• on 16th December, 2021

A Word From Father Jim: 16th December 2021

A Word From Father Jim

We have arrived again at the “ most wonderful time of the year”. It is my pleasure on behalf of Father Dermot and myself to wish you all a very happy Christmas. We hope to see many of you on Christmas Eve at 6 and 8 and Christmas Day at 9 and 11. Christmas is a time to give thanks. Thanks for the gift of life and the possibility of joy and hope. The birth of the Homeless Baby, who we will place in the crib, is a reminder to us not to forget the poor this year or ever. As the world struggles with Covid we pray in solidarity with all who have lost a loved one.

This is my first Christmas in Balally. I am truly overwhelmed by the warmth of your welcome. Already I feel totally at home among you. I’m so glad I made the decision to return home . I look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday 19 at 6pm for the Advent hour from the monastery. I have been gifted and blessed by my last 5 years in the monastery, now it’s time to share it with you.

Last Sunday we were blessed by a lovely visit from Archbishop Farrell. We saw a parish at work and at prayer that day. The experience gives me a chance to say a big thank you to all the individuals and the many groups active in the parish. I’m so grateful for your enthusiasm and commitment. I look forward to meeting you all when we gather on Wednesday 12 January to share together our work and plans.

Words are inadequate to express my gratitude to God for the blessing of Father Dermot in my life . He continues to inspire and guide us. Thanks also to Father Padraig for his ministry.

So Happy Christmas to you all.


Come Lord Jesus.

With Love, Father Jim

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