Preparations are ongoing for our new parish council which will be established next October. Members of our current parish council will arrange for nominations of new members in early September. A short training programme for new members will be provided by the parish development office of the diocese of Cork & Ross. Why not give it some thought in the next few weeks. All help needed and valued.
Yet again, people throughout the world have been moved and shocked by images of a little five year old boy sitting in an ambulance in the Syrian city of Aleppo after a bombing raid. We do not have words for such scenes and we find it difficult to formulate or express any prayer, in the silence of our hearts and in the gathering of our community we keep this little boy and so many like him in our thoughts today. We think of his parents, his extended family, his friends, his school, his community and his city.
Last Monday, Aug. 8th was the feast of St. Dominic and also marked the 800 anniversary of the foundation of the Dominican Order. Every blessing and best wishes to the Dominican communities in nearby Ennismore and in St. Mary’s, Pope’s Quay. Indeed, it was great that Fr. Dermot Brennan OP. celebrated morning mass here in Our Lady Crowned on that morning. Sincere thanks to all in both St. Dominic’s and St.Mary’s for their prayerful presence and regular assistance to us in Our Lady Crowned
The O’Donovan brothers from Skibbereen have completed an amazing achievement by winning a silver medal at the Olympic Games. They have charmed the entire country with their natural, humorous and genuine interviews. Their pride in their parish, their sense of place, their humility and their incredible sacrifices have shone through. Certainly, their personalities and commitment will inspire many other young people to do their best and achieve great things. They have been ordinary people achieving extraordinary things. Please God, they will continue to be themselves and continue to inspire others.
The murder of the elderly priest, Pere Jacques Hamel in Rouen is best described as beyond horror for those who were witnesses and those who have been affected by this brutal action. This was a frail and elderly priest who was prayerfully, reverently and quietly celebrating weekday morning Mass with a small parish gathering. It is unimaginable what they have all suffered and highlights the suffering of so many throughout the world who continue to fall victim to new forms of terrorism. Our prayers may seem inconsequential and yet we persevere to put our trust in the Risen Jesus Christ. Indeed, we value even more deeply, the precious gift of the Eucharist and our faith in God. Please God, we will continue to do this and use our faith as the strongest weapon that God gives to us. May Fr. Jacques and all those who suffer tragic death pray for us from their deserved place in the company of the Lord. May he rest in peace.