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 Annual Bethany
Mass was prepared. Invitations sent out, candles acquired and decorated,
the names beautifully inscribed in the book of remembrance, the leaflets
printed, choir rehearsal and many other details for this Liturgy of faith,
hope and love.

The Hospitality had a great time on Wednesday as several guests turned up
in their Halloween costumes.

New heaters were acquired for the Parish Centre as the heating problem
takes time to be solved.

The annual statistics for Mass in Balally were sent to the Archdiocese (a
count is made every October in all the 199 parishes in Dublin) Our average
attendance is 563 (measured over three Sundays). This compares to an
average of 525 last year. We believe that the difference of number (higher
this
year than last year in spite of dropping a Mass) is an anomaly and requires
further study to explain.