From Father Peter’s Desk

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

This was a busy one. If you happened to be going by you might be made into a volunteer for one thing or another. At one spot there were people making jam and jelly, over there people putting up decorations, in the hall people selling the raffle tickets while others got the cakes into place...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 4th December, 2018

The Do This in Memory Team had all the sheep ready for the 10.00 Mass but before the children brought them forward the Advent Candle had to be lit, the first figures had to be placed on the Jesse tree and the Altar had to be dressed in its advent purple colours. Yes indeed it...

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

The Solemnity of Christ the King marked the last Sunday of Ordinary Time and also highlighted the beginning of a very busy time in the Parish. We had a beautiful visit from ‘An Cór’ who sang at the 12.00 Mass and joined us in the coffee dock afterwards. The Parish Council had the monthly meeting....

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 23rd November, 2018

Indeed this week was another busy week in our Parish. We had the second “Pizza and Quiz” this Saturday. A team of parents and members of the PPC helped to organise with the Credim Team to set up a very dynamic quiz about Confirmation. Afterwards, we ate pizza with a vengeance (quizzes make you very...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 16th November, 2018

Last Saturday the community from Malawi gathered in our Church and Parish Centre to say goodbye to two of their members: Limbanu Robert Mzoma & Saidi Chapeyama. Hundreds of people found welcome and comfort in our Parish On Sunday we had the Baptism of three babies into our community; Harley, Bobbie and Cian received the...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 9th November, 2018

At the Family Mass labels were distributed so that the names of loved ones now departed could be placed on the tree beside the Altar. At 12.00 Mass names were gently pronounced and each family stood forward and placed the candle in front of the altar. Each candle with the name of a loved one....

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 3rd November, 2018

The Gospel that told the story of the blind Bartimaeus gave great scope for thought and reflection to the children at the 10.00 Mass on Sunday. The DTIM team involved parents and children in the Mass of preparation for the First Communion. There was also a lot of activity in the parish office as the...

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From Fr. Peter’s Desk, 26th October, 2018

The Altar Society was on overtime this week end. On Saturday evening the confirmation children from Sandyford were here for their enrolment Mass. This highlights the gradual integration of the two parishes. On Sunday the confirmation children from Queen of Angels and St Olaf’s came forward with their certs to promise publicly and spiritually to...

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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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