2017 was a very busy year in our parish and community. The parish team, parish groups and parish ministries work together in our parish ensuring a welcoming, caring and prayerful environment. Just some of the events arranged by the parish and different parish groups are as follows: The ordination of David Lane to the permanent diaconate took place in the North Cathedral on Sun. Sept. 10th. The Parish Council arranged a memorable parish reception on Sun. Sept. 17th after 12 noon Mass. The event was blessed with wonderful sunshine and it was a truly great parish and community event. David has subsequently been appointed to serve the three parishes within our pastoral area. Our Lady Crowned was delighted to welcome Fr. Rafal Zielonka to our parish in late May. Fr. Rafal also assists in the adjoining parishes of St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s/Holy Family. Fr. Dermot Brennan OP celebrated his golden jubilee of ordination to the priesthood in early July with a beautiful Mass and celebration. The Parish Pastoral Council has arranged a year-long schedule of events to prepare for the International Meeting of Families in 2018. Some of the events to date have been the distribution of the special icons at 9pm Christmas Mass recently, and the blessing of animals in early October. Further events are in planning for 2018 and will be announced soon.. Plans are also in place to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick in February. Thanks to the Parish Finance Committee for their great work caring for the maintenance and upkeep of our church. The opening of Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin was another great day for our parish. It has been a great success with a significant expansion in enrollment and staff numbers. Refurbishment works were completed on schedule to ensure that the pupils have the very best of accommodation. The school continues to grow and plan for the future. St. Killian’s School is due to move to the existing premises of Scoil Eoin Aspal early in 2018 and advises that remedial works are to commence shortly. Our Lady Crowned welcomed Mayfield GAA as All-Ireland Junior Hurling Champions on Sun. Feb. 19th following their historic victory at Croke Park. Our Lady Crowned ‘went viral’ with 55000 views of that moment on various Facebook pages. Other landmarks during the past year included Mayfield Ladies Club celebrating their golden jubilee, Our Lady Crowned Credit Union celebrating 50 years and the official opening of their additional building as well as Newbury House marking 30 years of service to the parish and community. Our Lady Crowned Parish continues to work with St. Patrick’s/Holy Family and St. Joseph’s parishes in a very strong and successful pastoral area. These are just some of the events along with the celebration of the sacraments of Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation for the children of the area. The church continues to be a special place of celebration and consolation with many christenings, weddings and funeral ceremonies. Mary, Our Lady Crowned and our patron continue to bless us and we rely on her help and blessing in 2018 as our parish develops and grows. Our Lady Crowned, pray for us.