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 said how the protection of the
vulnerable is the natural response of a family … and this was our Parish
family.

The do’s and don’ts of how to report our concerns were clearly explained.
The large turnout was a reflection of how Child protection and cherishing
of the vulnerable is a significant issue for the community of Balally.

A new flurry of activity was evident around the Parish.

The funeral team was called again to help a grieving family on the day of
their Requiem Mass.

The Liturgy team gathered to begin the preparation of the Bethany Mass (4th
of November we remember all who have died in the Parish during the year).

The DTIM team met to conform the next Mass for children of First Communion.
Also, a group of confirmation parents gathered to organise some
parish-based activities that will contribute to a deeper experience of the
sacramental preparation.

A big banner celebrating the 50th anniversary of St Olaf’s school has
placed on the outside of the Church. We have to celebrate this wonderful
parish school, the Principals, the Teachers and the students who have
enjoyed the marvels of learning and teaching during this half-century. It
is also a reminder of what Catholic education has done for our Parish and
indeed for our Nation.

Over the last few weeks, Confirmation children from Queen of Angels and St
Olaf’s have been coming to some daily Masses in preparation for their
sacrament.

It is an excellent moment of ENCOUNTER in our Parish Church.