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.
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.
All in Our Lady Crowned parish warmly congratulate Fr. Dermot Brennan OP. as he celebrates fifty years of service as a priest in the Dominican order this weekend. In those years, he has worked in Trinidad and Tobago, in hospital ministry, in clinical pastoral education, has served as prior in Cork, Limerick and Drogheda houses of the Dominican. Above all, Fr, Dermot has been an ever present in the lives of Mayfield people through family events, happy days and sad days. This weekend, we salute his work and his unbreakable bond to the people of Mayfield, the Dominican order and all the ministries which he has fulfilled with dedication, zeal and a great love of God. We all wish, Fr. Dermot ‘ad multos annos’ i.e. many more years in the service of the Lord.
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.
This past week, and this weekend, we mark the closure of two chapters of the history and life of Mayfield in honouring Scoil Mhuire Banríon and Scoil Eoin Aspal. As we do so, we mark the opening of a wonderful new chapter in the future of our community and our parish with the opening of Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin. There is evident nostalgia and sadness around the closure of these enormous chapters of education and life in our parish. I have compared our two schools as the two lungs of our parish. Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin will be a new chapter and will become the heart of our parish. It will be a special place for children and families. The two lungs will become one beating heart. These special Masses which we celebrate are emotional moments evoking wonderful memories especially in memory of pupils, parents and staff members who have gone to their eternal reward. However, progress is to be embraced and the future is bright. May God bless all those who passed through the doors of Scoil Eoin Aspal since 1973 and Scoil Mhuire Banríon since 1962. May God bless the children, the families and staff members of Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin who will walk through the door for the first time on next Tue. Jun. 27th and then for the new school year in September. Another wonderful chapter will also open when the children from St. Killian’s School will cross the threshold of the current building of Scoil Eoin Aspal in the Autumn. May God bless them, their families, their teachers and their school.