This Week's Newsletter
Publishedon Wednesday 24th March 2021
A FEW WORDS FROM FR JOE……….
I’m just back from a week’s holiday relaxed and refreshed, what a difference the weather makes. I was with my sister and a priest friend in Derry, a city so perfectly perched on the Foyle with Donegal on one flank and the beautiful North Coast on the other.
Derry people are exceptionally friendly, love the chat and finding out about their visitors, and proud of their city. In fact, they have a lot to be proud of, the dark days of the troubles are recalled on vivid murals, seen while walking the incredibly intact city walls, while the stunning Peace Bridge spans the Foyle and invites the two communities on the opposite sides of the river to cross over and know each other.
It was my first time back since John Hume died and his legacy is both the peace and the prosperity and the care given to his native city by government and local authorities.
On the one hand there was huge investment in jobs and on the other there are resources to keep the public spaces attractive and inviting and a rich programme of cultural events and festivals to enrich both the locals and visitors alike.
Driving out from the city the hinterland is so beautiful, Lough Foyle, Lough Swilly, the North Coast, hills and glens, beautiful nature, inviting towns, terrific beaches. Choices of places for walks and bike rides, boat trips and picnics abound, and when it’s a week of blue skies, balmy days and still evenings, it felt like paradise. I left here tired and irritable and more than ready for the break and return so grateful for the beauty that is within our own island, for the company of family and friends, and renewed by the simple pleasures of life.
The one moment that will stay with me was sitting for an hour on the beach in Buncrana watching the sunset behind the hills of Donegal, surrounded by young people having fun, families wrapping up their day at beach, eating excellent ice cream and watching the golden orb of sun decline, ending a perfect day and with the promise of more to come. Overwhelmed by the beauty of God’s creation and the joy of the natural world.
The following public health advice regarding “Other Religious Ceremonies” has now been published on gov.ie:
“It is advised that religious ceremonies such as Baptisms, First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time. Further advice will follow on the resumption of these ceremonies when it is safe to do so “
PRAYING FOR VOCATIONS
Archbishop Farrell is asking for people and priests to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life on a regular basis. As you are well aware, the need is great, so let’s answer God’s call and “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest”
NEW VOCATIONS TEAM FOR THE PRIESTHOOD IN DUBLIN
Archbishop Dermot Farrell has appointed a New Team for Vocations to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Dublin. Fr. Séamus McEntee is now the new Director of Vocation to the Priesthood with Fr. Bill O'Shaughnessy as the new Assistant Vocations Director. Fr. Séamus has assisted on the vocations team for the past seven years and is delighted to be working alongside Fr. Bill in this exciting role of assisting men discern their call to priesthood as well as vocations promotion. Let us pray that God will continue to call enthusiastic men to the priesthood for our Archdiocese. If you know of anyone who thinks they might have a vocation to be a priest or is interested in finding out more about being a priest for the Archdiocese of Dublin, please ask them to contact either Fr. Séamus or Fr. Bill on the Vocations Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out: Vocations | Archdiocese of Dublin (dublindiocese.ie)
PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AS AN ADULT
Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings. Run by the Archdiocese of Dublin in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus (MDCCE), Drumcondra Road. Late September to May (7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m) Application now open for September 2021. Early application advised. Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or email@example.com. Web: www.evangelisation.ie See flyer below for more information.