Thought for the Week
In the local school this week I was able to visit the pupils who had just spent theirs first half day at school; they were very tired as they had worked hard all morning.
They met new friends and began their life of learning in a school community.
In May I celebrated my 70th birthday and had a number of opportunities to reflect on my life’s journey so far.
Growing up in rural Ireland in a well-established community where the same families have lived for generations, we made many friendships that have endured to this day. When we meet or communicate with each other we invariably remember our parents and grandparents, teachers and mentors of our childhood years.
As school begins some children will have enjoyed very interesting and fun filled vacation while others will have scarcely ventured from their home town.
Here at St Columbkille’s we are developing a child orientated liturgy for the little ones which celebrates Gods love for us, our love for one another and a real appreciation of the gifts that God has given us.
Even today there was mention of the Christmas gift tree which has now become a feature of our Christmas celebration; how does it work? Our Society of Santon Vincent de Paul place labels on this tree and members of the community take them away and buy Christmas gifts for children who would maybe not receive a gift at Christmas time and last year the response was overwhelming.’
Here at St Columbkille’s we worship in exile as our church is being refurbished. Our dream would be to celebrate Christmas of 2015 in the home of our Parish family with people of all ages. Father Hennessey St Columbkille’s
These kids were having a good time
Youngsters at Stonelaw