From Father Peter’s Desk

From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 19th October, 2018

A large group of Balallyians journeyed across the M50 to take the Child Safeguarding session in the new Parish Centre in Sandyford. It was well worth the long trip. Gary Keogh gave a sterling conference on the many dimensions of creating a child-safe space in our parishes. He highlighted the Gospel origin of child-cherishing and...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 12th October, 2018

The new Mass schedule kicked in this week and without too many hiccups. The Parish Centre was put to good use after the Masses. There was also a very well attended Mass on Saturday evening; the children of Sandyford came to enrol for their first communion. It was all hands on deck as the Altar...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 6th October, 2018

It was the week of the meetings. Parishioners came from far and wide to voice their opinions, share ideas and worries and offer suggestions .. hundreds of them. The Parish Pastoral Council took note of the proceedings, and the summary is being made available to all parishioners through the website and in paper form. The...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 30th September, 2018

As the Autumn takes hold and we are reminded of Creation Time (please see the lovely poster on the wall of the Church) in the Prayers of the Faithful. The Parish continues to be a busy place. The six meetings of the Parish community have taken place during the week, and some interesting points have...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 21st September, 2018

On Sunday Ciaran Callan informed the community of the financial situation of the Parish. This was after the accounts were approved by the financial committee. The Board of Management also had its monthly meeting and reviewed the finances of the Parish Centre and made some recommendations about its use. Another important meeting took place on...

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

Five Babies were baptised into the faith on Sunday after the 12.45 Mass. The Baptism team organises these baptisms by meeting the families and helping them take this step in the spiritual journey of their children. It was a lovely ceremony with the participation of the families in the readings and prayers as well as...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 6th September, 2018

Following the recent visit of Pope Francis, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has asked parishes to consider the following questions: 1. Where do we go forward now in the challenge of renewing the faith we carry in our own hearts and renewing the life of the Church? 2. Why are we no longer captivating so many of...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 31st August, 2018

The Parish informs, with notes and photographs, of its participation in the recent historic events Guests were hosted in the Parish from different countries including Guatemala, Mexico, England, Japan and Czech Republic. In spite of the logistic and linguistic challenges this was a true participation in the spirt of the World Meeting of Families. Other...

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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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