On Sunday 18th October, we marked Sr Mary's contribution to our parish with a celebratory mass at 10.30 in Holy Rosary church. She has played a very central and active role in Bohernabreena parish in the last 16 years, and is retiring to live with her community of FCJ nuns in Limerick. A procession of candles at the beginning of Mass marked some of her contribution in various areas of church and parish life, Bishop Eamonn Walsh said a few words, and Martin Donaghy spoke at the end, with a poem that one of the parishioners had penned.
The church was full of people who wanted to mark this occasion with her, and it took a long time for everyone to say their few words to Sr Mary after the mass was over. While the hospitality team served tea and cake, the chat was great, and the church was busy (and noisy!) until 1.30pm with people saying goodbye.
Earlier in the week she had attended Mass at St Anne's, and there was a chance for goodbyes and a cuppa after in Roseanna Hall too.
A collection was made which will go towards refugees, Sr Mary's charity of choice, and many people signed certificates with ways of contributing to our church communities as a way of thanking Sr Mary. We look forward to working together as a parish community to live our Christian calling in a way that honours Sr Mary in her contribution and dedication to our parish. It was fitting that this celebration took place on Mission Sunday, as Sr Mary's mission was lived out in our parish for so long and for this we give thanks to God and pray blessings on her in her new home in Limerick.
Dates for the diary:
There will be a special Mass of Remembrance for all who have died in our parish in the last year and those deceased family members remembered in the November Altar List of the Dead;
Holy Rosary: Saturday 7 November, 6pm Mass
St Anne's: Tuesday 24 November, 7.30pm Mass
Please note that envelopes for names to be included on the Altar List of the Dead are available in both churches for you to take and return after masses or at the parish offices.
The 17 & 18 October also marked the start of preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion within our parish grouping, as children in Holy Rosary school and Glenasmole school received their enrolment certificates, an image of Jesus praying and a rosary beads at masses on Saturday and Sunday. Members of the parish were invited to take prayer cards for the different children, keeping them in their prayers over the coming months, and we extend this invitation to all parishioners to keep them and their families in your prayers for a grace-filled year for them all. The following dates are the masses where these children are specially involved, bringing the "Do this in Memory of Me" sacramental program into the parish setting; 22 November & 13 December 2015, 24 January 2016, 21 February and 10 April 2016, with the celebration of First Penance on 15 March in St Anne's for Glenasmole school and First Communion on Saturday 21 May in St Anne's. Dates for Holy Rosary school will follow shortly. Please note that if your child is making their First Communion in a different school but attends our parish, they are very welcome to join in these masses, and you can contact the parish offices for further details.
We said farewell to our parish pastoral worker Breda Carroll at the end of August, as she moved to take up the same role in the parishes of Rathcoole, Saggart and Brittas. While she's only down the road, we will miss her, as she was a familiar face in all our churches and an essential part of a parish team which saw a lot of change in a short time. Instrumental in many areas of parish life, especially the sacramental preparation with schools, she brought energy and a positive can-do attitude which served our communities well, and we ask God's blessing on her in her new posting.
Holy Rosary Church has been designated as the host venue for the Tallaght area by the Office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism for Bible Week. The initial planning meeting for our involvement in Ecumenical Bible Week from 24th – 31st May took place on Tuesday evening, 14th April. We have arranged to meet again at 12 noon on Monday 27th April in Holy Rosary Church. If you were not available on Tuesday evening, but would still like to participate in or help to plan our Parish’s involvement in Bible Week, please come along to the next meeting. Further information is available from Deborah in Holy Rosary Parish Office. For more information see www.bibleweek.ie.
The annual Parish Grouping Afternoon Retreat for Ministers of the Word and Eucharist will take place this Sunday, 22nd March at the Cherith Centre, Firhouse Road. The retreat starts at 2.00pm and ends with mass at 5.15pm
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has asked that Pastoral Councils consider the working document on the family and marriage from the Extraordinary Synod last October, and submit our thoughts and considerations on how the church can best support marriage and the family before the end of March. The Pastoral Council have met twice about this and are considering our response to the diocese. For all interested, this is a chance to reflect on marriage and the family, and the document, called "Relatio Synodi" (relating to the synod) is linked fromwww.bohernabreenaparish.com If you'd like a paper copy please ask in the Parish Offices or one of the priests or parish council members.
The Parish Pastoral Council elected the officers and the team stands as follows: Fr Michael Hurley (President), Cormac Quinn (Chairperson), Thomas Lynch (Vice Chairperson), Amanda West (Secretary), Roisin Alexander-Pye (Vice-Secretary), Martin Donaghy, Paul Doyle, Mairead Flanagan, Jim Golden, Michael Quinn, St Mary FCJ, Fr Piaras MacLochlainn, Breda Carroll and Fr Jose Bharanikulangara. We keep Sr Mary in our prayers as she will not be able to join us during her recuperation.
We’re looking forward to serving the community and using our gifts to work together to make our churches places where all are welcomed, where the sacraments and Mass are celebrated together and take us further on our faith journeys. Your input and feedback is very welcome, as although our remit as a pastoral council is focused on the spiritual and pastoral aspects of parish life, if practical problems are blocking this we need to consider it with the parish team. Please join us for this commissioning ceremony at Holy Rosary or St Annes’s and all are welcome for refreshments afterwards.