Ministry in the Parish : One of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council has been a flowering of ministry in the Church. We see this in our own Church community in Sandyford parish, where both now and in the past, many give generously of their time and talent in various and diverse ways so as to build up and continue the mission of Jesus. The Summer Season is a time to reflect on this mission, the call to bear witness, to be people of forgiveness, peace and joy. In order to nourish and strengthen this life giving message, we need new ministers coming forward on a regular basis willing to serve through work in the liturgy and/or outreach. At the moment, we especially need Ministers of the Word and Ministers of the Eucharist (E.M.H.C.). If you are interested in finding out more about these ministries, please leave your name with any of the priests/sacristans/parish office (2956414;firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will get in touch.
In Communion with Christ and with One Another.
A word of thanks to all the families and children who attended yesterday’s open air Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
There was a lovely procession with the Blessed Sacrament from Bearna Park to St Mary’s Church. The weather was with us favourably and it was most enjoyable to see the great attendance.
More pictures of the Mass and procession to come in the next few days.
The Coordinators of the various Ministry groups in the parish ensure that the necessary preparations are made for all of the celebrations that take place in the parish week in week out throughout the year.
This week, I would like to pay a special tribute to the coordinator of the Eucharistic Ministers in St Mary’s,
Paddy O Reilly. For more years than any of us can remember, Paddy has ensured that the Eucharistic rota for the Sunday masses, the Glebe Nursing Home and all of the occasions in the parish has been in place and any
special arrangements needed have been made. Paddy has now decided to step down from this coordinating role. Paddy will be on hand to guide his successor Mary de Brun – and many thanks to Mary for taking up this important role in the parish. If you would like to join the Eucharistic team at St. Mary’s, please leave your name at the Sacristy or Parish office.
On behalf of the parish, I offer Paddy our heartfelt thanks for his selfless service, seamless efficiency and
dedication and wish him and his family every grace and blessing in his retirement. Fr Andrew