the field please use the hand washing and sanitizing facilities that have been provided. Personal responsibility is essential so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of belonging to a club, to protect themselves, their family and their community. Thank you for your collaboration during these different periods.

Lotto results for the first two weeks of January will be on the club’s Facebook page.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, thank you all for your help and support over the past year.

Transformation of operations

‘Lights up’ will take place again in in collaboration with Operation Transformation. Every Monday and Wednesday evening starting January 12, the lights will be on for the whole community to get involved. Download the My Life app to get involved and make every step count and for a chance to win the O’Neill club voucher when we walk 4000km together to qualify for the draw.

Church News

The parish office will reopen on January 10.

Mass intentions – Saturday January 8, 6 p.m. Aidan and Annie Finn, Ballyregan. Sadie Murphy, Ballinacoola. Hughie Mulhall, Spirit Month. Sunday January 9 10:30 am Patricia Whelan and all deceased members of the Whelan Family Bannpark.

Mass cards – Sympathy cards, mass bouquets, Get Well mass bouquets, etc. are available at the parish office and in Londis (Carnew Road)

Used stamps for Missions – Many thanks again to the people of Craanford and Monaseed for their continued support of the missions by putting their stamps in the boxes in the porches of both churches. A reminder to remove the stamps, leaving approximately 1.5 cm around the stamp please, from their envelopes and put them in the box in the porches of the church.

KILANERIN-BALLYFAD

Community alert

Membership in the community alert text messaging service is now due. A € 10 membership in an envelope with your name on it can be given to any committee member or left in the Murphys store for collection. Any new member wishing to join can contact Pat on 087 2485148.

KILMUCKRIDGE

Christmas tree chipping

Wexford County Council will shred your Christmas tree for free between the following dates, Tuesday, January 4, 2022 from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday January 8, 2022, the opening hours are from 8.15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at one of the following locations, Gorey, Household Recycling Center, Gorey Business Park, Ramstown, Gorey, Enniscorthy Household Recycling Center, Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy, Holmestown Household Recycling Center, Barntown Wexford. Redmond Park Wexford Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no € 2 entry to bring your tree for shredding.

Covid-19 Community Helpline

For help and information on the following: food, household items, medicine for fuel, collected or delivered, someone to talk to or other social supports, meal delivery, response to issues related to custody or assistance for other medical or health needs; please phone Wexford County Council on 053 91 96000 – Dial 1 or email covidsupport@wexfordcoco.ie

Be careful

As we now enter our second year of the pandemic, the most effective way to minimize the risk of one of us spreading the virus to others is to avoid mixing with people indoors. other households. It is essential that we all continue to keep our social contacts as low as possible in the days to come.

Social distancing, hand washing, and ventilation in small spaces are ways to stay safe as we experience another winter with the coronavirus. Stay safe everyone.

MONAMOLIN

Good year

We wish all of our friends and neighbors, wherever they are, a Happy New Year. We think of those who are hospitalized, in nursing homes and those who have not been able to return home in the past two years.

Big thanks

Thank you to everyone who decorated the church for Christmas, to those who took care of the manger and the Christmas tree, to the cleaners, to the altar helpers, to the choir and to the men who collect year round and to Father Murphy, who said two Masses on Christmas Eve and one on Christmas Day.

St Vincent de Paul

If you need assistance, please call SVDP on their confidential hotline 085 1159495. We’re here to help.

TARA HILL

Sympathy

Our deepest condolences to Gerry Brauders, Kilcavan on the recent passing of his sister Mary Doyle Brauders, Arklow. I think of you and your family during these difficult times. May her sweet soul rest in peace.

Our deepest condolences to Barbara Lande, Tara Hill on the death of her father. I keep you all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. May he rest in peace .

Get well

With best wishes to all who are currently ill in the region. I keep you all in our prayers and thoughts.

Saint-Etienne race

Many thanks to the walkers, runners, strollers and 4-legged friends who participated in the St. Stephen’s Day Run & walk 2021. Many thanks to everyone who offered to help that day, especially Tom Kavanagh, whose 39th year was to mark the road for this race. Thanks to Eilis and Jack of the Golden Anchor for the delicious outdoor takeout stew for all. The race raised € 1,279, which was donated to the Children’s Service of St. Gabriel, Wexford General Hospital.

This year’s winners were: Pat Foley (1st), Niall Condren (2nd) and Eugene Doherty (3rd) Men’s 10k winners Sarah Joe Sinnott (1st), Deirdre Duke (2nd) and Mia Darcy (3rd) Women’s 10k winners Lara McNulty (1st), Isabella McNamara (2nd) & Kate Kavanagh & Caoimhe Jordon (joint 3rd) winners of the 5k girls. Jamie McNamara (1st), Jim Kavanagh (2nd), Tom Tallon 3rd) Winners of the 5k boys. Well done to Jamie McNamara who won the 2021 Dan Murphy Trophy.

Next year is the 40th anniversary of this race, so we look forward to seeing you all and many more in 2022.

School enrollment

St Kevin’s National School, Tara Hill, will begin accepting applications for 2022 young children on January 10, 2022. The 2022 admission notice and application form are posted on the website. tarahillns.ie school under the Admissions tab. A form can also be requested from the school office 053 9420321 or office@tarahillns.ie.

Your news

Please call 087 9434090 or ck0802@gmail.com before 7 p.m. on Tuesday 21 for any notes for next week’s article for inclusion in next week’s article.

