On Saturday, November 29th, seven Parishioners attended a seminar on the introduction
of a Parish Pastoral Council. Bishop Crean, in accordance with Vatican II documents
and the teaching of recent Pope’s, would like all Parishes in the Diocese, to form
a Parish Pastoral Council. The Council would be co-responsible with the Priests,
for the faith life of the Parish. To form a Council, it is suggested to seek nominations
from the Parish, that would be representative of the Parish and that there would
be a gender and age balance in the nominations. Early in the New Year, we will be
consulting the Parish on this matter. In the meantime, we would ask you to pray and
reflect on the importance of such a Council in the Parish.
Bishop’s Pastoral Statement on Marriage:
This weekend all Catholic Parishes in Ireland are being delivered a Pastoral Statement
on the Unique Relationship of Marriage, different from all others. We encourage every
family to take one home and to study its contents very carefully. The Pastoral Statement
is titled: “The Meaning of Marriage”.
Who is St. John the Baptist?
He was the son of SS Elizabeth & Zachary. He was conceived at a time when his parents
were losing hope that they might ever get pregnant. The Angel Gabriel revealed to
Our Lady at the Annunciation, that this miraculous event had occurred six months
earlier, for he said “Nothing is impossible to God”. In his early manhood, John began
to live a life of self-denial, prayer and solitude in the Judean desert, south west
of Jerusalem. Between October and December 27AD, John came out of seclusion and began
to preach publicly with the words: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”.
(Matthew 3:2) John demanded two rites of those who come to him: 1. An open Confession
of their sins, 2. A physical dip in the waters of the river Jordan, where he preached,
as an outward sign of their change of heart. John was later arrested and beheaded
by King Herod Antipas, because John denounced him for taking his brothers Philips
wife, Herodias. But John had fulfilled what God had asked him to do: “Prepare the
people for the coming Jesus”.
The Gospel today reminds us of the call of St. John to repent and to prepare for
the coming of the Lord. We can sincerely do that, by making a good Confession before