Pastor's Desk: Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted 16th March 2013 in Pastor's Desk

Habemus Papam!


Welcome everyone as we gather as a community of Faith after an extraordinary week for our Church and our parish. Our new Pope has only been in the post of our Holy Father for just about 24 hours as I write and already Pope Francis has generated a great sense of joy and hope in the way that he has lived these first hours of his pontificate. The prayers we have been offering all week for the College of Cardinals have been heard and in their radical decision to choose a non-European, first for over a thousand years, and then to choose the first Jesuit pope, shows the hand of the Holy Spirit. The name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, evokes a spirit of simplicity, holiness and care for humanity as well as our world. We join with the faithful worldwide in welcoming the election of Pope Francis and assure him of our prayers.

Novena of Grace

I said it was an extraordinary week for our parish and that was because of the Novena of Grace in Honour of St. Francis Xavier (himself a founder of the Jesuits) which concluded on Tuesday evening. The nine days were very special. First there was the great turnout each evening no matter what the weather. Then there was the quality and variety of preachers and also the beautiful liturgies enhanced so much by the different choirs and folk groups. As one parishioner put it to me, “it was a triumph”. My thanks go to all who made it possible and in particular to the Parish Pastoral Council under the leadership of Margie Kennedy, Chairperson, Marian O’Toole, Secretary and Jim Mulcahy Vice Chairperson. Parishioners are already asking if we will have the Novena next year. We will certainly discuss it at the next PPC meeting but to help us we would appreciate hearing your views on what went well and what could be improved. Please email your thoughts to or drop a note into the Parish Office.

As we celebrate our National Saint this Sunday, St. Patrick, we pray that his zeal for bringing others to the joy of being a believer in Jesus would inspire each one of us in the living out of our faith especially in these days of hope and renewal with our new Holy Father.

Fr. Eoin

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