Thought for the Week
And Inis Oirr
In Inis Oirr, I didn’t know about fear
Nor the sorrow that would stop laughter
Until that gloomy day when my love sailed from me.
During the week, St Louis High School celebrated their graduation with Mass before the ceremony. It was a graced moment. The chapel was full: the graduation class at the front; proud parents at the back. Talented young women with the help of their teachers and principal prepared the Mass. It was a privilege to preside at the liturgy, to be taken up in the surge of youthful energy, to admire their creativity in composing prayers and reflections. And none of it was over the top; on the contrary, it was done in good taste and with dignity.
Ok, so they clapped and cheered now and again and, of course, rigid liturgists frown on such behaviour in church, but this was the natural expression of joy, of delight – what greater way to give glory to God?
And their talented musicians: a pianist, a guitar player, four flautists and a violinist gave a beautiful rendering of that plaintive melody, Inis Oirr, which evokes the rugged beauty of the western isle. God smiled that day.
I couldn’t help thinking (when I should have been praying) how much life they would inject into our Sunday morning Mass, how enriching would be their presence, how they could transform what often appears as a perfunctory ritual lacking in life and vitality.
Our prayer for them is that they will know happiness; what better way to express it than in the words of Jeremiah: 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
P.S. And the good news is: they are going to provide the musical accompaniment at the 11 Mass someday soon. Fr William
We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.
We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
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A huge thank you to all who contributed to our special Collection for the Altar Society last weekend to help towards the cost of flowers and other altar requisites. A total of €1,779 was raised and your support is greatly appreciated.
Pope Francis has decided that the 9th World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin on 22 to 26 August 2018, with the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. It is expected to attract thousands of Catholic families from around the globe to Ireland. It is hoped that this very special pastoral initiative will present all of us in the Church with the opportunity, and the challenge, to renew, support and strengthen Irish families in their commitment to their faith.
Hosting a global event of this size requires a huge amount of planning and financial outlay on behalf of the host country. Accordingly, our bishops have now established a National Finance Committee to provide advice on the financial planning for the World Meeting of Families in Ireland. To support the hosting of the event we intend to hold three national church collections, the first of which will take place on the weekend of 28–29 May. The remaining collections will take place in 2017 and 2018. Please visit worldmeeting2018.ie for more details. The World Meeting of Families was a pastoral initiative of St John Paul II. Held every three years, and coordinated by the Pontifical Council for the Family, it is the largest universal gathering of Catholic families and brings together families from all over the world in faith and celebration.
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