Pastor's Desk: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone to our Mass this Sunday. Last Sunday Fr. Gary took the opportunity to say farewell to us at our Masses and in this space also. We pray that he has had a warm welcome on his first week in Malahide Parish. Many parishioners have been asking me what is to going to happen in relation to our own parish and I can inform you that I met with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Thursday with Frs. Tom Colreavy and Padraig Gleeson of St. Paul’s Parish Ayrfield. The Archbishop has asked us to become a team of priests and to service the pastoral needs of the two parishes, St. Paul’s and Holy Trinity between us.
This is something that has happened in a few parishes around the diocese already but obviously it is the first time any of us as priests have been asked to do this. I should point out that the parishes themselves are not being joined; they still keep their separate Parish Pastoral Councils, Finance Committees etc. but the parishes are asked to share priests, which are, at the moment the resource the diocese has least at its disposal.
The three of us are very willing to take on this challenge even though it is a step into the unknown. We have agreed with the Archbishop that we will begin meeting to develop our understanding of what this means in practical terms. We will also bring the PPCs of both parishes together to better see how the parishes can share experience and resources that have been built up over the years. It does mean that where there were 4 fulltime priests working in the two parishes, there are now only 3. It will mean changes.
Let each of us use our God given talents for the betterment of the community of faith as the Gospel urges us today.
Have a great week.