I hope you and your family are keeping well in these challenging times. Be assured of my prayerful good wishes at this time. I am looking forward to meeting you again, when we are allowed to gather in public.
I would like to thank the many parishioners who have continued to support the work of the Parish, in numerous ways, during this difficult time. Many parishioners have been involved in supporting those who have been shielding, which has brought huge consolation. The lockdown has not been easy for any of us and sacrifices have been made for the health and safety of all which have impacted on the Pastoral life of the parish.
As part of Step One of the NI Executive’s five step ‘Pathway to Recovery’ plan, our church opened for private individual prayer following a full risk assessment on Monday 25th May. It has brought tremendous consolation to many people in the parish. It may however be some time before we can gather for the celebration of Mass as we adhere to current government policy.
You will know, and not be surprised to learn, that Parish income during the period has suffered substantially, which is understandable. Our Parish, like others across the Diocese and across Ireland, needs to make plans to recover from a steep decline in income since the start of 2020. Like households and families, we need to continue to meet essential expenditure.
Therefore, I wish to make an appeal to those who are in a position to contribute, to continue to offer financial assistance to support the parish in these challenging times. That said, I am very aware of the pressures on family and personal incomes and budgets. I do not expect the impossible. As I launch this appeal, please know that I am asking you to do what you can within your circumstances and in the knowledge that every contribution, of whatever order, is most welcome.
If Parishioners are in a position to do so, contributions can be made via:
1 - Bank Transfer
(if your bank is Danske Bank then there is no charge, if not a small charge may apply.)
LARNE PARISH BANK DETAILS
Account Name -
Larne Parish No 2 Account
Sort Code - 950351
Account Number - 01025619
Due to the lockdown we were unable to distribute the new envelopes to all parishioners.
In the next couple of weeks we will provide the opportunity for parishioners to collect their envelopes (and perhaps those of their neighbours) at the Parochial House at designated times, which we will notify you of on our parish website and Facebook page.
In the meantime, if you wish to drop an envelope with your contribution into the parochial house, you can do so by posting it through the letterbox. If you know your current offertory promise envelope number, could I ask you to please include it with your name and address.
Thank you for your continued support for the parish and for the many priests who have served in this parish over the years. As we face the future together, I know there will be difficulties and challenges. There will be demands made on us all in planning for the future of our Parish, the Pastoral Community, the support of Priests and the Diocese.
I do hope this information is of help and I will keep you updated with developments as information becomes available.
As you know, the situation is changing from week to week so what is set out above will be kept under constant review.
With sincere thanks,
Fr Francis O’Brien