Earth Hour is the single largest symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born of the hope that people could be mobilized to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7001 cities and towns across 178 countries to switch off lights for an hour. The event recognizes our global responsibility for the climate change which is already devastating lives and threatening the future of the planet.
2016 was a great year for our parish as we marked our sesquicentenary organized by John Holohan and his committee. Our main celebrations took place at the end of August when Archbishop Diarmuid Martin celebrated mass and the choir performed the same music that was used 150 years earlier. We welcomed current and many former clergy and parishioners to our events which included a historical tour of the Parish, a family fun day in Herbert Park, a photographic and memorabilia exhibition which was accompanied by an updated parish history book written by Colette Pegum. A particular welcome was extended to our former parish priest, Kevin Doran, now Bishop of Elphin, who said the Sunday Masses
On the 17th March, Ireland celebrates the Feast of its national patron and invites the world to join in the celebrations. Families from all over the world will wear something green, as a tradition to remember St. Patrick and how he used the shamrock to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, in three Divine Persons, one family united in a perfect communion of love. This is why on St Patrick’s day we can also celebrate marriage and the family, as they are the “living icon” of the Most Holy Trinity. We are reminded in Amoris Laetitia that, in coming together in mutual self-giving, communion and love, the family reflects and immerses itself in the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
The readings today seem to bring forward both God’s love and his power, that he uses to protect and take care of us.
Prayer is our lifeline to God. A Christian without prayer is like a plant without water. This Lent your parish invites you to make a special effort to spend some extra minutes each day lifting your heart and your mind to God.