From Father Peter’s Desk

From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 10th August, 2018

Though many have gone on holidays (including St. Mark) the many preparations for the World Meeting of Families continues. The Host families of our guests from Latin America had a special coordinating meeting. We also had the visit of Sister Margaret, home from Australia – Parishioners were delighted to meet Sr Margaret one of the...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 31th July, 2018

What goes on in the Parish during the Summer? This is a question that is on the lips of all. As groups take their holidays and schools are closed what do people get up to in Balally? In spite of appearances there is a lot going on. A special committee is reviewing the heating/insulation problems...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 13th July, 2018

The World Meeting of Families in August is fast approaching. We have two buses booked for the Pope’s Mass in the Phoenix Park: 144 passengers and their tickets. We have a waiting list set up as there may be some cancellations. Visitors from Guatemala and Mexico We have had a very generous response to our...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 27th June, 2018

The Invasion of Glendalough: First the Vikings, then the Normans and now the ‘Balallyians’ invade Glendalough… We started with a gentle pilgrimage around the lakes, stopping from time to time to listen to beauty, reflect on scripture, and enjoy the company of others. Then hunger took over and bumper lunches were produced; loaves and wine...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk: 21st June 2018

Over the last few weeks important meetings have taken place in the Parish. The Finance committee reviewed the financial situation of the parish and set up a sub-committee to plan the renewal of the heating and insultation of the Church. The Baptism team has held several meetings to plan the enhancement of the Sacrament of...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 7th June, 2018

Last Sunday was the feast of Corpus Christi. At the Family Mass many of the First Communion children participated wearing their Communion outfits, they read the prayers of the faithful and presented the sheep they had received in November as a reminder of two of the titles that Christ holds: The Lamb of God The...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 29th May, 2018

Art work decorated the Church; choirs came for practices, children rehearsing and parents preparing… Yes indeed it was the First Holy Communion celebration of our Parish. People came from all over Ireland and indeed from further afield to witness the wonder, the beauty and the innocence of the children receiving the Eucharist for the first...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 23rd May, 2018: Mary Of The Angels

Many have asked me why I have not spoken clearly about the referendum in the church over the last few months. There were several reasons. Firstly, because I wanted the Church to be a prayerful space where people can hear God, hear about God and speak to God. Secondly because I wished that people would...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 16th May, 2018

The Feast of the Ascension is the feast day of our Parish. It is a mobile feast, occurring forty days after Easter. Here in the Parish we marked the day by gathering in the Parish Centre after each Mass and sharing a cup of tea with our neighbours …and of course by eating a Holy...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 9th May, 2018

The extended Parish Choir has been preparing itself for the upcoming concert on Ascension Sunday, practices and more practices… and they were good already. The first steps in the implementation of data protection laws were taken through the meetings with those who come on a regular basis to weekday Mass. The Parish office is bracing...

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