Pastor's Desk: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2nd August 2009 in Pastor's Desk

We welcome Fr. Eoin our Parish Priest back amongst us this weekend after his summer holidays, trusting that he had a nice relaxing time off duty. I’m sure he will be pleased to learn that in his absence we managed to keep the ship afloat!

DERA FESTIVAL.

Last Saturday morning 25th July I joined the residents of the Donaghmede Estate for the official opening by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Emer Costello of their Festival weekend. Bernard Byrne, the Festival Chairperson, also addressed the gathering and acknowledged the work of his association in putting together the festival, the outstanding success last year’s Festival was and the expectation that this year’s would equally heighten and sustain the sense of community it generated last year. By all accounts I believe that expectation was met, so congratulations to all who were involved.

Gospel.

‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry, he who believes in me will never thirst’.

Jesus is the true bread which the Father has given his people from Heaven and to accept Him as such is to do the work the Father wants of us: To work for the food that endures to eternal life, to believe in Christ whom the Father has sent. I pray that our words and actions will always reflect the work of Our Lord and Saviour; let us not for one moment underestimate the work we can do in the name of Jesus.

Final thoughts……….

I have enjoyed the opportunity to share a few thoughts with you over the last few weekends. I hope you were able to endure my short reflections and of course notions on this year’s hurling and football championships. My parting remark is to put my full support behind the Dubs for Monday’s game against Kerry. So the very best of luck!

Until the next time keep safe in the gentle presence of Our Lord.

God bless,

Fr. Gary.

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