MESSAGE ON THE 4TH SUNDAY OF LENT (YR A)
Friday 17th March 2023.
My dear people,
As we celebrate the Patronal Feast Day of our archdiocese today, I wish all of you a very Happy Feast Day. Likewise, I wish Happy Feast Day to all the Patricks in our parish. Let us pray in thanksgiving for the wonderful life of St Patrick, sometimes called the Apostle of Ireland. It is his courage in bringing the faith to Ireland which resulted in the catholic faith coming to these shores. Let us pray for everyone in the archdiocese and for our parish so that we can continue along the paths of holiness that the Good Shepherd has traced out for us.
A final reminder that the Parish Town Hall which will take place on 23rd March. The first aim of the Town Hall is to present officially to you our financial position as at the end of 2022. Our Parish Accountant, Mr Bernard Negline, will be here to present the figures and answer any questions you may have. The PLT believes that this will be an opportunity to share with you all the amazing achievements of our parish over the past few years. We will also discuss the results of the survey that was carried out in February. We will conclude with a discussion of our plans for the future of the parish. I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
We are very fortunate to have a parish retreat being run in our church tomorrow Saturday 18th March from 10:30am until 4pm. Entitled “Desire: Friendship, Love and Intimacy with God,” it promises to be an amazing opportunity to have a different and deeper experience of God. We usually speak of giving something up during Lent but there is also the possibility of taking something up for Lent. Going to a full day retreat would be a great occasion of taking something up and I strongly encourage you to consider doing that. I hope to see many of you there.
Another piece of exciting news is that our Ablaze Youth Group is now meeting weekly on Fridays from 6 until 7:30pm. We have enlisted the help of members of the Alliance of the Holy Family International who have much experience in the running of youth groups. On your behalf, I would like to welcome them to the parish. We met with them last Sunday together with the current leaders of our youth group and a wonderful partnership for the leadership of our youth group was formed. This evening will be the first time members of the Alliance of the Holy Family International will be present with our Youth Group.
We continue turning to our patron saint and asking for her intercession.
St Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Fr Richard Rosse PP