May 2022 bring good health to all of us and a happy and safe New Year to all of our readers.


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Opinion: My confession of Catholic doubt and keep the door open to Jesus https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/opinion-my-confession-of-catholic-doubt-and-keep-the-door-open-to-jesus/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 06:05:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/opinion-my-confession-of-catholic-doubt-and-keep-the-door-open-to-jesus/ A parishioner prays during mass at a synod in San Diego in 2016, his first in 40 years. Photo by Chris Stone Do not be afraid, O Zion, do not be discouraged! The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty Savior (Zeph. 3: 16-17) “It is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and […]]]>
A parishioner prays during mass at a synod in San Diego in 2016, his first in 40 years. Photo by Chris Stone

Do not be afraid, O Zion, do not be discouraged! The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty Savior (Zeph. 3: 16-17)

“It is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the closing of the Year of Saint Joseph,” my roommate told me when she invited me to attend mass with her.

In the Diocese of San Diego, the bishop has lifted the general dispensation for the obligation of Sunday and Holy Day Mass, put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic on July 1. Early reports indicated that Bishop Robert McElroy intended to quit this dispensation. in place for his diocese until the first Sunday of Advent.

But in June, weeks after the dispensation was lifted in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, of which San Diego is a suffragan diocese, McElroy (cough) clearly changed his mind (cough) and moved the date back to fall further into line with Los Angeles.

I was indeed disappointed by this turn of events for several reasons. I hadn’t attended mass regularly for a few years before the pandemic, confessing for missing mass more often than I went.

It may seem strange: how can she go to confession without attending mass? At the time, however, I was employed at Catholic Answers and confession was just a walk down the hall to the chaplain’s office. As severe as the pandemic was, the only bright spot was that the waiver meant I wasn’t tortured by religious qualms / symptoms of OCD whenever I chose not to go to mass on Sunday and on holy days.


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immobility in the Poconos | City newspaper https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/immobility-in-the-poconos-city-newspaper/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 16:20:47 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/immobility-in-the-poconos-city-newspaper/ Unless they’re traveling by car, many visitors to Saint Tikhon’s Zadonsk Monastery, located about 140 miles outside of Philadelphia, in southern Canaan, Pa., Take a bus to Scranton. There, they meet a monk, who leads them through fields and hills to the monastery. The old country houses along the road still display large, sturdy Trump-Pence […]]]>

Unless they’re traveling by car, many visitors to Saint Tikhon’s Zadonsk Monastery, located about 140 miles outside of Philadelphia, in southern Canaan, Pa., Take a bus to Scranton. There, they meet a monk, who leads them through fields and hills to the monastery. The old country houses along the road still display large, sturdy Trump-Pence signs on their lawns.

I first visited St. Tikhon in 2014, shortly after becoming an Orthodox Christian. As a former Roman Catholic, I had visited Benedictine monasteries in upstate New York and Florida, so I knew a bit about monastic life before going there. Typically, I try to visit St. Tikhon about once a year, although the monastery has been closed to visitors for most of 2020 due to the pandemic.

However, committing to staying only a few days at the monastery was never an easy decision for me. It is because detaching yourself from city life for a life of prayer, even temporarily, is not easily accomplished. At the monastery, there is no television, no quick trips to town to eat Chinese, and no festivities with friends after dinner. The monastic emphasis is on salvation and the eternal life of the soul. Coming to St. Tikhon’s after a long stay in the city is as much of a shock to the system as it is to return to “the world” after spending several days there.

The first thing that one notices about St. Tikhon is its stillness. The monastery seems out of reach even from air traffic, and if you listen long enough you might catch the shrill chwirk of a hawk or the hissing notes of an eagle flying above. Covering nearly 400 acres of woods and fields, the monastery includes two lakes, one hand-dug by monks and filled with fish that often end up as a meal on the dinner table.

The monastery was founded in 1905 by Patriarch Saint Tikhon under the auspices of the Russian Orthodox Church and later became part of the American Orthodox Church. It is currently home to 14 monks from all over the country. Opened in 1937, the Saint Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary prepares married and unmarried men for the priesthood. Some seminarians work and live in the monastery for a while.

Schema Archimandrite Father Sergius Bowyer, abbot of the monastery, is a former Roman Catholic who converted to Orthodoxy and became a priest. He was converted, he says, because he felt that orthodoxy offered him a life “more fully in Christ.”

“My family is still very Catholic,” Father Serge told me. “At the end of the day, the important thing is to keep Christ at the center of our lives.”

Saint Tikhon is home to two supposedly miraculous icons: “She who hears quickly”, a copy of an icon from the Dochiariou monastery on Mount Athos, and an image of Saint Anne, painted in the Holy Land and which is said to have started to diffuse myrrh in 2004. The monastery sells a variety of items including books, liturgical CDs, homemade candles, bee products and its “Burning Bush” coffee brand.

Receiving guests has always been a hallmark of monastery hospitality. Visitors are encouraged to follow the monk’s routine, which includes daily participation in the Divine Liturgy at 6 a.m. and in Vespers and Evening Matins services. Men who contemplate monasticism stay in St. Tikhon for an extended period of time and are given a job to support the functioning of the monastery.

