The liturgy of these weeks points to the end of times and the final victory of Christ the King. You can feel a build up of activity around the Parish; Family Mass team meetings, Christmas events being prepared, choir practices, team meetings but above all the daily effort of the community to come to Mass in spite of the rain and cold.
To make it just a little comfier and after great effort and generosity on behalf of Parish teams the Church has been insulated. Insulation beads were injected into the cavity walls in the hope that our place of worship might be a little warmer during the winter months. The finance for the operation came from the 400 club.
This is also the week when the “Child Safeguarding” course took place. The Saturday date was the only date available this year as the experts who impart the course are so busy in the Dublin Diocese. For us in Balally it is of great importance that we have the best practices in child protection as we intend to advance our youth ministries.
In this context Pope Francis’s document “Christus Vivit” was given to all those involved in youth ministry in the Parish it opens with these words:
“Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!”
The document goes on to remind us all: “It is important to realize that Jesus was a young person. He gave his life when he was, in today’s terms, a young adult.”