Pastor's Desk: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
I am writing these few words having attended my first of four days at the Eucharistic Congress in the RDS and I have to say it was a very uplifting and enjoyable experience. Wandering around the RDS, there was a real sense that you were in a village where everyone was very much at home. As you made your way to the different venues for the presentations you would bump into parishioners from Holy Trinity, colleagues from the diocese and also bishops and Cardinals toing and froing as well. The celebration of the Mass was beautiful despite the terrible rain. The presentations offer an opportunity to stop and reflect which normally one wouldn’t get. I particular enjoyed the talk by Fr. Timothy Radcliffe OP on the theme of Suffering. Roll on day two!!
The fruits of the Congress will not be immediate. Much like the imagery of the First Reading and Gospel today, it is like planting a seed and the green shoots will come after much attention to how we nourish the seeds. That challenge is both a personal one for every person who calls themselves Catholic and for each parish. The Congress is not an end in itself but a springboard for us to deepen our understanding of our Faith and more importantly to then live it.
PS: Congratulations to Deacon Gerard Reilly who made the parish proud by ministering as Deacon of the Altar at Sunday’s opening Mass of the Congress.
PPS: Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads in the parish. I write this just after we were beaten 4-0 by Spain so chin up and enjoy your day!
Draft Local Area Plan for Clongriffin-Belmayne
Council staff will be available in the local area to explain the content of the Draft Local Area Plan and give advice with respect to making a submission. The dates and venues for these information meetings are:
Saturday 23rd June 10am to 1pm in Unit 60, Clongriffin, Dublin 13
Tuesday 26th June 12pm to 4.30pm Donaghmede Library, Dublin 13
Wednesday 27th June 3.00pm to 7.30pm Unit 60, Clongriffin, Dublin 13
The Draft Local Area Plan as a document will be available on the Dublin City Council website from the 20th June and from the offices of Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 and the North Central Area office, Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin 17. Copies will be available at the information meetings.