Meals at St. Tikhon are mostly silent business. Monks and visitors listen to the accounts of the lives of the saints, and the writings of the Fathers of the Church are read aloud until the abbot rings a bell, prompting them all to stand up for a short prayer. With the abbot’s permission, they then strike up a conversation and resume their meal.

The monks of St. Tikhon wear long ponytails and patriarchal beards, and many wear dramatic kamilavka hats covered with black veils during church services. While the habits of Catholic monks vary according to their order, Orthodox monks wear standard attire: a black cassock and belt, and a raised black beanie called a skufia. They don’t shave or cut their hair, often in a ponytail or bun. Again, unlike Catholic monks, who often wear secular clothing for travel outside the monastery, Orthodox monks constantly wear their clothing. Some monks in St. Tikhon have told me that they were mistaken for Muslims while doing business in Scranton. “Are you ISIS? We asked them.

Many monks in St. Tikhon converted to Orthodox Christianity from Evangelical Protestantism. On my last visit, I met someone who had worked as a high-level linguist in the military and had left a lucrative career in linguistics to enter St. Tikhon Seminary. Nathan hopes to be ordained a priest next year and hopes to be posted to a parish in Alaska, where he grew up.

“I spent many years searching,” another monk told me. “I was an atheist, I shopped. I went to Catholic and Anglican churches. I walked into that real fancy high Anglican church one time, prayed, but when the time for fellowship came, they started giving out little cups of grape juice. I can’t do this, I thought. Orthodoxy gives me the spiritual fullness that I was looking for.

Another monk said he spent a considerable amount of time traveling the world and running restaurants in the West before entering a monastery in his mid-forties.

“It’s much better to become a monastic when you’re in your twenties,” he says. “The problem of obedience is especially difficult when you are considerably older than the Abbott. Becoming a monk in your mid-twenties is better, when you’ve had a few life experiences but are still malleable, ”he said.

In its 107-year history, St. Tikhon’s has courted its fair share of intrigue. Decades ago, a famous Serbian metropolitan was poisoned to death during an overnight visit. A man seen entering and exiting the Cleric’s Room is the alleged murderer, and the Metropolitan’s clothing can be seen in the St. Tikhon Museum. In the 1960s, a monk suffered a heart attack while fishing in the hand-dug lake and drowned.

St. Tikhon’s musical and choral programs, conducted by Benedict Sheehan, are attracting international attention. Sheehan previously studied at St. Tikhon Seminary, but decided he was not fit for the priesthood and has since established a successful musical career. His work as a conductor on Kastalsky’s Naxos 2020 release Requiem for the fallen brothers earned it a 2021 Grammy nomination. St. Tikhon’s flourished as a musical training ground for many Orthodox parishes on the east coast, and part of the Monastery Museum, which contains priceless icons that once belonged to the Tsar Nicholas II, is used as a performance space.

Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, St. Tikhon’s influence is wider than it appears.


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Bishop’s New Year’s Message 2022 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/bishops-new-years-message-2022/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 00:27:14 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/bishops-new-years-message-2022/ Friday December 31, 2021 IC file photo + Expand Bishop Oscar A. Solis By Bishop Oscar A. Solis Bishop of Salt Lake City Greetings from the peace and love of Christ, my friends, As we move into the year 2022, I pray that the spirit of Christmas continues to linger in our hearts. The reminder […]]]>

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By Bishop Oscar A. Solis

Bishop of Salt Lake City

Greetings from the peace and love of Christ, my friends,

As we move into the year 2022, I pray that the spirit of Christmas continues to linger in our hearts. The reminder of the coming of Christ, his permanent presence with us and the love, joy and hope that our Savior brings are great gifts for our suffering, broken and troubled world. I pray that this message finds you well and that you appreciate the peace that Christ brings.

The New Year offers us the opportunity to turn a new page in our history. We remember and give thanks for the blessings of the past year, despite the challenges, adversities and uncertainties that we continue to endure. Thank God for Christmas, renewing our trust that God sent his only begotten Son, our Savior to bring new light and new life to our world.

In the midst of all the troubles and losses we have experienced over the past year, there have also been moments of joy and elation. Our diocese was able to lift most of the restrictions for liturgical gatherings, so that we can come together again as a family of faith to worship, celebrate Holy Mass, baptisms, weddings and other services in person. Catholic Community Services has reopened the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul dining room for on-site meals and continues to meet the needs of our homeless brothers and sisters.

In addition, the New Year gives us the opportunity to look to the future with hope. The solemnity of Mary the Mother of God on January 1 sets the tone for us as we walk forward to write a new chapter in our history. We honor and thank our Blessed Virgin Mary for giving birth to Jesus, Emmanuel, who guides our path to eternal life. It teaches us to meditate and cherish the different times we have lived as well as the pains and adversities we have endured. Her feast day is a perfect time to seek her loving intercession in this New Year to renew faith, trust, and trust in the love and mercy of God.

We pray to her as we continue to help build a culture of life and a culture of care in our society and in the world. A resolution in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization currently before the Supreme Court of the United States could have a dramatic effect on the availability of abortion in our country. Our pastoral care for women in crisis or in other circumstances is essential. At the local level, the Utah state legislature will consider ending the death penalty, the cruel and inhumane practice of taking life through state sanctioned executions that undermines our fundamental belief. in the sanctity of every human person’s life, from conception to death.

