These last few days have been beautifully mild after the terrible storms of the preceding week. It has not been an easy time for many people particularly, those without power supply for an extended period. In a sense, people are returning to normal and resuming their routine. Hopefully our weather will return to a routine pattern as well. Curiously, even after severe winds, many leaves stubbornly cling to the trees awaiting their time to gently fall. Indeed, much damage to trees occurred due to the fact that they were heavy with leaves during the storms. Thankfully, nature will soon decide that it is time for the leaves to fall. November can be a very dreary time and exactly mirrors our liturgical time of remembrance and prayer for the faithful departed. The falling leaves mirror the cycle of life and death. As always, Jesus Christ guides us to places where He has already gone Himself. That is the hope of our Christian remembrance and Christian prayer. Beginning on this Thurs. Nov. 2nd, we will remember and pray for those who have died with reverence and love. We remember as a Christian people reassured by a new and eternal life for those who have died and Christian hope for the bereaved. Death is not a distressing fracture but a continuity of life into eternal life. May all who have died rest in the peace of the Lord. Lord God, Whose days are without end and whose mercies beyond counting, Keep us mindful that life is short and the hour of death unknown. Let your spirit guide our days on earth and in the ways of holiness and justice, That we may serve you in union with the whole church, Sure in faith, strong in hope, perfect in love. And when our earthly journey is ended, Lead us rejoicing into your kingdom, Where you live forever and ever, Amen. (Order of Christian Funerals 332)
Mayfield has been a very busy place during the past week. Our Lady Crowned Credit Union held a very successful Open Day on last Saturday to mark its golden jubilee and its ongoing commitment to serve the families and community. Then, on last Sunday, the church was full to capacity to mark the ordination to the permanent diaconate of David Lane. A fantastic reception and celebration followed afterwards and was blessed with beautiful sunshine. On Wednesday a wonderfully successful Mayfield Expo took place in Mayfield Sports Complex and which embraced and included a myriad of local clubs, societies and voluntary groups, all committed to lifelong learning and our community. These events were brilliantly supported and are just part of the ‘story’ of Mayfield and Our Lady Crowned parish. The future of our community and parish looks bright and assured built on the solid foundations of the voluntary community, cultural, sporting and parish groups. May God bless all in our community. May God bless all those who continue to volunteer their time and talents to the Mayfield area. We celebrate recent events and commit ourselves to maintaining a special place, a special community and a very special parish.
This year marks the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady Crowned Credit Union Ltd. Founded in 1967 in the basement of Our Lady Crowned Church, its purpose was to provide a self-help financial co-operative promoting thrift and providing loans at a fair rate of interest. The past 50 years have seen many changes in the community and indeed in the credit union, but what has not changed is the ethos. Today Our Lady Crowned Credit Union offers member’s financial products and services that are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago. With unsurpassed excellent face to face member service the credit union also provides online access, travel, car and house insurance, discounted group Health Insurance, Foreign exchange, Paypoint, Quicklodge, Budget Accounts, a Free Will making service and many more. Our Lady Crowned Credit Union has grown from strength to strength with membership standing at 9,800 with total assets at a very healthy €41 million. Last year Our Lady Crowned Credit Union facilitated the people of the local community and environs with loans to the value of €5.5 million with the added benefit of Loan Protection, Life Savings and Death Benefit Insurances at no extra cost subject to certain terms and conditions to eligible members. In celebrating 50 years in the community the credit union has numerous events planned including an open day which will be held on Saturday September 16th, 2017 from 1pm-4pm. Red FM and the Red Patrollers will be broadcasting from the credit union on the day with lots of giveaways and refreshments while, face painters and games will be on hand to entertain the youngsters. For the members of Our Lady Crowned Credit Union there will be a free Members Draw for a prize of €5,000 cash. The members draw will be launched at the open day and members will be invited to fill in an entry form and return it to the credit union office by close of business Monday 16th October, 2017. The winner of this fantastic prize will be drawn in the credit union office on International Credit Union Day, Thursday 19th October, 2017.
It is with great joy that we welcome Rev. David Lane to assist at 12 noon Mass on this Sun. Sept. 17th. Along with Rev. Frank McKevitt from Turners Cross Parish, David was ordained by Bishop Buckley on last Sunday afternoon in the North Cathedral. It was such a joyful and uplifting celebration truly enhanced by the singing of our own church choir. Numerous people from other parishes remarked on the evident parish spirit of Our Lady Crowned. David will become a regular and familiar face here in Our Lady Crowned occasionally preaching the homily, celebrating baptismal ceremonies, assisting at wedding and funeral Masses. May God bless David and Siobhán, their family, the Lane and Carne families and everyone in our beloved church and parish. May we all celebrate everything that is good about our parish at our celebration this afternoon. Sincere thanks to the parish Pastoral Council and numerous volunteers for arranging such a special event. May God bless all involved.
The images of death, suffering and consequent fear from Barcelona have shocked people during the past week. The physical suffering and bereavement for individuals and families are impossible to comprehend or imagine. It surely is beyond words and description. Our faith in God is shaken and virtually unable to cope with, or scarcely comprehend, such events. However, at the centre of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the triumph of hope over despair and love over fear. We have to dig very hard to reach this truth in the light of our own personal suffering and the irrationality of terrorist attacks. We dig deep and we call out to God to help us in our own lives, to comfort the bereaved in Barcelona and ultimately to reach the hardened hearts of those intent on destruction of people’s lives. God, our Father, we call on you at our Mass this weekend, in our parish, in our families to reach out to the bereaved and truly show us your triumph over fear and death. May those who have died so tragically rest in the peace of the Lord.