Wednesday December 19th 2018

A WORD FROM YOUR PARISH PRIEST March 4th, 2018

We are now well into our Lenten season, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have responded so generously to the opportunity to grow in holiness during this sacred time. The attendance at our Lenten Novena services, and the Stations of the Cross, as well as the large numbers attending daily Mass, all serve to inspire me with the belief that God’s grace is at work in our parish during this Holy Season.

This coming weekend we also have two significant events taking place during our Masses. At all Masses over the weekend we will have the commissioning of our Eucharistic Ministers for the following year. I would like, on behalf of the parish, to thank all of them for their service to our community, not just during Mass, but also in taking Holy Communion to the sick and the elderly and the housebound. I am also grateful to those who have accepted the invitation to become new Eucharistic Ministers, and to Norma and Joseph September for their commitment to acting as coordinators of this whole ministry.

While we are on this subject, I would like to remind all our parishioners that it is their duty to inform us if they know of anyone who needs to receive Holy Communion, either in hospital or at home. It makes life much easier for everyone if we are made aware of this before Sundays, since our Eucharistic Ministers have many people to visit on that day. Unfortunately, it is not possible at all times to take Holy Communion to people on Sundays; but we continue to try our best to accommodate everyone.

The sick and the elderly constitute an important group within our parish community. It is only right, therefore, that each of us carry them in our prayer each day.

We also look forward to receiving eleven new adults into our Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil. They have faithfully followed our RCIA programme over many months now. My thanks again to all those who have prepared our group each week. As part of their final preparations, the candidates will be presented at the 9.a.m Mass for the next three Sundays. Again, let us carry each of them in prayer as they move forward in joy to being fully received into the Catholic Church.

Finally, I would also like to express my delight at the large number of people who are attending our Alpha course, including members of our Parish Pastoral Council as well as members of our Redemptorist Community. This is another source of grace, not only to those presenting and attending, but to our whole parish community.

Sometimes it becomes easy for people to be critical of our parish, for one reason or another. Of course, we are very far from being a perfect parish. But it is also good for us to be reminded of the fact that God is bestowing an abundance of blessings on us each day.

 Fr Gerard, CSsR

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