Pastor's Desk: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone and wasn’t it a great week. Dublin winning the All Ireland, you can’t get better than that. There was definitely a smile on people’s faces all week with the afterglow of the result. Our commiserations go to Kerry who looked like they had it in the bag at the latter stages. To beat a team of such class and ability makes it all the more special. Well done to the Dublin Squad.
School Year Mass
We are celebrating today the annual Mass for the beginning of the school year at 12.30pm. Each of the six Primary Schools in our parish will be taking part. Schools and education have been very much in the news in recent months and rightly so because they are a fundamental part of our society. For the children, they represent the formative years of their lives and it is important that every support is given to them so that the children can succeed in their future lives. For that to happen they need the best of teachers, the best of equipment, and the right environment in which to learn. It falls to the Boards of Management of each of the schools to ensure all these things are in place. The members of the Boards are all voluntary and give very generously of their time. For the most part, communities are unaware of the giving of that time but as the Boards come to the end of their four-year term this autumn, it is right to acknowledge and honour their commitment with our thanks.
Have a great week
Death of Fr. Raymond’s brother
It was with shock and sadness we heard on Wednesday of the death of Fr. Raymond Kondowe’s brother David at the age of 29. David received severe burns in a house fire on Monday. Fr. Raymond has returned to Malawi to be with his family for the funeral and our prayers go with him. We hope to see Fr. Raymond back in the parish in late October, early November. May David rest in Peace.
The International Eucharistic Congress Bell
As announced last week, the Eucharistic Congress Bell visits our Parish tomorrow, Monday, from 6.00pm till 8.00pm. We will begin by gathering at the Grange Abbey ruins at 6.00pm, the site of the first Christian community in our parish, for a very short service of prayer and then process to the church with the Bell. On arrival in the church, we will be led in prayer using; the icons that accompany the Bell, scripture, a period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and conclude with Benediction. We hope you will be able to join us for the pilgrimage of the Bell to our parish, if not for all of the two hours, then for at least some part of it.