Pastor's Desk: Feast of the Ascension

Posted 23rd May 2009 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone, as we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord and also World Communications Sunday. The Ascension of Jesus to His Heavenly Father was a necessary sadness the early disciples had to go through so that the Holy Spirit could come into their hearts & minds. The physical separation from Jesus did not have the desolation of His death on the cross but it was difficult for them to let go.

World Communications Sunday
World Communications Sunday is a reminder that the message of the Gospel must be communicated anew to a new generation by modern means. Our papers today, unfortunately, will not be full of examples of the Gospel values being lived out but the total opposite. As I write this on Thursday, we are still coming to terms with the horror inflicted on children in Catholic-run institutions as catalogued in the Report of the Commission of Enquiry into Child Abuse. To think that the recipients of such abuse were innocent children is stomach-churning but the fact it happened in places where the values of Christ should have been lived is all the more damning; as the Report says, the religious orders need to address “how their ideals became debased by systematic abuse.” The survivors of the abuse need justice and restitution. As a Church, our voice should be the loudest in demanding this if we truly believe that everyone is created in the image and likeness of God and therefore worthy of respect. Let’s hope & pray that as a Church we can meet that challenge.

Fr. Collins Park
The values of the Gospel only become a reality when they are lived by a person of faith. For many people Fr. Joe Collins PP was a true example of Christian living. It is a great tribute to him that the parklands on the Hole-in-the-Wall Road were named after him and this Wednesday, the wonderfully upgraded Fr. Collins Park will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor and blessed by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. We hope to see you there at 11am on the 27th May.

Fr. Eoin

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