In the Irish language we express hospitality with the phrase “A Hundred thousand welcomes (cead mile failte)”.  Today I want to say a hundred thousand thanks to every one who participated in any way in the International Food Fair on Friday last.


We are getting close to paying off the parish debt for the refurbishing  of the parish offices etc and in purely economic terms the International Food fair is the principal fund-raising venture of the year.


But of course it is much more than a fund raiser!   It represents a high point in the life of the parish: an overflow of all the graces and blessing we receive throughout the year.  The Food Fair brings the parish together in a way that cements the bonds which already exist.


Our parish is highly sensitive to the needs of the poor and we support all kinds of pastoral outreach throughout the year: ministries which lie at the heart of our faith.   This moment of the Food Fair allows us to move the parish to a sounder financial basis so that we can continue those services which spring from the deep well of our faith.


The Food Fair also highlights the extraordinary generosity of all who come together to make it the annual success that it is.  I can’t give a list of names but the team which has been working for months now deserves the hundred thousand thanks.  From selling tickets, raising money to fund various stalls, organising a small army of workers, dealing with last minute hitches, all of it leaves me amazed at the competence and unselfishness of so many parishioners.


And it’s not all over yet for the year!  The Chinese Hampers will be on display soon and the draws will take place next month.  Also, on November 30 the parish GOLF DAY will take place at Mowbray Golf Course.


Once again, a hundred thousand thanks to everyone involved in the International Food Fair and in all our fund-raising projects,


May you all be blessed in your generosity,


Fr Sean Wales, C.Ss.R.


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