Finally, the new year also gives us a fresh start, new perspectives and new opportunities as well. We look forward to the coming months as parishes across the Diocese, in communion with the Holy Father and Catholic Churches around the world, will join in the process of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality underway as we all journey along. together to pray, listen and discern what people value in our Church, their aspirations and their suggestions on how we can do better.

When the Synod ends in June, the National Eucharistic Awakening kicks in. It is an exciting time for us to refocus our minds and hearts on the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Mass as the source and summit of our life and our worship. Christians. I urge the people of God in our diocese – indeed, all Catholics – to participate in these events and welcome those who are on the margins of our faith, our community or our society to share their voices on how we, as the Church, can walk together on the path to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Like Mary, the Mother of God, let us place our life and the world in the hands of God. Filled with the love of Christ, let us be bearers of hope in these difficult times to generously share this hope with others and help renew the hearts of our brothers and sisters. May God bless the year 2022 with his redemptive grace to bring lasting healing, joy and peace to the world.

Good year!


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Bunclody Beat – Independent.ie https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/bunclody-beat-independent-ie/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 02:00:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/bunclody-beat-independent-ie/ Coiste na nÓg AGA The Half-Way-House / Bunclody Coiste na nÓg Annual General Meeting will be held at the Indoor Arena, GAA Pitch, Church Road on Friday January 14 at 7:30 p.m. Men’s shed The winter hours of Bunclody Men’s Shed are as follows: Monday: 2 pm to 4 pm; Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 4 […]]]>

Coiste na nÓg AGA

The Half-Way-House / Bunclody Coiste na nÓg Annual General Meeting will be held at the Indoor Arena, GAA Pitch, Church Road on Friday January 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s shed

The winter hours of Bunclody Men’s Shed are as follows: Monday: 2 pm to 4 pm; Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact Peter Foley on 078 6631598 or Jonathan King on 089 4972664.

Baby and toddler group

Bunclody Baby and Toddler Group meets every Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. during school time at the Pastoral Center, Main Street of Most Holy Trinity Church, Bunclody. All parents / guardians and little ones are welcome.

Meals on wheels

The Bunclody Meals on Wheels service is looking for volunteers to help deliver a hot meal to people living in the general Bunclody area. People available between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday or Friday are urgently needed.

Please contact James Doyle on 087 9594639 or Barbara-Anne Murphy on 087 6736966 if you can help on a regular or occasional basis.

Any help is greatly appreciated in providing this essential service.

Bunclody Library

The Bunclody Library will reopen on Friday, December 31 at 10:30 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. that day. It will then reopen on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.

Bunclody Library offers a more complete range of services, including browsing, borrowing, using the computer, studying, printing and copying.

Reservations are not necessary to visit the library, but study and computer spaces must be reserved in advance on the website or by phone. The number of visitors to the library browsing and using the study and computer spaces will be limited to facilitate social distancing. Wearing a mask is compulsory.

The library can deliver through the book call service for housebound citizens. You can request a bag of books and they will be delivered right to your door. Call the Bunclody Library on 053 9375466.

Your online library is open 24/7. Free e-books, e-audiobooks, e-journals, e-language learning, online courses, comics and graphic novels, business and corporate research and more can be found in our books section electronic and electronic resources from the library website. See wexfordcoco.ie/libraries/ebooks-and-eresources.

Radon monitors

Want to test the radon levels in your home? The Bunclody Library has digital radon monitors to borrow for four weeks, as well as brochures telling you what to do if your radon levels are high.

To borrow an instructor, you must be a member of the Wexford Library Service (you can register if you are not already registered). You can borrow directly from Bunclody Library or have the monitor sent to your local Wexford library branch.

Please contact the Bunclody Library on 053 9375466 or email bunclodylib@wexfordcoco.ie to reserve your radon monitor.

Covid-19 helpline for the elderly

ALONE has launched a national helpline and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are experiencing difficulties related to Covid-19. Professional staff are available to answer questions and give advice and reassurance if needed. The helpline is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., by calling 0818 222 024.

Saturday music sessions at St Mary’s Church

Every Saturday at 2 p.m., versatile organist Hazel Moulton plays a selection of music – from classical to traditional to liturgy – on the great pipe organ in St Mary’s Church for an hour.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the music.

Sainte-Marie Church is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for morning prayer or Holy Communion.

For more information contact Reverend Trevor Sargent on 087 2547836 or 053 9375498.

Bunclody VC Parents Council

The next Bunclody Vocational College Parent Council raffle will take place on Wednesday, January 9. The most recent winner is Kathleen Creane, who won € 59.

The envelopes are available from Bunclody Credit Union, Bunclody VC, Eurospar, Ken Rothwell, O’Reillys SuperValu and Steemers Newsagents.

Walking track

The Half-Way-House / Bunclody GAA Club walking track is lit Monday to Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Users are urged to respect social distancing, adhere to government guidelines, and respect the safety of other members using club facilities.

Membership of the walking track is now due. It is € 10 for the year, OAP € 5. It can be paid for through Club Force at bit.ly/hwhmembership.

Bunclody Parish Office

The Bunclody Parish Office is closed until Tuesday January 4, 2022. The contact number for the Parish Office is 053 9376190. You can also send an email to mostholytrinitypo@gmail.com.

Father O’Connor can be contacted on 053 9377319.

Divide the pot

Kilmyshall split-the-pot envelopes are available from HWH Shop, Steemers, Cahill’s Hardware, Glanbia, Redmond’s Bar, Byrne’s Hardware Lr Ryland, D & M Laundrette and Kilmyshall parish office and Kilmyshall School.

