This latest period was a wonderful time in the Parish. The celebration of First Communions of three schools (St. Olaf’s, Queen of Angles and Educate Together) on Saturday 28th of May in two beautiful ceremonies was a testament to the dedication of the teachers ,the families and the Parish. The music, the flowers , the decoration and art work conspired with the weather to make the day most memorable. After the two Masses the Parish invited the teachers and principals into the Parish Centre for a delicious meal in celebration and recognition of the First Communions.
Again on Sunday most of the children came back with their families for their “Second Communion” and could be seen at the family Mass in their Communion outfits. These were days of great joy and we were visited by people from many parts of Ireland and indeed from many countries.
This week the Parish finance committee delivered a statement of accounts to the Parishioners. This important exercise in transparency and co-responsibility has been a policy of the parish for many years and serves to underline the stewardship of all the parishioners in the running of the parish. Of course it also made us aware of those dedicated behind-the scenes-people who look after the finances with such care.
Sunday afternoon saw the Parish recognise splendidly the feast of Corpus Christi. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed from 14.00 till 17.00hrs and people dropped in to pray and adore. The church was so beautiful in its array of flowers and colours. The incense, singing and benediction finished the day on a very prayerful and uplifting note.
The Parish Team met again to initiate the process of next year’s calendar (…already!!!) if you have suggestions now is the time to be heard. So don’t hesitate to send a letter, write an email, a tweet, a text, send smoke signals … or whatever your preferred means of communication is with ideas for the Parish 2016/2017.
You will have noticed another upgrade in the gardens as you enter the Church … that is the fourth major transformation in the last few months. There is more to come.
Did you ever hear the like?
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
Summer Summer Summer … and more Summer.
There has been a lot going on in the parish in this Year of Mercy (.. yes we are still in the Year of Mercy) but summer time is also a great time to do fun things around your faith.. take a look at this American Web site .. it has good/funny suggestions.
But this WOW is one you will want to have close by. It gives you Mass times in every country in the world. As you would never like to miss your Sunday Mass and would love to participate in a local catholic community wherever you are travelling this is the website for you: