Thought for the Week
A balmy Sunday Morning
Two weeks ago, summer arrived on a balmy Sunday morning (at least we hope so). The sky was clear; the sun warmed us up when we were beginning to think that winter days would never cease. And it came at the right time – for the children’s First Communion at the eleven o’clock Mass. One child arrived in a horse-drawn white carriage that parked at the main gate. A glow of happiness danced around the grounds where the families assembled before going into Mass. The chat was light: the flit of butterflies in early summer. White dresses and tiaras and new suits gave the impression that a flight of angelic creatures had landed on Rathmines Road. Parents, grannies and granddads had scrubbed up well.
It was the culmination of months of preparation and expectancy by the children, their parents and teachers – in fact, the whole parish. The naysayers – if they saw them – would probably dismiss it all with a throwaway: ‘Bah, humbug, only a pageant.’ If they had witnessed, however, the interest, support and the guidance given by everyone concerned, they might revise their disapproval.
Here is a parent’s prayer that captures the love and devotion that was palpable on that day.
A Parent’s Blessing
When you were born
Our hearts were so full of happiness
That there was no room in us
When you were growing
Our hearts were so full of care for you
That we spoke soothingly
And sometimes sharply,
Fearful for your safety,
In the deepest places of our hearts
We spoke lovingly.
As we watch you
Moving forward with your friends
We marvel at all you have done
Our spirits sing praise to God
For the gift that is you.
And, though our hearts
Have stretched to love others,
Yet, there is a place within us
That is yours, and only yours
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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