The pot is shared between Kilmyshall School and the parish. The draw takes place every Friday. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Community employment

Mount Leinster Community Employment CLG has a one-person community / grounds maintenance job posting at HWH / Bunclody GAA Club (one position). Job Reference – CES 2195787.

He also has a vacant community job vacancy for a warden for Kilmyshall Parish (one post). Job Reference – CES 2195789.

Please contact Employment Services, Bridgepoint, Enniscorthy, citing job reference, to verify your eligibility: local DEASP (INTREO) office, Enniscorthy; call 053 9239300.

People aged 21 and over are eligible based on DEASP eligibility criteria. Garda verification will apply.

Wexford dyspraxia

For anyone looking for information on dyspraxia, please call 087 9745861 or email Vamurphy06@gmail.com.

Upcoming lessons at Ballon

Manual and computerized bookkeeping begins at Ballon Business and Training Service on Thursday January 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for 10 weeks. Course fees, including exam fees, are 300 €.

Other upcoming classes: Get your Garden Spring Ready, will run Monday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., for six weeks. Course price: 50 €.

Relax and Paint begins Tuesday, January 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for six weeks. Course price: 50 €.

Watercolors with Breda begins Wednesday, January 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for six weeks. Course price: 50 €.

Food and Friends begins Wednesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to noon for six weeks. Course price: 75 €.

For more details and to reserve your place, call 059 9159447 or send an email to ballonbts@gmail.com.

GAA Loto

There was no jackpot winner in the Half-Way-House / Bunclody GAA Club Lotto draw last week.

The numbers drawn were 17, 22, 28 and 32. Two winners of match three each receive € 50. They were Liam Farrell and Angela and Collie Brennan.

The next draw will take place on Tuesday January 4th at Lennon’s when the jackpot is € 11,000.

Calling all Bunclody businessmen

At FCJ High School, we are embarking on a big project with our students and staff.

This is a digital time capsule in which we hope to record our experiences and the lived history of Covid 19.

We have the support and interest of outside agencies including Creative Ireland, Wexford County Council, Wexford County Library Service and most notably Dr Ida Milne of Carlow College, historian, author and lecturer.

We would like to extend the project beyond the school to the wider community. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, as a businessman we would love to hear from you.

This exciting new project will run throughout the school year until Easter and we will have an exhibition of some materials and objects submitted to the Bunclody Library after Easter.

If you are interested, please contact the school and leave a contact email and we will get back to you.

Christmas tree shredding

Christmas trees will be accepted for shredding at Bunclody AFC, Sliabh Ros, Bunclody from Tuesday January 4 to Saturday January 8, 2022. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm Glass bottles and cans can also be recycled at this site.


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The meaning and significance of Christmas https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/the-meaning-and-significance-of-christmas/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 10:25:30 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/the-meaning-and-significance-of-christmas/ On December 25, one of the biggest holidays in the world was celebrated around the world. Christmas was over-marketed; it provides excellent business opportunities for many companies, enterprises and other business ventures. It is also the time when gifts of all kinds are shared, homes, offices, churches and other places where people live, work and […]]]>

On December 25, one of the biggest holidays in the world was celebrated around the world. Christmas was over-marketed; it provides excellent business opportunities for many companies, enterprises and other business ventures. It is also the time when gifts of all kinds are shared, homes, offices, churches and other places where people live, work and play are elegantly decorated. Many trips and forms of festivities take place during Christmas.

In short, Christmas has pre-Christian, pagan, traditional, cultural, commercial, Christian and fun dimensions built around it over the years. Many around the world celebrate Christmas without thinking about the origins, meaning and purpose of the Christmas event and history. This article intends to remind all meaning and purpose of Christmas.

The word “Christmas” literally means “Christian mass” meaning a mass (service of holy communion said or sung to celebrate the birth of Christ). Christmas is Jesus Christ, his birth by a virgin, Mary, his mother. We do not know the exact date and time of his birth. But we know he lived and still lives. The account of Jesus’ birth (the nativity) is found in Matthew 1: 18-25 and Luke 2: 1-14.

It is the story of the birth of someone very special. Scripture maintains that he was born of some supernatural means. This is the point in the story of the virgin birth. He was born into a world torn by the powerful against the powerless, the rich against the poor, the oppressors against the oppressed, the sated and the hungry, and strife against peace. He was not born in a big city. He was not born into a rich family.

He was born into a normal family in difficulty. He was born in a manger (where animals feed) because there was no room for his mother, Mary, and stepfather, Joseph, to stay.

Very early on he began to make a difference with his authoritative teachings, his miracles of all kinds, and his ability to draw crowds to him and anger the rich and powerful.

Even those who do not recognize him as divine still acclaim him as a great teacher and one who has pleaded for justice and pleaded for compassion for those who are afflicted in various ways. The Bible testifies that he would do good to as many people as possible (Acts 10:38).

The wickedness of the human heart led him to Calvary where he was cruelly murdered because his enemies, including the secular and religious authorities of the time, could no longer bear him. In a sense, his death was political.

It is because he challenged the status quo. If he had limited himself to praying and fasting for the evils of the world, he probably wouldn’t have been killed in such a horrific way. No priest or prophet gets into trouble praying and fasting for the powers that be, but when one sets out to face injustice and speak the truth, the preacher or prophet is accused of being “political.” ”Or“ to interfere in politics ”.

