Pastor's Desk: Feast of Corpus Christi

Posted 5th June 2010 in Pastor's Desk

Corpus Christi

Welcome everyone to the beautiful Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. Today we celebrate the gift that Jesus left to us at the Last Supper, the gift of himself in the form of consecrated bread and wine. This feast day is one that has many happy memories for us all I’m sure as we recall the spectacle of large Corpus Christi processions of the past. As I grew up in Ballyfermot, the procession was always a sight to behold with scores of altar boys and first communicants leading the way followed by parishioners, priests and the Blessed Sacrament carried under the canopy around the main streets. The GardaĆ­ were on hand to divert traffic and then it would conclude with Benediction and the signing of the Tantum Ergo and the smell of incense.

Our parish Corpus Christi procession today may not be as long as it was in those days but the devotion to, and love of, the Blessed Sacrament is still as strong for all of us today. We have the great grace of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Monday from after the morning Mass till just before our evening Mass. It is a source of real comfort to people to be able to pop into the church on the way to or from the shops or work and say a quiet prayer before the Lord. If you haven’t had the opportunity to do so I would encourage you to come some Monday and just be in the true presence of Jesus, the Son of God.

As parishioners are aware, Dublin is also hosting the next International Eucharistic Congress in June 2012 and preparations are afoot for that great event. You can learn about the preparations here. All of us have heard stories of the last time Ireland hosted the Eucharistic Congress in 1932 and the privilege and sense of faith that accompanied it. The Committee organising the Congress for 2012 would like us all to begin preparations now for such a spiritual event and taking part in Eucharistic adoration is one of the most appropriate means. May you all experience the joy and blessing of this special feast day.

Holy Trinity Icon

I think all of us would agree that the unveiling of our beautiful new icon of the Holy Trinity last Sunday at the 11.00am Mass was a fitting tribute to our parish feast day. Parishioner Noreen Sheedy has put in painstaking hours at the request of Sr. Margaret and the Liturgical Art Group to reproduce that beautiful work of art hanging on the back wall of the sanctuary. We really appreciate the time, effort and giftedness of Noreen being put at the disposal of the parish. An icon is a painting that draws you into prayer and our new banner certainly achieves that end. Thank you Noreen.

Have a great week everyone
Fr. Eoin

PS. I will remember you all and your intentions at the Grotto in Lourdes this coming week as I accompany the Helping Hand Pilgrimage.

Newspaper article re zoning

Parishioners may have seen an article in the papers this week about the Archdiocese of Dublin submitting proposals to Dublin City Council in relation to its Draft Development Plan and the rezoning of many church lands from Z15 to Z1 zoning use. It should be pointed out that such a request was not run past any of the parishes involved, including our own, which was a mistake by the diocese. It should also be noted that decisions in relation to parochial lands can only be made by the Parish Priest of the day after consultation with the Parish Finance Committee, the Parish Pastoral Council and the Archbishop. The only plan for our lands around the church is the building of a Parish Pastoral Centre which has been public knowledge for many years and which I updated you on in a newsletter article only last month. The change from Z15 to Z1 zoning would make a planning application for a Pastoral Centre easier; that said, I have conveyed my concerns re the way this matter was handled to the diocese.

Fr. Eoin

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