Many thanks are due to Maírín de Brún for all her hard work in preparing and running these sessions and collating the material.
This photo is of the beautiful sacred space in the Oratory. It was put together by Máirín DeBrún and depicts the Synodal Pathway. It shows a lighthouse representing the guiding light of the Holy Spirit, a boat which represents the People of God journeying together and the water which represents the waters of baptism. We invite the Holy Spirit to be at work in all involved with and attending the Meadowbrook Synodal Pathway gatherings.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days.
We stand before you, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in your name.
By baptism, we are members of the body of Christ, the people of God. Give us the encouragement we need to bring faith, hope and love in abundance to meet the challenges before us on the Synodal Pathway.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.
Synodal Resources are available at www.dublindiocese.ie/synodal
Canon of the Metropolitan Chapter
Fr. Liam has been appointed by Archbishop Dermot Farrell to be a Canon of the Diocesan Chapter. The Chapter in years gone by would take over the running of the Diocese should he be ill or become unable to govern. Today’s Canons join the Archbishop on ceremonial occasions in the Pro-Cathedral such as The Feast of St. Laurence O’Toole or St. Kevin. The Archbishop may consult the Canons in any decision making. We congratulate Canon Liam
Since the re-opening of our church for public Mass, it is important to say a big thank you to those Parishioners who have kept us all safe through good stewarding and sanitising at each Mass. The welcoming smile of all the stewards is noted. People were nervous and to some extent still are, with the virus still with us, but the stewards give great reassurance to those attending Mass.
At times we have had to put the sign that our church has reached the maximum numbers allowed to attend. Whilst this is not a nice thing to do, it is important we adhere to guidelines and also for health and safety reasons for all. People have different health issues and it is important that everyone leads their life with safety as their number one concern.
We know that our Parish and indeed everyone's life plan in o the future will be different in Covid times. The work of the Lord and the operation of our Parish will proceed but maybe in a different way. All of us should be thinking now about our way forward. We may come back to this later in the summer.
In many ways the future of our Parish and our Diocese may well be an exciting and challenging time. Let us all look forward with hope.
Fr. Liam Belton