Nonetheless, of course, on a deeper level, he died because of the wickedness of all human beings. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God ”to quote Isaiah and Paul.

Christmas is God’s greatest gift to mankind. Christmas is sharing, God shares his best with humanity. Christmas on love, joy, peace and goodwill to appropriate and share. In the words of the angel: “Do not be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people ”(Luke 2: 9-10).

Christmas is peace: “For to us a child is born, for a son is given to us, and the government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace ”(Isaiah 9: 6).

The meaning of Christ is that you and I have the opportunity to receive or re-engage in the cause of Jesus Christ, God’s greatest gift to us. The opportunity to know Him personally and experience the joy and peace He brings. To experience the forgiveness and the power that He brings.

To experience the freedom (freedom) and grace that He brings, and to experience and participate in the task of telling others of the blessings He brings to them and the great task of working hard to make this world one. a better and fairer world. If we truly believe in Christmas and what it’s for, then we go out and share the best of our gifts with others, the best of ourselves with others. We then go out and are lovers and promoters of peace.

We then go out and fight for justice and treat others, especially those less fortunate than us, with compassion and practical service that brings relief, freedom and empowerment. Christmas is about love, peace, joy, justice, forgiveness, patience and personal sacrifice for the good of others. God gave us his best; share the best of ourselves with others and our hungry world.


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A Christmas Sermon – The Highland County Press https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/a-christmas-sermon-the-highland-county-press/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 12:31:25 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/a-christmas-sermon-the-highland-county-press/ By Fr. Mike ParaniukSainte-Marie Catholic ChurchAnd the Catholic Church of St. BenignusOn Christmas Eve, a husband went shopping to buy a Christmas present for his wife. He walked into a cosmetics store and asked the saleswoman, “May I see your perfumes?” ” She showed him a $ 150 perfume bottle. “Too expensive,” he muttered. The […]]]>
By Fr. Mike Paraniuk
Sainte-Marie Catholic Church
And the Catholic Church of St. Benignus

On Christmas Eve, a husband went shopping to buy a Christmas present for his wife. He walked into a cosmetics store and asked the saleswoman, “May I see your perfumes?” ”

She showed him a $ 150 perfume bottle. “Too expensive,” he muttered. The young woman came back with a smaller bottle for $ 75. “Still way too many,” he growled.

Increasingly annoyed by her meanness, the saleswoman took out a small $ 30 bottle and offered it to her. He grew impatient, demanding, “Please show me something really cheap!” “

The saleswoman handed her a mirror.

Every Christmas, God hands you a mirror. He wants you to see where to find the most real, true, and lasting joy in life. Christmas shows you where it is.

Real joy is in the act of giving without expecting anything in return. All Saints have one thing in common. They have generously dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others. The ultimate meaning of life is to make others happy.

Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others. ”

Jesus said, “He who seeks his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for me will find it. (Matthew 10:39.)

My first mission was in 1981 as an assistant priest in western Cincinnati. I befriended a family who invited me to their home on Christmas Day.

Judd, the father, showed me one of his gifts. It was a 1981 Zenith table radio. This radio was “the bomb”, the best radio made that year. I wanted to buy one but couldn’t afford it for $ 129 ($ 305 today).

I immediately broke the 10th Commandment. I coveted my neighbor’s radio. Judd let me turn it on to “test” it. It was a pure delight.

I visited a few other families before returning home. Upon my return I saw the coveted Zenith radio sitting on my porch with a ribbon on top. There was a note that said, “I’m happy to give you this gift.” Remember me every time you play it. My love, Judd.

Forty years later, I still have this radio. I still use it every morning. I start my day remembering Judd’s generous gift.

Jesus wants him to be remembered. He wants us to be remembered for giving us the greatest gift – the gift of His Love. Jesus took a human body to show it. Jesus gave his life to give us eternal life.

Catholics believe in Mass that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus glorified. The Incarnation of God is renewed in Holy Communion.

Jesus, through the priest, closes the prayer of consecration with: “Do this in remembrance of me. What is the “this” that we should be doing? The “this” is to make your life a gift of love, to use your life to help others, and to offer your life in service like Jesus did.

Jesus said, “Remember, I did this for you. Now do this for each other, in remembrance of what I’ve done for you.

Jesus was born again with all the good deeds of kindness in your heart. God says in Titus 2:14 that we should be “desirous of doing what is right.”

Shortly after Judd gave me the radio, he had a real Christmas in Heaven.

I remember him saying to me, “Father Mike, I bet someday you’ll have your own radio station.

I laughed at the thought. Thirty-three years later, his prophecy came true when WLRU aired on St. Mary’s on December 24, 2014. The first live broadcast was the midnight Christmas Mass.

It’s ironic that I listen to the station almost every morning on the same Zenith radio Judd gave me on Christmas Day 1981.

“Shine your light so that others can see the good you do and praise your Heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:16.)

May Love shine brightly from your home, your hearth and your heart every day. Merry Christmas.


