Thought for the Week
But the labourers are few. Really?
A close friend, who for many years was a Jesuit priest here in Dublin, now lives with his family near Chester, that attractive medieval town near the Welsh border. While he was a priest he worked with people whose condition resembled what Malcolm Muggeridge once called ‘the poorest of the poor.’ He was and is a good man and, as Kennelly, the poet, puts it: ‘the good are vulnerable./As any bird in flight/They do not think of safety/Are blind to possible extinction.’ Andrew (not his real name) fell in love and set up home in Cheshire. He and his wife are blessed with four beautiful and intelligent children now grown up.
Andrew goes to his local church every Sunday. Recently, he – long used to the ways of Mother Church – was amused at an event that took place in his parish. His fellow parishioners, less familiar with the Church, were not able to share his amusement, and found the event confusing.
Here’s what happened. One Sunday, the parish priest announced that he was resigning from the priesthood; he had no option, he told them, since he intended to marry a woman whom he had met some years before. He added that he would love to remain on as a priest. The congregation applauded him.
The following Sunday his replacement said the 11.30 Mass and included in the notices that he was pushed for time – he had to rush to another part of the town to baptise his grandson! The priest was among a whole tranche of Anglican clergy who had opted to join the Roman Catholic Church some years before.
‘Crisis!’ proclaimed a government minister many years ago at Dublin Airport. ‘What crisis?’ Maybe the same applies to the shortage of vocations. What if the many priests who have left to get married were allowed to minister like the happy granddad? And don’t we hear rumours from Rome and talk of moving towards the ordination of women deacons. I’m sure that saintly man, Pope Francis, won’t be found wanting if that comes on to the agenda. Many would say: ‘the sooner the better’.
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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