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Mexican Pop Superstar Thalía On Her All-Time Favorite Outfits – Interview https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/mexican-pop-superstar-thalia-on-her-all-time-favorite-outfits-interview/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 15:09:18 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/mexican-pop-superstar-thalia-on-her-all-time-favorite-outfits-interview/ Over the past three decades, Latina pop icon Thalía has helped put Mexican culture on the map. With each album release, she reinvents herself and her sound. In August, Thalía celebrated her 50th birthday and she continues to expand her brand beyond music and acting, building an eponymous empire that spans fashion, beauty and lifestyle […]]]>

Over the past three decades, Latina pop icon Thalía has helped put Mexican culture on the map. With each album release, she reinvents herself and her sound. In August, Thalía celebrated her 50th birthday and she continues to expand her brand beyond music and acting, building an eponymous empire that spans fashion, beauty and lifestyle products. House.

A brief introduction, for the uninitiated: In the 1980s, Thalía became a force in Mexico and Latin America as a member of the teenage group Timbiriche. In 1990, she broke with her eponymous first solo album. Throughout the decade, Thalía solidified as a global superstar with hits like “Piel Morena” and “Amor a La Mexicana” celebrating her Mexican heritage. She also widened her reach by playing in telenovelas – Maria mercedes, Marimar, and Maria la del barrio, to name a few, broadcast in over 180 countries.

These days, Thalía continues to innovate for Latinas in the entertainment industry. In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thalía has sold over 25 million records worldwide. Last year, she became the first Mexican artist to cross one billion views on YouTube with her music video “No Me Acuerdo” starring Natti Natasha. On his latest album, desAMORfosis, she shares her spotlight with other Latino artists like Sofía Reyes and Farina in the girl power anthem “Tick Tock”.

Thalía has also found her rhythm in the digital age, as a social media sensation with her candid Instagram and TikTok posts that often go viral. She is also in the process of remastering her clips in HD on YouTube as a gift to her fans. With Seduce, Thalía reconsidered her legacy and fierce looks and spoke of the sequel.

Seduce: Fifty is such an important anniversary. How did you feel at the age of 50 this year?

Thalia: Like any other birthday. I am happy. I am blessed. I am healthy. I celebrate life, my family and my extended family who are my fans. I’m creating new projects and new music is coming soon. I am also creating new extensions of my brand so everything is so exciting.

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Events – Times News Online https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/events-times-news-online/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 15:31:43 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/events-times-news-online/ DEC. 20 • Free community lunch, 11 am to 1 pm, at Catasauqua Presbyterian Church, 210 Pine Street. • Yoga class (with Denise, Creative Actions Yoga), 5:30 p.m., in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Community Hall, 3175 Valley View Drive, Moore Township. There is a cost. Bring a yoga mat or towel. • Bingo, 7 p.m. […]]]>

DEC. 20

• Free community lunch, 11 am to 1 pm, at Catasauqua Presbyterian Church, 210 Pine Street.

• Yoga class (with Denise, Creative Actions Yoga), 5:30 p.m., in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Community Hall, 3175 Valley View Drive, Moore Township. There is a cost. Bring a yoga mat or towel.

• Bingo, 7 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.), Northampton Banquet and Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

DEC. 21

• Free Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative Community Meal (curbside pickup), 4 pm-6:30pm at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 835 Third St., Fullerton. Meals are guaranteed for the first 100 guests. Information: 610-533-1357

• Meeting of the Lady PEEPS women’s group at 6:30 pm at Christ St. John’s United Church, 575 Grape Street, Fullerton. Bring a $ 5 blessing gift to redeem.

• Blue Christmas Service, 7 p.m., at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3175 Valley View Drive, Moore Township

DEC. 22

• Supper soup (take out only), 4:30 pm to 6 pm, at the Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua. Pickups will continue every Wednesday until March 30, 2022. This program is free. Information: church office at 610-264-2641

DEC. 23

• Deadline to purchase tickets for the Christmas 50/50 raffle, during regular hours (4 pm draw), at the Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. You do not need to be present to attend. may the draw win. Information: 610-262-7351

• Fundraiser for the Catasauqua High School class of 2025, 10 am to 9 pm, at Brothers Pizza, 1492 Main Street, North Catasauqua. Ten percent of your purchase (lunch on site, pickup or delivery) will go to the class when you present the event flyer or mention the CHS. Masks are recommended inside the establishment. Fundraising will continue on Thursdays.

• Story Time and Crafts / Play, 11 am to 11:45 am, Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Masks are required for ages 2 and over. Information: 610-262-7351

• Holiday Miniature Railroad, Lionel Trains and Christmas Tree Exhibits (organized by Explorer Scouts of Model Railroad Explorer Post 101), 7 to 9 pm, in room 201 at Coplay Borough Hall, 98 S. Fourth St. Additional dates are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. and Jan. 6, 2022 and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 8 and 9, 2022. Information: Michael Busch at 610-440-1875 or Robert Wagner at 484-226-7650

DEC. 24

• Christmas Eve services at 4:00 p.m. (word and sacrament service) and 6:30 p.m. (lessons, Christmas carols and Holy Communion), at the Evangelical Lutheran Faith Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua. Masks must be worn and the seats will both be benches, with crushes in the meeting place and in Blacker Hall.

• Christmas Eve services, 4 pm and 7 pm, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4331 Main Street, Egypt. Visit the church’s Facebook page at 10 p.m. to view the service online.

• Christmas Eve services, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua

• Christmas Eve candlelight service at 4:30 p.m. at the Egypt Community Church, 4129 S. Church St.

• Luminaria Night, 6 p.m., at Taylor Villas development, South Church Street and Cypress Lane, Egypt

• Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St. Masks are required. You can also view the service online, either through the church’s Facebook page or the church’s YouTube channel, bit.ly/HokeyPresYouTube.

• Christmas Eve candlelight service at 8 p.m. at the United Church of Christ St. John’s, Mickleys, 2918 MacArthur Road, Whitehall

• Christmas Eve Service (with Hope Lutheran Church), 8:30 p.m., Becky’s Drive-In, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport. Information: Hopecherryville.org

DEC. 26

• Holiday Model Railroad, Lionel Trains and Christmas Tree Exhibits (hosted by Explorer Scouts of Model Railroad Explorer Post 101), noon to 4 pm, in room 201 at Coplay Borough Hall, 98 S. Fourth St Additional dates are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. Jan. 6, 2022 and noon-4 p.m. Jan. 2, 8 and 9, 2022. Information: Michael Busch at 610-440-1875 or Robert Wagner at 484-226-7650

DEC. 27

• Yoga class (with Denise, Creative Actions Yoga), 5:30 p.m., in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Community Hall, 3175 Valley View Drive, Moore Township. There is a cost. Bring a yoga mat or towel.

• Potluck, 6 p.m., in the former Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Common Room Building, 3175 Valley View Drive, Moore Township. Information: church office at 610-837-1741

• Bingo, 7 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.), Northampton Banquet and Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.


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Are we there already? | Local news https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/are-we-there-already-local-news/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 23:26:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/are-we-there-already-local-news/ As a card-carrying member of the “evil news media”, I can attest that my profession is not widely admired. We rank near the bottom, between “A guy with a leaky bucket who’ll pave your driveway for a thousand dollars if you pay up front” and “TV preacher who’ll send you a vial of holy water […]]]>

As a card-carrying member of the “evil news media”, I can attest that my profession is not widely admired. We rank near the bottom, between “A guy with a leaky bucket who’ll pave your driveway for a thousand dollars if you pay up front” and “TV preacher who’ll send you a vial of holy water if you send 273. $ to help buy a new jet. “

I understand. My profession has been tainted by cable opinion scare men masquerading as journalists. And even famous journalists make our heads spin when they report real facts: one week, they tell us that the pandemic is on the ropes, like a tired boxer on his last legs. The following week, the virus made a miraculous comeback, gaining energy from a new strain, an indeterminate-strength variant. These journalists only share information made available to them by the most senior government and science officials. If doctors warn us to be careful for safety reasons, you wouldn’t want that covered, would you?

Still, it’s no wonder our heads are turning. What can we do safely, where can we go and when can we get there?

The short answer: nobody knows. So I’m looking for any signs of normalcy in the lives we were leading before March 2020. When I can check all of the following on my list, you’ll know we’ve arrived.

When my neighborhood Ace hardware store launches the free popcorn maker. Free scoops for all! When he’s once again a fun spreader, not a potential virus spreader, it’s time to celebrate.

When you don’t have to wear a mask all day at work. After 20 months, I still forget the mask more than I should have. I look forward to the day when the authorities say, “You can put your mask away. “

So when restaurants and other retailers can relax their mask regulations, then we can again see the smiling faces of waiters, cashiers and customers. The world is so much brighter when it is illuminated by smiles.

When I can’t wait to fly. Fortunately, I didn’t have to board a plane during the pandemic, so I avoided tight spaces, delays, and toddler adults who have temper tantrums when asked to respect. the safety of others.

When we can end “virtual” fundraising events. The same goes for work reunions and family reunions. I understand, we can do amazing things with technology, and a lot of people love to work from home. But I’m done with it. I want to see you, look you in the eye and hug you, without anyone backing up in fear.

When all the buffets reopen. Of course, it was still a health risk, with flimsy sneeze protection and kids with sticky fingers. But I’ll be happy to try my luck again.

When “ladies samples” are back in supermarkets. I could sometimes enjoy half a meal by browsing the aisles. Want to try this new cereal? You bet! How about a mini Steak’umm sandwich? You don’t mind if I do. The hostess has a new cupcake. You don’t have to ask me twice! Want to wash it all off with a little Sunny D? Why yes, thank you. I bet some people will even put on a different cap and jacket, and go back there for a few seconds. At least that’s what I heard.

When I can cough or sneeze in public without people looking at me like I’ve just infected the whole zip code. People used to say “to your blessings” when they heard a sneeze. Now they grab their bags and kids and head to the next county.

When we can again pass the communion platters in the church. As a child, I would envy those who participated in this community experience, without any fear. No matter how you feel about religion, this traditional celebration made us feel like one. It was a form of spiritual food. It is another of our comforts that has been taken from us.

When we can invite family and friends to holiday gatherings again, without fear or question about who is vaccinated and who is not, or which side of the political fence they are on. I long for the days when we didn’t know, and we didn’t care.

When you can store the plexiglass.

When retailers and restaurants are full and we can shop and dine 24 hours a day.

Finally, when we can accompany our sick relatives during visits to the doctor, or during hospital stays, without limit. Whether it’s a newborn baby or an elderly parent saying their final farewells, family members need to be there. We missed so much.

We are not there yet. But I am confident that we are getting there.

Chattanooga news anchor David Carroll is the author of “Hello Chattanooga: Famous People Who Have Visited the Tennessee Valley,” available at ChattanoogaRadioTV.com. You can contact him at 900 Whitehall Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 or RadioTV2020@yahoo.com


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